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50 YEARS AGO

Cen­tre­ville’s sec­ond ma­jor fire within seven months early Tues­day morn­ing left the Board of Ed­u­ca­tion ware­house build­ing in ru­ins and the dam­age es­ti­mates run­ning to­ward $100,000.

Vol­un­teer fire­men from Good­will and Church Hill had to bat­tle not only flames that had gained con­sid­er­able head­way, but a fierce north­ern wind with gusts up to 50 mph and pelt­ing rain through­out the nearly seven hours they were on the scene.

While the fire had been con­tained within the struc­ture by 7 a.m., a wel­come crew of men from the Gra­sonville Fire Com­pany showed up to re­lieve weary fire­men and wet down the smolder­ing ru­ins.

• • • Three men were hurt, one se­ri­ously, when their speed­ing car left the road near Crump­ton, hit a small tree, then a con­crete vault weigh­ing 1,500 pounds, into an­other tree and stopped on an em­bank­ment 150 feet from where the ve­hi­cle left the road.

State Po­lice said Wel­don Wayne Demby, Route 1, Chestertown, 17, who was sit­ting in the back seat, suf­fered a pos­si­ble frac­tured spine and is in the Kent and Queen Anne’s Hospi­tal in Chestertown.

Also ad­mit­ted was Thomas Lewis Shorter, 22, Cen­tre­ville, the driver, with a chest in­jury and lac­er­a­tions.

• • • Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege will add to its de­vel­op­ing pro­gram of con­tin­u­ing ed­u­ca­tion with a new course in Re­tail Sales­man­ship, de­signed for lo­cal men and women who seek the op­por­tu­nity of im­prov­ing their sales tech­niques.

The 14-week course in the art of per­sua­sion will start on Jan. 16, 1969, meet­ing each Tues­day from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Wye Mills cam­pus,

Serv­ing as in­struc­tor will be Mr. Ge­orge F. Thoma, man­ager of ra­dio sta­tion WCTR in Chestertown.

• • • James R. Friel, pres­i­dent of the Queenstown Bank of Mary­land, an­nounced that at the spe­cial meet­ing held Nov. 12, stock­hold­ers own­ing more than 91 per­cent of the out­stand­ing stock of the bank ap­proved a pro­posal to in­crease the cap­i­tal of the bank through the sale of ad­di­tional stock and the dec­la­ra­tion of a 50 per­cent stock div­i­dend.

As a re­sult of the stock div­i­dend, stock­hold­ers will be en­ti­tled to one ad­di­tional share for each two shares held on Nov. 12. In ad­di­tion, stock­hold­ers have been given the right un­til Dec. 3, 1968, to sub­scribe to nine new shares for each

14 shares held prior to the stock div­i­dend.

•••

The Trea­sury of Queen Anne’s County has been swelled by a to­tal of

$150,890.19 as its fi­nal share from state in­come tax re­turns filed from tax­able year

1967.

Ac­cord­ing to the State Comptroller’s Of­fice, distri­bu­tion of the lo­cal in­come tax rev­enue amounted to

$63,692,711.59 for the en­tire state from the 1967 re­turns. This fi­nal break­down to all 23 coun­ties and Bal­ti­more City amounted to

$4,886,340.40.

Lo­cal in­come tax rate for Queen Anne’s County is pegged at 20 per­cent, on par with half of the other coun­ties in the state.

•••

A Kent Is­land pedes­trian was struck and killed in Ch­ester about 5:55 p.m. Sun­day, ac­cord­ing to state po­lice of­fi­cers.

The vic­tim was John­nie Brat­ton, 57, of Ch­ester, who suf­fered head in­juries and lac­er­a­tions and was pro­nounced dead at the Me­mo­rial Hospi­tal at Eas­ton.

The driver told po­lice he was go­ing south on Route

552 and was just south of the in­ter­sec­tion with Route 18 and failed to see the pedes­trian cross­ing the high­way.

••• A whop­ping $385,741 in Christ­mas Club checks has been re­ceived by res­i­dents of the area from six banks in or near Queen Anne’s County.

An in­crease in club mem­bers and de­posits was noted by ev­ery bank as read­ers be­gin their Christ­mas shop­ping in earnest.

Lo­cally, the Queenstown Bank of Mary­land had the largest mem­ber­ship. They mailed out checks to­tal­ing

$81,883.50 com­pared to last years record amount of

$76,779.50.

••• Satur­day was a day of vi­o­lence in Queen Anne’s County with two per­sons be­ing stabbed and an­other shot in sep­a­rate in­ci­dents.

State Po­lice were called to the home of Wil­liam Lit­tle, about 40, on Saw Mill Lane in Gra­sonville about 3:10 p.m. where they found him suf­fer­ing from a stab wound in the left chest. A butcher knife was al­legedly used.

About 9 p.m. a shoot­ing oc­curred at As­bury Til­gh­man’s restau­rant in Kent Nar­rows. Jonas Harmon,

32, of Mardela, was shot in the left shoul­der by a 410 shot­gun and was taken to the Me­mo­rial Hospi­tal by a pri­vate car.

Two men liv­ing in the same house near Starr got into an ar­gu­ment about 10 p.m. and Pre­ston Honey,

67, ended up by hav­ing 14 stitches taken in a gash in his chest.

• • •

The Queen Anne’s County Com­mis­sion­ers have re­ceived a check in the amount of $12,605.50 from the State of Mary­land for their share in the im­prove­ment of bulk­heads, ramps and piers for the use of the pub­lic.

Pro­jects which have been com­pleted by the County over the past few months in­cluded the county-owned land at Piney Nar­rows (pier and trailer stop); Denny’s Land­ing (launch­ing ramp and park­ing area); Ship­ping Creek Land­ing (bulk­head and launch­ing ramp) Mat­a­peake tem­po­rary road­way to pier and launch­ing ramp.

• • • Traf­fic over the 4.4-mile Wil­liam Pre­ston Lane Me­mo­rial Bridge con­tin­ues to show a near 10 per­cent in­crease for the same pe­riod a year ago, ac­cord­ing to the Mary­land State Roads Com­mis­sion.

Nearly 4,000,000 ve­hi­cles had used the span up to Oct.

1, a 9 per­cent rise over the first 10 months of 1967.

Test bor­ings are be­ing made in the bay bot­tom prepara­tory to the build­ing of a par­al­lel bridge just north of the present span.

25 YEARS AGO

A Church Hill man was in jail Mon­day for al­legedly shoot­ing a man he of­fered to take home early Sun­day.

Shane Paul Ben­der, 20, was charged with as­sault with in­tent to mur­der, car­ry­ing a dan­ger­ous weapon, con­ceal­ing a deadly weapon, car­ry­ing a weapon on a pub­lic road, as­sault and bat­tery in the shoot­ing of Eric Lewis Clark, 20, of Cen­tre­ville.

A Queen Anne’s County District Court judge set Ben­der’s bond at $25,000 Mon­day. He was be­ing held at the Queen Anne’s County De­ten­tion Cen­ter.

• • • Or­ga­niz­ers from the United Food and Com­mer­cial Work­ers In­ter­na­tional Union Lo­cal 27 from Sal­is­bury pick­eted the Kent Is­land Food Lion Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

The group was protest­ing what they claim are un­fair work­ing con­di­tions and an­tiu­nion poli­cies for em­ploy­ees.

“We’re pick­et­ing ba­si­cally to in­form the com­mu­nity,” said spokesman Bob Don­nelly. “Food Lion has had a his­tory of vi­o­lat­ing em­ploy­ees rights, of vi­o­lat­ing work­ers’ safety and health vi­o­la­tions for the work­ers and the com­mu­nity,” Don­nelly al­leged.

• • •

The an­nual search for the per­fect Christ­mas tree has be­gun.

Cream of the crop trees take ei­ther a lot of search­ing or a lot of bucks.

Christ­mas trees with char­ac­ter are cheaper. Char­lie Brown trees with bald spots, droopy boughs and the propen­sity to lean, of­fer a chal­lenge to the more am­bi­tious dec­o­ra­tors.

For $5, you can buy a “not so pretty tree,” ac­cord­ing to Bar­bara Gre­gory of the Green Thumb Out­let in Ch­ester.

But her tree lot is filled with a wide ar­ray of trees, and range up to $95 in the price for a “top of the line 12foot tree.”

•••

New clues are help­ing to nar­row the search for the two fish­er­man miss­ing and pre­sumed drowned in the Ch­ester River.

Wil­liam T. Bax­ter and Allen E. Pin­der, Jr., both 36, of Chestertown, have not been seen since they left to go fish­ing early on the morn­ing of Nov. 20 from Cliff City, on the north side of the Ch­ester River.

Nat­u­ral Re­sources Po­lice con­ducted drag­ging, shore­line, ae­rial and foot searches in a 10 square-mile area of the Ch­ester River after the men were re­ported miss­ing Sun­day, Nov. 21.

•••

Like gi­ant test tubes, the Ch­ester and Chop­tank Rivers will cul­ture a five-year ex­per­i­ment.

To save Mary­land’s dwin­dling oys­ter pop­u­la­tions, 40 en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists, leg­is­la­tors, water­men, and aqua­cul­tur­al­ists pro­posed the non-bind­ing Mary­land Oys­ter Round­table Ac­tion Plan Tues­day.

“We’ll have to take it a step at a time,” said Paul Mas­si­cot, di­rec­tor of the Tide­wa­ter Ad­min­is­tra­tion and round­table mem­ber. “We’ll have to see how it works. None of us feels it’s a guar­an­teed cure.

At the heart of the plan is the des­ig­na­tion of the Ch­ester and Chop­tank Rivers as Oys­ter Re­cov­ery Ar­eas.

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