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Bel Air considers annexation for new Catholic high school [50 years ago]

As taken from the pages of The Aegis dated Thursday, June 20, 1963:

A public hearing was planned this week 50 years ago regarding the annexation of land to the Town of Bel Air for the construction of a new Catholic high school. The land being annexed included the former Wagner farm joining the town limits along Homestead Village and Route 22 containing 86.9 acres. Mayor Buchal said the basic plans for the high school had been completed by architects. With annexation of the property, Bel Air would have expanded its corporate limits by 340 acres in 1963 alone. The school, which would sit on 10 acres of the parcel, was set to be opened in September 1964.

State Trooper G.J. Sharpley of the Benson Barrack suffered from knife wounds in each arm following a traffic stop. Sharpley was traveling west on the Baltimore Beltway when he noticed an oncoming car make a U-turn across the grass median to get into traffic behind the police car. The officer pulled the car off the road and asked for the driver's license and registration cards. The operator produced an incorrect registration card. When the trooper asked for the correct card, he felt a strike on both arms. The officer backed away from the car and realized he was bleeding. The trooper then drew his weapon and ordered the man to back away from him. The assailant advanced on the trooper, who shot at the driver, hitting him in both legs and breaking one of them. A warrant was filed against the assailant charging him with assault with intent to kill.

Route 40 was death-free for six months, the longes period on the highway in recent years, but it ended 50 years ago this week with a major collision between two tractor trailer trucks. Rescue squads worked for more than an hour to free the mangled bodies of the driver and his passenger, both from Baltimore. The truck in which the men were riding contained huge steel caps, weighing between 500 and 1,000 pounds each. The caps slid up to the front of the cab, contributing to the men's deaths. Traffic along the highway was rerouted for four hours as the road was blocked by the caps. The deaths raised the county fatality toll to nine persons in 1963.

Two men were injured on the construction site of the Northeast Expressway at Aberdeen. One victim was pinned between the body and cab of a truck after a piece of pipe under the bed of the truck slipped. The other victim was struck when the body fell. Both men were taken to the Harford Memorial Hospital.

The County Commissioners had a discussion on the future of Harford Junior College, including a possible change to include more vocational training in the college's program.

Sixteen students graduated from Harford Junior College in the fifth annual commencement ceremonies held at the Bel Air Senior High School auditorium.

Eleven Harford County residents graduated from the Towson State Teachers College. It was the last class to graduate from the Teachers College. The institution would be changing its name to Towson State College over the summer.

Thomas Hatem, city attorney for Havre de Grace, announced he "no longer desired to serve as attorney to this city, but will serve until a new attorney is appointed." The statement was made after Hatem mentioned a number of differences which existed between council members. Mayor Vancherie said he would discuss the matter with Hatem before accepting his resignation from the $1,000 yearly job.

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