Wicomico schools fare well in new state ratings

Wicomico County schools received an excellent report card from the Maryland State Department of Education, with two-thirds of all schools earning four of a possible five stars. The grades were awarded under a new measurement system only revealed this fall. They affect all public schools in Maryland. Graded were all 10 elementary schools, and the […]

Goslee prevails in school board District 3 recount

Following a ballot recount, Board of Education candidate David Goslee was declared the winner by one vote and sworn in to represent District 3 early this week. After the swearing in, board members gathered for dinner and a meeting. “I guess I’m still in shock that I finally got it. The Lord’s got me there […]

Wi-Middle teacher donates kidney to stranger

There aren’t many days Jeff Lynd and Kelly Sowatsky don’t talk, exchange a quick hello by telephone, check on each other. Their friendship began, then deepened, after Lynd, in a selfless act he downplays, donated a kidney to Sowatsky, a Columbia, Pa., resident who, sick and in need of the organ, held up a sign […]

Prince Street student was ‘life and joy of everyone’

Like most little boys, Kaleb Chatmon talked about being a firefighter when he grew up. The Black Panther superhero fascinated him and he owned an impressive collection of Hot Wheels cars. He was interested in running track, like both his parents did, and football. Perhaps most of all, he loved meeting somebody new, shaking hands, […]

‘Bull’ Hudson remembered for tremendous heart

Aaron “Bull” Hudson, the affable, lovable Salisbury Police officer who died Nov. 19, was eulogized at a touching funeral Tuesday, with family and friends gathered at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center to grieve, but also laugh at memories. “I’m looking for my friend,” Mayor Jake Day said, remembering how he would let Hudson sit […]

Final tallies awaited in Wicomico school board race

At the request of Wicomico County Board of Education candidate David Goslee, there will be a manual recount of paper ballots containing votes for him and his challenger, Bill Turner. Goslee made the request of the Wicomico County Board of Elections after he lost the Nov. 6 election by one vote. The men are both […]

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 […]

Downtown vigil honors Officer Aaron ‘Bull’ Hudson

Several hundred people gathered in Downtown Salisbury on Tuesday night for a vigil to honor city Police Officer Aaron “Bull” Hudson, 46, who died at his home Monday. The candlelight event was held at the corner of North Division and West Main streets, the very location where Hudson, standing with his police-equipped bicycle much of […]

Recount sought in schools race separated by 1 vote

Wicomico County Board of Education candidate David Goslee, who lost by 1 vote in the Nov. 6 election, has requested a recount. When the votes were tallied on Election Day, Nov. 6, Goslee had a 17-vote lead and the consensus was the race was decided. But as absentee and provisional ballots were counted later, Goslee’s […]

Mathias on re-election loss: ‘I’m not bitter’

At midweek, a few days after losing his Maryland Senate seat to challenger Mary Beth Carozza, state Sen. Jim Mathias was on his way to a meeting. Typically upbeat, and with a gentle reminder that he’s still in office until January, Mathias said he has a legislative agenda “that I will move forward and now […]