Today In Salisbury’s History: Monday, Oct. 13, 1969

Monday, Oct. 13, 1969 —

  • At 7 a.m. today, for the first time in several years, the clock bell in the Wicomico Courthouse bell tower rang out seven times. At 8 a.m., it rang eight times; at 9 it rang nine times. Courthouse maintenance worker James T. Elliott completed repairs on the clock tower over the weekend. The County Council finally approved repairs to the clock mechanism after repeated complaints from Downtown businesses who wanted the bell restored.
  • Mrs. James R. Wyatt III of Zion Road returned from Hawaii, where she visited her husband, Spec. 4 James Wyatt III, who was on leave from Vietnam. A recent recipient of the Bronze Star, he has been in Vietnam 10 months and expects to return home in December.
  • William G. Duvall, president of the Young Republicans Club, announced that Shore-Up Board of Directors members had agreed to meet with his group to discuss the Young GOPers’ concerns. Duvall has criticized Shore-Up Executive Director R. Scott Wilson and questioned the need for a county anti-poverty agency.
  • Dr. Walter D. Smith, president of Salisbury State College, announced he will depart Salisbury to assume the presidency of newly formed Marion State College in Florence, S.C., effective July 1. Dr. Smith said he expected SSC enrollment to reach 1,000 students by next year and possibly hit 2,000 students by 1975.
  • City officials were still awaiting Health Department’s announcement of  fines lodged against the city’s incinerator on Delaware Avenue and Route 50. City Public Works Director Philip C. Cooper insists the emissions should be within acceptable ranges, but a laboratory group dispatched from Baltimore has found problems with emissions.
  • An angry City Councilman Samuel M. Seidel said he had finally had enough of the city extending utility services to neighborhoods that didn’t agree to be annexed into the municipality. “I think it’s time to say that unless you’re in the city, you don’t get the service,” Seidel said. “If this had been done 20 years ago, the city would be one-and-a-half times larger than it is now. There’s got to be some advantage for people who pay city taxes.”

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

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