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County reveals proposed $143.8M 2018 budget

Earlier this week, the Sussex County Council reviewed its $143.8 million draft budget for the 2018 fiscal year.

In a presentation by County Administrator Todd Lawson and County Finance Director Gina Jennings at the May 16 council meeting, the council was first given a rundown as to the highlights of the previous fiscal year’s budget.

OVHS offers lecture on Civilian Conservation Corps

Coastal Point • Submitted: The Ocean View Historical Society will present a public lecture on the Civilian Conservation Corps on Wednesday, May 24.Coastal Point • Submitted: The Ocean View Historical Society will present a public lecture on the Civilian Conservation Corps on Wednesday, May 24.While many know Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, less well known is the Emergency Conservation Work (EWC) Act — more commonly known as the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Next Wednesday, May 24, at 7 p.m., the Ocean View Historical Society will host a public lecture on the CCC given by Carol Psaros, a local history advocate and author.

Psaros, published her second book in 2015, titled, “Chickens & Mosquitoes: The Art of Uncertain Times,” which followed the life of a young man who drops out of college and joins the Civilian Conservation Corps to help support his family.

Her talk, “Civilian Conservation Corps Camps and Iconic Spots in 1930’s Sussex County,” will discuss camp life and how the Corps’ “We Can Take It” spirit changed Sussex County and the nation forever.

Public invited to Fenwick Island comp plan workshop

Every municipality in the state of Delaware is required to write a comprehensive plan, and Fenwick Island is now preparing its 10-year plan update.

Editorial — Sussex County showing financial independence

Sussex County Administrator Todd Lawson, along with Finance Director Gina Jennings, presented Sussex County Council this week with its proposed $143.8 million budget for the 2018 fiscal year.

Letters to the Editor — May 19, 2017

Justin’s Beach House gets a big thank-you

Editor:

Cancer. A word you don’t want to hear in the same sentence as your own name. One of life’s lemons, to be sure. And yet, between rounds of chemotherapy, I was given refreshing lemonade, in the form of a wonderful stay at Justin’s Beach House (JBH).

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour Sneak Peek No. 3 — Bethany home sits on historic Loop Canal

Coastal Point • Submitted: An architectural window is a key detail in a bathroom in this Loop Canal home.Coastal Point • Submitted: An architectural window is a key detail in a bathroom in this Loop Canal home.(Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 26th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 26 and 27, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

The owners of this home had been searching for a vacation home on the New Jersey shore for several years, but they couldn’t seem to find just the right one. After a friend recommended they look in Bethany Beach, one of the owners found this newly completed home in 2016 and said she knew immediately it was perfect for their active family.

She brought other family members to look at several properties, never revealing which home she had chosen. As soon as her son walked into this home, he said, “Oh, Mom — this is it!” And it was.

The five-bedroom, 5.5-bath beach home is located on the historic Loop Canal, a block and a half from the ocean and two blocks from downtown Bethany. The location fulfills the family’s desire to have easy access to all the recreational activities the area has to offer, including kayaking right out their back door.

The design features a spacious main living area on the upper level, anchored by a central kitchen that is infused with natural light and provides plenty of space for their large extended family to gather both inside and out for meals and conversation. Warm pinewood floors and a stone-faced gas fireplace keep it cozy, while teal accents and plantation shutters complete the coastal cottage appeal.

Tripple Overtime: Lead on Coach Ayers and Coach McBride, you will be missed

Three years ago, the Indians got a girls’ lacrosse team. Two years ago, they got a coach.

Indians ready for conference championship after 5th consecutive Henlopen South title

Hogsten breaks all-time goals record

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: The Indian River High School soccer team honored their seniors before their May 16 game.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: The Indian River High School soccer team honored their seniors before their May 16 game.The Indian River High School girls’ soccer team marked off the first checkbox on their “shortlist” last Tuesday, May 16, officially clinching their fifth consecutive Henlopen South division title with a 6-0 win over Woodbridge.

“The program’s only been building and getting stronger over the years,” said senior midfielder Maggie Ford of the accomplishment. “Losing all the seniors that we did last year, it just shows that, as we grow, we’ll always have new players coming up.”

The victory capped the regular season with a 14-1 record, earning them a ticket to face Henlopen North champion Caesar Rodney on Thursday, May 18, (after Coastal Point press time).

While it was Senior Night, it was sophomore forward Isabella Keith who got the scoring started in Tuesday’s matchup, putting the Indians up 1-0 on a ball from junior forward Zena Lowman in the fourth minute.

Welcome back to G-Mart!

Martin leaves IR lax legacy with 300th career point

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR senior midfielder George Martin winds up for one of his seven goals and three assists on May 10, leading to his 300th career point.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR senior midfielder George Martin winds up for one of his seven goals and three assists on May 10, leading to his 300th career point.“Alright, George — Go on out there and get it done.”

Those were the instructions for senior midfielder George Martin headed into the final quarter of the Indian River High School lacrosse team’s matchup against Lake Forest on Wednesday, May 10.

With the Indians up 16-2, Martin had already notched four goals and two assists through the game’s first three quarters, putting him at 296 points on his career and knocking on the door of becoming the first player at Indian River to ever reach 300 — a target he had been aiming for ever since stepping onto the field as a freshman.

Four years later, and with just four points left to go, the now-seasoned senior captain was ready to finally reach that mark.

IR boys’ lax still hoping for playoffs after 20-2 win over Lake

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR senior midfielder Andrew White goes up against a Lake Forest defender on May 10. White finished the game with three goals and four assists.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR senior midfielder Andrew White goes up against a Lake Forest defender on May 10. White finished the game with three goals and four assists.With the Henlopen South title and a bid to the DIAA state tournament currently out of their control, the Indian River High School boys’ lacrosse team was keeping their focus on the things that weren’t out of their control last Wednesday, May 10, taking care of business with a 20-2 win over Lake Forest.

Despite the lopsided final, it was actually the Spartans who struck first in that matchup, taking their only lead of the game shortly after the opening whistle.

The Indians wouldn’t trail for long, however, tying things up on the next possession with the first of three goals from senior midfielder Max Stong.

Senior midfielder Andrew White struck next, making it 2-1 with his first goal of what would end up a career-high in points on the night, finishing with three goals and four assists.

IR softball ready for playoffs after Senior Night win over Dover

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell:  From left, seniors Makenzie Collins, Sami Mumford and Madi McGee were honored before Tuesday’s Senior Night game.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: From left, seniors Makenzie Collins, Sami Mumford and Madi McGee were honored before Tuesday’s Senior Night game.It was their last home game at Indian River High School. Or maybe it wasn’t.

The Indian River High School softball team was still hoping for home-field advantage in the DIAA state tournament headed into their final game of the regular season against Caravel on Wednesday, May 17, (after Coastal Point press time), but still made sure to send their seniors out on a high note in their final home game of the regular season, with a 10-0 win over Dover on Tuesday, May 16.

“There were a lot of different emotions — happy, sad, mostly both. It was bittersweet,” said senior shortstop Makenzie Collins. “It lit a fire, knowing that this could be our last game playing on this field.”

“We had to get hype,” added senior LF Sami Mumford. “We knew it could be our last game on this field; hopefully, it’s not, but we all wanted to do our best.”

Undefeated… again!

SMS posts program-first second-straight undefeated season

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Selbyville Middle School’s Chloe Beam celebrates with teammates Sia Diakos and Izzy Binko after a goal during their May 10 8-0 win over Millsboro Middle School.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Selbyville Middle School’s Chloe Beam celebrates with teammates Sia Diakos and Izzy Binko after a goal during their May 10 8-0 win over Millsboro Middle School.They had been waiting for exactly 365 days.

The date was May 10, 2016, when the Selbyville Middle School girls’ soccer team closed out their match against rival Millsboro Middle School with a 2-2 tie — the only game of their entire 2016 schedule to not result in a mark in the win column during their 9-0-1 undefeated season.

Last Wednesday, after a long-awaited full calendar year, the date was May 10 once again when Indians went into their 2017 matchup against the Golden Knights, at 9-0 yet again, determined to come out with a second-straight undefeated season for the first-time in program history — this time with a perfect 10-0.

“Every time we passed the school, I just thought, ‘I can’t wait to play here,’” said SMS eighth-grader and forward Sia Diakos, who had made her way by the school plenty of times throughout the last calendar year, during trips to the nearby restaurant owned by her parents. “It made us want to play better. We just wanted to play our hardest every game.”

Smith, Pirates make first-ever AAC semi-finals appearance

Photo courtesy ECU Athletics: IR grad and current ECU junior shortstop Karlie Smith gets on deck during the American Athletic Conference championships.Photo courtesy ECU Athletics: IR grad and current ECU junior shortstop Karlie Smith gets on deck during the American Athletic Conference championships.While they may have seen their season come to an end after a 6-0 semi-final loss to No. 2 Houston on Thursday, May 11, Indian River High School graduate Karlie Smith and the East Carolina University softball team still closed out that season making ECU softball history.

The Pirates’ 4-2 quarter-final victory over No. 3 University of Central Florida on Wednesday, May 10, was their first-ever American Athletic Conference (AAC) championship win, resulting in their first-ever AAC semi-final appearance, against the Cougars the following day.

ECU entered the tournament as the No. 6 seed, rounding out the season with a 26-30 overall record and 5-13 record in the conference.

As for Smith, the former First-Team All-State selection for the Indians capped her junior campaign after starting all 56 games for the Pirates, tallying 31 hits, nine doubles, two homeruns, 13 RBIs and 17 runs in 2017.

Extra Points — May 19, 2017

Justin’s Beach House 5K registration open

Registration is open online for the annual Justin’s Beach House 5K run and 2-mile walk. The event, put on by Focus Multisports, is set to take place on Saturday, May 27, in downtown Bethany Beach, to help raise funds for the Justin Jennings Foundation.

Tournament pickleball picking up steam along the Pickleball Coast

The First State Pickleball Club’s Fourth Annual Beach Blast this coming weekend is expected to be a resounding success. This year, it will be played indoors at Dave Marshall’s Tennis & Fitness at the Plantations in Lewes.

Five young skateboarders offer a lesson

It doesn’t necessarily sound like the biggest news of the week, but there is great hope in what took place at the last Frankford Town Council meeting.

Five local boys, skateboards in hand, showed up at the council meeting and asked that the Town consider a place where people could ride their skateboards without interference or incurring wrath.

Teachers, secretaries change contracts to help IRSD

More than 900 IRSD staff impacted

Some Indian River School District staff won’t make as much money this year as they were originally entitled to. They’ve reduced their next three years of raises to help the district deal with budget shortfalls and impending state budget cuts.

Ocean View makes appointment to BOA

The Town of Ocean View had received a letter of resignation from Board of Adjustment Member James LeGates, who stated that he and his wife are planning to return to Pennsylvania.

Millville approves 2018 budget with $230,000 cushion

Selbyville is trying to finish building a drinking-water plant. South Bethany needs to micro-surface its roads. The Indian River School District can’t afford to hire enough teachers.

In Millville, the biggest 2018-fiscal-year budget debates were over fire department funding and guests at the holiday party.

Long Neck community looks for more police

Long Neck Strong group asks for help with safety

Residents of Long Neck want to keep their community safe and are taking steps to do so. A group of citizens attended the May 9 Sussex County Council meeting to speak to the council about their safety needs.

Frankford youth ask for help on skatepark

Five boys were skateboarding in the Frankford fire hall parking lot in the minutes before the Frankford Town Council’s meeting was to begin just down the street on May 1.

By the time the meeting began, the boys were seated in the back row of the council chambers, skateboards at their feet.

Bluegrass festival to celebrate music, swamplands

Coastal Point • Submitted: New & Spare Fools will be performing at the Baldcypress Bluegrass Festival on Saturday, May 20.Coastal Point • Submitted: New & Spare Fools will be performing at the Baldcypress Bluegrass Festival on Saturday, May 20.The Baldcypress Bluegrass Festival, set for Saturday, May 20, celebrates not only a classic American musical genre, but also arts and crafts, food and, of course, the Great Cypress Swamp itself.

The festival will once again be held on the Roman Fisher Farm, 24558 Cypress Road, near Frankford. The event is a fundraiser for Delaware Wild Lands, which owns and manages 10,500 acres of the Great Cypress Swamp, which is the largest forest on the Delmarva Peninsula.

This year’s lineup of bands promises to bring on some serious toe-tapping: The High & Wide, Flatland Drive, Free Range, Blue Crab Crossing and New & Spare Fools (featuring Mickey Justice and Todd Smith of Such Fools, Jon Simmons and Martin Wirtz of New & Used Bluegrass and Wes Parks of No Spare Time).

This year, for the first time, the festival will have a craft vendor area. Delaware Wild Lands spokesperson Wendy Scott said festival organizers have teamed up with the Dewey Artist Collaboration, a group of artists and craftspeople who have joined together to promote the artists’ community in the area, as well as the sale of their work.

Millville to get its own holiday lights, GMB to build park

Millville Town Manager Debbie Botchie sighed and said, quietly, “It’s been 12 long years.”

Botchie finally got her Christmas wish — of more than a decade — on Tuesday, May 9, when the Millville Town Council approved a contract for the purchase and installation of Christmas lights.

County discusses trash, illegal dump sites

Trash has been a topic of discussion for some time in Sussex County. Over the years, County Councilman Sam Wilson has voiced his upset with littering, and Councilman Rob Arlett recently focused on illegal dump sites.

At the May 9 council meeting, County Constable Ryan Stuart said one of the main responsibilities of his office is to handle property-maintenance complaints.

Selbyville asks for ‘yes’ votes on water referendum

Selbyville is in the homestretch for building a new water treatment system. But the Town needs the public’s help one more time to get the job done.

The Town must go to public referendum to secure $500,000 in what is essentially free money from the Delaware Drinking Water Revolving Fund. The vote will be held June 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Town Hall.

My rock continues to amaze and awe me

We can all sometimes feel like the world is ganging up on us all at once. To stay on this cliché train, I think it’s safe to suggest that, at some point in time, all of us have taken stock of the circumstances surrounding us, shaken our heads and muttered, “When it rains, it pours.”

Millsboro man, Niblett, wins $10,000 in Delaware lottery

Millsboro native George Niblett, 61, got a lesson in reinvestment this week when he went to Bodie’s Market in Millsboro on Saturday, May 6, to purchase a $10 Instant Game and his usual Play 3 and Play 4 day tickets from the Delaware Lottery.

Assault complaint in Dewey Beach leads to drug arrests

The Delaware State Police Sussex County Drug Unit this week arrested four people following an investigation into an assault complaint.

On Friday, May 5, police said, troopers were dispatched to an assault complaint at the Sea Esta Motel IV in Dewey Beach. Responding troopers made contact with two victims who both suffered facial injuries from an apparent assault, they reported.

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