Record number of Harford voters help put George Bush in White House [25 years ago]

From The Aegis dated Nov. 10, 1988:

A record number of people in Harford voted alongside the rest of the country in supporting Vice President George Bush in his effort to move up to president 25 years ago this week.

It was perfect weather, and 60,983 voters, 73.78 percent of those registered, cast ballots in the presidential election that also included races for some local offices. Harford also voted narrowly to uphold the state's gun ban, helping the measure to win statewide.

Harford voters chose Bush and running mate Dan Quayle 60.43 percent to 31.29 percent for Democrat Michael Dukakis and Lloyd Bentsen.

Locals also chose Democratic incumbent Sen. Paul Sarbanes, 52 percent, over challenger Alan Keyes, though statewide Sarbanes' margin of victory was much higher at 62 percent.

Voters also supported Judge Maurice Baldwin in his effort to retain his post in Harford County Circuit Court.

The will of Stevenson and Elizabeth Sherman, which left all their property to their son who murdered them, was being contested by Stevenson Sherman's parents 25 years ago this week.

The Shermans were seeking to have the will that had been drawn up in 1980 invalidated.

"[The Shermans] contend that the decedents did not contemplate that their only child and legatee would murder them when they signed their wills containing a simultaneous death clause," according to the court files.

Tiffany Brody, 17, of Bel Air, showed a look of sheer surprise 25 years ago this week when she was selected to be the 1988-1989 Miss Teen Harford County in the 21st annual pageant.

She was to receive a $1,100 scholarship from the Teen Pageant, $50 bonds from local banks, dinner for two at The Bayou restaurant in Havre de Grace, gift certificates to Kmart, Finkelstein's and Fashion Bug, plus salon services from the Hair Affair in Aberdeen and Glitz Salon in Abingdon. She was also voted Miss Congeniality.

As Harford County Executive Habern Freeman was getting ready to begin his last year in office, the county was in a good financial position, despite a rocky start seven years earlier.

During his tenure as county executive, the county's budget surplus had increased to more than $21 million, much of that thanks to an 18-cent property tax rate increase within six months of Freeman taking office.

Two U.S. Army soldiers were found guilty 25 years ago this week in separate cases of cocaine distribution.

In one case, a private from California was sentenced to a dishonorable discharge and five years in jail, while in the other, a private first class from New York, was sentenced to a bad conduct discharge and three years in jail.

The 1988 Black Youth in Action Debutante Ball was coming up 25 years ago. Debutantes were Lisa Bizil, Chriselda Fleming, Terri Holloway, Dwan Johnson, Maressa Johnson, Erica Jones, Kristin Jones, Noreen Justin, Charmin Pace, Theresa Pounds, Benita Robinson, Sandy Stokes, Rhonda Wallace and Glenda Wainwright.

The Fallston High School boys soccer team made it to the state semifinal tournament 25 years ago this week with a 2-1 win over James M. Bennett High School in Salisbury. A photo on the front of the sports section, titled "Heads up play," featured Cougar Mike Toth trying to head a corner kick into the goal.

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