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Preliminary primary results give Fiori win for District 3


By Greg Wehner, Staff Writer The preliminary results are in for the Worcester County primary races, and the commissioners will see a new face on the dais representing the South Point and Sinepuxent area for the next four years. Eric Fiori, 44, took 32.48 percent of the vote in District 3 with 293 votes. The… Read more »

Car suspected in hit-and-run found, paddle-out planned

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (July 21, 2022) Key details are emerging regarding the hit-and-run accident that occurred on the night of July 11 that claimed the life of 14-year-old Gavin Knupp of Ocean Pines. The Maryland State Police announced on Monday that they had located and seized a black Mercedes they suspect was involved… Read more »

Berlin hikes stormwater runoff fees

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Ditch in no man’s land plagues Flower Street By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (July 21, 2022) The Berlin Town Council voted 3-1 twice, with councilmember Jack Orris in opposition twice, to double the town’s stormwater fees and raise the water and sewer capital service fees during its July 11 meeting. Residential stormwater fees will raise… Read more »

Jacobs has outsider’s perspective 

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Retired lawyer says career on Capitol Hill good experience for political position in Pines By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (July 21, 2022) Steve Jacobs has been in Ocean Pines for a couple of years, perhaps not long enough to gain access to the cliques and factions that form in the tight-knit community over years and… Read more »

Peck strives to be voice for part-time residents in Pines

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (July 21, 2022) Amy Peck doesn’t see herself as among the Ocean Pines elite. Sitting under the pavilion at White Horse Park on a pristine Thursday afternoon earlier this month, the former paralegal and retired early childhood teacher described her 1973 “original rancher” home that has aluminum siding “that’s as… Read more »

Berlin receives Travelers’ Choice award

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer Another day, another award for the Town of Berlin. Last week, Tripadvisor selected the cozy community as a recipient for the 2022 Travelers’ Choice award, the second time in four years Berlin has won the honor. “It feels like a great accomplishment for such a small town,” said Berlin Economic… Read more »

So far, no issues with Berlin’s short-term ordinance


By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer Nearly two weeks into the implementation of Berlin’s short-term rental ordinance, everything seems to be running smoothly, according to Planning Director Dave Engelhart. “The only thing is I still get people in the R-1 and R-2 (zones) who don’t like the fact it has to be their permanent residence,” Engelhart… Read more »

Berlin police to council: ‘Do better’


By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer Monday’s meeting of the Berlin Mayor and Town Council ended with impassioned speeches from multiple people in the Berlin law enforcement community asking the town to take the retention of officers and competitive pay and benefits more seriously. Former Berlin police officer and resident J.B. Bunting kicked off the topic,… Read more »

OP youth killed in hit-and-run on Grays Corner


By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer Maryland State Police are investigating a fatal pedestrian hit-and-run crash that claimed the life of a 14-year-old boy Monday night. Gavin Knupp, of Ocean Pines, was pronounced deceased by hospital personnel at Atlantic General Hospital, according to a press release. The preliminary investigation indicates that at approximately 10:45 p.m., Knupp… Read more »

Sports facility will now head to referendum

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By Greg Wehner, Staff Writer Challenge to land purchase obtains signatures it needs The fate of the not-yet-planned sports complex off Route 50 in Berlin, just north of Stephen Decatur High School, is teetering on a pin as efforts to put county government’s purchase of the proposed 95.6-acre property for $7.15 million to a public… Read more »