Area Churches Feeling Money Pinch

SNOW HILL – Donations are down slightly at area houses of worship, and churches are cutting back, but business will go on as usual, local institutions say.“We’ve seen a little decrease. It’s hard to figure for us. Here in Ocean City it’s so seasonal,” Father Richard Smith of St. Luke’s Catholic Church said. “We’re down… Read more »

Smoking Ban Reflections One Year Later

OCEAN CITY – The smoke may have cleared, but the argument certainly hasn’t.It’s been almost a year since the Clean Indoor Air Act took effect last Feb. 1, banning smoking inside of restaurants and bars, and leaving smokers statewide literally outside looking in.Since then, some local businesses have tried to cater to their smoking clientele… Read more »

Merchants React To Berlin Hotel Closure

BERLIN – The closure of Berlin’s iconic Atlantic Hotel and Solstice, the associated restaurant, should be temporary and should not affect other town businesses too strongly, locals predicted this week in the wake of the announcement.Few were surprised at the closure. Like many small towns, bad news travels fast in the town of Berlin and… Read more »

Killer Faces Life In Prison

SNOW HILL – After listening to emotionally charged testimony from several members of the victim’s family, Worcester County Circuit Court Judge Theodore Eschenberg on Monday sentenced convicted killer Roberto Antonio Murillo to life in prison for the stabbing death of a West Ocean City woman in April.In October, Murillo, 29, of West Ocean City, was… Read more »

County Sues Internet Companies Over Room Tax

BERLIN – Worcester County this week filed suit in U.S. District Court against a bevy of Internet-based travel booking companies, seeking what could be millions of dollars in alleged unpaid hotel room taxes, joining a legion of other jurisdictions taking similar action in recent months.Attorneys for the Worcester County Commissioners on Tuesday filed suit in… Read more »