Today In Salisbury’s History: Monday, Nov. 14, 1994

Monday, Nov. 14, 1994 —

  • After 35 years, WICO-AM’s Bill Phillips has retired as the host of “Party Line.” William Prettyman, who purchased the popular radio station from Phillips in 1981, made the official announcement by reading a letter from Phillips live on the air. “The early-morning call has become increasingly difficult to respond to,” Phillips wrote in his letter. “I am therefore more comfortable at home listening than participating.” Marti Ryan, who just joined the station from Columbus, Ohio, will serve as the new “Party Line” host. 
  • Republicans and Democrats are closely watching as local Boards of Elections are counting absentees in the District 37A House of Delegates race. Republican Don Hughes holds a 14-vote lead in the contest and is trailed by Democrat Rudy Cane. The minority-majority district was created to give a minority a better chance to be elected, but that effort seems to have backfired at the polls. Approximately 20 outstanding votes from overseas are still waiting to be tabulated.
  • Wicomico County school board search committee members confirmed that they interviewed William Middleton for the Superintendent’s post on Thursday. Already the Acting Superintendent since Dr. Evelyn B. Holman’s departure, Middleton began his career as a teacher in the Wicomico system. Two other candidates have already been interviewed: Ronald James Naso, a Superintendent for a Kansas schools system; and Randolph G. Outten, a Superintendent for a district in Pennsylvania.
  • Salisbury’s City Council is considering a charter change that would allow it to raise taxes by up to 40 cents per $100 of assessed value to a whopping $2. The current rate is $1.60 per $100 of value. Council President Bob Gladden said no tax hike has actually been proposed, but officials must soon look for revenue options to fund The charter locks the tax rate at a maximum of $1.70. The city needs to spend between $6 million and $8 million to repair faulty storm water drains. Taxes were last raised in 1989.
  • Dockside Murphy’s on Route 50 and Truitt Street is being converted to a new sports bar, Spectators. The business will be managed by Phyllis North, who formerly served as Beverage Director at the Salisbury Sheraton Inn. The bar will showcase sports memorabilia of historical and education significance, North said, and is targeted to appeal to patrons both young and old. A billiards room will be located upstairs, North said.
  • Salisbury City Police will now have a mounted horse patrol, following a unanimous vote by the City Council. The vote followed an hour-long discussion before a packed council chamber, as residents turned out to voice both strong support and ample concerns. Police Chief Coulbourn Dykes said $40,000 worth of horses and supplies had been pledged to the city to start a mounted patrol. He said he would find the $20,000 in expected operating costs in his current budget to annually fund the patrol.

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