Wicomico has mixed history with executive government

It was 20 long and confusing years ago that Wicomico County’s government was turned upside down and 18 years ago that residents first heard the words “County Executive” suggested as a means to run things. In 2000, the County Council had buckled under an assortment of budget pressures and implemented a jaw-dropping 0.46-cents property tax […]

Wicomico rehires the attorney it terminated

In July 2019, exercising a special power it holds in the County Charter, the Wicomico County Council voted to terminate County Attorney Paul Wilber. Wilber never stepped down. By fall of that year, council members were making it clear to County Executive Bob Culver that they would agree to no scenario in which Wilber’s law […]

Wicomico seems headed for capital spending challenges

Weighed down by a health pandemic certain to negatively affect tax revenues next year, Wicomico County appears headed toward a borrowing ceiling that could delay or derail long-desired infrastructure projects. The county’s longtime debt policy follows a guideline that it can only owe bond creditors an amount equal to 3.5 percent of overall county revenue. […]

Creekwatchers group grades Wicomico River at C-plus

At a small gathering next to the city of Salisbury’s Edible Garden, the results of the 2019 Wicomico River Creekwatchers season were officially released, delayed by the arrival in March of the novel Coronavirus and Covid-19 pandemic. Creekwatchers is a program of the Wicomico Environmental Trust. Gina Bloodworth, Associate Professor of Geography, Geoscience and Environmental […]

Strong turnout reported as Wicomico voting begins

Voters across Maryland turned out in record numbers on Monday, the first day of early voting, surpassing the previous record set in 2016, according to state elections officials. In Wicomico County, about 2,600 people cast votes at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center, the county’s only early voting location, said Anthony Gutierrez, elections supervisor for […]

Acle, Scott square off in Wicomico District 2 election

District 2 voters will decide on Election Day who will represent them on the Wicomico County Council as a replacement for Mark Kilmer who gave up his seat in June 2019 to return to his native Idaho.  For the past 14 months, Nicole Acle has filled the spot after she was appointed by County Council […]

Wicomico schools begin limited hybrid instruction

After safely and successfully serving small groups of students the past few weeks, Wicomico County Public Schools welcomed Pre-Kindergarten students on Monday as the initial grade level of students in school buildings. Pre-Kindergarten students whose parents have chosen for them to attend in person will be in the classroom full days — half-day for Delmar […]

Library Director assails government interference

The outgoing Executive Director of the Wicomico Public Library blamed interference by certain County Council members and, at times, intimidation and bullying, as the reason for her recent resignation. “I just feel like the county government needs to get out of the way and let the Library Director run the library along with the Board […]

Small groups of students return to Wicomico schools

At long last, small-group instruction and services have begun in Wicomico County Public Schools. Students returned to the Parkside High School CTE wings again, with physical distancing and mask wearing, on Wednesdays. Students in AM CTE classes were welcomed back for targeted instruction, services and activities, including Special Education, math tutoring, English Language Learner support, […]

City, county make ambitious transportation requests

Several projects at the Salisbury-Wicomico Regional Airport top the Wicomico County Council’s wish list as counties make their annual pitch to the Maryland Department of Transportation for funding for roads, airports and other projects they deem to be priorities. “As one of only two commercial service airports with daily scheduled airline service in the State, […]