Today In Salisbury’s History: Thursday, Aug. 15, 1991

Thursday, Aug. 15, 1991 —

  • Police are investigating the death of Brian Ball, a 15-year-old Texas teenager who was visiting Salisbury and died from an overdose of alcohol. Ball was attending a party on Old Ocean City Road with his 16-year-old cousin and was reportedly drinking heavily because he wanted to fit in among people he didn’t know. Fellow party-goers saw that Ball had collapsed and wasn’t moving, and they took him to Peninsula General Hospital Medical Center. Ball’s blood-alcohol content was 0.37, officials said.
  • The Salisbury-Wicomico County Regional Airport now has a full-time sheriff’s deputy on patrol during nighttime hours. Deputy Diane Furbush, 42, the second female deputy hired at the Sheriff’s Office, has officially volunteered for the 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. shift. Her duties include patrolling the runways and hangar buildings, securing the private aircraft housed at the facility, and coordinating emergency calls.    
  • The Salisbury City Council has unanimously approved the opening of an indoor golf complex in an existing building on South Boulevard, just south of Moore’s Building Supply and the Giant Food shopping center. Toddco Inc. said the business will open in October. It will feature miniature golf, as well as a netted driving cage.
  • Non-English speaking people in Wicomico County in need of emergency assistance will soon be able to get help through an interpreter just by dialing 911. The County Council authorized an expenditure of $1,000 toward a service called Language Line, which is provided by AT&T. The service allows 911 operators to call other operators, who are knowledgeable in more than 140 languages.
  • John Stimpson of Mobile, Ala., is the No. 1 seed in the eighth annual Chris Thomas Memorial Tennis Tournament being held at Salisbury State University. A former star player at the University of Alabama, he is ranked 178th in the world. The top local player is Neil Mauer of Parkside High School. A $10 ticket will cover the entire five-day tournament; the daily admission is $3.
  • The Wicomico County Council has finally found a company willing to recycle newspapers and paper products and hope to have collection bins available for public use soon. The council has also approved the purchase of 81 acres just south of the Brick Kiln Road landfill for use as a mulching area and compost processing site.
  • Dan H. Akin, the new president of Peninsula General Hospital Medical Center, said he is implementing a program called Total Quality Management. He said the hospital — in its efforts to improve its technology — has strayed from its mission of providing quality patient care. He said each of the hospital’s 1,700 will now carry a card that lists quality-care principles. Akin also said he plans to end the paid parking that has been a complaint topic for years.
  • Giant Food said it will test a new concept: a deep-discount drugstore business on South Salisbury Boulevard. To be named “Super G Discount Drugstore,” the business will be located in the vacant Montgomery Ward building. Giant will be leasing 28,000 square feet in the 85,233-square-foot building. Giant has signed a 15-year lease and will spend $2 million to renovate the space. Giant is expecting 20,000 customers each week. Giant has pharmacies in 104 of its 154 grocery stores, but not in its Salisbury location.

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