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Salisbury unveiled a sign marking the deaths of three black men in Wicomico County. In 1931 Matthew Williams was lynched in downtown Salisbury; another body of a blackman was found believed to be related to the lynching. Garfield King was lynched in Wicomico County in 1898. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush was at the ceremony.

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This week Salisbury has been celebrating Poetry Week with workshops and an open mic for aspiring writers. Featured this week is award winning poet Chris Salerno, author of a new collection entitled, "The Man Grave". Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with him about the importance of poetry amidst the world of social media.

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Tax abatement programs are nothing new. And, Salisbury is seeking to use one to development residential housing around its downtown area. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Greg Bassett, editor and general manager of the Salisbury Independent, about how effective they might be for the city. (Part 3)

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The city of Salisbury is seeking a tax incentive program to development a residential area around downtown and it seeking enabling legislation in Annapolis. But there was some reluctance on the part of members on the Wicomico County Council to express support for the program known as the Hotel or Residential Incentive Zone. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Greg Bassett, editor and general manager of the Salisbury Independent, about that reluctance. (Part 2)

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The city of Salisbury is looking to provide more residential development around its downtown area and is now seeking enabling legislation from Annopolis to allow for tax breaks under the Hotel and Residential Incentive Zone program. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Greg Bassett, editor and general manager of the Salisbury Independent, about the need for such projects in the downtown area. (Part 1)

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Much of the work by local historian Linda Duyer who recently passed away focused on the pride and the struggles of the African American Community on the Maryland Eastern Shore. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush looks at her work beginning with the 1931 lynching of Matthew Williams in Salisbury. (Part 2)

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It's called the Del-Mar Energy Pathway. And, the pipeline would bring natural gas to Somerset County. Chesapeake Bay Journal reporter Jeremy Cox tells Delmarva Public  Media's Don Rush that some opposition is beginning to be heard. (Part 2)

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The city of Salisbury held its first Third Friday event in downtown since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush reports there was a sparse crowd but many felt a sense of relief from the restrictions of the past few months.

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A Black Lives Matter street sign has gone up in Salisbury as the city marked Juneteenth. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush reports on this moment that was emotional for many in the crowd as they celebrated the new sign at Broad Street and Poplar Hill Avenue.

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Several hundred protesters marched in Salisbury this week as part of the nationwide demonstrations that have taken place over the death of George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush talked with protesters about issues ranging from their reaction to the cell phone video to what they believe must be done to curb police abuse.

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Salisbury has imposed new restrictions on local businesses as the nation struggles with the coronavirus. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush talks with Mayor Jake Day about the impact of pandemic in the first of a three part series. 

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A compromise appears to have been reached over the control of alcohol sales between the city of Salisbury and Wicomico County.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the legislation in Annapolis would expand the county’s existing Board of License Commissioners to include city residents.

That would mean expansion of the board from three to five members appointed by the governor.  

And three of them must be Salisbury residents.

The original bill would have stripped the county’s licensing board of its authority within the city limits.

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A deal has been signed by ARCON with the United Kingdom’s largest offshore training company AIS Training to locate a facility in Salisbury.

WBOC reports company officials say it would be the state-of-the-art training facility on the East Coast.

ARCON is hoping the begin training next year with the facility located on Northwood Drive.

Katarina Ennerfelt, ARCON’s CEO, told the television station that the company would train anyone who has anything to do with offshore wind.

That would include jobs in such areas wind turbine maintenance and boat safety.

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It’s time for Salisbury voters to cast their ballots in the city’s municipal election.

At the top of the races is incumbent Mayor Jake Day who is being challenged by Wayne King.

Meanwhile, there are a number of contested races in the five council districts.

Voters in District One should cast their votes at the Fire Station on Cypress Street while those in District Two should show up at the Ward Museum on Schumaker Drive.

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It’s one last day of campaigning as the candidates for Mayor and City Council in Salisbury make their last pitch before tomorrow’s municipal election.

Incumbent Mayor Jake Day is facing Wayne King who describes himself as conservative Republican.

Meanwhile, there are five council seats with a number of incumbents including council president Jack Heath in District 3 who is being challenged by Riley Smith.

Three candidates are vying for District 4th that has been vacated by former Mayor Jim Ireton.

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The Mayor of Salisbury Jake Day delivered his fourth State of the City address last night as he heads into next week’s municipal election.

Day emphasized a number of efforts that he said was key to the growth of the city.

Among the initiatives were a series of events that included the Salisbury Marathon and the National Folk Festival.

In addition, he pointed to projects like the Truitt Street Community Center along with the revitalization efforts in the downtown area.

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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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An estimated 120-thousand people attended the three day National Folk Festival in downtown Salisbury over the weekend.

That’s according to Mayor Jake Day.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports there were 63-thousand in attendance on Saturday according to cellphone data and drone coverage of the event.

There were 350 artists ranging from musicians and dancers to crafts and cultural events this second year of the event.

The paper reports that a Salisbury University study found last year’s festival had a local economic impact of around $20 million.

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Mayor Jake Day kicked off his re-election campaign for another term ysterday.

He declared that Salisbury was the com back city pointing the municipality’s economic growth and the revitalization efforts in the downtown area.

Day pointed to the creation of 25-hundred jobs during his time in office noting that Salisbury was Maryland’s fastest growing city.

Meanwhile, his challenger Wayne King told WBOC that he believed that city needs to be fiscally more responsible and transparent.

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Mayor Jake Day will kick off his bid for another term as Salisbury’s chief executive.

The event will take place in the downtown area that has been under renovation and development under his plans to revitalize the center of the city.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Day is expected to tout the creation of 25-hundred new jobs and the replacement of the aging water and sewer lines on Main Street.

Meanwhile, Day is overseeing the overhaul of the Riverwalk and has attracted the National Folk Festival with the second year’s event slated for early next month.

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It’s set to be the tallest building in downtown Salisbury and tallest on the Eastern Shore outside of Ocean City.

Yesterday the town officials and developers broke ground on the structure that will be known as The Ross.

WBOC reports that developer Nick Simpson says he wants a building that will draw younger professionals and students to the downtown area.

The structure on Main Street will have nearly 60 apartments for student housing along with a rooftop grill.

There will also be a conference room with a kitchen.

When it comes to speed camera ticket revenue Salisbury ranks tenth in the state of Maryland.

That’s according to an AAA survey.

The organization notes that tickets are not issued unless drivers are 12 mph over the speed limit.

But WBOC reports that the city says that it actually costs more to run the cameras than the money it gets from the tickets.

AAA says that Salisbury is the only city on the Eastern Shore that made it into the top ten.

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There are no new taxes in the budget for the city of Salisbury.

It’s the third straight year that Mayor Jake Day has kept from raising taxes in his spending plan.

In addition, the Salisbury Daily Times reports that there will be no increase in water or sewer rates.

The city will be adding 12 new firefighters through a grant that will allow the three fire stations to be open 24/7.

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How good is Salisbury water?

It was awarded a silver medal from the National Rural Water Association in 2018.

And the competition in May will take place in Ocean City to see how it has been doing.

In past years the city has won the association’s award for best water in the state in 2008 and 2009 and again from 2015 on.

Ron Clapper, the city’s water superintendent told the Salisbury Daily Times that the quality of the water is helped by coming from the deep underground Paleochannel.  

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Salisbury is planning to develop a town square.

It would be located in the downtown area and would host the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop as well as concerts and other events.

WBOC reports that it will face the parking garage and reach into a section of Parking Lot 1 that reaches from the library to the First Shore Federal building.

Mayor Jake Day said he expects of the first phase to take place in the spring with completion by the end of the year 2020.

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A new study by the Business Economic and Community Outreach Network (BEACON) found that the National Folk Festival in Salisbury this year was a success.

It’s executive director Memo Diriker said in general terms the event did better than expected despite the rain.

It’s estimated that around 60-thousand attended the event with an around 40 percent coming from outside the area.

WBOC reports that Diriker said the outreach through earned and social media had the most impact.

He estimated that the social media was worth around $200-thousand in traditional ads.

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Mayor Jake Day gave his third State of the City address last night telling his audience that Salisbury was a more diverse and better educated city than it was three years ago.

He touted events like the National Folk Festival and the first ever Salisbury Marathon.

Day also turned his attention to the homeless noting that the city had placed 30 chronically homeless in the city in stable housing over the last 11 months.

He also said that the city’s wastewater treatment plant had received a 100 percent compliance rating from state and federal authorities.

SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - A floor in a Maryland home collapsed during a weekend party because authorities say too many people were standing on it.

The Salisbury Fire Department said Saturday it had responded to a reported gas leak at a house. The Salisbury Daily Times reports firefighters arrived to find the floor collapsed and the gas line broken.

The fire department says no injuries were reported and the structure was condemned.

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The opening of the National Folk Festival in Salisbury has finally arrived.

It will kick off tonight at 6 p.m. with the Treme Brass Band from New Orleans at the city stage.

Opening remarks will take place at 7:15 which will be followed by the musical group Mariachi Los Comperos.

The night at the city stage will wrap up with a bit of blues from the Marquise Knox.

There will be free parking at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center and the old Salisbury Mall across the street where shuttles will be provided beginning 5 p.m.