Today In Salisbury’s History: Monday, Jan. 9, 1989

Monday, Jan. 9, 1989 —

  • Convinced that Delmarva farmers can achieve corn yields in excess of 200 bushels per acre, Ron Mulford of the University of Maryland’s Poplar Hill Research Center is experimenting with new methods that he says will someday allow a harvest of 300 bushels per acre. Mulford said the science of corn growing now has a whole new set of goals, since a Rutgers University scientist produced a 300-bushel-per-acre harvest last summer. Mulford’s own harvest for his most-recent crop was just over 200 bushels per acre.
  • Wicomico’s newly proposed County Council boundary lines will be the subject of a public hearing on Feb. 7. As a result of a U.S. Justice Department lawsuit, the county will form five boundary districts and two at-large districts. Currently, all five council members are elected at large. Federal lawyers said the current system makes it difficult for a minority candidate to win a council seat and the council, therefore, is not representative of the county’s overall population.
  • A Salisbury man with 25 years of military service has been promoted to Colonel in the Maryland Army National Guard. Donnie L. Drewer, former Commander of Salisbury’s 115th Military Police Battalion, became a “full-bird Colonel” in a ceremony conducted by Maj. Gen. James F. Fretterd, the Adjutant General of Maryland. Drewer, 46, is an Assistant District Director for the State Highway Administration, where he has worked for 27 years.
  • The employees of K&L Microwave in Salisbury were celebrated for their remarkable United Way of the Lower Easterm Shore fundraising in 1988. Employees donated $17,593, while the company donated another $3,000. Presenting the hefty check to United Way volunteer Ken Rapp was Judy Weseman, K&L Personnel Manager.
  • The Wicomico Department of Recreation & Parks this week will begin drawing down the water levels of several local ponds. According to County Administrative Director Matthew E. Creamer, reducing the water levels allows dock owners to make repairs and waterfront property owners to clean shoreline areas. The draw-downs also allow the county to clean and repair swimming areas at Leonards Mill and Schumaker ponds. The county will also ban fishing in the drawn-down areas.
  • Maryland Gov. William Donald Schaefer announced that Robert Scott Davis will replace Richard D. Warren as a state District Court Judge in Wicomico County. Davis has been associated with the Adkins, Potts & Smethhurst law firm in Salisbury since 1984. Previously, he was a partner with Ward & Davis in Crisfield. Warren was recently elevated to a Wicomico County Circuit Court judgeship.
  • Michael Marshall has been promoted from General Manager of the Comfort Inn in Salisbury to General Manager of the Holiday Inn on North Salisbury Boulevard. Marshall joined the inn and its parent company, Marshall Management Inc. of Salisbury, after completing managing training at the 320-room Westpark Hotel in Washington, D.C.
  • Radio personality J.J. “Hitman” McKay of WKHI-FM will teach a radio broadcasting class this semester at Wor-Wic Community College. McKay will teach students how to write and produce advertising commercials and newscasts, identify the elements of music selection and learn how stations are programmed. Students will also have an opportunity to produce a resume and demo-tape that will help in becoming employed. Tuition for the six-week class is $69.  
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