Today In Salisbury’s History: Friday, Feb. 13, 1976

Friday, Feb. 13, 1976 —

–Wicomico County schools officials said they will “exhaust every appeal possible” to get back some $3.8 million in state funding originally earmarked to rebuild Mardela High School. Superintendent Harold Fulton said he and school board members will directly appeal to the state’s Board of Public Works. The state Inter-Agency Committee on school construction has decided to cut $246 million in projects statewide. Wicomico faces $4.9 million in cuts overall, which means libraries planned for North Salisbury and Glen Avenue elementary schools would also not be built.

–Perdue Farms has announced new minimum-guaranteed payment rates for growers who open new chicken houses in 1976. Growers in the large bird program will be paid a minimum of $115 for every 1,000 birds, while those in the small bird program will receive at least $84.50 per 1,000 birds. Perdue growers’ total housing capacity is now 800,000 broilers.

–Salisbury Mayor Elmer F. Ruark announced that he and Mrs. Ruark will be visiting Salisbury, England, likely sometime this summer. The mayor will be taking along a special gift for his counterpart, Mayor Anthony Stocken: a copy of “Delmarva — The Breadbasket of the Revolution,” written by Charles J. Truitt Sr. Salisbury, England, is Salisbury, Md.’s sister city; Mayor Stocken was a visitor here last year.

–Tom McGuire, the Exalted Ruler of the Salisbury Elks 817, presented the proceeds of the Elks’ Charity Ball to Oscar L. Carey, President of the Peninsula General Hospital Board of Trustees. The $500 will go to the PGH Medical Center Construction Campaign.

–For the first time in his 10 years as a City Councilman, Samuel W. Seidel was called upon to serve as Acting President at a council meeting that began 8 minutes late. Council President W. Paul Martin Jr. became ill earlier in the day and Council Vice President Robert A. Powell was out of town on business — leaving Seidel as the net in line to preside. The tardy start wasn’t Seidel’s fault — Councilman Norman H. Conway, who serves as Vice Principal of Pinehurst Elementary School, arrived late because of a school PTA meeting.

–The absence of a labor agreement could jeopardize the purchase of the Delmarva Peninsula’s rail service. Southern Railway and Chessie Systems are set to purchase some 300 miles of freight service tracks on Delmarva from bankrupt Penn Central. If the buyers and the railmen’s union can’t agree, the system could fall into the hands of the federal government-created ConRail system.

–The Salisbury-Wicomico Planning Commission and its employees are the first inhabitants of the new $2.2 million county-city office building on North Division Street. Staff members moved boxes of files from their offices in One Plaza East across the Wicomico Courthouse yard to the second floor of the new building. The Planning Commission offices are furnished with desks and chairs from the recently closed Open Road recreational vehicle plant in east Salisbury.

–R-C Theaters, headquartered in Baltimore, announced it has completed a successful negotiation with the now-under-construction Salisbury Shoppers World to build twin theaters in the new shopping center. To be named World Cinemas I & II, each auditorium will have plush seating, luxurious drapes, indirect lighting, and the latest in sound and projection technology. The shopping center and theaters are expected to open this summer and fall, respectively.

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