Sheriff’s murder 50 years ago today still haunts Wicomico

December 8, 1968 The Sunday evening routine in the Wicomico County Jail did not appear to differ from any other evening, except for a larceny suspect, recently arrested by the Salisbury Police for stealing a television from a Downtown store who was determined that he was not going to stick around to face trial for […]

Today In Salisbury’s History: Sunday, Dec. 6, 1970

Sunday, Dec. 6, 1970 — An estimated 20,000 spectators attended Saturday’s Jaycees Christmas Parade, making it the largest such event in the city’s history. Crowds lined the streets from Riverside Drive and through town, all the way to Poplar Hill Avenue, where the parade disbanded. The large crowds were attributed to ideal weather — sunny […]

Today In Salisbury’s History — Monday, Nov. 29, 1965

Monday, Nov. 29, 1965 — William Brittingham, 37, owner of Brittingham Construction Co. in Salisbury, was killed in a car crash on a portion of new Route 50 that had just been completed. Gov. Millard Tawes is due in Salisbury on Friday to formally open the new road. Brittingham was in a car that was […]

Today In Salisbury’s History: Saturday, Nov. 15, 1986

Saturday, Nov. 15, 1986 — The Salisbury City Council is looking for someone to replace one of the board’s longest serving and most important members. Norm Conway won election this week to the Maryland House of Delegates and will give up his 13-year perch on the council. The council will make the appointment. Those under […]

Today In Salisbury’s History: Friday, Nov. 8, 2002

Friday, Nov. 8, 2002 — The results of Tuesday’s elections have been confirmed. Charles “Chip” Dashiell and Anthony Sarbanes were elected at-large members of the Wicomico County Council. Gail Bartkovich beat Don Ewalt in District 3 and Marvin Long topped Ann Suthowski in District 4. Norm Conway and Bennett Bozman were the winners in District […]

Today In Salisbury’s History: Wednesday, Nov. 1, 1967

Wednesday, Nov. 1, 1967 — Thomas S. George Jr. of the architectural firm George, Miles & Buhr unveiled plans for a $500,000, 25,000-square-foot addition to the already overburdened Wicomico Youth & Civic Center. The sprawling 37,000-square-foot arena on Clen Avenue is under constant demand and has been in need of even more space almost since […]

Today In Salisbury’s History: Monday, Oct. 25, 1993

Monday, Oct. 25, 1993 — Surgeon Dr. John Bartkovich joined Peninsula Regional Medical Center President Dan Aiken in unveiling a new $30 million expansion plan for the Salisbury hospital. The plan has three phases: the first is a two-story addition to the south wing that will include a mental-health unit, a new medical/surgical unit and […]

Today In Salisbury’s History: Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2000

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2000 — Dresser-Wayne executives are asking union officials to approve a $10 million concession that would slash wages and benefits but keep the Salisbury plant open. United Auto Workers Local 354 President Jack Hughes pointed out the company’s demands, even if met by the union, did not include a promise on the […]

Today In Salisbury’s History: Tuesday, Oct. 11, 1987

Tuesday, Oct. 11, 1987 — Chesapeake Bay oysters, ravaged over the summer by saltwater parasites, are virtually nonexistent in the bay, watermen are reporting. Only a few oystermen in the Upper Bay are reporting catches substantial enough to sell. A Crisfield waterman who used twin-patent tongs in Pocomoke Sound reported that he snared just 28 […]

Today In Salisbury’s History: Monday, Oct. 4, 1976

Monday, Oct. 4, 1976 — Dr. John Buchness, the Wicomico County Health Officer, announced the county would be receiving a pre-determined quota of the Swine Flu vaccine sometime next week. When the vaccine does arrive, the newspaper and TV media will alert the public and then those wanting the vaccine will be able to begin […]