FROM THE PAST

Record Observer - - OPINION -

Ed­i­tor’s Note: We didn’t have room for the From the Past fea­ture last week, so we have com­bined and con­densed two weeks for to­day’s edi­tion. they will en­ter their new $2,500,000 building on the out­skirts of Centreville.

The building is not com­pletely fin­ished for high school ac­tiv­i­ties, but Jack Webb, prin­ci­pal, said the de­ci­sion was made this week to move dur­ing the va­ca­tion pe­riod as it would be less con­fu­sion than while classes were in ses­sion.

••• Ar­son is sus­pected in a fire early Fri­day morn­ing that dam­aged a ranch house for sale near Uni­corn in Queen Anne’s County, ac­cord­ing to Robert Dille­hunt, fire in­ves­ti­ga­tor with the state fire mar­shals of­fice.

The blaze at 4 a.m. called out the Milling­ton fire­men and ex­ten­sive dam­age was caused to the vacant home owned by Robert Lar­ri­more of Golds­boro.

Dille­hunt said the kitchen and at­tic were swept by the flames and there was a great amount of smoke and water dam­age. He said his in­ves­ti­ga­tion turned up an in­ge­nious home­made “bomb” made from a plas­tic baby bot­tle filled with gaso­line and a shot­gun shell wrapped in a towel and at­tached to an oil burner trans­former by a wire.

This Week With Tues­day mak­ing the last of­fi­cial day of the cur­rent leg­isla­tive ses­sion, the most im­por­tant ac­tion af­fect­ing Queen Anne’s County was the late Mon­day night pass­ing of Del­e­gate Carter Hick­man’s Bay Bridge Bill.

The Queen Anne’s Del­e­gates’ bill, which gives the State Roads Com­miss

ion the author­ity of con­struc­tion for three Ch­e­sa­peake Bay cross­ings and a sec­ond Har­bor Tun­nel, nar­rowly passed the Se­nate 26 to 16, the bare three-fifths vote ne­c­es­sary to en­act the emer­gency leg­is­la­tion.

••• Two women were badly hurt when the car they were in struck a vacant building in Grasonville Satur­day af­ter­noon. Five other per­sons were in­jured in other traf­fic ac­ci­dents in the county dur­ing the past week.

State Po­lice said a car driven by Mary Anna Weis, 65, of Es­sex, was go­ing west through Grasonville when it ran off the right side, swer ved to the left, trav­eled 200 feet and struck a large un­oc­cu­pied building, do­ing ex­ten­sive dam­age to both the car and the building.

••• The Gen­eral Assem­bly ad­journed Tues­day with the po­si­tion of Trial Mag­is­trate for Queen Anne’s County still un­filled.

Last week, the Mary­land Se­nate re­jected Gover­nor Agnew’s nom­i­na­tion of David C. Bryan, a Centreville at­tor­ney, for that post. Later the nom­i­na­tion of Vachel A. Downes Jr. was also turned down.

Un­der the Mary­land Con­sti­tu­tion, the Gover­nor can now make an ap­point­ment which will last un­til the end of the next reg­u­lar ses­sion of the leg­is­la­ture.

• • • Thieves carted off a safe from the of­fice of States’ Sin­clair Sta­tion at the in­ter­sec­tion of Route 404 and 309 at Queen Anne some­time Mon­day night.

Trc. R.E. Wil­liams said the theft was dis­cov­ered at 7 a.m. Tues­day by John H. States Jr., when he opened for busi­ness. He said the front door had been jim­mied and the safe, weigh­ing ap­prox­i­mately 300 pounds, wheeled out. It has not been found.

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