Today In Salisbury's History: Wednesday, Feb. 18, 1987
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 1987 --
Tickets for next week’s concert by Three Dog Night -- featuring Cory Wells and Danny Hutton -- are selling briskly at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center. Also appearing in the Feb. 27 show is the band Golden Touch & The Shades. Meanwhile, another World Wrestling Federation “grudge match” event is coming to the Civic Center on March 2, with George “The Animal” Steele facing Randy “The Macho Man” Savage in the main event. Savage’s manager and wife, the famous Miss Elizabeth, for whom wrestler Steele has widely proclaimed his love, will also be in attendance.
Wicomico schools Superintendent Dr. Evelyn B. Holman has submitted a $40.45 million fiscal 1988 budget to the county school board. The budget calls for a 16.9 percent increase in funding over the current budget and includes money to hire 12 teachers to reduce class sizes in the county’s elementary schools. The spending plan also includes money for physical improvements at Northwestern Elementary School, which Holman said has been virtually ignored since its opening in 1966.
A boom in new housing developments west of Salisbury is putting pressure on Wicomico County to convert developers’ dirt roads to paved roads. County Administrative Director Matthew E. Creamer told the County Council on Tuesday that it would be wise to consider legislation that would force developers to pick up a percentage of the road costs. Creamer said new homeowners are not aware when they purchase properties that the county is not under any time limit to make improvements to their roads. Creamer said his office has been particularly flooded with calls from irate homebuyers on Pratt Road.
Economic data shows the ongoing price wars between Salisbury’s grocery stores has resulted in lower grocery bills for consumers. An abundance of new “no-name brands,” double- and triple-coupon awards and aggressive pricing has been the subject of massive television and newspaper advertising. More changes in grocery prices could be coming soon: Unless union employees at the Safeway Food Store on Mount Hermon Road approve contract concessions by this Sunday, that store is likely to close.
Wicomico Planning & Zoning Director WIlliam Livingston told Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce Business Expos ‘87 attendees that current growth patterns are expected to continue in the county. He said the county’s current population of 67,000 could reach 76,000 by the year 2000. He said construction of a Route 50 Bypass to the north of Salisbury is essential and merits state approval. The highway must suit “not just Dan Dundalk, who wants to get from the Baltimore area to Ocean City, but also Willie Wicomico” who will use it every day, Livingston said.