SCHS show an open secret, still making waves

Sworn to secrecy in the press, Sussex Central High School can only publically say that their fall theater production will be a big deal.

But rumblings have made their way around town. More importantly, anyone can just ask.

“It was...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 1:20pm

It’s that time of year again... School starts Tuesday!

The 2018-2019 school year begins on Tuesday, Sept. 4, for kindergarten through 12th-grade students in the Indian River School District and Sussex Technical High School.

Sussex Tech held its freshmen orientation before the start of school,...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 6:06pm

IRSD to loosen funds, plans prelim $158M budget for 2019

School choice will change, lunch prices will not

School budgeting is tricky, since districts won’t know how much money is coming until the official “unit count” of students in September.

But, for now, the Indian River School...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 6:00pm

Guest Column: Troopers offer safety tips for a safe school year

The Delaware State Police would like to offer safety guidelines for a great beginning to this new and exciting school year. With the start of school in the next few weeks, thousands of Delaware’s precious children will ride a school bus every day...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 3:17pm

The Indian River High School boys’ cross-country team trains on the beach in Bethany Beach. The boys hope to improve over last year.

Boys look to improve, girls want to repeat last season

It was a little over 10 years ago that then-Indian River High School soccer player Kelsey Minyon, looking to improve her speed on the soccer field, suggested to coach Frank Ryman that the school needed a cross-country team.

Ryman spoke to...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 12:21pm

Karlie Smith during her four years at East Carolina University. Smith just took a job at the University of Georgia as a digital media production assistant.

Where are they now? Karlie Smith

A successful scholastic and collegiate career on the softball diamond has come to a close for Indian River High School graduate Karlie Smith.

After four stellar seasons wearing the green-and-gold of IRHS, Smith ventured south to East...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 12:09pm

Located northwest of Millsboro, the Godwin School was renovated over many years and finally added to the National Register of Historic Places.

After decades of work, Millsboro schoolhouse a national historic site

“It’s a pretty setting for a school, isn’t it?”

Golden morning sunlight slips through the shadows of tall trees and fresh-cut grass, where Margaret Mitchell stands beside a historic one-room schoolhouse.

Sitting quietly beside the...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 3:16pm

Sami Mumford takes a swing while playing for Salisbury University.

Where are they now? Sami Mumford

It was just over a year ago that Sami Mumford had played her final game as a member of the Indian River High School softball team.

Mumford’s efforts on the diamond helped take the Indians all the way to the DIAA semifinals and an overall...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 2:01pm

Business skills training on offer at bilingual finance lecture

Many people have great ideas for a business, or skills that they can sell. But what is the next step for financing that business venture?

The Frankford Public Library will host a free lecture, “Access to Capital: Growing Your Business,” on...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 5:17pm

Business skills training on offer at bilingual finance lecture

Many people have great ideas for a business, or skills that they can sell. But what is the next step for financing that business venture?

The Frankford Public Library will host a free lecture, “Access to Capital: Growing Your Business,” on...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 5:13pm

Delaware shelves Regulation 225

After two drafts and thousands of public comments, the State of Delaware has scrapped the proposed Regulation 225, originally intended to prevent discrimination against school children based on gender and other protected characteristics.


Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 6:04pm

Millsboro Middle School is one of many schools scrambling to carve classrooms from other existing spaces, including the library.

School district scrapes classroom space from thin air

Desperate times call for desperate measures, and the Indian River School District is practically clawing at the walls for some breathing room.

At Millsboro Middle School, that means losing the library for a little while.

“We are...

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 6:02pm

IRSD fleshes out admin crew as finances improve

When the Indian River School District implemented a challenging budget for 2017-2018, district officials asked for one year to get back on their feet. Now, the clouds are parting and they’re loosening the purse strings.

In addition to...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 3:08pm

Indian River School District announces new administrators for 2018-2019

Indian River School District officials recently announced the district’s annual shakeup in administrator assignments.

Some people have left for other opportunities. The district also decided to fill four more positions this year: one...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 3:05pm

MERR volunteers to count dolphins at 37 various locations on Saturday

The Marine Education, Research & Rehabilitation Institute Inc. (MERR) will be conducting its Annual Dolphin Count on Saturday, July 21, from 9 to 11 a.m.

The count helps determine the Atlantic bottlenose dolphin population in the...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 2:27pm

Millsboro Verizon store to give away school supplies

Sixth annual effort takes place Sunday

TCC, the largest authorized Verizon retailer in the U.S., is hosting its sixth annual School Rocks Backpack Giveaway on Sunday, July 22, from 1 to 4 p.m. Local families are being encouraged to visit the Millsboro store, located at 28665 DuPont...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 2:26pm

Ocean View’s Smith graduates from East Carolina University

Karlie Smith of Ocean View graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communication from East Carolina University during spring commencement exercises May 4 in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. Fireworks capped off a new format for ECU’s 109th spring...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 1:47pm

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute offering enrichment programs

Registration is open now for fall classes at the University of Delaware’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes (OLLI), with classes scheduled for Sept. 4 to Nov. 19 in Dover, Lewes and Ocean View.

Nicknamed “OLLI,” the University of Delaware...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 5:54pm

Stacy Penaranda was recently named county coordinator of Real Aloud Delaware.

Penaranda takes the lead at Read Aloud Delaware in Sussex County

Stacy Penaranda of Lewes has spent a career being devoted to children. In May, the Lancaster, Pa., native took the helm at non-profit Read Aloud Delaware in Sussex County as the county coordinator.

“Service and children,” explained...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 5:45pm

Girardi graduates from Virginia Military Institute

More than 370 cadets received bachelor’s degrees from Virginia Military Institute during the commencement ceremony May 16. Former U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson addressed the Class of 2018 in VMI’s Cameron Hall.

Graduating cadets...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 5:42pm

Buxbaum of Selbyville graduates from SUNY Oswego

Tyler H. Buxbaum of Selbyville completed a bachelor’s degree in creative writing in the spring of 2018 at SUNY Oswego and was recognized at the college’s commencement in May.

U.S. News Media Group counted SUNY Oswego among the top public...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 5:42pm

Revel named to the Spring 2018 Dean’s List at Muhlenberg College

Justin Revel of Millsboro was named to the Dean’s List at Muhlenberg College for the Spring 2018 semester. Students with a term GPA of 3.50 or higher were recognized for the academic achievement.

Founded in 1848, Muhlenberg is a private,...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 5:41pm

Callaway targeting school readiness as EMES top teacher

“It’s almost like an alien traveling from outer space and you have to show them how to do everything,” said kindergarten teacher Dara Callaway.

That is how the East Millsboro Elementary School Teacher of the Year for 2018 likes to describe...

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 3:53pm

IRSD teacher wins award for mathematics and science teaching

Indian River School District teacher Christa Ferdig has been selected to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics & Science Teaching (PAEMST). The award is for the year 2016.

Ferdig was previously a fifth-grade...

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 3:17pm

The Indian River School District awarded scholarships to nine graduating seniors who have agreed to come back and teach in the District after graduating college.

School district wins grant for ‘home-grown’ teachers

What if a school could hire teachers who already know the area? They’d know the population, they’d know the challenges, and they’d know that Sussex County winters are quiet. Most of all, they’d know they love it.

This year, the Indian...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 3:32pm

Members of the first Tri-M Music Honor Society group in at least 30 years pose for a photo on stage.

IRHS (re)welcomes music honor society

Students who go excel academically and musically have a new opportunity to celebrate that work at Indian River High School, with the rebirth of their Tri-M Music Honor Society.

Although inactive for at least 30 years, the IR chapter is...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 2:37pm

Federal funding for UD Sea Grant program takes major step

U.S. Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.), the first Delaware senator in more than four decades to serve on the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced last week that he had secured funding for environmental programs critical to Delaware in the Commerce...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 2:06pm

IRSD reluctantly enters the busing business, hires drivers

Delaware’s shortage of school bus drivers has finally left the Indian River School District feeling stranded.

Until now, the IRSD has hired bus contractors to transport thousands children to school, athletic activities and field trips. But...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 3:20pm

Indian River school board to discuss club financing

In 2017, taxpayers approved a referendum that gave Indian River School District more money for various needs, including student organizations. Local students are constantly winning state competitions and earning a spot at national’s.


Friday, June 22, 2018 - 3:16pm

The FORGE crew celebrated the opening of the program’s new location with an open house on Saturday, June 16.

FORGE academy finds itself a new home in Pittsville

Three months, ago, FORGE Youth & Family Academy was in limbo, having been turned down by the Town of Selbyville in its attempt to move its youth center into a vacant property in the town.

A lot can change in a few weeks.


Friday, June 22, 2018 - 3:15pm

Richard Syphard has teaching in his blood — and now he is the Millsboro Middle School Teacher of the Year.

MMS’ Syphard has a history in local schools

Chemical weapons. Syrian President Bashir Al-Assad. Civil Rights. The purpose and power of government. International trade. Information sources. The U.S. Constitution.

Sounds like an average day’s news coverage, right? Well, yes. But it’s...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 3:10pm

UD Dean’s List students announced for Spring 2018

A number of local students have been named to the University of Delaware Dean’s List for the Spring 2018 semester.

They include: Mariann Agapito of Millsboro, Madison Bacon of Selbyville, Josh Barrow of Ocean View, Amanda Beam of Fenwick...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 2:59pm

IRHS celebrates Honor Roll students for spring

Indian River High School recently announced its honor roll students for the final marking period of the 2017-2018 school year.

Students receiving High Honors were:

• Seniors Kealey Allison, Peyton Beebe, Delaney Brannon, Mikaela...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 2:03pm

Riley Murray’s speech-making skills earned her a trip to the Educators Rising national conference in Orlando, Fla. Now she’s fundraising to make that happen.

Murray headed to conference in its first year at IRHS

Riley Murray figures that teaching is the only job she’s ever considered. Both of her parents are in education (her mother, Dana, teaches at Millsboro Middle School, and her father, Bennett, is an assistant principal at John M. Clayton Elementary...

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 4:04pm

Indian River High School graduate Helen Davis will be attending the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy starting later this summer.

Davis training for a life on the sea

By Maria Counts
Staff Reporter


While many 18-year-olds are spending their summer vacation working in local businesses, in between trips to the beach, Helen Davis is spending precious time with family… and working out.


Friday, June 8, 2018 - 6:14pm

Kelly Namorato is the fourth- and fifth-grade ILC teacher at Phillip C. Showell Elementary. Showell’s Teacher of the Year for 2018, she starts each day with a morning meeting in which she passes around this giant ‘knot ball’ signifying that the holder can say whatever is on his or her mind.

Namorato gets the ball rolling for ILC students

Kelly Namorato starts each school day with her 14 students by allowing the fourth- and fifth-graders in her class to check in with each other. The tool she uses to “get the ball rolling” for the school day is, literally, a ball.

She uses a...

Friday, June 8, 2018 - 6:10pm

Sam Riggins and Thomas Blackiston sit in front of all the items donated to Kind to Kids.

IR students get free ride with Give Back scholarship

Thomas Blackiston is a rising senior at Indian River High School, and Sam Riggins is a rising junior at Indian River High School. When each was in the ninth grade, they and about five other Indian River students learned they were the lucky...

Friday, June 8, 2018 - 6:08pm

Students from the Indian River High School Class of 2018 enjoy the happenings at their graduation ceremony on Tuesday, May 29.

‘Don’t stop here, Class of 2018’

Graduation sends 180 IRHS students into the world

Look out, world. The Class of 2018 is coming for you.

A weekend of torrential thunderstorms, followed by a morning fog and power outages cleared into a perfect spring night, just in time for Indian River High School’s graduation on Tuesday...

Friday, June 1, 2018 - 3:32pm

Local art students show a handful the talent produced at IRHS, including, from left, Liliana Guido, Megan Magoon, Olivia Garvey, Brooke Hoban, Jasmine Rodriguez Gonzales and Brianna McGee.

IR art students designing their futures

Artwork on display in Dagsboro

Walking in, one is surrounded by faces, some stoic, others laughing. Straight ahead is a kaleidoscope of sunsets. Around the corner, an astronaut struggles in the tentacle of a space monster. A fish and panda bear calmly gaze in opposite...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 3:14pm

Jennah Truitt certainly has a way with children. She’s already the godmother for several friends, and she was recently named Lord Baltimore Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year.

Truitt makes learning fun for LB kindergarteners

Kindergarten is the first formal schooling that many young children experience. Jennah Truitt remembers that when welcoming kids to their first-ever day of school.

“I really try to make learning fun,” Truitt said. “This is their first...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 3:09pm

JMC PTO to host My School Color Run

The John M. Clayton Elementary School PTO will host their first-ever My School Color Run 5K Trail Run & Kids Fun Run on Saturday, May 5, at the Indian River High School cross-country trail on Armory Road in Dagsboro from 8 to 11 a.m. The...

Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 3:57pm

Patricia Oliphant stands in front of the Sussex Academy logo, representing a school which she helped along since its early days.

Sussex Academy’s Oliphant reflects on career in education

Looking back on a career in education spanning 51 years, starting as an English teacher and ending as the executive director of Sussex County’s only charter school, Patricia Oliphant sums it up like this:

“I’m a person that, I’ve got to be...

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 12:08pm

Indian River High School students and IRHS Leo club members Hannah Gentry, Ashley Morales and Hailey Hudson pose for a photo in the school.

IRHS Leo Club members volunteer at community events

Indian River High School’s Leo Club has had 188 members during the 2017-2018 school year, with 99 of them being newly inducted members.

In order to be considered an active member, each student is required to volunteer in at least two...

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 12:07pm

IRHS students named to school’s honor roll

Indian River High School recently announced its honor roll students for the third marking period in the 2017-2018 school year. Students receiving High Honors were:

• Seniors Jessica Beaston, Peyton Beebe, Delaney Brannon, Ryan Burbridge,...

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 12:05pm

IRSD voters choose school board incumbents

The Indian River School District’s Board of Education will keep the same lineup for 2018 to 2019. Three incumbents kept their seats in the May 8 elections, according to unofficial results from the Delaware Department of Elections’ Sussex County...

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 5:16pm

It’s a wonderful spring for Sue Keefer, who won Teacher of the Year at G.W. Carver Academy and whose nonprofit just dug a new well in Africa.

Frankford teacher a wellspring of love and learning

Sue Keefer was away from the office when she received news about winning Teacher of the Year at George Washington Carver Academy. And she wasn’t just out of town. Keefer was out of the hemisphere.

But her trips to the Democratic Republic...

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 5:02pm

Indian River High School seniors Michael Corcoran and Helen Davis made their choices official last Thursday for where they will be moving on to in the fall.

Davis, Corcoran make their college choices

Signing day for student-athletes is always a special time, and last Thursday, May 3, was no different for a pair of Indian River High School seniors, Helen Davis and Michael Corcoran. Surrounded by family, friends and coaches, the duo each made...

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 2:03pm

IR school board candidates have their final say

Residents get to help decide the future of the Indian River School District this month, as the IRSD school board election will be held Tuesday, May 8, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Only two of the district’s five geographic voting districts have...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 4:13pm

Courthney White of North Georgetown Elementary, front-center, who was honored as IRSD Teacher of the Year, gathers with the other building winners from the school district. (Not pictured is building winner Mallory Anderson.)

North Georgetown’s White wins IRSD Teacher of the Year

Being an educator is no easy feat, and the Indian River School District this week celebrated the teachers who bring passion and skill to the classroom every day.

Courtney White of North Georgetown Elementary School was honored as the IRSD...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 4:11pm

Breakfast to raise funds for Lighthouse Christian students

This weekend, people can celebrate Mother’s Day early while also helping raise scholarships funds for Lighthouse Christian School, at the annual Learning Assistance Program breakfast fundraiser.

“Basically, this allows help to families...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 3:55pm