Regulations Loosened On Ag Property Weddings, Special Events; Farmers Looking To Diversify Their Properties

SNOW HILL – Two changes approved by county officials this week will make it easier for owners of agriculturally zoned properties to host weddings and other special events.The Worcester County Commissioners on Tuesday approved two text amendments related to commercial special events on properties with agricultural zoning. The approvals came after modifications to both proposals… Read more »

Report Indicates Nearly One-Third Of Worcester Households Struggling Financially

SALISBURY – Approximately 31 percent of households in Worcester County are struggling to afford basic needs, according to a recent United Way report on Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed (ALICE) individuals. But statistics show these percentages are higher in half of the county’s municipalities identified in the data.In a snapshot of six municipalities – Berlin,… Read more »

Worcester School Board Approves $105M Budget; Plan Highlighted By Salary Increases

SNOW HILL – School system officials adopted a proposed $105 million budget, highlighted by salary increases and a handful of capital projects, for the coming year.On Tuesday, the Worcester County Board of Education approved a $104,767,501 budget for FY18. An expenditure increase of $1.8 million is expected to fund salary increases for school system employees…. Read more »

Q&A With Speaker Coming To OC To Talk About Addiction ‘Pandemic’

Q&A With Speaker Coming To OC To Talk About Addiction ‘Pandemic’

BERLIN – Michael DeLeon, a national public speaker from New Jersey, spends most of his year visiting schools and community organizations around the country, speaking to kids and adults about the growing drug epidemic.Next week local nonprofit Growing Hope will bring DeLeon, founder of the national addiction education and prevention organization Steered Straight, to the… Read more »