IRSD to appeal to public in February referendum

The Indian River School District has about two months to plan — and pass — a public referendum to build new schools and renovate others.

Amid the area’s increasingly busy traffic and the once-empty cornfields now full of housing...

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 1:25pm

Carriage rides will be offered in Bethany Beach each Saturday in December this year, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Bethany set to transform into Weekend Wonderland

Weekends in December are full of celebrating and shopping and eating and creating. All of those things, and more, are part of this year’s Weekend Wonderland events in Bethany Beach.

This year, there are four Saturdays in December before...

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 12:49pm

Parents learn about cyber-safety from former attorney-general

This holiday season, many kids will get new cell phones, laptops, tablets or gaming systems. They can use them to talk to anyone across the earth. They can also send pictures and private information to anybody, good or bad. They may not always...

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 12:45pm

Alice & Laila

Holiday Gift Guide

Windsor Teak

Situated right along the highway in Fenwick Island, Windsor Teak Furniture offers an escape into places far and exotic with their distinct array of furniture.

Taking a prominent position in the store is a Lutyens Bench...

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 12:07pm

James Farm upgrades were set to officially begin on Nov. 26 but kicked off with a groundbreaking on Nov. 16.

James Farm preserve digs into a bigger future

James Farm Ecological Preserve has a way of making visitors feel alone in nature, even though another hiker might be just around the corner, having the same experience.

Word has gotten out about James Farm — a tranquil, but increasingly...

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 11:58am

Aidan Kypreos, 15, of Bethany Beach finished his Eagle Scout project, a pair of benches for the veterans to rest during walks, earlier this fall at the Delaware   Veterans Home in Milford.

Kypreos completes Eagle project

Aidan Kypreos, 15, of Bethany Beach is one step closer to holding the rank of Eagle with the Boy Scouts of America, after having completed his Eagle Scout project at the Delaware Veterans Home in Milford.

“I kind of wanted to get it early...

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 11:47am

Selbyville library celebrating the season

The Selbyville Public Library is hosting two holiday events to put people in the Christmas spirit: the Capital Ringers on Dec. 8, and an Open House with Santa and Mrs. Claus on Dec. 15.

Library Director Kelly Kline said she is proud to...

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 10:59am

Hundreds of people gathered at Mountaire’s Selbyville warehouse on Monday, Nov. 19, to pack 8,500 boxes of Thanksgiving meals for people in the community.

Feeding thousands

While temperatures may have been low on Monday morning, hearts were warm as hundreds of community members gathered in tight-knit quarters with a collective goal — to give those in need a true Thanksgiving meal.

“It’s absolutely...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 3:55pm

Frankford to celebrate Christmas in the Park

Frankford will lights up for the Christmas season this Saturday, Nov. 24, with its Christmas in the Park celebration.

Christmas in the Park is a collaborative effort between area churches, the Town of Frankford’s Envision Frankford...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 3:49pm

John Martin, left, and Josheline Aldrete, served as members of the Color Guard during the IRHS Marine Corps National Defense Cadet Corps celebration on Nov. 15.

IR shows pride on Marine Corps birthday

By Laura Walter

Staff Reporter


Indian River High School students performed a military-style ceremony this month to honor the 243rd birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps.

The USMC was founded Nov. 10, 1775. And the IRHS...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 3:46pm

SoDel Cares recently donated $4,000 to Primeros Pasos, an early-childhood learning center in Georgetown. Pictured, from left, are: Danae Evans, manager of NorthEast Seafood Kitchen; Lindsey Barry, president of SoDel Cares and controller for SoDel Concepts; David Baker, a Primeros Pasos board member; Sandy Baker, president of Primeros Pasos’ board; and Barbara Tenny, a Primeros Pasos board member.

SoDel Cares donates $4,000 to Primeros Pasos

SoDel Cares, the philanthropic arm of SoDel Concepts, recently donated $4,000 to Primeros Pasos, an early-childhood learning center in Georgetown.

“We are happy to support Primeros Pasos because of the work they do with children who come...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 3:04pm

New Leo Club officers include, from left: Treasurer Darna Khamphilavong; Vice President Katelyn Timmons; President Samuel Miltner; and Secretary Hailey Hudson.

Leo Club welcomes new officers, members

The Indian River High School Leo Club held their new member and officer induction ceremony on Oct. 22. They inducted 97 new members this year into a club with more than 200 members. The Leo Club is a service organization sponsored by the Fenwick...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 3:00pm

Sean and Kristina Malone have set up a mailbox for Santa and responds to every letter. The mailbox is located at 2 Windward Way in the Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club in Dagsboro.

Santa gets help from Dagsboro family

Former postal worker inspired to set up Santa mailbox

By Kerin Magill

Staff Reporter


When Sean Malone of Dagsboro worked for the U.S. Postal Service, he took on a side gig as Santa’s helper.

“I just happened to come in one day and we were starting to collect Santa...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 2:04pm

Christina Showalter, executive director of the Delaware Housing Alliance, left, receives a donation from Clayton Stradley, commercial loan officer for County Bank.

County Bank donates $1,000 to Delaware Housing Alliance

County Bank recently donated to Delaware Housing Alliance, whose mission is to advance housing opportunities, end homelessness and promote vibrant communities through public policy advocacy, research and education, technical assistance and...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 1:57pm

DCHS perform community service on Return Day

DCHS foreign-exchange students Jasmine Zhang, Alice Xu, Jessie Sun and Angel Li are busy at work assembling food packages for delivery and cleaning the kitchen at the Long Neck CHEER Center. 

Every year on Return Day, students at Delmarva...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 1:51pm

The community had the opportunity to buy specialty soups and baked goods from local restaurants during the third annual Soup for the Soul event.

Soup for the Soul raises funds for Community Food Bank


Brandywine Living at Fenwick Island invited the local community to their third annual “Soup for the Soul” fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 3, with the proceeds benefitting the Community Food Bank of Salem United Methodist Church.


Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 1:40pm

Weekend Wonderland in Bethany to bring holiday fun to the beach

Hosted annually the first four Saturdays in December, Weekend Wonderland in Bethany kicks off Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. throughout downtown Bethany Beach. Local merchants will offer special promotions and activities, and a variety of...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 12:57pm

Selbyville group collecting coats for veterans

This winter, the Selbyville Community Club is once again collecting coats, sweatpants and sweatshirts for homeless military veterans in Delaware.

The sixth annual “Coats and Sweats for Vets” returns for the entire month of December 2018....

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 12:19pm

The Town of Dagsboro lights up its Christmas tree back in 2015. Dagsboro recently announced its full holiday schedule for 2018.

Dagsboro announces dates, times for holiday events

It’s going to start to look a lot like Christmas around the town of Dagsboro over the next couple weeks.

The 2018 Dagsboro Christmas Tree Lighting will take place on Saturday, Nov. 24, at 7 p.m. at Katie Helm Park. The celebration will...

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 1:57pm

Former U.S. surgeon general Lt. Gen. Ronald R. Blanck delivers his Veterans Day address at VFW Post 7234 in Ocean View.

Former surgeon general gives Veterans Day address

A former U. S. surgeon general told those attending a Veteran’s Day commemoration at VFW Post 7234 in Ocean View that when he cared for veterans, he was caring for “the most deserving patients in the world.”

“Whether two or 20 years,...

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 1:22pm

Oliva Brill visits with Santa at a previous Holiday Happening. Last year, all she wanted for Christmas was her two front teeth. We hope she’s got them by now!

Bethany Beach to host Holiday Happenings, tree lighting

On Saturday, Dec. 1, the Town of Bethany Beach will host its annual Holiday Happenings from 1 to 3 p.m. at town hall. The event will feature face painting and photos with Santa, with hot cocoa, cookies and a station for children to write letters...

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 1:12pm

Town of Millsboro readying for the holidays

The streets of Millsboro promise to be in full holiday cheer as the calendar flips to “December,” with the Town’s annual Christmas parade and tree-lighting celebration, scheduled to take place on Saturday, Dec. 1.

The parade will step off...

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 1:05pm

Mariner’s to host Live Nativity on Dec. 14

On Friday, Dec. 14, Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church of Ocean View will present a Live Nativity featuring the Christmas story told and re-told every half-hour from 6 to 8 p.m. on the church grounds at 81 Central Avenue in Ocean View. The...

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 11:12am

Barefoot Gardeners visit Brandywine

On Saturday, Nov. 10, the Barefoot Gardeners make their fifth annual visit to the Brandywine Living Senior Center near Selbyville. The Barefoot Gardeners supply the flowers and supplies to create centerpieces for the residents. ‘Thank you to...

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 11:07am

Thanksgiving Day to include Gabby Gobble 5K Run/Walk

The 5th Annual Gabby Gobble 5K and Kiddie Fun Run will take place on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, Nov. 22, at Irish Eyes Pub in Lewes. The Fun Run begins at 9 a.m., with the 5K race beginning at 9:30. Proceeds from the race will go to the Get...

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 10:55am

Seaside Bride partners with Barefoot Beach Bride to host bridal show at Smokey Hollow

Calling all couples-to-be! Are you still in need of a perfect venue at which to say, ‘I do?’ Still looking for that perfect buttercream cake or a photographer to capture one of the most important days of your life? Well, look no further!


Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 9:53am

Fenwick guard to compete at World Lifesaving Championship in Australia

“Two seconds and it’s over,” said Fenwick Island Lifeguard Emily Ruppert. “...

Friday, November 9, 2018 - 2:07pm

Agenda — Nov. 9, 2018

Bethany Beach

• The Town of Bethany Beach was set to flush its water system between Nov. 5 and 9, 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Town flushes its water system twice a year — spring and fall — to rid the system of any accumulated sediment so that the...

Friday, November 9, 2018 - 10:15am

Millville survey finds growth in younger, active populations

Millville residents in an informational session on Oct. 30 got a look at the results of a survey that had asked them to look at what they like about their town, what they don’t like and what they would like to see improved.

About 30...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 1:33pm

Allen Harim will phase out spray-irrigation at its Dagsboro hatchery, where it has been dispersing nitrates into the groundwater.

Allen Harim cited for groundwater pollution

Poultry producers are again being cited for nitrate overload to groundwater. This time, officials said, Allen Harim exceeded permitted nitrate levels in wastewater that is spray-irrigated at their Dagsboro hatchery, located at 26867 Nine Foot...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 1:30pm

South Bethany considering requiring parking permits town-wide

Now that summer is over, the South Bethany Town Council will heave the topic of parking permits back onto the table.

Besides increasing parking fees last spring, the Town hasn’t yet moved forward with plans to purchase an outdoor permit...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 1:24pm

CIB wants better monitoring, remediation of Mountaire wastewater

Now that Mountaire Farms has entered a consent decree with the State of Delaware, the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays (CIB) has published its own list of recommendations related to Mountaire’s wastewater permit violations near the Indian...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 1:19pm

Fenwick undertakes revaluation for property taxes

The Fenwick Island Town Council unanimously approved a request for proposals (RFP) regarding property reassessment. 

“Our property taxes are about 34 percent of all of our revenue, which is $728,267,” said Town Manager Terry Tieman. 


Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 1:17pm

Bethany to host Holiday Happenings, tree lighting

On Saturday, Dec. 1, the Town of Bethany Beach will host its annual Holiday Happenings from 1 to 3 p.m. at town hall. The event will feature face painting and photos with Santa, with hot cocoa, cookies and a station for children to write letters...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 1:12pm

Seaside Bride, Barefoot Beach Bride to host Smoky Hollow Bridal Show

For married couples-to-be who are in need of a perfect venue at which to say, “I do,” or still looking for that perfect buttercream cake or a photographer to capture one of the most important days of their life, Delaware Seaside Bride magazine...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 12:58pm

Southern Sussex Rotary donates to Boy Scout troop

Southern Sussex Rotary presents a check to Boy Scout Troop 281, to support the local troop.  Brendan Crotty, Rotarian and Eagle Scout, presented the check at the weekly Troop meeting to Tommy Kangas, Life Scout and Senior Patrol Leader of Troop...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 12:25pm

Students of Lighthouse Christian pay homage to visiting veterans in a previous event.

Veterans invited to Lighthouse Christian to be honored

For years, the students at Lighthouse Christian School have taken the time to thank veterans for their service to god and country.

“The main reason we do it is that they always remember the importance of Veterans Day — that it’s not always...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 11:16am

U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, center, honors his staff for two years of writing and building support for a major water infrastructure bill.

Congress passes major bipartisan water infrastructure act

America’s Water Infrastructure Act is the first major infrastructure bill to pass the 115th U.S. Congress. U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) co-authored the legislation, which was just signed into law in late October. Carper visited Bethany Beach and...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 11:14am

Car & Tractor Show

The Second Annual Antique, Classic Car & Tractor Show was hosted at the Roxana fire hall on Nov. 3. Events included a 50/50, raffles, ‘Chinese auction,’ vendors, and breakfast and lunch items for sale, including oyster sandwiches.

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 10:17am

Nominations sought for Unsung Heroes Caregiver Makeover Contest

“It takes a special person to be a caregiver. They are compassionate, patient, reliable and trustworthy — all out of the goodness of their heart,” said Barbara Murray, Maryland branch director for Peninsula Home Care. “Caregiving can be...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 9:47am

Turkey Trot scheduled for Thanksgiving Day

The 11th Annual Fenwick Island Turkey Trot will be held on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 22, at 8 a.m., with free coffee provided by One Coastal at 7:30 a.m.

The untimed 2.2-mile fun run/walk starts oceanside on Lewes Street in Fenwick...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 9:08am

Food & Wine Festival planned for Nov. 17 in Bethany

The second annual Food & Wine Festival at Bethany Beach Ocean Suites and 99 Sea Level Restaurant & Raw Bar in Bethany Beach will offer live music, food from area restaurants, wine tastings, a commemorative wine glass and a silent auction...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 9:06am

Cole to lead Return Day parade

Longtime Sussex County Council member George Cole may be stepping down from his county post, but he will have a rather large moment in the spotlight two days after his successor is chosen in the 2018 general election.

Cole, who has served...

Monday, November 5, 2018 - 1:02pm

From soccer skills and silliness to being a good sibling, these ILC students wrote what makes them special.

Uniquely you: LB celebrates special ed

Indian River School District celebrated Special Education Week with different activities in each building.

“Historically it was always a hush-hush thing,” said Kayla Bollinger, a special education coordinator.  “Now I think it’s important...

Monday, November 5, 2018 - 12:56pm

Mariner’s Bethel Trunk or Treat

Families enjoyed an evening of trunk or treating at Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church in Ocean View on Saturday, Oct. 27. The event had food, drinks, puppets, photo booth, candy/treats and a movie. Due to weather, the event was moved...

Friday, November 2, 2018 - 6:00pm

Return Day set to grab spotlight after election

As they have since the late 1700s, Sussex Countians will again gather ‘round the Circle in Georgetown two days after Election Day to hear the results, bury the hatchet, and, well, party.

Return Day is a tradition that is unique to Sussex...

Friday, November 2, 2018 - 5:09pm

Millville Volunteer Fire Company Receives Donation

County Bank recently made a $500 donation to the Millville Volunteer Fire Company. Pictured, from left, are County Bank’s John Murray, Tejay Pitts, Patricia Galvin, Sherri Damron, Brenda Richards and Zita Pennypacker, and Clarke Droney, president...

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 2:56pm

Mountaire employees donate coats to IRSD Early Learning Center

Mountaire Farms employees recently donated 125 coats, with hats and gloves, to the IRSD Early Learning Center in Frankford. The items were donated by employees at the Mountaire corporate office in Millsboro. Mountaire representatives delivered...

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 2:27pm

South Bethany police concerns loom, but new hires are in works

Troy Crowson pointed to the headline story in this month’s The Police Chief magazine: an article on retaining employees with non-paycheck items, such as take-home vehicles, and opportunities for advancement and education.

“We had all this...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 3:37pm

Millville officials look at ‘small-scale’ shopping areas in town

Millville Town Council made a move at its Tuesday, Oct. 23, workshop meeting toward changing its zoning code to set perameters for “small scale” shopping areas.

The council discussed a draft ordinance that would amend the Town’s zoning...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 3:27pm