Funding Loss Derails Student Intern Program

SNOW HILL — Funding for a popular student internship program has dried up in Worcester County, and officials are attempting to find a suitable replacement program.< ?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office">While briefing the commissioners on his Fiscal Year 2014 operating budget, Economic Development Director Bill Badger revealed that federal matching funds for the… Read more »

Funding Bump Not Enough To Cool County’s Fears

SNOW HILL — Though a slight bump is expected this year, the Worcester County Commissioners still had harsh words for Annapolis regarding the condition of highway user funds.< ?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office">One commissioner with experience in the Roads Department also made troubling predictions for the county and the state of its highways.Highway… Read more »

Decatur After-Prom Event’s Future Much In Doubt

BERLIN — With the school year suddenly cruising toward its finish line, prom season will soon descend on the area, but a popular annual event aimed at keeping local teens safe following the big dance is in danger of going away because of waning interest.< ?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office">Stephen Decatur High School’s… Read more »

County Weighing More Employee Pay Raises

SNOW HILL — Facing a roughly $7 million shortfall heading into budget season, most members of the Worcester County Commission say they want to wait until the end of the process before making decisions on whether or not county employees will receive another raise this year. However, Commissioner Jim Bunting revealed that his mind is… Read more »

County Scales Back Budget On New School Resource Officers

SNOW HILL — At the request of the Worcester County Commissioners, the Sheriff’s Department was able to slash its original $1.7 million school safety plan to just over $600,000, but some on the commission still believe there’s some room to lower the figure even further.< ?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office">The original proposal called… Read more »

Council Balks At Approving More OCPD Tasers

OCEAN CITY – The Mayor and City Council was torn this week between spending funds available in this fiscal year’s budget to purchase eight additional Tasers for the Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) or wait to prioritize expenditures when the budget picture clears.< ?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office">OCPD Captain Gregory Guiton came before… Read more »

Berlin Culvert Project Nears End

BERLIN — First initiated two years ago, improvements to a West Street culvert now have an official deadline of Memorial Day and an end price tag of about $175,000.< ?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office">“This is a project we’ve been working on for a couple years now,” said Town Administrator Tony Carson.Carson reminded the… Read more »

Senate OKs Bill Exempting OC From Recycling Measure

OCEAN CITY — Legislation that would provide an exemption for the countless condominiums and apartment buildings in Ocean City from placing mandatory recycling bins on their properties cruised through the Senate this week.< ?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office">Last year, the General Assembly passed legislation requiring the owner or property managers of condominiums or… Read more »

Cops & Courts

OCPD Busts Pot < ?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office">Growing OperationOCEAN CITY — An Ocean City man faces numerous drug charges this week after an OCPD narcotics unit raid on his residence Tuesday evening revealed an alleged marijuana growing operation including over 100 plants.Around 6 p.m. on Tuesday, the OCPD Narcotics Unit executed a… Read more »