50 YEARS AGO
A first-place award of a plaque and certificate went to the Queen Anne’s RecordObserver Thursday during the annual winter convention of the Maryland-Delaware Press Association in Baltimore.
The newspaper won top honors in its weekly division for community service in 1966. A third-place award was also presented in the “Best Editorial” contest.
* * * Damage was estimated at upwards to $15,000 following the fire Saturday afternoon that practically gutted the interior of the Union M.E. Church at Chester.
The Rev. Isaac H. White, pastor, reported that the church members had spent approximately $19,000 renovating the one-story frame building about two years ago.
Volunteer firemen from Kent Island and Grasovnille were called at 1:11 p.m. Saturday when a passing motorist noticed smoke seeping from the church windows.
The flames were confined to the interior of the threeroom building, which is across the road from the Chester post office. The fire ruined pews, the organ and piano, hymn books, robes, vestments, fixtures and the church kitchen, according to Rev. White.
* * * Investigators from the State Fire Marshal’s Office and the State Police intensified this week following the ninth in a series of small fires at the Centreville Middle School on Tuesday morning.
None of the fires, which have been described as “deliberately set,” have been large enough to call out the fire company, but the school has been evacuated on several occasions, according to Principal William Patton.
* * * Dr. Harry C. Rhodes, superintendent of Queen Anne’s County schools for the past 15 years, has resigned effective the end of this school year, June 30, 1967.
He made the announcement this week at the regular monthly meeting of the Board of Education, emphasizing that “the decision was not a hasty one on my part.”