WEATHER ALERT: Hurricane warning, flood watch in place as Irene looms

The National Weather Service has issued a Hurricane Warning and Flood Watch for the area, as Hurricane Irene comes ashore and heads toward Delmarva. The storm has been downgraded to a Category 1 storm, but it remains near Category 2 strength,...

Saturday, August 27, 2011 - 3:02am

BREAKING NEWS: Evacuation of Sussex County continues, those within .75 miles of water must leave now

The evacuation of Sussex County’s most vulnerable areas continued Friday evening as Hurricane Irene, now slightly weaker but still a very dangerous storm, remained on a collision course with the eastern United States, including Sussex County and...

Friday, August 26, 2011 - 3:49pm

BREAKING NEWS: Mandatory evacuation for communities within 3/4-mile of water

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell has declared a mandatory evacuation for much of the Coastal Point readership area. Everyone in towns including Fenwick Island, Bethany Beach, North Bethany, Dewey Beach, Rehoboth Beach, Lewes, Long Neck, Oak Orchard,...

Friday, August 26, 2011 - 6:59am

WEATHER ALERT: DEMA -- Review emergency plans, supplies, monitor weather, surf conditions

As of a final update from state emergency officials for Thursday night, the projected path of Hurricane Irene continued to place the powerful storm slightly to the east of Delaware’s Atlantic Coast, however, emergency management officials and...

Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 3:28pm

EMERGENCY ALERT: Delaware orders coastal evacuation, declares state of emergency

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell issued an evacuation order for visitors in Sussex County on Thursday evening as the most significant tropical threat to the region in years continued its march toward the East Coast, expected to bring with it hurricane-...

Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 12:34pm

WEATHER ALERT: Visitors urged to postpone plans, leave area now

Due to the impending and potentially very dangerous Hurricane Irene, all those who planned to visit Delaware the weekend of Aug. 26-28 are being urged to postpone plans immediately. Gov. Jack Markell and emergency management officials stated mid-...

Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 9:23am

St. Ann's ESL classes to begin in Frankford on Sept. 8

Now in their third year, English as a Second Language (ESL) classes through the parish of St. Ann in Bethany Beach will be starting again Sept. 8.

Registration for the free classes was set to take place Thursday, Aug. 25, at Frankford...

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 2:42pm

Products of Frankford woman's 'Spare Time' recognized at state fair

Frankford resident Dawn West-Atkins is always on the run. Whether she’s working one of her two nursing jobs, volunteering at a chicken dinner fundraiser or spending time with her son, she’s a woman who seems to have little spare time. And what...

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 1:55pm

Route 113 project to move forward in the north

Route 113 will get some improvements after all, according to the Delaware Department of Transportation. That announcement came this week, after Sussex County legislators and DelDOT Secretary Shailen Bhatt met recently to discuss future...

Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 7:00am

Bennett's peaches tip the scales

In 1961, Roald Dahl toyed with our imaginations as he took young readers on a journey alongside James Henry Trotter, a young English boy who goes on an adventure within the confines of an overgrown peach, accompanied by a cast of equally larger-...

Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 4:10am

Electrical outage impacts Frankford’s water plant

The Town of Frankford averted disaster last weekend when an underground cable burned and the backup generator at the town’s water plant was affected, as well. Council President Jesse Truitt said that, thanks to Delmarva Power and Tidewater...

Thursday, August 11, 2011 - 6:24am

K-9 officers demonstrate their skills at Unite Sussex Day Camp

Demonstrations of suspect apprehension, narcotics scans and article searches carried out by the K-9 Unit of the Sussex Correctional Institute served as both entertainment and education for children attending the Unite Sussex day-camp in Frankford...

Thursday, August 11, 2011 - 4:06am

Storm brings 'atypical' afternoon for MVFC

Although the rain was not coming down quite as hard as it had on July 4, according to Bob Powell of the Millville Volunteer Fire Company, it was still “raining cats and dogs” on Tuesday afternoon, and the thunder and lightning of the sudden storm...

Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 2:44am

Area prepares for extended heat wave

Emergency officials were preparing mid-week for an anticipated spike in the heat wave that hit the area early this week, with temperatures expected to be at or above 100 degrees Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 21-23. They were urging...

Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 2:29am

Parsons Farm tells customers to get lost -- in new nighttime maze

Parsons Farms Produce is now offering a fun summertime activity on Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. This will be the first year they have had a corn maze and hayride.

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark
Parsons Farms Produce stand...

Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 1:33am

Unite Sussex offers free camp and food to area kids

Unite Sussex, a non-profit organization formed to help bring aid to the community through volunteerism and collaboration, and headed by the Rev. Kim Tephabock of Dagsboro Church of God, recently created a free youth camp for children in Frankford...

Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 3:46pm

Frankford council adopts budget free of tax or water increases

The Frankford Town Council adopted the town’s proposed 2011-2012 budget, effective July 1, at a meeting last week. The meeting ended in record time, and there were no public comments, as no residents from the town attended.

The budget does...

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - 4:03pm

Frankford adopts housekeeping ordinance on bidding process

The Frankford Town Council this week adopted an ordinance to establish a process for the procurement of material and services for the Town of Frankford. Town Clerk Terry Truitt has said in the past that the ordinance was a “housekeeping” measure...

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - 3:44pm

Frankford woman dies in three-vehicle crash on Route 17

A 79-year-old Frankford woman was killed and a 78-year-old Frankford man seriously injured in a three-vehicle crash on June 18, on Route 17 (Roxana Road), north of Burbage Road.

According to the Delaware State Police, a 52-year-old...

Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 4:42am

BREAKING NEWS: Lightning bolt strikes Frankford church

A bolt of lightning  struck the Frankford United Methodist Church steeple around 9 p.m. on Friday, June 18.
The steeple, which is approximately 70 feet high, sustained some damage in the form of a large crack, from which wood, shingles and...

Saturday, June 18, 2011 - 12:37am

Bradley awaits judge's verdict in child sex-abuse case

Following just one day of trial, on June 7, former Lewes pediatrician Earl Bradley on Wednesday awaited the ruling of Delaware Superior Judge William Carpenter Jr. on charges of rape, sexual assault and sexual exploitation of former patients....

Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 7:32am

Unite Sussex plans summer camp in Frankford

The Frankford Town Council on June 6 approved the use of its park for a summer-long camp sponsored by Unite Sussex, an organization that seeks to “foster a collaboration between all groups, churches and organizations that serve those in need in...

Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 6:44am

WEATHER ALERT: Sussex County designates ‘cooling stations’ as extreme heat scorches region

Summer officially begins in two weeks, but already Sussex County is weathering its second blast of extreme heat this year, as daytime temperatures in the upper 90s – and heat indexes above 100 degrees – are expected to send residents and visitors...

Wednesday, June 8, 2011 - 5:37am

New bridge on track to open in December

The new Indian River Inlet Bridge is on track to open to traffic in December, transportation officials reported this week, with the two sides of the bridge expected to meet sometime in October.

According to the Delaware Department of...

Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 4:07pm

Frankford proposed budget offers no tax or water increases

There are no projected water bill or tax increases in the proposed 2011-2012 budget for the Town of Frankford. The town council on May 31 discussed possible cuts to the current budget, to balance it out for the next year, with total revenue and...

Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 3:28pm

St. Ann’s makes the gift of books to students in need

Books can be bought at a dollar-store for as little as what it costs to buy a candy bar. But, for some parents, that extra cash has to stretch into lunch or dinner or rent. As a result, many children simply go without.

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Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 4:45am

Frankford library kicking off fundraising with a party

The Frankford Public Library will be holding a building-fund kick-off party on Friday, May 20, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company’s fire hall. Tickets cost $15 per person or $20 per couple, and the evening will include...

Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 11:10am

Curbside recycling coming to Frankford

Curbside recycling is coming to Frankford. A state-wise mandate requires that trash haulers offer curbside recycling to residents before mid-September – and Frankford and its waste hauler, Chesapeake Waste, are getting caught up with a change...

Thursday, May 5, 2011 - 5:17am

Neighbors oppose Brasure's two-tiered billboard in Roxana

Billboards are a common sight for those traveling to and from the Delaware beaches, but they have sometimes caused controversy when it comes to where they should – or should not – go. This week, the Sussex County Board of Adjustments took up one...

Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 6:19am

Parent Education Center at Carver center holds open house

“The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficult situation.”

That Winston Churchill quote hangs in the hallway of the new Parent Education Center at the G.W. Carver Education Center in Frankford, which is aimed at helping parents do...

Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 4:52am

Multi-cultural Frankford celebrating Cinco de Mayo

The third annual Cinco de Mayo Festival will be held on Sunday, May 1, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Frankford Library, at 8 Main Street in Frankford.

The festival will once again feature live music, crafts, games, traditional Mexican food and...

Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 4:02am

Students fold cranes for kids in Japan

For local students aiming to help Japan after the devastating earthquake and tsunami, origami is the new bake sale.

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark

The OshKosh B’Gosh company will donate one article of clothing to Japanese children...

Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 3:57am

Frankford Moose Family Center welcomes national director

“You are the most outstanding, most generous individuals in the country, and I thank you very much,” Jan Fregulia told a roomful of Moose members on Saturday, Apr. 16.

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Ruth McFall (left) and other Women of...

Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 3:16am

WEATHER ALERT: Wind Advisory and Flood Warning in effect until midnight



Saturday, April 16, 2011 - 12:43pm

Teacher of the year finds her niche at Carver Academy

“I think this spot has been my calling.”

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Tanya Marvel at her desk at the George Washington Carver Academy in Frankford. Marvel was recently named Teacher of the Year, her third time receiving the award.


Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 3:56am

Frankford gains new eatery in Frankford Family Diner

After devoting years in the restaurant business, Fatih Ocak decided it was time to take the reins himself. Last week, he opened the Frankford Family Diner on Route 113, and it has already gained a following, providing patrons with a wide range of...

Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 3:45am

Frankford looks at park, police and water bills

Frankford Town Council members had a full agenda at their meeting this week, discussing everything from feral cats to the town’s new water plant to a grant to outfit the town park on April 4.

The council members decided to hold a workshop...

Thursday, April 7, 2011 - 7:15am

Frankford renews B&B approval for Captain Chandler House

Frankford’s Planning and Zoning Commission approved a conditional-use request for a bed-and-breakfast at 13 Main Street at their meeting last week.

The house, known as the Captain Chandler House, has been out of service as a B&B for...

Thursday, April 7, 2011 - 6:43am

Bethel women aiming to put their men on the roof

Carwashes and bake sales are common fundraising avenues, but there’s nothing like some good-old fashioned competition to really get people paying attention. The folks at Bethel Tabernacle Church of God in Clarksville know that all too well, so...

Thursday, April 7, 2011 - 4:34am

WEATHER ALERT: Tornado watch, severe thunderstorm warning and wind advisory in effect

UPDATE: The tornado watch for Sussex County has been dropped as of 7:05 a.m.

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly, N.J., has issued a tornado watch that will remain in effect until 10 a.m. Tuesday morning for all of Delaware and...

Monday, April 4, 2011 - 11:59pm

WEATHER ALERT: Wind advisory issued for Monday afternoon

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly, N.J., has issued a wind advisory that is in effect from 1 to 6 p.m. Monday, April 4. The advisory covers the southern two-thirds of Delaware, a portion of Maryland’s Eastern Shore and a portion of...

Sunday, April 3, 2011 - 9:15pm

A surplus of confusion with new recycling law

On a nondescript morning in March, I was beckoned into the home office by my husband, Daren.

Special to the Coastal Point • Daren Criswell
Waste Management provided its customers with a new recycle bin in accordance with HB 234, and...

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - 2:44pm

Vincent named Teacher of the Year at John M. Clayton

Even after 21 years of teaching, Cindy Vincent looks forward to seeing what her students will bring to the table each day.

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Cindy Vincent, Teacher of the Year at John M. Clayton Elementary School, stands among a sea of...

Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 1:22pm

Frankford talks natural gas and feral cats

The Frankford Town Council members and residents heard from representatives of Chesapeake Utilities this week about a possible franchise agreement with the town for natural gas.

Darrell Wilson, director of Business Development and Planning...

Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 8:25am

WEATHER ALERT: Flood watch for beaches and inland Sussex, up to 2.5 inches of rain predicted

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly, N.J., has expanded a flood watch to include portions of Delaware, Northeast Maryland and New Jersey, including the Delaware beaches and inland Sussex County from Thursday morning through Friday morning...

Wednesday, March 9, 2011 - 7:44am

WEATHER ALERT: Winter weather advisory until 9 a.m. Tuesday -- 2 to 4 inches of snow possible




Monday, February 21, 2011 - 9:13am

WEATHER ALERT: High wind and fire warnings Saturday




Saturday, February 19, 2011 - 3:09am

Prescription Addiction: Part three in a three part series examining the rise of prescription drug abuse in our community

As of 2006, opioid painkillers were involved in more overdose deaths than heroin and cocaine combined, according to figures released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

A PDF version is available here for your...

Friday, February 18, 2011 - 5:59am

Elliott among first-responders recognized at 2011 Valor Awards

Eight local fire and police departments recognized the dedication and courage that their members possess and execute each and every day when the 2011 Joshua M. Freeman Valor Awards were presented to police officers and firefighters this past...

Friday, February 18, 2011 - 5:33am

BREAKING NEWS: Police searching for missing Dagsboro man

The Delaware State Police are asking the public’s help in locating a missing Dagsboro man. Detectives said on Friday, Feb. 11, that they were looking for John D. Wisniewski Sr., 45, of R Farm Lane in Dagsboro.

Police said Wisniewski was...

Saturday, February 12, 2011 - 4:35am