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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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The controversial plaque commemorating Confederate General John Winder has been taken down from its location in downtown Salisbury.

It took around five minutes for a small group led by Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver and Director of Administration Wayne Strausbury to remove the sign on Friday

Mike Dunn, President/CEO at the Greater Salisbury Committee caught the moment on his cell phone and posted it on his Facebook page.

He told the Salisbury Daily Times that he was proud of Culver and the others, adding it was an emotional moment.

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It could be called governor’s day on the campus of Salisbury University.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that all three governors from Virginia, Maryland and Delaware are expected to appear on campus in February.

It will be Governor Larry Hogan’s first appearance this year after becoming the first Maryland Republican to be elected to a second term in decades.

Meanwhile, Delaware Governor John Carney and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam – both Democrats – are also expected to make an appearance.

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The Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce has been out discussing Wicomico County’s property tax revenue cap after a series of recommendations that include replacing it or eliminating it altogether.

The measure approved in 2001 limits an increase in the revenue from the property tax to 2 percent a year or the Consumer Price Index whichever is less.  

Any change would take five of the seven votes on the county council.

John Palmer who spearheaded the original cap told WBOC that adjusting the cap would be “political suicide”.

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There are less than two months to go before the National Folk Festival gets underway in Salisbury.

Local director Caroline O’Hare says the organization has raised 80 percent of the $1.3 million needed to put on the festival.

Still, she says, that’s pretty much on target adding the fundraising needs a little bump.

Mayor Jake Day told WBOC that while the festival was around $180-thousand short it could still be put on if it were held today.

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A former Parkside High School graduate from Salisbury has been nominated to head the Department of Health and Human Services.

He is Alex Azar II who was named by President Trump to fill the post left vacant by Tom Price over a scandal involving charter aircraft for personal and official travel.

Mike Dunn, chairman and CEO of the Greater Salisbury Chamber of Commerce, told the Salisbury Daily Times that Azar was a “shining star.”

Azar’s father came to this country around a hundred years ago from Lebanon.

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Former Salisbury City Council President Mike Dunn has been named the next president and CEO of the Greater Salisbury Committee.

His appointment comes after a four month search.

WBOC reports that Dunn that said he was humbled by the appointment adding that he hopes to take the organization into the next phase.

Salisbury Mayor Jake Day called the hire a fantastic choice and said that Dunn has demonstrated a commitment to the community.

He will take over as of January 4th.

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Now begins the search for answers to the explosion that destroyed the Antares rocket on Tuesday that was to carry supplies to the International Space Station.

Officials say they have begun an initial assessment of the damage and in the weeks ahead they will move forward with restoring the space launch capabilities.

Keith Kohler, a spokesman for the Wallops Flight Facility, he does not expect the disaster to affect upcoming sounding rocket launches which are scheduled for the coming months.

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Red, White and boom, a fourth of July celebration in Salisbury is on its way to having its third consecutive fireworks display.

Last night, the city council voted to contribute 10,000 to this year's event.

Mike Dunn, Chair of Red, White and Boom, said because the fireworks are a major part of the celebration, it's necessary to make sure they are funded.

Dunn said that the fireworks were to honor those who have served their country:

He added that the proejct could still use some donations from the community to make it successful.

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Fireworks may make it back to Salisbury for a second year in a row since it was revived after a seven year hiatus.

Former City Council President Mike Dunn told the Salisbury Daily Times that organizers plan for another Red, White and Boom celebration which took place last year at a vacant lot owned by Salisbury University.

It lasted 35 minutes with the fireworks, shooting up as high as 600 feet into the night sky.

The nearby Wayne Street will once again be turned into “Americana Avenue with food vendors, local nonprofits and entertainment.

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The permits are in place.

The parking has been arranged.

And police as well as Public Works personnel are ready as the city of Salisbury gears up for the Red, White and Boom fireworks display set for July 4th.

Mike Dunn, former City Council President and the current interim manager at Delmarva Public Radio, led the effort to organize the event.

He noted this would be the first time since 2006 that the town has had a fireworks display.

 No cash from the City of Salisbury for this year’s 4th of July fireworks.

By a 4-to-1 vote the City Council said it would only provide in kind-services.

The Council majority turned down a request for $5-thousand to the Red, White and Boom fireworks display.

Mike Dunn, former president of the city council who has been spearheading the effort, told the Salisbury Daily Times that $25-thousand to $30-thousand has been raised so far.

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Fireworks are returning to Salisbury for this 4th of July.

Former Salisbury City Council President Mike Dunn says they should be the largest display on Delmarva outside of the beach areas.

Dunn told the Salisbury Daily Times that $20,000 display will be launched from the old Shoreland Freezers site on Bateman Street.

It will feature fireworks that could reach as high as 600-feet in the air and be visible from as far away as a mile.