Goodbye to 2015: Year reflected change and promise

The top stories of 2015 in Salisbury and Wicomico County:


Day Elected Mayor

In November, what many people considered a six-month coronation, finally came to a close when Jacob R. Day was elected the 28th mayor of Salisbury. At just 33 years of age, the urban planner and architect of a prominent Salisbury family was coming off just two years as a member of the City Council. His two years as council president, however, demonstrated a talent for politics, as well as a bevy of ideas for improving Salisbury.

So pre-determined was his mayor-hood, based on the public acclaim for both his attitude and ideas, that no one even rose up to challenge his candidacy.

Day and his predecessor Jim Ireton may have brokered some deal to avoid an election collision; Ireton seems to have interest in higher office (but stepped down to a council seat to keep his name in the game), while Day will now go on and seek to accomplish goals that match his public potential.

Also in 2015, Day and his wife, Liz, welcomed their first child, a baby girl named Lilly, who was born in August.


 New Council Elected

Salisbury made internal history when it adopted council districts based on a ward system, dividing the city into 5 separate geographical entities. The reason was to add a second minority-majority district to better reflect the city’s overall racial composition.

Two incumbents, Jack Heath and Tim Spies, were thrown into the same jurisdiction (District 3), with Heath emerging the easy winner on Election Day. Heath went on to be elected by his peers to serve as their council president.

In District 1, Shanie Shields saw her long council run come to an end at the hands of a previous challenger, April Jackson. District 2 went to perennial political contender Muir Boda. Ireton turned back a challenge from both the landlords who have battled him and candidate Roger Mazullo on his way to winning representation of the “Newtown Crowd” in District 4. Incumbent Laura Mitchell was unopposed in eastside District 5, and was re-elected council vice president.

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New Bennett Middle Opens

Just in time for fall classes, the new Bennett Middle School in Fruitland welcomed some 1,114 student.

The price tag for the new school has been a decade-long debate topic, with the final number coming in at $68.2 million.

The building was heralded for being a state-of-the art facility, and was an immediate winner of Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design awards for its energy efficiency and environmentally friendly design and construction.

A rededication ceremony featuring top state and local officials, as well as a range of people with historical ties to Bennett and the building of the new school. Gov. Larry Hogan had to cancel his planned appearance when he was forced to begin cancer treatments.

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Old Bennett Middle Demolished

In July, the huge demolition excavators arrived on the stripped clean Bennett Middle School site on East College Avenue and began the process of tearing down the 1966 structure,

The razing commenced after the County Council voted 6-1 to proceed with the demolition of Bennett Middle School, keeping the project on track and ensuring plans for multiple athletic fields to serve James M. Bennett High School students will be built.

County Executive Bob Culver had asked council members to grant him 60 days to publicly examine plans to demolish Bennett Middle School.

Culver even took his case to James M. Bennett High School advanced-placement government students and athletes, where he met with more than 100 students in the school cafeteria. His plan to delay and rethink the project didn’t go over with the students.

The last day of school for Bennett Middle was Friday, June 5.

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Fredericksen Announces Retirement

On June 23, in what at first seemed like a fairly route Wicomico school board meeting, Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Fredericksen began reading aloud from a flier that had been sent to school system employees explaining available retirement options.

Four or five minutes into describing various retirement options, Fredericksen transitioned into publicly announced that he would be entering the retirement program.

He said his departure would come at the end of his four-year contract, June 30, 2016, giving the board a year to find and install a replacement.

Though Fredericksen was sheepish in his announcement, the 64-year-old lifelong educator and music aficionado was happy to review his successes in leading the 14,500-student public education system.

“At that point in my life, and after a very long and satisfying career in public education, I will be ready to relocate along with my wife, Renee, closer to our children and grandchildren,” Fredericksen told the board.

Though he disputed his opinion clashes with County Executive Bob Culver led to his decision, Fredericksen’s announcement came at the peak of discussions on how to proceed with West Salisbury Elementary School and public backlash over redistricting proposals that would affect north county students.


Body Cameras

Salisbury police officers will go into 2016 wearing body cameras this year.

In November, City Council approved $169,000 for the 4-inch-by-5-inch, lightweight cameras, which will be issued to about 70 officers. They’ll be worn at mid-chest.

Police Chief Barbara Duncan recently told the City Council training won’t take long. “It’s understanding what the camera does and how to turn it on and off, how to label it in the computer system,” she said.

“It takes a concerted effort to get in that mode of, ‘I have to turn this on.’ That’s where most to our training comes in. As we have them deployed more and more it will become second nature,” Duncan said.

The police department’s Capt. Rich Kaiser called the cameras important in “trying times that law enforcement is going through right now.”

“The timing couldn’t be any better for these cameras. The implementation right now is perfect timing. It’s a huge step for us as well as for new officers coming out of the academy. It will be an extra tool for them. It’s an extra piece of equipment for them and it’s going to challenge them,” Kaiser said.


Culver Staff Shakeups

County Executive Bob Culver acted quickly to replace some of his county department heads staff. As with any workplace purge, some of the changes went easier than others.

Gary Mackes, who announced his retirement after 27 years as Parks, Recreation and Tourism director, was initially replaced with former Mackes assistant John Terrell, but the County Council nixed the appointment. Culver then turned to Andy Wisk, another Mackes staff member, who was given the job on an interim basis. When he was offered the position in the fall, however, salary negotiations and other factors led to Wisk’s departure.

In December, Steven Miller, the county’s Tourism Manager, was named director.

Other speedy departees upon Culver’s arrival were Finance Director Andy Mackel and Purchasing Director Rick Konrad.

Mackel was replaced as the county’s top accountant by Leslie Martin Lewis, who had held the same finance position in much smaller Northampton County; Konrad was replaced this fall with Tom Hayes.

County Engineer Lee Beauchamp also left almost immediately, to be replaced by his deputy, Weston Young.

Longtime County Attorney Ed Baker retired in July, but had provided Culver a long transition window. Maureen Lanigan Howarth seemed destined to be named to the post, but she instead accepted the county attorney’s post in Worcester County.

Culver tapped Paul Wilber, the highly respected former Salisbury City Attorney, to serve as the county’s legal strategist and advisor. Wilber appeared on track to be named County Attorney, but a still-continuing structural disagreement with the County Council has Wilber serving in an interim role.

Assistant Director of Administration Sharon Morris left not long after the budget process played out in the summer; Culver is searching for a replacement. County Administrator Wayne Strausburg, Culver’s top lieutenant and a holdover from Rick Pollitt’s administration, remains in place, but is expected to retire before Culver’s term is complete in 2018.

Constructed in 1964, whether to replace or repair West Salisbury Elementary is the subject of widespread debate.

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The West Salisbury Elementary School saga consumed a lot of newsprint and ink in 2015 — and the story is far from over.

Wicomico Board of Education leaders were on course to build a new facility to replace the half-century-old structure on West Road when Culver pulled an approved bond bill to pay the county’s share of the tab.

Culver first dispatched his own team of contractors and advisors to develop a plan. What followed was a discourse and public examination of the project, with the school board’s needs and challenges opened for full view. In the end, however, the school was placed back on track for complete replacement, with a challenge imposed by the County Council to reduce the costs.

That project is now making its way through the state’s decision makers, but appears to be on course for a 2018 completion.


Hoppa’s Heart Surgery

Popular WBOC-TV anchor Jimmy Hoppa surprised viewers in August when he announced he would have open heart surgery Sept. 1.

The 56-year-old co-host of DelmarvaLife was back on the air about five weeks later, saying he felt well and thanking his doctors and those who prayed for him.

“As far as health, everything went wonderfully, but as anybody who had heart surgery knows, it just takes time. I don’t get winded as easily, and I feel better already, but I have to get in shape again,” he told the Salisbury Independent.

Hoppa had an aneurysm and underwent surgery “to take out a piece of my aorta, give me a brand new garden hose, replace a valve and do some other little piddly things while we’re in there,” he said.

“There have been more people on their knees with my name on their lips than I could have ever deserved,” Hoppa, a fire department chaplain, said.


City Blocks Land Transfer

At the most emotionally charged City Council meeting in recent memory, dozens crowded the council chamber to ask city leaders not to donate land to the county.

County officials requested the property to build softball fields adjacent to the Henry S. Parker Athletic Complex, but one after the other, for more than two hours, opponents spoke passionately. They drew comparisons between the forest, spirituality and nature, and all comments prompted hearty applause.

Among concerns was that the 35 acres in question are over the PaleoChannel underground water supply. Some beseeched city leaders to preserve the lush hiking and biking trails, aged trees and wildlife.

After the last speaker finished, Council President Jake Day called for a motion from Council members, but they were silent. Day declare the matter dead and the room exploded in extended applause.

“What we have now is the best use for that land,” Councilwoman Laura Mitchell proclaimed.

Among those speaking in favor of preserving the land was Joan Maloof, who has written two books about forests. “Nobody planted those trees. Nobody waters them. Nobody fertilizes them. They are doing their work for free,” she said.

Less than three months after City Council denied land to the county to build softball fields, County Executive Bob Culver said 20 acres on the other side of the Henry S. Parker Athletic Complex were offered to the county by the owner.

It should be large enough for softball fields, although it’s shaped differently from the original land adjacent to the park that the county wanted, Culver explained.

“It’s going to happen. We’re going to build those softball fields,” he said.

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Harcum Family Tragedy

On a hot July day, county residents were shocked to learn the grandson of Blan Harcum, patriarch of an iconic Wicomico County farm, had been arrested for murdering his uncle.

“It’s either him or me,” 31-year-old Trey Harcum told police, according to court records. Police said when they arrived, 62-year-old Lee Harcum lay face down in a watermelon field. The younger Harcum was splattered with blood, and holding a pin from a piece of farm equipment.

Amid a flurry of police cars, Harcum, in shorts, work boots and a unzipped dark blue jacket, was handcuffed and charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, first-degree assault and second-degree assault. He was held without bail.

Court documents stated the younger Harcum had earlier been in a physical fight with his uncle, who suffered trauma to his head was so severe he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Making the murder more difficult to understand is that Harcum has no criminal record.

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Lot 1 Sold

Adding to revitalization of Downtown in 2015 was the purchase of Lot 1 by developers at Devreco – known for such successes as Headquarters Live.

For decades, plans to build on the 3.5-acre parcel — bordered by Division, Camden and West Market streets and Circle Avenue – were scuttled, but when Devreco bought it in late September, Mayor Jake Day, then president of the City Council, expressed confidence  that wouldn’t happen again.

“I believe we finally have the partner who can execute this,” Day said.

“We were one of the only development companies that has been successful in buying property from the city of Salisbury so our record speaks for itself,” said Brad Gillis, one of the partners at  Devreco who is deeply involved in downtown renaissance.

City leaders required those who bid on the property to agree to build housing there, Day said, explaining it will be ground-floor retail, parking, outdoor space like parks and housing above and that can include office and civic use,” Day said.

Gillis said he envisions “what the market can demand.”

“If you look at millennials, and people in their late 20s and up to their mid-30s, they want an urban-type environment to live, work and play in. So, what’s happening is, there’s a resurgence of people wanting to spend time downtown.

“Now downtowns are more destination driven. If there are shops, they have to be boutique specialty shops with things you can’t go to Amazon for. There’s a lot more pressure on making sure you stand out,” Gillis said.

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Skateboard Park Opens

Perhaps nobody was more pleased than Deborah Stam, the city’s community development director, when Salisbury’s skate park finally opened Dec. 19.

“The Salisbury Skatepark Committee members and I have been working toward the realization of this goal for eight long years, and now all our hard work and determination is coming to fruition,” she said during the year, as she shared one of several updates with the media.

“The Salisbury Skatepark will enhance the quality of life for our local residents by providing a new, positive outlet for the energy and exuberance of the community’s youth,” she said.

The park, at 921 South Park Drive, is now open from 8 a.m. to dusk to everyone registered with the city.

Phase 1 has about 5,400 square feet of concrete skating surface, the first section of the fencing, parking, trash cans and signs. Next, city officials will submit a Community Parks and Playgrounds grant application to the Department of Natural Resources to fund Phase 2.

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Airport Reconstruction

By the first week in December, the airport’s alternate runway was again open for air traffic, following a $9 million extensive renovation project.

Runway 5-23, built in 1943, had deteriorated, explained Bob Bryant, director of the Ocean City-Salisbury-Wicomico Regional Airport. The airport has two runways, named 14-32 and 5-23 and the latter is the alternate.

The primary runway is the 6,400-foot-long and 100-foot-wide 14-32. The other one, which was rebuilt, is called, in Federal Aviation Administration lingo, a crosswind secondary runway. It is used under certain weather conditions that don’t favor using 14-32. The runways intersect at a 90-degree angle.

The U.S. Navy built 5-23 using 15-foot by 20-foot slabs of concrete that was 6 inches thick, Bryant said. In the early 1980s, Wicomico County officials approved a 6-inch asphalt overlay, but Bryant said during the years rain, snow and frost saturated the material and caused the blocks to shift.

All lights were also replaced as well as 106 airfield guidance signs.

The project began in the late summer of 2014, stopped during winter and resumed in March. It was completed in early November.

Of the $9 million, the FAA paid 90 percent by issuing an FAA airport improvement program grant. The Maryland Aviation Administration paid 5 percent with another grant and Wicomico County’s 5 percent was paid with passenger facility charges, Bryant said.

In a typical year, 40,000 aircraft come into and out of the airport, including round-trip flights to Philadelphia and Charlotte, N.C.


Fire Services Debated

In April, Ireton announced City Council President Jacob Day, Salisbury Fire Chief Richard Hoppes and Salisbury Assistant City Administrator Julia Glanz would lead the city in an effort to get “a new and equitable fire service agreement with Wicomico County.”

Ireton said the city responds to 63 percent of fire calls in the county and to 67 percent of all EMS calls and serves 57 percent of the county population and 58 percent of the county’s assessed valuation. Yet, the city received only 24 percent of the county’s total funding for fire and EMS in FY14.

Among his suggested solutions were including an assessable base model, five-year reduction plan and equitable compensation plan.

“It is important to know that Salisbury has been seeking an equitable fire service agreement for 10 years … We can negotiate boundaries for the fire district, but we cannot afford to give away any more money or provide more service,” Ireton said.

In March, Ireton traveled to Annapolis to lobby for statewide tax fairness and support House Bill 690, the Property Tax Fairness Act of 2015.

The bill sought to re-categorize remaining counties in Maryland from “may” produce a tax setoff for municipalities to “shall” produce a tax setoff for municipalities.

Counties would provide a property tax setoff if a county and municipality within the county were  providing parallel services paid for with property tax dollars, Ireton explained.

“Maryland counties have balanced their budgets on the backs of Maryland cities for far too long. I come to Annapolis on behalf of Salisbury, Delmar, Fruitland, Ocean City, Crisfield, and the more than 900,000 Marylanders who live in municipalities that are taxed by counties,” Ireton said.

Later, he said he asked when the bill would be voted on, “but we got no word from the committee or information when we called.”

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Headquarters Live Opens

After a few soft-opening and preview events in 2014, Headquarters Live formally opened Jan. 30 in the old Station 16 Headquarters in Downtown Salisbury.

The first musical act of the year was  “Bruce in the U.S.A.,” a Bruce Springsteen tribute show.

Owners  Joey Gilkerson and Bradley Gillis invested more than $1 million converting the old fire station into a first-rate music entertainment venue.

They touted its open floor plan and ability to accommodate 1,300 and promised “a great live music venue to showcase everything from local artists to national acts” plus private parties.

“This is one more great thing for Downtown,” Gillis said.

Elected School Board

After months of discussion and community input concerning an elected or appointed school board, the County Council this month drafted a letter to state lawmakers calling for a 2016 referendum.

In that referendum, county residents would decide if they want the seven members of the state-governed school board to all be elected, to all be appointed as has historically been the case, or to be a hybrid process. If the last option is selected, two school board members would be appointed by the County Council and five elected.

Wicomico County is one of a handful of counties in Maryland that still has appointed school boards. Maryland has 24 counties and 18 of them have elected school boards. Two have boards with both elected and appointed members. Throughout the country, more than 90 percent of school boards are elected.

The hybrid model of selection, it is argued, would ensure proper diversity representation on the school board. The five elected seats would follow the election districting plan used to elect the County Council, and that offers only one majority-minority district.

About half of the county’s approximately 14,500 public school students are classified as minorities.

Mary Ashanti, president of the NAACP Wicomico branch, has said she and other key stakeholders in the debate agree that only two referendum options would be sufficient.

“Voters could choose all elected or five elected and two appointed,” she said. “If I voted for one, I couldn’t vote for the other, and that would be acceptable.”

Last January and February, Maryland lawmakers held hearing on an elected school board proposal, but the legislation never cleared either state House or Senate committees.

Over the summer, four public hearing were held across the county, all in an effort to satisfy concerns that public input had been lacking.

In others school board news, Gov. Larry Hogan appointed two new school board members for Wicomico County.

John Palmer and Joseph Ollinger were named in May to the seven-member panel to fill seats formerly held by Marvin Blye and Larry Dodd.

Don Fitzgerald was named to a second term and was ultimately chosen the school board president.

Palmer and Ollinger, both active Republicans with a long history of public commentary on school board performance, joined Ron Willey, Tyrone Chase, Carolyn Elmore and Kim Hudson.

Operations at Labinal Power Systems will cease by the end of 2016.

Labinal Leaving Salisbury

The year started off with an economic bombshell: Labinal Power Systems, a provider of some of the county’s best jobs, announced they would close their Salisbury manufacturing facility and move many of the plant’s jobs to Texas.

Located next to the Civic Center on Glen Avenue, the 166,000-square-foot plant is the work home to some 650 employees.

Salisbury Mayor Jim Ireton and U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski stepped up to fight the decision, but quickly concluded it was a losing effort and Safran-Labinal’s parent company’s North American leaders had made their decision.

Said Ireton: “This closure has come as a complete surprise to not only me, but to your employees, and to the city of Salisbury.  Safran’s decision to close the Salisbury plant will lead over 500 people to seek employment in an already struggling economy – and that’s not to mention your employees who are family members, putting them in an even more perilous situation.”

Safran-Labinal said the jobs would be moved over a 22-month span to a Texas site.

Mikulski had recently worked to insert money in a Defense appropriations spending bill to ensure Labinal’s Salisbury workers had an ongoing labor stream in a military helicopter construction project. In a letter to Safran’s president, the retiring Democratic senator described herself as “very distressed” and said the “news came as a complete surprise to me, the employees, and the Salisbury community.”

The employee roster was in the 800 range when Safran purchased Harvard Custom Manufacturing. Downsizing rumors seemed to evaporate last year when Mikulski announced that she had secured Defense spending for the manufacture nearly three-dozen U.S. Army helicopters, with electronics work on those aircraft expected to be performed in Salisbury.

Labinal specializes in the manufacture of flight-critical assemblies and spaceflight hardware, associated ground support equipment, weapon systems, vehicle electronic systems, complex commercial electronics systems and organized wire fabrication.


Ireton’s Rent Cap Fails

An early October proposal by Mayor Jim Ireton to decrease rent in Salisbury was soundly rejected by the Salisbury City Council.

Legislation Ireton wrote would have created a seven-member rent stabilization board,  whose members would have based the monthly cost on a home’s property value.

Ireton told City Council members his plan would put $8 million back into the local economy while relieving those overburdened by high rent.

But after listening to a lengthy presentation by a grant specialist Ireton hired, followed by several residents – all who were opposed  to the plan — Councilman Tim Spies asked Ireton, “Why did this pop up four weeks before the election when you’ve been here for four years?”

Ireton told him his administration decided to tackle the problem in January, and it took several months of research by Theo Williams, the grant specialist.

“No one is here this evening from the rental community or from single-family homes,” Ireton said.

At the suggestion of City Council President Jake Day, council members agreed to place the matter on the mayor’s list for future discussion.

Among those in the audience opposing Ireton’s proposal was Richard Insley Jr., who’s been in the rental business 47 years and who said the proposal is the fastest way he knows of to destroy neighborhoods.

Sarbanes Elevated

Though still very new to the job and having swerved for just 18 months, Jimmy Sarbanes was named the county’s Chief Administrative Judge by senior Judge Daniel Long.

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Sarbanes, part of an influential family with a long record of public service, withstood a rare election challenge in 2014.

His appointment is seen as position the 45-year-old jurist to perhaps replace former Wicomico Judge Sally D. Adkins on Maryland’s Court of Appeals, the state supreme judicial body.



Stadium, Library At SU

Two future landmarks are going up right now on the Salisbury University campus.

The $117 million Patricia R. Guerrieri Academic Commons will offer students quiet study and library space, but there will also be areas open all day and all night every day of the week and a two-story café.

At 221,037 square feet, GAC will house the Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture, and be open to the public.

Financial gain to the region from constructing the building is $238 million; opening in fall 2016, GAC will be the largest academic building in the history of the university, which celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2015.

Replacing the bells that sound on the hour at  Holloway Hall now will be a 147-foot Samuel R. Brown Carillon, the tallest structure on campus, with 48 bells weighing 27,655 pounds.

The largest weighs 4,480 pounds, twice the size of the Liberty Bell.

Across Route 13, a new stadium is under construction. The structure containing the elaborate seating areas and concession is nearly 80 feet tall. Workers from contractor Whiting Turner of Baltimore recently “topped out” the $19 million Sea Gull Stadium, adding the final beam to the central press box portion of the structure.

Once enclosed, the four-story facility will house locker rooms, an athletic training clinic and classroom, VIP seating and suites, broadcast and recording booths, and support services such as ticket, souvenir and concession sales areas. Inside, the stadium will include seating for nearly 5,000 fans. The new Sea Gull Stadium is expected to open in spring 2016.

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Culver’s Economic Plans

In the November 2014 election, economic development, business and jobs opportunities were guiding issues, as expressed by the electorate. Candidate Bob Culver often touted his business experience as a solution.

But Culver’s path to showing some business development moxie has been a bit more winding than he wanted.

Culver leased office space across South Division Street from the county government building, where an Economic Development team could adopt a street presence and host business people who might be considering whether to bring or expand their businesses.

Yet, thus far, no director has been hired to lead that effort, and Culver and the County Council are still seeking consensus on how the operation should be structured.

As the year closes, this is a story that has yet to play out: Culver said he still needs to discuss it all with the County Council. “I’ve gone back to them and I’m trying to make it an office underneath me that I can deal with. I want it to be something I can be easily involved in. I’ve met with John Cannon, and I think he understands where I’m coming from.”

Culver said no director will be hired without total resolution. “We will change system before hiring anyone,” he said.

Culver, however, remains proud of his continued moratorium on impact fees, which he said has kept housing construction going.

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Wor-Wic Turns 40

Wor-Wic Community College held its 40th anniversary Founder’s Day celebration in an event attended by students and dignitaries.

Founder Robert W. Cook gave the keynote address, followed by a series of five speakers who share their stories about their experiences with the college.

It was in June 1975 that the State Board for Community Colleges approved a proposal for the creation of a community college to serve the postsecondary vocational and technical education needs of the residents of Worcester and Wicomico counties.

The college was designated to operate as a “college without walls.” In November 1975, the college’s board of trustees appointed Dr. Arnold H. Maner to serve as president of the college. Continuing education courses were offered in the fall of 1975, and the college opened its doors to credit program students in the fall of 1976..

After almost 20 years of leasing classroom and office space at various locations in its service area, the college purchased 173 acres on the southeast corner of Route 50 and Walston Switch Road in Salisbury. Construction was started in 1993, and the campus officially opened in the fall of 1994.

Other stories of interest:

  • The Wicomico County Library opened a business center in Downtown Salisbury.
  • Owners of the Delmarva Shorebirds signed a 20-year lease extension with the county. after Wicomico committed to Shorebirds stadium improvements
  • River Walk reconstruction began in Downtown Salisbury, with completion expected early in 2016.
  • Christian radio fans lost their FM outlet when WOLC-FM was sold to Draper Communications, owners of WBOC-TV. The new WBOC-FM 102.5 is a return to WBOC’s radio roots from the 1940s.
  • 3rd Fridays continued to be a big success in Downtown Salisbury and 1st Saturday was launched as a weekend music event.
  • The old Daily Times building on East Carroll Street was formally slated for demolition. The structure, seen as a first-rate newspaper production facility when it opened in the 1950s, was sold to Peninsula Regional Medical Center in 2007. PRMC will build a new structure on the historic site, where Salisbury High School was located in the 1930s and ’40s.
  • Rob McDonald was named the new golf pro at Green Hill Golf Club, where Mitch Wyatt won his 15th Men’s Club Championship.
  • Hal Saylor retired as Delmar Police Chief in August.
  • While the city of Salisbury added locations for fixed speed cameras, Wicomico County ended its in-car speed cameras program that was established to deter speeds in county school zones.
  • Scott Abraham, Lacee Griffith and Alice Bavis departed WBOC-TV, giving Delmarva television new personalities to watch during key segments of various news programs and broadcasts.



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