State OKs New Child Shield Laws

ANNAPOLIS – Maryland sex offender laws got much stronger this week when both the House and Senate passed the so-called Jessica’s Law, which includes among other things no possibility of parole for convicted offenders serving minimum mandatory sentences.The full House approved House Bill 930 with a unanimous 138-0 vote, while the Senate approved the companion… Read more »

Ocean City Dog Park Details Surface

OCEAN CITY – A proposed park aimed at keeping residents’ four-legged friends in shape and offering a place for their owners to share their love of their furry companions continues to be developed as early plans for a dog park were revealed this week.At the Recreation and Parks Committee meeting Tuesday at Northside Park, Recreation… Read more »

County Shuffles 10-Year Capital Project List

SNOW HILL – With $388 million worth of projects listed in Worcester County’s 10-year capital improvement plan, the County Commissioners decided to push back some items to follow a more realistic timeline.“You have Pocomoke and Snow Hill [high schools] lined up in the same year. That’s not going to happen,” said Commissioner Virgil Shockley.Commissioner Judy… Read more »

NMFS Considers Pushing Back Circle Hook Mandate

OCEAN CITY – The required use of fish-friendly circle hooks in big offshore tournaments such as the annual White Marlin Open in Ocean City could be suspended for a year while National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) officials reconsider the federal regulations that went into effect on Jan. 1.NMFS officials last year adopted new regulations requiring… Read more »

OP Community Center Referendum Date Set

OCEAN PINES – The new Ocean Pines Community Center referendum question will be sent out April 18, the Ocean Pines Board of Directors decided Wednesday.“It’s in the hands of the populace,” said Ocean Pines Association President Glenn Duffy. “Everyone I speak to is in favor. We’ll have to wait and see.”Ocean Pines property owners will… Read more »