Speculation has run rampant over what would happen with the Harris Teeter building near Salt Pond since that company announced they were closing their doors there in February 2015.
The Delaware State Police are currently investigating bomb threats that they said were called in to four area schools this morning.
Police said the first incident occurred around 11:09 a.m. this morning, Monday, May 23, when an unknown male suspect allegedly called East Millsboro Elementary School, located at 29346 Iron Branch Road, Millsboro, and advised that a bomb was at the school.
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Following a two-year investigation, the Delaware State Police Sussex Drug Unit (SDU), Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) and the Sussex County Attorney General’s Office have charged 13 individuals who were allegedly part of a criminal organization that engaged in large-scale heroin distribution and money laundering.
A new traffic signal was set to be activated at the intersection of Route 26 and Powell Farm Road in Clarksville this week. The new signal was set to begin operation in flashing mode on Thursday, May 19. The signal is set to get the green light to begin a regular stop-and-go operation on Monday, May 23, pending weather.
Signs are posted to inform drivers of the new traffic pattern.
The Bethany Beach Town Council on May 12 unanimously approved a settlement in the lawsuit against it by neighbors of the Town-owned Maryland Avenue Extension property planned to become the new home to the historic Dinker Cottage.
Motorists shouldn’t panic when they see state officials monitoring South Bethany around Memorial Day weekend, said Town Councilman George Junkin at the May 13 council meeting.
Brooke Beam has collected just about every individual accolade there is to collect during her storied soccer career.
The senior forward has earned First-Team All-Conference and All-State honors every year since arriving at Indian River High School for her freshman season. As a junior, she was named to the state’s Top XI list. And, recently, she became the Indians’ all-time leading scorer, as the first soccer player in school history to eclipse the 100-goals mark.
But there was still one thing that Beam hadn’t accomplished — something that she’d made a personal goal ever since stepping foot in the gym at IR some four years ago, a starry-eyed freshman looking up at banners for legendary IR athletes Jamie Jarmon and Caitlin Forte.
Little did she know then that one day she’d have a banner of her own hanging in the rafters, as last Tuesday, Beam became only the third athlete in Indian River High School history to be named a Gatorade Player of the Year.
It’s time for Selbyville, among many municipalities, to start putting its future goals on paper again. The Town of Selbyville has begun planning for a 10-year update to its comprehensive plan.
On May 2, a professional municipal planner encouraged the town council to let her apply for grant money to complete the comp plan update.
If you see a new officer patrolling the streets of Ocean View, chances are it’s patrolman Troy Bowden.
“We’re excited to have him,” said Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin.
Bowden started with the department on May 2 and will be doing field training with other OVPD officers for a total of five weeks before he may patrol on his own. A Georgetown native, Bowden has been interested in law enforcement since he was in high school.
“When I was in high school, I was part of the Delaware State Police Explorers Program,” he said. “It’s for young women and men who have an interest in law enforcement. I was in that my 10th-grade year in high school, and started learning how to do routine patrol, traffic stops, learning the 10 codes — how to communicate over the radio. And I just had the urge to learn more.”
This week, Sussex County revealed its proposed $119 million budget for the 2017 fiscal year.
In the proposed budget, County staff recommended no change in property taxes or general fund fees. Sewer and water service charges would not increase either, if the budget is approved.
Town staff working to reconstruct steps at nine dune crossings
With DNREC’s work on the town’s storm-battered beaches complete, Bethany Beach officials said Town staff have been working to reconstruct steps at nine dune crossing locations in recent weeks, but handicapped access to the beach will still be limited this summer, due to the damage caused by nor’easters over the winter and spring.
A community is rallying together after a 10-year-old was struck by a van south of Millsboro last weekend.
According to police, on Saturday, May 14, around 3:33 p.m. Garrett Rogers, 10, was attempting to retrieve two baseballs that apparently went over the fence and crossed over Iron Branch Road.
It’s all-too-rare that we see a truly win-win situation in any walk of life. In government, that may be an even rarer situation.
However, we might be seeing that very circumstance happening in Selbyville, as officials there have begun planning the 10-year update to the Town’s comprehensive plan.
So, this has been an interesting race for the presidency to this point, huh?
Notable musicians, food and craft beer on hand
Even though the weather forecast for Saturday is for rain (at this point, is anyone surprised?), the planners of the Baldcypress Bluegrass Festival near Gumboro are hopeful that the day won’t be a washout.
It might seem like a long way from pursuing a music career in Nashville, but Tyler Hundley hopes his Millsboro power-washing business will be music to his customers’ ears.
Hundley, 26, is the president of Looks New Powerwashing and the proud owner of a new rig for the business, which he says is state-of-the-art and “the Ferrari of power-washers.”
A 2008 graduate of Sussex Technical High School in Georgetown, Hundley headed to Nashville, a young man with a dream of making it in the music business. While that didn’t pan out the way he had planned, a friendship with a fellow musician led to a business relationship with that same friend, in power-washing. He spent about four years learning the trade alongside his friend, soaking up the tricks of the trade and realizing that it was something he enjoyed — and that he was good at it.
Ocean View resident Perry J. Mitchell, 77, filed on May 13 at the Board of Elections as the Democratic nominee for the District 20 seat in the Delaware Senate, which is currently held by Gerald Hocker.
The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit this week was investigating a motorcycle crash near Fenwick Island that seriously injured a Maryland man.
In 1936, Margaret Mitchell published her popular version of aristocratic life in the antebellum South that the Civil War essentially shattered, only to be resurrected in a different guise through true grit and determination.
Stephanie Wilkinson was 25 years old when she opened her first business.
Now she’s bringing that experience to the classroom every day, as Indian River High School’s business teacher and its Teacher of the Year for 2016-2017.
“Every day, I bring in something that I did at the store,” Wilkinson said. “They understand it better when … you bring live examples.”
Before embarking on a teaching career, the IR grad owned All Out Sports for 13 years.
As a young business major and athlete, Wilkinson always loved sports, but the closest athletic shops were in Dover and in Salisbury, Md. She decided the Bethany Beach area should have one, too.
Tribe alive after 9-4 comeback at Milford
Not only was the game on the line, but, in all likelihood, so was their season.
The Indian River High School softball team had dug themselves into a quick hole on the road against Milford on Monday, May 16, but still managed to battle back and pull out a 9-4 win in comeback fashion, to keep their post-season hopes alive.
“We definitely knew we needed this game,” said senior LF Callie McDowell. “We know that if we win out, we have a spot in the playoffs. We don’t want to have that “what-if” feeling. We just want to win out.”
“We started like we’re playing the playoffs today,” added head coach Erika Brittingham. “That’s the mentality that we went in with.”
After a three-run shot had put the Bucs up 4-0 in the first inning, freshman pitcher Abi O’Shields entered the game in relief, to immediately knock down her first two batters up and extinguish the Milford momentum.
Heavy hitting Indians blast Bucs 17-9
If a controversial call in their game against Lake Forest earlier this season had gone the other way, the Indian River High School baseball team could have very well been playing for the Henlopen South title at Milford on Monday, May 16.
They’d settle for spoiling the Buccaneers own title run, however, taking down the division leader, 17-9, for the first time since 2010.
“Milford’s a good team, but at the same time, we earned this one. We’re starting to play to our capabilities,” said head coach Chris Megee after the game. “I can’t be any more proud of them today.”
With the Bucs leading 8-4 through four innings, the Tribe blew the doors after tying it up in the top of the fifth, racking up 14 runs in the last three innings alone and giving up only one run in the process.
It’s been a bit of a rebuilding year for the Indian River High School boys’ tennis team.
But despite a young and, for the most part, inexperienced lineup, the Indians still finished on a high note, with a win over Seaford and making some noise at the Henlopen Conference championships.
At first singles, junior Mac Smith earned a bye to get him through the first round of the tournament, only to have to face the No. 1 seed and state’s top-ranked player, Milford senior Colt Williamson.
“I just wanted to be able to compete and give him a challenge,” Smith said. “I don’t think many people hit as hard as Colt around here.”
In his third time having to face Williamson this season, Smith said that he saw some improvement, despite falling 6-0, 6-0, and that facing players of that caliber only makes him a better player himself.
Fitz takes fourth at conference championships
After clinching four straight Henlopen South titles, the Indian River High School girls’ tennis just missed out on a fifth conference title last season in getting the short end of a tie-break against rival Milford.
However, they made up for that this season, clinching the division and bringing the title back to IR after a 4-1 win against Seaford on Tuesday, May 10.
“It came down to that last match. We were preparing and preparing. We knew that we had to win that one to clinch,” said head coach Stefanie Riddle. “They worked so hard. They definitely earned it.”
“I’m so proud of the team,” said senior first singles player Hannah Shultie. “It took all of us and our hard work to achieve the goal we had been working so hard for. It was a great end to a senior year.”
Shultie put her squad up with a 7-6 (7-3), 6-0 victory over Seaford’s Samantha Cotten, with the Indians sweeping the Blue Jays at second and third singles as well.
At the two spot, sophomore Kayla Huebner took down Jordyn Lewis, 6-4, 6-2, and freshman Alex Fitz rolled to a 6-1, 6-0 win over Kaitlyn Coll at third singles.
One check mark down. Two more to go.
Head coach Steve Kilby and the Indian River High School girls’ soccer team always have three items on their “short list” at the beginning of the season. First, they want the division. Then, they want the conference. And, finally, they want the state championship.
While it’s been a busy week, that first box got checked last Tuesday, May 10, when they earned their third straight Henlopen South crown by taking down Woodbridge, 6-0.
The then-10-2-1 Blue Raiders had seen their own title hopes toppled after falling to Delmar in their previous game, but the Indians still needed to the win to mathematically clinch the division.
They’d keep things rolling on Thursday, May 12, that time by rolling over district rival Sussex Central, 9-0.
Indians set for playoff run
After seeing their Henlopen South title hopes erode after dropping two straight games to Lake Forest and Delmar, the Indian River High School boys’ lacrosse team almost saw their playoffs hopes do the same after dropping two straight goals against district rival Sussex Central to start their Senior Night game on Thursday, May 12.
However, after the initial deficit, the Indians rallied back to a 20-5 win, to keep their chances at the tournament very much alive.
“We did want the South. We let Lake get away from us a little bit, and I take nothing away from Delmar — they played very well — but we didn’t bring our best that day,” said coach Dave Spencer. “Moving forward, we’re gonna go ahead and have our goal be the playoffs.”
While the Tribe looks well-positioned to make that goal a reality, their comeback against the Golden Knights was sparked with a gelling offense early on.
Shuey gets sent out in style
It was a tale of two halves when the Indian River High School and Sussex Academy girls’ lacrosse teams met for the first time, on Thursday, May 12.
The pioneer programs had taken turns trading goals early on, with IR riding a 5-3 lead headed into the break. But after the Seahawks cut that lead to 6-5 early in half No. 2, the budding rivalry would end there, with the Indians stringing together nine unanswered goals and clinching a 14-5 win to send their only senior — captain Emiley Shuey — out in style.
“Emiley has always had our back,” said sophomore Helen Davis after the game. “I know that all the girls wanted to win this one for her.”
Shuey would notch the game’s first goal just 0:33 in, finding the net on a penalty shot to put her squad up 1-0.
Demonstrating the same mutable nature as his namesake from the “Transformers” TV show, toys and movies, “Megatron” the harbor seal returned to his native habitat on Wednesday, May 11, a changed being from when he had first appeared on the beach in South Bethany in February.
A former treasurer for the Millville Volunteer Fire Company (MVFC) is the focus of an inspection report conducted by the State of Delaware Office of Auditor of Accounts (AOA).
Charges have been dropped — for now — in the cases of five men previously accused of embezzling more than $600,000 from American Legion Post 28 in Millsboro.
Two weeks after Delaware Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) made the April 7 arrests and after further investigation, the Delaware Department of Justice decided to drop the charges.
When fall comes, physics let pumpkins fly over field and plain.
From Nov. 4 to 6, Sussex County will welcome back Punkin Chunkin, the classic local event and modern worldwide phenomenon celebrating modern engineering in a cornfield. The goal is to build a machine that will launch a pumpkin the farthest distance.
In researching the 70-year history of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7234, Jerry Hardiman has discovered a theme of selflessness running though longtime members.
The VFW was founded in 1946, primarily by World War II veterans. It was an organized effort to answer the questions, “How can we help our veterans? How can we help people in need in the community?” Hardiman said.
The Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission was set to hold a public hearing on Thursday, May 12, at 6 p.m., related to an ordinance to amend the code of Sussex County regarding signage.
A recent school fire only resulted a few hours of lost instructional time.
Lord Baltimore Elementary School suffered a small electrical fire on Friday, May 6, at 11:52 a.m. in a heating panel on the second floor of the school.
With those wires mostly producing smoke, it was barely a fire, said Indian River School District spokesperson David Maull.
“It was producing smoke on the second floor, so they went ahead and evacuated the building and called the fire department,” Maull said.
The fire was extinguished by the time the Millville Volunteer Fire Company arrived.
Hundreds of students stood outside in a light but persistent rain. But they were being ushered into the gymnasium by 12:15 p.m.
For-profit vendors will now pay a fee for displaying their wares in the Town of Millville.
On May 10, the Millville Town Council approved a $25 event license, per vendor, per day. This is Millville’s first peddler license of this kind, for food trucks and other vendors.