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A petition to remove the plaque in downtown Salisbury that commemorates confederate general John Henry Winder has been presented to the Wicomico County Council.

Stefanie Sesse with Showing Up for Racial Justice told the Salisbury Daily Times that it was an example of white supremacy.

The petition had more than 300 names and was given to the council on Tuesday.

The group notes that Winder oversaw confederate prisons that committed human rights violations.

In addition, the general is not actually from Salisbury but was born around Nanticoke.

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Former Mayor Jim Ireton who now occupies a seat on the Salisbury City Council has decided to make a run for clerk of the court in Wicomico County.

During his announcement on the steps of the Government Office Building he said his decision was about public service.

Ireton sited his administrative experience as mayor overseeing a city government of 400 people with a budget of more than $50 million.

The clerk position is locally elected and oversees civil, criminal and juvenile responsibilities.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado briefly struck Salisbury, Maryland, on Monday afternoon.

Meteorological technician James Foster said in a phone interview Tuesday that the tornado was powered by winds of up to 105 mph. National Weather Service experts arrived Tuesday to assess the damage.

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The National Folklife Festival is coming to Salisbury. It's set to arrive in 2018 and will stay in the city for three years. Mayor Jake Day told Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush that three years ago the city wasn't ready. But now, he adds, he sees this as a major boost for the Crossroads of Delmarva.

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There is an online petition being circulated opposing the removal of a historical marker for Confederate General John Henry Winder in downtown Salisbury.

It’s sponsored by Jonathan Taylor a local conservative blogger in response to a Salisbury civil rights organization Showing Up for Racial Justice that has called for its removal.

Taylor told the Salisbury Daily Times that calls for removal was just another example of political correctness adding it was important not to let “this movement take away our history.”

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Salisbury Mayor Jake Day has joined a petition to remove the marker at the historic Wicomico County Courthouse commemorating Confederate General John Henry Winder.

Day told the Salisbury Daily Times that Winder had not connection with Salisbury.

He noted that the confederate general was from Nanticoke adding that was the place for such a marker.

Day also said that the marker should include that the general was a war criminal because of his time with confederate prisons that saw abuses – including the  Andersonville facility.

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The City of Salisbury is being sued by the volunteer firefighter company that left Fire Department Station 1 earlier this year.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that they are seeking the return of equipment and other items they said they bought as well as nearly $500-thousand in damages.

The suit also charges that the Fire Chief acted with malice and ill will toward the fire company.  

Mayor Jake Day says the city is meeting with the firefighters and has list of what it will return and what it will not.

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A silent vigil was held last night at the Salisbury City Park for Brooke Mulford who lost her battle with cancer.

She was only 12 years old.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that those gathered at the park held hands and sang “Amazing Grace”.

The gathering was quickly organized after being urged by Mayor Jake Day who is on military duty.

There were no speakers but rather many sat in silence in support of the Brooke family.

Rob Mulford simply thanked them and said they should remember to enjoy the little things in life.

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There's a great deal of construction going on in downtown Salisbury. Delmarva Public Radio's Eric Gaudreau files this report on efforts to revitalize the area.  Producers for this story were Talon Foreman and Brianna George.

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Salisbury has snagged the National Folk Festival for the next three years starting in 2018.

WBOC reports that Salisbury was among 34 towns across the country that vied for the festival.

The festival is the country’s longest-running traditional arts event that includes not only music but dance as well as traditional arts and culture.

Mayor Jake Day told the television station that the new event is just another sign that Salisbury has redoubled its efforts to become the cultural heart and soul of Delmarva.

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Headquarters Live in downtown Salisbury has been the site of bands and concerts over the last few years.

But, no more.

It will be closing its doors as of July and the Salisbury Daily Times will be moving into the building.

Brad Gillis, co-owner of Headquarters Live, told the paper that it was a grand experiment that just didn’t work out.

Meanwhile, Mayor Jake Day told the paper that people should not worry because there will be a new venue coming this year.

He said it will be a 750-seat amphitheater which will have professional light and sound.

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Salisbury is looking to join other cities like Boston to hold a marathon that will draw runners from across the country.

Mayor Jake Day told the Salisbury Daily Times that he has never run a marathon before but next year he’s going to give it a try.

And he showed up at yesterday’s news conference to make the announcement in running shorts.

The SBY Marathon would encompass a 26.2 mile course that would include North Park Drive, North Schumaker Drive and Nutters Cross Road before heading back into Salisbury.

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In a tearful moment during last night’s session Salisbury City Council member April Jackson apologized for using the term “retarded” to describe President Trump on a Facebook page.  

She had compared the president to the clients at the Holly Center which helps people with developmental disabilities.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that her remarks were in response to the president’s decision to fire missiles at a Syrian airbase last week in retaliation for that country’s chemical attack.

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The volunteer firefighters at Fire Station 1 in Salisbury will be meeting with the Wicomico County Council this Thursday.

The special meeting which will take place at noon comes after the volunteer firefighters decided to leave the Salisbury Fire Department over a staffing dispute.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the council members also expect to get an update on negotiations for a fire service agreement between the city and county.

A study found that the county is not paying enough – up to a million dollars -- in actual cost for fire service from the city.

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Mayor Jake Day reassured Salisbury residents that the departure of the volunteer fire company 1 will not affect the response time by the department.

He said, “It’s not a crisis” and added that the city will be stronger for it.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the mayor also said that neither the city nor Wicomico County leaders were interested in another fire station.

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Governor Larry Hogan announced yesterday that the state will invest $1 million for the revitalization of downtown Salisbury.

Mayor Jake Day hailed the money as marking a real partnership between state and local government.

He said, “The most important announcement said, ‘I’m a partner. I’m invested from this point forward.’ We’re going to see fruition of this project within three years. And I believe we have a partner all the way through, from beginning to end.”

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The work on improving Main Street in downtown Salisbury has been suspended.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the area between Route 13 and Poplar Hill Avenue will need a permit from the Maryland Department of the Environments because workers have come across some contaminated soil.

The city will be required to remove and dispose of the soil and ensure that the ground water is property taken care of.

The Daily Times reports that at one time there were four service stations in the area.

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Wicomico County and the city of Salisbury have cut a deal to extend the municipal water lines to the Salisbury-Ocean City: Wicomico Regional Airport.

It was just one of a number of agreements signed this week by County Executive Bob Culver and Mayor Jake Day.

Other agreements ranged from deeding six acres near Naylor Mill Park to the County to easements including one for the county-owned Scenic Drive to allow Salisbury access to its Naylor Mill Park.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Culver declared that this was a whole new era for the city and county.

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A third party report on the fire service to Wicomico County has issued ten recommendations to resolve the dispute with the city of Salisbury.

For years the city has said that it should be compensated for its fire department and EMS service to nearby county areas.

Among the ten recommendation one says that Wicomico County should pay the city $288 for each fire call into the suburban areas.

This would be in addition to the grant that the county pays to each fire station.

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Laura Mitchell left the Salisbury City Council this week. She came in at a time of great political turmoil as the city faced some of its toughest challenges. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Mitchell as she settled in at her new home in Montgomery County about her experience and the issues that she faced at the time.

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The Environmental Working Group has been raising questions about the levels of the possible cancer causing chemical Chromium 6 in the nation’s drinking water.

In Salisbury the chemical which is used in industries ranging from paint to plastic is listed among those found in the city’s drinking water.

WBOC reports that local officials were quick to downplay any health significance to the finding.            

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On the weekends it is not unusual to see venders selling their wares at the flea market in Salisbury in the parking lot at Route 13 and Church Street.

But that may be no more.

WBOC reports that developers are eyeing the property for commercial and mixed-use development.

Mayor Jake Day told the television station that it will take several years for such development to take place and will give the city time to plan for the flea market.

He said the city will ensure that development of the property fits into the Downtown Main Street Master Plan.

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The makeover for Main Street in Salisbury will be getting underway in downtown next month.

Last week the city council approved a $4.6 million contract with Corrado Construction Company for the stretch that runs from Route 13 to Division Street.

They will not only replace the sidewalks, landscaping and street lights but also the 100 year old sewer and water mains.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that initially it had been scheduled to begin last fall.

But a decision to include high-speed internet lines caused a delay.

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Mayor Jake Day unveiled a $56.8 million spending plan for the city of Salisbury for the 2017 fiscal year.

There will be no property tax increase. The rate will stay at the 94.2 cents for $100 of assessed property value.

But the mayor’s budget did highlight programs for young people.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the mayor’s budget provided $6-thousand for athletic programs for young people and $300-thousand for a community center.

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Local leaders in Wicomico County and Salisbury gathered this week to figure out how to combat rising heroin and opiod addiction rates.

Just this week the county council voted to fund a program called Community Outreach Addiction Team that uses peer counselors to help those with addiction.

Among the attendees were law enforcement officials Sheriff Mike Lewis, County State’s Attorney Matt Maciarello and Salisbury Police Chief Barbara Duncan as well as political leaders County Executive Bob Culver and Mayor Jake Day.

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A $1.5 million refurbishment of the Salisbury Riverwalk is head to completion

It’s taken a year and a half to get there and it is seen as part of Mayor Jake Day’s plans to revitalize the downtown area.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Riverwalk will now look like a wooden walk with aluminum railings.

Day told the paper that the old tiebacks which held the bulkhead together failed causing the surface to buckle.

The Riverwalk was constructed in 1977.

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As the merger between Giant and Food Lion gets closer to completion there is no word yet on the fate of the Giant in Salisbury on Route 13.

The merger was announced last year and is expected to be done by the middle of this year.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the manager of the Giant had no comment on the situation.

The paper reports that the parent company responded by email saying that it is too soon to discuss the future of the Giant store.

Mayor Jake Day refused to talk about any suitor for the store if it is closed. 

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A Salisbury landlord has won his zoning case that allows him to keep a Poplar Hill Avenue house divided into four apartments.

The Maryland Special Court of Appeals court upheld a lower court decision that the Newtown Historic District home is a legal nonconforming use.

Newly elected Mayor Jake Day told the Salisbury Daily Times that the city will not appeal the decision because “there’s a great property owner there.”

The Mayor added that the court decision does not set a precedent.

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Mayor Jake Day is getting into efforts to bring a Cracker Barrel to the Centre at Salisbury.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that he wants to meet with Centre officials and a mall anchor store that has been keeping the restaurant chain out of the mall.

Day told the Daily Times that the delay is only “a snag”.

The Cracker Barrel got the okay from local government officials for the location.

The paper reports there had been efforts six years ago to put the restaurant at the old Zia’s site near the mall but that did not materialize.

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Former Salisbury City Council President Mike Dunn has been named the next president and CEO of the Greater Salisbury Committee.

His appointment comes after a four month search.

WBOC reports that Dunn that said he was humbled by the appointment adding that he hopes to take the organization into the next phase.

Salisbury Mayor Jake Day called the hire a fantastic choice and said that Dunn has demonstrated a commitment to the community.

He will take over as of January 4th.

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