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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.

Editorial — Decisions can leave a generational impact

Many people along the coasts were disturbed when it was announced that there was a revision to the 2017-2022 Outer Continental Shelf Oil & Gas Leasing Program, which will lead to increased oil and gas drilling in parts of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and Gulf of Mexico.

Point of No Return — Relax, David. Delaware still makes its mark

David Elliott has a bit of a chip on his shoulder. Or, in the interests of accuracy, David Elliott has a tax-free chip of scrapple on his shoulder.

Letters to the Editor — Jan. 12, 2018

Reader opposes right-to-work laws

Editor:

It is illegal to force anyone to join a union. It has been since passage of the Taft-Hartley Act in 1947. A non-union worker in a business that has a union must by law be given the same rights and privileges that are provided union workers. This is case-tested law that has been upheld all the way up to SCOTUS.

Civil War Profiles — A Civil War trip of a lifetime: Part 1

My retirement in December 1994 was the end of a career in military and government service, and an opportunity to open new vistas — in particular, a desire to pursue an interest in the American Civil War.

Millsboro woman wins big on ‘Let’s Make a Deal’

Coastal Point • Submitted: Cassie Winebrake dressed up in a sumo wrestler costume on the show ‘Let’s Make a Deal.’Coastal Point • Submitted: Cassie Winebrake dressed up in a sumo wrestler costume on the show ‘Let’s Make a Deal.’Cassie Winebrake may not have been recognizable — what with the sumo wrestler costume and all — but her recent appearance on the television gameshow “Let’s Make a Deal” had friends and relatives cheering her on.

Millsboro resident Winebrake, 24, was visiting California in mid-August 2017 with her best friend, Dayana Monge Zamora, when the two decided to attend a taping of the show, she said. Winebrake and her fiancé, Mark Gardner, watch “Let’s Make a Deal” regularly.

“We always watch, and we’re like, ‘What would we do?’ in the various game situations on the show, Winebrake said.

A student at Delaware Technical Community College’s Dover campus and a server at Irish Eyes’ Milton location, Winebrake said she and Zamora decided to fly to California in August to visit a friend, and when they realized “Let’s Make a Deal” was filmed about an hour away from where they were staying, decided to try to get audience tickets.

Indians boys and girls dominate Sussex Academy on the courts

Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: Ja’Shaun Johnson goes up for two in Indian River’s win over Sussex Academy.Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: Ja’Shaun Johnson goes up for two in Indian River’s win over Sussex Academy.Indian River High School’s boys’ basketball team dominated the Sea Hawks of Sussex Academy on Jan. 3, on SA’s home turf.

IR shooters got an early 8-0 run on the Sea Hawks with 6:35 minutes of play remaining in the first period. Sea Hawks shooters got on the board just as the clock ticked down to 6 minutes. At by the end of the first period, IR had built a very comfortable 16-point cushion, leading 29-13.

IR outshot the Sea Hawks 16-10 in the second eight minutes, for a commanding 45-23 halftime advantage. They returned to finish the job, outscoring the Sea Hawks 27-13 in the third period and 15-3 in the final period, making for a 87-39 victory. It was the Indians’ fourth straight win, for a 6-4 record thus far in the season.

“Now we’re four in a row, you know, and we won the tournament down in Salisbury, and we won here tonight,” beamed IR head coach B.J. Joseph after the victory. “We’re supposed to play Cape [Henlopen] Friday, and that would be a good test, but I don’t know what’s going to happen with the snow and all forecasted.” (That game was rescheduled to Tuesday, Jan. 25.)

Millville woman returns to bodybuilding at 63 and wins

Coastal Point • Submitted: Donna Hall won first place in over 60 and second place in over 50 age groups divisions at 2017 Eighth Annual NPC Amanda Merinelli Body Building Competition in Florida.Coastal Point • Submitted: Donna Hall won first place in over 60 and second place in over 50 age groups divisions at 2017 Eighth Annual NPC Amanda Merinelli Body Building Competition in Florida.Donna Hall, a trainer at the Bethany Beach World Gym, recently came out of “retirement” from bodybuilding competitions. And, after an 18-year hiatus, the 63-year-old won first place in one age group and second place in another, younger, age category.

Hall, who lives in Bethany Bay, near Millville, decided to compete in the 2017 Eighth Annual NPC Amanda Merinelli Body Building Competition in Florida, because, she said, “They had an over-60 division,” which she said is rare for such competitions.

Hall competed in the “Figure” division, which differs from the “Body Building” division in several ways. Those who compete in “body building,” she explained, are seeking a “more muscular” look. “It’s a little thicker in muscularity,” she said. In the “Figure” division, the emphasis is on “being toned” and on a “total symmetry” in body shape.

Another difference between the two divisions: bodybuilders compete barefoot, while “figure” competitors wear platform heels. Their outfits are also a bit more “blingy” than the body builders’, Hall said.

Having competed for about a five-year period 18 years ago, Hall decided to get back into the competition circuit last year and began training for her return about four months before the Nov. 4, 2017, competition, which was held in West Palm Beach, Fla.

“I told Jim,” Hall said of Jim Miller, World Gym manager, “I have to do it one last time.”

Her training regimen focuses heavily on nutrition, she said. While many competitors expect to lose 20 to 30 pounds while in training for a competition, she was already very slender. At 5 feet, 4 inches tall and 113 pounds before the competition, she was down to 108 pounds by competition time.

Pickleball Tips: Sweet Spot and Sweet Spots

Improve your pickleball game by more than 50 percent

If you want to improve your own pickleball game this season, cut your errors in half.

I know it sounds like an over-simplification, but it is estimated that 80 percent — and frequently more — of all pickleball points are the result of errors. Players tend to think about that one winning shot they nailed down the middle, but then have amnesia about the eight or nine errors they made.

Voices heard at County’s public hearing on right-to-work

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: County officials listen to members of the public weigh-in on the proposed ‘right-to-work’ ordinance put forth by Councilman Rob Arlett.Coastal Point • Maria Counts: County officials listen to members of the public weigh-in on the proposed ‘right-to-work’ ordinance put forth by Councilman Rob Arlett.The Sussex County Council on Tuesday held a public hearing on a proposed “right-to-work” ordinance. The ordinance, “relating to the promotion of economic development and commerce by regulation of certain voluntary payments required of employees in Sussex County,” Sussex County Councilman Rob Arlett said, would be to “provide that no employee covered by the National Labor Relations Act be required to join or pay dues to a union, or refrain from joining a union, as a condition of employment.”

The proposed ordinance, which was introduced in October, was brought forth to council by Arlett — who, at the Jan. 2 meeting said, “We are here today not to hear from Rob Arlett. This is a day not about Rob Arlett, not a day about this council. This is a day about this community. We are here today about a few things, because this subject — first and foremost, the people of this county expect and desire jobs…

Aquaculture map filling up

Bacteria could take Indian River Bay sites out of play

Oysters are coming, and local entrepreneurs are plotting their futures.

But even as the Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control (DNREC) adds names to the state’s aquaculture map, officials said this week that 91 previously approved acres will probably be removed from shellfishing, due to bacteria levels.

Fenwick Freeze cancelled, but shirts are still available

It’s a New Year’s tradition to dive into the ocean, but it was a bit too chilly this Jan. 1 for Fenwick Islanders. The 2018 Fenwick Freeze was canceled.

“The Town decided to cancel it. They felt it was too much of a liability in case somebody got hurt,” said organizer Becca McWilliams.

“I know — it’s called the ‘Fenwick Freeze’ for a reason,” McWilliams joked.

Prince George’s to celebrate holiday season with concert

This weekend, Prince George’s Chapel in Dagsboro will host its annual Olde Christmas Musical Celebration.

“It’s something we have every year,” said Friends of Price George’s Vice-President Crystal Hudson. “Usually, it’s the first Sunday after New Year’s, because that’s how they did Olde Christmas back in the day.”

Beebe CEO Fried to speak at South Coastal Library

Beebe Healthcare President & CEO Jeffrey M. Fried, FACHE, will speak at the South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach on Monday, Jan. 8, to offer more information about Beebe’s planned $180 million expansion. Fried will speak starting at at 1 p.m., and there will be some time for questions.

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