Today in Salisbury’s History: Monday, April 2, 1990

Monday, April 2, 1990 —

  • James A. Perdue, son of Franklin P. Perdue, has been named Vice Chairman of Perdue Farms. Pelham B. Lawrence has been named Executive Vice President and George Reiswig has been named Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer. The leadership changes were announced jointly by Frank Perdue and company Chief Executive Officer Donald Mabe.
  • Salisbury building products dealer E.S. Adkins & Co. has announced a gift to the Easern Shore Symphony Society that will put tickets into the hands of music lovers at a reduced price. Thanks to the Salisbury company, tickets for this Saturday’s concert at Salisbury State University will cost just $5 for adults and $3 for students. The normal ticket prices would have been $12 and $6, respectively. Tickets are available at E.S. Adkins on North Salisbury Boulevard.
  • Wicomico County residents might be facing a tax increase this year, unless the County Council can close a $15.5 million budget gap between expenditures and revenues in the fiscal 1901-91 budget. According to county Administrative Director Matthew E. Creamer, revenues are only expected to increase about 1.5 percent next year, to a total of about $54.8 million. Meanwhile, county department heads are requesting a 29 percent increase in spending, or a total of about $70 million.
  • County officials on Sunday officially dedicated the new Wicomico County Public Safety Building on Naylor Mill Road. The modern $1.5 million structure houses the county Sheriff’s Office, as well as the Fire Marshal’s Office and Civil Defense. Previously, the Sheriff’s Office operated out of the county courthouse in Downtown Salisbury.
  • New movies being shown in Salisbury include “Driving Miss Daisy” and “Pretty Woman” at the Movies 6, “The Hunt For Red October” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” at the Mall Cinemas.
  • Virginia B. Layfield, President of Peninsula General Hospital Medical Center, will take the witness stand this week before the National Labor Relations Board as the hearing process begins for hospital technical employees. The NLRB has stepped in because numerous job reclassifications are in dispute and both sides are expected to call multiple witnesses. The Maryland Nurses Association filed a petition with the NLRB last month, seeking a technical bargaining unit and an all-professional bargaining unit within PGHMC.
  • In a special legislative session scheduled this week, the Wicomico County Council is expected to approve the rezoning of 258 acres off of Snow Hill Road  from the county’s Airport Zone to R-22 Residential. Developer Thomas H. Ruark is hoping to build a golf course and housing development near Nutters Cross Road.
  • By creating a local business as a cover, members of the Wicomico County Narcotics Task Force stopped what they believe to have been a major drug-smuggling operation from New York. The weekend drug bust was the largest in the county’s history, with 10 people arrested, more than a kilo of cocaine recovered and some 10 pounds of suspected marijuana confiscated. The drugs have a street value of more than $500,000, according to Salisbury Police Chief Colbourne Dykes. Officials made the busts after creating a storefront on Fitzwater Street called “Big Bubba’s Bargain City,” where drug transactions were conducted.
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