Today In Salisbury’s History: Tuesday, Jan. 10, 1989

Tuesday, Jan. 10, 1989 —

  • Shore legislators were headed to Annapolis and declared the state budget and monitoring Gov. William Donald Schaefer’s overspending desires as their top priority. State Sen. Lewis Riley said that while the state has many needs, “Can we afford it?” must be the political refrain. Riley said the state Spending Affordability Committee has ruled the $9.7 billion budget can only increase by 8.6 percent, but Delegate Norman Conway declared that affordability guidelines are flexible and the legislature and Schaefer will inevitably reach a compromise. No. 1 on both lawmakers’ list is $2 million for Peninsula General Hospital Medical Center’s new heart institute.
  • County tourism  officials are elated with the job Salisbury State University student Kenny Gibson is doing as “Wicomico Woody,” the fat, feathered, 7-foot-tall county mascot. Gibson wears a suit that depicts a wood duck, complete with large rubber duck-webbed feet. Woody has attended the Salisbury Christmas Parade, the Winter Wonderland opening and even one County Council meeting. Gibson said the only problem with playing Woody is “that everyone comes up wants to touch me.” The suit was designed by local artist Dana Simpson and made by A.T. Jones Co. of Baltimore, the creators of the famous Baltimore Orioles mascot suit.
  • Randy Travis and Merle Haggard were set to star in two shows at Wicomico Youth & Civic Center. An afternoon performance was added after the schedule 8 p.m. show — and its $17.50 tickets — sold out in a matter of hours.
  • A reduced supply of poultry has helped to increase prices but additional production costs have hurt profits, said Bill Satterfield, Executive Assistant for the Delmarva Poultry Industry. Satterfield said that while corn production was down about 9 million bushels in 1988, soybean yields were up and grain supplies across the nation remained strong. The summer’s drought meant local poultry companies were forced to import corn for chicken feed.  
  • Peninsula General Hospital Medical Center Board Chairman Fulton P. Jeffers announced the establishment of an in-house neurosurgical service at the center. Medical Staff President Dr. Roger C. Merrill said Dr. Julius D. Zant has accepted the position of Chief of the Division of Neurosurgery and a second surgeon is now being recruited. Zant is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
  • President Reagan’s last federal budget before leaving office includes $1 million for Wicomico River dredging. The farewell spending plan totals $1.15 trillion and projects a $92 billion budget deficit. (The 2018 federal budget was $4.04 trillion with a $779 billion deficit.)

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

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