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Feds deny seismic testing permits for Atlantic Ocean

It’s Part Two in a major victory for those concerned about the impact of fossil fuel exploration on a clean, healthy Atlantic Ocean. Seismic testing has been banned in the U.S.’s Atlantic Ocean waters, for now.

Selbyville fair is ‘Just for the Health of It!’

Let’s get this new year started right!

That’s the message behind Selbyville Public Library’s upcoming health fair, Just for the Health of It! Scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 14, the event will run like an open house or trade fair. The public can come and go, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Frankford Town Council discusses move, audit, drugs

Frankford officials are hoping to move all Town offices into the nearby former J.P. Court building at the beginning of March.

At its regular monthly meeting on Jan. 9, the Frankford Town Council said the move would be relatively inexpensive, as there is minimal work to be done and the building is “really set up well.” If the Town cannot move in by March 1, they hope to do so by April 1.

County introduces ordinance to update drainage, roads

At its Jan. 10 council meeting, the Sussex County Council introduced an ordinance amendment related to drainage, road standards, project closeouts, project bonding and clarification of fees.

Assistant Sussex County Attorney Vince Robertson told council that the proposed ordinance has been in the works for a number of years.

Millville council votes to increase state police coverage

Local crime maps show uptick in incidents

Although summer is the busy season for the area, it appears that local crime increased this past autumn. As a result, police coverage will also increase in Millville. The town council voted this week to hire Delaware State Police troopers for up to 20 hours per week.

Fluoride, plowing and towing up for discussion in Selbyville

Parents be aware: Fluoride is not currently being added to Selbyville town water. The Town was given an exemption until their new water plant comes online.

Typically, local water plants must add fluoride as a public service to help strengthen children’s teeth. Families without fluoridated water may wish to discuss fluoride tablets with their children’s dentist.

Sussex Countians preparing to join Women’s March

On the new presidential administration’s first full day in Washington, D.C., thousands of women, men and children will be descending on the nation’s capital to march in support of equality and women’s rights.

The national website for the Women’s March on Washington explains the event’s mission as a way to “stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health and our families — recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.”

It was born out of an election-night Facebook post that “went viral” overnight, and Angela Anacay, the state leader for the march’s Delaware chapter, credited the momentum to the original poster — a grandmother named Teresa Shook.

Agenda – January 13, 2016

Bethany Beach

• The Charter & Ordinance Review Committee meeting set for Jan. 9 was canceled.

• Bethany Beach Town Hall will be closed on Monday, Jan. 16, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Coastal towns find strength in numbers

In coastal Delaware, it’s time to ACT up.

Perhaps a decade has passed since the coastal towns came together in an official alliance. But the Association of Coastal Towns (ACT) is re-forming, with Bethany Beach, South Bethany and Fenwick Island already in on the ACT.

Is there anything at all that we can agree on?

Judging by the responses by people on my social media feeds Tuesday night, President Barack Obama’s “farewell” speech that evening was either, (a) a reminder that Obama and his family have been wonderful representatives of all that is good in the world, and champions of hope for the future, or, (b) Obama is a foreign-born agent of terrorists who has been diseasing our nation from the inside since the day the doctor smacked his backside.

Guest Column – ACE director talks homelessness in 2017 Delaware

Every day in Southern Delaware, I work in the trenches and on the front lines of poverty, fear, homelessness, loneliness, isolation, addiction and mental illness.

Letters to the Editor — January 13, 2016

Reader wants to see changes in IRSD

Editor:

President-elect Donald Trump has nominated a new Secretary of Education, Betsy Devos. What does she know about the public education system? The question has been raised “if she has ever stepped inside a public school.”

Birding weekend for all nature lovers

Monthly birding events highlight area wildlife

For the people who love hearing a great horned owl hoot eerily at dusk, or watching a great blue heron chow down on an unlucky fish: Humans and birds are flying toward the Delmarva Peninsula for the same reason — the winter migration.

Civil War Profiles – ‘You’re in the Army Now,’ Mr. Locke

Eufaula, Ala., native William Herrod Locke wrote his wife from Fort Barrancus near Pensacola, Fla., on May 10, 1861, that he anticipated combat against Federal troops would soon begin. Locke was a member of a militia unit the Eufaula Minute Men.

Tripple Overtime: Cubs visiting White House for Obama’s last week

(And other presidents who did stuff like that)

I remember the last week of school: Getting to use your “senior privileges” to go off-campus for lunch instead of having to stomach whatever Miss Debbie was serving up in the cafeteria that day. Getting to watch the movie “Boiler Room” in economics class instead of having to learn about, like, actual economics. The way how, for the first time in all your 18 years of being a person, it was cool to just do nothing for once.

Home-pool advantage?

Indians, Golden Knights go wall-to-wall in annual swim rivalry

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: The Indians and Golden Knights went head to head in a rivalry meet at Howard T. Ennis in Georgetown on Thursday, Jan. 5.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: The Indians and Golden Knights went head to head in a rivalry meet at Howard T. Ennis in Georgetown on Thursday, Jan. 5.It was hard to decide which was the home team when the Indian River and Sussex Central high school swim teams faced off at Howard T. Ennis in Georgetown on Thursday, Jan. 6. With both squads sharing the pool at Howard T. Ennis for home meets and often for practices, they certainly know each other well.

And, while the Indians may have gotten the best of this year’s matchup, with a 111-57 win for the boys and 92-74 win for the girls, the annual district rivalry is one to which, win or lose, both teams always look forward.

“It’s always very friendly; our teams get along really well,” said IR head coach Colin Crandell, who works with Central head coach Jeff Kilner on the Middlesex Beach Patrol in the summer. “It’s one of those environments where it’s real cooperative. We both tell each other what we’re seeing on the other team.”

‘The Baron’ to host pickleball demo at Sea Colony

Coastal Point • File Photo: A pickleballer goes for a backhand during a tournament last summer in Sea Colony.Coastal Point • File Photo: A pickleballer goes for a backhand during a tournament last summer in Sea Colony.The Fitness Center at Sea Colony is helping local pickleball players beat the cold this winter, offering a variety of sessions at their indoor facilities through March.

While the sessions are open to both residents and non-residents of Sea Colony, and to pickleball players of all skill levels, the facility will amp things up with an introductory demo this Wednesday, Jan. 18, hosted by none other than Vaughn “The Baron” Baker of the First State Pickleball Club (FSPC).

“We’re doing this so people can enjoy themselves during the winter,” said Sea Colony Assistant Fitness Manager Michael Pitts, who gave the sport a try himself this winter. “Everyone that has walked by that and seen it going on has jumped in and had a great time. It’s just a lot of fun and it’s a great facility perfect facility for this game.”

‘Slam Dunk’ announces 2017 return, All-Tournament Team

Sanford’s Davis makes the cut as a freshman

Coastal Point • Submitted: Sanford freshman Jyare Davis posts up for a jumper during the Slam Dunk to the Beach tournament. Davis was the only player for Delaware to make the All-Tournament Team.Coastal Point • Submitted: Sanford freshman Jyare Davis posts up for a jumper during the Slam Dunk to the Beach tournament. Davis was the only player for Delaware to make the All-Tournament Team.After reemerging in 2013 from a 10-year hiatus, the Delaware Sports Commission (DSC) announced last week that the Slam Dunk to the Beach basketball tournament will once again make its return come December of 2017, for what will be the event’s fifth consecutive year.

Last month, more than 12,000 basketball fans from across the country showed up at Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes for a chance to witness some of the nation’s top talent go head-to-head during a three-day tournament spanning from Tuesday, Dec. 27, to Thursday, Dec. 29.

“The atmosphere was electric, and the house was packed,” said DSC Chairman Matthew Robinson. “We are thrilled with this year’s turnout and the continued support of our sponsors, fans and community. The event was another ‘slam dunk’ for the state of Delaware.”

While past Slam Dunk standouts include NBA stars such as Carmello Anthony (2000), LeBron James (2001), Kevin Durant (2003) and Dwight Howard (2003), this year’s lineup of potential future NBA talent was headlined by several ESPN100-ranked prospects, including Mohamed Bamba from Westtown High School in Pennsylvania.

As the nation’s top-ranked uncommitted senior, the 6-foot, 11-inch center led Westtown to a 70-68 victory over Gray Collegiate Academy of South Carolina on the first night of the tournament, personally finishing with 27 points while pulling down 13 rebounds and managing the game-winning layup just before the buzzer.

Bamba went on to earn All-Tournament Team honors, along with five other out-of-state players, who included Collin Gillespie (Archbishop Wood), Jalek Felton (Gray Collegiate Academy), De’Vondre Perry (Baltimore Poly), Jeremy Roach (Paul VI) and Keith Williams (Bishop Laughlin).

Exercise and weight loss are keys to a new you in 2017

With every new year come resolutions to get in shape and lose weight. Will this be the year that you stick to your guns and make it happen? Let’s look at why this year a new you could make a world of difference in your health and quality of life.

Extra Points – January 13, 2016

IR wrestling off to 1-0 start with dual-meet win over Laurel

While there’s been plenty of tournament action for the Indian River High School wrestling team already this season, the Indians kicked off their first dual meet of the season with a 54-17 win over Laurel on Wednesday, Jan. 4.

Winter is a busy season for birdfeeding aficionados

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: A cardinal sits at a bird feeder in Camden-Wyoming.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: A cardinal sits at a bird feeder in Camden-Wyoming.The other day, my 3-year-old grandson, Samuel, and I were filling our birdfeeders when my son-in-law asked if we really expected birds to come use them at this time of the year. At first I thought, why ask such a silly question? But after I thought a little bit about it, I realized that it wasn’t such a silly question.

Many people remember being taught that birds fly south for the winter. Also, if you don’t have birdfeeders up, you will see fewer birds during the winter months. However, if you have birdfeeders up and keep them cleaned and filled, you will have lots of birds visiting your yard.

Many birds eat bugs and, at this time of year, many bugs go into dormant states. Other birds eat seeds, and plants also go into dormant states at this time of year, resulting in less seeds for the birds to eat.

Honored a lifetime later: Civil War veterans receive tribute

Coastal Point • Submitted: Glenn Layton kneels at the grave of a distant cousin, William Layton.Coastal Point • Submitted: Glenn Layton kneels at the grave of a distant cousin, William Layton.Thousands of soldiers died in the Civil War. But those who survived also hold a special place in history. Now, the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War hope to recognize the gravesites of every Civil War veteran buried in Delaware.

Nearly two years into their mission, the Lt. Col. David L. Stricker Camp #64 has placed nearly 200 small, star-shaped markers at veteran graves.

“We’re trying to identify every soldier in the state that fought for the state of Delaware in that war but does not have any recognition on their stone,” said volunteer Dan Cowgill. “When we find them, we place a marker.”

This November, they honored two veterans at Red Men’s Cemetery in Selbyville: William Layton (1841-1920) and Robert B. Carey (1829-1902). Both men were buried alongside their wives.

IRSD's Bunting tapped to become state's top legislator

Dr. Susan BuntingDr. Susan BuntingThe Indian River School District may be sending another education leader to the state level. This time, it’s for the big chair.

IRSD Superintendent Susan Bunting is to be nominated for Secretary of the Delaware Department of Education. On Dec. 30, Gov.-elect John Carney announced his intent to nominate Bunting for his cabinet to lead Delaware for the next four years.

“It’s been an absolute privilege to be in this district for the length of time that I’ve been here. It’s a very tough decision to go, but I’m hoping to help more people,” Bunting said. Ultimately, the students have been “at the heart of everything” she has done.

Bunting has served as Indian River School District superintendent since 2006, currently responsible for more than 10,000 students and more than 1,300 employees — one of the state’s biggest and fastest-growing school districts.

Dagsboro appoints Baull as mayor

There’s a new mayor in Dagsboro, but one with a familiar face.

Brian Baull Sr. was appointed as mayor of the Town of Dagsboro at its December town council meeting, replacing Norwood Truitt, who remains on the council.

Baull said the appointment wasn’t a complete shock, as the role of mayor requires one to talk to the public — something Baull is used to doing as a local radio D.J.

Dagsboro’s new administrator dives right into the job

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Cindi Brought is fully immersed in her new duties as administrator of the Town of Dagsboro.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Cindi Brought is fully immersed in her new duties as administrator of the Town of Dagsboro.For two months, Dagsboro Town Hall was without day-to-day leadership. But Cynthia “Cindi” Brought has returned to the public sector to become Dagsboro’s town administrator.

Brought said she enjoys helping residents work through their problems — even the tough ones. And she’s done it before, as Frankford’s town clerk (and only town-hall employee) from 1998 to 2001.

“It was always something new and exciting,” Brought said. “It’s a challenge, but I really enjoy it, just dealing with the public. I feel like I’m very approachable, and I listen to their concerns, their complaints, and I follow up on it. … It might not be the answer they want, but I will get it.”

County recognizes Lank for decades of service

Coastal Point • Maria Counts Sussex County Planning & Zoning Director Lawrence Lank, center, receives recognition from Sussex County Council members and employees for his service to the County. Lank was the longest-serving employee in Sussex County history, starting his tenure in 1969 as a map draftsman. He assumed the director position in 1985.Coastal Point • Maria Counts Sussex County Planning & Zoning Director Lawrence Lank, center, receives recognition from Sussex County Council members and employees for his service to the County. Lank was the longest-serving employee in Sussex County history, starting his tenure in 1969 as a map draftsman. He assumed the director position in 1985.After 47 years of service to Sussex County government, Planning & Zoning Director Lawrence Lank will retire on Jan. 6.

The longest-serving County employee in its history, Lank was hired Oct. 14, 1969, as a map draftsman. He then went on to work as a planning tech from 1977 until January 1985, when he became the active director. In April of that year, he took over as permanent Planning & Zoning director.

“We’re certainly sad to see him go and wish him all the best on his next chapter,” said County Administrator Todd Lawson.

During its Jan. 3 meeting, Sussex County council members took the time to recognize Lank for his service and say a few words.

Agenda – January 6, 2016

Bethany Beach

• The Bethany Beach Charter & Ordinance Review Committee (CORC) will meet on Monday, Jan. 9, at 10 a.m. at town hall. The agenda for the meeting includes discussion of possible revisions to Chapter 530, Signs, of the town code; and discussion of remainder of Part I of the town code.

Honored a lifetime later: Civil War veterans receive tribute

Coastal Point • Submitted: Glenn Layton kneels at the grave of a distant cousin, William Layton.Coastal Point • Submitted: Glenn Layton kneels at the grave of a distant cousin, William Layton.Thousands of soldiers died in the Civil War. But those who survived also hold a special place in history. Now, the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War hope to recognize the gravesites of every Civil War veteran buried in Delaware.

Nearly two years into their mission, the Lt. Col. David L. Stricker Camp #64 has placed nearly 200 small, star-shaped markers at veteran graves.

“We’re trying to identify every soldier in the state that fought for the state of Delaware in that war but does not have any recognition on their stone,” said volunteer Dan Cowgill. “When we find them, we place a marker.”

Rehoboth man arrested after pursuit

Timothy J. DrabicTimothy J. DrabicA Rehoboth Beach man was arrested last week following a high-speed pursuit involving seven law-enforcement agencies.

According to police, around 4:30 a.m. on Dec. 30, a black SUV was observed traveling northbound in the southbound lane of Coastal Highway in Ocean City, Md. It was reported that the SUV was driving at speeds up to 100 mph.

“This individual placed a lot of people in danger. In particular, one Ocean City officer that, apparently, he swerved toward that officer and came very close to striking their marked police car at a very high rate of speed,” said Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin. “Fortunately, nobody was hurt there, and we’re glad we were able to take him in without any injuries.”

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