BREAKING NEWS PHOTOS: Storm causes flooding, damage, road closures, boat beaching

Photos from the May 12-13 storm are shown in slideshow format below, with newer photos toward the end. All photos are copyright © Coastal Point, LLC, and may not be used without express permission of the Coastal Point.

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Monday, May 12, 2008 - 10:44am

BREAKING NEWS: Inlet Bridge, Route 1 reopen

The Delaware State Police and Department of Transportation reopened Route 1 between Dewey Beach and Fred Hudson Road/Road 360 north of Bethany Beach and the Indian River Inlet Bridge late Tuesday afternoon, following a detailed inspection of the...

Monday, May 12, 2008 - 9:17am

Chamber welcomes Deserie Lawrence

Deserie Lawrence hit the ground running, starting her new job as sales, marketing and events manager at the Bethany Fenwick Chamber of Commerce just the week before the annual Ocean to Bay Bike Tour.

Coastal Point • Monica Fleming

Thursday, May 8, 2008 - 7:08am

Turbine a breath of fresh air for Dagsboro couple

When driving west out of Dagsboro on Nine Foot Road, it’s hard to miss the big wind turbine on the right at the home of Greg and Terri Menoche.

Coastal Point • Monica Fleming:
Greg Menoche stands next to his 35-foot wind turbine...

Thursday, May 1, 2008 - 7:03am

Lord Baltimore Elementary students learn to 'Just Say No'

The fourth- and fifth-graders of Lord Baltimore were treated to a special presentation on April 17, of “Tar Wars” a nationwide program that started in Colorado, designed to educate America’s youth about the dangers of smoking.

Dr. Cedrick...

Thursday, May 1, 2008 - 5:04am

Dagsboro officer offers peace of mind in car-seat safety

According to a test done by researchers at car-safety.org, motor vehicle crashes are the No. 1 killer of children between the ages of 1 and 14. Nearly half of the deaths of children younger than 5 resulted because the children were not restrained...

Thursday, April 17, 2008 - 8:35am

NTSB cites pilot errors in fatal helicopter crash

Nearly a year and a half after the Dec. 14, 2006, helicopter crash outside Dagsboro that killed developer/philanthropist Joshua Freeman and his pilot, Alisa Danielle Howell, investigators at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) have...

Thursday, April 3, 2008 - 10:17am

Officials take on more extensive cancer survey

As a follow-up to last summer’s report of a cancer cluster investigation in the area of the Indian River Power Plant by Delaware Health and Social Services’ Division of Public Health, a comprehensive survey is now being conducted across Sussex...

Thursday, April 3, 2008 - 10:13am

Dagsboro police force making headway

The need for more law enforcement inside the town limits of Dagsboro is a justifiable one, according to Chief Floyd Toomey Jr. Upcoming developments in the town, both residential and commercial, along with several proposed projects, would require...

Thursday, April 3, 2008 - 9:46am

Dagsboro police force making headway

The need for more law enforcement inside the town limits of Dagsboro is a justifiable one, according to Chief Floyd Toomey Jr. Upcoming developments in the town, both residential and commercial, along with several proposed projects, would require...

Thursday, April 3, 2008 - 9:46am

Spring a new start for Bennett family farm tradition

Hail Bennett — the oldest son of Carrie and Jim Bennett, of Bennett Orchards near Dagsboro — was just 10 years old the last time his family planted peach trees, in 1996. This time, the “constant cycle” of planting and growing came full circle for...

Thursday, March 27, 2008 - 6:16am

Blanche C. Cullen, 94

Blanche C. Cullen, 94, of rural Dagsboro, Del., passed away peacefully on Friday, March 7, 2008, surrounded by her loving family, at Genesis Elder Care Nursing Home in Seaford, Del. She was a homemaker and farmer. She was a member of the...

Thursday, March 13, 2008 - 7:04am

Brad L. Derrickson, 22

Brad L. Derrickson, 22, of Dagsboro, Del., passed away Tuesday, March 4, 2008. He enjoyed tinkering with electronic gadgets and was an amateur radio operator. His call sign was N3WAU. He also enjoyed cooking and hoped to one day become a...

Thursday, March 13, 2008 - 7:03am

New inlet bridge to be in use before 2012

Work on two early phases of the construction of the new Indian River Inlet Bridge is revving up, with removal of excess soils from the existing faulty embankments set to begin the first week of April and work begun last week on geotechnical...

Thursday, March 6, 2008 - 10:56am

Gayle Derrickson-Steele, 60

Gayle Derrickson-Steele, 60, of Dagsboro, Del., passed away Saturday, March 1, 2008, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Salisbury, Md. She was a medical transcriptionist at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford, Del. She attended the...

Thursday, March 6, 2008 - 5:29am

Wallace Oman Lecher Jr., 77

Dr. Wallace Oman Lecher Jr., 77, of Dagsboro, Del., passed away Friday, Feb. 29, 2008, at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, Md. A graduate of Amherst College and Hahnemann Medical College, he served his medical internship at the Hahnemann-...

Thursday, March 6, 2008 - 5:26am

CoastalPoint.com 2.0 unveiled

Welcome to CoastalPoint.com 2.0! If you’ve visited our Web site in the last few weeks, you’ll already have noticed the appearance of the first phase of months of behind-the-scenes work by our staff on The Point’s Web presence.


Thursday, February 28, 2008 - 2:28am

Dagsboro welcome Adams into mayoral role

On Monday, Dec. 10, the Dagsboro Town Council held its first meeting since council member elections were held the first weekend in December. Council members Patti Adams, Wayne Baker and Cathy Flowers, who recaptured their seats for an additional...

Thursday, February 7, 2008 - 8:55am

County aims to meet state road standards

Existing standards for public roads in Sussex County are admittedly less stringent than those imposed by the State of Delaware, but that could cease to be the case under a directive passed by the Sussex County Council at their Tuesday, Jan. 8,...

Friday, January 18, 2008 - 4:04am

County approves medical facility near Bayside

The Sussex County Council on Jan. 8 granted unanimous approval of a conditional use for PMP Associates, which plans to bring a facility for healthcare and medical offices to a location near the intersection of Routes 54 and 20.

The 33.04-...

Friday, January 18, 2008 - 4:03am

Toomey preserving safety in Dagsboro

Sgt. Floyd Toomey has had some shoes to fill since coming on board to the Dagsboro Police Department, but he’s done so, stepping up as acting police chief upon the resignation of former chief William Dudley.

Toomey, who has spent 11 years...

Friday, October 19, 2007 - 9:30am

Legislators approve 'sweeping' revenue package

State legislators approved a sweeping revenue package with the 2008 fiscal year budget this weekend, raising $572 million over the next six years to help cover a $1.5 billion shortfall in the capital transportation program and, perhaps, saving...

Thursday, July 5, 2007 - 8:00pm

First day fruitful for farmers' market

The opening day of the Bethany Beach Farmers’ Market was just peachy for the local farmers, farm families and food producers who came out to sell their produces directly to the public on Sunday, July 1.

Special to the Coastal Point •...

Thursday, July 5, 2007 - 8:00pm

Vernice B. Lee, 85

Vernice B. Lee, 85, of Dagsboro, passed away Tuesday, June 26, 2007, at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes. She retired from the Health, Education and Welfare Department in Washington D.C. as an administrative assistant. She loved to travel and...

Thursday, July 5, 2007 - 8:00pm

Public fireworks displays offer safe, patriotic fun

The skies over coastal Delaware will light up over the Fourth of July holiday with a variety of pyrotechnics displays.

But not all of them will be legal.

Delaware is one of only five states in the country that ban all consumer...

Friday, June 29, 2007 - 11:10am

Ruth E. Hudson, 77

Ruth E. Hudson, 77, of Dagsboro, passed away at her home on Thursday, June 21, 2007. She was a retired employee of the Stockley Center in Georgetown, retiring after 17 years of service. She was a member of St. George’s United Methodist Church in...

Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 8:00pm

Bethany farmers' market to open Sunday

After weeks of anticipation and months of work, the inaugural Bethany Beach Farmers’ Market is set to open, from 8 a.m. to noon on Sunday, July 1, in the Mercantile Peninsula Bank parking lot in town. The market will run for eight consecutive...

Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 8:00pm

Legislation pushes IR bridge ahead

State legislation up for approval this week would allow state transportation officials to begin work on the much-anticipated Indian River Inlet Bridge project that was delayed again in late April.

A portion of the 2008-fiscal-year bond...

Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 8:00pm

Della Ella McCabe Hitchens, 70

Della Ella McCabe Hitchens, 70, of Dagsboro, passed away Friday, June 22, 2007, at her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was a lifelong member of the Hickory Hill Church in Millsboro. Her strong faith kept her involved in all offices and...

Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 8:00pm

Group officially recommends long eastern bypass

The 25-member working group made up of civic leaders coming Millsboro south to Selbyville have officially recommended building a highway that will bypass U.S. 113 from north of Millsboro to south of Frankford.

Some 19 out of the members —...

Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 8:00pm

Bennetts go from grist mill to peach orchard

Traveling north on Route 20 in Dagsboro, it’s hard to miss the 2,500 peach trees that line 25 acres on the roadway’s east side. The Bennetts’ peach trees, where locals have picked their own peaches since the mid-80’s — coupled with the Parsons’...

Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 8:00pm

Parsons training yet another young farmer

Behind his parents’ home off Route 20 in Dagsboro, Tyler Parsons snatched up a rake and went to work, seemingly determined to carry on his family’s farming tradition. But problems remain. Tyler is unfocused, and is just as determined to slip off...

Friday, May 25, 2007 - 7:12am

Stasny brings theater talent to Dagsboro

Dagsboro resident Andy Stasny is truly one in a million. A retired pharmacist, computer specialist and Navy veteran, he now focuses his free time on theater, and he said he wouldn’t have it any other way.
Coastal Point • RYAN SAXTON:

Thursday, March 15, 2007 - 8:00pm

Dagsboro man, 21, charged over child porn

A 21-year-old Dagsboro man was again detained Tuesday after pleading not guilty in federal court to 11 counts relating to the receipt and possession of child pornography.

Officials returned an indictment on Feb. 27, charging Brad Lee...

Thursday, March 8, 2007 - 7:00pm

Woodlands of Pepper Creek inches closer to development

On Monday night, Jan. 22, the Dagsboro Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) recommended to the town council approval of the final site plan for the Woodlands of Pepper’s Creek, a community consisting of 48 twin-homes just off Main Street....

Thursday, January 25, 2007 - 7:00pm

Dagsboro welcomes two new members to council

Terry Hearn and Norwood Truitt were sworn in at Monday’s Dagsboro Town Council meeting for the two-year term, replacing Andy Engh and Kurt Czapp, who held council positions for six and four years, respectively.

Dagsboro Mayor Wayne Baker...

Thursday, December 21, 2006 - 7:00pm

Dagsboro to install new postmaster

John Douds claims that he had no idea growing up that he would be working in the postal business, but the newly appointed Dagsboro postmaster said he couldn’t ask for a better career.

With 11 years working for the U.S. Postal Service,...

Thursday, December 7, 2006 - 7:00pm

Dagsboro readies to fill two council seats Dec. 2

Dagsboro voters will head to the polls next Saturday, Dec. 2, to choose who will fill two seats on the town council. Councilmen Kurt Czapp and Andy Enghe are not running for re-election, freeing their seats for newcomers. The two-year terms will...

Thursday, November 23, 2006 - 7:00pm

Dagsboro citizens petition against commissioner

Accusations flew in a heated town council meeting at the Dagsboro Bethel Center on Monday, Sept. 25. Barbara Edick presented the council with a petition with more than 100 citizens’ signatures in favor of getting rid of the town’s police...

Thursday, September 28, 2006 - 8:00pm

Dagsboro sets October 19 workshop on zoning changes

Dagsboro Town Council members discussed further the implementation of their Comprehensive Plan, approved in 2003, at the town meeting on Sept. 25. Representatives of town planning firm URS were present at the meeting to help explain the new town-...

Thursday, September 28, 2006 - 8:00pm

Dagsboro man involved in fatal accident

Although a Dagsboro man’s driving was not the primary cause of a fatal accident near Berlin, Md. about 9:45 p.m. on Aug. 17, he could still be charged with crimes related to the crash, Maryland police said.

Howard L. Lynch III, 35, of...

Thursday, August 24, 2006 - 8:00pm

Delp, Romero die from accident injuries

Dagsboro resident Robert Delp died last Thursday night from injuries sustained in a June 8 Frankford-area accident that killed four others and injured three.
Delp was taken off of life support at a Washington hospital about 5:41 p.m. on...

Thursday, July 6, 2006 - 8:00pm

Fee ordinances revisited in Dagsboro

Two Dagsboro ordinances will be revisited in the form of public hearings at the town’s July council meeting. The ordinances passed on March 20 established an impact fee, charging developers $1,500 per EDU, and a 3 percent building permit fee....

Thursday, June 1, 2006 - 8:00pm

Dagsboro planners weigh zoning against CDP map

Dagsboro’s Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) worked to align two maps at the May 3 commission meeting. Discrepancies had stalled William Mills’ plans for commercial development north of Warrington Street, one month earlier.


Thursday, May 11, 2006 - 8:00pm

Dagsboro council divided over building fees

Dagsboro Town Council hangs together. However, it seems the political divide between incumbent council members and the three candidates swept into office as a quasi-party in December 2005 is still a long way from closing.

Incoming Mayor...

Thursday, May 4, 2006 - 8:00pm

County engineers outline Dagsboro sewer capacity

Dagsboro residents and elected officials heard from a whole squad of technical folk at a special meeting on April 10 — four representatives from Sussex County’s engineering department and three from county-affiliated engineering firm Stearns...

Thursday, April 20, 2006 - 8:00pm

Dagsboro project hits zoning snag

Dagsboro’s Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) has been mainly occupied with residential projects of late since its reactivation in November 2005. But commission members added a commercial project to their list in recent weeks, with William...

Thursday, April 13, 2006 - 8:00pm

Dagsboro moving toward moratorium goals

Dagsboro Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) Chair Marge Eckerd reported strong progress at the March 27 town council meeting on the commission’s checklist of matters to be addressed before the town’s building moratorium expires in late July...

Thursday, March 30, 2006 - 7:00pm

Dagsboro enacts new revenue generators

Dagsboro Town Council may have steered the town’s finances out of the red and into the black in a single special meeting, March 20, with the installation of some significant fee increases.

Council members enacted a $1,500-per-unit impact...

Thursday, March 23, 2006 - 7:00pm

Dagsboro P&Z demands answers on project

The Dagsboro Planning and Zoning Commission wants results — not talk — from representatives for the General’s Green development. Frustrations bubbled at a March 14 meeting when representatives from the General’s Green community failed to meet the...

Thursday, March 16, 2006 - 7:00pm