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Groundbreaking of the Chestertown Business Campus on Scheeler Road took place on Tuesday...


Groundbreaking of the Chestertown Business Campus on Scheeler Road took place on Tuesday. The ceremony was led by Dixon Valve CEO Dick Goodall and his daughter Kate Gray, the president of KRM Development. The complex sits on property recently annexed by the town of Chestertown and will include a new distribution center for Dixon Valve along with an apartment complex and is expected to cost $35 million.

The names of the three passengers of a sinking boat near Rock Hall earlier this month have been released. On Tuesday, the Natural Resources Police released the names of Donald Cooke, Nicole Barco, and Antoine Barco who were aboard a boat that sank near Rock Hall on Sunday morning, June 18. The boat is registered to the passenger Donald Cooke of Stevensville along with Shelley Cooke. The name of the good Samaritan who rescued them was also named, Daniel Hall of Mt. Holly, New Jersey who rescued the passengers in his fishing boat and took them to North Point Marina.

Rock Hall is one of the finalists for a competition in Reader’s Digest magazine for the Nicest Place in America. Rock Hall is one of ten finalists which also includes Oriole Park at Camden Yards as the other Maryland location. Readers can vote at and you can vote once per day through July 7. Rock Hall mayor Brian Jones is urging the entire Kent County Community to vote. According to the mayor’s Facebook page, as of Monday Rock Hall was in second place behind Gallatin, Tennessee.

A Sunday ultralight plane crash in Caroline County left the pilot dead. 71-year-old Michael Malick of Federalsburg was the only occupant of the plane that crashed just after takeoff around 9am at a privately owned residential landing strip in Federalsburg. Witnesses reported that Malick lost control of the plane after takeoff and it is believed the plane hit a power line before spiraling to the ground. Malick was taken to Nanticoke Hospital in Seaford where he died from his injuries.

A Denton man was arrested for bringing cocaine into the Caroline County courthouse. Earlier this month, 29-year-old Joseph Downes went through a security check while entering the courthouse and when asked to empty his pockets, the contents included a small bag of cocaine. He was charged with possession of a dangerous substance, not marijuana, and released on his own recognizance.

Last week the Kent County Commissioners unanimously approved a facilities master for the Kent County school system. Superintendent Dr. Karen Couch said that all of the schools are over 40 years old and while the schools are well-maintained, the schools are overdue in upgrading needs. With consolidation, the schools that remain open will need improvements to keep up with the increased number of students. She is specifically looking at improvements in the Galena Elementary School parking lot, as well as heating, venting and air conditioning system replacements at Galena and Rock Hall elementary. The school system will go after grant funding to help with the improvements. The commissioners will not meet this Tuesday, June 25 and next Tuesday, July 4. County offices will be closed on July 4.

The names of all three Kent County attorneys who have applied for the soon to be open Judge Of The Circuit Court seat in the county have been sent to the governor. Attorneys Stewart Barroll, Harris Murphy, and Thomas Yeager applied to replace Judge Paul Bowman who reaches the mandatory retirement age of 70 in July. Barroll is currently the Chestertown town attorney, Murphy is the Kent County States’ Attorney and Yeager is the attorney for Kent County plus the towns of Betterton and Galena. All three of the candidates are Republicans and earlier this month, they were all interviewed by the nomination commission and all were found to be fully qualified for the appointment. Each will meet with Governor Hogan who will make the choice and then would be approved by the State Senate. Barroll and Yeager were both candidates for the judge positions awarded to Paul Bowman and John E. Nunn III by the previous governor Martin O’Malley. Murphy is a first time candidate.

Last Saturday, Washington Park off of Flatland Road was dedicated in the memory of the late philanthropist Louisa d’Andelot Carpenter who was involved in the development of Washington Park before her death in a private plane crash in 1976. The dedication and the ceremony was led by Third Ward Councilman Sam Shoge along with Brandt Troup, the chairman of the Chestertown Recreation Committee. At Monday night’s Chestertown town council meeting, Shoge and Troup talked about the improvements at the park including horseshoe pits, the donated swing set and the benches which were originally at Fountain Park. The next phase will be a resurfaced basketball court, a walking trail and pavilion that the town hopes will be paid for by a Community Parks and Playground grant from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Troup announced that his term as chairman ends on June 30 and would be happy to continue serving on the Recreation Commission.

Four firefighters were injured fighting a three-alarm fire near Church Hill on Monday night. The fire broke out just before 8pm at the three-story farm house on Roberts Station Road and firefighters from Church Hill, Sudlersville, Goldsboro, and Goodwill Fire Companies responded and took two hours to put out the blaze after more firefighters from Greensboro, Chestertown, Ridgely and United Communities in Romancoke were also called in. Two firefighters fell through the floors that collapsed and were injured. One was taken to Queen Anne’s Emergency Center for elbow and knee injuries while the other was treated at the scene and remained. Two other firefighters received minor injuries but refused care and stayed on the scene.The home, built in 1913 is the primary residence of Darlene and Michael Kuechler but neither were home at the time of the fire and the cause is still being investigated.