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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

Mayor Jim Ireton
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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

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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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9:39 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Coalition Gathers to Plan Arts Center in Salisbury

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There will be an Arts Roundtable meeting this Wednesday in Salisbury to build and develop a new visual and performing arts center.

Executive Director Therese Hamilton told the Salisbury Daily Times that such a center could be located in the downtown area as part of a revitalization effort in that part of the city.

She noted that many nonprofit arts groups are now competing for space at high school auditoriums with all their logistical and financial challenges.

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9:37 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Police Search for Suspect in Salisbury Shooting

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Police are looking for 19 year old Myles David Lyons in connection with an early morning shooting and stabbing that has left one person dead and two others injured


The incident occurred in the Jersey Road and Burnt Branch Drive area of Salisbury around 3 . am.


The murder victim is described as a 39 year old woman.


An 17 and 18 year injured in the incident have been taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center.

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2:37 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Eastern Shore Communities Celebrate National Night Out

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It’s National Night Out.

And cities across the county are celebrating the event that marks the fight against crime.

It’s sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch.

On the Lower Eastern Shore there are a number of cities participating this year ranging from Salisbury and Crisfield to Pocomoke, Snow Hill and Ocean City.

Col. Ivan Barkley with the Salisbury Police Department says this is a way for the community and law enforcement to get together.

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8:45 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Woman Charged With Death of Daughter in Traffic Accident

SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - A Pennsylvania woman has been charged in the death of her 11-year-old daughter after police say she ran her vehicle off the Salisbury bypass while impaired by drugs.

State police tell The Daily Times of Salisbury that the girl was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle, which overturned on the southbound Route 13 Bypass Sunday afternoon.

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8:33 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Jobless Rates Inch Up For Salisbury and Dover

The unemployment rates for Salisbury and Dover were up in June.

Salisbury’s jobless rate was 9 percent up from 8.4 percent in May.

That’s still below 9.5 percent a year ago.

Statewide, Maryland’s unemployment rate was 7.2 percent up from 6.6 percent a month earlier.

But that was still below the 7.7 percent a year ago.

For Dover June saw an unemployment rate of 7.4 percent up from 6.5 percent in May.

Again the June rate was lower than the 7.8 percent a year ago.

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12:14 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

The Softball World Series Returns Next Year to Salisbury

The United States Specialty Association says it will return to Salisbury to host the 2013 Softball World Series.

WBOC-TV reports that the association made the announcement Monday. The group's vice president, Bill Dowell, says the decision was based on Salisbury's infrastructure, as well as support from hotels, restaurants, businesses and sponsorships.

It will be the seventh year that Salisbury has hosted the event.

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8:54 am
Mon June 4, 2012

New Plan for Downtown to be Heard by Salisbury City Council

The Salisbury City Council is set to take up today a new plan by Mayor Jim Ireton for a redevelopment district for the downtown area that would eliminate several parking lots.

Ireton says that a recent study found there would still be plenty of parking in the downtown area with the plan.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that over a month and a half’s time the city actually counted the spaces used in the downtown area by the parking garage and five nearby lots.

Ireton says that no single politician or blog can argue there is a problem with parking in downtown.

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8:47 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Redistricting Plan Up Before Salisbury City Council

 

There’s a seven hour work session set for today during which the Salisbury City Council will take up the controversial charter amendment that would increase minority representation on the council.

By a 3-to-2 vote the Council told the City Attorney Mark Tilghman to draw up a measure that would expand the majority-minority district to two at-large council members while leaving a second at-large district with 3-members.

In addition, the proposal would eliminate the staggered elections for the council members and the Mayor.

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8:47 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Two New Plans as Salisbury Struggles with Minority Representation on City Council

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All of the redistricting plans for Salisbury’s City Council elections are now off the table.

In their stead there two new plans.

One would create three council districts.

Two would be majority-minority districts while the third would be an at large district with three council members.

A second proposal would create a two-district map that combines the two minority-majority districts but with two representatives. 

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10:05 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Legal Finance Battle Up Before the Salisbury City Council Tonight

 

 

 

    The controversy over Salisbury's legal budget for the remainder of the current fiscal year will come up for scrutiny at night's City Council meeting.

     The Council is set to take a second and final vote on a measure that would add $30,000 for the City Attorney.

      However, at an April 16, meeting, Council members Laura Mitchell and Shanie Shields received a spread sheet showing that an additional $100,000 is needed to cover legal bills for the rest of the fiscal year.

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8:45 am
Wed April 18, 2012

Mayor Proposes Hike in Property Tax

 

             Salisbury residents could be hit with a 1.5 percent hike in their property taxes after four years of holding the line on such an increase.

            That’s the issue facing the city as Mayor Jim Ireton rolled out his 2013 budget plan this week.

            The Mayor says the increase is needed in light of the decline of $1.7 million in property tax revenues since 2010 because of a $221 million drop in property assessments.

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11:23 am
Fri April 13, 2012

Staggered Elections In Salisbury Could End

 

            The Salisbury City Council has agreed to end staggered municipal elections.

            Council President Terry Cohen said that while the practice provided for continuity many voters felt it was just a form of – what she called -- re-election.

            The Salisbury Daly Times reports that eliminating the staggered voting would provide…elections for the Mayor’s office and all 5 Council seats every four years.

            The next municipal election is set for April of next year.

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11:20 am
Fri April 13, 2012

Salisbury Sued Over Historic Home Improvement

 

            Local landlord Stuart Leer of L&M Rentals has filed a lawsuit against Salisbury after the city’s Historic District Commission denied his request to modify a historic Camden Avenue home.

            He charges that the Commission did so after the 45 day window allowed for such a denial had passed.

            The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the law says the failure by the Commission to act within that time frame constitutes automatic approval unless the two parties reach a mutual agreement for an extension.

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12:30 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Salisbury City Council to Hear from Public on Harbor Pointe Assessment District

 

              The Salisbury City Council is set to hear from the public tonight and take an initial vote on a special assessment district that would pay for the cost of a sidewalk in the Harbor Pointe neighborhood.

            The local home owners have come to the city several times before asking that the municipality put in a sidewalk on Harbor Pointe Drive from Pemberton Drive to Anchors Way.

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