Early Files

150 years ago

April 1, 1871

• President Grant has sent a message to Congress advising legislation for the suppression of the Ku-Klux, and as the House has shown a disposition to respond to the desire of the President, there is no probability that Congress will adjourn for several weeks. The whole subject is to be thoroughly debated before action is taken.

• Some weeks ago Mr. Wm. T. Spry lost one hundred dollars in the vicinity of the Voshell House. The money was found by Mr. Sam'l D. Turbitt, an employee of the hotel, and on Mr. Spry making his appearance in town on Thursday, it was handed to him just as it had been found. Such an exhibition of honesty is truly commendable.

100 years ago

April 2, 1921

• Bohemia bridge is closed to travel at this writing, 700 feet having been carried away.

• J. Waters Russell has announced his withdrawal as a candidate for town commissioner at the approaching election. So far as now known this leaves commissioner Robert Moffett unopposed for re-election.

• The People's Bank has purchased from Joseph Downey a desirably located building lot in Rock Hall upon which to erect a banking house in the near future. 

50 years ago

March 31, 1971

• Signs along the county's roads are still being vandalized, according to reports received yesterday by Kent's Commissioners, and the full weight of law enforcement was promised against the offenders.

• Thomas L. Newman, currently principal of Chestertown High, has been named to be principal at the new Kent County High School which will open next September at Worton. The Kent Board of Education appointed Clarence A. Hawkins, the present vice principal at Rock Hall High and Middle Schools, to be vice principal at the new consolidated high school. 

25 years ago

March 29, 1996

• The Army Corps of Engineers has proposed a new test to gauge lingering contamination at the Cold War-era Nike missile base it abandoned here more than two decades ago. 

• In Kent County and across Maryland, the notion of drug tests for student athletes is an idea whose time has not yet come, and probably won't for at least a few more years. While the KCHS athletic director has voiced support for screening after the recent drug arrest of a Kent athlete, the school system remains concerned about potential costs and complaints from parents who feel the tests would be an invasion of privacy.

10 years ago

March 31, 2011

• The Kent County Arts Council is making plans to buy a historic building. Leslie Prince Raimond, executive director, sent an email to supporters announcing a campaign to raise money to purchase the former Charles Sumner Post #25 of the Grand Army of the Republic, located in the 200 block of South Queen Street. The Sumner building was built by Frank and Jesse Duyer in 1908.

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