This Week's News

Local heroes honored for valor

Bethany officer wins top award for rescue of drowning boy

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Bethany Beach Police Department Sgt. Charles ‘Chuck’ Sharp, center, was recognized as the 2017 Overall Valor Award recipient at the Joshua M. Freeman Valor Awards. Sharpe is flanked by Chris Garland, left, senior vice president of development with Carl M. Freeman Companies, and Kristie Maravalli, right, executive director of the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce. Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Bethany Beach Police Department Sgt. Charles ‘Chuck’ Sharp, center, was recognized as the 2017 Overall Valor Award recipient at the Joshua M. Freeman Valor Awards. Sharpe is flanked by Chris Garland, left, senior vice president of development with Carl M. Freeman Companies, and Kristie Maravalli, right, executive director of the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce.

Numerous emergency-services personnel were recognized for their contribution to the community last week at the Joshua M. Freeman Valor Awards.

Bethany looking at ‘overdue’ improvements to Atlantic Avenue

Atlantic Avenue is one of Bethany Beach’s most-used streets. In fact, the town’s easternmost north-south street tops all roadways in the state for pedestrian traffic density during the busy summer season.

Frankford gets $60K water grant in exchange for fluoridation

The Frankford Town Council at a special meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 14, approved a settlement with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control that centers on the Town adding fluoride to its water supply.

Bethany looking at 'overdue' improvements to Atlantic Avenue

The Bethany Beach Town Council at its Feb. 13 council workshop reviewed the most recent draft of the Town’s budget for the 2018 fiscal year. A public hearing on the budget is planned in March.

Finance Director Janet Connery said the draft calls for $9.4 million overall, with $7.7 million of that in operating costs, $600,000 for capital projects and $488,000 for debt repayment.

Bethany and Selbyville recycling centers removed

Across Delaware, public recycling services are significantly improving in some areas, but people may have to drive farther to get there.

Bethany trolley back to single route, no new vehicle

In lieu of following up on a recommendation to buy a new town trolley, Bethany Beach staff are now recommending the Town move back to a single, longer trolley route. That could save the Town around $360,000 — the $400,000 cost of a new trolley, minus the trade-in value of one of the existing three trolleys.

Editorial — Community again shines in Night to Shine event

As an NFL quarterback, Tim Tebow makes for a fantastic humanitarian.

Civil War Profiles — The demonization of President Abraham Lincoln

Since the inauguration of Donald John Trump as the 45th president of the United States on Jan. 20, members of the opposition have endeavored to cast him in an unfavorable light. The typical “honeymoon” period for a new president has been short-lived, if it existed at all.

County appoints Stevenson to P&Z seat

The Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission no longer has a vacancy, as Kim Hoey Stevenson will fill the seat formerly held by current Sussex County Councilman I.G. Burton III.

Stevenson, who currently serves as the communications director for the Delaware Senate Republican Caucus, as well as a freelance writer, was publically interviewed by the Sussex County Council on Feb. 14.

LB PTO holds Penny Wars to kick off sign fundraising

Coastal Point • Submitted: Lord Baltimore Elementary School Assistant Principal Matthew Keller was duct taped to the wall by the first-grade classes, which won the fundraising event.Coastal Point • Submitted: Lord Baltimore Elementary School Assistant Principal Matthew Keller was duct taped to the wall by the first-grade classes, which won the fundraising event.Lord Baltimore Elementary School students were able to do something a little unorthodox last week, as students were able to duct tape Assistant Principal Matthew Keller to a wall.

The students had participated in “Penny Wars” for two weeks to help raise funds for a new school sign.

“We had the grade levels compete against each other to bring in change — pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters. Some students even brought in bills,” said Jennifer Lovellette, president of the school’s PTO. “Each cent was worth one point... The grade level that brought in the most money won the Penny Wars.”

The students raised a little more than $2,800, which Lovellette said was likely driven by the prize the winning grade would receive.

“They were able to duct tape the assistant principal, Mr. Keller, to the wall, which was fantastic.”

The first grade won the Penny Wars, and Keller, being a good sport, spent his afternoon taped to a wall.

“It was such a great event,” said Lovellette. “He was taped to a wall in the cafeteria. We had mats stacked up, so he was able to stand on the mats and then the PTO officers started by putting a couple of larger pieces of tape around him, just to start it, just to make sure he was secure to the wall. We had fun, different duct tapes — Gummie Bears, Minions — cut into pieces.

A ‘Night to Shine’

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Ocean View Church of Christ played host to Night to Shine, a program for special-needs people 14 and older. The program was put on by the Tim Tebow Foundation and held in churches around the world on Friday, Feb. 10.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Ocean View Church of Christ played host to Night to Shine, a program for special-needs people 14 and older. The program was put on by the Tim Tebow Foundation and held in churches around the world on Friday, Feb. 10.Last weekend, guys and gals walked the red carpet while paparazzi flashbulbs popped. It wasn’t the Academy Awards, but it was certainly a night to shine at the Ocean View Church of Christ.

Night to Shine is a program that is sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, to provide an “unforgettable prom-night experience, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs ages 14 and older.”

“The church always talks about the sanctity of life, which simply means we value all life,” said the Rev. Gregg Wilgus of the Ocean View Church of Christ. “More times than not [those with special needs] are left out. It’s just meant to show those with special needs that they are loved and cared for as well.

“The truth of it is, it’s for anyone who is mentally or physically handicapped. We have 14-year-old registered, and we have a 60-year-old registered. Most of them are in their late 20s and early 30s.”

Locals rally in support of Warren after Sessions debate

Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Protesters rallied in Georgetown on Sunday to show their support of U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, after the Senator was silenced during the reading of Coretta Scott King’s 1986 letter opposing the appointment of now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions as a federal judge.Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Protesters rallied in Georgetown on Sunday to show their support of U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, after the Senator was silenced during the reading of Coretta Scott King’s 1986 letter opposing the appointment of now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions as a federal judge.About 200 people gathered on The Circle in Georgetown on Sunday, Feb. 12, to participate in a rally and march sponsored by the Progressive Democrats of Sussex County and the Sussex County Democratic Party, with the theme “We Shall Not Be Silenced.”

The rally was in response to the silencing of U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) during the proceedings leading up to the vote on Jeff Sessions’ nomination for U.S. Attorney General. Warren had begun to read a letter written by Coretta Scott King, widow of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., when she was ordered to stop by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who claimed she was in violation of a Senate rule known as Rule 19, which prohibits senators from “impugning” the integrity of their colleagues on the floor of the Senate.

Joanne Cabry of the Progressive Democrats of Sussex County and Sussex County Democratic Party Chair Jane Hovington led a rally that included the reading of Scott King’s letter, in which she explained why she opposed the nomination of Sessions as a federal judge. Five women took turns reading sections of the 1986 letter, which was prohibited from being read on the Senate floor during those proceedings 30 years ago, as well.

Hovington told the crowd that the rally and march were meant to “put Mitch McConnell on notice that we will not be silenced. We will not be intimidated and we will not be frightened,” she said. “We will remember, and we will resist.”

Guest Column — The marvel of mindful eating

Starting when we are children, we learn that food tastes good. We start to explore different tastes and textures, soon learning there are foods we prefer. However, as we get older, we become more and more busy. This busyness in our lives can mean a rushed 10-minute lunch at our desk or on the road in our car. It certainly does not give us time to explore our food.

Tripple Overtime: Indians, Golden Knights unified by Unified (The definitive Josh Timmons interview Pt. II)

For basketball fans, or even for fans of just, like, general humanity, it was very exciting. It was very, very exciting.

IR girls’ hoops aiming for playoffs after 10th win

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: IR sophomore center Julia Jordan looks for an open player against Sussex Central on Feb. 7Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: IR sophomore center Julia Jordan looks for an open player against Sussex Central on Feb. 7The Indian River High School girls’ basketball team is hoping to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2011, after the Indians clinched their 10th win of the season.

After a 53-27 loss to Sussex Central on Thursday, Feb. 7, the Indians bounced back with a 74-7 win over Delaware Design-Lab High School on Saturday, Feb. 11, and a 35-24 win over Maryland’s Salisbury School on Monday, Feb. 13.

Sophomore center Julia Jordan put together her fourth double-double of the season in Saturday’s game against Design-Lab, finishing the game with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while senior guard Madi McGee racked up a career-high 15 points and freshman guard Yolanda Wise added a career-high 13 points.

Indians take second at state duals

Marcozzi ties Magaha’s record

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR senior Jessie O’Neal goes up against a Milford wrestler during the DIAA state finals on Tuesday. O’Neal went on to earn the decision in overtime.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR senior Jessie O’Neal goes up against a Milford wrestler during the DIAA state finals on Tuesday. O’Neal went on to earn the decision in overtime.The Indian River High School wrestling team was ready to bring home the school’s first state title on the mats when they got to state duals at Smyrna High School on Tuesday, Feb. 14.

Instead, they’d see Milford bring home that school’s second in a row, as the Bucs came back from a 15-point deficit to take down the Indians 34-40.

After a back-and-fourth bout at states and 16-3 season, however, IR head coach Jeff Windish was far from discouraged with his state-finalist squad as they geared up for individual conference and state championships.

“We left it all out there. I don’t think anybody had anything left to give and, as a coach, that’s what you want to see,” said Windish.

Indians knock off Knights, could return to playoffs

Bratton selected as Blue-Gold All-Star

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: IR senior Isaiah ‘Izzy’ Bratton pulls down a rebound against Sussex Central on Thursday. Bratton was recently selected as a Blue-Gold All-Star.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: IR senior Isaiah ‘Izzy’ Bratton pulls down a rebound against Sussex Central on Thursday. Bratton was recently selected as a Blue-Gold All-Star.In front of a packed house last Thursday, Feb. 9, the Indian River High School basketball team earned a 64-57 win over district rival Sussex Central, in the process bettering their chances of returning to the DIAA state tournament for the first time since the 2013-2014 season.

“They’re starting to buy into the process. They’re buying into it, and it’s working,” said IR head coach B.J. Joseph, who took over the squad last season. “We just have to keep getting wins, taking one game at a time.”

The Indians started off hot in that game when senior forward Isaiah “Izzy” Bratton won the tip-off and sent a dart down to sophomore forward Jamier Felton, who finished the chance and put his squad up 2-0 in the game’s opening seconds.

IR swim team racks up PRs, podiums at conference championships

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Junior Landon Seeney competes in the 100-yard breaststroke during Saturday’s Henlopen Conference swimming championships at Sussex Academy.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Junior Landon Seeney competes in the 100-yard breaststroke during Saturday’s Henlopen Conference swimming championships at Sussex Academy.Going up against some of the state’s stop talent at the Henlopen Conference championships on Saturday, Feb. 11, the Indian River High School swim team rose to the challenge, with a slew of swimmers taking the podium and setting new personal records in the process.

Among the top individual performances was IR senior Lindsey Grow taking second with a time of 1:05.88 and senior McKenna Burke taking third with a time of 1:07.68 in the 100-yard butterfly.

Both times were personal bests for the senior co-captains, earning both Grow and Burke top spots on the podium, along with Cape Henlopen senior Amelia Nigh-Johnson and her first-place time of 1:00.78.

“It was great to be up on the podium together. That was awesome,” said Burke after receiving her medal. “We were pushing each other in our heat.”

Hundley, White to take over SMS track-and-field

The Selbyville Middle School track-and-field team is about to get a whole lot of experience. More than 40 years of experience, to be almost exact.

Indians send seniors out with win, headed for state duals

It’s been a historic season so far for the Indian River High School wrestling team.

True Valentines

A milestone marriage: Local couple marks 75th anniversary

Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Dan and Beverly Shirley of Ocean View recently celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary. ‘I thought it was only the 74th,’ said Dan.Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Dan and Beverly Shirley of Ocean View recently celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary. ‘I thought it was only the 74th,’ said Dan.

After being married for three-quarters of a century, perhaps it’s understandable that you’d lose track of the exact number of years that have passed.

American Legion’s missing money found in ATM accounts

Once thought to have been stolen, more than $600,000 has been found at American Legion Post 28 in Millsboro. It was in the ATM the whole time.

The related investigation has now ended, and the Delaware State Police detectives assigned to the Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) found no evidence of embezzlement.

IRSD could sue former CFO, but won’t right now

Former Indian River School District chief financial officer Patrick Miller has been accused of nepotism, mismanagement of funds, authorizing payments to other nonprofit organizations he leads, improperly using the IRDS board president’s signature and potentially intimidating staff into sharing their financial software passwords to bypass financial safeguards.

Frankford discusses Mountaire and DNREC

The Town of Frankford may no longer have to appeal the decision of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources (DNREC) regarding a Mountaire well and the resulting loss of revenue for the Town.

County again participating in CDBG program this year

Sussex County will once again participate in the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program this year, with the county council voicing its approval following a public hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 7.

IRSD health teacher arrested on one count of coercion

An Indian River High School health teacher was arrested Wednesday, Jan. 18, for allegedly trying to prevent a meeting between school administrators and another district employee. Delaware State Police arrested Paris D. Mitchell, 41, of Milton, on one count of coercion.

Frankford bullmastiff going for the ‘Gusto’ at Westminster

Coastal Point • Submitted: Gus will be competing in the Westminster Dog Show in New York, N.Y. next week, and he will have some local support behind him.Coastal Point • Submitted: Gus will be competing in the Westminster Dog Show in New York, N.Y. next week, and he will have some local support behind him.Shoppers who visit the Harris Teeter supermarket in West Fenwick on a Sunday will often run into 18-month-old bullmastiff Gus and his owners, Lisa and J.P. McCormick.

“We would go get Starbucks coffee on Sunday mornings and would take Gus. We’ve been doing it for a year now. We go into the atrium, sit on the bench, drink our Starbucks, and people come in and out,” said Lisa McCormick. “Wouldn’t you know — it’s the same faces every week, and they look for Gus. The store employees come out and ask for him. If we miss a Sunday, the next one, people ask, ‘Where were you?’”

McCormick said Gus is a friendly dog and loves interacting with people.

“He loves children, and all the kids who come in go crazy over him. I think the cool part about it is … we make people smile. There are some people who walk in that aren’t smiling, but when they see Gus, their whole face lights up. I think he’s therapeutic for some people. They come back to pet him and even wait in line. We call him ‘the Harris Teeter mascot.’”

But even those who see him at Harris Teeter may not be aware that Gus is no ordinary pup. This coming Tuesday, Gus will be one of a select few bullmastiffs competing in the Westminster Dog Show in New York, N.Y.

“Westminster is like the Super Bowl,” said McCormick, noting it will be Gus’ eighth competition show but his first time competing at Madison Square Garden.

Carper: Pruitt confirmation could negatively impact state

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: U.S. Sen. Tom Carper pauses by Williams Pond during his recent visit to a textile plant in Seaford last week.Coastal Point • Maria Counts: U.S. Sen. Tom Carper pauses by Williams Pond during his recent visit to a textile plant in Seaford last week.Last week, U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) paid a visit to Seaford to tour the Invista textile plant and shine a light on his concerns related to the nomination of Scott Pruitt to serve as Secretary of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

In December, President Donald Trump nominated Pruitt, Oklahoma’s attorney-general, to serve as EPA administrator — a nomination that Carper, who serves as ranking member on the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee, opposes. The EPA was reated in 1970 through a proposal by then-President Richard Nixon, with the mission to protect human health and the environment.

Last month, Carper and his colleagues on the committee sent Trump a letter voicing their concerns regarding Pruitt’s nomination. Carper joked in Seaford that he has sent numerous letters to Trump, as part of his effort to save the United States Postal Service.

While standing next to Williams Pond in Seaford on Feb. 3, Carper said that, if Pruitt were confirmed, it could impact Delaware greatly.

“When Donald Trump was running for president, one of the things he promised was to get rid of the EPA and, if he couldn’t get rid of it, to diminish its role and abilities,” said Carper. “One of his people was talking about reducing their headcount by two-thirds.”

Editorial — Increase in tourism benefits entire community

Delaware Gov. John Carney and Delaware Tourism Director Linda Parkowski recently celebrated a newly-completed study of Delaware’s tourism data from 2015.

Meth, monks and more. A visit to Dumbville

Do you ever struggle with your vehicle’s fuel economy?

Sure, it’s not as big a deal as it was several years ago when we saw prices climb toward $5 a gallon, but you should still be concerned when a tank of gas no longer gets you as far as it used to, right? Of course, there might be a perfectly logical explanation for it that has nothing to do with your car’s efficiency.