Citizens line up on first day of in-person voting

CAMBRIDGE — Dorchester citizens turned out Monday for the first day of in-person voting in the 2020 Presidential Election. Early voting by mail has been underway for several weeks.Early voting will take place at the County Office Building until Nov. 2. The final day of voting will be Nov. 3.At noon on Monday, a line […]

Medical campus job takes big step with ‘topping off’

CAMBRIDGE — The “topping off” of University of Maryland Shore Medical Campus at Cambridge on Sept. 20 marked an important milestone in the construction progress for UM Shore Regional Health’s state of the art, freestanding medical facility that will serve Dorchester County and the surrounding area. While the COVID-19 pandemic precluded a traditional public celebration […]

Franchot says small businesses need help

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot has issued an urgent call for action to rescue the state’s small businesses suffering from the impact of the pandemic. In a call to the Dorchester Banner last week, Mr. Franchot praised the efforts of business owners as they continue to find ways to survive in the reduced circumstances […]

Fall planting for a pandemic victory garden

A great many people launched into serious gardening this year as an antidote to home arrest imposed by the killer corona virus pandemic. And what could be more serious than growing plants for food? If you worry that fall is looming and, with it, the end of this pleasant, productive activity, set your worries aside. […]

Letter to the Editor: Replying to the census is critically important

We have been hearing about the census now for months. Although we cannot get the federal funding we deserve without it; as of July, only 58.2 percent of Dorchester County residents had responded to the census. That means we are giving up millions of dollars for schools, hospitals, emergency responders, and more. School lunches are […]

Parish began with Tubman Chapel in 1767

GOLDEN HILL — On Route 335 in South Dorchester, nestled in the woods, is St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church and its original Tubman Chapel. They are located in close proximity, the chapel to the north and the church to the south. The Chapel is the oldest Catholic church and one of the […]

UPDATE: Dorchester comes out after the storm

CAMBRIDGE — The sun — and locals — peeked out from behind the clouds late Tuesday morning, as Tropical Storm Isaias moved past Dorchester County and onwards up the East Coast. A tornado warning is in effect until 4 p.m. today. A tornado touched down in Mardela Springs in Wicomico County around 7 a.m., where […]

Monday Update: Isaias takes aim at Delmarva

CAMBRIDGE — Public safety officials and residents of the Eastern Shore spent the last few days castin wary eyes southwards as Tropical Storm Isaias prepared to move up the coast. Probability cones for days plotted a course narrow and straight along the coast, forecasting high winds and 3-5 inches of rain on Delmarva. The National […]

DNR Fishing Report: Trout and snakehead action in Dorchester

ANNAPOLIS — In the middle Chesapeake Bay, bottom fishing action for both spot and perch can be found at Hacketts and Thomas points on shell bottom and bars, as well as around Eastern Bay, Poplar Island, and the Severn and Choptank rivers. Small bluefish and Spanish mackerel should be moving into the area soon, with […]

Shore worries about loss of MSP Trooper 6 medivac

DENTON — Residents of the Eastern Shore have a new worry about their health, in addition to, or because of, the COVID-19 virus. Early in the pandemic, Maryland State Comptroller Peter Franchot said the state would not collect taxes from businesses, and even encouraged them to hold onto their cash as the situation developed — […]