Upgrade For OC Security System

OCEAN CITY – The resort’s citywide security system will be getting a much-needed upgrade this summer, by way of a state-of-the-art software program paid for by a Homeland Security grant.The City Council voted unanimously to allow City Engineer Terry McGean to hire Advantech to complete phases one and two of a process that will upgrade… Read more »

School Supporters Grateful For County Commitment

SNOW HILL – The education portion of the Worcester County public budget hearing Tuesday was tame compared to years past, with most speakers thanking the Worcester County Commissioners for less cuts than originally mandated, rather than haranguing elected officials for more funding.The education budget for next school year has been the center of controversy since… Read more »

Ocean City News In Brief

OCEAN CITY – In “the brief” this week, two new Boardwalk laws went into effect, and some fowl artists were the first group to request wall space in the to-be-expanded Roland E. Powell Convention Center.Boardwalk Display Guidelines SetIronically, it was Margaret Pillas, the Boardwalk business owner who sits on the Ocean City Council, and who… Read more »

Long-Range County Budget Forecast Gloomy

SNOW HILL – Citizens heard a sobering report of Worcester County’s budget outlook at the public budget hearing Tuesday night, including drops in revenue that will likely last for the next few years.Budget requests for the next fiscal year now total $181.8 million, while revenue comes in far short of that at $175.6 million. The… Read more »

Latest CO Suit Charting Similar Course

OCEAN CITY – A flurry of legal wranglings surfaced this week in the multi-million dollar federal civil suit filed early last month by five plaintiffs inflicted with carbon monoxide poisoning in hotel rooms adjacent to a room where two Pennsylvania residents died of CO poisoning in July 2006, as several defendants filed different motions attempting… Read more »

Flu Scare Shows Partnership Importance

BERLIN – While there have been no confirmed cases of swine flu in Worcester County, county health officer Debbie Goeller asked the County Commissioners this week to reconsider a previous decision to not buy into a state flu medication partnership.Goeller asked the commissioners, after she presented an extensive report on swine flu facts and county… Read more »

County Stays Tight On Costs

SNOW HILL – County elected officials will wait to choose a construction company for an eagerly anticipated trash transfer station in Bishopville until after the fiscal year 2010 (FY10) budget is struck in early June, saying that now might not be the time to build.The lowest bidder proposed a $415,000 price tag to build the… Read more »

Social Programs Beg For County Funds

SNOW HILL – The hall was packed with education supporters Tuesday night for the Worcester County public budget hearing, but in a reversal of tradition, other areas of the county budget got the most attention, particularly grants to non-profit social services organizations. The budget hearing, held every May at Snow Hill High School, attracted a… Read more »