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Worcester grants change of plans at Triple Crown Estates

Developers of Triple Crown Estates just south of Ocean Pines were given the thumbs up from Worcester County Commissioners to amend phase two of their plans with less units than originally proposed. Property owners Steen Associates originally sought to construct 60 buildings on the 92-acre plot of land in two...
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Resort Moves Ahead With Contract For Air Show

OCEAN CITY – With some concerns allayed, resort officials this week agreed to a terms sheet with the OC Air Show to ensure the annual event returns for the next three years and beyond. Last week, Tourism and Business Development Director Tom Perlozzo presented a terms sheet for negotiations...
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Striping Improved, Work Nearly Complete At Route 113 Intersection

BERLIN– Work that has long been underway at the intersection of Assateague Road and Route 113 should soon be complete, according to state officials. The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) confirmed this week that improvements at Route 113 and Assateague Road (Route 376) are nearly done. “The work is...
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Worcester home sales down as interest rates continue up

(July 1, 2022) Interest rates have been rising steadily and we are seeing a slowdown in the market because of that. Between rising costs of homes and now higher interest rates, buyers, especially first-time buyers, are having a harder time finding and qualifying for their dream home. The median home...
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Worcester BOE revises several timely policies

The Worcester County Public Schools Board of Education made several policy revisions at its June 21 meeting, including some that pertained to programs no longer offered, and others dealing with legislation passed down from the state. All revisions were approved unanimously without question. Here’s a rundown of what they changed:...
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Rural areas push fed funds for broadband in Worcester County

Residents want speedier delivery of internet service. The Worcester County Commissioners turned to the public last week when looking for ways to spend $8.7 million of American Rescue Plan Act money funds sitting in limbo, and the majority of those who spoke during the over 1-hour hearing pushed for fast and reliable internet.
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Housing market changes as interest rates start to go up

(July 1, 2022) The buzz in real estate is that the market is shifting – but what exactly is causing the shift? Let’s take a look at the reasons behind it. Interest rates are on the rise. Where buyers could get a new mortgage for around 3.5 percent at the beginning of this year, rates are now closer to 5.5 to 6 percent for primary home purchases. And, if you are trying to purchase a second home, mortgage rates are 6.5 to 7 percent.
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USDA Farm Service Agency Announced Appointees

The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced appointees who will serve on the USDA FSA state committee. Appointees pictured from left to right are Cheryl DeBerry, Dr. John Brooks Jr, Val Nasir, Lee D. McDaniel, Sam Smith, and C. John Sullivan III, FSA state executive director. Nasir is a Worcester County resident.
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Worcester County BOE approves $124 million budget

School board members in Worcester County approved the district’s 2022-23 school budget of $124 million on June 21, just two weeks after the Worcester County Commissioners approved their budget of $226.9 million. More than 81 percent, or $101.2 million, of the school district’s budget comes from the county and...
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Betty L. Minor

Born in Washington, DC, she was the daughter of the late Charles R. Kessler Sr. and the late Bertha V. Kessler of Salisbury, MD. Betty had worked in parent education for the PGC public schools, the PGC ARC Center for children and adults, the Worcester County Commission on Aging, and Little Lambs Day Care Center in Ocean Pines.
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Janasek Sues OPA Over 90-Day Ban

OCEAN PINES – Former board member Tom Janasek has filed suit against the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors seeking relief against the enforcement of a 90-day amenity ban. In June, the Ocean Pines Association (OPA) Board of Directors voted 5-2, with Directors Doug Parks and Rick Farr opposed,...
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Worcester Co. Health Department Confirms OC Raccoon Tested Positive for Rabies

SNOW HILL, Md.- The Worcester County Health Department has confirmed a raccoon in Ocean City tested positive for rabies this week. The raccoon had attacked two people in the early morning hours of June 23 in the area surrounding 141st Street. Health department officials warn that any person, pet or...
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County OKs Surface Mine Rezoning

SNOW HILL – A change in zoning approved last week is expected to provide future flexibility for a property currently home to a surface mine. The Worcester County Commissioners voted 5-0 on June 21 to rezone property currently used as a surface mine on Downs Road. The land will be reclassified from A-1 to A-2.
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Citizens Want ARPA Funding Put Toward Broadband

SNOW HILL – Desire for high-speed internet highlighted a public hearing regarding Worcester County’s use of federal relief funds. Citizens told the Worcester County Commissioners last week they wanted the county to use its American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to help expand access to broadband in the county’s rural areas. While several questioned the county’s partnership with Talkie Communications, officials said they were willing to work with whoever was bringing broadband to the area.
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Thoughts From The Publisher’s Desk – July 1, 2022

The next several weeks will reveal everything as far as gauging the summer tourism season. In general, the summer season thus far has been strange. Though reviews are always mixed when reviewing summer business, the consensus seems to be it’s been a slow start. “It’s been a weird fall so far,” as one hospitality worker joked last week, understanding full well the summer season is in full swing.
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Commissioners Approve New Cluster Design Standards For Campgrounds

SNOW HILL – County leaders approved a text amendment last week that will allow for a new cluster design at local campgrounds. The Worcester County Commissioners last Tuesday voted 5-0 to approve a text amendment that allows a cluster design for cabins and park model trailers at rental campgrounds. The new layout will allow campgrounds like Frontier Town to try a different layout than the traditional rows of campers and vehicles parked next to each other.