Wicomico executive, council tensions appear to ease

When the County Council met in a work session Tuesday, the past two weeks of derision between the body and the County Executive’s Office was undoubtedly on everyone’s mind. Within about 90 minutes, however, the combatants appeared to be ignoring their differences and the county government was conducting business as usual. As one unnamed council […]

What led to the Wicomico council/executive rift?

The following is intended to address questions that have been forwarded to Salisbury Independent over the last several days: Q. What is the current dispute between the County Executive and the County Council? A. For the council’s Feb. 3 night time work session, Council President John Cannon had scheduled senior officials in the Executive’s Office […]

Wicomico Council responds to County Executive’s letter

The letter war between the two branches of Wicomico County’s government continued Thursday with a written rebuttal made public by members of the County Council. County Executive Bob Culver sent a letter Monday to Council President John Cannon, blasting the legislative leader for criticism Cannon lobbed at the executive’s office when senior administrative staff members […]

Executive calls on Council President to step down

Following public comments a week ago in which Wicomico County Council President John Cannon declared County Executive Bob Culver’s relationship with the council to be “dysfunctional,” Culver has sent a letter to Cannon urging that he step down as council leader. Culver dispatched the three-page letter a week after Cannon made council meeting comments that […]

School board member David Goslee dies

Three months after requesting a recount of ballots that resulted in him winning a seat on the Wicomico County Board of Education, David Goslee Sr. has died.

Discussion event with region’s governors canceled

A “Conversation With the Governors of Delmarva” was canceled this week, amid mounting pressure for Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam to resign. Northam was scheduled to be in Salisbury on Monday, joining Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Delaware Gov. John Carney for the third annual Conversation, a popular discussion series sponsored by the Greater Salisbury Committee. […]

Wor-Wic nurses will have bachelor’s opportunity

A new agreement of dual admission between the University of Maryland School of Nursing and Wor-Wic Community College will allow students to progress from Wor-Wic’s nursing program, to the University of Maryland’s nursing program, where they can earn a bachelor of science degree. At Wor-Wic, nursing students earn associate degrees. Wor-Wic is the 12th community […]

Superintendent unveils ‘Achieve!’ strategic plan

When Dr. Donna Hanlin arrived on the Wicomico scene in 2016 to assume the mantle of Superintendent of the public schools system, she found herself standing in the middle of a crossroads. The demographics of the student population was changing. Teacher retention was a huge problem and student discipline concerns abounded. County elected officials and […]

Rescue plan eyed for Wicomico Nursing Home

County Administrative Director Wayne Strausburg is putting to rest rumors the highly rated Wicomico Nursing Home will shut down. “We will not be closing the nursing home. We are not considering closing it,” Strausburg said during a recent interview. Employees, speaking at the past few County Council meetings, have said they’re worried about losing jobs […]

Bennett officials on leave during counselor probe

The principal and vice principal of James M. Bennett High School remain on administrative leave following the arrest of a guidance counselor and local coach charged with criminal offenses involving rape and soliciting child pornography. Allen Edward Mitchell, 32, of Fruitland, who, last week was charged on 15 counts, was originally being held without bail […]