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Routine check leads police to recovery of stolen car

Last month, a stolen car was recovered by Ocean View Police Department after conducting a routine vehicle registration check.

On Nov. 25, at a little after midnight, an OVPD officer, while on patrol, ran the tags of a 1998 green Honda Civic with Delaware registration at the Royal Farms on Atlantic Ave.

Point of No Return – A year of highs and a year of lows. Once again

In a lot of ways, 2016 was kind of for the birds.

Yes, we lost some talented musicians and actors, but doesn’t that happen every year? Going back five years to 2011, for example, we saw the deaths of Steve Jobs, Elizabeth Taylor, Peter Falk, Jane Russell, Amy Winehouse, Cliff Robertson, Bubba Smith and Randy “Macho Man” Savage. That doesn’t even include Col. Potter from M*A*S*H (aka, Harry Morgan) or James Arness.

Letters to the Editor — December 30, 2016

Readers overwhelmed with gravel

Editor:

My husband and I live on Blackwater Road in Frankford. We have lived here since 2007. We enjoy our home, our neighborhood and the beauty of Sussex County. Life is good. We believe in being positive and usually look forward to improvements in our area.

Guest Column – Quite the testimonial: ‘I trust Beebe with my heart’

When Bob and Ellen Chaisson decided to retire to Lewes 17 years ago, they had never visited the region before. They wanted a nice place to live, but one that was still close enough to travel to Maryland, where they had lived for 20 years.

Civil War Profiles: ‘I heard the Bells on Christmas Day’

The 19th century American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow experienced tragedy during his lifetime. His beloved wife Fanny died in a fire, and his son Charles sustained a devastating wound as an officer in the Union army during the Civil War.

Tripple Overtime: Sussex County Sports Crystal Ball: What to expect when expecting 2K17

In the sort-of-famous words of the Seattle-based 1990’s alt-rock/grunge band and obvious Kurt Cobain wannabes “Alice In Chains”: “Yeah, here comes the rooster, yeah.”

Extra Points – December 30, 2016

Indian River High School to host ‘Battle at the Beach’ wrestling tournament

Wrestlers from across Delaware will hit the mats at Indian River High School this weekend, when the Indians host their annual “Battle at the Beach” tournament.

The event is open to the public, and set to take place on Thursday, Dec. 29, and Friday, Dec. 30.

Shorebirds release 2017 times for home games

Coastal Point • File Photo: Shorebirds Justin Viele and Gregory Lorenzo round the bases during a 2014 game.Coastal Point • File Photo: Shorebirds Justin Viele and Gregory Lorenzo round the bases during a 2014 game.It may still be getting cold out, but for the Delmarva Shorebirds, spring is just around the corner with the official release of their 2017 game times.

The Baltimore Orioles Class A affiliate announced the game times for all 2017 home games to be played at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium in Salisbury, Md.

Starting with their home-opener against South Atlantic League rival and Washington Nationals Class A affiliate, the Hagerstown Suns, at 7:05 p.m. on Thursday, April 13, the majority of the rest of their Monday-Saturday game times will feature a 7:05 p.m. start time as well.

“The game starts for this season will continue to be primarily at 7:05 p.m. with some unique start times to accommodate special promotions and holidays,” said Shorebirds general manager Chris Bitters of the 2017 game times in an official statement.

Take 2: IRSD prepares for second referendum

District expects nearly $1M in state budget cuts

After their recent referendum failed by a mere 20 votes, Indian River School District officials are ready to try again. The school board this week approved holding a second current-expense referendum on Thursday, March 2, (inclement weather date, March 16), in hopes of having at least slightly better success.

Selbyville store sells winning Powerball ticket worth $121M

Someone who bought a Powerball ticket at the Goose Creek convenience store in Selbyville hit the jackpot on Saturday, Dec. 17, when the winning ticket, worth $121.6 million, was drawn. At press time, the winner had not yet come forward, and Delaware lottery policy doesn’t require them to publicly reveal their identity in order to claim the prize.

Moving slowly, Dove Landing gets an extension in Millville

A long-planned housing development in Millville may take even longer to get constructed, after the Millville Town Council this week voted unanimously to deny developers a third extension of the Town’s approvals for the Dove Landing project.

Prepare to stop: Route 17 traffic signal goes live

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Stop ahead! Clarksville has a slightly new traffic pattern, with a new stop light at Route 17 and Burbage Road, which replaces the old flashing lights.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Stop ahead! Clarksville has a slightly new traffic pattern, with a new stop light at Route 17 and Burbage Road, which replaces the old flashing lights.Drivers should be prepared for a new traffic pattern on Route 17 (Roxana Road), as the new traffic signal at the Burbage Road intersection has been completed and went live on Dec. 16.

Previously, Route 17 traffic had a continuous right-of-way, with a flashing yellow light. Burbage Road traffic stopped at a red flashing light before crossing Route 17.

In 2015, the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) determined that a full traffic signal could have prevented eight of 11 car collisions from August 2012 to August 2015.

According to data from 2014, Route 17 had an annual average daily traffic volume of 4,319 vehicles per day (vpd). Burbage had 1,277 or 2,260 on either side of Route 17.

IRSD slow to move on new building approvals

New Ennis would be entirely State-funded

The Indian River School District’s major challenges all stem from student enrollment. It’s growing faster than the money and buildings can keep up.

Selbyville man arrested on charge of attempted murder

A 36-year-old woman was in the hospital this week, after having been stabbed and nearly raped on Monday afternoon.

On Monday, Dec. 19, Delaware State Police troopers arrested Temourise O. Taylor, 30, of Selbyville after he allegedly stabbed the woman west of Selbyville after having his sexual propositions refused by her.

Blue Christmas aims to weave hope for those in need

While many look at the holiday season as a time of cheer to be shared with family and friends, there are some who do not have as joyous a time.

For those — the lost, lonely, grieving and overwhelmed — Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church holds its Blue Christmas, a service of hope for those in need in the community.

Ocean View BOA approves two setback variances

The Ocean View Board of Adjustment met last week to review a number of variance applications.

Let’s remember our brave defenders this holiday

The buying is done (hopefully).

As is the wrapping (hopefully).

You’ve traveled to where you are going and you’re all ready to just kick back and enjoy the holiday (hopefully).

Yes, Christmas is now upon us, and Chanukah is starting the very same day. It is officially safe to say we have arrived at the holidays.

Letters to the Editor — December 23, 2016

Dagsboro parade a hit, thanks to many

Editor:

On behalf of the Dagsboro Christmas Parade Committee, I would like to take a few moments to thank the following people and businesses for their support of the third annual Town of Dagsboro Christmas Parade:

Mountaire continues to feed those in need during the holidays

Coastal Point photos • Tyler Valliant: Volunteers braved the cold to help Mountaire pack more than a thousand boxes of Christmas meals.Coastal Point photos • Tyler Valliant: Volunteers braved the cold to help Mountaire pack more than a thousand boxes of Christmas meals.Volunteers braved below-freezing temperatures Tuesday to help Mountaire pack more than 1,300 boxes of Christmas meals as part of the company’s annual Thanksgiving at Christmas outreach.

“We’ve got a good group of people from all over the peninsula, and they’re loving it,” said Roger Marino, Mountaire’s corporate community-relations director.

The boxes packed were given to local food pantries and shelters that work with Mountaire. Marino said the outreach is geared toward helping the pantries and shelters meet the needs of families in their own communities.

The boxes each contain a selection of 16-ounce canned goods, including corn and beans, stuffing, and pork-and-beans, as well as a Mountaire roaster chicken, donated by the company.

Civil War Profiles – From hatred and malice do wars begin!

Recent protests against the national anthem, burning the American flag, banning the flag on college campuses and attempts to depress freedom of speech are eerily reminiscent of events prior to outbreak of hostilities between the states in the mid-19th century. Authorities and individuals hardened their hearts to differing opinions on the political and social issues of the day.

Tripple Overtime: Year in Review: 2016 sports in 2,016 words or less

As the old saying goes, “You’ve gotta spend monkeys to make monkeys.”

Marcozzi nears record after 100th career win at Beast of the East

Special to the Coastal Point • Lorna Arlett: Senior Zeke Marcozzi, center, commemorates his 100th career win with senior Jared Arlett, right center, and fellow teammates after the Beast of the East wrestling tournament.Special to the Coastal Point • Lorna Arlett: Senior Zeke Marcozzi, center, commemorates his 100th career win with senior Jared Arlett, right center, and fellow teammates after the Beast of the East wrestling tournament.There are only four names displayed on the “100 Wins Club” wrestling banner hanging up in the Indian River High School gymnasium.

Just over two weeks into his senior campaign, however, IR senior Zeke Marcozzi is already adding his name to that list, after a 4-1 performance at the Beast of the East tournament, held at the University of Delaware from Friday, Dec. 16, through Sunday, Dec. 18.

“We knew Zeke could potentially hit it in that tournament,” said IR head coach Jeff Windish.

“It’s definitely a milestone — very few wrestlers get to reach that accomplishment. It’s a testament to his off-season work ethic. He worked hard to get where he is, but he needs to continue to work that hard and finish out the season strong.”

Indians, Seahawks each win one in growing swim rivalry

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: IR sophomore Patrick Banks takes the lead against Sussex Academy’s Trey Mitchell in the 100-breaststroke on Tuesday, Dec. 20.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: IR sophomore Patrick Banks takes the lead against Sussex Academy’s Trey Mitchell in the 100-breaststroke on Tuesday, Dec. 20.New season. New pool. Same wall-to-wall rivalry.

The Indian River High School and Sussex Academy swim teams faced off for the third straight year but the first time at Sussex Academy’s new pool on Tuesday, Dec. 21, with each team walking away with a division win.

On the boys’ side of things, the Indians pulled off a 96-76 victory, while the Seahawks’ girls’ team came out on top 99-66 after getting edged in a close matchup last season.

Showcasing the rivalry’s tension once again was IR senior McKenna Burke and SA sophomore Cailey Murphy, who have been longtime friends on land but cutthroat competitors as soon as they hit the water.

Last year, Burke got the best of that rivalry in the 100-butterfly, but this year, it was Murphy hitting the wall first, clocking in less than a tenth of a second before Burke, with a time of 1:07.59.

Extra Points – December 23, 2016

Sussex Central wrestling starts 2-0 with wins over Tech, Middletown

The Sussex Central High School wrestling team is off to a 2-0 start with dual-meet wins over Sussex Tech on Wednesday, Dec. 14, and Middletown on Friday, Dec. 16.

Frankford discusses water plant maintenance, fluoride

The Town of Frankford held its monthly council meeting on Dec. 5, at which council members and those in attendance discussed the Town’s seemingly troublesome water plant.

During the water department report, Clarence Quillen of Tidewater Utilities said that preventative maintenance on the plant has not been done on the plant’s equipment for 16 years — since its installation.

Fenwick leaves voter codes unchanged

After hours of discussion, the Fenwick Island Town Council this week elected to make no changes to voter qualifications. At a special meeting on Dec. 8, they finally agreed with Town Solicitor Mary Schrider-Fox that the current system is the simplest they can manage at this time.

Construction audit shows flaws in Sussex Tech procedures

Delaware’s Auditor of Accounts this week alleged that the Sussex Technical School District (STSD) failed to follow financial law regarding construction projects.

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