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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.

Letters to the Editor — February 10, 2016

Reader backs Trump’s move on travel

Editor:

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.

Tech comes home for the holidays

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.

Civil War Profiles – African-Americans in 19th-century Delaware

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.

Counting on kindness at Showell Elementary

PCS students wear their kindness proudly

Coastal Point • Submitted: Birannah Stevens, Ella Peterson and Edgard Chavez-Hernandez check out the bead supply while making kindness bracelets at Phillip C. Showell Elementary School.Coastal Point • Submitted: Birannah Stevens, Ella Peterson and Edgard Chavez-Hernandez check out the bead supply while making kindness bracelets at Phillip C. Showell Elementary School.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.

IR seniors ink letters of intent on National Signing Day

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: From top left to right, Arturo Salas, Mac Smith, Zion Howard, Jordi Rodriguez, Johan Cordoba, Lindsey Grow, Sammi Mumford, and Maddie Hogsten all signed NCAA letters of intent on Thursday.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: From top left to right, Arturo Salas, Mac Smith, Zion Howard, Jordi Rodriguez, Johan Cordoba, Lindsey Grow, Sammi Mumford, and Maddie Hogsten all signed NCAA letters of intent on Thursday.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.

Maddie Hogsten
(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.

SMS wrestling takes fifth at conferences despite ‘rebuilding year’

Taylor goes 9-0 in regular-season duals

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: SMS eighth-grader Michael Taylor goes for the win against a GMS wrestler. Taylor finished with a 9-0 regular-season record.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: SMS eighth-grader Michael Taylor goes for the win against a GMS wrestler. Taylor finished with a 9-0 regular-season record.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.

IR swimming celebrates senior night with wins over Polytech

Coastal Point photo • Shaun M. Lambert: McKenna Burke on her way to a first-place finish in a butterfly event against Polytech.Coastal Point photo • Shaun M. Lambert: McKenna Burke on her way to a first-place finish in a butterfly event against Polytech.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.”

IR hoops surging with wins over Sussex Academy, Milford

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert Sophomore Jamier Felton goes up for a basket against Milford on Tuesday.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert Sophomore Jamier Felton goes up for a basket against Milford on Tuesday.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.

Extra Points – February 10, 2017

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.

Sea Colony gearing up to ‘Ride for Delaware Hospice’

After a one-year hiatus during renovations of its fitness center, Sea Colony will grease up their wheels once again when “Ride for Delaware Hospice” makes its return to the newly revamped facility near Bethany Beach later this month.

Fenwick considers canal project costs

Fenwick Island Town officials don’t know if or when their canals were last dredged, but officials said this week that it’s time to consider such a project.

“There are some issues with depth and getting in and out of our canals,” said Alex Daly of the Town’s Environmental Committee.

Steele tapped to fill superintendent role

With Indian River School District superintendent Susan Bunting having been confirmed this week as the new Secretary of the Delaware Department of Education, the district was facing a vacancy in a vital post during a tense time at one of the fastest-growing districts in the state.

Local students save family from house fire

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Having used their fire-safety skills to prevent disaster, Luci Rodriquez, front left, and Carmen Giacubeno, front right, were recently honored by local fire companies and Indian River School District staff.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Having used their fire-safety skills to prevent disaster, Luci Rodriquez, front left, and Carmen Giacubeno, front right, were recently honored by local fire companies and Indian River School District staff.When a house fire broke out in Georgetown, two elementary-school students used the training they’d received in school to save lives.

Carmen Giacubeno had invited Luciana “Luci” Bella Martin Rodriquez over for a sleepover on Jan. 6. That night, a space heater caught fire. Hearing the smoke alarm, the girls woke up to find heavy fire in the house.

They bypassed that room to wake the adults, evacuated to a meeting spot in the front yard and called 911. The Georgetown Fire Company and several other departments brought the blaze under control within 40 minutes and continued working for another 80 minutes.

The adults later revealed that “the smoke detector was working, but it was so faint that, without Luci and Carmen waking up, they would have never heard it,” said Selbyville Volunteer Fire Company Chief Matt Sliwa.

County approves conditional use for Sussex Consortium

The Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission this week voted in favor of approving a conditional use request for 25 acres of AR-1 land, located on the southwest side of Sweetbriar Road in Lewes, to build a new school for the Sussex Consortium.

Sussex County now has comprehensive electronic zoning map

Completing a project from the 2016 fiscal year, Sussex County now has a comprehensive electronic zoning map.

OVHS receives $100,000 from Crystal Trust Foundation

The Ocean View Historical Society has gotten a boost for its mission to “preserve, interpret and collect the history of Ocean View and the surrounding Baltimore Hundred area” after receiving a $100,000 grant from the Crystal Trust Foundation.

IR fire company willing to discuss IRSD reimbursement

The Indian River Volunteer Fire Company this week responded to the Indian River School District’s request for the reimbursement of $4,900 related to two items that were the subject of questions under a recent State audit of the district’s accounts.

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