Worcester

News
9:42 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Mixed Scores on Maryland School Assessment for Lower Shore

Worcester County students did well on the Maryland School Assessment tests scoring above state averages in reading and math.

Jerry Wilson superintendent of the County school system said that the students in 2012 did better than last year.

In Wicomico County school system officials said there were some successes for their students.

They improved in their proficiency in math for grades five, six and eight.

But the percentage of students scoring proficient in reading declined in every grade except fourth.

News
8:43 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Burn Bans Across Lower Shore in Face of Drought

 

            Extreme drought conditions have led Lower Shore Counties to impose burn bans.

            Wicomico County Executive Rick Pollitt says he expects to seek an indefinite extension of the seven day ban already in place.

            Meanwhile, Somerset, Worcester and Dorchester Counties have also imposed burn bans.

            Worcester County Fire Marshall Jeff McMahon…said that the ban should do a lot to reduce the number of out-of-control outside fires.

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News
9:39 am
Tue March 6, 2012

More Wine And Beer Festivals for Worcester County?

 

            Wine and craft beer enthusiasts could see more opportunities to taste their favorites on the Lower Shore.

            Legislation in Annapolis would allow three festivals each year in Worcester County and capitalize on the growing the popularity of micro-breweries and local wineries.

            Ocean City hosts the Wine Fest at the Beach each fall, while Wicomico County hosts the Autumn Wine Festival and good Beer Festival.

            The measure in the General Assembly would allow two more festivals in Worcester County.

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News
8:16 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Worcester Moving Ahead with Sewer Project for Shopping Center

 

 

          Worcester County has given its nod to plans for water and sewer capacity for the Pines Plaza Center development.

            Local officials will be soliciting proposals for a new connection to be built under route 589 with a public information meeting to be held today at the Ocean Pines library.

            The $2.9 million project would connect the development with the Ocean Pines sewer district.

            If approved work would begin later this year and is expected to be completed by the spring of next year.

News
9:32 am
Mon February 20, 2012

Worcester County Could Lift Height Limit on Buildings

 

           Builders in Worcester County could be building structures higher than 45 feet without having to ask for permission.

            Since 1989, the county fire prevention code has capped the maximum height for any building intended for human habitation.  

            Any exception to that requirement has required approval from the county.  

            But that could change under a measure now being looked at by the
County Commissioners…that would eliminate the need for getting permission.

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News
12:17 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Environmental Group Calls Water Plans for Wicomico and Worcester Counties Not Good Enough

 

 

 

 

            An environmental group says plans by Worcester and Wicomico Counties to improve water quality do not go far enough.

            The Environmental Protection Agency has mandated that Maryland counties submit a draft of their Water Implementation Plan as part of the federal “pollution diet” for the Chesapeake Bay.

            The Choose Clean Water Coalition called Worcester County’s plans “skeletal” without a clear strategy for implementing change.