Process Behind School Delay Decisions Detailed

NEWARK — With a continued pattern of thick, early morning fog this week, Worcester County Public Schools were delayed Wednesday and Thursday, but not Tuesday, prompting questions about the process and what factors into the decision.On Tuesday, thick fog blanketed much of the county in the early morning hours, but Worcester’s public schools reported on… Read more »

Wicomico Income Tax Hike Likely

SALISBURY – Wicomico County residents are facing an income tax increase assuming legislation is passed in Annapolis by Friday as expected.On Tuesday, Finance Director Andrew Mackel said Senate Bill 848 has been passed and House Bill 1412 is in the process of being reconciled between the Senate and the House. The county is expecting the… Read more »

Speed Cameras OK’d For Wicomico School Zones

SALISBURY – Motorists beware as speed cameras in Wicomico County school zones, year-round, were approved this week.A series of resolutions was on the table at Tuesday’s Wicomico County Council meeting to establish school zones for the purpose of speed enforcement.According to the resolutions, the County Council adopted a legislative bill on June 7, 2011, permitting… Read more »

Worcester Conservation Easement OK’d

BERLIN — The Maryland Board of Public Works on Wednesday approved easement purchases on nearly 700 acres through the state’s Rural Legacy Program including a 251-acre tract in Worcester along the Chincoteague Bay.The three-member Board of Public Works approved measures adding a total of 689 acres to the state’s permanently protected rural landscape and extinguished… Read more »

Schools Prepping For Major Changes With Tests

SNOW HILL — Though educators have expressed concern over Worcester County’s mandatory adoption of the state’s Common Core Curriculum, Board of Education officials anticipate that the county will retain its top ranking among state public school systems in the years to come.“Whatever is thrown at us, we deal with it,” said Board member Bob Hulburd…. Read more »

Ocean City Exploring Bikini Parade Concept

OCEAN CITY – Thousands of visitors in bikinis could be marching along the north end of Ocean City’s beach this summer if a proposed bikini parade comes to fruition.As proposed, the idea behind it would be to break the current Guinness World Record while simultaneously enhancing tourism for the northern part of the resort.According to… Read more »

Annual Teacher Banquet Next Week

NEWARK — Worcester County’s 25th Teacher of the Year Banquet will be held next Friday, March 30 in Ocean City.“This year’s 25th Teacher of the Year Banquet will be as much about looking back, as it will be about looking forward,” said Barbara Witherow, Coordinator of the Teacher of the Year Program for Worcester County Public… Read more »

Annual Native Plant Sale Now Accepting Orders

BERLIN — For the 13th year, the Assateague Coastal Trust (ACT) will offer a selection of native flowering perennials and heirloom tomatoes at its annual festival, but this year the event has been relocated to ACT’s backyard in Berlin at the corner of Old Ocean City Blvd. and Main Street.The festival, which also features nature-inspired… Read more »