Today In Salisbury’s History: Friday, Feb. 7, 1969

Friday, Feb. 7, 1969 —

Salisbury’s economy is off to a strong start in 1969. Two significant business barometers registered close to the $100 million mark in January: Check clearances for January totaled $96.9 million and bank deposits were reported at $94.6 million. Both barometers were in the vicinity of $84 million in January 1968.

If Wi-Hi can beat James M. Bennett tonight, the Salisbury team will win the Class A District 5 Championship. If Bennett can find a way to win the game, that will force another game to determine the District 5 winner. Wi-Hi, 8-5, beat Bennett, 9-5, earlier in the season by a 67-54 score. The Indians suffered an embarrassing defeat this week at the hands of Pocomoke High School, 100-63. It’s a home game for Bennett, but will be played at Wi-Hi to accommodate the expected huge crowds.

City Council President W. Paul Martin’s controversial proposal to create an all-powerful Personnel Board has been shelved. In the face of overwhelming opposition from Mayor Dallas Truitt and a majority of the council, Martin withdrew his Charter Amendment at a special session this week. Councilman Sam Seidel’s compromise plan, which could lay the groundwork for a system where city employees might air any grievances, will be considered in a future meeting. Martin’s efort is in response to the recent unionization of the city Police Department.

John Schaffer is the new head of the Tony Tank Tribe No. 149 Improved Order of the Redmen. His term will last six months and his title will be Sachem. Others installed in the Wigwam in Fruitland were Edward Hall, prophet; Donald Townsend, senior Sagamore; Preston Townsend; junior Sagamore; and Donald Brown; chief of records.

The Wicomico County Council is supporting the County Personnel Board’s recommendation that the mandatory retirement age for county workers be lowered from 70 to 67. Those engaged in police and fire work will be forced to retire at age 60. County Administrator Max Rolih said age 67 is more in keeping with corporate rules in the private sector.

Wicomico Schools Superintendent Royd A. Mahaffey said it will be up the the school board to decide if students can smoke in schools. State Board of Education officials announced last week that smoking rules should be a local decision. A ban currently exists in Wicomico, but a growing number of teachers say they favor ending the ban because they are called upon to police students and participate in disciplinary procedures.

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