Today In Salisbury’s History: Wednesday, March 5, 1969

Wednesday, March 5, 1969 —

–A move is under way to petition Wicomico County’s proposed $3.4 million capital improvement bond issue to a public vote. The National Taxpayers Coordinating Commission, led by R. Russell Hitch, is circulating petitions all across the county. The bulk of the bond borrowing — about $2.9 million — would pay initial costs for a new high school and fund additions at Fruitland and Prince Street elementary schools. The citizens commission has 85 members. About 2,300 signatures are needed to put the bond bill to a public vote.

–Wicomico County teachers have voted to support a new contract that increases salaries and improves benefits. New teachers with a bachelor’s degree and teaching certificate would be paid $6,300 annually, and reach a salary of $10,200 after 14 years of service. The contract also calls for the hiring of 37 teachers across the schools system, which now employs nearly 600 teachers. The additional teachers are needed to reduce class sizes. The increases will add more than $500,000 to the system’s annual budget.

–Frank Taylor Jr. of Small’s Bootery was one of 37 footwear specialists to attend a weeklong training for Prescription Footwear Applicators at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. Also, F.L. Kune, Store Manager of the Woolworth’s store on West Main Street, said 60 sales events are planned during the rest of the year to celebrate the company’s 90th anniversary. Meanwhile, L.W. Dennis, head of Dennis Sales Ltd. in Salisbury, announced the food shipping company will open a West Coast office in Salinas, Calif., which will be headed by Herschel H. Smith.

–Snow began falling falling Sun and could continue for the next two days, according to weather forecasters, adding truth to the old adage “March comes in like a lion.” About 5 inches were on the ground in Salisbury this morning and the total could be as high as a foot by Friday. Schools across the Peninsula were closed today.

–The Salisbury Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has requested a meeting with Allegheny Airlines and Henson Aviation to lobby for additional flights to Friendship Airport in Baltimore. Chamber leaders want to expand the number of daily flights to Baltimore from the current two to a total of five. Allegheny has hinted it might reduce flights that fly daily to Washington, D.C., and New York City.

–A patient who doctors described as “disturbed” jumped from a third-floor window at Peninsula General Hospital and landed on a roof about 10 feet below. Hospital officials said the patient was rescued by members of the Salisbury Rescue Unit and was not seriously injured.

–The Downtown Salisbury Merchants Association is opposing Maryland’s 1 percent sales tax hike. Following a special meeting attended by 17 Downtown retailers, business leaders announced they would meet personally with Gov. Marvin Mandel to voice their opposition, as well as testify before the House of Delegates Ways and Means Committee. The merchants said they will suggest to Mandel that the state’s income tax be raised as an alternative to boosting state revenues. 

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