Today In Salisbury’s History: Saturday, Sept. 17, 1988

Saturday, Sept. 17, 1988 —

  • Harkins Associates officially broke ground for its new development just off Schumaker Park and Pond. Called Spring Chase, the first phase will contain 46 homes and is one of Salisbury’s first planned residential communities. O’Connor, Piper, Flynn/Porter Associates will be handling sales. When the final phase is complete, the development that features all city services in a wooded area will have 104 homes.
  • Maghan Rae Beauchamp, 5, the daughter of E. Ray and Sherry I. Beauchamp and a 1st-grader at Chipman Elementary, was the winner of the Little Miss Salisbury Fire Department Pageant , sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary. The runner-up was Dionne Brinel Williams, 6, the daughter of Steven and Harriet Williams, a 2nd-grader at North Salisbury School.
  • The Salisbury City Council has tabled developer Thomas Ruark’s request to rezone 14.5 acres on Quantico Road and Culver Road from residential neighborhood business. The property owned by James H. Bounds II is the proposed site of a small shopping center that would include a supermarket and drug store. The city will wait for completion of its West Side redevelopment plan and then reconsider the matter. Councilman S. Norman Holland was the only member in immediate favor of the rezoning, declaring that West Side residents want more shopping options.
  • District Court Judge Richard D. Warren has been appointed to fill a new Circuit Court seat in Wicomico County. Warren, 47, said the judicial promotion is in the natural progression of his career — he served as State’s Attorney from 1975 until 1987, when he was appointed to state District Court. His annual salary will increase from $76,000 to $82,200.
  • Beaglin Park Drive homeowners are united in opposing a rezoning request that would expand the Salisbury Mall’s footprint east across St. Alban’s Drive. The mall’s owners, Equitable Life Assurance Society, wants to rezone nearly 20 acres from residential to commercial to expand the regional shopping complex. Residents are already angry that Equitable constructed eight out-of-place homes on the west side of Beaglin Park Drive to fulfill a deed restriction promised to residents of the Sunyar subdivision.
  • Stewart Wennerstein is being saluted for the completion of his Eagle Scout project that has resulted in a new activities display sign for announcing current and upcoming events at James M. Bennett Senior High School. The brick-framed sign has long been needed, said Principal Daniel Savoy. Teachers Steve Brewer and Courtland Lilly helped steer the project.
  • President Ronald Reagan has officially ordered 500 pewter jewelry boxes and 500 pewter candy dishes from Salisbury Pewter. Owner Terry Gladden said the president plans to give the pewter objects — which are inscribed with a depiction of the White House and the words “The Reagan Years — 1981-1989” — to administration officials and personal friends.
  • WBOC_TV owner Tom Draper announced he will purchase WYAH-TV, an independent station that serves the Norfolk area and is currently owned by the Christian Broadcasting Network. Draper said he will pay $12 million for the station, which is the flagship over-the-air operation of religious broadcaster Pat Robertson’s CBN Network. In addition to WBOC< Draper also owns KGBT-TV in Harlingen, Texas.

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