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and Dundalk were met at the intersection of Routes 50 and 404 at Wye Mills and the convoy proceeded on to Cambridge.
••• A circus with the hometown name of Wharton in the title has set four dates to play Queen Anne’s County early next month.
The Dykes-Wharton Combined Vaudeville Circus will play one-day stands in Centreville, Aug. 5; Crumpton, Aug. 8; Grasonville, Aug. 12; and Stevensville, Aug. 14.
Sponsoring organizations for the circus sell advance tickets and raise money for their own treasury. In Centreville, the Jaycees are already selling tickets for the two shows to be put on by the circus Aug. 5. It will set up the tent on the Circus Restaurant grounds just east of town.
••• Gary Gardner, 20, of Stevensville, was tried in Magistrate’s Court Tuesday night and found not guilty of an assault charge arising from his arrest last Friday evening.
The Centreville Post of the Maryland State Police received a report at 4:05 p.m. that Gardner had argued with his mother and threatened to shoot her. This report also stated that the youth had locked himself in the house and threatened to shoot any police.
A warrant for Gardner’s arrest was obtained, but when State Police arrived on the scene, he had left the house. A search of two homes followed and a shotgun was recovered in the home of the accused.
Apprehended without incident by Sgt. Marlin S. Clevenger on U.S. Rt. 301, hiding near a culvert, Gardner was arrested at 5:45 p.m. and taken to the Queen Anne’s County Jail where he was placed under a $200 bond.
Goodhand has been against moving into the Collier House. He said it would cost the town too much money to maintain it and suggested the commissioners sell the house. However, the other commissioners as well as a number of residents wanted to keep the house.
••• The Queen Anne’s County School board has named Grimm and Parker, an architectural and engineering firm of Calverton, to design a new elementary school in Grasonville.
The firm was chosen last Tuesday at the board’s monthly meeting.
The cost of the project has not yet been determined because a site has not been selected, according to Bernard Sadusky, director of support services at the board of education. There is about $240,000 in the budget for architectural fees for the new school.
••• A Queenstown restaurant was evacuated shortly before closing Monday night due to a small chemical spill in the parking lot.
At about 8:45 p.m., a tractor-trailer which was parked in the lot at Nortons on Route 50 spilled about five to 10 gallons of an alcoholtype chemical, according to Queenstown Fire Chief Lonnie Anthony.
When the trailer pulled out of the parking lot, another trucker noticed the smell and spotted the chemical, then reported the spill to fire officials.
Fire officials evacuated the trucks from the area and the customers in Nortons, which was ready to close at the time, Anthony said.
The chemical was found not to be dangerous except in larger quantities. It evaporated with the other elements in the parking lot, he said.