Salisbury History: Feb. 5, 1967

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Sunday, Feb. 5, 1967

  • Two Maryland State Troopers miraculously escaped injury when a car in which they were riding overturned on Route 50 just west of White Lowe Road. Police said Trooper R.H. Nelms, 27, and Trooper H.L. Butler, 22, were westbound when they hit a spike in the roadway. The spike punctured their tire, sending them into a culvert, where the car flipped over. They two men were taken to Peninsula General Hospital, where they were treated for minor abrasions.
  • The federal Department of Housing & Urban Development approved a $79,515 Open Space Land grant so that Wicomico County could buy 11 acres to build a park on Schumaker Pond.
  • Dr. Roy L. Tawes, pastor at Trinity Church in Salisbury, began a sermon series titled “Man At Calvary.” The sermon series was to continue weekly through Easter. Meanwhile, the Rev. J. Robert Mackey was scheduled to administer Holy Communion at Asbury United Methodist Church.
  • Tennis star Arthur Ashe tuned up for the upcoming National Indoors Tournament in Salisbury by defeating Marty Riessen, 7-5, 6-4, in the Fidelity Bankers Indoor Tournament in Richmond. Ashe was expected to be the top seed in the tournament that begins next Sunday at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center.
  • James M. Bennett fell to 4-1 and Wi-Hi rose to 4-1 after games Friday night. Bennett lost to Easton, 76-71, while the Indians beat Pocomoke 79-55. Warren Webb was the high-scorer for the Clippers; Cris Douglas was high-scorer for Wi-Hi.
  • Rill Pollitt, 89, of East Church Street, died at Peninsula General Hospital. Mr. Pollitt, who operated the last blacksmithing business in Salisbury, had suffered a heart attack a week before. He retired 20 years ago after working as a blacksmith from a shop on Davis Street for a half-century.
  • A son was born Friday in Peninsula General Hospital to Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Leatherbury.
  • Newly sworn Gov. Spiro Agnew confirmed that Salisbury lawyer E. Dale Adkins had been named to the governor’s “Brain Trust.” Adkins and other will meet at least twice weekly with Agnew to advise him on legislative affairs and other matters. Local Republicans said Adkins’ closeness to Agnew means Adkins would have to be regarded at Wicomico County’s top Republican.

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

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