Somerset County

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Plans for a new Arts and Entertainment District will be heard in Princess Anne this afternoon by the Somerset County Commissioners.

Crisfield has already approved tax incentives for the new district.

City Manager Rick Pollitt told WBOC that there’s been a lot of interest with heavy attendance at meetings on the project .

Somerset County Commission President Randy Laird told the television station that he is on board with the plans.

But while there is support some have expressed skepticism that the district will be enough to revitalize the Maryland town.

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Plans for a natural gas pipeline are underway for Somerset and Accomack Counties.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Baltimore-based equity firm H4 Capital Partners have been carrying out engineering work and seeking private interest.

The proposed 180-mile pipeline would connect to a natural gas pipeline in Cecil County.

It would run through Kent, Queen Anne’s and Somerset counties including alongside Route 13 south of Salisbury.

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Crisfield is moving to develop an Arts and Entertainment District.

The City Council has approved tax incentives for around 100 acres that would provide business owners within the district credit for renovations.

WBOC reports that it is now up to the Somerset County Commissioners to approve the tax incentives before they get the required consideration by the state of Maryland.

The city says the district is part of an economic effort to encourage people to open up more properties.

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Somerset County Commissioners wants Governor Larry Hogan to include money for tuition so that local students can go to Wor-Wic Community College tuition free.

County Administrator Doug Taylor told the Salisbury Daily Times that the county’s students are behind the average for residents with college degrees.

Only 19 percent of Somerset County residents have a college degree compared with Wicomico and Worcester counties where the percent is in the upper 30’s.

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Somerset county officials have taken out a loan of $177-thousand in an effort to keep local residents from having to face a 50 percent increase in their sewer bills.

Those fees were set to rise from $564 to $832 a year.

But the Salisbury Daily Times reports that there was an outcry by local residents at the potential hike so for now the county decided to take out the loan.

The county will not have to pay the loan for up to three years nor will it face any interest on the financial obligation.

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Voters on the Eastern Shore flocked to the polls during the early voting period that ended yesterday.

Anthony Gutierrez, Election Director for Wicomico County, told WBOC that the goal had been to hit at least 10-thousand.

In Worcester County just over 63-hundred had gone to the polls while in Dorchester County the number was just over 32-hundred.

In Somerset County it was just over 23-hundred.

WBOC reports that election officials say early voting was up 18 percent from four years ago.

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Across Delmarva the poultry houses have gotten bigger and they have found new neighbors. In Somerset County the situation found local residents up in arms and pitted against the poultry industry. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush has a look the story in part 2 of our series on the emergence of the large chicken houses. 

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. (AP) - Prosecutors say the trials of two men accused of fatally stabbing a Baltimore stylist have been moved after new evidence indicates the crime took place in a different county.

Somerset County deputy state's attorney Wess Garner tells the Salisbury Daily Times on Wednesday that the trials of the men accused of killing 22-year-old Damon Jennings will take place in Baltimore County.

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The three Lower Shore Counties in Maryland have the highest rates of child abuse in the state.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the state Department of Health found that in 2014 ranked highest with 30.5 out of a thousand children suffered some abuse.

In Worcester County the figure was 29 out of a thousand while in Wicomico County it was 13.4 out of a thousand.

The national average is 8.5

Michele Hughes, executive director of the Life Crisis Center, told the Daily Times that she never sees fewer than 100 children who have suffered from abuse.

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WHITEHAVEN, Md. (AP) - The Whitehaven Ferry is returning to the waters of the Wicomico River.
 
The ferry is returning to service Tuesday after an overhaul. It has been offline since November.
 
The ferry serves as the only link across the Wicomico River between rural sections of Wicomico and Somerset counties.
 
A contractor has replaced the bulkhead on either side of the ferry ramp on the Wicomico side of the river and replaced the cable that pulls the ferry from one side of the river to the other.
 

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