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(Jan. 22, 2021) While cooperation between law enforcement agencies has almost always been a matter of courtesy, the sheriff’s offices of the nine Eastern Shore counties are going much farther than that with a formal mutual aid agreement.

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(Jan. 22, 2021) Since August 2020, the Worcester County Commissioners have embraced the environmentally friendly “Maryland’s Coast, Naturally Cool” branding initiative, which has already rolled out new commercials and billboards.

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(Jan. 22, 2021) The Maryland General Assembly convened on Wednesday, Jan. 13 for a legislative session defined by the covid-19 pandemic.

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(Jan. 22, 2021) James Watson, 17, of Alexandria, Virginia was sentenced last week to a handful of years in prison for multiple counts of second-degree assault tied to a shotgun robbery involving three other suspects on the Boardwalk in August.

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(Jan. 22, 2021) Marcus Butler, 27, of Cambridge, who was among five men charged in a Boardwalk beating in June that left the victim with permanent physical injuries and lasting psychological trauma, appeared for a status hearing last Friday in Worcester Circuit Court.

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(Jan. 22, 2021) Approximately 30 percent of the county’s public school students were in the first wave of those returning to the classroom on Tuesday as part of Stage Two of the school system’s “Responsible Return” model.

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(Jan. 22, 2021) The Ocean Pines Board of Directors conducted a review of the next fiscal year’s budget, with instant good news after learning earlier estimates for potential assessment increases have been reduced substantially.

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(Jan. 22, 2021) All Marylanders age 65 and over are eligible to receive the covid-19 vaccine this month, Gov. Larry Hogan announced during a press conference on Jan. 14.

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(Jan. 22, 2021) Buckingham Elementary School in Berlin has joined Johns Hopkins University (JHU) and Caroline County to test an Early Learning Assessment project with all Pre-Kindergarten 4 students during the 2020-2021 school year.

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(Jan. 22, 2021) Ocean Pines resident Kim Shanahan, who runs the web-based business “Gifts Fulfilled” that employs adults with intellectual disabilities, experienced an economic boost following the surge in online commerce after the onset of coronavirus last spring.

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(Jan. 22, 2021) The Worcester County Technical Review Committee met virtually on Jan. 13 to discuss a site plan  of a 5,154-square-foot Royal Farms convenience store near Ocean Pines with a 1,248-square-foot car wash and eight gasoline pumping stations under canopy.

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(Jan. 22, 2021) The following took place during the Worcester County Board of Education meeting on Tuesday:

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(Jan. 22, 2021) The Worcester County Board of Education approved requests from bus contractors to extend the use of their buses to transport students beyond 12 years and agreed to requests from bus contractors to purchase replacement buses for the 2021-22 school year during its meeting on Jan. 19.

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(Jan. 22, 2021) Oak Contracting, Harkins Contracting and The Whiting Turner Contracting Corporation will be interviewed about their proposals regarding an addition to Stephen Decatur Middle School, the Worcester County Board of Education agreed this week.

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(Jan. 15, 2021) The Ocean City Transportation Committee is considering recommending that the City Council add three to four 60-foot articulating buses to the resort’s fleet.

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(Jan. 15, 2021) Tremaine Wilson, 36, of Elkridge was arrested on Jan. 11 for sexual assault of a minor, second-degree assault and third- and fourth-degree sexual offenses stemming from an alleged incident on July 18 in Ocean City. 

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(Jan. 15, 2021) The Open Meetings Compliance Board recently notified Ocean City Council it violated procedures last September by amending the town’s towing policy without adequate public notice.

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(Jan. 15, 2021) The Maryland Department of Health has confirmed two cases of covid-19 in Maryland residents caused by the new SARS-CoV-2 variant strain commonly known as B-117, Gov. Larry Hogan announced on Tuesday.

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(Jan. 15, 2021) Schools in Worcester County have begun preparations to return to in-person instruction next week after conducting virtual classroom learning during the first two weeks following the winter break.

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(Jan. 15, 2021) Few people probably even knew there was one, but what is believed to be the last parcel of undeveloped oceanfront property in Ocean City is on the market for $3.5 million.

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(Jan. 15, 2021) Ocean City Police Capt. Elton Harmon Jr. outlined for the Police Commission this week the results of his recent meeting with the Downtown Neighborhood Watch to discuss members’ safety concerns and possible solutions following the raucous activities downtown last summer.

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(Jan. 15, 2021) The Ocean City Council split 4-3 this week in favor of allowing Crown Castle to perform 5G upgrades to a handful of previously approved small cell poles in the Caine Woods and Little Salisbury neighborhoods.

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(Jan. 15, 2021) A state stimulus and tax relief package of more than $1 billion for small businesses and struggling families has been sent to the General Assembly for action, Gov. Larry Hogan announced during a Monday morning press conference.

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(Jan. 15, 2021) The Ocean City Police Commission approved the reduction of the speed limit on 94th Street from 30 mph to 25 mph during its meeting on Monday.

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(Jan. 15, 2021) The Ocean City Police Commission wants to expand the resort’s City Watch surveillance program, with commission member Mayor Rick Meehan and the commission’s City Council members on Monday expressing support for the plan.

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(Jan. 8, 2021) When the Maryland General Assembly begins it 2021 session next Wednesday, it will have about 800 pre-filed bills as compared to 200 last year, according to Delegate Wayne Hartman (R-38 C). 

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(Jan. 8, 2021) With some emergency sirens nearly 100 hundred years old, the Worcester County Commissioners will have the 19 sirens in the county evaluated, and will take over responsibility for their maintenance. 

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(Jan. 8, 2021) The Worcester County Commissioners on Tuesday agreed to use the Chestertown company Talkie as the vendor for its long-term rural broadband project. 

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(Jan. 8, 2021) Mobile vaccination support teams from the National Guard are being dispatched to local health departments across Maryland to expand covid-19 vaccination capacity, Gov. Larry Hogan said during a press conference on Tuesday night.

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(Jan. 8, 2021) Based on a suggestion from Ocean City Councilman Tony DeLuca, the mayor and council will discuss increasing lodging room taxes at an upcoming work session.

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(Jan. 8, 2021) Worcester County’s long-standing goal to develop a sports complex took one step back and one step forward at the county commissioner’s meeting on Tuesday.