Today In Salisbury’s History: Saturday, June 6, 1981

Saturday, June 6, 1981 —

  • Teachers representatives from each Wicomico County school have announced that their colleagues will no longer extend volunteer time for school extracurricular activities if their 9 percent negotiated pay increase — cut to a 7 percent hike by the County Council in recent budget discussions — is not funded as promised. According to teacher’s association President Irv Brewington, the council could and should cut administrative staffing and certain programs to fund the full pay hike.
  • An appraiser reports a city-owned acre-sized lot on Baptist Street, which county officials are eyeing for a courts and jail complex in Downtown Salisbury is worth more than $430,000. The County Council has put up $125,000 for the land, which leaves a wide gap if and when negotiations between the two government begins.
  • Longtime WBOC-TV news anchor Alan Landay, unable to overcome “philosophical differences” with the TV station’s new owners, has resigned. Landay, 34, confirmed he departed his position on May 20 and is unhappy because General Manager Tom Draper would not allow him to go on the air and thank viewers who have watched him on the news for more than a decade. Landay, who also served as News Director, has been replaced by Bill Jones, who will anchor both the 7 p.m. and 11 p.m “Delmarva Report” broadcasts for now.
  • Section 2 of Nithdale, planned as an upscale single-family housing development on the Wicomico River southwest of Salisbury, will be auctioned on-site by a national auction marketing company on June 27. Owners Otis and Elizabeth Esham have turned to the auction model to sell the development’s lots faster and for more money. Home sites are expected to fetch in a range of $12,800 to $39,200, but prices could go higher if  individual bidding wars occur. The Eshams will have financing available at 14 percent for a 10-year loan.
  • Nancy J. Fant has been named Postmaster of the Salisbury Post Office. She succeeds Shirley B. McDonalds, who was named manager of the Wilmington Sectional Center in January. Fant previously served in the Salisbury office, and then went on to serve postal stints in Georgia and Virginia, before returning recently. She is the first full-time Postmaster in the Salisbury office since an administrative change sent many local postal officials to Wilmington.
  • At a spring picnic and last meeting of the season, Mrs. Alfred T. Truitt was handed the gavel as the new President of the Town & Country Garden Club. She succeeds Mrs. Charles Hoffman, who now moves into the role of Immediate Past President. The picnic was held at the Woodland Road home of Mrs. Richard S. Barr.
  • Salisbury’s new television station, WMDT-TV 47, has been placed in receivership by a Wicomico County Circuit Court judge. Salisbury lawyer Fulton P. Jeffers has been named receiver of the ABC network affiliate that went on the air 14 months ago. Jeffers said the station’s owners will retain their positions, but he must approve any business decisions they make. The station’s main creditor is First National Bank of Maryland, which has made several loans to finance the station. The bank petitioned the court to appoint a receiver.
  • Someone made off with a videotape recorder valued at $1,500 that was left unattended in a meeting room in the Salisbury Sheraton Inn. Frank Gully of Delmar, who was holding an Almo Sylvania business meeting in a hotel conference room, said he returned to the room after a lunch break and the machine was gone.

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

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