Council names January Mentoring Month

CAMBRIDGE — Members of the Dorchester County Council proclaimed January as Mentoring Month. Reading from the proclamation, Council Member William Nichols (District 2) said, “We recognize the selfless individuals who devote their time, energy and expertise to ensure that future generations of Americans are better prepared to lead their communities.” He said mentoring groups help […]

County’s IT system has been hacked; FBI investigates

CAMBRIDGE — The Dorchester County government’s information is under assault. “The county’s IT [information technology] system has been hacked,” Sheriff James W. Phillips Jr. told the Banner on Tuesday morning. “It’s a ransomware attack, where they’re demanding payment in Bitcoin.” The response is already underway. “The FBI is involved in it,” the sheriff said. “Some […]

Sheriff’s request for interrogation room denied, 3-2; Space goes to EMS for breakroom

CAMBRIDGE — Dorchester County Sheriff James W. Phillips Jr. and his deputies will have to continue holding their interrogations in a converted closet, at least for the near future, after members of the County Council voted 3-2 to deny his request for more space. The area will instead go to the county’s Emergency Medical Services, […]

Council names January Mentoring Month

CAMBRIDGE — Members of the Dorchester County Council proclaimed January as Mentoring Month. Reading from the proclamation, Council Member William Nichols (District 2) said, “We recognize the selfless individuals who devote their time, energy and expertise to ensure that future generations of Americans are better prepared to lead their communities.” He said mentoring groups help […]

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month

CAMBRIDGE — Members of the Dorchester County Council have proclaimed January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month. The move on Jan. 8 addresses an issue that has received increased attention nationally and locally in recent years. In reading the proclamation, Member Lenny Pfeffer (Dist. 4), said, “Maryland has one of the highest rates of human trafficking […]

Few picks for seafood worker visas

CAMBRIDGE — This is one number that didn’t hit for Dorchester. Seafood companies and related industries will have a hard time staying busy — or even open — this year, after the federal government’s H2B visa lottery came up short for local businesses. County Council President Jay Newcomb (Dist. 1) spoke at Tuesday’s meeting, saying […]

Council updated on island restoration

CAMBRIDGE — The Dorchester County Council received an update Tuesday evening on the progress of the Maryland Port Authority’s (MPA) Mid-Chesapeake Bay Island Restoration Project. Plans call for dredge material to be placed on James and Barren islands in Dorchester County. “We have funding for pre-construction engineering and design,” David Blazer from the MPA said, […]

Newcomb, Nagel now lead County Council

CAMBRIDGE — The Dorchester County Council has new officers. Jay Newcomb (District 1) was elected president Tuesday evening, and Libby Nagel (District 5) was chosen as vice president. The council is entering its second year with the current members. Previous officers were William Nichols (District 2) as president, and Mr. Newcomb as vice president. Mr. […]

County Council discusses flooding, livestreaming, jail

CAMBRIDGE — At their meeting Tuesday evening, the members of the Dorchester County Council heard a request for support from Gary McQuitty of the Friends of Honga River. The group was formed to seek solutions to issues damaging Middle Hoopers Island from the causeway to Hoopersville, he said, including flooding and erosion. “This is now […]

Volunteers place county’s Christmas tree

CAMBRIDGE — A group of volunteers spent Saturday getting one of Dorchester’s holiday traditions in place — the Christmas tree at Spring Valley. A group including a crane truck loaned by Danny Muffoletto of Custom Welding & Fabrication headed to Jim Harris’ tree farm near Preston early Saturday morning. After a bit of discussion, a […]