East New Market says ‘no’ to Dollar General

EAST NEW MARKET — At the April 10 East New Market meeting commissioners decided the fate of a proposed Dollar General store at the intersection of Rtes. 16 and 392. John Camp from Oxford Chase Development, Inc. presented the possibility at a February work session. The decision was “no.” At the March town meeting Mr. […]

Cephas asks council to vote in favor of House Bill 1744

HURLOCK — In Mayor Michael Henry’s absence, Hurlock Council President Charles Cephas led the March 26 town meeting. He gave council members a pictorial progress report on the North Dorchester High School replacement for their review and said a full project report is tentatively slated for an April council meeting. Councilman Cephas noted the state […]

Black List Awards: Making a difference

dorchester banner/susan m. bautz Black List Award recipients include from left: Lynnell Collins, Ray Washington Jr., Kevin Lewis, Dr. Diana Mitchell, Sherwood Sharp, Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford. (absent were Dr. Norby Lee, Devon Beck, Austin Brown, and Roxanne Green).

HURLOCK — The 8th annual Black List Awards on Saturday, sponsored by the Ministers and Citizens for Change (MCC), celebrated those who make a difference in their communities. In the past the nonprofit organization held the event in a school after a fire destroyed part of the church. With restoration complete and the addition of […]

Frank Bittner: The man and his legacy

Submitted to dorchester banner Frank’s persistence paid off when the first and only portrait (a copy of the original painting of Anna Ella Carroll by D. Hickok in 1894) of a woman was added to the gallery at the National War College that honors top military strategists.

HURLOCK — When someone we care about passes away, there is a hole in the universe where they once stood. When Frank Bittner died unexpectedly on Jan. 4 at the age of 64 the hole was deep and wide. Frank was a large presence in the world – physically, intellectually, and emotionally. His contacts were […]

Solar panel talks attract large crowd

dorchester banner/susan m. bautz Harrison Godfrey (standing) from Invenergy presents a case for Richfield Solar Energy, LLC’s before public utility law judge Ryan C. McLean at a Jan. 9 public hearing.

HURLOCK — On Jan. 9 the state’s Public Service Commission (PSC), which regulates utilities, held the 4th of several public hearings on a proposed solar panel installation in north Dorchester County. Public utility law judge Ryan C. McLean chaired the proceeding which, unlike many such hearings, was calm and orderly. The hearings are required before […]

State Farm’s Holotik is motivated to help people

dorchester banner/susan m. bautz Megan Holotik recently celebrated her 16th year as a State Farm agent.

CAMBRIDGE – Some people are just cut out to work with people. Like Megan Holotik, owner of the State Farm Agency in Cambridge Marketplace. “I just like helping people,” she says, “and that’s what motivates me. Helping people and helping them understand what insurance is and how it benefits them. Yes, it’s a necessary evil. […]

Parade marches in December snow

Dorchester Banner/Susan M. Bautz Denise Harding told Santa Claus what she wants for Christmas. Santa, aka Will Lambdin was the quintessential jolly gift giver – down to his black shoes and real beard. Everyone hopes he’ll come back next year!

HURLOCK — The unusual weekend snowstorm could have ruined the Hurlock parade this year. But it didn’t! Mayor Henry and his Christmas elves celebrated on the pre-scheduled rain date – Dec. 10. Although a smaller crowd than previous years enjoyed the parade, they were nonetheless just as enthusiastic. Radio personality Shane Walker, from 106.3fm, “the […]

Henry is new Hurlock mayor

Special to The Banner/Susan M. Bautz Michael Henry stands with his wife Margaret as Clerk of the Court Amy Craig administers the oath of office at the Dec. 4 inauguration of Hurlock’s newest mayor.

HURLOCK — It was standing room only at the Dec. 4 inauguration of Michael Henry to his new post as mayor of Hurlock. Mr. Henry won the Nov. 4 election by 10 votes over incumbent Joyce Spratt. Council President Charles Cephas chaired the meeting until he handed the gavel to Mr. Henry following the swearing-in […]

Tree-lighting ceremony 5:30 p.m. Saturday

dorchester banner/susan m. bautz Gage Thomas, center, separates light strands, Billie Sue Norton, riht, does a tricky balancing act as she strings lights, and brave souls climb ladders to decorate the 17’ Christmas tree in Spring Valley and prepare for a tree lighting ceremony on Nov. 25 at 5:30pm.

CAMBRIDGE — As mind-boggling as it seems, Christmas is no more than a month away and Cambridge is ready! On Nov. 11, Amy Craig, Billie Sue Norton, and Bill Craig trekked to H&R Christmas Tree farm on Rt. 16 to harvest the tree for the 5th Cambridge Christmas tree lighting in Spring Valley. Cutting, hauling, […]

Spratt’s vote comments spark ruckus

dorchester banner/susan m. bautz Parks and Recreation acting director Rebecca White asked for citizen input on potential recreation projects at the Nov. 13 town meeting. Ideas from attendees included: Tennis lessons on town courts; a skateboard park; new playground equipment for Prospect Heights; and, marked walking trails.

HURLOCK — There was an anticipatory air at the Nov. 13 Hurlock Council meeting. It was the first meeting after the contentious Nov. 4 election when former police chief Michael Henry defeated two-term incumbent Mayor Joyce Spratt by 10 votes. Those expecting fireworks were not disappointed, although the level of hostility was low compared to […]