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Police seek assistance in locating home-invasion suspects

Delaware State Police this week were asking for the public’s assistance after a 66-year-old man was assaulted in his home on Squirrel Run Circle, off of Whites Neck Road, in an unincorporated part of Sussex County north of Millville.

Millville taking nominations for town council election

The Town of Millville is accepting candidates for the 2015 municipal election, scheduled for Saturday, March 7. The town council has three seats up for election this year — those currently held by Susan Brewer, Robert “Bob” Gordon and Harry Kent.

Each position carries a term of two years, from this March to March of 2017.

Selbyville calls for candidates in town council election

Selbyville’s town council and mayoral election day is approaching, scheduled for Saturday, March 7. Residents wishing to serve on the council must register to run in the election by Tuesday, Feb. 3.

Bethany Beach extends construction hours for new hotel

The Bethany Beach Town Council this week approved extending construction hours for the new Bethany Beach Ocean Suites hotel on the boardwalk, giving workers an extra hour to work on weekday mornings, an extra 2.5 hours on weekday evenings and five additional hours on Saturdays.

Moms Club to hold Preschool & Activity Fair this weekend

Not sure what activities are available in the area for children enjoy?

This weekend, the Moms Club of Coastal Delaware will be holding its Fifth Annual Preschool & Activity Fair to help give local families the opportunity to visit face-to-face with local preschool representatives, as well as businesses and organizations offering extra-curricular activities for children.

Free health fair at Bayside Chapel is for mind, body and spirit

Hoping to provide a healthier new year, Bayside Chapel will host its first Winter Health & Wellness Event on Saturday, Feb. 7.

“One of our members thought that, since it’s a new year and a lot of people are thinking about being more fit and trying to make resolutions to be a better you, [we’d] try to meet the need in the community,” said the Rev. Jim Penuel.

Violent home invasion should open up eyes

When we first received word that a 66-year-old man was assaulted with a baseball bat while in the supposed safety of his own home near Millville, we were horrified.

After much deliberation and conversation, we’re even more so.

Is the end of the world really soon upon us?

A recent article in the Washington Post cited a paper published last week in the Journal Science by 18 researchers trying to gauge the breaking points in the natural world.

Stefan Botchie recognized for efforts as S.C. educator

BotchieBotchie“Outstanding Young Music Educator” is yet another accolade Selbyville native Stefan Botchie can now add to his resume.

“An outstanding educator is one who is dedicated to the success of their students and their craft of educating students. This is more than a full-time commitment and requires a tremendous of energy and enthusiasm,” said Dr. David Stern, associate professor of music in the South Carolina School of the Arts at Anderson University, who nominated Botchie for the South Carolina Music Educators Association (SCMEA) award.

“Stephan is extremely dedicated to excellence in music teaching. He is the comprehensive educator and model for all of us. This is easily demonstrated by the recent Emerald High School Teacher of the Year award that acknowledges the respect and admiration of his school community, as well as the numerous greater community activities in which he participates.”

Botchie, who previously received the Teacher of the Year award for 2014-2015 for his work at Emerald High School in Greenwood, S.C., said he learned he would be receiving the award after Stern, his close friend and former college professor contacted him.

Prison diary describes life at Fort Delaware

Rural lifestyle changed for a Nelson County, Va., farmer in May of 1861, when 20-year-old Joseph Edward Purvis left home to join the Confederate army. He served for the next two years in Company G, 19th Virginia Infantry Regiment, in Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia.

‘Frozen’ train adventure arrives at Salted Rim

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: The Salted Rim in Ocean View hosts families at their ‘Frozen’ adventure show onboard one of their trains. Here, Elsa dances around as the families enjoy the show.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: The Salted Rim in Ocean View hosts families at their ‘Frozen’ adventure show onboard one of their trains. Here, Elsa dances around as the families enjoy the show. Visit http://coastalpoint.zenfolio.com/p337602837 for more photos.Margaritas aren’t the only thing “frozen” at the Salted Rim restaurant in Ocean View.

Families can now enjoy a Disney’s “Frozen” adventure aboard the railroad cars lining Route 26, which are decked in silver, blue and white tulle and icicles.

“It’s cold outside. It’s a frozen movie. It gives families something to do,” Karen Fritz, owner of the late-night Tex-Mex place.

“I think it’s gonna be awesome. I think they’re gonna love it,” as will the families, to see their children so happy, Fritz said. “That’s what you do it for — the kids! The excitement.”

Large-screen televisions will show the movie on the train cars several times daily, with a dinner buffet, each weekend through March 15.

Tripple Overtime: Who’s ready for the ‘Pro Bore’ this weekend?

Before you say anything about how “Pro Bore” when referring to the Pro Bowl isn’t my best work when it comes to wordplay — cut me some slack, I just got over the flu.

Steele Legacy: Steele’s 39-year coaching legacy set after retirement announcement

Coastal Point • File Photo: Indian River head coach Ray Steele embraces former India wide receiver Marquel Knight after a 35-13 state championship  in 2011. Steele announced his retirement last month after nearly 40 years of coaching.Coastal Point • File Photo: Indian River head coach Ray Steele embraces former India wide receiver Marquel Knight after a 35-13 state championship in 2011. Steele announced his retirement last month after nearly 40 years of coaching.It starts with the numbers: 39 years of coaching with the Indian River High School football program. A 31-14 record during his four-year career as head coach at the high school. Three Henlopen South titles and three DIAA playoff appearances as head coach. One Henlopen Conference Coach of the Year award, one State Coach of the Year award, one Tubby Raymond Outstanding Coach of the Year award, and, most importantly, a 2011 DIAA state championship.

When looking at it, long-tenured Indians’ football coach Ray Steele’s résumé seems to be, well... set in steel. But after all the accolades and achievements, the wins, the losses and a lifetime dedicated to coaching, Steele announced last month that he’ll be hanging it up and letting someone else begin their own legacy at Indian River.

“I thought this was probably as good a time as any,” said Steele of his decision — “39 years, I think it’s time to go sit in the stands and enjoy it.”

‘Starting the streak’: Indians get back on track with 70-61 win vs. Lake Forest

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Junior guard KiAnté Sturgis flies past Spartan defenders on his way to the rim in the Indians’ 70-61 win against Lake Forest last Tuesday night.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Junior guard KiAnté Sturgis flies past Spartan defenders on his way to the rim in the Indians’ 70-61 win against Lake Forest last Tuesday night.The Indian River High School basketball team has been plagued by last-minute losses this season, but after snapping a two-game losing streak with a 70-61 victory against Lake Forest last Tuesday, the team is ready to put those close calls behind them. In fact, according to senior guard Shaquille Hall, their season is just beginning, as the division win marks the start of a new streak.

“That’s what we’re naming this comeback, ‘Start the streak,’” said Hall of the team’s mindset going forward.

“We’ve had a rough patch, and we lost some real close ones,” said head coach Mike Fabber. “Cape [Henlopen] was a four-point game with two minutes left. We didn’t score in minute 45, and they made every free throw, so the score didn’t show how the game was.”

Despite the strong finish, the Indians started Tuesday’s game slow, falling behind 12-2 before head coach Mike Fabber called an uncharacteristic first-quarter time-out.

“They came out sluggish, and I called a time-out, which I don’t like to do,” Fabber explained. “I try to save them for late-game situations if we need them. I think we were too hype. We were turning it over, missing easy shots.”

Lady Indians fall to DCA in last-minute thriller

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Senior guard Patrina Bratton and senior forward Maggie Allison fight for a loose ball during the Lady Indians' 54-51 loss to Delmarva Christian Academy last Saturday.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Senior guard Patrina Bratton and senior forward Maggie Allison fight for a loose ball during the Lady Indians' 54-51 loss to Delmarva Christian Academy last Saturday.The Lady Indians missed a chance to better their playoff chances last Saturday, falling short against Delmarva Christian Academy in a tight game that wasn’t decided until the final seconds.

Down 4-0 in a low-scoring first quarter, Indian River High School senior point guard Taylor Billinger ended the drought by draining a shot from long-range, to make it 4-3. Billinger would eventually tie the game at 10, after nailing her second-three pointer of night, before DCA took off on a 8-0 run in the second quarter.

After tying the game at 18, freshman guard Keeley Allison drew a foul and went one-for-two from the line to give Indian River their first lead of the night. She would notch a steal and score on a fast break in the second half, right before pulling down a rebound and finding senior forward Tashara Houston under the net, to give the Lady Indians a 40-39 lead.

Extra Points — January 23, 2015

Indian River Cheer to compete in Wilmington

The Indian River High School competitive cheer team advanced from the preliminary competition held at Lake Forest High School last Sunday and will compete at another preliminary competition this Sunday at St. Marks High School in Wilmington at 10 a.m.

Influenza: Nothing to cough at

With the influenza A (H3N2) viruses sickening many people around the country, medical professionals have been urging community members to get their flu shots this year.

“I recommend everyone get a flu shot,” said Dr. Nicole Alu, a family physician with Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Laurel, Del. “I think it’s the best protection.”

Having ‘the Talk’: School district to host public forum for sex-ed curriculum

Although the Indian River School District has finished the first leg of the sex-education marathon by drafting a new high school curriculum, the next hurdle looms, with a public forum. Fulfilling a promise made to the public by district officials, the forum is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. at Millsboro Middle School.

The public is welcome to attend.

Ocean View to review resurfacing, police receive grants

The Town of Ocean View will be reviewing the micro-resurfacing done in a number of town developments in 2013, after receiving a letter from Kent Liddle, president of The Village at Bear Trap Dunes Owners Association.

Chambers had succesful 2014, look forward to 2015

With 2015 in full swing, local Chambers of Commerce are geared up for a new year and reflecting on a successful 2014.

Last year, the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed a number of new faces, including Executive Director Kristie Maravalli, who joined the Chamber originally as director of membership.

County officials learn about Downtown Development program

The Sussex County Council this week heard a presentation regarding the Delaware Downtown Development District program.

One man’s dream still carries weight today

“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal.’”

Proposed legislation will toughen weapons possession penalties

Attorney General Matt Denn, state Sens. Bruce Ennis and Margaret Rose Henry and Rep. Larry Mitchell announced legislation Monday designed to guarantee prison time for offenders caught with guns they are prohibited having by law because of prior violent crimes.

Gray back to Dover for second term in legislature

Having run opposed for his second term representing Delaware’s 38th District, Ron Gray is ready to get more involved in the state legislature and Republican Caucus.

Ron GrayRon Gray“As a freshman, I was kinda on the fringes to making decisions,” he said. “I feel much more comfortable going into this.”

The 148th state legislative session begins with a clean slate, so new legislators were sworn in, and returning members will begin writing new bills or resubmitting those that failed in previous years.

Gray plans to keep the public informed with regular public meetings.

Public safety

Gray recently gathered stakeholders in a discussion of how to improve police coverage in southeastern Sussex County.

Many of the area’s municipalities have their own police force, but the Delaware State Police cover all unincorporated lands outside of town limits, as well as some municipalities that don’t have their own police departments. Sometimes there are even pockets of unincorporated land within a municipality where property owners do not wish to be annexed and fall under DSP jurisdiction.

Piriformis syndrome is a serious pain for runners

It causes intense pain and it can keep you sidelined for weeks or even months. Piriformis syndrome is often light-heartedly referred to as a real pain in the butt for runners, but it’s no laughing matter. No matter how experienced you are and whether you are a marathon runner or a casual running fan, you don’t want to mess around with this one.

Lee-Jackson Day to be celebrated in Georgetown on Friday

Beginning in the latter part of the 19th century and early 20th century, the state of Virginia set aside a Friday in January as a holiday in remembrance of two Southern Civil War heroes, Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson. Subsequently, Lee-Jackson Day became part of the landscape in other states, including here in Delaware.

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