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A memorial service was held for Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center who died this month after succuming to liver cancer at the age of 67. Delmarva Today presents exerpts from that memorial.

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A memorial ceremony was held at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center for Bob Culver. He had been in his second term as County Executive when he developed liver cancer. He died at the age of 67. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush attended the memorial and files this report.

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A memorial service will be held Tuesday at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center for Bob Culver. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Greg Bassett, editor and general manager of the Salisbury Independent, about his legacy as County Executive.

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The death of Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver last Sunday brings the end of an era. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Mike Dunn, President and CEO of the Greater Salisbury Committee, who remembers a fiesty political leader who fought for what he thought was good for his community.

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Bob Culver who died of liver cancer on Sunday was only the second Wicomico County Executive. And, during his tenure he developed a strong sense of what the position should be. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with county council membere Josh Hastings about his tenure and his impact on land conservation issues.

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Wicomico County is mourning the loss of County Executive Bob Culver who died on Sunday from liver cancer. Salisbury City Council President Jack Heath ran as an independent against Culver in his reelection bid. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Heath about that experience and Culver's legacy.

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Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver lost his battle with cancer this past Sunday. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with a number of officials who knew and worked with him. We begin with State Senator Mary Beth Carozza (R-MD)and his relationship with Annapolis lawmakers.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is ordering the closure of bars, restaurants, gyms and movie theaters across the state in response to coronavirus.

Hogan announced his order would go into effect Monday at 5 p.m.

Hogan says drive-thru, carryout and delivery service will still be allowed.

Hogan also announced a prohibition on social, community, recreational or religious gatherings of more than 50 people in close proximity.

He also says the state is planning to make up to 6,000 more hospital beds available.

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Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver announced yesterday that he has liver cancer.

The 67-year old said that he was informed of the diagnosis on Friday.

Culver said that the cancer has now covered 70 percent of his liver and will be consulting with doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital later this week to determine treatment.

WBOC reports that Culver says he will continue on the job but will reduce his hours slightly.

He added there is a possibility that he could be out a couple weeks to take care of his treatment.

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The Salisbury City Council voted to support a measure in the General Assembly that would give it the ability to regulate alcohol permits for businesses and events.

The action follows objections by Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver about the serving of alcohol at last year’s National Folk Festival in a letter to then state Senate President Mike Miller.

Culver complained that the county licensing board was not consulted.

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Wicomico County is looking at banning the mass release of balloons.

It heard supporters of the idea by County Executive Bob Culver at yesterday’s council work session.

WBOC reports that the ban would be similar to one that is in effect in Queen Anne’s County.

That county approved the measure back in August.

Supporters told the council that it would protect wild life and note that they are not biodegradable.

The television station reports that council member wanted to clarify some wording in the measure and it expected to vote on it in the coming weeks.

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With the latest dust up over alcohol at the National Folk Festival by Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver the city of Salisbury may look at getting a separate liquor board.

Council member Muir Boda told WBOC that it would fit in with the one stop shop for business.

Culver accused Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot’s office of violating the law by providing a wine and beer festival permit for the event.

The comptroller’s office said…what it was legal and necessary because of delays by the county liquor board for the festival.

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A battle has broken out between Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver and Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot.

Culver sent a letter to state Senate President Mike Miller charging that the alcohol license approved by the Comptroller’s office for the National Folk Festival in Salisbury was illegal.

Specifically, the county executive said that decision should have been left to the local alcohol commission.

In addition, he wrote that the comptroller’s nonprofit beer and wine festival permits were not proper.

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Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver says he will ask the County Council for money from its contingency fund to help fill a budget gap for the MAC Senior Center.

The center is facing a cut in state funding for its nutritional program that could affect as many as a hundred seniors by July.

WBOC reports that the council is expected to discuss the issue at its June 18th meeting.

Culver is also urging the community to step up to help support the program.

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Wicomico County Attorney Paul Wilber is out.

The County Council fired him on a vote of 6-to-1.

Council member Bill McCain was the sole dissenter.

A county charter requires that the County Executive Bob Culver bring appointments to the council for each department within six months of taking office.

Culver refused to meet the May 7th deadline.

But WBOC reports that Council President John Cannon was closed mouthed about the reason for the dismissal calling it a personnel issue.

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Wicomico County Attorney Paul Wilber says he has been asked to resign.

That’s according to a letter he sent on Friday which said that some members of the council have made that request.

But the Salisbury Daily Times reports that County Executive Bob Culver has asked him to stay on.

County Council President John Cannon told the paper that he had read the letter and “understood what he was saying.”

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It was a passionate budget meeting last night as Mardela residents asked Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver to restore funding for renovations at the local middle school and high school.

WBOC reports that Culver did fully fund the maintenance of effort supported by Superintendent Donna Hanlin to up teacher salaries and begin universal pre-K.

But that came at the cost of the money Mardela residents wanted for the renovations.

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Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver says he plans to try to fully fund the additional $800-thousand for education as requested by Superintendent Donna Hanlin.

WBOC reports that the request is an effort to fulfill her top priorities as part of her “Imagine 2022” strategic plan.

Hanlin has had the backing of a grassroots online movement by parents known as “PUSH4Education” that includes support for universal pre-K.

Hanlin also wants funding to improve teacher turnover rates and graduation rates.

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Teachers rallied in the Maryland State Capitol last night urging lawmakers to up their salaries

Dorchester Education President Katie Holbrook told WBOC called the rally a powerful movement that stands up for education.

She said that has spent hundreds of dollars of her own money on supplies for classroom.

And teachers got some encouragement from Eastern Shore Delegate Carl Anderton who told the television station that current state funding could help meet these demands.

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Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver has called for Council President John Cannon to step down from his leadership position.

Culver issued a three page letter outlining his complaints yesterday.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that they include the former Poplar Hill pre-release corrections facility on Nanticoke Road.

Officials want to make it a residential drug treatment center.

But Culver says Cannon has not been responsive on the issue.

In addition, he complained that Cannon has interfered with the county executive functions.

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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan won re-election last night the first Republican to do so since 1954.

He beat out Democratic candidate Ben Jealous in a state in which Democrats have a 2-to-1 majority.

Hogan has taken a moderate political stance emphasizing bipartisanship and distancing himself from President Trump.

Meanwhile, Democratic Senator Ben Cardin won a third term easily defeating Republican and independent challenges.

It was a charged up atmosphere as voters cast their ballots.

Here are some voters in casting their ballots in Wicomico County.

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In the money race for the Wicomico County Executive incumbent Republican Bob Culver and independent candidate Jack Heath are less than two hundred dollar apart.

Culver has raised $23,460 compared to Heath’s $23,266.

The Democratic candidate John Hamilton has only pulled in just over $13-hundred.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that a large part of Culver’s war chest went to pay for advertising with just over $17-thousand for television and newspaper ads.

Meanwhile, Heath has spent around $78-hundred on televisio, radio and newspaper ads.

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Early voting begun yesterday and local officials say turnout has been strong.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports…that line were already forming in Salisbury and Berlin.

By 10 a.m. Wicomico County elections director Anthony Gutierrez told the paper 73 people were already in line to vote.

Similar scenes played out in Somerset and Worcester counties with more than 200 showing up by noon at the office in Princess Anne.

Audio from the Wicomico County Executive debate, held October 9th, 2018, at the Wicomico Room in the Guerrieri Center on the Campus of Salisbury University.

Candidates:

Bob Culver, Republican Incumbent

John Hamilton, Democrat

Jack Heath, Independent

Panelists:

Todd Karli, moderator  WBOC TV

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The three candidates for Wicomico County Executive faced off in a forum last night on the campus of Salisbury University.

WBOC reports that independent candidate Jack Heath emphasized education saying that he fully backed the current Imagine 2022 plan by Superintendent Donna Hanlin to improve the public schools.

When asked about the county’s revenue cap incumbent Republican Bob Culver said he had no plans for its repeals but said he was open to a study of the measure.

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Democratic Club of Wicomico County is breaking with tradition.

It has endorsed independent candidate for Wicomico County Executive Jack Heath.

Club president Gains Hawkins said it was in large part because of Heath’s commitment to funding the county’s schools.

Heath said he was thrilled with the endorsement.

As for making education funding his top priority including universal Pre-K Heath said that could be done without a tax increase.

The decision was made at a meeting on Monday night with overwhelming support with no arguments.

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An independent challenger is leading in the money race for Wicomico County Executive in this year’s November election.

Salisbury Council President Jack Heath received $4-thousand from Republican Joseph Ollinger who made a bid for the position in 2010 against Democratic Rick Pollitt.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that financial reports show Heath is leading incumbent Republican Bob Culver by over $33-hundred in contribution as of June 10th the most recent reporting period.

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Wicomico County could get a new treatment center to help those facing opioid and heroin abuse.

There is a proposal for a new facility that would also help with long term employment once treatment has been completed.

WBOC reports that Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver says he would re-purpose an existing pre-release correctional facility off Nanticoke Road.

Culver told the television station that part of the problem for those facing drug addiction is long term employment once they kick the addiction.

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Business owners and parents jammed themselves into a meeting this week of the Wicomico County Council  considering  a Board of Education request for an increase in funding for the local schools.

Among the programs backed by many in the audience was Superintendent Donna Hanlin’s “Imagine 2022” plan.

WBOC reports that among other features it envisions a county-wide Pre-K program along with increasing teacher salaries to avoid turnover.

The Board of Education is requesting an additional $7 million for its 2019 fiscal budget.

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Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver wants an additional $750-thousand for in a onetime appropriation for schools.

He told the Salisbury Daily Times he would like to see that money go toward school security.

Culver said that the county contribution to the Board of Education would total $43.6 million to main the same per-student amount spent each year.

It’s part of his $151 million operating budget which is an increase of 4.5 percent over the last fiscal year.

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