FROM THE PAST
••• The County Commissioners on Tuesday received testimony regarding the closing of a county road, known as Grange Hall Road, lying near the site of Chesapeake College on U.S. Route 50.
The college, through its attorney, Ernest Thompson, of Easton, asked that the road be closed for three primary reasons. It was said that it would be better for the appearance of the new institution and that it would provide more safety for the area around the new college if the public road is closed.
It was also stated that engineering studies made after the land was purchased indicated that some of the buildings might have to be located in the bed of the present road due to soil condition elsewhere.
A counter petition, signed by more than 30 local residents, was filed in opposition to the closing.
••• The Centreville Town Commissioners have asked the Circuit Court to declare a recent zoning change by the County Commissioners “unconstitutional, illegal and void.”
Papers were served on the three-man County Commissioner Board at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday by Sheriff George Sharp.
Drawn up by Robert R. Price Jr., town attorney, the appeal concerns the change in zoning from “A-2 Agricultural Conservation” to “B-2 General Business’ for approximately one acre of land adjacent to the town limits at Centreville Wharf. earlier this month, county governments are authorized to raise the local income tax from 50 to 60 percent for fiscal year 1993 that begins July 1.
The increased taxing authority comes at a time when next year’s budget proposals are $2.8 million more than projected revenues. In addition, early estimates show the county could lose another $1.36 million in state aid after July.
••• Alcohol and tobacco are still the drugs of choice among Queen Anne’s County teenagers, according to recent statistics from a statewide survey.
Only 8 percent of the high school seniors interviewed last year said they had never drank beer. Ninety percent of last year’s 10th graders and 70 percent of last year’s 8th grade students had tried beer.
Out of all the students surveyed, only 27 percent said they have never tried beer but 42 percent had never tried hard liquor.
Cigarette use was also high among last year’s high school seniors, with 85 percent having smoked cigarettes.
••• David R. Jones, recently selected as the new principal for Queen Anne’s County High School, said he is looking forward to returning to the “front line” of education.
“I want to be more in the line action than in the behind the scenes action,” said Jones, who is now the Caroline County school system’s assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction.
Jones, who was hired over seven candidates, will take over the position July 1. William M. Young, who currently holds the position, will become supervisor of county school facilities. Young was principal 16 years.
••• Queen Anne’s County will soon be included in a state law which regulates, in explicit detail, how much of the human body may be exposed by performers, waiters and waitresses in establishments serving alcohol.
Dubbed the “Body Talk’ bill by officials when it was introduced, the law basically bans nudity in bars, but will not go into effect until Oct. 1.