The governor's office dedicated Interstate 97 to the late Sen. John A. Cade yesterday, honoring the Anne Arundel County politician instrumental in gaining funding for the roadway, built in phases from 1985 to 1991.
Workers placed brown signs inscribed "This Highway Dedicated to Senator John A. Cade" in the median south of New Cut Road in Millersville and near U.S. 50 in Annapolis within the 33rd Legislative District.
Cade was a Severna Park resident and represented the district in the state Senate from 1974 until his death from a heart attack in 1996 at age 67.
Cade, a Republican, was so respected for his ability to analyze budget matters that he was appointed to head two budget subcommittees in the Democratic majority Senate.
The General Assembly passed a joint resolution this year to dedicate the 17-mile road to him, and the Maryland Transportation Commission approved the measure recently.
More information sought in request for school audit
State schools Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick is requesting additional documentation from the Anne Arundel County school system before she decides whether an audit of the system requested by County Executive John G. Gary is necessary.
Grasmick has asked schools Superintendent Carol S. Parham for all budget-transfer requests and results of routine audits from the past three years.
Grasmick, in a letter to Gary received this week, also reminded Gary that under state law, the County Council must also agree to a request for a state audit.
Ground to be broken for 48-acre sports complex
Anne Arundel County Executive John G. Gary and Tom Angelis, director of recreation and parks, are to break ground tomorrow for an adult athletic complex behind the Anne Arundel County Correctional Facility on East Ordnance Road in Glen Burnie.
The sports complex will cover 48 acres and eventually include six lighted softball fields, a lighted baseball field and a lighted multipurpose field.
Restrooms, a children's playground and other buildings also will be constructed.
The first phase of the project, to cost $2.3 million, is expected to be ready for play by midsummer next year.
Gary said he hopes the complex will provide much-needed fields for adult teams in the county, which would free up fields in community parks for youths.