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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.