Developer outlines proposed mall's benefits
Despite objections from some Ocean Pines residents, the developer of the proposed Ocean Pines Outlet Mall says it would benefit Worcester County. The mall, which is planned for Route 589 in Ocean Pines, just on the outskirts of the residential area, would provide a $15 million tax base for the county and 300 full-time, year-round jobs, developer Gene Parker says. Some Pines residents have objected to the plan, saying the mall would cause traffic jams and congestion in the quiet community. But Mr. Parker says visitors could leave the mall, travel a short distance on Route 589 then get on Route 90 into Ocean City.
New school official expected to start job
Somerset County's new superintendent of schools, Dr. James Gary Horne, 51, was expected to assume his duties July 1. Mr. Horne comes to Somerset County from Sterling, Va., according to John Ent Jr., chairman of the Somerset County Board of Education. Mr. Horne has worked for two districts in Texas, and formerly served as assistant secretary of education for the U.S. Department of Education, Mr. Ent said.