Civil War documentation, such as letters, diaries and memoirs, frequently surface after being forgotten over the past 150 years in trunks, attics and official archives. Such is the case for the collection Peter Wellington Alexander produced during his career as a newspaper correspondent.
A 34-year-old man was severely injured in a minor chemical explosion at Mountaire poultry processing plant in Selbyville earlier this month.
According to officials, in the early morning of Thursday, Feb. 9, a Mountaire employee suffered facial trauma and chemical burns when he accidently mixed two cleaning chemicals that caused an explosive reaction.
Grade-school memories follow people through life, for better or worse. And, although the old Richard Allen School was born of segregation, people are being inspired today to transform it into a community and cultural center in Georgetown.
“When Richard Allen opened its door [in the 1920s], it was a beacon of hope for African-Americans living in Sussex County,” according to the Richard Allen Coalition. “When it reopens next year, it will welcome all of us who want to learn about the past while helping our youth explore their talents and prepare for a wonderful future.”
The non-profit Richard Allen Coalition wants to restore the school’s legacy as an educational and community center. Physically, the old building won’t just become a museum to freeze history, but a community center to breathe life into the town.
(If you like local sports, local kids being able to learn stuff/do things)
Calling all tennis players. Calling all golfers ready for shotgun starts. Calling all shuffle-board players, 5K runners, jazzercise jazzers, yoga’ed-out yogis, grayed-out barrel-riders, cast-out fish-finders, and even calling all 65-year-old hockey players still carving rink with the best of them (if any of them actually happen to exist, aside from Selbyville’s Lee Stanley). Most definitely calling Vaughn Baker, the First State Pickleball Club and pickleball players everywhere.
Indians headed to playoffs
They call him “The Fixer.” Mostly because that’s what B.J. Joseph does.
In fact, ever since leading Cape Henlopen High School to a state title as a player in 1976 and capping his collegiate career at Wilmington College, that’s what B.J. Joseph has always done — taken down-on-their luck programs, such as Milford and Laurel, from playoff-plagued to playoff-perennial.
Now in his second year as the head coach at Indian River High School, Joseph is at it again, recently earning his 200th career win and getting ready to take the Indians to the state tournament after inheriting a senior-depleted roster in 2016.
“It just means you’ve been around for a little while,” Joseph said of the milestone, with a laugh. “When you start off taking over a program that’s down, it’s tough to build it back up, but I think we’re finally turning things around here.”
He may be just a freshman, but that doesn’t mean that Indian River High School 106-pounder Will Rayne wrestles like one.
Coming off an undefeated season at Selbyville Middle School, Rayne took the mats for the Indians earlier this season and immediately started racking up the wins, eventually finishing with a perfect 16-0 record during dual-meets and 33-4 record overall, earning himself the No. 2 seed at the Henlopen Conference championships this past weekend.
That’s where, on Saturday, Feb. 17, in front of a packed house at Sussex Central in Georgetown, Rayne would advance all the way to the 106 finals before taking down No. 1 seed Mike Primo from Caesar Rodney, 9-2, for the Henlopen Conference title.
Marcozzi sets new school record for career wins
It was, without question, one of the main events. If not the main event, even.
After getting the Henlopen Conference wrestling finals started with the 195-pound bracket, seniors Lucas Hudson and Zeke Marcozzi had to wait 13 long championship bouts before getting to the 182-pound title match at Sussex Central High School on Saturday, Feb. 19.
And so did the crowd.
With Marcozzi entering the tournament as the No. 1 seed for Indian River and Hudson as the No. 2 seed for Central, the highly-anticipated matchup would eventually give fans their money’s worth, and then some, as the longtime rival wrestlers from longtime rival schools finally took the mats and Hudson finally took the championship title, in a hard-fought 8-5 decision, for the tournament’s grand finale.
IR boys' hoops finishes 12-8, ready for playoffs
After capping the regular season with a 12-8 record, the Indian River High School boys’ basketball team is looking primed to return to the DIAA state tournament for the first time since the 2013-2014 season.
Indians say goodbye to Ford, McGee
Headed into the season, the goal for second-year head coach Donna Polk and the Indian River High School girls’ basketball team was simple: Be better than they were last year.
Even after dropping their last game of the season 38-20 to Laurel on Thursday, Feb. 16, that was still a goal that the Indians would accomplish, doubling their win total from 2015-2016 and finishing 10-10 — their best record since 2013.
“We’ve definitely improved. We’re getting better,” said Polk. “This year, I thought we started off really well, with them understanding the expectations a little bit more.”
After going back and forth with the Bulldogs during the first half of last Thursday’s game and eventually trailing 20-16 headed into the break, the Indians would struggle with the scoring in half No. 2.
Bethany officer wins top award for rescue of drowning boy
Numerous emergency-services personnel were recognized for their contribution to the community last week at the Joshua M. Freeman Valor Awards.
Atlantic Avenue is one of Bethany Beach’s most-used streets. In fact, the town’s easternmost north-south street tops all roadways in the state for pedestrian traffic density during the busy summer season.
The Frankford Town Council at a special meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 14, approved a settlement with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control that centers on the Town adding fluoride to its water supply.
The Bethany Beach Town Council at its Feb. 13 council workshop reviewed the most recent draft of the Town’s budget for the 2018 fiscal year. A public hearing on the budget is planned in March.
Finance Director Janet Connery said the draft calls for $9.4 million overall, with $7.7 million of that in operating costs, $600,000 for capital projects and $488,000 for debt repayment.
Across Delaware, public recycling services are significantly improving in some areas, but people may have to drive farther to get there.
In lieu of following up on a recommendation to buy a new town trolley, Bethany Beach staff are now recommending the Town move back to a single, longer trolley route. That could save the Town around $360,000 — the $400,000 cost of a new trolley, minus the trade-in value of one of the existing three trolleys.
As an NFL quarterback, Tim Tebow makes for a fantastic humanitarian.
Reader supports Steele, referendum
Since the inauguration of Donald John Trump as the 45th president of the United States on Jan. 20, members of the opposition have endeavored to cast him in an unfavorable light. The typical “honeymoon” period for a new president has been short-lived, if it existed at all.
The Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission no longer has a vacancy, as Kim Hoey Stevenson will fill the seat formerly held by current Sussex County Councilman I.G. Burton III.
Stevenson, who currently serves as the communications director for the Delaware Senate Republican Caucus, as well as a freelance writer, was publically interviewed by the Sussex County Council on Feb. 14.
Lord Baltimore Elementary School students were able to do something a little unorthodox last week, as students were able to duct tape Assistant Principal Matthew Keller to a wall.
The students had participated in “Penny Wars” for two weeks to help raise funds for a new school sign.
“We had the grade levels compete against each other to bring in change — pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters. Some students even brought in bills,” said Jennifer Lovellette, president of the school’s PTO. “Each cent was worth one point... The grade level that brought in the most money won the Penny Wars.”
The students raised a little more than $2,800, which Lovellette said was likely driven by the prize the winning grade would receive.
“They were able to duct tape the assistant principal, Mr. Keller, to the wall, which was fantastic.”
The first grade won the Penny Wars, and Keller, being a good sport, spent his afternoon taped to a wall.
“It was such a great event,” said Lovellette. “He was taped to a wall in the cafeteria. We had mats stacked up, so he was able to stand on the mats and then the PTO officers started by putting a couple of larger pieces of tape around him, just to start it, just to make sure he was secure to the wall. We had fun, different duct tapes — Gummie Bears, Minions — cut into pieces.
Last weekend, guys and gals walked the red carpet while paparazzi flashbulbs popped. It wasn’t the Academy Awards, but it was certainly a night to shine at the Ocean View Church of Christ.
Night to Shine is a program that is sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, to provide an “unforgettable prom-night experience, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs ages 14 and older.”
“The church always talks about the sanctity of life, which simply means we value all life,” said the Rev. Gregg Wilgus of the Ocean View Church of Christ. “More times than not [those with special needs] are left out. It’s just meant to show those with special needs that they are loved and cared for as well.
“The truth of it is, it’s for anyone who is mentally or physically handicapped. We have 14-year-old registered, and we have a 60-year-old registered. Most of them are in their late 20s and early 30s.”
About 200 people gathered on The Circle in Georgetown on Sunday, Feb. 12, to participate in a rally and march sponsored by the Progressive Democrats of Sussex County and the Sussex County Democratic Party, with the theme “We Shall Not Be Silenced.”
The rally was in response to the silencing of U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) during the proceedings leading up to the vote on Jeff Sessions’ nomination for U.S. Attorney General. Warren had begun to read a letter written by Coretta Scott King, widow of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., when she was ordered to stop by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who claimed she was in violation of a Senate rule known as Rule 19, which prohibits senators from “impugning” the integrity of their colleagues on the floor of the Senate.
Joanne Cabry of the Progressive Democrats of Sussex County and Sussex County Democratic Party Chair Jane Hovington led a rally that included the reading of Scott King’s letter, in which she explained why she opposed the nomination of Sessions as a federal judge. Five women took turns reading sections of the 1986 letter, which was prohibited from being read on the Senate floor during those proceedings 30 years ago, as well.
Hovington told the crowd that the rally and march were meant to “put Mitch McConnell on notice that we will not be silenced. We will not be intimidated and we will not be frightened,” she said. “We will remember, and we will resist.”
Starting when we are children, we learn that food tastes good. We start to explore different tastes and textures, soon learning there are foods we prefer. However, as we get older, we become more and more busy. This busyness in our lives can mean a rushed 10-minute lunch at our desk or on the road in our car. It certainly does not give us time to explore our food.
Tripple Overtime: Indians, Golden Knights unified by Unified (The definitive Josh Timmons interview Pt. II)
For basketball fans, or even for fans of just, like, general humanity, it was very exciting. It was very, very exciting.
The Indian River High School girls’ basketball team is hoping to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2011, after the Indians clinched their 10th win of the season.
After a 53-27 loss to Sussex Central on Thursday, Feb. 7, the Indians bounced back with a 74-7 win over Delaware Design-Lab High School on Saturday, Feb. 11, and a 35-24 win over Maryland’s Salisbury School on Monday, Feb. 13.
Sophomore center Julia Jordan put together her fourth double-double of the season in Saturday’s game against Design-Lab, finishing the game with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while senior guard Madi McGee racked up a career-high 15 points and freshman guard Yolanda Wise added a career-high 13 points.
Marcozzi ties Magaha’s record
The Indian River High School wrestling team was ready to bring home the school’s first state title on the mats when they got to state duals at Smyrna High School on Tuesday, Feb. 14.
Instead, they’d see Milford bring home that school’s second in a row, as the Bucs came back from a 15-point deficit to take down the Indians 34-40.
After a back-and-fourth bout at states and 16-3 season, however, IR head coach Jeff Windish was far from discouraged with his state-finalist squad as they geared up for individual conference and state championships.
“We left it all out there. I don’t think anybody had anything left to give and, as a coach, that’s what you want to see,” said Windish.
Bratton selected as Blue-Gold All-Star
In front of a packed house last Thursday, Feb. 9, the Indian River High School basketball team earned a 64-57 win over district rival Sussex Central, in the process bettering their chances of returning to the DIAA state tournament for the first time since the 2013-2014 season.
“They’re starting to buy into the process. They’re buying into it, and it’s working,” said IR head coach B.J. Joseph, who took over the squad last season. “We just have to keep getting wins, taking one game at a time.”
The Indians started off hot in that game when senior forward Isaiah “Izzy” Bratton won the tip-off and sent a dart down to sophomore forward Jamier Felton, who finished the chance and put his squad up 2-0 in the game’s opening seconds.
Going up against some of the state’s stop talent at the Henlopen Conference championships on Saturday, Feb. 11, the Indian River High School swim team rose to the challenge, with a slew of swimmers taking the podium and setting new personal records in the process.
Among the top individual performances was IR senior Lindsey Grow taking second with a time of 1:05.88 and senior McKenna Burke taking third with a time of 1:07.68 in the 100-yard butterfly.
Both times were personal bests for the senior co-captains, earning both Grow and Burke top spots on the podium, along with Cape Henlopen senior Amelia Nigh-Johnson and her first-place time of 1:00.78.
“It was great to be up on the podium together. That was awesome,” said Burke after receiving her medal. “We were pushing each other in our heat.”
The Selbyville Middle School track-and-field team is about to get a whole lot of experience. More than 40 years of experience, to be almost exact.