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The man ac­cused of stab­bing to death a 58-year-old Gra­sonville man with a hunt­ing knife out­side the shanties near the Kent Nar­rows sev­ern months ago pleaded guilty to sec­ond­de­gree mur­der Thurs­day in Queen Anne’s County Cir­cuit Court.

The state’s at­tor­ney’s of­fice dropped the more se­ri­ous charge of first-de­gree mur­der against 51-year-old Wil­lie J. Stur­di­vant of Gra­sonville in ex­change for the guilty plea.

* * * The new Queen Anne’s County Senior Cen­ter opened its au­to­matic doors last week af­ter three years of plan­ning and con­struc­tion.

The 15,500 square foot build­ing will serve area se­niors as both a senior cen­ter and an adult day care. Also housed within its bright, airy cor­ri­dors are the staff of the De­part­ment of Ag­ing, and just about any senior ser vice imag­in­able.

Se­niors hav­ing prob­lems with Medi­care, So­cial Se­cu­rity, or trans­porta­tion to their physi­cian can find the an­swer to their needs from the staff within.

* * * Queen Anne’s County could lose $1.5 mil­lion in state aid if the gover­nor’s pro­posed bud­get cut­ting plan goes into ef­fect.

What that means to the county is still un­known.

“We’re still look­ing at ev­ery­thing and any­thing, but it’s tough to make a de­ci­sion when things are still mov­ing,” said Joe Zim­mer­man, the county’s fi­nance direc­tor.

The pro­posed cut comes on the heels of a $2.5 mil­lion re­duc­tion that went into ef­fect last month. About $500,000 of that cut his spe­cific ar­eas, such as the health de­part­ment, the board of ed­u­ca­tion and Ch­e­sa­peake College.

This time the gover­nor has left it up to lo­cal of­fi­cials to de­cide where to make the slashes.

* * * Five can­di­dates have filed to run in the Dec. 27 elec­tion for the Centreville town coun­cil seat left va­cant by Thomas Moore’s res­ig­na­tion.

Moore cited his in­ten­tion to move to Florida as his rea­son for re­sign­ing. How­ever, his res­ig­na­tion came just weeks be­fore he was to face driv­ing while in­tox­i­cated charges in Queen Anne’s County District Court Dec. 6. The trial date has been post­poned un­til Jan. 8.

The five can­di­dates in­clude Abby P. Hardy, G. Kenneth Lyons, Wil­liam C. Jones, Ann Tam­lyn and Dan Tabler.

The in­ter­est in this elec­tion stands in marked con­trast to the last elec­tion in which only one per­son ran and only 25 out of 1,000 reg­is­tered vot­ers cast a bal­lot.

* * * Be­hind the long list of ti­tles Julius Groll­man held over the years, friends de­scribe the life­long res­i­dent of Stevensville as a man who put peo­ple first.

At 71 years old, Groll­man died Sun­day at Si­nai Hospi­tal in Bal­ti­more.

“I can tell you one thing, I per­son­ally will miss him, but the town is go­ing to miss him,” said Gil Dunn, a long­time friend, neigh­bor and owner of Kent Is­land Phar­macy. “I can’t think of any­one whose whose death will be felt (more) by ev­ery­one in Stevensville.”

Groll­man served as county com­mis­sioner from 1966 to 1978. He was one of the founders of the Kent Is­land Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 278 and the Kent Is­land Fire Co. He also held many more ti­tles …. But most peo­ple seem to re­mem­ber him as the lo­cal gen­eral store owner who gen­uinely cared about peo­ple in the com­mu­nity and liked to joke around.

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