Wednesday, Feb. 9, 1972 —
- The Wicomico County Teachers Association has ratified a new contract with the school board. With 25 votes yet to be counted, the tally shows the new pact was approved 329-187 — the closest-ever margin since teachers began negotiating as a group. Teachers will receive a 3.9 percent raise. New salary ranges will begin at $7,500 for beginning teachers, extending to $12,000.
- The Salisbury Police Department has unveiled its VASCAR — Visual Average Speed Computer and Recorder — Unit. The first of its kind on the Eastern Shore, the unit contains a highly refined electronic digital computer that allows officers to record speeding cars in proximity to the police car and can’t be detected by citizen radar detectors.
- Mrs. Spyros Sarbanes has returned to Salisbury after a long visit to to her son and daughter-in-law, Congressman and Mrs. Paul Sarbanes of Baltimore. Meanwhile, a record number of boats were expected to be displayed in the weekend’s Jaycees Boat Show at the Civic Center.
- Bunk & The Inmates were the dance band appearing at the Holiday Inn in North Salisbury. George Fitzgerald and his easy-listening songs were at the Continental Cafe in Downtown Salisbury. The movie “Deliverance” was playing at the Salisbury Mall; “Sounder” with Cicely Tyson was playing at the Rio Theater Downtown.
- The James M. Bennett Wrestling team defeated Wi-Hi, 41-8, to claim a perfect 10-0 season. Gary Townsend had Wi-Hi’s lone pin, stopping JMB’s Mike Stanford. Bennett was led by its stars Jeff Gibson, and twin brothers Bob and John Cannon.
- Funeral arrangements were pending for Harry O. Fullbrook, 65, the first Republican ever elected to Salisbury’s City Council. A tight-fisted questioner of city expenditures, Fullbrook became known as “The Great Dissenter” during his 20 years in office. Even critics in later years admitted that Fullbrook’s determination to look at all council matters in excruciating detail held the body make better decisions.
- Oral surgeon Dr. Bernard J. Dormer has opened a new office at 1412 South Salisbury Blvd. Dormer, who has worked out of a temporary office at Peninsula General Hospital since last summer, is a graduate of the University of Maryland Dental School. His wife, Jean, is the school nurse at Bennett Middle.
Greg Bassett is editor and general manager of Salisbury Independent. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org