County Looks To Federal Grants To Preserve Land

SNOW HILL – With state funding for land conservation limited, Worcester County is looking to federal grant funds to preserve two environmentally valuable properties.The county is hoping that a U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service grant will largely fund the purchase of conservation easements on the Sturgis Farm, near Public Landing, and the Stark property,… Read more »

Drug Court Prosecutor Okayed By Commissioners

SNOW HILL – Worcester County’s drug court will get its own assistant state’s attorney, at least for the next year, after the County Commissioners approved the request Tuesday.The new, grant-funded position will only last as long as the grant monies. The County Commissioners were adamant about limiting the position to one year unless the grant… Read more »

Orphan Jones Case Remembered 75 Years Later

BERLIN – Seventy-five years ago this week, a transient African-American worker brutally murdered a Berlin farmer, his wife and their two teenage daughters in their beds, touching off one of the most protracted, most expensive trials in the history of Maryland with a controversial Communist lawyer representing the defendant who was ultimately convicted and hanged.Worcester… Read more »

Affirmative Action Plan OK’d For Local Projects

BERLIN – Berlin officials this week approved a resolution ensuring local residents of low income will have the opportunity for employment on two major improvement projects going on in the town.The Mayor and Council on Wednesday unanimously approved an affirmative action resolution that will require private contractors hired for the Flower Street sidewalk construction project… Read more »

Man Threatens To Kill Troopers, Self

BERLIN – A mentally disturbed local man on Monday summoned Maryland State Police troopers to his Gum Point Rd. residence for a harassment complaint before threatening to kill the officers and take his own life.The bizarre situation unfolded last Sunday when Robert Sturgeoner Phillips, 50, of Berlin, called the Maryland State Police to make a… Read more »