In what many would describe as a quiet beach community, an incident occurred last weekend that caused many to pause and consider, “even in my town.”
On Saturday, March 18, a little after 10 p.m., Ocean View Police Department Officer First Class Nicholas Harrington was assisting Worcester County (Md.) Sheriff’s Deputy Anthony Rhode in the pursuit of Troy Lee Short, 31, of Hurlock, Md.
Short had been spotted driving in an “erratic manner” by a deputy in Ocean City, Md., around 8 p.m. that evening. The deputy had attempted to stop the vehicle; however, Short fled.
“The Worcester County Sheriff’s Office initiated this whole thing in Maryland,” said Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin. “They went to conduct a traffic stop of a vehicle, and the vehicle fled. They chased him, lost him. He ditched a car, stole another car. He stole a couple cars throughout this couple-hour ordeal that unfolded in Maryland.”
Budget cuts are coming to the Indian River School District. Even with an additional $7.5 million annual income in local property taxes, thanks to the recently passed current-expense referendum, IRSD staff expect to trim at least $5 million from next year’s budget. And that’s in addition to expected state budget cuts.
On Sunday, March 26, at 9 p.m., the doors will close for the last time at G&E Supermarket on Cedar Neck Road in Ocean View.
On Thursday, March 30, at 7 a.m. the doors will open for customers one mile to the south, at the new Hocker’s Supermarket in the Salt Pond Plaza.
“It’s bittersweet,” said Gerald “Gerry” Hocker Jr., whose father, Gerald Hocker Sr., took over the Cedar Neck Road store from his Uncle Jake in 1971.
Even though Jake Hocker had the store for 18 years — less time than the 46 years Gerald Hocker Sr. has been at the helm — some longtime customers still call the store “Jake’s.”
As Gerry and Gerald Hocker stood in the new store this week, contractors swarmed like bees, and the buzzing of drills punctuated the air. Four brand new self-checkout stands at the front of the store were swathed in plastic, to protect them from sawdust.
Live music is a hallmark of Indian River High School productions, and the students are ready to impress once again.
This year’s musical revue is IR Live! presents “The Corner Club on Baker Street,” featuring an original script by music director Nathan Mohler and student T.J. Oxbrough.
Performances are Friday and Saturday, March 24 and 25, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $5 per person.
The Delaware Department of Transportation is updating its 2014 ADA Transition Plan to ensure everyone has access to state roadways and infrastructure.
Lovestock: a Cancer Benefit “Dancert” for John “Taco” Wroten, drummer of the local classic-rock band Hooverville, will be held Sunday, April 2, from 2 to 8 p.m. at American Legion Post 2 in Dover.
Wroten, 62, was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 tongue cancer and is currently receiving treatment, which is limiting his ability to perform with the band and at his full-time job.
As she was leaving work on Dec. 27, Kristie Hudson’s water broke. Normally, that would be a happy occasion for any mother-to-be; however, Hudson was only 23 weeks pregnant.
“So, we went to Beebe and I hadn’t gone into labor, so they sent me up to Christiana,” said the Ocean View resident, noting that a full-term pregnancy lasts at least 37 weeks. “I was on bedrest for two and a half weeks, and then Merrick was born at 25.5 weeks, on Jan. 13.”
Hudson said she had had an uneventful pregnancy up until the point where she experienced premature rupture of her membranes.
“Basically, your water breaks early, which only happens to 2 percent of all women. They don’t really know why it happens. Sometimes it’s because of some kind of infection. They did every test they could think of, and they all came back negative. So, we’re never going to know why this happened.”
The flowers are fighting through some random cold snaps to find their blooms, numerous seasonal businesses are beginning to open up their doors and Darin’s sinuses are more blocked than Central Avenue after a giant sinkhole appears underneath the asphalt, causing me to forget that the road is closed at that intersection about a million times over the...
LBWC seeking new members
The Lord Baltimore Women’s Club was started by a small group of very insightful women in 1934. These women were service-minded and dedicated to their community. Today, the club has over 100 members.
Two weeks ago, President Trump tweeted on a Saturday morning that former President Obama had ordered a wiretap of his phones in Trump Tower during the campaign. Congressional leaders — both Republicans and Democrats — have said there is no proof of Trump’s charge.
Weather conditions played a significant role in the progress and outcome of military operations during the Civil War. This was particularly true in the eastern part of the country, and especially in Virginia, where a number of major battles took place.
Sussex County recently purchased King Farm, a 74-acre property off Park Avenue, east of Georgetown, for $2.2 million. The property will be added to the adjacent Sussex County Industrial Park, which currently houses 20 businesses that employ approximately 900 people.
Although many kids have help and support from family and friends growing up, sometimes extra support can be key. That’s where mentoring can play a big role in a child’s life.
The Indian River School District participates in the Creative Mentoring Program, in which 299 students are active participants.
Lord Baltimore Elementary School Counselor Theresa O’Shields said the program really benefits young people in a positive way.
“It is really good for them. It’s gotten them out of their shy spells. Kids who have a lot of energy, or kids who don’t have a good male or female role model,” she said. “The teachers here are good, and they’re so flexible. They know it’s important for the child’s growth. They are wonderful people here.”
Entries sought for Jim Cresson Memorial Fund Scholarship
Applications are currently being accepted for the Jim Cresson Memorial Fund scholarship, administered by the Greater Lewes Foundation.
Youth grief-support services coming to Sussex County
Sussex County children who have suffered major a loss can now attend weekly grief counseling in Georgetown.
With so much public interest statewide, the nonprofit Supporting Kidds recently vowed to expand its Healing Pathways Program, and the Hockessin-based group this month is beginning bereavement counseling for children ages 5 to 18 across Delaware, now including Georgetown.
Tripple Overtime: Kyrie and Shaq think the earth is flat, and so can you (science is a liar sometimes)
I’m not going to stand here and present some egghead scientific argument based on fact. I’m just a regular dude. I like to watch football, quote Chevy Chase movies and crank the radio when Motley Crüe comes on. Rock, flag and eagle, if you know what I mean.
Seniors ready to leave legacy, elevate IR lax to next level
Goalkeeper Hayden McWilliams was one of two freshmen starting on a senior-dominated Indian River High School lacrosse squad when he emerged as the team’s emotionally-charged leader.
As the only other freshman on that team, and standing next to him in the halftime huddle, George Martin remembers the moment well.
“I’ll never forget it,” said Martin. “We’re two freshmen surrounded by that senior group that had been playing together for a long time, and it was a close game. Hayden steps right into the middle of the dogpile and says, ‘Alright, guys — this is what we gotta do. We gotta take the ball, and we gotta put it in the back of their net.’ It’s something about the way he delivers his speeches that gets everyone fired up. He’s really got a way with words.”
It’s a particularly special season for head coach Erika Murphy and the Indian River High School softball team.
After she took over as head coach for the Indians in 2014, along with assistant coaches Abi Givens and Catherine Bennett, this year’s senior class will be the first that the coaching trio has seen all the way through from their days as freshmen.
After back-to-back 9-9 seasons, 2014 was also the last time that the Indians made it to the playoffs — a feat that now-seasoned seniors including Mackenzie Collins, Madi McGee and Sami Mumford aim to accomplish once again before closing out the final chapters of their careers.
“The seniors this year are good role models, on the field and off the field. They’re players that the girls looked up to. That’s what we’re looking for in role models — to help develop that team chemistry,” said Murphy. “There’s just a good feeling this year. The girls really want it, and they’ve been working hard from Day 1.”
For Lydic, countdown to Augusta is on
It has been decreed.
Next Sunday, April 2, will officially be recognized as “Sarah Lydic Day,” as proclaimed by Mayor Walter Curran and the Town of Ocean View, in honor of the 11-year old Lord Baltimore Elementary School student as she sets off to represent her community at the national finals of this year’s Drive, Chip & Putt Challenge at the home of the Masters in Augusta, Ga.
But while making it to Augusta to compete against the nation’s top young talent may warrant the honor on its own, Lydic and her older sister, Hannah Lydic, have made their impact on the local community and members of their home course at Bear Trap Dunes, far beyond the 18th hole, since stepping onto the local golf scene.
“Most of the members of the club are of an age where they have grandkids. These are two additional grandkids,” said Curran, a Bear Trap member himself. “They’re part of the family. They’re polite, they’re well behaved, they’re not only good at what they do, but they’re just great kids. Their parents have done a wonderful job raising them.”
Coming off a down season in 2016, and with the Henlopen South division wide open in 2017, the Indian River High School boys’ tennis team is ready for redemption and to return the title to Dagsboro behind a squad of seasoned veterans.
Not only does the team bring back four seniors to the starting rotation but also head coach Mariano Woo for his second year at the helm.
After getting a late start last spring due to some unfavorable weather and bureaucratic red tape, things have been smooth sailing so far this spring as the Indians get ready for their first match of the season.
“We’re leaps and bounds ahead from starting last season,” said Woo. “Last year, I didn’t actually become the official coach until about a week prior to the first match, so it was much easier this year — plus, they’re all sophomores and above this year, so they’re more experienced.”
They may have graduated six seniors from a Henlopen South championship squad last season, but after seeing their biggest turnout in years, the Indian River High School girls’ tennis team is ready to defend the title behind an array of new talent and new stars ready to step up.
“There’s a lot of underclassmen. We only have two seniors, but we have a lot of exhibition players from last year that are moving into varsity spots,” said fourth-year head coach Stefanie Riddle. “Just in the preliminary lineup, we’ve got half of our exhibition players moving up to varsity, but they’ve all really improved. I really think that they’re going to be able to help us.”
While the team said goodbye to their top two players from 2016 — first-singles player Hannah Shultie and second-singles player Kayla Huebner — they do return sophomore Alexa Fitz to lead the charge.
IR softball raising money for pediatric cancer
The Indian River High School softball team is offering fans and community activists an interactive way to make a difference, raising money for the “Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer” campaign during the 2017 season.
After recording her first NCAA career hit earlier this month, Indian River High School graduate and current University of Hartford freshman Eliza Bomhardt tallied her first career home run in the second inning of a game against Saint Peter’s on Monday, March 20.
Then, in the seventh inning of the same game, she tallied her second.
After the team fell behind 1-0 early, Bomhardt’s second-inning shot scored two runs, to put the Hawks up 2-1.
The Peacocks would go on to rack up seven runs in the fourth inning and take control of the game with an 8-5 lead.
That’s when “The Lizard” took the plate — this time to knock a three-run homer and give her squad a 10-8 lead, sparking a 10-run rally as the Hawks went on to pull out an eventual 15-9 victory in comeback fashion.
Inclusion key to student success for special-needs education ‘Dream Team’ at IR
It’s 8 a.m. at Indian River High School. The bells have rung. The morning announcements have been made. And the River Café is officially open for business.
Today, on the menu: coffee, tea and complimentary homemade cupcakes with green icing, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.
Senior Josh Timmons makes his way down the school’s history-lined hallways in his official green-and-gold River Café apron, pushing his cart, without paying much attention to the cart’s one stubborn wheel, wielding the day’s orders and approaching his first stop.
This is the final task for the River Café each Tuesday and Thursday morning — and Josh’s favorite. He greets each customer with their own personalized order, makes the sale, stamps frequent-customer cards and, of course, tops it all off with his signature Timmons’ touch — whether it be in the form of inside joke, friendly pat on the shoulder or well-timed smile.
There is something to live and aspire for, said the man from Philadelphia. You just have to be ready when that opportunity comes.
He calls himself “Principal El,” and his mission is to motivate, invigorate and inspire students and teachers across the country. The teacher, principal and motivational speaker Salome Thomas-El brought words of wisdom (and a few laughs) to Indian River High School and Selbyville Middle School on March 2.
“You get a blessing and use it to help others. ... It comes back to you,” he said. Doing good in one area might tip the scales toward another good opportunity, such as a job interview or scholarship.
Similarly, “The way you treat people, that will come back to you,” said Thomas-El. “You can say what you want, you can do what you want, but the way you make people feel is what they’ll remember about you.”
Celebrating its 10th season bringing arts to Sussex County, the Freeman Stage at Bayside is promising to continue doing just that, and in grand style, as it announced on March 15 its summer season lineup.
Bethany Beach Town Council members this week found some room for compromise on the somewhat controversial idea of prohibiting tents on the town’s beaches.
Employee salaries continue to be the focus of the discussions of the Town of Ocean View’s draft budget for the 2018 fiscal year.
At the town council’s monthly meeting on March 14, council members voiced their desire to ensure employees receive fair, competitive pay.
The Millville Town Council swore in returning Council Members Robert Gordon and Susan Brewer and newcomer Peter Michel on March 14.
Outgoing councilman Steve Small commended Michel, telling the others, “You will enjoy him. … He suffers fools patiently. I don’t. … He has a cool head at all times. He will be a wonderful member and friend to you.”
South Bethany Treasurer Don Boteler on March 10 presented the draft budget for the 2018 fiscal year, which the town council will continue discussing over the next few months, ahead of the start of the new fiscal year on May 1.
In the draft, the Town’s operating budget is about $2.4 million, which doesn’t include their reserve and savings accounts.