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Get ready for the National Folk Festival in downtown Salisbury.

The city expects to see thousands show up for the event.

WBOC reports that city officials say that within the area of activities parking lot 10 off Route 13 will be available along the parking garage with 720 spaces.

There will also be shuttles from the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center that will run every 10 to 15 minutes.

Road closures have already begun with part of Division Street and Circle Avenue blocked off to make room for stage set ups.

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Cooling centers are opening up in Wicomico County with the heat index expected to hit 105 today and temperatures expected to be in the mid-90’s.

Among the sites the Flanders Room in the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center on Glen Avenue will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that residents must bring their own food, drinks and medicine.

No pets will be allowed.

Meanwhile, the MAC Senior Center on Progress Circle will also be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. for residents 55 and older.

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It looks like ice hockey will be coming to the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center – perhaps as soon as October of 2018.

County Executive Bob Culver made the announcement today.

He was joined by Jim Calpin who represents investors who buy minor league sports teams.

The announcement comes after a report that found bringing a hockey team to Worcester County looked problematic.

Culver said that Wicomico County is different.

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There was singing, dancing, speeches and poems as the Salisbury High School Association put on a three hour event at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center yesterday to mark the Martin Luther King Junior holiday.

Jerome Hudson who hosted the breakfast said that education was the key to the slain civil rights leader’s dream.

18 year old Raekwon Dashield who sang at the event told the Salisbury Daily Times that without King and the civil rights movement he would not be able to perform where he wants before a diverse audience.

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The Wicomico Youth and Civic Center in Salisbury will be allowed to serve alcohol.

The county Board of License Commissioners gave the okay for the facility to serve beer, wine and liquor at the events.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that it had been thought that the original deed had prohibited the serving of alcohol at the Center but a recent legal investigation found that was not the case.  

County Executive Bob Culver has pushed for permission to serve alcohol and it could make the center more attractive to those looking for a site to host their events.

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Delmarva saw thousands of American flags marked Memorial Day.

In downtown Millsboro a sea of red, white and blue could be seen on a grassy area of Main Street.

Hundreds of other flags graced towns ranging from Salisbury, Selbyville and Lewes to Harrington, Georgetown and Wilmington.

Tamara Morgan with the Lewes-Rehoboth Rotary Club told WBOC that there were more than 500 flags at the entrance to Cape Henlopen High School.

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There was another public forum on the debate over the arrival of mega chicken houses in Wicomico County.

It was held at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center last night by local government leaders.

But WBOC reports that when it was over many critics walked away unsatisfied.

There were representatives from the state departments of health, agriculture and the environment to answer questions from the public.

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Legislative efforts to allow alcohol sales at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center may not be needed after all.

The acting county attorney Paul Wilber says that he found the covenant keeping the center from selling alcohol was actually terminated in 1971.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that for years there was a belief that the sale of alcohol was prohibited.

But County Executive Bob Culver says that a deed search found the property had changed hands twice since the late S. Franklin Woodcock gave the county the 39 acres for the center and a veterans war memorial.

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The Wicomico Youth and Civic Center could begin serving alcohol.

A measure approved by the House of Delegates would end a long dry spell and would allow the county to apply for a license from the Board of License Commissioners.

Eastern Shore state Senators Jim Mathias (D) and Addie Eckardt (R) sponsored the measure.

Mathias told the Salisbury Daily Times that he believed it would be administered responsibly.

County Executive Bob Culver said allowing the sale of alcohol was a key to $3 million in renovations for the next couple of years.

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Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver is holding a public forum on the large chicken houses that are planned for the area.

Along Naylor Mill Road., north of Salisbury, a plan for a large chicken operation with 10 large houses, took country residents and local lawmakers by surprise

Local residents have been organizing and raising questions about the impact on property values as well as health and environmental concerns.

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Delaware marked Martin Luther King Junior day with parades and ceremonies.

In Wilmington seven high schools held a contest that included speeches, poetry and rap on how King had affected their hopes and dreams.

One 15-year old told the Wilmington News Journal that King was the foundation for a better future.

The event was sponsored by the YWCA Delaware and Christ Church Christiana Hundred.

Meanwhile, the Wilmington Riverside neighborhood saw around a 100 volunteers create a 882 square-foot mural at the Kingswood Community Center depicting their experiences.

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Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver wants to lift the ban on alcohol sales at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center.

And, he has the county’s attorney Paul Wilbur looking into whether it can happen.

It’s been in place since 1946 when the property was donated to the county to include the Center and a veteran’s war memorial.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Center has seen a decline in attendance from around 239-thousand around 9 years ago to 169-thousand in 2011.

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It’s hot out there with the heat index rising above 100 degrees.

And Delmarva has begun to open up some cooling stations for those trying to seek relief.

In Wicomico County there is the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center that will be open today and tomorrow up until 8 p.m., although no pets are allowed and those seeking shelter must provide their own food and medications.

The MAC Senior Center will also be open for those over 50 with extended hours of 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Shore Transit will provide transportation for those who need it.

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At this week’s county council meeting Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver cut bond funding for the construction of a new West Salisbury Elementary School from the county’s capital improvement budget.

The newly elected Republican slashed the $1.25 million bond from the plan along with a $1.8 million bond for construction of the Westside Collector Road and another $1 million from improvements for the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center.

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Mayor Jim Ireton has called for the removal of the pile of rubble left behind by the 2008 demolition of the old Salisbury Mall.

Ireton said Neighborhood Services and Code Compliance has gotten 44 complaints ranging from tall grass and suspicious people to a drunken driver.

Salisbury Mall Associates LLC has asked the Housing Board of Adjustments and Appeals the pile be allowed to remain indefinitely.

A Monday hearing by the Board was postponed because of a scheduling conflict.

 

             Poodles are arriving in Salisbury for the 80th annual National Specialty Show.

            It’s hosted by the Poodle Club of America and is being held at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center.

            This year’s theme is entitled, ”Poodles Over the Rainbow”, which is estimated to bring in $2 million into the local economy benefiting area businesses.

            The event has been on the Lower Shore for the last 16 years.