Editorial

Editorial — Smart growth is leading the way for Millsboro

A recent annexation of a 3-acre lot that is targeted to be the future site of a hotel and restaurant shows once again that the Town of Millsboro is intent on controlled growth.

Why would we call it “controlled,” you might ask?

This...

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 5:52pm

Editorial — Frankford officials make tough, but right, call

It might not be the most-popular decision in the world, but Frankford officials are taking an important, and critical, step in trying to keep the Town’s finances from devolving into a horrible situation.

Members of the Frankford Town...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 4:39pm

Editorial: Softball world is coming full-bore to Roxana

The eyes of the softball world will soon be upon us. 

Ten teams from around this spinning globe, including a District III representative from right up the road in Georgetown, will descend upon Roxana for the Senior League Softball World...

Friday, July 27, 2018 - 7:52am

Editorial: No place seems safe from opioid epidemic

We are not immune.

We live in a location that can be considered a virtual paradise. An ocean and beautifully-maintained beaches dot our eastern perimeter, and we pepper in stunning inland bays and waterways throughout our region. Fertile...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 4:08pm

Editorial: Election season could get interesting here

Well, it’s certainly shaping up to be an interesting election season. The national struggle for political power will garner much of the attention across these fruited plains, but things here in Sussex County are looking to get interesting, as...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 6:31pm

Editorial: Veteran event steps across political lines

 

Sussex County Councilman Rob Arlett, who is also throwing his hat into the U.S. Senatorial ring, is hosting a free veterans town hHall-style event at the Selbyville fire hall on Tuesday, July 10, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Along with...

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 2:12pm

Editorial: Holiday should be about making great memories

If you are looking to make memories this Fourth of July, you’re at the right place.

Between multiple fireworks shows in close proximity, parades, beaches, trails, inland bays and great food, this community is unparalleled in providing...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 3:30pm

Beebe continuing to plan for future with projects

The rapidly-changing landscape of the healthcare industry has created a need for changes in every avenue, from insurance to care to the very way that hospitals and doctor offices operate and conduct their business.

With a keen eye on the...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 3:09pm

Editorial: Millsboro police trying out a new program

Recognizing what they considered to be a void in their service to the community, the Millsboro Police Department has begun a new program that they hope will better help their citizens.

Chief Brian Calloway said that he realized his...

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 4:12pm

Editorial: Honoring those who battled during D-Day

Let’s take one minute away from the traffic, sun block and sand to recognize the efforts of some real-life, honest-to-goodness heroes, if you’ll indulge us.

Wednesday, June 6, marked the 74th anniversary of D-Day, the landing operations of...

Friday, June 8, 2018 - 6:19pm

Editorial: Pay attention to all that is around you this summer

Memorial Day came and went last weekend, and most of us are back to our regular lives now. But some aren’t. 

A 73-year-old Ocean View man died over the weekend when the bicycle he was riding was struck by a vehicle. An alleged drunk driver...

Friday, June 1, 2018 - 2:24pm

Editorial: This weekend is a time to reflect, remember

As it does every year, our nation will take some time this weekend to honor and remember those who gave their lives in defense of both our nation itself, and a way of life that this nation has represented since its creation.

Freedom and...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 3:33pm

South Bethany elections drawing closer

The headline race in South Bethany’s May 26 election appears to be the mayoral contest between incumbent Patricia “Pat” Voveris and council member Tim Saxton, but there are also four candidates running for three seats on town council.

...

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 1:30pm

Local police protect community every day

When there’s police activity in the area, the Point starts getting calls from readers wondering what’s going on and whether they should be concerned.

That was the case this week, as Ocean View police in the early hours of Wednesday morning...

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 5:11pm

Voters get their say in school board races

Two seats are up for grabs on the Indian River School District school board — Dana Probert and Leolga T. Wright are competing for a five-year term in District 3, and Derek E. Cathell and Carla M. Ziegler are competing to finish a term in District...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 3:50pm

Earth Day should be celebrated every day

If you turn to page 32 of this week’s paper, you will find a vast array of events and cleanups this weekend to celebrate Earth Day. While it is fantastic that so many individuals and organizations have put forth the effort to honor and try to...

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 3:05pm

It's time to start thinking about helping kids

We may not want to admit it just yet, but summer as we know it will soon be wrapping up, and children in the area will soon be returning to their classrooms.

And while we live in a community that can generally be referred to as wealthy,...

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 10:30am

Tornado just another element of surprise for us

Again, our balloon of security has been a bit punctured.

Hurricane watches and warnings? We’re old pros at those. Nor’easters? When is there not a nor’easter brewing somewhere that we keep a collective eye on, especially as the fall...

Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 9:26am

Editorial — We ask Fenwick to keep working on sidewalks

Pedestrian and bicyclist safety are major concerns for all our coastal towns. As well they should be.

From Ocean City through Lewes, a near-constant item of news is a pedestrian or bicyclist being struck by a vehicle. There is no...

Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 10:20am

Scammers now come at people from every direction

Most of us have received the emails from Nigerian royalty promising to make us millionaries if we send a “small” amount of money their way. Or the free gift cards we can all get through our emails if we just sign up for a trial period of Product...

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 2:29pm

Editorial: Murray left behind a proud legacy for all of Delmarva

When word began to filter through our newsroom on Tuesday that longtime News Journal environmental reporter Molly Murray had died, one would have thought that we had lost a co-worker of our own.

Murray diligently covered the environment...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 8:47am

Editorial — Vogel, council made the right call in budget deal

The Town of Ocean View has been looking at ways to step up their security on the second floor of the Wallace A. Melson municipal building, located on Central Avenue.

Last month, the Ocean View Town Council decided to seek bids to make the...

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 2:10pm

Editorial — Addiction, problems at jails, are connected entities

Gov. John Carney signed a $4.1 billion budget for the 2018 fiscal year on Sunday night, and while people will no doubt scrutinize, argue and complain about nearly every line item approved, there were two elements that received extra attention...

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 10:09am

Editorial — Enjoy the beach — but take time to know the rules

The Fenwick Island Town Council recently approved a first reading of a law that would limit oversized umbrellas and tents on the beach, following in the footsteps of Bethany Beach and Rehoboth Beach — who both approved similar measures earlier...

Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 12:25pm

Editorial — Let’s keep good memories from summer season

Well, it’s summer.

Honestly, “summer” really kicks off around here Memorial Day weekend, but the sun and the calendar are now in agreement over the switch of the seasons, and kids from our surrounding areas are out of school. So it is now...

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 11:38am

Editorial — Multi-pronged efforts have Millsboro on the rise

Here comes Millsboro.

The town has seen community leaders and business owners attempt to revitalize downtown and other areas of Millsboro for years by attracting new businesses and tourists. The Chamber of Commerce has jumped in, trying to...

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 11:09am

Deal or no deal, our environment must be protected

When President Donald Trump decided to pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement on climate change, reactions were fast and furious across the board.

Trump’s rationale was that it was a bad deal for the United States, and...

Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 11:09am

Editorial — Police taking major steps to save lives at every turn

It’s often said that growth is the worst thing to ever happen to this community.

The positives and negatives of the area’s astounding growth can be debated for decades (and have been), but we feel there is a much-worse threat to the...

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 10:00am

Editorial — Remembrance should be on our minds this weekend

Memorial Day has a certain mystique around this community, and it should. Summer is when we shine, and it is the time of the year we should be enjoying all around us and welcoming others to share in our “wealth.”

But there is a much-larger...

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 10:50am

Editorial — Sussex County showing financial independence

Sussex County Administrator Todd Lawson, along with Finance Director Gina Jennings, presented Sussex County Council this week with its proposed $143.8 million budget for the 2018 fiscal year.

That is a figure that can cause one to choke a...

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 8:54am

Five young skateboarders offer a lesson

It doesn’t necessarily sound like the biggest news of the week, but there is great hope in what took place at the last Frankford Town Council meeting.

Five local boys, skateboards in hand, showed up at the council meeting and asked that...

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 10:50am

Letters to the Editor — May 12, 2017

Relay for Life is a celebration of hope

Editor:

Hope is a word we use every day. We hope for a better life, better family relationships and more peace and civility in our world. These are just three hopeful wants of many. My hope...

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 9:48am

Community is more than the place you call home

As summer approaches, it’s easy to focus on the everyday irritations: the traffic, the guy who sits too close on the beach, the person who brings 20 items to the express lane. But the area has had ample evidence of late to remind us that living...

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 7:43am

Editorial — Donation to OVHS helps keep the past alive

Our community truly treasures its past.

If it wasn’t apparent to us before through the stories of our publisher and lifelong local Susan Lyons, it became perfectly evident to us while putting together the series of books we have done on...

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 9:32am

Editorial — Presentation illustrates Freeman Stage’s growth

Sussex County Council received its annual presentation from the powers that be at The Freeman Stage at Bayside last week — and, once again, we are reminded of just how far this effort has come over the years.

“If you can believe it, this...

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 10:58am

Editorial — Burton penalty is not appropriate for his crime

Nicole Bennett was a 35-year-old Millsboro woman who worked at Bay Shore Babies and SPLASH in Gumboro during the summer of 2012. She had a husband and three daughters, their ages ranging from 11 years to 15 months old. She was living a life that...

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 11:09am

Editorial — Water grants can’t be cut without replacement

The president’s proposed 2018 federal budget, as it stands today, would eliminate all USDA water and wastewater loan and grant programs — slashing $498 million from federal spending. And that sounds great on the surface. We all would like to see...

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 10:42am

Editorial — School board taps Steele for tough challenge

The Indian River Board of Education appointed Mark Steele as the District’s full-time superintendent at their regular board meeting on Monday, March 27.

Steele, who was named acting superintendent in January after Susan Bunting left to...

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 6:21am

Editorial — Crime in area forces us to take extra care

It’s not a difficult leap to equate a rise in home and car burglaries with the massive uptick in opioid use and abuse in the community over recent years. People become addicted, they want more drugs after they have exhausted their own resources...

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 8:20am

Prisons must be a top priority for the state

The recent violent and deadly riot at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, and the subsequent mass exodus of correctional officers from that facility, brings to light a topic that finds itself in and out of the Delaware news cycle...

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 8:51am

Editorial — St. Ann’s, USO working to help our troops

The Parish of St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Bethany Beach is on a month-long mission to stock USO Delaware with items for our brave men and women serving overseas .

For their March drive, they are requesting individually-packaged Slim Jims...

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 8:50am

Ocean View stays the course with Curran

The filing deadline for the mayoral position in Ocean View has come and gone, and incumbent Mayor Walter Curran was the only one to throw his hat into the ring.

We’ve heard two predominant theories on why people don’t apply to run for...

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 9:10am

Editorial — Community again shines in Night to Shine event

As an NFL quarterback, Tim Tebow makes for a fantastic humanitarian.

We joke about Tebow’s quarterbacking prowess, obviously, as anybody with the ability to make it into that league and experience any kind of success is obviously far...

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 8:56am

Editorial — Increase in tourism benefits entire community

Delaware Gov. John Carney and Delaware Tourism Director Linda Parkowski recently celebrated a newly-completed study of Delaware’s tourism data from 2015.

According to the figures, 8.5 million visitors came to the state in 2015, compared to...

Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 9:39am

Steele the right person to steer IRSD for now

Susan Bunting has now officially been confirmed as the new Secretary of the Delaware Department of Education, leaving behind a little bit of work to do in the Indian River School District.

There is an upcoming referendum — a reboot of a...

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 9:14am

Town must juggle employees, fair tax rates

The Ocean View Town Council recently held a special workshop to review and discuss a compensation survery that was completed at the end of 2016.

The survey revealed that Town employees make “on average 10 percent less than market midpoint...

Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 8:28am

Lottery winner not local, but still a good story

There’s always a sense of curiosity when someone hits a big lottery drawing — particularly when that winning ticket was purchased close to home.

Is it someone I know? Is it someone local? Is it someone who doesn’t need/deserve the money...

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 9:08am

A very big ‘thank you’ to all who have supported us

This past 12 months has been busy here at the Coastal Point.

We’ve expanded our news coverage, published two books on the histories of local towns, grown our bridal publication and incorporated our newspaper into our growing mobile app,...

Thursday, December 29, 2016 - 9:11am

Let’s remember our brave defenders this holiday

The buying is done (hopefully).

As is the wrapping (hopefully).

You’ve traveled to where you are going and you’re all ready to just kick back and enjoy the holiday (hopefully).

Yes, Christmas is now upon us, and Chanukah is...

Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 9:19am

Deaver left an impression on county, council

Joan Deaver did indeed have a voice before she joined Sussex County Council in 2008 — but she gained a much larger platform for her words the day she took office.

Long a protector of Sussex County’s environment, Deaver was one of those “...

Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 9:20am