Today In Salisbury’s History: Saturday, March 14, 1998

Saturday, March 14, 1998 —

•Activists seeking to have the newly rebuilt Salisbury Middle School renamed in honor of Charles H. Chipman may have to take their case to state officials after receiving a stone-face response from Wicomico Board of Education members. Despite pleas from the likes of Jean Morris, Marion “Bud” Barkley, Dick Hazel and Bob Cook, school board members said nothing in response at a public meeting Tuesday night. The board agreed to a “locality name” for the school at a meeting in November.

•State Sen. Richard Colburn remains undecided on his vote whether to support the state’s proposal to lower the blood-alcohol threshold for arrests in drunken driving cases. The move to reduce the current .10 standard to .08 is before the Judicial Proceedings Committee, on which Colburn serves. Colburn said he is concerned the alteration would be “too extreme.”

•Kevin Davenport, an employee at the Giant Food grocery store in Salisbury, is raising money to help pay for a $1 million heart transplant that has saved his life. A fundraiser softball tournament is planned April 17-19 in Pittsville. The event will also include raffles, 50/50 drawings and a bake sale. The Kevin Davenport Fund currently has $650 after a single day of fundraising; much more cash is needed.

•With three weeks to go before the primary election, Salisbury’s four mayoral candidates met with the Downtown Salisbury Association to express their viewpoints on Downtown matters. Seeking to succeed incumbent W. Paul Martin Jr. are Carolyn Hall, Donald Long, Barrie Parsons Tilghman and Robert R. Ryan. Hall said Downtown was on a good track with the pending sale of city property to provide a restaurant at Port of Salisbury Marina. Long said public transportation is needed to bring people Downtown. Ryan offered that Downtown needs to “be more kid friendly.” Tilghman criticized the pace of city government, saying matters regarding Downtown are studied to death, but nothing gets done.

•After being on strike for three weeks, Crown Cork & Seal’s 150 union steelworkers have returned to their jobs in Fruitland, but without a contract agreement. Chapter 7212 President Joe Ellis said union lawyers advised that workers return to work at least temporarily. The two sides have settled wage and pension issues, but workers are seeking assurances on job security and a promise that their plant won’t be closed.

•Wonder Bread has moved its distribution center to the old A&P Grocery store on East Main Street across from City Park. Wonder Bread and Hostess cakes will be stored and sent out of the 21,000-square-foot structure, which is expected to undergo some remodeling.

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

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