Blast from the Past

November 24, 2004

Week of Nov. 21, 1954

It doesn't pay to be walking around close to police headquarters when you're wanted by police.

When State Trooper Clyde Tucker looked out a fourth-floor window at headquarters, he recognized a man walking down East Franklin Street as being wanted for traffic violations. Don Smith, a city policeman, was sent to bring the man into headquarters where Trooper Tucker awaited him with several warrants.

Which proves that the eyes of the law are sometimes keen, as well as the arm being long.

A distinguished citizen sent his regrets to the Alsatia Club here because he could not attend the Mummers' Parade on Oct. 30.

He was none other than President Eisenhower, who had been invited to appear with Governor McKeldin.

The Western Maryland Railroad tracks at the east end of Tressler Tunnel, near Old Town, were nearly blocked by a slide of about 600 tons of earth on the north side of the tracks.


The crew of an eastbound freight reported at 4:25 a.m. today that the slide of earth came close to blocking clearance for the train.

Week of Nov. 21, 1979

North Hagerstown High School and its Hub Boosters want a new stadium built at their school and they told the school board so Tuesday night in no uncertain terms.

"We're not thrilled about maintaining a facility we use only five times a year," Dr. Allen Gorsuch, principal at North High said of the school stadium North currently shares at South High.

The Potomac Edison Co. was granted an $18.4 million rate hike today by the state Public Service Commission.

The boost in rates will mean an average 12 percent increase in monthly electricity bills for PE's 125,000 Western Maryland customers, according to commission officials.

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