Frankford


Frankford council hears plans for music festival to focus on mental health

Until the last 10 minutes of the Monday, May 6 Frankford Town Council meeting, it was pretty much business as usual: updates on hydrant flushing, noise complaints, ditches that need to be cleaned out…

Then, Wesley Hayes Jr. started telling...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 2:00pm

‘Tall & Small’ tea to celebrate Mother’s Day in Frankford

Nothing says Mother’s Day like a tea party with little ones.

That was the inspiration for the “Tall & Small Mother’s Day Tea,” set for 11 a.m. Saturday, May 11, at the Frankford Public Library, according to Rachel Jackson, the...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 9:45am

Frankford library moving forward with new leadership, staff

At an open house event at the Frankford Public Library earlier this month, visitors were greeted by new faces at every turn.

That’s because the library’s staff is totally new — from the director to part-time employees. The board of...

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 11:50am

Plenty of excitement now at Frankford Public Library

There have been a lot of changes over at the Frankford Public Library recently.

In fact, one could say there has really been one seismic change at the library, in that it encapsulates just about every part of the library’s operations....

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 11:47am

Envision Frankford’s Fourth Annual Egg Scramble

Coastal Point photos • Tyler Valliant

The Town of Frankford held it’s annual Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 19. The event had crafts and of course the egg hunt for children to participate in.

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 10:26am

Beef & Brew to celebrate Indian River High School alumni

Indian River High School alumni and friends are getting ready to celebrate a big milestone and have some fun at the Indian River Alumni Association’s 7th annual Beef & Brew on Saturday, April 13.

The event will celebrate the...

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 1:43pm

School board candidates’ forum to be held in Frankford

It’s time to hear what the candidates stand for. The Indian River School District board election is coming in May, and the public can attend a candidates’ forum on Wednesday, April 10, at 6 p.m. at Frankford Public Library.

Geographically...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 2:49pm

Frankford library staff looking to connect with community

The Frankford Public Library is celebrating National Library Week with an open house on Monday, April 8.

Dubbed Community Connect Night, the event begins at 5 p.m. with the PAWS Reading Program, during which attendees can show off their...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 2:38pm

Frankford concerned about proposed pond at grain site

At their April meeting on Monday, the Frankford Town Council wrestled with a plan for a stormwater pond on the Mountaire Farms property in the middle of town.

“It just seems awfully large,” Council Treasurer Velicia Melson said. “I’m not...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 2:23pm

Hot times in Frankford

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert

The Frankford Volunteer Fire Company executed a controlled burn on Saturday, March 9, at a residence on Thatcher Street in downtown Frankford. The exercise began around 8 a.m. with a number of small fires...

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 1:21pm

Frankford officials embarking on comp plan update

Frankford is set to begin the process of updating the Town’s comprehensive plan, which will serve as the blueprint for the Town’s development and decision-making for the next 10 years, as well as giving the town an updated picture of itself....

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 1:03pm

Frankford ponders need for property code enforcement

The need for homeowners to clean up their properties prompted one Frankford Town Council member to remark at the Monday, March 4, council meeting that perhaps the Town needs an official to monitor the conditions of those properties.

“What...

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 4:34pm

A headstone found at the site. bears the name C.S. Hall and the lines ‘Co. K, 32nd U.S.C.T.,’ an abbreviation for U.S. Colored Troops, the designation for units comprising African-American soldiers during the Civil War.

Site of purported African-American cemetery discovered near Frankford

Archaeologists working at a property near Frankford have discovered what appears to be the site of a cemetery known to the local community to contain the remains of African-Americans who lived in the area, state officials announced this week....

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 12:22pm

Water issues still top topic in Frankford

For Frankford Town Council President Joanne Bacon and Vice President Greg Welch, it was déjà vu all over again as the two were sworn in at the Monday, Feb. 4, council meeting for new terms, and both retained their previous positions on the...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 1:08pm

Frankford VFC to host Bull & Oyster Roast this weekend

For the past decade or so, during the first week in February, the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company has been even busier than usual. The reason: It’s time to prep for the fire company’s annual Bull & Oyster Roast.

The event, scheduled...

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 10:21am

Frankford residents urged to apply for housing rehab grants

Mike Jones of Sussex County’s Community Development office gave a presentation at the Frankford Town Council meeting on Monday, Jan. 7, informing the council and residents that the organization has $64,000 to spend on housing rehabilitation...

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 2:04pm

Frankford residents say areas of town need a clean-up

Much of the nearly two-hour Frankford Town Council meeting on Monday, Jan. 7, was devoted to residents and council members venting about areas of town that are in dire need of a clean-up.

Council Member Skip Ash spent a hefty portion of...

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 1:57pm

Howard T. Ennis School students held a ribboncutting for their new thrift store, ‘Thrifty Eagle’ on Friday, Jan. 4.

Ennis students open ‘Thrifty Eagle’ shop in Frankford

Frankford has a new shopping spot, run by the students of the Howard T. Ennis School.

The public can find secondhand clothing and household accessories for a reasonable cost at the Thrifty Eagle, a retail thrift store located at the G.W....

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 1:27pm

Annexation, water service still on the table in Frankford

Water service and annexation issues continue to be frustrating for some Frankford residents and the town council alike, and the two issues were raised again at the council’s regular meeting on Monday, Dec. 3.

The duel issues bubbled up...

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 4:13pm

Frankford kicks off the Holidays

Frankford held one of its Christmas in the Park events on Wednesday, Nov. 28. The town will hold the event each Wednesday through Christmas, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 12:17pm

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

Frankford officials looking at water plant efficiency

The Frankford Town Council is in the early stages of talks with Tidewater Utilities to find ways to improve the Town’s water quality and the efficiency of its water plant.

Council Vice President Greg Welch said at the Monday, Nov. 5,...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 1:05pm

Frankford hosting Fall Festival downtown this Saturday

A full day of fall fun is on tap in Frankford this weekend as the town hosts its annual Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 27.

Children 12 and under are invited vie for prizes in the costume contest. For the 2-and-under and 3-to-4-year-old...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 3:26pm

Frankford health fair offers fun, food and fitness

The Frankford Community Health Fair has been a popular event for the past decade and organizers keep adding fun and educational activities each year to make it even better.

This year is no exception. The health fair, set for Saturday, Oct...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 12:27pm

Frankford residents say they want police

Frankford’s minimal police coverage was a topic of concern for both the town council and residents during the Monday, Oct. 1, town council meeting.

The town currently has no police force of its own and is instead being covered by extra...

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 11:36am

Picnic-goers and children got a scary surprise when a woman drove her vehicle into the fence at the Frankford Town Park.

Frankford Town Park fence damaged in crash

A Frankford woman has been charged with DUI and endangering the welfare of a child after police said she struck a fence at Frankford Town Park on Sunday, Sept. 30.

According to Cpl. Melissa Jaffe of the Delaware State Police, at 5:08 p.m....

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 11:22am

Liz Berntsen returns to the Frankford Public Library as the new adult-services coordinator.

Read a movie, write a novel, meet the librarian

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is just for kicks — it’s about quantity over quality. At the Frankford Public Library, Elizabeth “Liz” Berntsen has returned to manage adult programing, and she is daring people to use NaNoWriMo as impetus...

Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 10:31am

Lord Baltimore touched by tragedy

A 6-year-old Frankford girl was killed in a vehicle crash west of Millsboro on Sunday, Sept. 9. The girl, whose name had not yet been released as of Coastal Point press time, was a first-grader at Lord Baltimore Elementary School.

“We are...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 1:24pm

Frankford residents concerned about crime, annexation, budget

Less than two weeks after the Frankford Town Council approved a budget that included a 45 percent increase in town water rates, a room full of residents attended August’s regular council meeting — many with questions about how the Town spends its...

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 5:58pm

Frankford approves significant water fee rate increase

The Frankford Town Council on July 26 unanimously approved the Town’s budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year, including a substantial percent increase in the Town’s water fee rate.

The water rate increase was actually approved last year by...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 4:56pm

Frankford could implement $3.93 water rate increase

The Town of Frankford is set to raise its water rates as it struggles to balance its budget for the new fiscal year.

The town council was set to hold a final special meeting this week to discuss the Town’s budget, on Thursday, July 26, at...

Friday, July 27, 2018 - 7:59am

Budget, water plant woes plague Frankford town council

The Frankford Town Council will hold several meetings in the coming weeks to address the Town’s 2019 budget, while also continuing to work toward hiring a new town solicitor.

At its Monday, July 2, meeting, the council set dates for two...

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 2:15pm

Frankford firefighters bringing back their Shrimp & Wing Fest

The Frankford Volunteer Fire Company’s Shrimp & Wing Fest was so successful it its first year, it’s back for seconds.

The fire company will host the event on Saturday, June 16, from 6 to 11 p.m. at the fire hall. Hundreds of pounds of...

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 4:03pm

Frankford council cuts ties with town solicitor

The Frankford Town Council confirmed at its Monday, June 4, meeting that it has terminated the employment of its town solicitor.

Responding to a question from resident Jerry Smith, Council President Joanne Bacon said the council had voted...

Friday, June 8, 2018 - 6:26pm

Frankford library invites creativity with Peeps Diorama Contest

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Anybody can make Peeps dioramas pop with handmade details, such as the yarn-knit web in this ‘The Spider & the Fly’ design by librarian Jessica Bowman.Love ’em or hate ’em, there’s no denying that marshmallow...

Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 9:29am

Library shows appreciation for long-time Frankford couple

Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted: Albert and Barbara Jean Franklin were recently honored with the dedication of the parking lot at the Frankford Public Library in their names.Albert “Ab” Franklin is a life-long Frankford resident — born...

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 10:38am

Frankford officials aim to revive charter committee

The Frankford Town Council announced this week that they are seeking people to serve on a revived Charter Committee.

“It’s important we get the changes made we want,” said Council President Joanne Bacon.

Councilman Greg Welch said...

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 8:40am

Frankford decides against police department merger

In the wake of the departure of its police chief — its sole police officer — over the summer, Frankford officials and residents early this week continued to wrestle with how best to maintain an acceptable level of public safety in the town. But...

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 8:36am

Frankford Fall Festival to feature costume contest, games and more

Envision Frankford is planning the town’s annual Fall Festival for Saturday, Oct. 28. The fun-filled day will feature a costume contest, parade, games and more.

The costume contest will start the festivities at 11 a.m., with registration...

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 5:57am

Unified police department proposal in Frankford’s court

Frankford may be facing a referendum in the coming weeks to substantially increase their property taxes, as it looks to team up with the Town of Dagsboro to unify their police departments.

Last week, the Towns of Dagsboro and Frankford...

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 11:54am

Frankford police proposal would more than triple coverage

If Frankford and Dagsboro unify their police departments, Frankford residents could pay more than $200 per year in additional town taxes, beyond what they currently pay, according to figures presented at an informational meeting in the Frankford...

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 9:38am

BART theater group finds new home, performs Agatha Christie

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant : BART members, from top left, Bob Ravida, Bill Fuchs, Corinne Condon, Brian Geary, Emily Abbott, Aisha Tharp, Corinne McMahon and E.J. Panico, will perform in ‘The Mousetrap’ at Woodsong Country Inn &?Retreat....

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 8:10am

Frankford, Dagsboro to meet on possibly joining (police) forces

Last month, Dagsboro Police Chief Floyd Toomey presented some information to the Frankford Town Council about what it would take to join the two towns’ police forces.

At the Aug. 7 meeting, Toomey said the Town of Dagsboro currently has...

Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 12:17pm

Dagsboro and Frankford discuss possible joint police force

With the Town of Frankford temporarily without police coverage after former police chief Mark Hudson resigned from his post July 27 after serving less than a full year, Frankford officials are looking into other avenues to provide police...

Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 10:37am

Hudson resigns as Frankford police chief

The Town of Frankford is asking residents who may need police assistance to call 911, as its police chief, Mark Hudson, resigned from his position on July 27.

“We had a meeting with Mark last Friday, when he confirmed he was resigning,”...

Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 11:09am

Area police warn people about driveway paving scam

Asphalt is the latest on the list of new scams. Con artists are travelling door-to-door to promise driveway paving services, but they just don’t deliver.

In Selbyville, “Subjects portrayed themselves as contractors for the municipality and...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 8:54am

Frankford continues to discuss Mountaire settlement

In August of 2016, the Town of Frankford filed an appeal to the State’s Environmental Appeals Board following the decision of Delaware Department of Natural Resources Secretary David Small to issue well permits to Mountaire Farms for its...

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 3:06pm

Fire devastates Bunting & Bertrand

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Numerous local fire companies battle a fire at Bunting & Bertrand in Frankford on Monday, May 15.

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Heavy smoke bellowed across Frankford for hours on Monday, May 15, as firefighters brought a...

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 9:20am

Frankford youth ask for help on skatepark

Five boys were skateboarding in the Frankford fire hall parking lot in the minutes before the Frankford Town Council’s meeting was to begin just down the street on May 1.

By the time the meeting began, the boys were seated in the back row...

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 9:56am

Bluegrass festival to celebrate music, swamplands

Coastal Point • Submitted: New & Spare Fools will be performing at the Baldcypress Bluegrass Festival on Saturday, May 20.The Baldcypress Bluegrass Festival, set for Saturday, May 20, celebrates not only a classic American musical...

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 9:55am