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Frankford council discusses future of water plant

At the Frankford Town Council’s January meeting, Clarence Quillen of White Marsh reported that the Town’s water plant continues to have issues.

Quillen emphasized that any concerns that the Town’s water is not clean should be quelled. The issues with backwash not occurring is a controls issue and does not cause the plant to produce dirty water, he said.

Millville council doubles permit fees for scofflaws

The Millville Town Council voted 4-0 on Tuesday, Jan. 23, to double building permit fees for anyone who does not obtain the proper permit prior to starting construction.

Ocean View council discusses hiring financial advisors

The Town of Ocean View held a workshop earlier this week at which Jamie Schlesinger of PFM Financial Advisors LLC discussed the refinancing of the Town’s water debt.

“The ultimate goal is to save taxpayers monies and reduce costs,” said Schlesinger.

Editorial — This weekend is for the birds... well, bird-ers

It used to be said that the beach towns of Delmarva “rolled up the sidewalks” on Labor Day.

Obviously, that has not been the case for some time, as fall and spring have become strong seasons, themselves, thanks to festivals, races and other events that keep things jumping at the shore. Well, now it would seem that winter is no longer sitting back and accepting a smaller role.

Point of No Return — Automation is a good-news, bad-news deal

The “infinite monkey theorem” suggests that a monkey randomly striking keys on a typewriter keyboard for an infinite amount of time will, at some point, produce a given text — such as the complete works of William Shakespeare or a cover-to-cover redux of “War and Peace.”

Letters to the Editor — Jan. 25, 2018

Reader not a fan of offshore drilling

Editor:

As a U.S. and state taxpayer who lives in Sussex County, Del., I am strongly opposed to the 2019-2024 OCS Offshore Oil & Gas Leasing Program.

The economy here relies heavily on tourism; an oil spill here would be devastating. Why is Florida excluded from this program on this basis and not Delaware?

Civil War Profiles — A Civil War trip of a lifetime: Part 3

The second leg of our cross-country excursion to relive 19th-century historical events took my wife and I about 125 miles due west from Crawfordsville, Ind., to Decatur, Ill. It was here that the Lincoln family, including young Abe, made their home in the state of Illinois.

Inaugural Fire & Ice Festival set to warm up Bethany Beach

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce is bringing Fire & Ice to downtown Bethany this weekend.

Indian River girls lose to Laurel, 56-38

Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: Kealey Allison drives toward the paint against Laurel.Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: Kealey Allison drives toward the paint against Laurel.Kealey Allison drives toward the paint against Laurel. After leading Laurel’s Bulldogs girls’ varsity basketball team 10-7 at the end of the first period on Jan. 18, Indian River High School’s girls’ basketball team went backwards from there, leading to a 35-44 loss at their home gym. The loss gave them a 5-7 record for the season thus far.

Junior Julia Jordan quickly got the Indian’s scoring started, in just over 15 seconds. Another basket and a free-throw gave IR a 5-0 lead. IR shooters built a 7-2 advantage at the 4:15 minute mark.

Laurel tied it 10-10 with a basket and a foul shot in the opening seconds of the second period. Laurel scored again, and the Indians tied it again at 12 all at the 4:15 mark. Laurel then raced ahead, outscoring IR 21-4 in the second eight minutes, to lead 28-14 at the break.

“We knew Laurel would be competitive. All we wanted to do was try and come in and compete, and I felt like we did that in the second half more so then in the first half,” said IR head coach Donna Polk.

Enjoy the beauty, bounty and history of Delmarva

While my readers, hopefully, continue to practice after reading my recent articles and attending clinics, I trust they slowly will realize the importance of anticipation, footwork and balance. But this week, I want to share a wonderful personal experience.

‘This is how we see the future’

Uber shows Delaware the future of autonomous cars

On this brisk January day, it was tough to find parking at the Delaware Department of Transportation headquarters in Dover. Vehicles inched along the rows of cars, everyone hoping for an empty space.

Women’s March anniversary: ‘The time of marching is over. It’s time for action’

If 2017 was a year for protest, then 2018 has been deemed one for action. On the one-year anniversary of the Women’s March on Washington and its sister marches around the world, local ladies are eying the 2018 election and gearing up for action.

They celebrated with a Women’s March anniversary rally Jan. 21 at the Lewes Public Library.

Heroin overdose increase noted by local law enforcement

Last Thursday night, Jan. 11, within a six-hour period, there were seven reported heroin overdoses in Sussex County.

“They were all over the county, from Rehoboth to Seaford to Selbyville to Ocean View,” said Sgt. Rhys Bradshaw of the Ocean View Police Department. “That’s not typical for a 12-hour period.”

Mountaire waste the subject of two events

Northeast of the Indian River, Millsboro area residents are filling up their 2018 calendars, and those definitely aren’t social engagements.

Public meetings have been scheduled left and right regarding the Mountaire poultry processing plant’s potential role as nearby households begin finding high nitrates in their private well-water, above the 10 mg/L limit.

Emergency responders, school staff answer the call of the storm

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: The recent winter storm to hit the area was a challenge to first-responders and everyone else who had to travel in the area.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: The recent winter storm to hit the area was a challenge to first-responders and everyone else who had to travel in the area.The Jan. 4-5 snowstorm that dumped up to a foot of snow on parts of southeastern Sussex County kept schools closed and many side roads nearly impassable for days afterward, but for the most part the storm was more of a nuisance than a danger.

The Indian River School District made the decision Wednesday night, Jan. 4, to keep schools closed the next day, as did other districts and private schools across the region. Once Gov. John Carney declared a state of emergency and a Level 2 driving restriction, non-essential vehicles were supposed to be off the streets and, once the wind died down, plows could get to work clearing the heavy snow off the roads.

Snowfall totals were difficult to measure due to heavy drifting — it was not unusual to see nearly bare spots near drifts several feet tall — but according to the Delaware Environmental Observing System (DEOS), a service of the University of Delaware, the award for the highest total snowfall during the storm goes to Stockley, with 11.4 inches. Second place went to Dagsboro, which reported 10.8 inches, with Lewes a close third at 10 inches.

In Millville, Council Member Steve Maneri gave credit to local emergency personnel who made sure the public was safe during and after the storm.

Residents turn out in opposition to special-events ordinance

This week, the Sussex County Council heard more than 30 county residents speak in opposition to an ordinance to amend the county code related to “Special Events,” as permitted uses in the AR-1, GR, B-1, C-1, CR-1 and M districts.

Candidates can register for Millville election

Democracy rolls on as Millville Town Council elections approach. Candidates have until Friday, Feb. 2, at 4:30 p.m. to register to run in the 2018 election.

Two seats will be up for election, each with a term of two years, beginning in March. Those seats are currently held by Valerie Faden and Steve Maneri.

Millville council discusses park, patios and permits

Millville’s town park has been stuck in neutral for months.

After purchasing the land in autumn of 2015, the town council approved design plans and purchase of playground equipment a year later. But Millville can’t start digging until government groups give final approval.

Editorial — Local heroin problem is all of our problem

On Thursday, Jan. 11, there were seven reported heroin overdoses in Sussex County in a six-hour period.

They were not isolated in one “drug den” or neighborhood, mind you. They were taking place in Rehoboth Beach, Seaford, Selbyville and Ocean View, according to Sgt. Rhys Bradshaw of the Ocean View Police Department.

Point of No Return — It’s crazy out there, but it’s also pretty cool

Before we get started here, no matter what side of the political aisle you might find yourself on, this is by no means the “worst of times” for this nation.

Letters to the Editor — Jan. 19, 2018

Dukes weighs in on right-to-work

Editor’s note: The following letter from former Sussex County Council member Dale Dukes was addressed to the current Sussex County Council and was sent to the Coastal Point for publication.

Civil War Profiles — A Civil War trip of a lifetime: Part 2

Continuing the story of a month-long odyssey to Civil War sites around the country (Coastal Point, Jan. 8, 2018)…

IR wrestlers win home opener, 59-6, over Lake Forest

Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: Indian River’s Brock Wingate won 7-0 in a decision over Wade Brooks in the 200-pound weight class on Wednesday, Jan. 10.Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: Indian River’s Brock Wingate won 7-0 in a decision over Wade Brooks in the 200-pound weight class on Wednesday, Jan. 10.Indian River High School’s varsity wrestlers (1-0) earned a 50-6 home win over the visiting Lake Forest Spartans (1-0) last Wednesday, Jan. 10, and backed it up on Thursday, Jan. 11, with a northern road trip to Hockessin, where they crushed Wilmington Christian School, 60-15.

“It’s nice to open up the season in your home gym with a win — especially a win of that margin,” said IR head coach Jeff Windish. “The kids came out and wrestled really, really aggressively, and that’s what we preached the last few days that we had them.

“It’s just going out and being the first person to score, and not taking your foot off the gas and keep opening those scores up. The kids fought hard tonight. It really didn’t help, with the snow and all. Anytime you miss practices, you miss the opportunities to get better prepared.”

Indians sophomore Christopher Saylor started the slaughter by slamming Spartan Gene Smith in the opening 106-pound class at the 3:02 minute mark. Ian Shaubach gave the Indians more points with a win over Spartan Gene Smith in the 113-pound weight class.

IRHS boys’ basketball gets revenge 66-48

Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: Indian River’s Jamier Felton goes up for a layup against Lake Forest on Thursday, Jan. 11. Indian River went on to win 66-48.Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: Indian River’s Jamier Felton goes up for a layup against Lake Forest on Thursday, Jan. 11. Indian River went on to win 66-48.Since their narrow 47-50 loss to Lake Forest High School back on Dec. 19, the Indian River High School boys’ basketball team has been patiently waiting, 23 days, for the Spartans visit their home gym. That day arrived on Thursday night, Jan. 11. When they got there, the Spartans found a newly energized and experienced Indians team, with a 7-4 record, eagerly ready for revenge.

“We caved a little bit, and they ended up beating us by three points up there, and then they’re 5-1,” said IR head coach B.J. Joseph. “I knew they’d be right there in the South this year, because they got that transfer from Dover. He’s pretty tough, but the foul shooting and securing the ball tonight and rebounding looked like a clinic at first, the way we were moving the ball and getting lay-ups and things.”

With less than two minutes off the first-period clock Indian shooters built a 7-2 lead over the Spartans, on their way to a sweet 66-48 win. Seconds later, sophomore Kevin Custis swished a three-pointer, giving the Indians a 10-2 advantage. Indians shooters put eight more points on the board before the first period ticked off the clock.

IR started second period 18-8. Spartans shooters had narrowed the gap to five points when the buzzer sounded ending the first half. IR took a 28-19 lead into the locker room.

Pickleball tips: Sweet Spot and Sweet Spots

Session 2 — balance, clinics, places and footwear

Last week, I offered basic, but important, advice to pickleballers, suggesting they cut their errors in half, knowing full well that if they seriously tried to do this, they would become woefully aware of the importance of the three Fs: fitness, focus and footwork.

County shuts down proposed ‘right-to-work’ ordinance

After an emotional few months of discussions and public testimony, the Sussex County Council on Tuesday voted down a proposed “right-to-work” ordinance.

Ocean View officials praise workers’ efforts during blizzard

The Ocean View Town Council met earlier this week, with the recent snowstorm being the main topic of discussion. Town Administrative Official and Public Works Director Charles McMullen thanked Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin and his officers for their assistance in dealing with last Thursday’s snowfall.

Millsboro-area residents urged to test wells for contamination

Lawyers assembling on sidelines of Mountaire violations case

When residential drinking wells are potentially contaminated because a major poultry plant didn’t treat wastewater properly, lawyers are generally willing to invest some time and effort. And, in this case, they’re confident a settlement is coming.

Sussex Central ceiling collapses in water leak

Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted: Sussex Central High School took a bit of a hit from the recent wintery conditions when a sprinkler and pipe burst, causing a partial ceiling collapse and flooding.Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted: Sussex Central High School took a bit of a hit from the recent wintery conditions when a sprinkler and pipe burst, causing a partial ceiling collapse and flooding.Last weekend, after nearly a foot of snow and below-freezing temperatures outside, Sussex Central High School staff were displeased to find water inside the school, too. After a sprinkler and a pipe burst, the school suffered partial ceiling collapse and flooding. The roof itself did not collapse, officials emphasized.

The Millsboro Volunteer Fire Department received an automated alarm about the incident around 2 p.m. on Sunday, due to the change in water pressure.

First, “there was a problem with our fire pump and our pump house out by the stadium,” said Principal Bradley Layfield.

That malfunction somehow triggered two sprinklers in the HVAC room, located above the two-story D wing — a central spoke in the high school’s layout. Upstairs, the insulation and ceiling tiles were saturated with water and fell through.

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