Culver withdraws landfill land proposal

Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver this week withdrew his request for County Council to approve buying land, known as the Potts Property, for $2.5 million, after Council members called for an “iron clad” stipulation preventing the property from ever being used for landfill expansion into West Salisbury neighborhoods. After several West Side residents spoke against […]

Election Analysis: Party brands still matter

The so-called conventional wisdom weaving its way around Salisbury on Election Day morning was that Bob Culver would be re-elected County Executive, topping Jack Heath, with John Hamilton trailing far behind. Speculation had the percentages at 45 percent Culver, 40 percent Heath and 15 percent Hamilton. The results, as everyone knows by now, were far […]

Analysis: Who will be our next County Executive?

When talking with Bob Culver, it usually doesn’t take too much time for him to mention that he grew up on a farm off Jersey Road, a rural stretch where blacks and poor whites lived on Salisbury’s West Side. Scrappy, blunt and headstrong, Wicomico’s incumbent County Executive is sometimes cited as ruthless when in his […]

Ruling awaited on Whitehaven sandblasting

The Wicomico County Board of Zoning Appeals is expected to rule Thursday night on a request for a special exception from a Whitehaven-area man whose sandblasting business has prompted neighbors to complain, saying it is too noisy. Ron Holloway, who opened Eastern Shore Media Blasting on 45 acres in August 2017, requested the exception. If […]

Pirate’s Wharf moves forward with $820K grant

Once approved by the Wicomico County Council, a $820,000 federal grant will be used to make lovely, lush Pirate’s Wharf – characterized as a jewel in the county — a relaxing and recreational park. “We don’t intend to over-develop this place. It’s a beauty in a natural setting. Our hope would be to keep it […]

Forums to test Executive, Senate contenders

The Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce, Greater Salisbury Committee and Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement at Salisbury University will host two forums for candidates for Wicomico County Executive and Maryland State Senate for District 38. The events will be in the Wicomico Room in the Guerrieri Student Union at Salisbury University. At 7 […]

Wicomico County looks to sell off surplus properties

The Wicomico County Council has agreed that Assistant County Administrator Weston Young should continue researching several pieces of county-owned property in an effort to declare them surplus and sell them. Each will have to be approved by the council before being put on the market. “I identified them by going through all the county-owned properties […]

Democrats back unaffiliated Heath for County Exec

The Democratic Club of Wicomico County this week broke with tradition and endorsed Jack Heath, an unaffiliated candidate for Wicomico County Executive, largely because of his commitment to increasing funding for county schools. The announcement was made by Gains Hawkins, president of the club, who, called the endorsement unprecedented. About 40 people attended a club […]

Poplar Hill Camp eyed for live-in opioids rehab facility

As plans develop to transform the defunct Poplar Hill Pre-Release Unit into a live-in rehab center for those addicted to opioids and other drugs, Wicomico County Council members will tour the facility and, in weeks to come, meet with Clay Stamp, Executive Director of the Opioid Operational Command Center under Gov. Larry Hogan. Council members […]

Wicomico year-out revenues likely to be lower

Wicomico County County Council President John Cannon delivered the bad news at a work session last Friday: Property tax revenues would likely be lower than expected next fiscal year and the council would have to make $411,197 in expected cuts. “We spent a solid week reviewing what the perceived final property tax amount should be,” […]