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John M. Clayton beats the odds, wins national award

Just three Delaware schools were named 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools, including Frankford’s own John M. Clayton Elementary School. JMC, Lake Forest North Elementary and the Academy of Dover charter school and are among the 337 schools that will be officially honored in November in Washington, D.C.

Gordon to serve 18 years for attempted murder

A 19-year-old Selbyville resident, Devon Gordon, was sentenced last week to 18 years in prison, after he pleaded guilty to charges of first-degree attempted murder and using a firearm to commit a felony.

Gordon had been arrested on Oct. 1, 2013, a suspect in the shooting of his neighbor Lauren Banks, 25, in the head on the morning of Gordon’s 18th birthday.

Railroad repair to close road in Millsboro

Railway construction at Wilson Highway will divert Millsboro traffic this week.

Norfolk Southern railroad will be replacing crossings on Wilson Highway between Mitchell Street and Union Street. The road will be partially closed from 8 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 20, until midnight on Friday, Oct. 24, pending weather or other unforeseen circumstances.

Protecting Our Indian River group appeals to Superior Court

A courtroom in the Sussex County Superior Court in Georgetown was packed Monday morning, as Superior Court Judge Richard Stokes heard oral arguments for an appeal to overturn a decision by the Sussex County Board of Adjustment that allows the Allen Harim chicken processing plant to move forward in Millsboro.

South Bethany looks at FEMA regulations, Smart911

In a conversation echoing that heard in other town councils across Delaware, South Bethany is beginning to think about federal flood requirements.

Bethany Beach Books offering Halloween-themed stories

Children’s storytime in conjunction with festival

Joining in with Bethany Beach’s Wags, Witches & Warlocks festival on Saturday, Oct. 25, Bethany Beach Books will be hosting a children’s Halloween Storytime at noon.

South Bethany offering Civil War talk on Tuesday, Oct. 21

The Underground Railroad was an integral part of the Civil War, and next Tuesday, Clara Small will discuss its legends and facts at an event hosted by the South Bethany Historical Society. The talk will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 21, from 7 to 9 p.m. at South Bethany Town Hall.

Familiar face to lead South Bethany Police Department

Coastal Point • Laura Walter : New South Bethany Police Chief Troy Crowson is sworn in to his new position by Mayor Pat Voveris on Friday, Oct. 10.Coastal Point • Laura Walter : New South Bethany Police Chief Troy Crowson is sworn in to his new position by Mayor Pat Voveris on Friday, Oct. 10.South Bethany’s newest police chief is homegrown, with 26 years of experience in the South Bethany Police Department. Town officials said Troy Crowson stood out from among the 85 nationwide applicants, including candidates from Arkansas, Ohio and Colorado.

“He started here. He aspired to this. We’re really thrilled that it’s working out for him,” said Mayor Pat Voveris at his swearing-in celebration on Oct. 10.

“He’s just someone who goes over and above,” having won multiple officer awards, she added.

A screening committee ranked the initial applications, and South Bethany’s police chief search committee considered the top four candidates.

“Troy stood neck-and-neck” with the others, eventually winning for his qualifications and familiarity, said Voveris. “It’s nice to know you have that talent in our back yard.”

Concrete weighs heavy on Selbyville Town Council

After concrete debris has piled up at a Selbyville business, the Selbyville Town Council is preparing to suspend and revoke the business license of SMI Services, a site maintenance company.

In July, the Town sent a cease-and-desist letter regarding the storing of concrete debris, which is not a permitted use for the property at 20 Railroad Avenue.

Guest Column: Not too spooky: Beebe doctor talks Halloween safety

Halloween can be a time of fun and creativity. But the Halloween season should only be pretend scary! Here is some advice to help keep kids safe while they have a terrifyingly good time.

IR pride shines in new school sign

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : With community funding, Indian River High School’s new sign came about nine years early and nine years too late, but it’s here to stay. Above, members of the Indian River High School Alumni Association and Principal Bennett Murray pose with the sign.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : With community funding, Indian River High School’s new sign came about nine years early and nine years too late, but it’s here to stay. Above, members of the Indian River High School Alumni Association and Principal Bennett Murray pose with the sign.For nearly a decade in Dagsboro, Indian River High School has made a name for itself in sports, service, academics— in all ways, but one: literally.

IRHS has never had a school sign, until now.

A rainy Saturday couldn’t stop the new 10-by-14-foot electronic sign from proudly glowing on its dedication day. Funded by the IRHS Alumni Association, with support from the community and local legislators, the new sign was dedicated on Oct. 11.

When the new school building opened in the fall of 2005, former principal Mark Steele began socking away extra funds to eventually buy a sign. Principal Bennett Murray continued the tradition and brought that request to the IRHSAA, which began fundraising for it one year ago.

The dedication this week might not have happened for another decade without significant contributions from local lawmakers. State Reps. John Atkins and Ron Gray and state Sen. Gerald Hocker Sr. all donated thousands of dollars, footing the majority of a $40,000 bill.

OV holds workshop on Phase III Streetscape improvements

The Town of Ocean View held an informational workshop this week on Phase III of the town’s Streetscape improvements project.

“The more information we can provide to the public, the better informed they are. That’s why we’re having these workshops — to help provide information that they get from other sources,” said Jon Hermes of Century Engineering.

Art program building bridge between local and Nepalese fourth-graders

Special to the Coastal Point • Christina Weaver : Lord Baltimore will become a sister school with a school in Nepal that has an art program sponsored by the Shauna Kaufman Foundation. Pictured here are, from left, Amy Kaufman, Durga Sir (on screen), Melissa Kelly and Holly Kaufman in a Namaste pose.Special to the Coastal Point • Christina Weaver : Lord Baltimore will become a sister school with a school in Nepal that has an art program sponsored by the Shauna Kaufman Foundation. Pictured here are, from left, Amy Kaufman, Durga Sir (on screen), Melissa Kelly and Holly Kaufman in a Namaste pose.There is excitement amongst the fourth-graders at Lord Baltimore School in Ocean View. Their school is becoming a sister school with Samata Shiksha Niketan, near Kathmandu, in Nepal. The special focus will be an exchange of art and culture.

Each of the five fourth-grade classes taught by art teacher Melissa Kelly has been visited by Holly Kaufman and her mom, Amy Kaufman, to present the program and answer questions. Holly was herself a student of Kelly’s at Lord Baltimore about 10 years ago, and she has also taught at Samata.

Holly started her presentation with the typical Nepali greeting “Namaste,” her hands prayerfully together and with a little bow. She then proceeded to talk to the students in fluent Nepali, just to give them an idea of how the language sounds. They were impressed. Then Holly used slides to tell the children about Nepal and the differences between their schools and daily lives.

The children at first had difficulty understanding where to find Nepal on a map. Then one remembered that Nepal is where Mount Everest is located and another realized it must be in Asia, and another guessed it was sandwiched between China and India. Nepal is approximately the size of Tennessee. Holly told the students that, because of the high altitude, the Nepalese think their country is at the top of the world.

Ocean City and Quiet Storm to present Fall Skate Jam

Ocean Bowl Skate Park, located at 3rd Street and St. Louis Avenue, will host a Fall Skate Jam on Saturday, Oct. 18. The event will begin at 11 a.m. and end at 1 p.m. Participants can enjoy free contests with prizes, as well as live music by the local band Funk Shue. Concessions will be available for sale.

Girls’ Night Out coming to Frankford with author Megan Hart

Author Megan Hart will headline a night of cocktails and romance literature at the Frankford Public Library on Nov. 1. Women can meet the New York Times-bestselling and Romantic Times award-winning author at Girls’ Night Out that Saturday, from 7 to 10 p.m.

Civil War Profiles: The First Lady of the Confederacy’s Delaware connection

The Howell family, described as impulsive and hard-driving, emigrated from Wales to the Newark, Del., area in the early 18th century. The ambitious Ebenezer and Mary Bond Howell moved across the Delaware River to Shiloh, N.J., where they purchased land and slaves to work it.

Maybe NCAA athletes should get paid, but Jameis Winston should stop being such an idiot

I was fully prepared to put something together on my buddy Phill’s top 10 favorite sports-related Halloween costumes for this week’s column. Then I heard Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston’s name on ESPN, which, obviously, could only mean one thing — he’s done something stupid again.

Indians ‘sock’ Central in clash of the Kilby’s

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : Senior defenseman Sean Whelen squares up against Central's Anthony Arias during the Indians’ 3-1 win last Tuesday night.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : Senior defenseman Sean Whelen squares up against Central's Anthony Arias during the Indians’ 3-1 win last Tuesday night.The Indian River High School soccer team may have looked relatively docile sporting pink socks for breast cancer awareness last Tuesday night, but two early goals from freshman midfielder Oscar Cruz buried the Golden Knights early on route to a 3-1 victory.

The district matchup had even further cause for rivalry, as Indian River head coach Steve Kilby faced off against his son Pat Kilby, the head coach for the Golden Knights.

Both first-half goals were created by senior captain Danny Garza, who set up the second goal after making his way through multiple Central defenders and notched two assists on the night.

“We started Danny out wide on the left, and it was very effective,” Kilby said of the game strategy.

State soccer championship sign unveiled at IRHS

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : The Indian River High School soccer team unveiled their 2013 state championship sign last Thursday. The sign was build by Indian River juniors Donovan Eckman and Virgil Bullis and was funded by Jeff Hudson.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : The Indian River High School soccer team unveiled their 2013 state championship sign last Thursday. The sign was build by Indian River juniors Donovan Eckman and Virgil Bullis and was funded by Jeff Hudson.The 2013 State Championship commemorative sign was unveiled at Indian River High School’s soccer stadium last Thursday, honoring last year’s history-making team.

The sign was funded entirely by Jeff Hudson, who wanted to honor the team’s achievement and knows just how major that accomplishment was.

“I knew it would mean a lot to them. State championships are few and far between, and it’s a big accomplishment,” explained Hudson. “Years and years ago, I won a state championship at Sussex Central, and it’s nice to see every time I go back, my name’s on the wall still.”

The sign displays the names of last year’s first-ever state championship soccer team at Indian River High School and was built by Indian River juniors Donovan Eckman and Virgil Bullis, who have also helped build several trophy cases at the school.

Lady Indians prepare for South stretch after losses vs. Dover, Cape

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Senior Phoebe Walls goes up for the block against Cape's Abigail E'Nama last Tuesday night.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Senior Phoebe Walls goes up for the block against Cape's Abigail E'Nama last Tuesday night.The Indian River High School volleyball team continued their struggles against non-conference opponents this week, falling to Dover 3-0 on Thursday, Oct. 9, and to Cape Henlopen 3-0 on Tuesday, Oct. 14.

The Lady Indians were without senior captain and setter Taylor Bunting, who suffered a concussion the previous week.

“We’ve struggled with injuries this year,” said head coach Jay Clark after noting that the team also lost junior middle hitter Tiffany Rybicki to an ACL injury before the season began.

Down 8-1 in the first match, the Lady Indians rallied back within five after a shot by senior captain Lili Cooney made it 17-12. Indian River would then try to stay in the match after getting the point on a long rally, but ultimately Dover would take the match, 25-18.

A block by junior Eliza Bombhardt would give her squad a 3-2 start in the second match, as the two teams went back and forth, trading points. A Cooney ace made it 12-11 after the match was tied at 10 and saw another tie score at 16 before the Lady Senators pulled away en route to a 25-21 win.

They would go on to take the third match and lock in a victory.

River Soccer Club seeks volunteers to help with new field

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : The new field at the River Soccer Club uses Bermuda Grass, which is said to be ideal for soccer. Club officials hope to switch more fields over to the grass in the future.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : The new field at the River Soccer Club uses Bermuda Grass, which is said to be ideal for soccer. Club officials hope to switch more fields over to the grass in the future.Well-hidden among the cornfields and farmland along Gum Road in Roxana lies the nearly 45-acre, 10-field soccer complex that has become well-known as the River Soccer Club. However, the complex hasn’t always been capable of hosting 100-team tournaments, as it now does every Columbus Day weekend, and has come a long way since its humble beginnings.

“When we first started we were practicing at schools — any school that would let us go in there and practice,” recalled longtime board member Howard Gerken of the club’s early beginnings practicing at Selbyville Middle School and at John M. Clayton. “We put a field wherever we could find enough space to put a field.”

In the late 1990’s — a few years after the program got its start — the club began to grow.

“We had outgrown the facilities that we were using, so we were looking to find a permanent home,” said Gerken.

Indians welcome Woodbridge after 47-20 loss at Laurel

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : Junior running back KiAnté Sturgis rushed for 107 yards and two touchdowns in the Indians’ 47-20 loss to Laurel last Friday night.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : Junior running back KiAnté Sturgis rushed for 107 yards and two touchdowns in the Indians’ 47-20 loss to Laurel last Friday night.The Indian River High School football team was handed their second consecutive division loss last Friday night, after a second-half surge propelled Laurel (5-1, 2-0) to a 47-20 victory.

Despite the lopsided final score, the game went into halftime tied at 20, after junior running back KiAnté Sturgis ripped off a 42-yard touchdown run in the second quarter with the Indians down 20-13. Sturgis also managed a 30-yard touchdown scamper in the first quarter and finished the day with 19 carries for 107 yards to go along with his two scores. He’s now rushed for 412 yards and five touchdowns on the season, averaging 4.2 yards per carry.

The Indians’ first score of the game, however, came from sophomore RB/WR/DB George Martin, who punched in a three-yard touchdown — his first on the season.

The Bulldogs were led by senior running backs Chucky Auguste and Reggie Green, who rushed for 174 yards and 145 yards, respectively, as the Indians struggled to stop a rushing attack that accounted for 382 yards on the day.

Extra Points — October 17, 2014

Homecoming game set for Friday night

Don’t miss Indian River High School Homecoming this Friday night, when the Indians will face 3-3 Woodbridge in a Henlopen South matchup set for 7:30 p.m. at the Indian River High School football stadium.

Moore notches sixth TD for Seagulls in rout of Utica

Residents voice feelings on aquaculture

After a recent uproar about the potential impacts of shellfish aquaculture in the Inland Bays, local residents gathered at a massive meeting hosted by state Sen. Gerald Hocker Sr. and state Rep. Ron Gray this week to express their concerns.

Selbyville woman arrested after daughter brings heroin to daycare

Selbyville made national headlines this week after a 4-year-old girl reportedly brought heroin into her daycare and began passing it out to other children.

Frankford halves citizens’ privilege

The citizens of Frankford will only have one opportunity to speak at council meetings in the future, as this past week the Frankford Town Council voted 3-2 to remove the second “citizens’ privilege” that had previously been in place on council meeting agendas.

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