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10:16 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Ireton Found Guilty of Verbal Abuse, No Damages Awarded

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A jury has found Mayor Jim Ireton guilty of verbally assaulting the woman who was his second in command.

But the court also found that it was done without actual malice thus denying her monetary damages in the civil case.

It was a mixed ruling for the Salisbury official from a jury of four women and two men.

It allowed the city to escape having to pay former assistant city administrator Lore’ Chambers thousands of dollars in damages.

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2:15 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Georgetown: An African American Community Lost in Time

Charles H. Chipman Cultural Center
Don Rush

Most people on Delmarva have heard of Georgetown, Delaware. However, there was another Georgetown.

It was an African American community tucked away just north and east of downtown Salisbury. It arose from the plantation that is now the site of the Poplar Hill Mansion and reaches back to the days of slavery.

With the opening up of Routes 13 and 50, the old neighborhood disappeared. Not even a sign indicates that this was once a thriving African American community.

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12:53 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Ireton & Chambers Have Day in Court

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Mayor Jim Ireton’s former second in command Lore’ Chambers found themselves squaring off yesterday in court.

At issue is her charge of civil assault that Ireton made her fear for her safety during a series of incidents on July 12th of last year.

Her attorney Neil Duke essentially called the Mayor a “bully.”

Chambers had been assistant city administrator for five years until Ireton fired her that day.

During her testimony she said that Ireton became angrier than she had ever seen him after she submitted an application to fill the city administrator position.

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7:58 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Homeownership Dips in Salisbury With Tough Economy

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An assessment of home ownership in Salisbury has found it has fallen by 4 percent over the last four years.

During an overview of Salisbury census data last night the city council was told that the rental market accounted for 66.8 percent of the housing market while homeownership accounted for just over 33 percent.

City Council member Tim Spies says the trend reflects a tough economy.

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9:56 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Man Impersonating Police Officer Attacks Woman in Salisbury

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Police are warning the public after a man impersonating an officer pulled a woman over in Maryland's Eastern Shore, and then beat and robbed her.

Maryland State Police say the woman was driving on U.S. Route 13 in Salisbury when a dark, unmarked car with emergency lights in the dash pulled up behind her just before noon Wednesday. Thinking it was an officer, the woman pulled over.

Police say that's when a man walked up to her window and immediately began assaulting her. He also robbed her.

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8:55 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Salisbury Looking Into a First Saturday

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Right now Salisbury celebrates Third Friday with a lively atmosphere in the downtown area.

Now, city officials are looking at a First Saturday as well.

This event would center on music.

Joey Gilkerson with a small group of downtown boosters told the Salisbury Daily Times it would be similar in format and location to Third Friday.

The idea got some support from the city’s downtown arts and entertainment committee.

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9:57 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Salisbury City Council Votes for Five District Plan

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In 2015 the ballot voters see in Salisbury could look much different than in the past.

Aside from all five seats and the Mayor being up for election, under a new redistricting plan they would only be voting for one city council member.

That’s the result of a vote last night by the City Council to divide the city up into five separate districts with two minority-majority districts.

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8:18 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Bicyclists Get Compromise on Expansion of Wicomico Athletic Center

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Biking advocates were relieved yesterday to learn that while Wicomico County will be expanding the Henry S. Parker Athletic Complex to include more soccer and baseball fields a bike trail will still run through the area.

The expansion plan would wipe out most of the nearly 5-mile network of trails that were first established in 1996.

But there will be an access road leading to a creek with a bridge that would be built to provide access to 80 acres of land where new trails could be carved out.

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8:00 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Ground Breaking This Week for Fire Station Salisbury

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The ground breaking ceremony for the new Fire Station number 2 in Salisbury will take place this Friday.

The original station was built in 1930.

Construction of the new fire station will cost $4.1 million and was approved in the city’s 2015 budget.

The completion date is set for November 1st of next year. 

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9:48 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Downtown Trolley Comes to Salisbury

Downtown Trolley
Tom Hunt

It’s called the Downtown Trolley.

And, Salisbury City officials were out yesterday to inaugurate its service that will run from Salisbury University to the downtown area Thursday through Saturday 7 p.m. through 2 p.m. for a dollar a ride.  

Mayor Jim Ireton told the gathering that the trolley was part of the revitalization of the downtown area.

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8:43 am
Thu August 28, 2014

New Trolley to Connect Downtown Salisbury and University

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The City of Salisbury will inaugurate a new bus service from Salisbury University to downtown today.

It’s called the Downtown Trolley.

The service will run on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 7 p.m. to 2 p.m.

The fare will be a dollar.

The project was partially funded by a $50-thousand grant from the Maryland Transit Administration in an effort to connect Salisbury University students with businesses in downtown.

Council President Jake Day says it is part of the effort to bring about a renaissance of the downtown area.

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8:45 am
Mon August 25, 2014

NAACP Forum on Police Relations in Wicomico County

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The Wicomico Branch of the NAACP will be holding a forum on police conduct.

It comes in the aftermath of Michael Brown’s death at the hands of a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.

It is to be held at the Chipman Cultural Center Thursday evening with goals to engage citizens in developing strategies to deal with charges of police misconduct as well as sustaining the relationship between police and the community.

In addition, the meeting hopes to address racial profiling.

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7:54 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Downtown Revitalization Dominates Salisbury Community Meeting

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During the Salisbury City Council’s quarterly community meeting, revitalization of the downtown area took center stage.

Covering the walls of Parker Place, an antique store,  were designs for buildings and space in the downtown area that have been developed by architecture students at the University of Maryland.

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10:22 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Salisbury City Council Moves Forward With Replacing Terry Cohen

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The Salisbury City Council took the first steps last night to replace Terry Cohen who abruptly announced she was leaving the council due to personal obligations.

So, now, it will be up to the four remaining council members to choose a new member by early September.

Council President Jake Day said they would be receiving applications with a deadline of August 25th.

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12:33 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Delmarva Blood Bank Looks for Donors

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The Blood Bank of Delmarva is looking for blood and platelet donors.

WDEL-AM  reports that the blood bank is requesting people schedule an appointment at one of four donation centers in the region. In Delaware, they include Wilmington, Christiana and Dover. The blood bank also has a location in Salisbury, Maryland.

Michael Waite, a spokesman for the blood bank, says the greatest need is for O Negative. The group also has a need for O Positive and Positive donors.

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12:21 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Ken Ulman Vows to Creative Competitive Business Climate

Howard County Executive Ken Ulan
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Ken Ulman, Anthony Brown’s running mate in the Democratic primary race for governor, took a walk through downtown Salisbury.

He was making his case for his team saying that if elected they would focus on creating a competitive business climate and working with local partners.

As Howard County executive he told residents that he realized that the area was still recovering from the 2008 recession and that a Brown administration did not see a real reason to raise taxes.

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10:21 am
Fri April 4, 2014

The Centre at Salisbury

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The recent bomb hoax at the Centre at Salisbury could have cost the mall as much as a quarter of a million dollars.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that’s according to past year financial statements at the anchor stores.

For the nearby restaurants that include the Olive Garden, Red Lobster and Longhorn Steakhouse the potential loss was $33-thousand.

Meanwhile, Macy’s loss was a potential $90- thousand.

The National Retail Federation says that retail centers do prepare for emergency closing anticipating at least one during a period.

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10:04 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Salisbury Mayor Gives State of City Address, New City Administrator is Hired

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Mayor Jim Ireton told an audience gathered on the campus of Salisbury University last night that the state of the city was sound.

The Mayor along with City Council President Jake Day declared Salisbury the Capital of the Eastern Shore touting accomplishments with of the previous year during his state of the city address.

The Mayor also touted last year’s downtown New Year’s Eve party in downtown that drew 33-hundred “the crowning achievement of the year.”

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10:01 am
Mon March 10, 2014

New Visions for Downtown Salisbury

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Salisbury City leaders are looking to mix it up a bit in the downtown area with some revitalization efforts that include selling off some of the city’s parking lots.

Delmarva Public Radio’s Kyle Bean has the story.

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8:37 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Police ID Man Killed During Traffic Stop in Salisbury

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Maryland State Police are identifying a Delaware man fatally shot during a traffic stop.

Police say Wilmington police contacted Maryland authorities for help finding 25-year-old James Norris, who was wanted on handgun charges. Police say Norris was fatally shot Monday in Salisbury after troopers tracking him stopped the car he was traveling in.

When a trooper spoke to Norris, he put both hands in his jacket pockets. When the trooper told Norris not to, police say Norris said one of them would die, prompting the trooper to pull his gun.

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8:28 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Audit Finds City of Salisbury Doing Slightly Better

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Salisbury ended up in a little better financial shape in the just ended 2013 budget year than in 2012.

Auditor Pam Baker found that the city was benefiting from a modest rebound in construction activity pulling in $364-thousand in permits compared to $185-thosuand the year before.

But the Salisbury Daily Times reports that declining real estate values caused a drop of nearly $500-thousand in property tax revenue.

Baker also said that overall spending was $2.8 million below what was budgeted.

 

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8:54 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Costs Up for Salisbury City Employees

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Many city employees in Salisbury haven't had a raise in six years, but a new analysis shows the cost of benefits is substantially increasing city spending.

An analysis by The Daily Times shows spending on salaries, benefits and employee costs have jumped 52 percent in the past decade, from $17.4 million in 2004 to $26.6 million.

There hasn't been a hiring spree, though. The city added just 45 staff members over the past 10 years, an increase of 13 percent.

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9:04 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Lore' Chambers To Sue Salisbury and Mayor

Mayor Jim Ireton
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Former Assistant City Administrator Dr. Lore’ Chambers has filed suit for $750-thousand against the city of Salisbury and Mayor Jim Ireton after being fired from her job in July.

The lawsuit alleges that Ireton verbally berated her when she expressed interest the city administrator job.

WBOC reports that Chambers claims that the Mayor would not let up physically stalking her, yelling at her and otherwise trying to intimidate her in a public setting.

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9:03 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Salisbury City Salaries Need a Bump, Study Says

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There’s a new report out that says the city employees of Salisbury are underpaid and should get an average 8.5 percent hike in their salaries.

Evergreen Solutions LLC found that 80 percent the 381 employees earn are compensated well below the market rate.

It recommended that overall employee compensation should be raised over no more than a 3 year period.

In addition, the $44-thousand report said that nine job titles should be revised with the creation of a position of lead zookeeper.

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8:31 am
Tue July 30, 2013

State Grants for Sewage Treatment in Salisbury And Fruitland

Wicomico River in Salisbury
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The Maryland Board of Public Works has authorized $1.2 million for wastewater treatment plant upgrades for the towns of Salisbury and Fruitland.

The funding is part of the 2000 Chesapeake Bay Agreement signed by five states including Maryland to clean up the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries such as the Wicomico River.

Salisbury got $1 million for designing improvements to fix an earlier upgrade that did not meet pollution control standards.

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9:04 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Salisbury Adminstrator John Pick Departs After Nearly Two Decades

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After 18 years as city administrator John Pick is leaving the city of Salisbury to become city manager in Northglenn, Colorado.

The 62-year old city official has overseen dramatic changes during those years with the population growing from 20-thousand to 30-thosuand since 1990.

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10:02 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Wi-Fi Coming to Downtown Salisbury

Salisbury Downtown Plaza
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Wi-Fi is coming to downtown Salisbury.

At least, that’s the plans of Bill Garrett who was hired last July to be director of the city’s information technology.

He told the Salisbury Daily Time, “It’s time to step up the game a little.”

On the table are plans to provide free WiFi for patrons on or near the Downtown Plaza.

He noted that other municipalities do this and bring in more business, especially in college towns.

The connection would be relayed by 10 antennas atop the surrounding buildings with the consent of their owners.

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9:08 am
Tue June 11, 2013

First Property Tax Hike in Years for Salisbury

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The Salisbury City Council last night unanimously approved a $53 million budget that will raise property taxes for the first time in years.

The rate will go from $8.19 to $8.84 per $1000 of assessed property value.

The increase represents the revenue problem faced by Salisbury in the face of an 8 percent drop in the town’s property tax base due to the Great Recession.

There is a 2 percent pay raise for city employees and as well as money to maintain the pay increases for the police department.

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11:21 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Tom Stevenson New Salisbury City Administrator

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Tom Stevenson will be taking over the city administrator’s job in Salisbury on an interim basis but he told a news conference that he does plan to apply for the position.

He is head of the Neighborhood Services and code Compliance Department and has worked with just about every department over the last quarter century.

Stevenson will be replacing John Pick who announced his retirement this week and will depart June 28th.

Mayor Jim Ireton said that the city will hire a consultant in the national search for Pick’s replacement.

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9:44 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Salisbury Jobless Rate Dips

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Salisbury gained around 500 jobs in February but it’s unemployment rate was still the highest for Maryland metropolitan areas in Maryland.

A new report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that the rate ticked down from 9.9 percent to 9.5 percent.

That’s the lowest for February in Salisbury since 2009 when it stood at 9.4 percent.

The Salisbury metropolitan area includes Wicomico and Somerset Counties.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the total for those with jobs or looking for jobs rose from just over 61,700 to 62-thousand.

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