Schools Show Support For Youth Suicide Prevention

NEWARK – The Worcester County Board of Education has bestowed its blessing upon a private youth suicide prevention program begun by two bereaved mothers.“We are both survivor moms. Both of our sons died from suicide,” Kelly Green, co-founder of the Delmarva Chapter of the international Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program, told the board Tuesday.Green explained… Read more »

82% Of Area Grads To Continue Education

NEWARK – With 82 percent of Worcester County’s graduating seniors from spring 2007 heading to further education, and $12.6 million in scholarships, county educators are saying this spring’s class was one of the best ever.Betsy Williams, Stephen Decatur High School guidance counselor, told the Worcester County Board of Education Tuesday she did not think any… Read more »

State Drought Disaster Designation Expected

BERLIN – Governor Martin O’Malley confirmed with U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns this week that a drought disaster declaration for the entire state of Maryland would soon formally be announced.O’Malley called Johanns yesterday for an update on Maryland’s request for a drought disaster designation. This designation, in response to O’Malley’s July 26 request… Read more »

Acceptable Fire Equipment Age Discussed

SNOW HILL – Before approving a new set of standards for fire companies, the Worcester County Commissioners plan to meet with county fire chiefs to discuss acceptable equipment age. Since 1977, fire apparatus has been limited to 15 years of service without underwriter approval and up to 30 years with an underwriters’ certificate.The standards, as… Read more »

Weight Loss Competitor Overcoming Odds

BERLIN – According to 51-year-old Quintin Dennis, the most outrageous thing he has every done is “get out of shape.” Along with the 10 other active contestants of “Delmarva’s Weight Loss Challenge,” he’s working hard to get back in shape so that he can live a better and fuller life. Permanently disabled in 2001 due… Read more »

Achievement Gap Still A Reality On State Tests

NEWARK – African-American student test scores still lag significantly behind all other ethnic groups in Worcester County elementary and middle schools on the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) test, while doing well compared to other African-American students in the state.“We still have a lot of work to do with that population,” said Dr. Richard Walker, assistant… Read more »

Brothers Charged In Ocean City Stabbing

OCEAN CITY – Two brothers were in custody this week facing attempted second-degree murder and other serious charges after allegedly stabbing two men during an altercation in front on an Ocean City hotel early Monday morning.Around 2:15 a.m. on Monday, an Ocean City Police officer on routine patrol in the 49th Street area was flagged… Read more »