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Con­victed mur­derer John Thomas Hill may be re­leased from a life term in the Mary­land Pen­i­ten­tiary af­ter serv­ing less than 15 years.

An or­der filed last week by Judge John Gra­son Turn­bull of the Bal­ti­more County Cir­cuit Court set aside the life sen­tence of the Kent Is­land Ne­gro con­victed by a jury in Jan­uary 1953 of the ax slay­ing of a Wil­loughby store­keeper in 1952.

Judge Turn­bull’s or­der fur­ther said that Hill be held un­der $10,000 bail, pend­ing a new trial, and such trial must be held on or be­fore 90 days from the date of the or­der, Jan. 9.

* * * De­posits in four of the five banks in Queen Anne’s County to­taled al­most $20 mil­lion at the end of the year, ac­cord­ing to state­ments pub­lished in the Record-Ob­server.

The fith bank, the Church Hill branch of the Chestertown Bank of Mary­land, does not have de­posit fig­ures bro­ken down for their branch but the over­all de­posits for the main bank and its branches amounted to $11,380,628.

All of the banks showed more than 10 per­cent gain, with the largest gain shown by Queen­stown Bank of Mary­land — a tremen­dous 42.9 per­cent in­crease. This is the only bank in the county that has an­other branch, an of­fice in Grasonville.

** * The De­fense De­part­ment has of­fi­cially re­ported the death of Spe­cial­ist 4 Ray­mond L. El­liot Jr. of Pond­town, fol­low­ing the re­cov­ery of his body in Viet­nam.

The boy’s step­mother said Tues­day that a tele­gram ar­rived Satur­day no­ti­fy­ing the fa­ther that the body had been found and an­other wire came Mon­day ask­ing if they wished the boy re­turned to the States.

The 20-year-old sol­dier, as grad­u­ate of Ken­nard High School, had been re­ported miss­ing last week af­ter a rub­ber pa­trol boat over­turned in a river and he was thrown over­board. never made it to the dance that night.

He was pro­nounced dead im­me­di­ately af­ter he was struck and killed by a mo­torist Dec. 21 about 8:30 p.m. on Ceme­tery Road. The driver, Mark Lovette, was charged with homi­cide with a mo­tor ve­hi­cle and driv­ing while in­tox­i­cated, among other charges.

* * * The Knights of Colum­bus Satur­day dis­trib­uted food to 759 Queen Anne’s County fam­i­lies — 10 per­cent more than the num­ber of fam­i­lies who re­ceived aid last year.

The Knights were up and work­ing at 4 a.m. and had ex­pected to be­gin food dis­tri­bu­tion by 9. But at 8 o’clock, a long line had formed at the Grasonville Se­nior Cen­ter. So, the dis­tri­bu­tion stated ear­lier than ex­pected so that se­nior cit­i­zens wouldn’t have to stand in the cold for long.

“We were swamped, but the peo­ple who came were re­ally nice. They seemed very ap­pre­cia­tive,” said vol­un­teer Will De­hder. “We had a re­ally good turnout vol­un­teer­wise too.”

* * * A 20-year-old col­lege stu­dent is leav­ing for Queens­land, Aus­tralia.

Thomas Gan­non of Queen­stown will be pack­ing his bags and head­ing for Aus­tralia next month as part of his ju­nior year of study abroad.

The grad­u­ate of Queen Anne’ County High School ma­jors in an­thro­pol­ogy at Dick­in­son Col­lege in Carlisle, Pa. He plans to study an­thro­pol­ogy classes at the Univer­sity of Queens­land near Bris­bane, Aus­tralia.

* * * The flu season has yet to strike QueenAnne’s County, ac­cord­ing to Dr. Gary Sprouse and Dr. Michael Lees of the Queen Anne’s Med­i­cal Cen­ter.

“From what I’ve heard, in­fluenza A and B hasn’t even got­ten here yet. We ex­pect to start see­ing cases later this month or in Fe­bru­ary,” said Sprouse.

Lees’ de­scrip­tion of this year’s flu sounds re­mark­ably like those of past years. It is marked by a sud­den on­set and char­ac­ter­ized by fever, of­ten as high as 106 de­grees, chills, mus­cle aches, headaches, and gen­er­ally feel­ing run down.

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