Today In Salisbury’s History: Tuesday, Jan. 31, 1978

Tuesday, Jan. 31, 1978 — 

  • A Baltimore County developer who wants to build a housing complex just outside the city limits and a Salisbury City Council determined that annexation is the only solution to extending water services to new addresses are on a collision course. Clayton Emory said the county’s Urban Services Commission has a long history of hooking up new developments without forcing annexation. Public Works Director Pete Cooper counters that because the East College Avenue location is already served by the city, annexation is in order. Emory wants to build 264 units, to be named Tamarack Village, between East College and South Schumaker Drive.
  • Sam Seidel and Norman Conway announced they will seek re-election to the Salisbury City Council. Seidel, 55, will be seeking a second four-year term, as will Conway, 36. Both men are Democrats. The primary is March 14 and the filing deadline is Feb. 22. Rumors have been running rampant around town that former mayor Dallas Truitt is planning a political comeback and will run for either mayor or council.  
  • City Treasurer Hampton Brittingham announced the city and Salisbury Shopping Center Inc., owners of the Salisbury Mall, have finally settled their two-year tax dispute. The mall’s representative, Harvey Bair, said a check for $50,000 would be delivered by end of business today. City and mall officials disputed some $4,000 in taxes for 1976 and some $2,000 in taxes for 1977. The City Council voted to waive all penalties and interest. The Treasurer’s Office could not legally accept the other taxes until the disputed taxes were settled.
  • Salisbury automobile dealer John H. Culver has been elected Vice President of the Salisbury Rotary Club. His election means that he will assume the club’s presidency next year. Current President Richard S. Barr will be succeeded by Gordon D. Gladden. Culver recently won praise for his successful administration of the club’s golf tournament, which raised more than $8,000.
  • City Police on routine patrol surprised a burglar who had gained entry to the Monument Shopping Center on Priscilla Street. The man was observed inside The Added Touch but ran out a back door and got away. Ray Bradford, owner of Shores & Bradford Barbershop, said the burglar broke through a store wall to access his business and some clothes were missing from a back room. Bradford said the barber shop was ransacked and the thief took all of the money in the cash register — .82 cents.
  • City Police and the public are concerned about a surge in the number of larcenies reported in the past year. There were 1,073 larcenies reported for 1977, compared to 775 cases in 1976 — a 17 percent increase. Police said most of the thefts came from cars, with CB radios, tape decks, cameras and suitcases at the top of the theft charts.
  • C&P Telephone donated a $1,250 organ to the Wicomico County Nursing Home. Administrator Mary Musser said the phone company’s Community Relations Team recently sent a list of needs and she was happy to declare the benefits of having an organ at the 82-bed facility. C&P official saluted Melvin Tingle of Tingle Music for helping make the donation possible.
  • A storm that swept across Delmarva on Thursday ripped roofs off of buildings and flooded the entire Lower Shore. On Route 50, between Ocean City and Salisbury, more than a dozen large billboards were twisted or blown down. The town of Denton was closed because 2 feet of water covered its downtown bridge. More than 45,000 Delmarva Power & Light customers experience some outages during the storm event. Tonight’s temperatures are expected to drop to 10 to 15 degrees, which will freeze all of the flooded areas.
  • Anita Bryant, who is mired in national controversy over her opinions about gay rights, will appear in two shows Saturday at the Wicomico Senior High School Auditorium. The Wicomico County Men’s Church Softball League is the sponsor of Bryant’s tour stop in Salisbury. Mrs. Phillip Brittingham said the 7:30 performance is sold out and the 9:30 performance is about three-quarters sold out. Bryant has long been listed as among the Most Admired Women in America and was a second-runner-up in the 1959 Miss America pageant.


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