Salisbury History: Jan. 29, 1970

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Thursday, Jan. 29, 1970

  • Salisbury Mayor Dallas G. Truitt broke the political ice and became the first candidate to declare for mayor. The 62-year-old first-term mayor — who pulled off a surprise win against Frank Morris four years ago — had been considering a run for State Senate. Terms are also expiring for Councilmen Sam Seidel and David F. Rodgers. Mayor Truitt is a retired Swift & Co. sales executive and lives at 684 North Pinehurst Ave. Council President W. Paul Martin Jr. is said to be considering a run for the mayor’s seat.
  • Salisbury State College’s newly funded “Visiting Professors Series” welcomed the dean of the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Willis G. Winn. SSC administration and Winn were scheduled to discuss establishing a curriculum that will allow the Salisbury campus to create majors in economics and business administration.
  • When a sheriff’s deputy discovered a broken-out window at 4:10 a.m. at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center, city police, deputies and state troopers surrounded the building in an effort to catch the break-in culprits. When police eventually entered the building, the intruders were gone. Officers said five vending machines had been broken into and burglarized. There have been several break-ins at the Civic Center in recent weeks, with one occurring just five days earlier.
  • Peninsula General Hospital announced it had created a new office: “Admission Control.” The office would oversee pre-admission testing for all patients and save money by reducing hospital stays. Hospital officials said diagnostic tests can usually be conducted without a hospital admission and surgeries could be better-scheduled.
  • Judge William Travers ruled in the city of Salisbury’s favor in a $10,000 lawsuit filed by Hebron Savings Bank. The case involved an East Church Street house on which the bank held a mortgage. The city had declared the property unsafe and demolished it, but neglected to notify the bank in advance. City Housing Inspector Henry Wojtanowski testified that the homeowner, James W. Hurley, told him that the Hurley family had no plans to repair the property and “it might as well be torn down.”
  • Gail Luffman, a 19-year-old freshman at Salisbury State College, was named 1970’s Watermelon Queen. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Luffman of Dykes Road beat out five other candidates at a competition held in the Board of Education Auditorium. Miss Luffman will compete for the National Watermelon Queen title in Jacksonville, Fla., in March.
  • North Dorchester High School set a school scoring record in its 109-26 defeat of the Pittsville High School Wildcats. Coach Dale Carrier said he used his entire 11-member squad and wasn’t trying to run up the score on the eastern Wicomico team. Doug Lynch led Pittsville’s scorers with 8 points.

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

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