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Local state officials took in complaints about the educational system at a community meeting of the NAACP in Salisbury yesterday.

On hand were Delegates Carl Anderton (R) and Sheree Sample-Hughes (D).

WBOC reports that Anderton emphasized the need for greater access to the internet to get children more engaged in the classroom.

Meanwhile, Sample-Hughes told the audience that she has been fighting for things like better facilities at West Salisbury Elementary School and combatting bullying.

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The rise in heroin addiction has led more than 200 parents and family members to come out tonight for a candlelight vigil at the Salisbury Riverwalk Park at 5:30 p.m. tonight (9/16).

Many have lost loved ones to the epidemic or have loved ones who are still battling their addiction.

Among those in attendance tonight will be City Council Vice President Laura Mitchell whose loved one has been battling heroin.

Delegate Rudy Cane contributed $6-thousand to Sheree Sample-Hughes.

The catch?

She is his Democratic primary opponent.

Cane told the Salisbury Daily Times that when he gave her the donation he was in the midst of a personal medical issue and did not plan on running again.

Sample-Hughes said the Cane told her about his illness and asked if she would be willing to run in the District 37A that covers parts of Dorchester and Wicomico Counties.

She said yes and filed papers before Cane got a second opinion saying he would be able to campaign.

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Retired teacher McKinley Albert Hayward has decided to run for District 1 on the Wicomico County Council next year.

The longtime local resident said he would focus his campaign on education, employment and housing.

In addition, he hopes to improve public schools and bring more high-tech jobs to the area.

In focusing on education, the Salisbury Daily Times reports that Hayward said he is concerned that neighboring Worcester County’s schools get more blue ribbon recognition than Wicomico County.

The last woman on the Wicomico County Council is leaving.

Stevie Prettyman announced that she will not seek re-election.

She told the Salisbury Daily Times that she had accomplished a lot during her four terms on the council that she did not make the decision lightly.

Prettyman said that it was time to move on with other aspects of her life.

She added that she was announcing early enough so that others would have time to think about running for her seat in the Second District.

Longtime member of the Wicomico County Council Gail Bartkovich says after 12 years she has decided to not seek re-election.

The Republican represents the county’s 3rd district.

And she told the Salisbury Daily Times that she wants to spend more time with her grandchildren adding that the new shape of her district would give new candidates a fresh start.

In addition, she said that her husband John Bartkovich who led the local Republican Party for years may also retire in the next four years.

The Wicomico County Council has extended the exemption for new one-and-two family dwellings from the state fire sprinkler mandate through 2015.

Council members have expressed concern about houses that are dependent on wells.

The Council voted 6-to-1 this week even though the modular housing industry says this would continue an uneven playing field.

In addition the Maryland State Fire Marshal William Barnard urged the council members to require the fire sprinklers because fires attack a home in a more dangerous way than in the past.