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of Lin­ford F. Short, Queen­stown, was pro­moted to Army spe­cial­ist five April 7 in Viet­nam, where he is serv­ing with the 937th En­gi­neer Group as a per­son­nel man­age­ment spe­cial­ist.

* * * Wil­liam D. Fos­ter III was named “Jaycee of the Year” by the Queen Anne’s County Jaycees Inc. at their fifth an­nual in­stal­la­tion and awards ban­quet in the Cen­tre Ville Tea Room.

Fos­ter, man­ager of the Cen­tre Fur­ni­ture Store in Cen­tre­ville, re­ceived his ci­ta­tion as the mem­ber “who best demon­strated loy­alty and devotion to the Jaycee cause.”

Named as “Key­man of the Year,” the lo­cal mem­ber not a Board of Di­rec­tors mem­ber, was Wil­liam V. Riggs III, vot­ing as hav­ing con­trib­uted most to the projects of the chap­ter.

* * * Af­ter be­ing shut down for sev­eral years, the Is­lan­der Mo­tel at the Kent Is­land Shop­ping Cen­ter on U.S. Rt. 301 has once again opened its doors un­der the new man­age­ment of Dou­glas Pin­dell, a mo­tel owner from Lau­rel.

The com­pletely ren­o­vated 50-room mo­tel has been re­fur­nished in early Amer­i­can dé­cor and the ad­join­ing restau­rant has been sim­i­larly re­dec­o­rated and will open for busi­ness on Mon­day.

* * * The pro­posed county in­come tax drew a large cit­i­zen turnout and prompted some lively ques­tion­ing at the hear­ing held Tues­day by the County Com­mis­sion­ers.

Pre­sent­ing the back­ground for the tax was Wil­liam S. Ratchford II, ex­ec­u­tive sec­re­tary of the Mary­land County Com­mis­sion­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, who said the pur­pose of the tax was to “pro­vide rev­enues to pay for ser­vices to make a strong lo­cal gov­ern­ment.

Since the State has de­cided not to re­fund any part of its in­come tax to the coun­ties and towns, the county in­come tax “serves to make up the por­tion of the state tax which the county was (for­merly) get­ting back.” ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

Last year, the num­ber of ju­ve­niles ar­rested in the county climbed 28 per­cent com­pared to the year be­fore. At the sher­iff’s of­fice, the num­ber of teenage ar­rests nearly dou­bled.

Ju­ve­nile crime is one of the fastest grow­ing sta­tis­tics, lo­cal po­lice said.

* * * Though the re­sults of a study look­ing at the prac­ti­cal­ity of in­cor­po­rat­ing Kent Is­land won’t be ready un­til at least mid-June, an early progress re­port has of­fered up some hope to or­ga­niz­ers of the sur­vey.

Busi­ness­man Richard A. Jaren­ski, pres­i­dent of the newly formed Kent Is­land Res­i­dents Coun­cil, paid sev­eral thou­sand dol­lars last year to com­mis­sion the study, which is be­ing con­ducted by the In­sti­tute for Gov­ern­men­tal Ser­vices at the Univer­sity of Mary­land.

Jaren­ski has said that an in­cor­po­rated struc­ture, or mu­nic­i­pal­ity, could in­clude a town coun­cil, a paid mayor, plan­ning and zon­ing com­mis­sion, po­lice ser­vice, and garbage col­lec­tion among other ser­vices.

* * * A Gra­sonville man who pleaded guilty last month to the at­tempted mur­der of to men at a party in Ch­ester­town last sum­mer was sen­tenced to 38 years in prison last week.

Kent County Cir­cuit Court Judge J. Fred­er­ick rice told 19-year-old Wil­liam Ad­di­son Beach that if he gave him a lesser sen­tence he would send the wrong mes­sage to peo­ple about car­ry­ing hand­guns.

Beach was ac­tu­ally sen­tenced to serve 25 years for two counts of at­tempted mur­der and 20 years for use of a hand­gun dur­ing a felony, but seven years were sus­pended.

* * * “It’s been a tough bud­get,” said Town Man­ager Ron Chan­dler as he pre­sented the pre­lim­i­nary $813,381 19921993 bud­get — up 1 per­cent over last year — to the town coun­cil here last Thurs­day.

De­creases in a state po­lice grant (-$10,542) and rev­enue from in­vest­ment fund in­ter­est (-$22,7000) were the two largest losses to the town’s in­come.

Chan­dler said he was able to re­al­ize sav­ings in many de­part­ments by cut­ting out or de­creas­ing con­tracted ser­vices.

* * * With pass­ports, plane tick­ets, visas in hand, it was off to Africa, Ja­pan, Italy and Nor­way and other win­dows of the world.

Sudlersville Mid­dle School par­ents, teach­ers and fam­ily mem­bers trav­eled many miles and cen­turies while never leav­ing the school’s gym­na­sium.

“Win­dows to the World Expo” was the grand fi­nale to a three-week project for the fifth- and sixth-grade stu­dents who stud­ied United States his­tory and cul­tures from around the world. THANKYOUKENTCOUNTY READERSFORVOTINGUS KENT'SFAVORITEAUTOSHOP. ITISANHONORTOSERVEYOU.

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