Record Observer - - OPINION -

••• 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.

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