Worcester County


The flu epidemic is setting records in Delaware and across the nation. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush looks at the impact and the reasons for the serious of this year's season. (Donavan Mack provided reportial assistance for this story.)


SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado briefly struck Salisbury, Maryland, on Monday afternoon.

Meteorological technician James Foster said in a phone interview Tuesday that the tornado was powered by winds of up to 105 mph. National Weather Service experts arrived Tuesday to assess the damage.

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Worcester County Commissioners are looking at imposing 200 foot setbacks for chicken houses and placing a limit of 8 houses on a parcel of land.

In addition, the proposal would place vegetative buffers between the chicken houses and nearby properties.

Kathy Phillips with the Assateague Coastal Trust told WBOC she would like to see a health ordinance adopted to look at the cumulative impact of these houses as well their density.

This would be the first change in some 50 years to deal with the growing number of large poultry houses that have sprung up on Delmarva.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The U.S. Justice Department wants to intervene in a private lawsuit brought by Pocomoke City's former police chief and two other black officers alleging race discrimination.

The Justice Department filed the motion to intervene Wednesday in federal court in Baltimore.

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There are still detours and closures in Worcester County  in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

WBOC reports that the rain damaged Big Mill Road in Stockton and Langmaid Road in Newark.

There were downed trees and wires that blocked traffic at the south end of Big Mill Road.

The flood waters and downed trees wiped out part of the highway south of Stockton.

Meanwhile, WBOC reports that repair crews were out on Langmaid Road repairing the shoulder.

In addition, Whiton Crossing Road in Berlin also saw downed trees because of the flooding.

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Eastern Equine Encephalitis was detected last month in Wicomico and Worcester Counties.

It’s a mosquito born virus that can cause some mild health problems but also could turn serious and cause death.

WBOC reports that the Wicomico County Health Department says on average only five to 10 people are affected by the virus.  

Dennis DeCintio with the Department says that number there is a high fatality rate of around one third.

Otherwise symptoms can include chills, muscle aches and join pain.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A federal grant is bringing long-distance care to children with social, emotional and behavioral problems in three rural Maryland counties.

U.S. senators Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski announced $300,000 in funding Monday from the Department of Health and Human Services to the Baltimore-based Kennedy Krieger Institute.

The Maryland senators say in a statement that the institute will partner with hospitals in Garrett and Worcester counties, and with school-based health centers in Dorchester County, to screen patients and deliver specialized care.

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Could ice hockey come to the Eastern Shore? Worcester County officials are now looking at the possibility after Hat Trick Consultants came to them with their own study which says yes. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush has this report.


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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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will be making a stop at the Harrington Fairground on Friday afternoon.

According to his website the event will kick off at 3 p.m. and will be located in the Quillen Arena.

The tickets are available on the campaign website.

This comes on the heels of tonight’s appearance at the Stephen Decatur High in Worcester County beginning a 7 p.m.

Doors open at 4 p.m.