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Unlocked doors? OVPD advises you should expect thefts

Lock your doors! Police are asking people to avoid being an easy target for theft.

Recently, Ocean View Police Department reported a rash of burglaries in early November, including 10 car burglaries in two days. Every vehicle was left unlocked overnight.

“Only the ones being left unlocked are the ones being tampered with,” said Capt. Heath Hall.

Malfunction of air cannon at Punkin Chunkin injures two

After a two-year hiatus, The World Championship Punkin Chunkin returned to Sussex County this weekend, but with a solemn ending.

On Sunday, Nov. 6, at approximately 2:45 p.m., two persons were injured after a malfunction of the air cannon “Pumpkin Reaper.”

“Take a deep breath”

Celebrating Delaware strides in radiology

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: DTCC has a full rad tech set-up, allowing students like Devon Matthews and Katelyn Roberts to practice their X-ray skills.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: DTCC has a full rad tech set-up, allowing students like Devon Matthews and Katelyn Roberts to practice their X-ray skills.Radiology lets doctors look inside the human body to diagnose health problems, most notably with X-rays. Delaware celebrated a handful of anniversaries in radiology and education at a Nov. 3 open house at Delaware Technical Community College.

In the science wing of Georgetown’s Jack F. Owens Campus, Governor Jack Markell signed a proclamation designating Nov. 6 to 12 as Radiation Protection Week, as 17 second-year Radiologic Technology students looked on.

For 30 years of its 50-year history, DTCC has offered a two-year Radiologic Technology associate degree, now at the Owens and Wilmington campuses, which helps students to earn national credentials in rad tech, nuclear medicine technology and dental assisting.

Candidates get last say before Nov. 8 election

Some of you might have heard there is an election coming up pretty soon.

Yes, Tuesday, Nov. 8, will see people from around the country cast their ballots for who they believe will best serve their needs and interests. There are plenty of local races that are sure to be of interest to our readers.

Selbyville water back to safe TTHM levels, according to tests

Selbyville is getting back to normal after a water violation earlier this year. Drinking water tested at south Main Street showed decreasing levels of a disinfection byproduct called Total Trihalomethanes (TTHMs).

Chamber celebrates 40 years of serving local businesses

Coastal Point • Submitted: Past presidents of the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce got together last week to celebrate the Chamber’s 40th anniversary.Coastal Point • Submitted: Past presidents of the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce got together last week to celebrate the Chamber’s 40th anniversary.It started, as do many things in small towns, with a conversation at the post office. Then there came a letter from the CIA.

And with that, 40 years ago, the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce was born.

So says the organization’s first president, Clayton Ringler. Now 87 years old and living in Hayesville, NC, Ringler fondly recalled the chamber’s early days in a phone conversation last week.

The post office conversations, Ringler said, led to meetings of the first of the chamber’s organizers at Murray’s Topside Restaurant in Ocean View. Soon, the local newspaper, the Delmarva News, picked up on the chamber’s formation and published an article about it.

That’s where that letter comes into play. It was actually from Odette May, who at the time worked for the Central Intelligence Agency but was looking to retire in Bethany Beach. May, it seems, had seen the newspaper article and was writing to tell Ringler she wanted to get involved in the chamber.

State and County offer discounts on school and county tax

There may be some wiggle room for taxpayers. Sussex County and the State of Delaware offer property tax discounts for the disabled, senior citizen and low-income residents.

Their Sussex County property must be their primary residence.

S. Bethany talks streetlight requests and new three-way stop

The squeaky wheel gets the grease, and the dark streets get the light.

After the 2015 South Bethany Community Survey revealed that more people want streetlights, the Town Council has begun researching locations.

Canal Drive had the most requests for service, so that’s being addressed first. Lights will be installed based on public response.

Fenwick considers more handicapped parking

Handicapped parking is minimal near the Fenwick Island’s Town beaches. So on Oct. 28, Town Councilmember Gardner Bunting proposed that they add one handicapped-accessible spot on each street end.

Police Chief Bill Boyden said the town has had several threats from lawyers because of the limited parking, despite this being a federally-funded beach.

Annual Return Day tradition to wrap up the 2016 election

Sussex County Return Day is a one-of-a-kind tradition that Delawareans should experience at least once in their lifetime.

The event, to be held on Thursday, Nov. 10, is a unique way to celebrate the end of the election season.

South Bethany increases house height, allows floating docks

After one year of discussion and research, South Bethany will allow floating boat ramps and docks. They unanimously voted Oct. 14 to amend the Town Code (Chapter 50, Bulkheads) to permit the installation of “Modular Floating Docking Systems,” such as floating boat ramps, floating docks and inflatable lifting docks.

For local club, every beach can be a treasure trove

Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Paul and Janet Marvel, of Clarksville, who co-founded the Mason Dixon Treasure Club 40 years ago, hand out prizes after a club treasure hunt on Lewes Beach on Sunday, Oct. 23.Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Paul and Janet Marvel, of Clarksville, who co-founded the Mason Dixon Treasure Club 40 years ago, hand out prizes after a club treasure hunt on Lewes Beach on Sunday, Oct. 23.At noon on a blustery October Sunday, Lewes Beach came to life with the electronic sounds of beeping, the clatter of stones on metal and laughter.

The Mason Dixon Treasure Club, about 20 strong, gathered for its semi-annual beach hunt. Most of the members are from Delaware, but some come from as far away as Pennsylvania. The “field” was a small section of beach, designated by flags, in which “regular” coins were buried (or “seeded,” in treasure-hunt parlance), as well as some color-coded tokens and costume jewelry that could be turned in at the end of the day for prizes.

Club Secretary Janet Marvel of Clarksville, who founded the club with her husband, Paul, 40 years ago, watched from the sidelines. Since Marvel herself seeded the field, she knows when each hunter is about to hit on one of the prizes. The secret to successful placing of “treasure” for the hunts, according to Marvel, is all in the wrist.

“You just whip it,” she said, demonstrating the necessary action.

IRSD: Taxes haven’t kept up with district growth, projects

State has decreased school funding since 2008

The Indian River School District has more students and local property taxes than ever before. So why are schools understaffed and why is the district hosting a current-expense referendum, to raise property taxes 49 cents per $100 in assessed value, on Nov. 22 just “to survive”?

Short answer: The money isn’t coming as fast as the students are. In some cases, the money has decreased.

OV P&Z recommends time extension for rec facilities at Beach Club

The Ocean View Planning & Zoning Commission this week recommended approval of a proposed ordinance that would allow the developer of the Ocean View Beach Club additional time to complete expanded recreational facilities for the community.

Plenty of opportunities for young trick-or-treaters

Official trick-or-treating times for most local towns are this weekend. Kids can grab a costume, flashlight and pillowcase for the sweetest night of their year.

Adults who are handing out candy are being encouraged to turn on their front-door lights and/or display pumpkins or other decorations.

• Bethany Beach — Monday, Oct. 31, 6 to 8 p.m.

Arrests made in Millville home-invasion robbery

The Delaware State Police Major Crimes Unit this week arrested two people in connection with in an early morning home-invasion robbery near Millville on Thursday, Oct. 20.

According to police, around 1 a.m., as a 64-year-old male victim and a 19-year-old female acquaintance were sleeping in his bed, they were suddenly awoken by four suspects in the room.

Selbyville sinkholes a gaping problem around town

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Sinkholes, suchas this one east of Railroad Avenue, are causing Selbyville officials to search for answers.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Sinkholes, suchas this one east of Railroad Avenue, are causing Selbyville officials to search for answers.No one quite knows the extent of damage in Selbyville’s newest sinkhole. Blocked off by orange tape, the hole — measuring at least) 3 feet by 5 feet — was discovered in early October. It’s just east of Railroad Avenue, between the road and the Mountaire-side railroad tracks.

Selbyville’s engineers need to figure out exactly sure what the issue is. This new hole is located above three underground pipes serving the Sandy Branch tax ditch. So the pipes could be caving in, or the soil could just be washing away between intact pipes.

“It is within the railroad’s right-of-way. We do know that,” said Town Administrator Stacey Long.

That could be a big problem if the Maryland & Delaware Railroad tracks suffer any structural instability there. Selbyville has notified the railroad but haven’t gotten a response since then, Long said.

IRSD audit to be released before referendum

Voters are considering approving an increase in school property taxes of 19 percent at an upcoming current-expense referendum, but with a state audit hanging over the Indian River School District, some of them want to see the final audit report before voting on the increase of 49 cents per $100 of assessed property value.

Allen Harim to build 70,000-square-foot hatchery near Dagsboro

Chicken producer and processor Allen Harim on Tuesday announced plans to invest $22 million to build a state-of-the art hatchery in Dagsboro. The new facility will have an egg-set capacity of 2.5 million eggs per week.

County council receives report on impact of co-op grant

This week, Mark Isaacs, director University of Delaware Cooperative Extension, thanked the Sussex County Council for their financial support.

“Every penny allocated to our facility stays in Georgetown,” said Isaacs of the $79,049 the council provides in grant funding.

Haunted Dance House offers a terrifying twist

Lighthouse Dance & Yoga offers eclectic show

Dancing in the dark was never this spooky.

Lighthouse Dance & Yoga will become a Haunted Dance House on Friday, Oct. 28, from 7 to 11 p.m.

In a unique twist to the typical haunted house, the Route 54 attraction is filled with iconic villains and characters from famous classical ballets and other shows.

Ravens band gives community the chance to win a car

Coastal Point • Submitted: Tushar Patel, general manager of Hertrich Toyota of Milford, presents the keys to a 2017 Toyota Camry to Sussex Technical High School's Band Director, Ian Kenney.Coastal Point • Submitted: Tushar Patel, general manager of Hertrich Toyota of Milford, presents the keys to a 2017 Toyota Camry to Sussex Technical High School's Band Director, Ian Kenney.One lucky person could be driving a brand-new 2017 Toyota Camry this December, as the Sussex Technical High School Band Program is now selling tickets for the raffle of a vehicle donated by Hertrich Toyota of Milford.

“I give all the credit to the parents,” said Band Director Ian Kenney of the Ravens Music Boosters, who have organized the raffle. “We have one band parent who knew somebody up at Hertrich in Milford and was able to say, ‘Hey, this band is taking a big trip and it’s costing them $1,600 per student. Any help you can give us would be appreciated.’ They ended up saying, ‘Well, we can give you a monetary donation, or we can get you a car to try to sell tickets to raffle off.’”

This is the first new-car raffle the band has done, said Kenney, noting that in a previous year there had been a used-car raffle.

Tickets cost $100 each and can be purchased online, by mail, during Sussex Tech home football games and at the band’s winter concert, while supplies last. Only 750 tickets are available for the raffle. The car is valued at up to $21,000.

Roxana VFC pushing recruitment effort

Cadet Program to start off at Millsboro Middle School

Volunteerism is on the downswing at fire companies across the nation, and the Roxana Volunteer Fire Company is beginning a new Cadet Program for all local children. They’ll kickstart it with an eight-week class at Millsboro Middle School.

Heroin forum attendees discuss opioid addiction throughout Delaware

“Our nation is in the midst of an unprecedented opioid epidemic,” said Peggy Geisler, executive director of the Sussex County Health Coalition, at the Sussex County Addictions Forum held earlier this week. “More people died from drug overdoses in 2014 than any other year on record. The state sees as many as 15 overdose deaths per month.”

Local police, Beebe participate in Drug Take-Back effort

For the second time this year, area law enforcement is offering community members the chance to dispose of prescription medications in a safe way, through the National Prescription Drug Take-Back initiative, conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Drug Enforcement Administration.

LWVSC to host series of candidate forums

With the election fast approaching, the League of Women Voters of Sussex County is doing its part to make sure voters are prepared.

Selbyville Halloween Parade offers a ghoulishly good time

It’s one of the biggest, spookiest celebrations in southeast Sussex County: The Selbyville Halloween Parade will return on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. The Fenwick Island Lions Club and the Town of Selbyville sponsor the event, which is more than 60 years old.

What makes it so special?

From circuit riders to SURGE

St. George’s celebrates 200 years of service

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: St. George’s United Methodist Church is celebrating 200 years of serving the community this weekend.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: St. George’s United Methodist Church is celebrating 200 years of serving the community this weekend.St. George’s United Methodist Church in Clarksville has served southeastern Sussex County for 200 years — a milestone that will be celebrated on Sunday, Oct. 22, with a special service and meal, attended by members, former pastors and United Methodist Church officials.

When St. George’s was established in 1816, the church was served by circuit riders — pastors who covered a certain territory and would preach in each church every few weeks.

“We Methodists love to talk about the circuit riders,” said St. George’s pastor the Rev. Dr. Robert Kirby. “Since there were not enough clergy to go around, the laity would conduct worship services in many of our early churches until a pastor would come through.”

If a circuit rider was not available, church members directed their own meetings, which by 1816 were being held in an “old house, just 16 feet by 18 feet,” according to a church history compiled by church member Doris Collins.

In Selbyville, the talk is coffee, heroin and public safety

Selbyville police officers sat down to discuss local issues with residents for National Coffee with a Cop Day on Oct. 7. The Selbyville Public Library hosted the event to help bring the citizens and law enforcement together.

Lighthouse Christian student donates hair to wig-making charity

A Lighthouse Christian Middle School sixth-grader has been granted a special exception from the Dagsboro school’s dress code for the last year. Dillon Polly, 11, of Laurel, has spent the last year growing out his blond hair to donate to a wig-making charity for children.

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