Somerset County

8:17 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Somerset County Spending Plan Has No Fee or Tax Hikes

Somerset County Commissioners are set to adopt a $35.9 million spending plan that keeps the property tax rate at 88.37 cents per $100 of assessed property value.

Property taxes make up the largest portion of revenues to the county at 39 percent of the budget.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the spending plan also includes $480-thousand to cover teacher retirements for the first time.

But that amount has been offset by an increase in the State disparity grant to the county which will rise from $4.9 million this year to $5.2 million next year.

9:03 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Mother Outraged She Cannot See Video of School Bus Bullying Incident


The video of an alleged bullying incident on a school bus from Carter G. Woodson Elementary School in Somerset County is being kept under wraps by local officials.

Jenna Howard said that last Friday her son Caleb Marshall was crying and upset telling her that another boy had physically hurt him while they were riding on the school bus together.

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9:07 am
Thu April 19, 2012

School Uniforms In Somerset County High Schools by Fall


     Somerset County high school students will be required to wear uniforms starting in September after a unanimous vote by the Board of Education.

     A pilot program began in Greenwood and Deal Island, which immediately reported a decreases in discipline problems because uniforms put everyone on equal footing. 

     Since Greenwood was so successful, uniforms were expanded into Princess Anne Elementary and Woodson Elementary in Crisfield. 

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12:10 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

Shellfish Harvesting Ban Lifted on Maryland Waterways





      BALTIMORE (AP) - The Maryland Department of the Environment has lifted shellfish harvesting restrictions in portions of three waterways following a decline in bacteria levels.

     Officials said Monday that an area of the Wicomico River at the border of Wicomico and Somerset counties has been approved for harvesting.

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8:58 am
Wed March 7, 2012

Citizens' Concerns Over Wind Turbine Ordinance in Somerset County


            There are just a few days left for public input on the proposed wind turbine legislation in Somerset County.

            And residents are expressing concerns…that range from health issues to the impact on wildlife.

            Resident Tammy Truitt said she was concerned about health issues like the noise…that can affect sleep.

            Truitt pointed to a Website for National Wind Watch which listed problems like insomnia, headaches and nausea that have been reported by people who claim they live near wind turbines.

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9:45 am
Fri March 2, 2012

No Gun Found on Suspect in Somerset County Police Shooting


          Maryland Police say the man fatally shot by two state troopers in Somerset County was not found to have a weapon.

            Forty-nine year old Terry Diaz of Princess Anne was shot in the head following a chase with state police and County Deputies on Wednesday evening along Route 13.

            Trooper Ryan Watkins and Trooper 1st Class Carl Tyler have been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

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