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DEA to hold National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

The public can clean out their medicine cabinets this weekend and participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, on Saturday, Sept. 24, when they can drop off unwanted and unused prescription or over-the-counter medications at a number of area police agencies, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Collections are held twice a year and, according to the DEA, since Sept. 2010, nearly 4 million pounds of drugs have been collected nationally through the program.

County discusses FEMA’s freeboard requirement

The Sussex County Council this week received an update on the progress of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) flood ordinance.

The County participates in the National Flood Insurance Program, which requires the County to adhere to requirements of the federal government and, more specifically, FEMA.

“At this time, FEMA has required all municipalities throughout country that participate in NFIP to update their flood maps, as well as the regulations that govern construction within a flood zone,” said County Administrator Todd Lawson.

Millsboro’s Blue Water Grill reopens for business

After nearly six months of renovations, Millsboro’s Blue Water Grill will officially reopen its doors for business on Friday, Sept. 26, at 11:30 a.m.

The restaurant closed in March following an electrical fire that caused damage to the restaurants kitchen and ceiling.

“We did okay. Thank goodness we had insurance. We had coverage while we were closed. It was certainly not the same as sales, but it was a huge blessing,” said Jessica Wiggins, who owns the restaurant with her husband, Josh. “Six months was a long time to be closed.”

IRSD Adult Education program offers up fall courses

The Indian River School District’s Adult Education course offerings for Fall 2014 can now be viewed online at, officials announced this week.

Celebrating Haley’s amazing life on tap Sunday

The community is preparing to bid a heartfelt farewell to one of its favorite sons.

Matt Haley — restaurateur, philanthropist, speaker and basic humanitarian — passed away on Aug. 19 from injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident in India while performing some of his humanitarian efforts. His loss was a shock to many in our area, not only because he was only 53 years old, but also because of the enthisiasm and zest for life he exhibited nearly every moment of his life.

Diabolical geniuses just don’t exist all that much

One of the joys of watching crime dramas on television or in the movies is the cat-and-mouse game often played between a brilliant criminal and the detectives who eventually get out in front of the evil mastermind through a combination of hard work and a bit of cleverness of their own.

Storm of ’62 explored in new book

Local authors tell the story of the storm through vintage images

IRSD population soars, teachers frustrated with requirements

Nearly 10,000 students attend schools in the Indian River School District, and school officials aren’t done counting, since state funding is based on student populations on Sept. 30. At this point, the IRSD has 9,872 students — a number that will likely increase in the next week.

That’s already 437 students more than last year’s 9,435 students.

“That’s the state’s indication of how much money we are going to receive,” said Assistant Superintendent Mark Steele at the school board’s most recent meeting.

Because the State of Delaware funds a certain number of staff based on unit count, IRSD is currently understaffed, until that additional funding arrives for about 30 more positions.

Hospice patient’s deep-sea last wish now coming true

Outside of Pittsburgh, Pa., a hospice patient had one last wish: to go deep-sea fishing one last time.

Only 50 years old and battling liver cancer, William Sowa of Sutersville, Pa., will live the dream on Sept. 27, when Unity, A Journey of Hope, brings his family to the Quiet Resort for a relaxing weekend and deep-sea adventure.

Frankford man to be honored for volunteer efforts

Nearly two dozen individuals and groups will be honored with the 2014 Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Award on Oct. 14 at Dover Downs, including a Frankford man. The people and organizations participate in such diverse activities as educating others about the environment, advocating for causes close to their hearts and raising thousands of dollars for community organizations.

Sussex County sponsoring election contest

Sussex County students can earn a lesson in politics — and pocket a little cash for their education — this election season, as the County is once again is sponsoring its Election Year Scholarship Contest for local students. As in elections past, students will be asked to predict which candidates will win office in the 2014 general election, set for Nov. 4.

Delmarva Bottle Club to hold show and sale

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert  : A few of Ed Detwiler’s antique bottles he keeps in his private collection.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert : A few of Ed Detwiler’s antique bottles he keeps in his private collection.“Everybody collects something,” said Ed Detwiler, treasurer of the Delmarva Antique Bottle Club.

Detwiler has been collecting antique glass bottles since he was young, growing up in Pennsylvania.

“We lived right by the gardens. My dad grew up there and I grew up there,” said Detwiler’s wife, Joyce, who is also a collector. “We would go out sometimes in the fields and in the woods and we’d dig them up.”

The Detwilers now have a beautiful collection of glass, with Ed collecting mostly Warner’s Safe bottles, although he also has bitter bottles, poison bottles and more.

“People collect all different things. I collect Warner’s Safe. Other people maybe collect Delaware sodas, Delaware medicines, tri-state medicines,” he said.

This weekend, fellow antique bottle lovers have the opportunity to attend the club’s antique bottle show and sale at American Legion Post #28.

Delaware Botanic Gardens announces lecture season

The president and board of directors of the Delaware Botanic Gardens (DBG) at Pepper Creek reported this week that they are making solid headway in attempting to make the DBG a reality “on the ground” by 2016.

Millsboro senior center to host second annual health fair on Oct. 2

With flu season approaching, the Indian River Senior Center and Delaware Hospice want everyone to be prepared, so free flu shots, blood pressure tests and other health screenings will available in Millsboro at the second Annual Community Health Fair on Thursday, Oct. 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Healthy Living: What’s causing that pain in your neck?

We’ve all heard so many of those old jokes. A man tells his doctor, “Doctor, whenever I turn my neck, it hurts.” The doctor replies, “Then don’t turn your neck.”

It’s hard to decide whether to cringe or laugh. The reality is that neck pain is no laughing matter. It can be a sign of some serious problems, and even lesser issues require attention or they can become more serious. If you or someone you know is having a problem with neck pain, you need to understand some of the common potential causes, the symptoms and what can be done to get relief.

Civil War Profiles: Arlington House: A memorial to R.E. Lee

The trauma of the oncoming Civil War caused Southerners in active military service to the United States to make, in many cases, a heart-wrenching decision: To honor their oath of allegiance to their country, or join the rebellion and pledge loyalty to their home state.

At Arlington House in Virginia, sitting on a knoll overlooking the Potomac River with a magnificent view of the capital city of Washington, a high-ranking military officer faced the decision of a lifetime.

Newly-elected President Abraham Lincoln, through an intermediary, had offered Col. Robert E. Lee command of his entire army, if he would remain loyal to the United States. After spending the night pacing the floor of his bedroom, Lee concluded he could not raise his sword against Virginia nor his family; therefore, he tendered his resignation.

Tripple Overtime: The un-perfect storm

It was the perfect storm... Wait — let me finish. It was the perfect storm that led to me to missing out on the perfect storm.

New look Lady Indians cashing in wins

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell  : Sophomore defender Maggie Ford fights for a loose ball against Smyrna last Thursday.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : Sophomore defender Maggie Ford fights for a loose ball against Smyrna last Thursday.Prior to this season, the Indian River High School field hockey team had only managed three wins since 2011. But through just six games in 2014, they already have two notches in the win column, and they nearly managed two more, in a one-goal game against Smyrna that went down to the wire last week and a tie at Caesar Rodney on Tuesday.

“We’re right there this year. We just need to fine-tune [and] capitalize on some key opportunities,” said second-year head coach Jodi Stone. “We weren’t at that point last year, but we are this year.”

Smyrna 1, Indian River 0

After a 6-0 shutout of district-rival Sussex Central, the girls looked to follow with another win against Smyrna last Thursday, Sept. 18, but ultimately fell short in an evenly matched game that went down to the final minutes.

Indians make South statement with 3-1 win at Milford

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell  : Edgar Perez lofts a shot over the Milford keeper for a score in last Thursday's Southern Division win.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : Edgar Perez lofts a shot over the Milford keeper for a score in last Thursday's Southern Division win.After finally getting through a difficult stretch of schedule, the Indian River soccer team went into last Thursday night’s matchup at Milford looking to get back to the .500 mark and take their second division win of the season.

They would have to do so without two of their captains, however, with senior forward Luis Cruz out for the game with a minor injury and sophomore midfielder Mac Smith not permitted to play after a red card against Georgetown Prep.

Without two of his key players, head coach Steve Kilby would look to captain and senior midfielder Danny Garza and freshman midfielder Edgardo “Gardo” Velasquez to run the offense.

“We had to make sure that we could lock down the midfield and still defend and counter from there, and with Danny Garza next to Gardo they did a nice job,” explained Kilby. “The idea was to play quickly and get forward, and they did a good job helping us do that.”

Milford was coming off a 3-0 win at Lake Forest and was also looking to start 2-0 in the South.

Lady Indians make a splash in third match thriller vs. Lake

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark  : Junior opposite hitter Kaya Ziskay digs out a Lake Forest shot in the Lady Indians’­­­­ 3-0 win last Tuesday. Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Junior opposite hitter Kaya Ziskay digs out a Lake Forest shot in the Lady Indians’­­­­ 3-0 win last Tuesday. The Indian River High School girls’ volleyball team had yet to find the win column after starting the season with a stretch of non-conference games — but they turned things around at the right time, when Lake Forest came to town last Tuesday for both teams’ first divisional matchup.

According to second-year head coach Jay Clark, his squad looked completely revamped during their 3-0 sweep of the Lady Spartans, which saw the third match go down to the wire, to finally end 27-25.

“They were covering for each other. They weren’t getting down. They were just continuing to play good volleyball,” Clark explained after the win. “That’s the big difference between this match and most of our [matches] earlier this season.”

Indians to start South stretch at Milford after loss to Cape

After a 43-7 loss to Cape Henlopen last Friday night, the Indian River High School football team finds themselves where they never expected to be: below the .500 mark.

Bethany Beach First Responders Triathlon-Duathlon

The Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company & First Responders held their annual Triathlon-Duathlon-Aquabike event in Bethany Beach on Sunday, Sept. 21.

Below are the reace results and awards as supplied by the events staff.

County officials ask citizens to ‘be smart about safety’

Sussex County launched Smart911 last week, an online service allowing any Sussex County resident the opportunity to create a safety profile for their household.

OV discusses possible fixes for Woodland Avenue extended

After receiving concerned correspondence from residents, the Town of Ocean View held a workshop in order to discuss possible solutions to safety concerns.

County council discusses Capital Transportation, byway

The Sussex County Council was given an overview of the Sussex County 2016-2021 Capital Transportation Program Request earlier this week.

Be prepared for anything at Millville safety and health fair

Where should pets go during a storm evacuation? How can you treat substance abuse? What happens in search-and-rescue? What’s your own cholesterol level?

The answers to many health and safety questions can be found in Millville Town Hall on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Lifelong Learning available at Ocean View Town Hall

If you are 50 years of age or older, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Delaware invites you to continue your education, while meeting other community members with similar interests.

Millville okays MBTS’s Lakeside site plan, celebrates donations

With some old details ironed out, Millville Town Council approved the revised final site plan application for Millville by the Sea’s Lakeside Village neighborhood of 45 single-family lots. The original 70 quad-plexes were nixed for space constraints.

The revised trail, bridge and rest area also fit engineering concerns as developers await the wetlands permit for building.

Country Festival to rock Millsboro this weekend

Coastal Point • File Photos : Left, Jimmy’s Grill participates in the bed races at last year’s event. Bottom right, Joshua Johnson competes in the ‘Redneck Challenge’ of throwing remote controls.Coastal Point • File Photos : Left, Jimmy’s Grill participates in the bed races at last year’s event. Bottom right, Joshua Johnson competes in the ‘Redneck Challenge’ of throwing remote controls.Good food, great music, fun games and more can all be found in Millsboro this weekend.

The Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce will hold the second annual Millsboro Country Festival on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Held entirely at the Millsboro Little League Complex, attendees may enjoy a day filled with tasty food, crafts, a beer garden and more. All-day tickets for adults cost $5 and children ages 12 and under may attend for free.

Music lovers should bring their lawn chairs and set up for a day of great music. Starting at 11 a.m., Flatland Drive will perform, followed by Brady J at 12:30 p.m. Dirt Road Outlawz will take the stage at 4 p.m., followed by the Bo Dickerson Band. The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band will close out the evening, starting at 7:30 p.m.

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