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Jolley gets four consecutive life sentences plus 75 years

(Sept. 1, 2022) Cody Jolley, 32, of Snow Hill, was sentenced on Aug. 25 to four consecutive life sentences plus 75 years in the Division of Corrections for his conviction on the charges of four counts of rape in the second degree, two counts of sexual abuse of a minor, sexual solicitation of a minor,… Read more »

Parks returns as president

Unanimous vote gives seat back to former OPA leader during board reorganization (Sept. 1, 2022) The Ocean Pines Board of Directors is beginning a new year with longtime board member Doug Parks back in the president’s seat. Parks, 67, a native of Pennsylvania who, for 30 years, worked in the information technology sector, was again… Read more »

Teachers all hired up for 2022-23

Despite national educator shortage, WCPS fills 100 percent of instructor jobs (Sept. 1, 2022) Heading into the 2022-23 school year, the Worcester County Public Schools system is nearly 100 percent staffed, and that’s despite the teacher shortage that is affecting the rest of the country. Many, including teachers, are blaming the shortage on pay, added… Read more »

Worcester kids back  to school

Summer ends as classes resume for 7,300 students (Sept. 1, 2022) Nobody ever wants to be the bearer of bad news, so, kids, if you’re reading, it’s time to look away. Parents on the other hand, get ready for next week because you’re about to get that time back into your lives. A total of… Read more »

Employee cigarette sparks fire at historic Berlin hotel

(Sept. 1, 2022) The historic Hotel Atlantic in Berlin sustained damage last week after an employee’s cigarette sparked a fire near the kitchen of the Victorian structure. The Berlin Volunteer Fire Company responded to reports of smoke at the three-story building at 3:53 p.m. When crews arrived, they reported smoke and fire coming from the… Read more »

Police continue investigation into week-old home invasion

(Sept. 1, 2022) The Worcester County Bureau of Investigation is still on the lookout for a man wanted for breaking into a home in Berlin on Aug. 21 and brandishing a weapon before fleeing on foot. Detectives have not released a description of the man, who at 11 p.m. that night forced his way into… Read more »

Utility rate hikes take effect Sept. 1 in Berlin

Customers in Berlin to see price jump for water, sewer and stormwater services (Sept. 1, 2022) Utility customers in Berlin will see the Sept. 1 rate increases for water, sewer and stormwater services take effect on their October billing statements. In July, the Berlin Town Council voted to increase water and sewer capital service fees… Read more »

Pines GM report highlights July 4 earnings, racquet court repairs

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Aug. 4, 2022) Ocean Pines General Manager John Viola gave his first GM report since announcing the renewal of his contract for a two-year term, highlighted by Fourth of July numbers, mailbox updates and stategic planning maneuvering. Fourth of July festivities attracted 200 participants for the Freedom 5K and more… Read more »

Peach Festival back for 14th year

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Aug. 4, 2022) Georgia isn’t the only state that can grow a mean peach. Locals and visitors alike will have a chance to take in a variety of vendors and attractions — and, of course, peaches — at the 14th annual Peach Festival on Saturday at the Calvin B. Taylor… Read more »

OP board elections enter final stretch

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Aug. 4, 2022) The Ocean Pines Board of Directors election is around the corner. Ballots are due back for voting on the 2022-23 board on Wednesday and three winners from the six candidates are expected three days later at the annual OPA homeowners meeting — Saturday, Aug. 13. The candidates… Read more »