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Candidates get the final say before next week’s elections

Voters will certainly have plenty to think about during this year’s mid-term elections, taking place next Tuesday, Nov. 4. As is our tradition, we have sent off a few questions to the candidates in our local elections, and here are the responses we received back before we went to press. Each candidate is listed in alphabetical order for each office.

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Return Day a unique Sussex County tradition

As time-honored Delaware traditions go, Return Day may be the most unique of them all.

Halloween night offers plenty of entertainment locally

Big ghouls and little alike — Are you prepared for Halloween tonight?

With official times for trick-or-treating in the area being set for the evening of Friday, Oct. 31, more people are being afforded the opportunity to get out in their neighborhoods, visit friends and family, show off their costumes and collect a few (or many) goodies.

Students bring civil rights concerns to school board

Story edited online Oct. 31, 2014.

Coastal Point • Laura Walter : Cole Haden was one of many Sussex Central High School students who encouraged the school district to teach about homosexuality and offer comprehensive sex education.Coastal Point • Laura Walter : Cole Haden was one of many Sussex Central High School students who encouraged the school district to teach about homosexuality and offer comprehensive sex education.On Oct. 27, for the first time in many years, students flooded the Indian River School District’s school board meeting, to denounce a board member’s recent comments about the place of homosexuality and abstinence in health education.

This is just another civil rights movement, said Sussex Central High School senior Matt Price.

Board Member Shaun Fink has made no secret of his desire to eliminate the discussion of homosexuality from the new health curriculum, based on his own religious beliefs. He prefers an abstinence-only course that excludes even the definitions of homosexuality and transgender and related terms.

Once again, we ask for you to cast your ballots

One of the msot anticipated election days we’ve had in quite some time will finally take place next Tuesday, Nov. 4.

No, there’s nothing as glamorous as a presidential or gubernatorial election during the mid-term balloting, but the ramifications of this year’s elections will be strongly felt, both locally and nationally.

Hey, sometimes life gives you fortune — twice

Who wouldn’t want an extra $25,000 a year? For life.

Well, to be fair, it’s for 20 years, but the name of the game hosted by the Massachusetts Lottery is “Lucky for Life,” so let’s stick with the “life” concept for now. Besides, none of us really know when that final curtain will drop, so 20 years might indeed be a factual statement. In fact, if I could sign a contract right now that guaranteed me another 20 years and...

Guest Column: New procedure decreases severity of chronic asthma attacks

Asthma is a chronic lung disease that can cause the airways to narrow so that less oxygen flows into the lungs. Uncontrolled asthma is serious, as it can cause permanent damage to the airways. Symptoms are wheezing, tightness in the chest, coughing and shortness of breath.

Dagsboro officials considering new building for town hall

The Town of Dagsboro is considering their options for a new town hall building — a move that, according to Town Administrator Stacey Long, would not increase property taxes for residents.

School to honor wounded warriors at Veterans Day program

For seven years, Lighthouse Christian School has been doing their part to honor the nation’s veterans. Each year, around Veterans Day, the school holds a program to honor veterans in the community.

Lower Case Blues to represent state at Blues Challenge in Memphis

Coastal Point • Submitted : Local blues band Lower Case Blues will represent Delaware at the 31st Blue Challenge in Memphis, Tenn.Coastal Point • Submitted : Local blues band Lower Case Blues will represent Delaware at the 31st Blue Challenge in Memphis, Tenn.Local blues band Lower Case Blues won the five-band Blues Battle on Oct. 19 to represent Delaware at the 31st Blues Challenge in Memphis in January 2015. The competition was hosted by the Central Delaware Blues Society at Jonathan’s Landing in Magnolia.

Joining the regular trio of musicians, Jake Banaszak (guitar), B.J. Muntz (bass and vocals) and Paul Weik (drums) was 2006 Indian River High School graduate Jimmy Rugemer (harmonica).

“I’m really excited to share this adventure with my best friends! Off to Memphis we go!” said Rugemer.

Blues band member Roger Girke was one of the judges.

Grout Fix celebrates 20 years in business

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Grout Fix Services owner Wayne Kratzer poses with patner Scott Ireland.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Grout Fix Services owner Wayne Kratzer poses with patner Scott Ireland.For more than two decades, Grout Fix Services has been providing customers from Lewes to Ocean City, Md., and the surrounding area with solutions to their tile and grout needs.

“We’re on time all the time, and we take a proactive approach to what we do and pay attention to detail,” said owner Wayne Kratzer of the business’ success. “That kind of sticks out with people, that we follow through. It’s the little touches that make the difference.”

After moving to the area around more than 20 years ago from Pennsylvania, it was by coincidence that Kratzer got into the business.

“I moved to the area 22 years ago and wanted a change and decided to come down here,” he explained. “I actually got involved with this by accident, by working with chemicals, and came up with this process of grout sealing.”

Gun parts arrive at Fort Miles

Submitted • George M. Ward : Workers from Lockwood Brothers Inc. and Geo. W. Plummer & Sons Inc. Crane Rental of Lewes move the big gun’s girder, or base, at Fort Miles.Submitted • George M. Ward : Workers from Lockwood Brothers Inc. and Geo. W. Plummer & Sons Inc. Crane Rental of Lewes move the big gun’s girder, or base, at Fort Miles.Four mega-ton gun parts for a 16-inch barrel from the U.S.S. Missouri were unloaded at Cape Henlopen State Park on Thursday, Oct. 23, after a 250-mile truck trip to Fort Miles from an outdoor naval boneyard in Virginia, the next step toward creating a permanent display of the big gun.

Lockwood Brothers Inc. of Hampton, Va., hauled the 90,000-pound girder, or base; a 70,000-pound slide; a 38,500-pound yoke and other parts from the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division, in Virginia, via Interstate 95, the Baltimore Beltway and Route 1 in Delaware to the fort in Cape Henlopen State Park.

At the fort, employees of Lockwood and Geo. W. Plummer & Sons Inc. Crane Rental of Lewes placed the huge parts near the Missouri barrel, which was brought to the fort by barge and rail in April 2012 from St. Julien’s Creek Annex of Norfolk Naval Base in Virginia.

Launch party set for Sunday to celebrate ‘The Boardwalk’

Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach will host a party Sunday, Nov. 2, at 2 p.m. to celebrate the launch of “The Boardwalk,” a collection of short stories set in Rehoboth that was recently published by Cat & Mouse Press. The book contains winning entries from the 2014 Rehoboth Beach Reads Short Story Contest.

No injuries in Wallops rocket explosion

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: The Antares rocket exploded seconds into its planned launch at the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on Tuesday, Oct. 28. Thankfully, there were no reported casualties at the scene.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: The Antares rocket exploded seconds into its planned launch at the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on Tuesday, Oct. 28. Thankfully, there were no reported casualties at the scene.The horror of watching a massive rocket explode over the Eastern Shore on Oct. 28 was only mitigated by the fact that no one was reported to have been injured at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Wallops Flight Facility on the nearby Eastern Shore of Virginia.

Only seconds into the 6:22 p.m. launch, the unmanned Antares rocket — carrying 5,000 pounds of equipment, supplies and experiments to the International Space Station (ISS) — appeared to have successfully lifted off, but within seconds faltered and exploded back to earth in an enormous fireball.

“What we know so far is pretty much what everybody saw in the video. It looked like some disassembly on the first stage, and then it fell to earth,” said Frank Culbertson, executive vice president and general manager of Orbital Science’s Advanced Programs Group. “Most of this happened in the first 20 seconds of flight, and it was pretty quick.”

Civil War Profiles: Delaware’s Civil War military statistics

Every soldier who served during the Civil War became a statistic in one respect or another. All states that participated in the conflict, including Delaware, are documented according to their level of involvement and the casualties they suffered.

Tripple Overtime: Is Percy Harvin a height supremacist?

There’s been a lot of speculation this week as to why the Seattle Seahawks decided to trade wide receiver Percy Harvin to the New York Jets — much of it being based off of rumors, hunches and whatever else Adam Shefter says.

South Champs! Kilby, Indians net fifth consecutive South title

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Pierre Gilette prepares for the header on what would be his first goal of the season against Woodbridge last Monday night.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Pierre Gilette prepares for the header on what would be his first goal of the season against Woodbridge last Monday night.This year’s Indian River High School senior soccer players had never known a season without a Henlopen South title as they headed into the final home game of their high school careers on Monday, and they made sure they never would, with an 8-0 Senior Night shutout against Woodbridge.

“We’re sending a message,” said senior captain Danny Garza of the impressive title streak.

Fittingly, it was senior forward and captain Luis Cruz who scored the game’s first goal, on an assist from sophomore captain Mac Smith in the fourth minute.

Freshman Oscar Cruz would make it 2-0 in the 23rd minute, with a goal assisted by sophomore Mikie Mochiam, and sophomore Johan Cordoba would make it 4-0, with two goals in a row still in the first half. Cordoba was assisted by freshmen Edgardo Velasquez and Garza.

Indians to face Delmar after stomping Seaford 49-0

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : Junior center Sito Osegueda paves the way for junior running back KiAnté Sturgis during the Indians' 49-0 shutout against Seaford last Friday night.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : Junior center Sito Osegueda paves the way for junior running back KiAnté Sturgis during the Indians' 49-0 shutout against Seaford last Friday night.Suiting up to play at Indian River High School’s football stadium one last time, senior WR/HB/CB Kei Juan Major knew he had to make a play for the fans in his and the senior class’ final home stand against Seaford last Friday night.

“[The seniors were] hyped for this game, knowing it was the last time playing on this field,” said Major. “Had to do something spectacular for the fans.”

With the Indians already up 14-0 nearing the end of the first quarter, Major got his opportunity when he intercepted a pass and took it back 93 yards for a touchdown.

“The quarterback just lobbed it in the air,” he said of the play. “I had to run and go get it, and then I saw a hole wide open and I took it and scored.”

Lady Indians ‘Centralized’ in district showdown

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : Indian River senior Marina Travalini goes up for the block against Sussex Central senior Taylor Pritchett in last Thursday's rivalry game.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : Indian River senior Marina Travalini goes up for the block against Sussex Central senior Taylor Pritchett in last Thursday's rivalry game.Heading into their final matches of the season, both the Indian River and Sussex Central high school volleyball teams only had one thing left to play for: rivalry bragging rights.

Despite the Lady Indians’ home-court advantage and Senior Night festivities, however, it was the Lady Golden Knights who came through with the win in four matches.

After Central went up 2-0 with set victories by the score of 25-16 and 25-15, a dunk over the net by Indian River senior Marina Travalini put the Lady Indians up 15-14 in the third set.

An ace from sophomore Sammie Mumford would increase the lead to 17-14, until Central senior Taylor Pritchett tied it back up at 17. Junior Eliza Bombhardt would eventually give the Lady Indians a 22-19 lead with an ace, as they went on to a 25-21 win.

Christian book sale set for Nov. 8 in Georgetown

Christian authors from Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and New Jersey are heading to Georgetown for Delaware’s largest Christian book sale, The Book Event, on Saturday, Nov. 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Going homeless to raise awareness

“Last night, it was freezing,” said Eric Snyder, who several years ago helped create Serving Others Under the Lord (SOUL) Ministries, an outreach ministry for those who are homeless or in need, on a recent morning when temperatures dipped into the 30s — reminiscent of last year’s bitter winter.

Summer of 2014 declared a success in Bethany Beach

Bethany Beach officials on Oct. 17 reported the summer of 2014 as a “very successful, very busy summer.”

Town Manager Cliff Graviet offered praise for new events director and media coordinator Julie Malewski and her work on the slate of entertainment options offered by the Town.

Millville VFC raising funds for mechanical CPR device

Medical professionals known that, when dealing with cardiac arrest, effective chest compressions deliver vital oxygen to the brain and can prime the heart for a successful shock. And sometimes, the most effective chest compressions come not from human hands but a mechanical device.

Awards, Bands and Costumes: the ABCs of a parade

Coastal Point • File Photo : Everybody gets into the spirit at the Selbyville Halloween Parade.Coastal Point • File Photo : Everybody gets into the spirit at the Selbyville Halloween Parade.Every year, thousands of people agree: the Selbyville Halloween Parade is the place to be. The classic tradition will return Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m., once again sponsored by the Fenwick Island Lions Club and Town of Selbyville.

“I’m surprised at how many people say, ‘I was in that parade when I was a kid,’” organizer Fran Pretty has said in the past. “So I think that’s a testimony to how people look forward to it.”

People may line the streets from Town Hall to PNC Bank, where the judging and main performances occur.

Besides rocking out to several local high school bands, people can take in appearances by floats, gymnasts, candidates for public office, fire trucks, scout troops, pageant winners, farm equipment, classic cars and much more.

Auburn student from Dagsboro recognized for leadership

U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) recently presented a Congressional Record detailing the leadership skills and accomplishments of Auburn University student Carol Linde on Oct. 7 at the Auburn Student Center.

Banks shows some spirit with Chamber’s Lighthouse Award

Coastal Point • Maria Counts : Kami Banks, second from left, receives the Lighthouse Award at the Chamber’s annual awards celebration. Pictured with Banks, from left, are Dale Bellinger, Todd Hickman and Anne Powell.Coastal Point • Maria Counts : Kami Banks, second from left, receives the Lighthouse Award at the Chamber’s annual awards celebration. Pictured with Banks, from left, are Dale Bellinger, Todd Hickman and Anne Powell.Just running a business is a big responsibility, but that didn’t stop Kami Banks from working double duty for, and ultimately winning, the 2014 Lighthouse Award from the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce last week.

One year ago, Banks (of Banks Wines & Spirits) was sworn in as the Chamber board president. That was expected. What the Quiet Resorts didn’t expect was the sudden resignation of the Chamber executive director just prior to the new board term.

Banks then agreed to fill that roll, too, doubly leading the Chamber for four months, until staffer Kristie Maravalli was announced as successor.

Banks was praised for handling the situation with “class, dignity and grace,” despite the obvious rush of running a business and holding two Chamber positions.

Banks recognized for selflessness, grand vision

Kami Banks has long been an influential voice in the community, somewhat belying her relatively-young age.

Do we oversaturate in the media? Absolutely

I love a good statistic.

Not one of those “I’m-trying-to-prove-a-point-so-I’ll-pull-something-out-my-backside-that’s-almost-pertinent” statistics. I mean the ones that either truly tell a story, cause me to think about things in a different way or, quite simply, make me laugh.

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