Today In Salisbury’s History: Tuesday, July 5, 1977

Tuesday, July 5, 1977 —

  • The Wicomico County Council toured WinterPlace Farm east of Salisbury and are officially considering it as a possible new location for the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center. Owner James B. Caine of Ocean City led the five council members on a tour of his stunning 550-acre facility, which has gained national attention for its grandness. Council members are weighing whether exiting barns on the site could be converted to arenas, thereby eliminating the need for a new building. The sale price is listed at $7.5 million, but County Administrator Matthew E. Creamer said Caine has already said he would greatly reduce the price for the county.
  • The Salisbury Jaycees have presented a check for $500 to kick off a public funding campaign to help rebuilt the fire-ravaged Wicomico Youth & Civic Center. Banker David F. Rodgers of the Jaycees Foundation made the presentation to County Council President Albert J. Bailey at Monday night’s fireworks display, held just outside the Civic Center. Insurance is expected to cover the building’s loss — about $5 million — but some officials have said they would like to build a bigger building.
  • Six city police cars responded to a report of a robbery at the Boulevard Theater on East Main Street. Officers said $411 was found to be missing from a desk in the theater’s office. The movie was playing “The Rescuers” at the time of the crime. A search of the area failed to turn up any suspects.
  • New State Police Troopers have been assigned to the Salisbury barrack. Rookies arriving from the Police Academy are: H.L. Milburn of Westover, B.A. Ward and E.O. Monk of Crisfield, P.W. Andrews of Berlin, T.W. Gray of Snow Hill F.C. Corbin of Princess Anne and S.R. Wilson of Salisbury. Trooper G.S. Stickles of Waldorf has been transferred to Salisbury, as were Cpls. J.W. Brown of Randallstown and J.H. Balderson of Easton. Also assigned to Salisbury from State Police Headquarters in Pikesville is Sgt. H.A. Phillips, a Salisbury native.
  • The June graduating class of the Del-Mar-Va Beauty Academy has been announced. The successful students are: Marty Vincent, Marilyn Haberman, Jan Stephenson, Terri Councell, Tabbie Arvay, Gail Burse, Bonnie Lewis, Renita Leonard, Bruce Calame, Phylis Taylor, Teresa Budd, Nancy Howeth and Sharon WIndsor.
  • Lee Ann Toadvine and Robert Capers will be representing the Lower Shore 4-H clubs in the Maryland 4-H State Public Speaking Contest schedule Wednesday in College Park. Toadvine and Capers were the winners of the local competition.
  • The Knights of Columbus, managed by R. Hunter Nelms, captured the West Salisbury Little League crown with a 17-6 win over the Optimist. Tom Stafford was the winning pitcher, while Jeff Olds slugged a grand slam home run. The Knights finished with a 14-0 record and will now play the Jaycees team for the Little League title.
  • Patrick L. Rogan has been named to succeed Alfred T. Truitt Jr. as Chief Public Defender for the three Lower Shore counties, plus Dorchester. Though not required, Rogan is expected to sever his connection to his current law firm, Richardson, Rogan, Anderson and Heland. Truitt was recently elevated to a Circuit Court judgeship. The Chief Public Defender’s position pays $22,600 annually.

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

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