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County approves one rezoning request, defers on another

The Sussex County Council this week approved a change-of-zone request for a Route 17 property but deferred their decision on a request for a change of zoning on a Bayard property.

Both applications had been recommended for approval by the Planning & Zoning Commission at their Jan. 11 meeting on 4-0 votes.

Ocean View Historical Society to host pair of public lectures

The Ocean View Historical Society has a history of wanting to educate locals and visitors alike on the history of Ocean View and its surrounding areas.

Church of Christ looks to create a ‘Night to Shine’

For the second year in a row, the Ocean View Church of Christ will be joining more than 540 churches in 50 U.S. states and 16 countries across the world in hosting a Night to Shine.

Frankford firefighters dishing up oysters and roast beef this Saturday

This weekend, the members of the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company will be “all hands on deck” for the company’s eighth annual Bull & Oyster Roast. The company’s biggest fundraiser of the year, its success depends on “companywide” effort, according to Deputy Fire Chief Tommy Bacon.

Former CNN correspondent discusses ‘The Press & the People’

Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Ralph Begleiter talks to the crowd at Dickens Parlour Theatre on Thursday, Jan. 25.Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Ralph Begleiter talks to the crowd at Dickens Parlour Theatre on Thursday, Jan. 25.Former CNN world-affairs correspondent Ralph Begleiter didn’t think his talk on “The Press & the People” would draw much of an audience.

It has, however, been quite a year for the press… and the people.

The 60-seat Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville was full when Begleiter, who also taught journalism at the University of Delaware until 2015, took the stage. According to organizers, 100 people were on a waiting list for the program.

During his talk — part of a lecture series titled “The Inside Story” — Begleiter outlined changes in all types of media, including the “newer” forms, such as social media and digital news.

Editorial — 'Night to Shine' is an event that truly does shines

‘Night to Shine’ is an event that truly does shine

The Ocean View Church of Christ participated in the Tim Tebow Foundation’s “Night to Shine” event last year, joining with more than 540 churches around the world to celebrate 90,000 honored guests, with the support of 175,000 volunteers.

Civil War Profiles — A Civil War trip of a lifetime: Part 4

As the quest for learning about the struggle that took place between Northern and Southern forces in the area of the Mississippi River continued, the travelers left Springfield, Ill., drove about 100 miles, and crossed “The Father of Waters” to Hannibal, Mo. This was the birthplace of Samuel Clemens — better known in the literary world as Mark Twain.

Emma sells sea slime by the seashore

Lovellette donates half of profits to local schools

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: If you keep it moving, sea slime isn’t really that sticky, said creator and entrepreneur Emma Lovellette, 10.­Coastal Point • Laura Walter: If you keep it moving, sea slime isn’t really that sticky, said creator and entrepreneur Emma Lovellette, 10.­To watch Emma Lovellette expertly mix ingredients in her kitchen, you’d think she’s always loved chemistry projects, or maybe baking.

But no.

“For me, it began with slime,” she says.

The 10-year-old whips up batches of homemade slime, which she sells from her own Etsy business, Under the Sea Slime by Em.

“It’s been really popular, and its’s also really satisfying sometimes,” she said, describing the relaxing sensation of kneading slime on the countertop.

It all began a year ago, when Emma attended a slime-themed birthday party. She was hooked. When she wouldn’t stop experimenting, her parents said, ‘You need to … find a reason to do this in the house.’ So she started a business and began selling her own slime in autumn.

Inspired by her beachy habitat, she kept it simple in perfecting the first few scents, including the dark, glittering raspberry of “Midnight Moon” and the scratchy, tan “Sandy Beach,” complete with sand from Ocean City, Md.

Her favorite is “Mermaid Pearl,” with a birthday-cake scent and foamy texture. (“The foam beads in it make it crunch,” she said.)

IR girls come up short against Wildcats at home

Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: Forward Braydee Whitman goes up for two against Cape Henlopen on Thursday, Jan. 25.Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: Forward Braydee Whitman goes up for two against Cape Henlopen on Thursday, Jan. 25.Last week was a tough one for the Indian River High School girls’ varsity basketball team. On Tuesday, Jan. 23, the Indians lost a one-point home heartbreaker to the Wildcats of Woodbridge High School. Then they traveled to Lewes on Thursday, Jan. 25, and were clobbered by Division I Vikings of Cape Henlopen High School.

Tuesday’s game was tied eight times before the Indians lost 50-49. Despite the loss, senior guard Kealey Allison paced the Indians with 15 points. Junior center Julia Jordan had a stellar night. She scored 14 points, earned her first double-double of the season, pulled down 15 rebounds and was two blocks shy of producing a triple-double, with eight blocks. Senior guard Fabrea’ McCray added 14 points for IR.

“It was a very intense game, exciting to watch,” said a visibly disappointed IR head coach Donna Polk. “Making the foul shots, and this would have been a different story. The girls played well.”

At the end of the first eight minutes of Tuesday’s game, IR led 10-9. The Wildcats surged ahead in the second eight minutes, out-shooting IR 15-9 for a 24-19 halftime lead. IR took the third period 13-8. The intensity heated up in the final period, with Woodbridge sinking 18 points to IR’s 17.

Indians girls lose to Cape in basketball doubleheader

Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: IR center Julia Jordan gets a pass off against Cape Henlopen.Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: IR center Julia Jordan gets a pass off against Cape Henlopen.Indian River High School’s varsity basketball teams traveled to Lewes last Thursday, Jan. 25, for a doubleheader against Cape Henlopen High School’s Vikings. It was a double disappointment for the IR teams, as they both lost. The girls played first, with IR losing to the Vikings, 51-35.

Cape commanded the game from the start, leading the first eight minutes 17-6. The Vikings shot for 13 points in the second period and held IR to five points, taking a 30-11 lead into the locker room at midway.

When they returned to the floor for the second half, the revived up Indians played their best quarter, outshooting the Vikings 16-11. But going down the final stretch, the Viking offense expanded the gap with a 10-to-8 final-period, to take the game 51-35.

“We started out flat and then came out with a lot of energy, and we just weren’t able to catch up in the second half,” said IR head coach Donna Polk.

IR boys hold their own in loss to powerhouse Cape

Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: IR’s Jamier Felton shovels a pass to a teammate against Cape on Thursday, Jan. 25.Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: IR’s Jamier Felton shovels a pass to a teammate against Cape on Thursday, Jan. 25.After watching their varsity girls’ team get beaten by Cape Henlopen High School’s Vikings on Jan. 25, it was the Indian River boys’ team’s turn to take to the Viking court and face the District I title contenders in a makeup game from earlier in the month.

IR opened with a brief two-point lead before the Vikings produced a seven-point run on the Indians with 6:47 minutes remaining in the first period. IR’s offense fought back in the period’s final seconds, but fell to a score of 13-12 at the first buzzer. IR’s offense bucketed 17 points to Cape’s 16 in the second period, as the teams went to their halftime locker rooms tied at 29-all.

In the third quarter, IR posted 21 points on the board, while Cape collected 10. Cape dropped to 50-39 heading into the final period, but the Viking offense put the game away in the final eight minutes, outscoring IR 26-6 to win the game, 65-56.

“That’s the No. 1 team, they say, in the state right now, and we were with them all day. And then we sort of wilted at the end there, a little bit. It was just a good learning experience,” said IR head coach B.J. Joseph.

Busy week for Indian River wrestlers

Special to the Coastal Point • Susan Walls: Brock Wingate works on breaking free from his opponent.Special to the Coastal Point • Susan Walls: Brock Wingate works on breaking free from his opponent.Last week was a busy week for Indian River High School wrestlers. On Wednesday, Jan. 24, they hosted a quad-meet, inviting teams from Delmar High School, Nandua High School from Virginia and Seaford High School. Indians wrestlers swept the event, defeating all three invited schools.

IR beat Delmar’s Wildcats 59-13. In that match, Indians wrestlers earned five pins, two decisions and a forfeit. Indian Aaron King won the closest decision of the night in a long, tough bout, narrowly defeating Wildcat Tyler Wright 11-10 in the 145-pound class.

After catching his breath, King, a 16-year-old sophomore from Frankford, said, “It was tough. I just wanted to come out and be aggressive. It was a lot of defense. I was a little nervous when he turned me and stuff, but I just kept my composure and tried to stay aggressive. We practiced real hard, so we’re all in shape and we keep pushing.”

Sophomores Ta’Jon Knight and Zachary Schultz led the way for IR. Knight pinned three opponents, while Schultz had two pins for the night, along with a 7-6 decision.

Pickleball Points: Caveat emptor

I finally have to speak my mind about some of the ridiculous commentary about pickleball paddles on social media.

IRHS boys want volleyball

Volleyball for all! That’s what some students, parents and staff at Indian River High School are asking, as on Jan. 22, a group of boys and adults asked the Indian River School District’s Board of Education to allow creation of an IRHS boys’ volleyball team.

Mountaire denies responsibility for nitrates in well water

Company may pay for deeper wells to be dug

Mountaire Farms representatives told concerned residents who filled the Indian River Senior Center on Wednesday, Jan. 17, that the company is not responsible for high levels of nitrates in wells next to areas where Mountaire has sprayed wastewater from its Millsboro facilities.

ACLU sues State over education funding inequality

IRSD sees problems

The NAACP of Delaware and Delawareans for Educational Opportunity recently filed a lawsuit alleging that the State has not allocated education resources fairly, so disadvantaged students aren’t receiving the services they need.

County council votes to pursue MOU for sports complex

After months of discussion, the Sussex County Council voted earlier this week, 3-2, to approve a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Sussex Sports Complex Foundation, to loan the organization funding for construction of the facility in Georgetown.

Winter Birding Weekend offers trips, more

Birds, it turns out, figured out long before humans that winter is a great time to be at the beach. This weekend, humans can hang out with hooded mergansers, brown-headed nuthatches, wood ducks, harlequin ducks, eiders, purple sandpipers, falcons and what Delmarva Birding Weekend organizers call the “snowy trifecta” that is within reach of birding enthusiasts on the peninsula this winter.

IRSD board decides to hire assistant superintendent

District preps for board member appointment and elections

Everyone in the Indian River School District was forced to make cuts this year due to state budget cuts, and even the administration has been working with a skeleton crew. But that’s about to change, as a position for district assistant superintendent will now be reopened.

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


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.

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