Bells start ringing in Bel Air every 15 minutes [25 years ago]

From The Aegis dated Jan. 19, 1989:

For 25 years, the bells on the Harford County Courthouse have been ringing on the quarter-hour every day from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The bells, a recent addition to the soundscape a quarter-century ago, were donated by former Bel Air resident John R. Webster, in honor of six of his family members who practiced law in town.

"I've been thinking about it for about 10 years. Then I finally cornered enough dough to do it," Webster said 25 years ago. "I donated the chimes because my grandfather, father and brother all practiced law under the shadow of the old courthouse. I gave the chimes to the town to honor them for their interest in justice and law throughout the county. I also wish to honor that three generations of Harlans who served in that same office."

The traffic light in downtown Jarrettsville, at the intersection of Route 165 and Route 23/Jarrettsville Road, was turned on this week 25 years ago.

It was installed after a crash between a truck and car in 1988 in which a 78-year-old woman was killed. The intersection had been a four-way stop.

The night before the signal was activated, about 30 people attended a Maryland State Highway Administration meeting to complain that a light was really needed in Madonna, at the intersection of Route 146 (Jarrettsville Road/Madonna Road) and Route 23.

Bel Air police were considering 25 years ago this week that a serial rapist and murderer who killed himself nine months earlier may have killed Nancy Louise Pucci, a 43-year-old Bel Air mother of two who had been shot to death in the basement of her Homestead Village home Dec. 1, 1983.

Local detectives who went to Pittsburgh in December to study the psychological file of the late Gary Robbins said they found several similarities between it and the profile of Ms. Pucci's killer. They were not, however, convinced they had solved the murder.

Harford County Executive Habern Freeman and Sheriff Domonick J. Mele reached an agreement 25 years ago this week about the direction of the sheriff's office.

Nearly three weeks earlier, a Freeman-appointed committee recommended the sheriff's office be replaced with a police department. Mele, who opposed the idea, said he would take into consideration some of the other recommendations in the report.

Bata Land Company started removing non-hazardous but contaminated soil from the site of a former industrial waste dump near its Riverside community development 25 years ago this week.

Two Bel Air photographers, Thom and Darlene Payne of A Place in Time studio on Rock Spring Avenue, were chosen to supervise and photograph a 1989 Presidential Inaugural Ball in Washington, D.C.

Thom Payne was to supervise a team of photographers whose responsibilities included photographing guests invited to the ball. Darlene Payne was to be a sales supervisor and would be responsible for coordinating the activities of the team.

The C. Milton Wright girls basketball team was in first place 25 years ago. With two recent wins over Aberdeen and Edgewood, the Mustangs were looking ahead to their matchup with Fallston. In boys hoop, C. Milton Wright, Joppatowne and Bel Air sat atop the county standings with perfect, 3-0 records.

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