Today In Salisbury’s History: Monday, Oct. 1, 1973

Monday, Oct. 1, 1973

  •  State’s Attorney Fulton Jeffers announced the arrest of a 27-year-old Washington, D.C., man in connection with the seizure of cocaine and heroin worth more than $40,000 — thought to be the largest drug seizure ever in Wicomico County. Jeffers credited the actions of State Police Clerk Donald White, who recognized the suspect’s name when the man came to the Route 13 barrack to retrieve an impounded vehicle. The drugs were found in the Sandman Motel in July and police had been looking for the suspect since that time.
  • Planning was under way for the Fall Fest at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Salisbury. Attending a recent planning meeting were Mary Livingston and her daughter, Mary, 2; Pat Layton and her daughter Katherine, 4; Chairwoman Carole Wilson and Father Charles Wilson, the rector.
  • Dale H. Marco, operations manager of the 63,000-square-foot Open Road Industries plant on Moss Hill Lane in Salisbury, announced a major expansion and modernization project for the facility. Marco said the growth in the number of Americans purchasing and using recreational vehicles would require a more-modern 309,000-square-foot plant. Marco said the company’s entire product line would eventually be assembled in Salisbury, which he said was ideally located to serve the company’s dealers and distributors. During the past fiscal year, Open Road sales rose from $38 million to more than $70 million
  • The Wicomico County United Fund began its drive to raise $173,400. Leading the kickoff event were Mayor Dallas Truitt, County Council President Lewis R. Riley and James Fineran, who was serving as the drive’s publicist.
  • The county government was facing scrutiny over steps taken to hire a new county Finance Director. The county’s law firm placed a 12-line classified ad in The Daily Times that read that “a large corporation on the Lower Eastern Shore with annual disbursements exceeding $10 million (is) seeking a Chief Financial Officer.” Applicants were invited to send resumes to a blind postal box. Questions centered on why the county seemed to be conducting the job search in secret.
  • Stefan Graham, director of the Salisbury Zoo, announced new daily hours for the facility. The zoo will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. He said the elephant will be out for viewing from 9:30 to 11:30 and 2 to 4 p.m. until the elephant departs for the National Zoo in Washington on Oct. 15.
  • Chester Davis ran for 53 yards and passed for more than 200 yards and four touchdowns as the Huddle defeated Gainesville Machine, 43-0, in the County Touch Football League. In other action, Value Carpet Mart edged Burnett White, 14-12.

Greg Bassett is editor and general manager of Salisbury Independent. Reach him at gbassett@newszap.com

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