Saturday, October 19, 2013

TIME MACHINE ... This Sunday's Preview.

1959.. An impressive launch from Wallops Island; 1915.. Bay steamer passengers survive a harrowing experience; 1928.. Five fire companies to parade in Stockton; 1977.. Two Pocomoke men claim Dragway titles; 1930.. What's playing at the Marva?

Although you may not find these items in a history book, they are a part of our local history and you can read more about it this Sunday right here at The Pocomoke Public Eye!


Do you have a local memory to share with PPE readers.. such as a big snow storm, a favorite school teacher, a local happening, something of interest your parents or grandparents told you about? It can be just a line or two, or more if you wish. Send to and watch for it on a future TIME MACHINE posting!

Murder-For-Hire Plot Launched From New York Jail Cell

Basel Ramadan
OCEAN CITY — More details have emerged in the indictment released on Thursday charging an Ocean City man in a murder-for-hire plot launched from a jail cell in New York, including information the alleged murder plan targeted “several” witnesses.

In mid-May, federal officials concluded an investigation into a multi-million dollar cigarette smuggling operation with raids on two locations in and around the resort area including the West Ocean City homes of local residents and business owners Basel Ramadan, 42, who has been called the “ringleader” of the operation, and Samer Ramadan, 40, who is being called the operation’s “enterprise treasurer.” Also indicted were 14 other alleged co-conspirators, from transporters to distributors to resellers, who were rounded up at locations all over the mid-Atlantic region on the same day in May.

On Thursday, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and NYPD Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly announced the indictment of Basel Ramadan and Yousseff Odeh, one of his alleged distributors and a trusted lieutenant, on new charges they conspired from behind bars to murder witnesses they believed were cooperating with law enforcement in the massive cigarette smuggling case against them.

The latest indictment unsealed and released by the New York Attorney General’s Office late Thursday reveals the alleged murder-for-hire conspiracy carried out by Basel Ramadan and Odeh began shortly after their arraignment and subsequent incarceration at Rikers Island in New York. The indictment alleges Ramadan and Odeh conspired with one or more persons and with each other to engage in the felony of murder in the second degree from May 24 to last Friday, October 11.


Downtown Pocomoke Fall Festival ~ TODAY

Grand Opening ~ THE STATION~ Parksley, Virginia

Grand Opening Event
(formerly The Lunch Box)
18572 Cassett Ave
Parksley, Virginia 23421
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Lots of fun activities
$2.00 Cheeseburgers
Cousin Mark Parker will be on site smoking Chicken for $2.00
 Pulled BBQ chicken Sandwiches!!!
Plus $1.00 hotdogs!
 Dunk tank on site...come dunk a firefighter and grab a bite to eat!!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Hunter's Moon 2013 and its Lunar Eclipse

It’s that time again, time for another full moon. The one that falls directly after the Harvest Moon (which was Sept. 19) is called the Hunter’s Moon, and it happens this Friday night, Oct. 18. The best time to view it is 7:38 p.m. Eastern — though of course it shines brightly all night long.

Plus, there’s a lunar eclipse happening, too. It’s subtle, however, not a total eclipse but what’s called a penumbral eclipse, when the Earth’s outer shadow partially covers the lunar being. “You might see a little darkening. It happens very gradually. It’s not like a snap of the fingers,” Jim O’Leary, senior scientist at the Maryland Science Center, told That event begins around 5:50 p.m. eastern, peaks around at 7:50 p.m. and ends around 9:50 p.m., he added.

The total package should make for some pleasant sky gazing of this cool moon.

Its name — one of several catchy monikers including the Blood Moon and the Sanguine Moon — reputedly comes from those who used the light to their advantage, according to Science@NASA. “Hunters … tracked and killed their prey by autumn moonlight, stockpiling food for the winter ahead,” writes NASA’s Tony Phillips. “You can picture them: Silent figures padding through the forest, the moon overhead, pale as a corpse, its cold light betraying the creatures of the wood.”

Chinese lore also describes this moon as the Kindly Moon, reports the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, and the Lakota Sioux called it the Moon When Quilling and Beading Were Done.

The Hunter’s Moon isn’t just any full moon. Like with other moons this time of year, its path — called an ecliptic — is shallow. That means for several nights in a row, the moon sits farther north on the horizon, according to EarthSky. “It’s this northward movement of the moon along the eastern horizon at moonrise,” EarthSky writes, “that gives the Hunter’s Moon its magic.”

Typically this time of year, the moon rises about 50 minutes later each day. Say it appeared in the night sky at 7:00 p.m. today, tomorrow it would show up around 7:50 p.m. For several days around the Hunter’s Moon, however, it only rises 30 to 35 minutes later. (In that same example, it would emerge at 7:00 p.m. tonight, 7:30 p.m. the next.)

Why does this matter? Well, if you lived at a time when you needed the moonlight to harvest and hunt by, it clearly did. “The light of moon allowed farmers to harvest their crops later into the night,” O’Leary said of the September Harvest Moon. By the Hunter’s Moon in October, “it’s time to go hunting for Thanksgiving and the fall. The prey is easier to find. Rather than the moon being up in the sky an hour or two after sunset, it’s up in the sky sooner…. There’s less of a period of darkness.”

So go out and enjoy. But be warned: “While you’re staring at the sky, you might hear footsteps among the trees, the twang of a bow, a desperate scurry to shelter,” NASA’s Phillips writes. “That’s just your imagination.”




(Pikesville, MD) – After one trooper was struck and critically injured and another trooper’s car was destroyed within four days, it is clear to Maryland State Police that drivers need to be reminded about the state’s ‘move over’ law, which is intended to increase safety for police officers, firefighters and EMS personnel when they are working along Maryland roads.

State troopers across Maryland will be conducting coordinated traffic initiatives on October 21, 2013, reminding motorists of the importance of the ‘move over” law. Special enforcement operations will be underway in every area of the state. Drivers are being warned now to be alert for these operations.

Early on the morning of October 6, 2013, Trooper Jacqueline Kline was struck by a passing vehicle while she was assisting another trooper on the shoulder of Rt. 100 in Anne Arundel County. The preliminary investigation indicates the driver failed to move over as he passed the two marked police cars with their emergency lights activated. Trooper Kline remains hospitalized in critical condition.

While investigating a crash on I-695 in Baltimore County on October 12, 2013, Trooper First Class Justin Updegraff’s marked patrol car was destroyed when a driver failed to move over or slow down. Fortunately, Tfc. Updegraff was outside his vehicle when it was struck. He did not sustain any injuries.

The intent of the ‘move over’ law is to provide an extra barrier of safety for police officers, firefighters, and emergency rescue personnel working on Maryland roads.
The law requires drivers approaching from the rear of a stopped emergency vehicle with it lights activated, to change into an available lane not next to the emergency vehicle. This movement should only be done if safe to do so. When there is no available lane for drivers to move over into, such as on a single lane road, drivers are required to slow to a reasonable and prudent speed as they pass the emergency scene.

It is hoped this awareness initiative will remind drivers to be aware of police and emergency workers stopped on the roads and to move away from them or slow down as they pass by the traffic stop or incident scene. Violation of the ‘move over’ law is a primary offense with a fine of $110 and one point. If the violation contributes to a traffic crash, the fine is $150 and three points. If the violation contributes to a traffic crash resulting in death or serious injury, the fine is $750 and three points.


Fall Festival~Coston House Museum~Art Show at the Delmarva Discovery Center

The Downtown Pocomoke Fall Festival is this Saturday- October 19,2013- from 11:00AM-5:00PM.
  Be sure and stroll down to Costen House where kids can play old fashioned games!
And be sure to travel to the Delmarva Discovery Center to see the ART SHOW!

Lots to see and do!

Take time to go to and LIKE the  COSTON HOUR MUSEUM  page on FACEBOOK!  Beautiful photos of the floral array in the gardens AND each Thursday there is a "Throw Back Thursday" photo for you to enjoy.  Several have already been displayed.  For those of you who do not have facebook I will try to post them here later.  If you ARE a facebook user please Like their page!



HOLLYWOOD, MD) – A man who had moved into the St. Mary’s County home where he had been hired to babysit two children has been charged with sexually abusing and taking pornographic pictures of one of the children in his care.

The Maryland State Police does not identify victims of sex offenses and/or child abuse, both of which allegedly occurred in this situation, so the child is not being identified. Due to the accused living with the children, identifying the accused could lead to the identity of the victim, so his name is being withheld also.

The accused is a 28-year-old male, who was living in the 23000-block of Lawrence Hayden Road, Hollywood, Md. After consultation with the St. Mary’s County State’s Attorney’s Office, Maryland State Police criminal investigators charged the accused with sexual abuse of a minor, second degree sexual offense, and possession of child pornography. Additional charges are possible as a result of a continuing investigation. The accused is incarcerated in the St. Mary’s County Detention Center.

The victim is a male. He is under ten years old, but is not being described further in order to protect his identity.

The investigation began yesterday when a trooper at the Leonardtown Barrack was contacted by a woman who said about three months ago, her daughter hired a friend to babysit her two children while she was at work. The friend eventually moved into the home.

The complainant became concerned about the babysitter’s behavior. When she found pornographic pictures of her grandson on the babysitter’s cell phone, she contacted State Police.

State Police investigators from the Criminal Enforcement Division were immediately contacted and continued the investigation. With the assistance of an agent from Child Protective Services and the Child Advocacy Center, the investigation continued through the night. Interviews were conducted with the victim and the accused. A search warrant was obtained and served at the home. Cell phones and computer equipment belonging to the accused were recovered. A forensic examination of this equipment will be conducted by the Maryland State Police Computer Crimes Unit.

No evidence was obtained at this time indicating the accused had inappropriate contact with the other child in the home. The investigation is continuing. 

Maryland State Police

PAW WASH This Saturday For Pets In Need Fund

Eastern Shore Animal Hospital is hosting a "Paw Wash"
this Saturday.

PAW WASH on October 19th 2013 from 2 - 4 pm.

 All proceeds benefit the ESAH's Pets In Need Fund.

 $15.00 Deluxe Bath includes: Luxurious lather and condition, ear cleaning, anal gland expression and nail trim.

 Refreshment stands will have baked goods and raffle tickets for a basket of goodies and toys!

 Call 757-442-3150 for details.

Message From Snow Hill Police Chief Kirk Daugherty

The Snow Hill Police Department

The Snow Hill Police Department is currently investigating several reports of thefts in town over the past few days. Suspects typically target unlocked homes and vehicles. Police Chief Kirk Daugherty reminds residents to keep their home, property and vehicles locked and secured.

Please double-check your windows and doors to make sure they are securely locked and place items of value out of sight.

Should you have any incidents where you experience theft or observe any suspicious activity, please contact the Snow Hill Police Department immediately at 410-632-2444 or call 9-1-1.

 Thank you for your assistance and cooperation.

This Weekend At the Mar-Va Theater

Uptight and straight-laced, FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn (Sandra Bullock) is a methodical investigator with a reputation for excellence—and hyper-arrogance. Shannon Mullins (Melissa McCarthy), one of Boston P.D.'s "finest," is foul-mouthed and has a very short fuse, and uses her gut instinct and street smarts to catch the most elusive criminals. Neither has ever had a partner, or a friend for that matter. When these two wildly incompatible law officers join forces to bring down a ruthless drug lord, they become the last thing anyone expected: buddies.

Sheriff Impersonator Attempting To Sell Dogs On Craigslist Charged

 Michael E. Sponseller
The Worcester County Sheriff's has charged a Girdletree man following accusations that he impersonated Worcester County Sheriff Reggie Mason on Craigslist.

 Michael E. Sponseller was issued a Criminal Summons after he had placed an ad on Craigslist in an attempt to sell dogs, according to the Sheriff's Office. Police said Sponseller got into an argument with someone via email regarding the legality of selling dogs on Craigslist.

 According to police, Sponseller allegedly identified himself as Sheriff Reggie Mason and threatened to arrest the person he was in an argument with for harassing him about the ad on Craigslist.

Detectives said they obtained the email exchanges between Sponseller and the other person that showed Sponseller identified himself as Sheriff Mason.

 Sponseller was charged with impersonating a police officer and is awaiting trial at a future date.

 The Sheriff's Office is reminding the community that Sheriff Mason does not utilize Craigslist to sell animals or other items and has not engaged in email exchanges with anyone over Craigslist.

Lt. Edward C. Schreier
Worcester County Sheriff’s Office

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Traffic Stop Led To Unusual Arrest For Pocomoke City Police

Pocomoke City Police Department
Pocomoke City Police Officers conducted a traffic stop on Route 13 South for speeding and a defective taillight.   Further investigation revealed a large quantity of “KHAT” a Schedule 1 hallucinogenic narcotic.  This type of drug is grown in East Africa and Southern Arabia and is ingested by either chewing or smoking the substance.
Pocomoke City Police Dept.  Photo

 Pocomoke City Officers also seized from the vehicle $23,957.00 in U.S. Currency, a vehicle search revealed evidence of intra-state receipts for large quantities of cigarettes.  The driver, who is of foreign descent was arrested and charged with:
Possession with Intent to Distribute
   Possession of CDS – Schedule 1
 An ongoing investigation is continuing which may result in additional charges being placed against the driver as well as additional individuals being charged.
 Kelvin D. Sewell
Chief of Police

TIME MACHINE ... This Sunday's Preview.

1959.. An impressive launch from Wallops Island; 1915.. Bay steamer passengers survive a harrowing experience; 1928.. Five fire companies to parade in Stockton; 1977.. Two Pocomoke men claim Dragway titles; 1930.. What's playing at the Marva?

Although you may not find these items in a history book, they are a part of our local history and you can read more about it this Sunday right here at The Pocomoke Public Eye!


Do you have a local memory to share with PPE readers.. such as a big snow storm, a favorite school teacher, a local happening, something of interest your parents or grandparents told you about? It can be just a line or two, or more if you wish. Send to and watch for it on a future TIME MACHINE posting!

Arrest Warrants Issued For Man Wanted In Sunday A.M. Shooting

According to Sheriff Todd Godwin, on Sunday, October 13, 2013 at approximately 04:38 AM, the Accomack County Sheriffs Office received a report of a subject shot on Church Street in the Whitesville area of Parksley. 

Upon deputies arrival on scene, one victim was located who was suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was transported from the scene by Parksley Rescue and is currently listed in critical but stable condition.

An investigation into this incident has revealed that an altercation occurred between individuals at the Church Street location and subsequent gunshots were fired resulting in the victim being injured. The suspect fled the scene following this incident.

Assisting in this investigation was the Virginia State Police, Parksley Police Department and Northampton County Sheriffs Office.

As a result of the investigation, arrest warrants have been issued against 28 y/o Robert James Northan, Jr. of Onley for Malicious Wounding, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony and Possession of a Firearm After Having Been Convicted of a Felony. Northan is known to frequent the Parksley and Tasley areas of Accomack County.

Sheriff Godwin stated that the investigation into this incident is continuing and asks that anyone with information concerning this crime or the whereabouts of Northan to contact the Accomack County Sheriffs Office at 757-787-1131 or 757-824-5666. Tips may also be submitted through the Sheriffs Office website at


Pocomoke Prepares For Annual Parade

P.O. Box 807
Pocomoke City, Maryland 21851
(410) 957-0802

CONTACT:  Mike Shannon (410) 726-5777
On Monday night, December 2, 2013, Pocomoke City will be transformed into a “Winter Wonderland” as the town plays host to one of Delmarva’s largest nighttime Christmas parades.

 Always held on the first Monday night after Thanksgiving, the Pocomoke parade has become an Eastern Shore tradition and will attract over 100 units from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia along with thousands of spectators.

We have our web site up and running. This is where you will find the applications and rules for this year’s event. If you are interested in participating this year you should go to to register. If you have any questions you can contact Mike Shannon at 410-957-0802 and leave a message with your name, address and telephone number and type of entry.

 Each year the parade features marching bands representing high and middle schools from seven counties in three states.  Also featured will be beautifully decorated and lighted floats entered by schools, civic organizations, churches, and commercial enterprises.

 Clowns, marching units, fire departments, equestrian units, and of course Santa Claus will round out the two-hour event, slated to kick-off at 7:00 p.m. sharp.  The route will take the parade north on Market Street beginning at 14th Street and ending at the Pocomoke River.

 Professional judges, including members of the National Judges Association (NJA), will score entries in many different categories.  Awards will be awarded immediately following the event to the top entries in each category.

A special thanks to the community of Pocomoke City and surrounding areas for the recent support given to us to continue this great tradition that has been a part of the town of over 40 years.  

In the event of inclement weather, the parade will be postponed until Tuesday, December 3, at 7:00 p.m. 

Drug Take Back Initiative Locations

The Worcester County Sheriff’s Office along with the Ocean City Police Department, Berlin Police Department, Maryland State Police, Worcester County Health Department and Assateague Coastal Trust will be utilizing the following locations for the NDTBI (Drug Take Back Initiative) on the 26th (October) from 10 am to 2 pm.

The locations are as follows:

 Worcester County Health Department – Pocomoke, Maryland
 400 A Walnut Street, Pocomoke, Maryland 21851

Worcester County Health Department – Snow Hill, Maryland
 6040 Public Landing Road, Snow Hill, Maryland 21863

Ocean City Fire House
 10124 Keyser Point Road, Ocean City, Maryland 21842

Ocean Pines Fire House (South)
 911 Ocean Parkway, Ocean Pines, Berlin, Maryland 21811

 Ocean City Police Department
 6500 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, Maryland 21811

Maryland State Police – Berlin Barrack
 9758 Ocean Gateway, Berlin, Maryland 21811

Berlin Police Department
 10 Williams Street, Berlin, Maryland 21811

This program offers residents to bring their expired our outdated prescription drugs to these sights for proper destruction.

We encourage those who wish to dispose of these items to bring them to one of the drop off sites listed above.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Midway's TRUNK OR TREAT ~ Fun For Everyone!!

This is SO much fun for EVERYONE!!

Qualification Licenses Mailed To Approved Applicants

(PIKESVILLE, MD) – The Maryland State Police Licensing Division today mailed out more than half of the almost 1,000 handgun qualification licenses that have been applied for under the state’s new firearms law that took effect October 1st.

Today, the Licensing Division mailed 508 handgun qualification licenses to approved applicants, 15 days after the new law took effect. Since October 1st, 904 applications for a handgun qualification license have been received. State Police personnel have so far conducted the required background checks and approved 761 of the applicants. The remaining number of approved applicants should be receiving their licenses shortly.

Unless exempted, as of October 1, 2013, the state’s new gun law requires a Maryland resident to possess a valid handgun qualification license before he or she may purchase, rent, or receive a handgun. To apply for a license or learn details about where to obtain fingerprints or training, persons are encouraged to visit the Maryland State Police website at and click on Licensing Division. A list of frequently asked questions and answers about the new law is also available there.

The Maryland State Police continues to receive positive comments from members of the public regarding the user friendly nature of the online application process. Firearms Safety Training Courses are available throughout the state and the Maryland State Police continue to register qualified handgun instructors daily. In addition, the State Police remain in constant communication with Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services personnel, who report that live-scan fingerprinting sites across the state are prepared to meet the demand for this new license.

The Maryland State Police remains dedicated to its obligation to issue the handgun qualification license within 30 days of receipt of a completed application. The HQL Unit stands ready to answer any questions regarding the requirements or status of any license. Most questions can be answered through the website mentioned above.

Maryland State Police

RAISE THE ROOF BENEFIT ~ American Legion Post 93 ~ Pocomoke

photo jmmb

Saturday October 19th,2013

Ribbon Cutting and Bake Sale

It's A GO! For The Pocomoke Downtown Fall Festival~ OCTOBER19TH


(PIKESVILLE, MD) – The Maryland State Police believe comments made by the Maryland Attorney General today about the Commander of the Executive Protection Section are baseless and inappropriate. The Department continues to stand behind the statements made by seven troopers who made written reports in addition to other troopers who made oral reports from the Executive Protection Section whose concerns were detailed in emails recently required to be released to media pursuant to requests under the Maryland Public Information Act.

In a television interview broadcast today, the Maryland Attorney General referred to the Commander of the Executive Protection Section as a ‘henchman’ and implied his actions were motivated by politics. This reference to Lt. Charles Ardolini is unseemly and unacceptable. Lt. Ardolini has served in the Executive Protection Section for almost 13 years, as a trooper providing protection, as a supervisor, and, for the last eight years, as the commander of the section. He worked under the administrations of Governor William Donald Schaeffer, Governor Parris Glendening, Governor Robert Ehrlich, and Governor Martin O’Malley.

As Commander of the Executive Protection Section, Lt. Ardolini reports to Lieutenant Colonel William Pallozzi, Chief of the Support Services Bureau. Lt. Col. Pallozzi served as a trooper providing protection, as a supervisor, and as a commander of the Executive Protection Section for 11 years, working for three administrations. “The role of anyone assigned to the Executive Protection Section, including the commander, is to fully focus on providing for the safety and protection of the elected officials we are assigned to protect,” Lt. Col. Pallozzi said. “We are to remain completely unattached and unaffiliated with any political party, cause or candidate. To accuse someone in the Executive Protection Section of a politically motivated action impugns the integrity not only of that individual, but of every one of the dedicated troopers who works in this difficult and demanding assignment. I have worked with and supervised Lt. Ardolini for more than 20 years and find his character and his commitment as a member of the Maryland State Police to be above reproach. The concern of Lt. Ardolini was solely focused on the safety of the protectee, his troopers, and the general public. His actions, which occurred two years ago, had absolutely nothing to do with any political motivation.”

The Maryland State Police believe the members of the Executive Protection Section work very hard to be impartial. Lt. Ardolini’s conduct was nothing but professional. His memorandum was the result of ongoing safety concerns expressed to him by his troopers over a period of time that culminated with actions witnessed by the Lieutenant himself. He ultimately reported his concerns up his chain of command to the Superintendent of the Maryland State Police. Lt. Ardolini would have been considered negligent in his duties had he not done so. Lt. Ardolini did not make these documented concerns public. The documents became public due to a request by the Washington Post under the Maryland Public Information Act.

The Maryland State Police Executive Protection Section role remains that of protection, security, and safety, not politics.

Maryland State Police

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Deer Season ~STAY ALERT!

As a friendly reminder to all that travel in our county, the fall season is almost upon us.

As most of you know, the notorious deer will be once again making their presence known. As farmers get back to harvesting crops, the deer population will become more active which results in motor vehicle collisions.

Please pay attention and watch for these creatures. If you are unfortunate enough to collide with one, please stay with your vehicle if its safe to do so and call your local, county or state police. Do not try to remove a struck deer from the roadway. Wait for Law Enforcement to arrive.

Please report the collision as soon as possible for your insurance company and police reporting.

Most of us locals know the popular areas that the deer like to meet at and jump in front of us to scare us.

As always, be safe while driving and arrive home safely.

~ Worcester County Sheriff's Office ~ 

Winter Hours and a Message From Pocomoke Animal Hospital, Inc.

New Winter hours are as follows: Monday & Thursday- 7:30am-7pm
 Tuesday & Wednesday- 7:30am-6pm
 Friday- 7:30am-5pm
 *Please be advised we are now down to one doctor due to Dr. Hickman's maternity leave. Although we are open at these times there will not always be a vet present.
 Friday afternoons there will be NO vet until further notice.
 Please make plans accordingly.

A Word From The Mar-Va Theater

Due to the Government Shutdown, the next free Pocomoke City sponsored concert of the Army Field Band,
The Volunteers
 has been cancelled

We apologize for this, but hope you understand.
 Mar-Va Theater

Revival Services Beginning Sunday

First Baptist Church Photo
Sun. Oct. 20 - Thurs. Oct. 24
Time:   7 p.m.
Guest Speaker & music each night
Monday - Thursday evenings SOUP & SANDWICHES
@ 6 P.M. -- NO CHARGE

Locate First Baptist Church on Facebook.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Hallowen Hill & Hole Show Down / Mud Bog & Hill and Hole

Proceeds go towards the GOOD OLE BOY FOUNDATION

Delmarva Discover Center ~ Program Offerings

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Voter Registration Deadline Tuesday, October 15th

RICHMOND, VA ~The deadline to apply to register to vote in Virginia for the November 5, 2013 election is this coming Tuesday, October 15, 2013. Virginia residents are encouraged to check their registration status and polling place on the State Board of Elections website at, by contacting their local registrars office, or by contacting the State Board of Elections toll free at 1-800-552-9745.

Voter registration applications sent by mail must be postmarked no later than October 15, 2013. Applications are available at the local general registrars office, the Department of Motor Vehicles, and are downloadable on the Virginia State Board of Elections website.

Eligible citizens of the Commonwealth are able to submit a voter registration application or update their registration information online at In order to complete the application process online, citizens must provide their Virginia DMV customer identifier number, which is displayed on DMV issued identification cards or drivers licenses, in addition to the information normally required on an application. Citizens who do not have a Virginia DMV customer identifier may still fill out the registration application online, but will be required to print and mail and postmark or return the completed application to the appropriate local voter registration office by October 15.

To be eligible to register to vote in Virginia a person must:

Be a resident of Virginia
Be a U. S. Citizen
Be 18 years old (Any person who is 17 years old and will be 18 years of age on or before November 5th will be permitted to register in advance and also vote on November 5th)
Not be registered and plan to vote in another state
Not currently declared mentally incompetent by a court of law
If convicted of a felony, your right to vote must have been restored

All voter registration application submissions are subject to review and approval by the appropriate local general registrar.

To obtain a voter registration application or an application to vote absentee go to the Virginia State Board of Elections website at or call 1-800-552-9745.


Sunday, October 13, 2013

Two Die In Vehicle Accident In Accomack County

Virginia State Police Trooper J.D. Kirk is investigating a fatal two-vehicle crash that took place in Accomack County Friday night, October 11, 2013.  The crash occurred at 8:09 p.m. on Big Pine Road less than a mile north of Shell Bridge Road.

A 2007 Ford Expedition was southbound on Big Pine Road when it crossed the centerline and struck a northbound 1998 Lincoln Town Car. The Expedition then overturned and caught fire.

The driver of the Expedition, Juan A. Escobedo Jr., 32, of Bowling Green, Fla., died at the scene.

The driver of the Lincoln, Irvin T. Costin, 65, of Onancock, Va., died at the scene.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.


Happy Birthday U.S. Navy

United States NAVY
Celebrates 238 YEARS

October 13, 1775
Happy to the United States Navy!

TIME MACHINE ... 1923, 1893, 1955, 1903, 1932

 (Reader-friendly viewing of newspaper archives material)

July, 1923

An advertisement in a Canadian newspaper (The Letherbridge Daily Harold) reported on a 2,500 mile tour of a standard stock model of the "Star" car made by the Durant motor company that included a route from Oakland, Md. to Cape Charles, Va.

"The roads were generally good, but between Pocomoke and Cape Charles- 72 miles- 62 miles were plowed dirt and sand undergoing improvement work. I was told by many not to try it. An owner of a higher priced car said that after twelve miles of it he had spent all the next day tightening up his bolts. Another owner of a car the same price as the Star had broken two springs. I knew by that time, however, the Star could go where any car could, and it did. We went through those almost impassable roads without any trouble. Never once was I bumped off the seat. It held the rough road as well at slow speed and handled as beautifully as on concrete at more than 55 miles per hour."

Durant dealers were notified in advance so they could inform the public of the Star car's arrival along the local tour route. The Star's usual speed on the tour was said to be 25 to 35 miles per hour, with gasoline mileage of 25 miles to a gallon and "over 400 miles on a quart of oil" with no other expenses except for the gas and oil. The Star car was advertised at $810.

October, 1893
(Peninsula Enterprise- Accomac Court House, Va.)

The movement on foot for the establishment of a bank in the town of Onancock, of which there is a notice elsewhere in this paper, is certainly a step in the right direction. Whether or not a bank should be established there is hardly a debatable question. The necessity for it is so great and the reasons for having a bank in the county are so many, that the only question now debatable, is not whether we shall have a bank in Onancock, but why have we not had one before this time. Of course we should have it and the bulk of the stock should be taken by our own citizens and be controlled by them.

January, 1955
(Salisbury Times)

Pocomoke Lions To Entertain Farmers

POCOMOKE CITY - Members of the Pocomoke City Lions Club will be host to the Ruritans of the Atlantic District of Virginia and to farmers of this area for a meeting Tuesday night in the firehouse.

Last spring, Pocomoke City Lions visited the Ruritans and Tuesday's meeting will give them the opportunity to play host again in the series of yearly meetings. Approximately 150 are expected to attend.

Lions President Vaughn Wilkerson also announced that the local club will sponsor the sale of tickets for a special basketball game Feb. 19 between the Greenbelt Lions Club and the Pocomoke Chiefs. Proceeds will be contributed to the Pocomoke City Boys Club.

March, 1903
(Newark Advocate- Newark, Ohio)

Tomato Growers Getting Together.

At a recent meeting tomato growers in the Fairmount district of Somerset County, Md., decided that they would not contract to grow tomatoes for less than 15-cents for a five-eighth's bushel basket to be sold by the basket, and the cannery to furnish baskets for the grower to dump his tomatoes in at the factory. There was another meeting held at Jamestown attended by tomato growers from Westover and Brinkleys districts Jan.17, and the action of the previous meeting was endorsed. A committee was named from each district present to get tomato growers of their respective districts to support the measure. 

March, 1932 (Time Machine archive)
(The Morning Herald- Hagerstown, Md.)

Mob Threatens Worcester County Prosecutor

Berlin, Md., March 24 (AP)- An investigation to establish the identity of the members of the mob which surrounded the Atlantic Hotel early today and threatened State's Attorney Godfrey Child, was promised today by Charles R. Mason of Pocomoke City, a member of the Worcester County Board of Commissioners.

Mason said the investigation would be conducted by the County Board of Commissioners.

Meanwhile, State's Attorney Child was resting comfortably at his home in Pocomoke City after being conducted there by Sheriff Wilmer S. Purnell after the latter and state troopers had dispersed the mob about the hotel. He made no intimations today concerning any actions he may take against the persons in the crowd.

The mob action followed the rendering of the decision by Justice Of The Peace William J. Bratten in dismissing the kidnapping and assault charges against Robert Allen, Chief of Police of Ocean City, and George K. Jarvis, prominent cattleman. The charges had been preferred by Charles W. Brown who said he had been waylaid and held a prisoner by Allen, Jarvis and two other men for five days last week.

State's Attorney Child presented the evidence for the complainant at the hearing last night and the attitude of the crowd wanted to know why the decision had been in the favor of the defendants. A window in the hotel where Child planned to spend the night was broken and the State's Attorney's automobile was wrecked.

After the hotel was darkened and the doors bolted, Sheriff Purnell and state police were called to break up the mob. Later the Sheriff took the prosecutor to his home.

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SAVE THE DATE ~ Harvest Music Festival

Beaver Dam Presbyterian Church is hosting a
 Harvest Music Festival
 featuring the Beaver Dam Strings, Second Chance and Kindred Spirit.  Refreshments will be served. 

 Beaver Dam is located at 345 Makemie Rd Pocomoke. 

 The festival will be on Sunday, October 27 from 3-5