Council Differs On Health Insurance Changes

OCEAN CITY – Discussions on town employee medical coverage at this week’s Mayor and City Council meeting had tempers flaring, as the council tossed around drastic proposals in changing employee health benefits.The town’s current health coverage for employees includes medical, prescription, dental and vision. This coverage will remain but exactly how much the town will… Read more »

Flaws Revealed In Ignition Program

BERLIN – A Maryland Department of Legislative Services audit released this week revealed a large percentage of Marylanders required to participate in the state’s ignition interlock program as a condition of probation in drunk-driving cases are not being closely monitored.The Department of Legislative Services this week released the findings of an audit of the state’s… Read more »

Md. Allocates $190K To OC For Routine Beach Work

OCEAN CITY – With very little fanfare or discussion, the Maryland Board of Public Works this week approved a nearly $200,000 expenditure for the ongoing beach replenishment project in Ocean City.The three-member Board of Public Works, which includes Governor Martin O’Malley, Comptroller Peter Franchot and Treasurer Nancy Kopp, on Wednesday approved the $190,138 state expenditure… Read more »

Obama Rejects Ocean Drilling

OCEAN CITY – Just seven months after proposing to open a vast tract of ocean floor roughly 50 miles off the coast of Ocean City and Assateague to offshore drilling for oil and natural gas, the Obama administration this week reversed its course and issued a ban on drilling off the mid-Atlantic coast through 2017.In… Read more »

Winter Crime Prevention Initiatives Offered

Winter Crime Prevention Initiatives OfferedShawn J. Soper News EditorOCEAN CITY – In a town where the population often drops from 300,000 in the summer to just a few thousand hearty souls in the winter, there are thousands of vacant properties and scores of dark streets providing ample opportunities for would-be criminals, but there are several… Read more »