Editorial

Editorial – Botanic Gardens an example of determination

Ground was officially broken for the Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek on Thursday, Dec. 1.

For those of you unaware of just how significant this project really is, consider that Delaware First Lady Carla Markell serves as chair of...

Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 9:16am

It’s shopping season — think locally this year

As we hit the time of the year when we fill our credit card balances to the point when we can spend the rest of the year trying to pay them back down, we find it the perfect time to remind our readers to think local for many of their buying needs...

Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 8:01am

It’s shopping season — think locally this year

As we hit the time of the year when we fill our credit card balances to the point when we can spend the rest of the year trying to pay them back down, we find it the perfect time to remind our readers to think local for many of their buying needs...

Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 7:59am

Editorial – Thank you to all those who have supported us

Dear readers and advertisers,

It’s hard to know even where to start. Your support over the years has both blown us away, and allowed us to grow our staff exponentially. We have been able to increase our coverage and tackle new efforts,...

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - 7:43am

Editorial – November offers some of the best we have

There would be no need for polling to determine that fall is the season of choice for many people who live in this community.

To be fair, it is early fall that claims the most adoration — the weather is still warm, you can go to the beach...

Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 9:00am

Editorial – Recent burglaries should remind us to use care

The Ocean View Police Department (OVPD) reached out to us late last week to offer a bit of a public safety warning to residents, and we are happy they did.

According to OVPD, there was a rash of burglaries in early November, including 10...

Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 9:41am

Editorial – Cops & Goblins a true highlight of fall season

The fall has truly turned into the season of great local events.

From arts and crafts festivals to trail runs to haunted libraries to pumpkins flying through the air at astronomical speeds, every weekend is a paradise for people in the...

Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 11:06am

New Harim hatchery could be a big positive

Allen Harim announced on Monday that they will be building a $22 million state-of-the-art hatchery near Dagsboro, with an egg-set capacity of 2.5 million eggs per week. That, it would appear, is a lot of eggs.

The new 70,000-square-foot...

Friday, October 28, 2016 - 7:30am

Editorial – LWVSC putting in effort, time for community

The League of Women Voters of Sussex County (LWVSC) rocks.

There. We said it. A local organization, comprising volunteers throughout our community, flat-out rocks. Let us explain.

We have spoken in our office about how the LWVSC has...

Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 9:25am

Editorial – Fall is the season to clear out some clutter

Though the term “spring cleaning” has been widely known for ages, this community has also embraced the notion of the “fall dump.”

After a busy summer season when many of us are too busy to keep up with the demands of the day-to-day life,...

Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 10:50am

Bethany heroes deserve a community’s praise

Bethany Beach Public Works employee Sean Ely was on the beach on Monday, Oct. 3, when he was reportedly flagged down by a woman in need of immediate help.

Very immediate help.

She alerted Ely that her 11-year-old son was stuck in...

Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 10:41am

Editorial – Stockings and pumpkins hit Millville Saturday

Fall is a pretty special time in these parts.

The hubbub of the frantic summer season is behind us, the roads feel a bit more wide open and the changing leaves perform their typical brilliant autumnal show. And to top it off, there are...

Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 11:19am

Editorial – Latest IRSD referendum born from area growth

Latest IRSD referendum born from area growth

This is one that comes at no surprise, whatsoever.

The Indian River School District (IRSD) recently announced they will be hosting a current-expense referendum on Tuesday, Nov. 22. The...

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 8:50am

Boro Bash is an all-day affair of, well, everything

Ladies and gentlemen, the Boro Bash is upon us.

Yes, the uniquely-Millsboro event that is Boro Bash will be taking place this Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Millsboro Little League Park. The festivities will kick off at 10 a.m. and roll...

Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 9:58am

Let’s thank our wounded veterans this week

Get out on the next clear night and enjoy one of our amazing sunsets. Or, on the flip side, wake up early and head to the beach to catch a sunrise that is guaranteed to steal your breath.

These things can make us feel extremely fortunate...

Thursday, September 8, 2016 - 10:27am

Editorial – Safety, safety, safety with school buses

Schools around the area will be opening over the next few weeks, and the Delaware State Police (DSP) recently shared some advice for students, parents and bus drivers on how to take precautions in regards to safety.

According to DSP,...

Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 9:58am

Fewer guards means more awareness

It would probably be safe to consider today part of the fabled “dog days of summer.”

It’s been hot. The season is beginning to wind down as students make their way back to school. And the grind of another busy summer has most people (...

Friday, August 19, 2016 - 9:19am

Editorial: Rogers continues to make big strides

We do love sharing good news in this space.

It was nearly three months ago when 10-year-old Garrett Rogers of Millsboro ran into a street to retrieve a baseball, only to be struck by a vehicle allegedly driven by a drunk driver. Rogers...

Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 9:48am

Editorial: Some solid police work leads to arrest

The ancient Roman philosopher Lucius Annaeus Seneca has been attributed as the source of the quote, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

Apparently, the Ocean View Police Department and Delaware State Police (DSP)...

Thursday, August 4, 2016 - 10:09am

Roxana is the place to be this week

Softball fans from around the area can rejoice in the action that will be taking place at the Pyle Center starting this Sunday.

Some of the best young players in the world — yes, the world — will be on hand to compete in both the Senior...

Friday, July 29, 2016 - 7:21am

Editorial: Beebe to stay put, but build for the future

The population of Sussex County continues to grow. Stop us if you’ve heard this before.

And, yes, we have heard this for years, but the reason for this is clear — the population in Sussex County continues to rise, and there is no reason to...

Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 11:04am

The little things can help a lot down the road

Most of the town council meetings in this community — at least those who have an operational police department — include the police chief or another law enforcement official reading off that month’s crime statistics, or giving a general update....

Friday, July 15, 2016 - 7:04am

Tragedy should serve as a somber reminder

Well, it happened. And we are all worse off for it happening.

A young lady, Anastasia Ciolpan, 20, of Moldova, was riding her bicycle southbound on Kent Avenue on June 26, when a vehicle struck her from behind and knocked her to the ground...

Thursday, July 7, 2016 - 10:56am

Monday night incident ups our fear factor

Reality hit a little too close to home again this week.

According to Delaware State Police, Hickman’s Package Store on Cedar Neck Road was the victim of an armed robbery on the evening of Monday, June 20. Police said that two male suspects...

Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 10:07am

Don’t let a mistake ruin the rest of your life

We’re now in that magical time of the year when the schools have closed their doors for the regular school years, and the families have started coming down for their magical vacations by the shore.

Unfortunately, we have also reached that...

Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 1:23pm

Responders train for the unthinkable, for us

We like to think nothing really bad happens in our sleepy community by the shore.

Of course, we all know there are far too many bicyclist and pedestrian accidents during the summer months, and drunk driving seems to take somebody far-too-...

Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 11:11am

One more day of remembrance this week

The flags lining various locales throughout our community and others the past few weeks have been set up to honor those men and women of our armed forces who paid the ultimate price in defense of our freedom. Obviously, that period of remembrance...

Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 10:29am

Fun, sun and safety should all be enjoyed

Game on.

This weekend marks the unofficial start of the summer season around this community, and that means plenty of sunscreen, feasting seagulls, surfing, skimboarding, camping, fishing and more. Unfortunately, it also usually means...

Friday, May 27, 2016 - 10:00am

Viewpoint: Selbyville starts planning with win-win deal – May 20, 2016

It’s all-too-rare that we see a truly win-win situation in any walk of life. In government, that may be an even rarer situation.

However, we might be seeing that very circumstance happening in Selbyville, as officials there have begun...

Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 10:56am

Editorial: Saturday kicks off a series of busy weekends – May 13, 2016

Who’s tired of all this rain?

Yeah, sorry. We can’t do anything about the weather. However, we can tell you about a really full day of activities planned for our community this Saturday, May 14.

The Town of Ocean View will kick off...

Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 11:05am

Mother’s Day weekend is a big one for area

While Memorial Day weekend is circled in red on many area desk calendars as the start of another summer season, it’s also important to note that the unofficial kickoff each year is Mother’s Day weekend.

Yes, we have seen more crowds in...

Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 8:45am

Bail, even a high one, is a risky proposition

In 2012, members of the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force arrested Dagsboro resident Matthew Burton in connection with the murder of Millsboro’s Nicole Bennett. It was a disturbing crime, both by the nature of the death, and the fact that Bennett and...

Friday, April 29, 2016 - 8:59am

Haley’s legacy giving a ‘hand up’ to prisoners

As much as restaurateur and philanthropist Matt Haley left the area a legacy of great food, he also left behind him a tremendous legacy of helping people help themselves.

A former drug addict who spent time in prison himself, Haley not...

Friday, April 22, 2016 - 10:56am

Honoring a familiar voice for more than 67 years

We typically use this space to discuss an important news issue facing the community, or sharing some thoughts we might have on improving the day-to-day lives of the people who live here.

This week, we want to discuss a feature story we...

Friday, April 15, 2016 - 10:14am

It feels like a good weekend to have a Jamboree

We are in that little “lull” time of our calendar.

An early Easter has left a little gap before the craziness of summer hits, and even in a year where the holiday does fall a little later, this is still a period of many people collectively...

Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 11:03am

Entertainment is at an all-time high here now

The cherry blossoms are blooming, flowers are budding all around us and the golf courses are filling up around us — yes, spring is in the air, and you can feel the energy and excitement all around us.

Of course, there’s another sign that...

Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 9:45am

County BoA listened to opposition, acted on it

The Sussex County Board of Adjustment (BoA) this week denied an application from the Bethany Beach Police Department for a special-use exception to operate a shooting range on a piece of Town property in unincorporated Frankford.

We are...

Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 8:41am

Editorial: Feds are finally getting around to drug problem

There has been a lot of talk about the shortcomings of our federal govenment in terms of acting on issues that effect the day-to-to-day lives of Americans. A lot of that talk has come from the bald gentleman below this editorial.

What...

Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 12:06pm

The shoulder season is now in all our sights

Flowers are beginning to dot our area landscape again, the honking of geese has begun to be replaced by the chirping of songbirds and our clocks spring ahead an hour this weekend. Yes, one and all, it would appear that spring is starting to make...

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 5:11pm

New program builds teamwork and confidence

The impressive lists of awards and even-longer list of honors students tells us that the Indian River School Dsitrict does a very admirable job in teaching our children what they are expected to be taught.

But we all know there is more to...

Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 12:23pm

Overcrowded schools becoming a real problem

Anyone navigating our local roads in the “offseason” can tell that there are simply more cars on the road than before.

New developments we have seen pop up on the local landscape largely means there are more second-home owners than before...

Friday, February 26, 2016 - 8:07am

Artillery park is more than just another display

The Fort Miles Historical Association, in conjunction with Delaware State Parks, will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for an artillery park on Saturday, Feb. 20, in the historic section of the park.

The new artillery park is the newest...

Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 9:30am

Towns, MVFC come to agreements on EMS fees

Both the Millville and Ocean View town councils voted unanimously this week to begin drafting agreements to charge every household in their respective municipalities a $35 ambulance fee, to benefit the Millville Volunteer Fire Company (MVFC)....

Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 10:25am

Frankford election the next step in shake-up

If there’s one thing we’ve learned over the years of doing this, it’s that every town — every governmental body, really — goes through cycles.

Sometimes, that cycle simply consists of things sticking to the status quo, and the same people...

Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 12:46pm

Storm was rough, but could have been worse

So, yeah, that storm hit us pretty hard.

Many of us have grown a bit skeptical of snow and dangerous weather prognostications for the area over the years, as we have seen dire forecasts turn into little more than some wind and showers time...

Friday, January 29, 2016 - 8:29am

Police get important training with mental issues

One topic that continues to make its way into both the national and local conversation is the current state of mental health treatment.

Mass shootings, homelessness, veterans struggling to adapt back to civilian society and other issues...

Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 8:34am

After 14 years of service, Hocker steps aside

In March 2002, the son of a prominent local businessman and politician took the oath to serve the Town of Millville as a councilman. And Tuesday night he announced he is taking a step back from handling town business, ending a journey that saw...

Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 8:10am

Road projects test patience, but run smoothly

We’ve all heard the sentiments before, typically laced with a stream of profanity that we won’t be repeating here.

“Stupid road construction made me late for my meeting.”

“Are they ever going to finish tearing up [Route 54] [Route...

Friday, January 8, 2016 - 7:21am

Please, be safe and smart this New Year’s Eve

We’re guessing that many of you, like many of us at the paper, are still deep in the holiday spirit.

That’s a great thing, and we hope people can carry that air of celebration with them throughout the year. However, with New Year’s Day...

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 - 12:54pm

Baby Alana’s life was too short, but still powerful

When word broke on Wednesday, Dec. 14, that Alana Rose Prettyman had passed away, one could feel the oxygen being sucked out of our office. Judging by comments on social media, that feeling enveloped most of our community.

The 15-month...

Wednesday, December 23, 2015 - 8:38am