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Bethany Ropewalk receives liquor license

The Ropewalk restaurant location in Bethany Beach, now under construction on Garfield Parkway, received approval of its liquor license on Tuesday, Feb. 13, after a nearly two-hour hearing before the state’s Office of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commissioner.

New commercial center under construction in Ocean View

Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted : A rendition of the planned commercial center coming to Ocean View.Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted : A rendition of the planned commercial center coming to Ocean View.Those who drive Route 26 in Ocean View with any frequency may have noticed that the white craftsman-style home on the northwest corner of Atlantic Avenue (Route 26) and Woodland Avenue is no longer standing. The house was removed at the end of January in preparation for construction of a commercial center.

The property has been in the Archut family for more than 100 years, first purchased by Dianne Archut’s great-grandfather Charles Johnson.

He “built the house on it in the early 1920s,” said Russell Archut, Dianne Archut’s husband. “He lived there until he passed away. Then it was passed down to Diane’s mom, and Diane’s mom and dad rented it for a while. Numerous people lived there… school teachers that taught at LB used to rent a room there. Then it was some general renters.”

Archut and his wife moved into the home in 1978, and the family lived there until 2003.

Their son Brenton was born in Milford, he said, “and was brought home to that house.”

Valor Awards recognize the work of local first-responders

Coastal Point • Susan C. Lyons: The winners of the Joshua M. Freeman Valor Awards get together for a group photo following the event.Coastal Point • Susan C. Lyons: The winners of the Joshua M. Freeman Valor Awards get together for a group photo following the event.“Valor is the demonstration of boldness and bravery in the face of adversity and danger. In our communities, it is our first-responders who sacrifice their own time and often their safety in order to protect the lives of others,” said Patti Grimes, the executive director of Carl M. Freeman and Joshua M. Freeman foundations, at the 14th Annual Joshua M. Freeman Valor Awards.

The award ceremony, hosted by the Carl M. Freeman Companies with the help of the Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce, gets its name from Josh Freeman, who served as a Green Beret.

“Hosting the Valor Awards is a privilege for our Chamber, allowing us the opportunity to give thanks for all that our first-responders do in support of our Chamber businesses, communities, and signature events and initiatives we host each year,” said Lauren Weaver, the Chamber’s executive director.

All those recognized at the Feb. 9 luncheon at the Den at Bear Trap Dunes were nominated by their own departments, and received a plaque and gift card to Hocker’s from Beebe Healthcare.

Selbyville incumbents retain seats with no new challengers

The Town of Selbyville has canceled its 2018 town council elections due to lack of challengers.

Longtime incumbents Richard Duncan Sr. and Jay Murray both filed for re-election, and there were no other candidates. Their terms will begin in March and will last two years.

The election was originally scheduled for March 3.

Once again, coastal towns oppose drilling, seismic testing

Public can still submit comments

People are turning their voices toward Washington, D.C., as the U.S. Department of the Interior eyes the Atlantic Ocean for potential oil and gas drilling activities.

Public comments are now being accepted on the National Outer Continental Shelf Oil & Gas Leasing Program for 2019-2024.

Editorial — Awards show reminds us how fortunate we are

For the 14th year, the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce and Carl M. Freeman Companies put on the Joshua M. Freeman Valor Awards, recognizing superlative performances by first-responders in our community.

And, for the 14th year, the presentation stole our collective breath.

Letters to the Editor — Feb. 16, 2018

Reader calls for citizen involvement

Editor:

Are you opposed to offshore drilling for oil and gas? Don’t think it can’t happen here. Haven’t decided but want to know more? Please join the 38th Rep. District’s Environmental Committee on Tuesday, Feb. 20, from 6:30-8 at the South Coastal Library, Meeting Room B. All are welcome.

Civil War Profiles — A Civil War trip of a lifetime, Part 6

After leaving the Pea Ridge National Military Park in Arkansas, our route on this Civil War journey in October 1995 headed southeast out of the Ozark Mountains to Little Rock. Traveling across the Mississippi River, we entered Tennessee at the bustling city of Memphis — having driven 350 miles since leaving Pea Ridge.

DHSS reports 1,200 new flu cases in a week, death toll rises to 11

NCC reports first death without underlying conditions

If anything can slow this flu season down, it’s vaccines and good handwashing. Prevention is considered more important than ever, as the Delaware Department of Health & Social Services (DHSS) is rapidly updating its flu toll and on Wednesday confirmed the state’s 11th influenza-related death this flu season.

Tower 3 a beacon in state park’s economic contributions

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Tower 3, located south of Dewey Beach in Delaware Seashore State Park, took on a cobalt-drenched tone during a lighting ceremony on Monday, Feb. 12.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Tower 3, located south of Dewey Beach in Delaware Seashore State Park, took on a cobalt-drenched tone during a lighting ceremony on Monday, Feb. 12.Against the backdrop of a spectacular sunset, a World War II observation tower became a dramatically lighted landmark on Monday, Feb. 12, while state officials touted the results of a study showing the equally dramatic impact of Delaware’s state parks on its economy.

The addition of cobalt-blue lighting to Tower 3, located just south of Dewey Beach in Delaware Seashore State Park, signals the next step in the restoration of the tower, one of 11 built along the Delaware coast between 1939 and 1942. The towers were used to track enemy vessels off the coast. Using triangulation to plot the ship’s location, observers then transmitted the information to Fort Miles, now part of Cape Henlopen State Park, where the readings were plotted on a large map.

Using that information, large guns at Fort Miles could then be aimed in the direction of the ships. The guns — with 6-inch, 12-inch and 16-inch barrels — could fire 2,700-pound shells 25 miles. But the guns were never fired at an enemy ship.

Currently, only Tower 7 at Cape Henlopen, which sits next to Fort Miles, is open to the public. Once the restoration of Tower 3 is complete, plans include opening it to the general public as well, with interpretive tours available. Eventually, the Delaware Shore Preservation Foundation hopes to also open Tower 1 in Fenwick Island State Park and Tower 2 in North Bethany.

Curran taking readers to Africa in new book

Coastal Point • Submitted Photo: ‘On to Africa’ is the second installment in local writer Walter Curran’s series about a young Merchant Marine who travels the world on a cargo ship.Coastal Point • Submitted Photo: ‘On to Africa’ is the second installment in local writer Walter Curran’s series about a young Merchant Marine who travels the world on a cargo ship.While many know him as the mayor of Ocean View, Walter Curran has lived what might seem like 10 different lives. And, for those who love to read, he’s put those experiences in a series of books, with his latest story focusing on Africa.

“It’s great. I love writing, and I even enjoy the editing, because it’s a learning process for me,” he said.

Following that love, Curran recently published the second installment of his three-part “Young Mariners” series — “On to Africa.”

The series follows the life of William Connolly, a street kid from South Boston, as he embarks on his first job as a third-mate on the cargo ship the MorMacPride. The books are loosely based on adventures Curran and his shipmates had while they were in the Merchant Marines.

Milford Buccaneers pin IR wrestlers’ tournament hopes

Special to the Coastal Point • Susan Taylor-Walls: Indian River came up short in their quest for a state championship, falling to five-time champion Milford in their semifinal match in Smyrna on Saturday, Feb. 10.Special to the Coastal Point • Susan Taylor-Walls: Indian River came up short in their quest for a state championship, falling to five-time champion Milford in their semifinal match in Smyrna on Saturday, Feb. 10.Indian River High School wrestlers received a No. 2 seed in the DIAA Division II state dual tournament held last Saturday at Smyrna High School’s gym. IR had the first-round bye, facing in the semifinals Milford High School’s Buccaneers, who were seeking their fifth-straight DIAA Division II title.

Milford quickly showed the Indians why they are the five-time title winners.

The Buccaneers pinned their first three Indians opponents, starting with sophomore Will Keller in the 160-pound class. IR junior Zimmerman (170 pounds) was the next Indian pinned, followed by senior Collin Donaway in the 180-pound class. Junior Zach Schultz stopped the Buccaneers’ first run with a decision at 195 pounds. IR senior Brock Wingate lost the 220-pound class by decision.

Sophomore Raymond “Bam” Turner slammed his 285-pound Buccaneer opponent to the mat and quickly pinned him. Freshman Ian Shaubach lost a 25-14 decision at 106 pounds, and sophomore Will Rayne lost 25-14 at 113 pounds.

IR swimmers make podium finishes at conference championships

Special to the Coastal Point • Susan Taylor-Walls: Indian River swimmers fared well in the Henlopen Conference championships on Saturday, Feb. 9.Special to the Coastal Point • Susan Taylor-Walls: Indian River swimmers fared well in the Henlopen Conference championships on Saturday, Feb. 9.Athletes from the Indian River High School swim team competed against 10 teams during the Henlopen Conference swimming championships last Saturday at the Sussex Academy pool in Georgetown. Sophomore Joshua McIntire led IR with two first-place finishes, including a record-setting 500 freestyle time of 4:57.86 that was 10 seconds faster than the previous record.

“I was kind of out of it. I wasn’t feeling good,” described McIntire. “But I was able to use my training to hold onto my first place, and that was about it.”

McIntire also won the 200 individual-medley (IM) event. His seed time was 2:06.01, and for the top of the podium, his time was 2:04.16.

Junior Michael Barnes had two podium finishes. Barnes was second-fastest in the 100 freestyle and third in the 200 freestyle. In the men’s 100 freestyle, his seed time was 52.39. When it counted, Barnes cut through the water in 51.90 seconds. Barnes dialed in a seed time of 1:57.11 in the men’s 200 freestyle. Then, in the final, he covered the distance in 1:57.35.

IR wrestlers come up short against Laurel in final match of season

DII No. 2 team falls in semi-finals to tourney champs Milford

Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce C. Walls: The Indians came up short in their match against Laurel on Wednesday, Feb. 7.Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce C. Walls: The Indians came up short in their match against Laurel on Wednesday, Feb. 7.Laurel High School’s Bulldogs wrestling team came to Indian River High School on Wednesday, Feb. 7, (after Coastal Point press time), and after several hours of grueling bouts, the Bulldogs ended up taking a 37-28 bite of Indians hide home with them. The loss dropped the Indians’ season record to 16-5, while Laurel improved to 6-2.

“We wrestled a good team. They came ready to wrestle. Our kids came ready to wrestle. We just came out on the wrong side of the scoreboard,” said IR head wrestling coach Jeff Windish.

“I think my kids wrestled well,” he added. “We definitely have some things that we need to work on in two days to get ready for the state duels on Saturday. Like I told them in the wrestle room — you didn’t change the outcome of your season, you just changed your seed.

“We’re going to get another chance at them Saturday, hopefully,” Windish said, “so we have things to clean up and go back to work.”

IR boys’ basketball shoots down Sussex Academy 77-43

Special to the Coastal Point • Susan Taylor-Walls: Calvin James goes up strong for two points against Sussex Academy on Friday, Feb. 9.Special to the Coastal Point • Susan Taylor-Walls: Calvin James goes up strong for two points against Sussex Academy on Friday, Feb. 9.Indian River High School’s boys’ basketball team hosted and easily defeated a much younger Sussex Academy team 77-43 last Friday night, Feb. 9.

The 11-6 Indians team was certain enough that they could handle the 1-15 Seahawks that some of IR’s starters told their head coach, B. J. Joseph, they wanted to let some of the players who don’t get as much time on the floor start the first quarter and then let the usual starters finish the game in the second half.

“We still had to play our game. We couldn’t play around with this team,” said IR junior Jamier Felton, who had 17 points for the Indians. “They do play to their potential, and we had to play to ours.

“We started off slow,” Felton said. “We let the other guys who don’t get much time out there to play. We allowed them to start tonight to show we care for them and their sportsmanship on and off the court. Then, when the starters took over, we blew the game out. It was a great win.

Pickleball Points: Kathy Casey and First State Pickleball Club

Coastal Point • Submitted Photo: Mixed-doubles partners Dianne Milam and Rick Bell, gold medal winners, warm up prior to one of their matches.Coastal Point • Submitted Photo: Mixed-doubles partners Dianne Milam and Rick Bell, gold medal winners, warm up prior to one of their matches.Now that First State Pickleball Club has grown to almost 500 members, I was curious as to what plans might await the pickleball community. There were just a couple dozen members only three years ago.

Besides running First State Pickleball Club as a volunteer, President Kathy Casey maintains a fulltime job, so it was a rarity last week when she had a cancelation and could sit down for an hour.

We met at a coffee shop, and my first question was, “Why should I send my $25 check to First State Pickleball Club for the 2018 year?”

“In 2018,” she said, “we anticipate pickleball, the fastest growing sport in America, will continue to explode here as well, and we will continue to organize throughout the year periodic weekend events, such as social and competitive round-robins for our members.

ABC hearing the next step for Ropewalk in Bethany

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Ropewalk’s new 325-seat location in Bethany Beach is slated for a June opening.­Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Ropewalk’s new 325-seat location in Bethany Beach is slated for a June opening.­After expanding their restaurant from Baltimore to the Delmarva shore in 2013, the owners of Ropewalk have since set out to establish themselves in downtown Bethany Beach, constructing what will be a brand new 325-seat location one block off the beach at 107 Garfield Parkway, formerly the location of Fish Tales, which has moved across the street.

County continues work to update zoning code

As it works to update the county’s zoning code, the Sussex County Council this week reviewed some of the areas recommended for updates, with plans to hold public hearings on the amendments as they are introduced.

Insurance commissioner opens office in Georgetown

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: The Delaware Department of Insurance recently opened up a new office in Georgetown.Coastal Point • Maria Counts: The Delaware Department of Insurance recently opened up a new office in Georgetown.Those seeking help from the Delaware Department of Insurance no longer have to drive an hour away to speak with someone in person, as the department just opened its first offices in Sussex County.

“Almost two-thirds of walk-in visitors to our Kent County office are from Sussex County, and the majority of them are seniors,” said Commissioner Trinidad Navarro. “I’m excited that we are now able to help them closer to their home.”

Located on the Circle in Georgetown, the office will be open to the public Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

“We saw the possibility of what a beautiful place this could be — I’m so proud to give folks who live right here in Sussex County,” he said.

Navarro said the new office came, in large part, thanks to House Bill 77, which addressed the issue of citizen accessibility to be able to speak with department personnel locally by opening a Department of Insurance office in Sussex County.

Navarro said the department has been working on many things, including workers’ compensation rates.

“Last year, workers’ compensation insurance went up 0 percent, which is great news for business owners… It was a big deal to have a 0-percent rate increase, but I said that wasn’t good enough,” he said.

Fenwick juggling commercial parking rules again

Parking is no easy feat in Fenwick Island during the summers. Any business able to succeed might run out of parking in its regular lot and could have to get creative.

But the Fenwick Island Town Council is trying to get a handle on things, and historically, they have not wanted cars migrating too far from the businesses their drivers are supposed to be patronizing.

Community asked to participate in mental health, addiction forums

Each day, more than 246 Americans die from suicide or a drug overdose in the United States. One in five Americans will experience a mental illness this year, half of which will result in a substance-use disorder.

Letters to the Editor — Feb. 9, 2018

Bethany resident opposes liquor license

Editor:

As a longtime fulltime resident of Bethany Beach, I totally agree with the concerned residents who oppose the acquisition of the liquor license by Ropewalk restaurant on Garfield Parkway.

My family has come to Bethany for 30 years. My children and grandchildren love the quaint town with the family atmosphere.

Civil War Profiles — A Civil War trip of a lifetime: Part 5

As our Civil War adventure continued, after leaving Wilson Creek National Military Park near Republic, Mo., we drove southwest for 35 miles just over the state line to Benton County in the northwest corner of Arkansas. Here in the Ozark Mountains, another battle took place, on March 7 and 8, 1862, to determine whether Union or Confederate forces would control of the state of Missouri.

Millville cancels 2018 election

Two candidates registered for the two seats up for election in 2018, so the Millville Town Council election has been canceled.

With no opponents, incumbent Steve Maneri and challenger Ronald Belinko will be sworn in at the regular council meeting on March 13 at 7 p.m. Each seat carries a term of two years.

New minister joins Ocean View Church of Christ

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Ocean View Church of Christ recently welcomed the Rev. Ethan Magee as its new minister.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Ocean View Church of Christ recently welcomed the Rev. Ethan Magee as its new minister.Ocean View Church of Christ recently welcomed a new minister to its halls.

“I want us to be a community-minded church. I believe the church is meant to help make the community a better place. We’re supposed to be salt and light in the community where we are, and I believe that means make it better,” said the Rev. Ethan Magee.

Magee and his wife, Stefanie, along with their three kids — ages 9, 11 and 13 — moved to the area in November after serving at a church in Columbus, Ohio, for six years. Prior to that, Magee served at a church nearby, in Lewes, for 12 years.

“I went to Cincinnati Christian University,” said Magee, an Ohio native. “We love the area, the beach, the beautiful people that are incredibly welcoming and friendly. It feels like home.”

Mardi Gras Benefit returns to Selbyville library

Coastal Point • File : Photo Supporters can slip into the Big Easy spirit at the Mardi Gras benefit for the Friends of the Selbyville Public Library.Coastal Point • File : Photo Supporters can slip into the Big Easy spirit at the Mardi Gras benefit for the Friends of the Selbyville Public Library.Break out the beads and feathers! Mardi Gras night returns to Selbyville Public Library on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 6 to 9 p.m.

The fundraiser benefits the Friends of the Selbyville Public Library.

“It’s a time for great food. We’ve got great music. … We’ll have silent auctions. There’s a 50/50,” said Friends President David Nilsson. “It should just be a fun evening that people will enjoy, hanging out with the neighbors and raising money for a good cause.”

Sedona restaurant of Bethany Beach will cater the event.

“We’re going to have a great New Orleans-inspired buffet again. Shrimp jambalaya, chicken gumbo, red beans-and-rice and crawfish étouffée. … It’s always good stuff,” Nilsson said. “You can just eat it all night lon-g.”

IR wrestlers fall to Division I foe Sussex Central

Coastal Point Photos • Bruce C. Walls: Despite a valiant effort, Indian River High School lost out to Sussex Central High School, 46-22.Coastal Point Photos • Bruce C. Walls: Despite a valiant effort, Indian River High School lost out to Sussex Central High School, 46-22.In a David-vs.-Goliath battle between Division II wrestling leader Indian River High School (16-4) and the powerful Division I’s third-ranked Sussex Central High School (6-3) on Monday night, Feb. 5, at IR’s gym, the Indians held their own but fell short, 46-22. IR wrestlers earned a pin and five decisions.

Indians sophomore Will Rayne pinned his opponent, Cole Jester, at the 4:33 mark. Sophomore Ta’Jon Knight won an 11-3 decision against Golden Knights wrestler Yony Morales in the 120-pound match. Also winning by decisions for IR were junior Dylan Ely, junior Reshawn Turner, junior Zach Schultz and sophomore Raymond Turner.

Ely edged out Golden Knight Junior Perez 5-4 in the 126-pound class. Reshawn Turner topped the 152-pound match with a 5-0 decision over Lankford, and Schultz defeated Central’s Yunior Cruz in 195-pound class, 5-2. In the evening’s final bout, at 285 pounds, IR’s Ramond Turner topped Central’s Tyler Karr.

“We won six matches, but only got 22 points. That hurts you on the scoreboard,” said IR head coach Jeff Windish. “But we took six matches from a tough team. They’re the No. 3 team in Division I.

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