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.”
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.
The 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.
Marcozzi ties Magaha’s record
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.
Bratton selected as 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.
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.”
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.
It’s been a historic season so far for the Indian River High School wrestling team.
A milestone marriage: Local couple marks 75th anniversary
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Delaware Gov. John Carney and Delaware Tourism Director Linda Parkowski recently celebrated a newly-completed study of Delaware’s tourism data from 2015.
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.
Reader backs Trump’s move on travel
Tinkering is the process of adjusting or making improvements. One story tells of plumbers in the mid-1800s using bread to dam a pipe under repair to hold dripping water at bay. Once the repair was complete, the bread dam became worthless and was swept away.
While it wasn’t my intention, I had a tech-heavy 2016 holiday season, dealing with a number of new devices and systems, despite having aimed for a relatively simple, scaled-back holiday.
Black History Month prompts a review of significant historical events affecting African-Americans in Delaware during the Civil War era. This includes antebellum years, the North-South conflict of 1861-1865 and Reconstruction.
PCS students wear their kindness proudly
Kindness can be like a rock in water. One good deed can ripple outward to distant shores.
Phillip C. Showell Elementary School celebrated January as Kindness Month by encouraging children to be kind and witness kindness in their lives.
With handmade Kindness Bracelets, students can now count and remember random acts of kindness each day.
“As they witness, give or receive an act of kindness through the day, they’ll move a charm,” said Laurie Hall, teacher of art and special education at the school. Hopefully, later, at home, “they talk about what they’ve done to move them.”
The bracelets are threaded so that people can slide the 10 beads deliberately, without them slipping backward again.
Tripple Overtime: An apology that Tom Brady will never get, for things he never knew I said in the first place
I guess I don’t really have to offer an apology to Tom Brady. That’s not to say he doesn’t deserve one. I just don’t think he needs it.
The Indian River High School Class of 2017 saw eight seniors sign letters of intent on Thursday, Feb. 2, as they get ready to take their talents to the NCAA in the fall.
Among them were Madison Hogsten, headed to Salisbury University to play soccer; Samantha Mumford, joining the Salisbury University softball team’ Zion Howard, headed to Virginia Beach, Va. to play baseball at Virginia Wesleyan College; Johan Cordoba, Jordi Ramirez and Arturo Salas, all joining the Chesapeake College soccer team; Mac Smith, signing with Millersville University to play soccer; and Lindsey Grow, signing with the Milligan College swim team.
(Salisbury University, soccer)
After earning a starting spot when she debuted for the Indians’ girls’ soccer team as a freshman, Maddie Hogsten quickly established herself as one of the team’s most dangerous offensive weapons.
Taylor goes 9-0 in regular-season duals
It was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the Selbyville Middle School wrestling team.
Graduating a slew of talent from an 8-2 squad last season — including current Indian River High School standouts Ta’Jon Knight, Will Rayne and Ramon Turner — the SMS Indians returned only six wrestlers for the 2016-2017 season.
But with an influx of brand new wrestlers going on to breakout seasons, the Indians still managed to finish the year 5-4, with a fifth-place finish at the conference championships held at Milford Central Academy on
“We figured we’d be lucky to get to .500, only bringing six guys back,” said SMS head coach Neal Barch of expectations heading into the season. “But we’re pretty happy with how the season turned out.”
Saturday, Feb. 4.
It was all about the seniors for the Indian River High School swim team last Thursday, Feb. 2.
After getting the morning started with co-captain Lindsey Grow officially signing on to continue her swimming career at Milligan College, the Indians sent Grow and seniors McKenna Burke, Erin Haden and Andy Elsburg out on a high note with wins over Polytech and a Senior Night ceremony held at the break.
“They’re a special group. They leave an impression on you,” said IR head coach Colin Crandell, who coached Grow on the Sea Colony Sharks from the age of 6 and has known Haden since she was a junior lifeguard on his patrol in Bethany Beach. “They’re like daughters to us by now. So, it was bitter in the sense that they’ll be leaving us, but also sweet, because you know that they’re going on to leave an impression on other people the same way.”
The Indian River High School boys’ basketball team is on a roll, racking up back-to-back division wins over Sussex Academy on Friday, Feb. 3, and Milford on Tuesday, Feb. 7.
The Indians took down the Seahawks 85-34 last Friday, behind 16 points from sophomore guard Jamier Felton and 13 points from junior guard Patrick Mumford. Junior Calvin James also saw a double-digit scoring night, finishing with 10 points.
The Seahawks were led by a 21-point performance by sophomore forward Zachary Zalewski.
The Indians continued to ride the momentum of their hot streak into Tuesday, with head coach B.J. Joseph earning his first win over his former team since taking over for the Indians last season, notching a 54-47 win over the Bucs.
Felton led the scoring in that game as well, finishing the night just one rebound shy of a double-double, with 16 points and nine boards.
Senior Isaiah Bratton was also knocking on the door of a double-double on the night, finishing with eight points and 14 rebounds. Freshman point guard K.J. Custis had 11 points, and senior guard Thomas DiBuo racked up eight points on the night.
Delle Donne traded to Mystics, headed to D.C.
WNBA superstar and University of Delaware graduate Elena Delle Donne will make her way back to the East Coast after being traded by the Chicago Sky to the Washington Mystics last week.