Today In Salisbury’s History — Sunday, Sept. 28, 1997

Sunday, Sept. 28, 1997 —

  • For the 11th year in a row, Forbes Magazine named Salisbury’s Frank Perdue as one of America’s wealthiest individuals. The 77-year-old Perdue was ranked 213th with an estimated worth of $825 million. Reviewers said Perdue’s consistency in making the Forbes list demonstrates the poultry industry’s reliable performance and Perdue’s ability to make savvy business deals. Perdue Farms, which is privately owned by the Perdue family, generated $2.2 billion in revenues last year.
  • More than 2,000 people attended the Pemberton Colonial Fair at Pemberton Historical Park in West Salisbury. The fair is lauded each year for its attempts to demonstrate the lifestyles of the region’s Colonial period. Meanwhile, the Salisbury Jaycees held their first-ever Field Day in WinterPlace Park. The event included a huge tug-of-war competition. In Downtown Salisbury along the River Walk, the Rotoract Club held a Microbrew and Wine Festival on Saturday. Organizer Rob Mulford said the event’s proceeds with benefit the Delmarva Children’s Theater.
  • Wicomico school officials were gearing up for a full calendar of public meetings to discuss redistricting in the public schools system. The first such effort in 20 years, 75 percent of the county’s students will be affected, said Sam Walker, who is coordinating the public sessions.
  • The Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce has come out in support of the city and county governments merging into a single governing entity. A statement issued by Chamber Executive Director William Postles said the city and county should “move promptly” toward a consolidation, which he said would reduce taxes while eliminating waste. Mayor W. Paul Martin Jr. said the Chamber’s position will have no affect on his opinion that separate governments are the correct format for local government.
  • Certified Public Accountants Trice & Geary of Salisbury have announced the promotion of  Donna K. Adams to Accounting and Auditing Manager. Adams joined the firm more than three years ago and has extensive experience in banking. She holds a master’s in Business Administration from Salisbury State University.
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