Team R4WH

Team R4WH

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Team R4WH, also known as Team Ride for World Health 2016, rode into Bethany Beach on Saturday, May 14, after completing a 3,300-mile ride from San Diego.

BREAKING NEWS: Hocker's acquire former Harris Teeter property

Mystery solved!

Speculation has run rampant over what would happen with the Harris Teeter building near Salt Pond since that company announced they were closing their doors there in February 2015.

BREAKING NEWS: Bomb threats called in to four Delaware schools

The Delaware State Police are currently investigating bomb threats that they said were called in to four area schools this morning.

Police said the first incident occurred around 11:09 a.m. this morning, Monday, May 23, when an unknown male suspect allegedly called East Millsboro Elementary School, located at 29346 Iron Branch Road, Millsboro, and advised that a bomb was at the school.

This Week's News

DSP, state agencies bring down large-scale heroin ring

Following a two-year investigation, the Delaware State Police Sussex Drug Unit (SDU), Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) and the Sussex County Attorney General’s Office have charged 13 individuals who were allegedly part of a criminal organization that engaged in large-scale heroin distribution and money laundering.

DelDOT: New Route 26 traffic signal soon to light up Clarksville

A new traffic signal was set to be activated at the intersection of Route 26 and Powell Farm Road in Clarksville this week. The new signal was set to begin operation in flashing mode on Thursday, May 19. The signal is set to get the green light to begin a regular stop-and-go operation on Monday, May 23, pending weather.

Signs are posted to inform drivers of the new traffic pattern.

Bethany prevails in settlement of lawsuit over cottage relocation

The Bethany Beach Town Council on May 12 unanimously approved a settlement in the lawsuit against it by neighbors of the Town-owned Maryland Avenue Extension property planned to become the new home to the historic Dinker Cottage.

DelDOT officials to monitor South Bethany traffic patterns

Motorists shouldn’t panic when they see state officials monitoring South Bethany around Memorial Day weekend, said Town Councilman George Junkin at the May 13 council meeting.

Beam named state Gatorade Player of the Year

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Indian River High School soccer player Brooke Beam poses with her game ball from scoring her 100th career goal earlier this season, and her trophy for being named state Gatorade Player of the Year.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Indian River High School soccer player Brooke Beam poses with her game ball from scoring her 100th career goal earlier this season, and her trophy for being named state Gatorade Player of the Year.Brooke Beam has collected just about every individual accolade there is to collect during her storied soccer career.

The senior forward has earned First-Team All-Conference and All-State honors every year since arriving at Indian River High School for her freshman season. As a junior, she was named to the state’s Top XI list. And, recently, she became the Indians’ all-time leading scorer, as the first soccer player in school history to eclipse the 100-goals mark.

But there was still one thing that Beam hadn’t accomplished — something that she’d made a personal goal ever since stepping foot in the gym at IR some four years ago, a starry-eyed freshman looking up at banners for legendary IR athletes Jamie Jarmon and Caitlin Forte.

Little did she know then that one day she’d have a banner of her own hanging in the rafters, as last Tuesday, Beam became only the third athlete in Indian River High School history to be named a Gatorade Player of the Year.

Selbyville starts thinking about 10-year comp plan update

It’s time for Selbyville, among many municipalities, to start putting its future goals on paper again. The Town of Selbyville has begun planning for a 10-year update to its comprehensive plan.

On May 2, a professional municipal planner encouraged the town council to let her apply for grant money to complete the comp plan update.

Sussex Central grad joins Ocean View Police Department

Coastal Point • Shaun Lambert: Patrolman Troy Bowden is the newest addition to the Ocean View Police Department. A member of the Delaware State Police Explorers Program as a youth, Bowden has long had his eye on a career in law enforcement.Coastal Point • Shaun Lambert: Patrolman Troy Bowden is the newest addition to the Ocean View Police Department. A member of the Delaware State Police Explorers Program as a youth, Bowden has long had his eye on a career in law enforcement.If you see a new officer patrolling the streets of Ocean View, chances are it’s patrolman Troy Bowden.

“We’re excited to have him,” said Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin.

Bowden started with the department on May 2 and will be doing field training with other OVPD officers for a total of five weeks before he may patrol on his own. A Georgetown native, Bowden has been interested in law enforcement since he was in high school.

“When I was in high school, I was part of the Delaware State Police Explorers Program,” he said. “It’s for young women and men who have an interest in law enforcement. I was in that my 10th-grade year in high school, and started learning how to do routine patrol, traffic stops, learning the 10 codes — how to communicate over the radio. And I just had the urge to learn more.”

Sussex County reveals proposed $119 million budget

This week, Sussex County revealed its proposed $119 million budget for the 2017 fiscal year.

In the proposed budget, County staff recommended no change in property taxes or general fund fees. Sewer and water service charges would not increase either, if the budget is approved.

Storms leave Bethany with limited handicapped access to beach

Town staff working to reconstruct steps at nine dune crossings

With DNREC’s work on the town’s storm-battered beaches complete, Bethany Beach officials said Town staff have been working to reconstruct steps at nine dune crossing locations in recent weeks, but handicapped access to the beach will still be limited this summer, due to the damage caused by nor’easters over the winter and spring.

Community looks to support 10-year-old boy

A community is rallying together after a 10-year-old was struck by a van south of Millsboro last weekend.

According to police, on Saturday, May 14, around 3:33 p.m. Garrett Rogers, 10, was attempting to retrieve two baseballs that apparently went over the fence and crossed over Iron Branch Road.

Viewpoint: Selbyville starts planning with win-win deal – May 20, 2016

It’s all-too-rare that we see a truly win-win situation in any walk of life. In government, that may be an even rarer situation.

However, we might be seeing that very circumstance happening in Selbyville, as officials there have begun planning the 10-year update to the Town’s comprehensive plan.

Parting shots from some citizens on candidates

So, this has been an interesting race for the presidency to this point, huh?

Baldcypress Bluegrass Festival bringing music to the swamp

Notable musicians, food and craft beer on hand

Even though the weather forecast for Saturday is for rain (at this point, is anyone surprised?), the planners of the Baldcypress Bluegrass Festival near Gumboro are hopeful that the day won’t be a washout.

Hundley comes home to Millsboro to clean up town

Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Tyler Hundley poses with his new powerwashing setup in front of DQ in Millsboro. Hundley is the president of Looks New Powerwashing.Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Tyler Hundley poses with his new powerwashing setup in front of DQ in Millsboro. Hundley is the president of Looks New Powerwashing.It might seem like a long way from pursuing a music career in Nashville, but Tyler Hundley hopes his Millsboro power-washing business will be music to his customers’ ears.

Hundley, 26, is the president of Looks New Powerwashing and the proud owner of a new rig for the business, which he says is state-of-the-art and “the Ferrari of power-washers.”

A 2008 graduate of Sussex Technical High School in Georgetown, Hundley headed to Nashville, a young man with a dream of making it in the music business. While that didn’t pan out the way he had planned, a friendship with a fellow musician led to a business relationship with that same friend, in power-washing. He spent about four years learning the trade alongside his friend, soaking up the tricks of the trade and realizing that it was something he enjoyed — and that he was good at it.

Mitchell files for state senate District 20

Ocean View resident Perry J. Mitchell, 77, filed on May 13 at the Board of Elections as the Democratic nominee for the District 20 seat in the Delaware Senate, which is currently held by Gerald Hocker.

Crash near Fenwick injures motorcycle driver

The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit this week was investigating a motorcycle crash near Fenwick Island that seriously injured a Maryland man.

Civil War Profiles – ‘Gone with the Wind’ and ‘Back with the Tide’

In 1936, Margaret Mitchell published her popular version of aristocratic life in the antebellum South that the Civil War essentially shattered, only to be resurrected in a different guise through true grit and determination.

Wilkinson brings a business brain to the classroom

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Stephanie Wilkinson was recently awarded Teacher of the Year for Indian River High School. Wilkinson teaches business at the school.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Stephanie Wilkinson was recently awarded Teacher of the Year for Indian River High School. Wilkinson teaches business at the school.Stephanie Wilkinson was 25 years old when she opened her first business.

Now she’s bringing that experience to the classroom every day, as Indian River High School’s business teacher and its Teacher of the Year for 2016-2017.

“Every day, I bring in something that I did at the store,” Wilkinson said. “They understand it better when … you bring live examples.”

Before embarking on a teaching career, the IR grad owned All Out Sports for 13 years.

As a young business major and athlete, Wilkinson always loved sports, but the closest athletic shops were in Dover and in Salisbury, Md. She decided the Bethany Beach area should have one, too.

Playoffs?

Tribe alive after 9-4 comeback at Milford

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Freshman pitcher Abi O’Shields threw seven strike-outs in a 9-4 win over Milford on Monday.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Freshman pitcher Abi O’Shields threw seven strike-outs in a 9-4 win over Milford on Monday.Not only was the game on the line, but, in all likelihood, so was their season.

The Indian River High School softball team had dug themselves into a quick hole on the road against Milford on Monday, May 16, but still managed to battle back and pull out a 9-4 win in comeback fashion, to keep their post-season hopes alive.

“We definitely knew we needed this game,” said senior LF Callie McDowell. “We know that if we win out, we have a spot in the playoffs. We don’t want to have that “what-if” feeling. We just want to win out.”

“We started like we’re playing the playoffs today,” added head coach Erika Brittingham. “That’s the mentality that we went in with.”

After a three-run shot had put the Bucs up 4-0 in the first inning, freshman pitcher Abi O’Shields entered the game in relief, to immediately knock down her first two batters up and extinguish the Milford momentum.

Spoiler alert!

Heavy hitting Indians blast Bucs 17-9

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Junior Zion Howard looks on as junior Zane Richard slides into home during the seventh inning against Milford on Monday.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Junior Zion Howard looks on as junior Zane Richard slides into home during the seventh inning against Milford on Monday.If a controversial call in their game against Lake Forest earlier this season had gone the other way, the Indian River High School baseball team could have very well been playing for the Henlopen South title at Milford on Monday, May 16.

They’d settle for spoiling the Buccaneers own title run, however, taking down the division leader, 17-9, for the first time since 2010.

“Milford’s a good team, but at the same time, we earned this one. We’re starting to play to our capabilities,” said head coach Chris Megee after the game. “I can’t be any more proud of them today.”

With the Bucs leading 8-4 through four innings, the Tribe blew the doors after tying it up in the top of the fifth, racking up 14 runs in the last three innings alone and giving up only one run in the process.

Mochiam takes fourth at conference championships

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Junior Patrick Mochiam returns a shot against Lake Forest’s James White at the Henlopen Conference championships at Sea Colony on Saturday.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Junior Patrick Mochiam returns a shot against Lake Forest’s James White at the Henlopen Conference championships at Sea Colony on Saturday.It’s been a bit of a rebuilding year for the Indian River High School boys’ tennis team.

But despite a young and, for the most part, inexperienced lineup, the Indians still finished on a high note, with a win over Seaford and making some noise at the Henlopen Conference championships.

At first singles, junior Mac Smith earned a bye to get him through the first round of the tournament, only to have to face the No. 1 seed and state’s top-ranked player, Milford senior Colt Williamson.

“I just wanted to be able to compete and give him a challenge,” Smith said. “I don’t think many people hit as hard as Colt around here.”

In his third time having to face Williamson this season, Smith said that he saw some improvement, despite falling 6-0, 6-0, and that facing players of that caliber only makes him a better player himself.

IR girls’ tennis brings back South title

Fitz takes fourth at conference championships

Coastal Point • Submitted: The 2016 Henlopen South champion Indian River High School girls’ tennis team gathers at the Henlopen Conference championships, held at Sea Colony on May 12.Coastal Point • Submitted: The 2016 Henlopen South champion Indian River High School girls’ tennis team gathers at the Henlopen Conference championships, held at Sea Colony on May 12.After clinching four straight Henlopen South titles, the Indian River High School girls’ tennis just missed out on a fifth conference title last season in getting the short end of a tie-break against rival Milford.

However, they made up for that this season, clinching the division and bringing the title back to IR after a 4-1 win against Seaford on Tuesday, May 10.

“It came down to that last match. We were preparing and preparing. We knew that we had to win that one to clinch,” said head coach Stefanie Riddle. “They worked so hard. They definitely earned it.”

“I’m so proud of the team,” said senior first singles player Hannah Shultie. “It took all of us and our hard work to achieve the goal we had been working so hard for. It was a great end to a senior year.”

Shultie put her squad up with a 7-6 (7-3), 6-0 victory over Seaford’s Samantha Cotten, with the Indians sweeping the Blue Jays at second and third singles as well.

At the two spot, sophomore Kayla Huebner took down Jordyn Lewis, 6-4, 6-2, and freshman Alex Fitz rolled to a 6-1, 6-0 win over Kaitlyn Coll at third singles.

Indians to face Riders for HAC title after clinching South

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: IR freshman forward Isabella Keith sends a shot across the field against Sussex Central on May 12.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: IR freshman forward Isabella Keith sends a shot across the field against Sussex Central on May 12.One check mark down. Two more to go.

Head coach Steve Kilby and the Indian River High School girls’ soccer team always have three items on their “short list” at the beginning of the season. First, they want the division. Then, they want the conference. And, finally, they want the state championship.

While it’s been a busy week, that first box got checked last Tuesday, May 10, when they earned their third straight Henlopen South crown by taking down Woodbridge, 6-0.

The then-10-2-1 Blue Raiders had seen their own title hopes toppled after falling to Delmar in their previous game, but the Indians still needed to the win to mathematically clinch the division.

They’d keep things rolling on Thursday, May 12, that time by rolling over district rival Sussex Central, 9-0.

IR lax routs Central 20-5 on Senior Night

Indians set for playoff run

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR junior midfielder Joey Ciriello celebrates with teammates Josh Lucido and Cole Josetti after scoring his first goal of the season.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR junior midfielder Joey Ciriello celebrates with teammates Josh Lucido and Cole Josetti after scoring his first goal of the season.After seeing their Henlopen South title hopes erode after dropping two straight games to Lake Forest and Delmar, the Indian River High School boys’ lacrosse team almost saw their playoffs hopes do the same after dropping two straight goals against district rival Sussex Central to start their Senior Night game on Thursday, May 12.

However, after the initial deficit, the Indians rallied back to a 20-5 win, to keep their chances at the tournament very much alive.

“We did want the South. We let Lake get away from us a little bit, and I take nothing away from Delmar — they played very well — but we didn’t bring our best that day,” said coach Dave Spencer. “Moving forward, we’re gonna go ahead and have our goal be the playoffs.”

While the Tribe looks well-positioned to make that goal a reality, their comeback against the Golden Knights was sparked with a gelling offense early on.

Indians squawk Seahawks 14-5 in historic meeting

Shuey gets sent out in style

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR junior middie Lexi Haden goes to the goal against Sussex Academy sophomore Mia Kwan on May 12.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR junior middie Lexi Haden goes to the goal against Sussex Academy sophomore Mia Kwan on May 12.It was a tale of two halves when the Indian River High School and Sussex Academy girls’ lacrosse teams met for the first time, on Thursday, May 12.

The pioneer programs had taken turns trading goals early on, with IR riding a 5-3 lead headed into the break. But after the Seahawks cut that lead to 6-5 early in half No. 2, the budding rivalry would end there, with the Indians stringing together nine unanswered goals and clinching a 14-5 win to send their only senior — captain Emiley Shuey — out in style.

“Emiley has always had our back,” said sophomore Helen Davis after the game. “I know that all the girls wanted to win this one for her.”

Shuey would notch the game’s first goal just 0:33 in, finding the net on a penalty shot to put her squad up 1-0.

‘Megatron’ returns to the wild

Demonstrating the same mutable nature as his namesake from the “Transformers” TV show, toys and movies, “Megatron” the harbor seal returned to his native habitat on Wednesday, May 11, a changed being from when he had first appeared on the beach in South Bethany in February.

Inspection alleges nearly $200,000 stolen from MVFC

A former treasurer for the Millville Volunteer Fire Company (MVFC) is the focus of an inspection report conducted by the State of Delaware Office of Auditor of Accounts (AOA).

Charges against American Legion theft suspects dropped

Charges have been dropped — for now — in the cases of five men previously accused of embezzling more than $600,000 from American Legion Post 28 in Millsboro.

Two weeks after Delaware Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) made the April 7 arrests and after further investigation, the Delaware Department of Justice decided to drop the charges.

Chunkin countdown begins: Event returning to Bridgeville

When fall comes, physics let pumpkins fly over field and plain.

From Nov. 4 to 6, Sussex County will welcome back Punkin Chunkin, the classic local event and modern worldwide phenomenon celebrating modern engineering in a cornfield. The goal is to build a machine that will launch a pumpkin the farthest distance.

VFW post’s 70th anniversary to include founding members

In researching the 70-year history of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7234, Jerry Hardiman has discovered a theme of selflessness running though longtime members.

The VFW was founded in 1946, primarily by World War II veterans. It was an organized effort to answer the questions, “How can we help our veterans? How can we help people in need in the community?” Hardiman said.

Public hearing on proposed sign ordinance set for May 12

The Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission was set to hold a public hearing on Thursday, May 12, at 6 p.m., related to an ordinance to amend the code of Sussex County regarding signage.

Lord Baltimore sees no injuries in minor electrical fire

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Firefighters load unused hose onto a Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company truck after a small fire at Lord Baltimore Elementary School on Friday, May 6.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Firefighters load unused hose onto a Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company truck after a small fire at Lord Baltimore Elementary School on Friday, May 6.A recent school fire only resulted a few hours of lost instructional time.

Lord Baltimore Elementary School suffered a small electrical fire on Friday, May 6, at 11:52 a.m. in a heating panel on the second floor of the school.

With those wires mostly producing smoke, it was barely a fire, said Indian River School District spokesperson David Maull.

“It was producing smoke on the second floor, so they went ahead and evacuated the building and called the fire department,” Maull said.

The fire was extinguished by the time the Millville Volunteer Fire Company arrived.

Hundreds of students stood outside in a light but persistent rain. But they were being ushered into the gymnasium by 12:15 p.m.

Millville Town Council approves new special-events fee

For-profit vendors will now pay a fee for displaying their wares in the Town of Millville.

On May 10, the Millville Town Council approved a $25 event license, per vendor, per day. This is Millville’s first peddler license of this kind, for food trucks and other vendors.