Library Director cites county struggles in planned exit

Ashley Teagle, Executive Director of the Wicomico Public Library, will leave Oct. 23, after less than two years on the job. Her decision to accept a new position with a regional library system was based in part on ongoing funding struggles and tension between the library and county officials. “It’s been a frustrating time,” she […]

Psota named Acting County Executive through 2022

Wicomico Director of Administration Jon Psota will continue serving as Acting County Executive for as long as the next two years, following a 5-2 vote of the County Council on Friday. Council President Larry Dodd declared the seven-member body was unable to reach a consensus on who the successor to the late Bob Culver should […]

Proposed gas pipeline has its supporters and foes

With only a handful of large employers and Maryland’s highest poverty rate, Somerset County has come up empty for years in its efforts to attract a natural gas pipeline, which county officials view as the key to unlocking its economic potential. Now, though, a pipeline is just a few regulatory steps away from construction in […]

Wicomico Council to discuss executive process Friday

Two weeks ago, the Wicomico County Council set a Sept. 14 deadline for applicants to the vacant County Executive position, so it could discuss next steps when it convened again on Sept. 15. When Tuesday’s meeting came, however, no discussion occurred. Council President Larry Dodd confirmed that two applications had been submitted in the search […]

Anderton reapplies for County Executive post

Wicomico County is finishing up a seventh straight week without a council-selected County Executive in place, some movement in the process to replace the late Bob Culver is expected early next week. Back on Aug. 28, after its original choice for executive forfeited the appointment nomination, the County Council set this Monday as the deadline […]

Maryland Elections Board encourages mail-in voting

The Maryland State Board of Elections reminds Marylanders that receiving their 2020 ballot by U.S. Mail is free and more convenient for the voter than receiving their ballot by email.  Due to Covid-19, all Marylanders are encouraged to vote by mail and must request a mail-in ballot from the State Board of Elections or their […]

SU donates 30 laptops for Pinehurst students’ use

When the threat of Covid-19 forced Baltimore City Public Schools students to adapt to online learning, some in the Promoting Respect, Integrity, Discipline and Excellence program at Hazelwood Elementary/Middle School lacked the technological resources needed to continue connecting with their teachers.  Maryland Delegate Talmadge Branch, a Salisbury University alumnus representing the city’s 45th Legislative District, […]

Wicomico will start over in failed executive search

The Wicomico County Council spent most every week of at least the last four years fighting with County Executive Bob Culver. Now, with Culver gone from the scene, the seven-member body has taken to fighting each other. In a virtually unprecedented meeting held late on a Friday afternoon, the council ducked any roll-call votes as […]

Wicomico meeting Friday to discuss executive selection

The Wicomico County Council is expected to meet in a public session on Friday at 5:30 p.m. to chart the next steps in its botched effort to appoint a new County Executive. The public can attend or view the meeting via PAC 14, the county’s Public Access Channel. The clock is ticking on the council’s […]

County Executive: A Q&A on the selection process

Q. Why did Dr. Rene Desmarais ultimately decline his appointment? A. In a statement, Desmarais — who works as a cardiologist for the Peninsula Regional Medical Group — said he had concluded “the greatest benefit I can provide to my patients and to my friends in Wicomico County is to continue practicing medicine.” There has […]