Realtors hope to help families

According to numbers provided by the Sussex County Association of Realtors (SCAOR), Sussex County saw a 44 percent jump in foreclosures between 2008 and 2009. That represents the largest jump in terms of percentage of any county in the state,...

Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 2:56pm

Wichmann deserves his voice back

Ocean View Town Council members recently considered a letter from former mayor Gary Meredith that encouraged the current council to rescind the censure order on Councilman Bill Wichmann. That orginal censure came in July 2006 after Wichmann...

Thursday, February 18, 2010 - 6:44am

State's doing fine with snow

If there’s a common thread amongst complaints we’ve heard about the recent weather, it’s the notion that the snow removal has been slow and that the state, county and municipalities have not done nearly enough to make the roads safe quickly....

Thursday, February 11, 2010 - 8:18am

Pulling together in winter's grip

A snowstorm can bring out the worst in drivers, especially those who aren’t used to driving in the white stuff and its harder, more slippery cousin. But this week’s unusually big hit from Mother Nature’s winter coat seemed to bring out the best...

Thursday, February 4, 2010 - 6:17am

Biden serious about children

Many Democrats around the state were upset when Delaware Attorney General Joseph R. “Beau” Biden III announced recently that he would not be pursuing the U.S. Senate seat previously held by his father, now-Vice President Joe Biden. However, the...

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 - 5:28pm

TIme to embrace a real hero

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
— Martin Luther King Jr.

Our nation celebrated the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, and it’s our sincere hope that people appreciate the...

Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 6:42am

IRSD vote will cost no money

The Indian River School District (IRSD) will have a special referendum on Tuesday, Feb. 9. At issue is transfering $137,000 from the district’s major capital improvement funding to construct additional classrooms at North Georgetown Elementary...

Thursday, January 14, 2010 - 6:09am

Town has interesting decision

Ocean View officials have a bit of a pickle on their hands.

The proposal to change three lots in the town to commercial use has ramifications for the future of the town, and has stirred up a hornet’s nest of controversy amongst residents....

Thursday, January 7, 2010 - 3:58am

Delmarva bands together for girl

If there is one certainty regarding the people of this area, it is that they care.

Though we’re in a rough economic climate, and fundraising is a bit more difficult because of that reality, charitable organizations are still making a big...

Tuesday, December 29, 2009 - 1:15pm

Happy Holidays to all of you

As Christmas comes to the area, we wanted to take a second away from local politics and issues in this space to wish all of you a Merry Christmas. Actually, we want to wish all of you happy holidays this season, regardless your faith or beliefs,...

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 - 11:04am

Patience is wise in this case

South Bethany officials are discussing the merits of letting the town’s residents vote on building a park on a parcel of donated land.

A resident, Pat VanCleve, approached the South Bethany Town Council during its Dec. 11 meeting, and...

Thursday, December 17, 2009 - 5:04am

Local crime continues to rise

During Tuesday night’s Ocean View Town Council meeting, Mayor Gordon Wood made an interesting comment. He warned citizens to contact Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin if they were approached by somebody who flashed a badge. He continued to...

Wednesday, December 9, 2009 - 2:13pm

Ocean View turns to residents

We’ve all been inundated with stories on state or federal government officials struggling with replacing lost revenue since the economy first started taking a hit. And many of us have been personally affected by the economic tide, either through...

Wednesday, December 2, 2009 - 12:38pm

Try to keep that shopping local

Thanksgiving officially marks the start of the holiday season for many in this country. It’s that five-week slice of time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s that fills the airlines, boosts the sales at grocery stores and gives retail stores the...

Wednesday, November 25, 2009 - 8:04am

County hopes to get federal aid

Last week’s coastal storm did a number on the area, causing havoc on local roads and beaches, and hitting people’s homes with force. Now, officials in Sussex County want to hear from the residents regarding damage to their homes and property....

Thursday, November 19, 2009 - 9:10am

Recent crime spike no surprise

Delaware State Police arrested a 16-year-old Millsboro teen on Monday after he allegedly broke into the Frankford home of a state trooper and stole jewelry and the trooper’s personal handgun. This is another example of a disturbing trend hitting...

Thursday, November 12, 2009 - 7:27am

A time to remember their efforts

Earlier this week, the U.S.S. New York cruised into the harbor of its namesake city and paused beside the infamous Ground Zero site for a 21-gun salute. On Saturday, Nov. 7, the ship’s commissioning will take place in the Hudson Bay.

The U...

Thursday, November 5, 2009 - 3:38am

Hybrid maker gives lift to state

A recent announcement that Fisker Automotive of California was buying the former General Motors plant in Wilmington to develop plug-in hybrid electric cars should bring a collective round of applause from those who live in Delaware.


Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 7:17am

A whole world is a big theatre

As a person who easily gets sidetracked, I often find myself clicking on a link to a story on the Internet, only to get off course as I click on 50 more stories that are teased on my original article. The main causes of my high-tech digressions...

Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 7:14am

It’s time to respect James Farm

For dog owners in this community, one of the real joys of living here is walking our dogs at the James Farm Ecological Preserve. It’s a peaceful trek that cuts through unmolested woods and ends at the Indian River Bay, adorned with one of the...

Thursday, October 22, 2009 - 7:33am

Local hospitals make the grade

A recent independent study of health care facilities gave very high marks to the three hospitals closest to this region — Beebe Medical Center, Atlantic General Hospital and Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC).

The report, provided by...

Thursday, October 15, 2009 - 7:44am

Castle's decision a major one

The announcement on Tuesday that longtime U.S. Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del) would run for the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by Vice-President Joseph R. Biden Jr. could send shockwaves through both the state and the nation.

Nationally, the...

Wednesday, October 7, 2009 - 3:46pm

An important month, to be sure

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM), and the program has grown in leaps and bounds as awareness of the disease has grown along with it.

According to the the American Cancer Society’s Web site (www.cancer.org), NBCAM...

Friday, October 2, 2009 - 5:09am

Happy Birthday South Bethany

It’s almost hard to believe that the town of South Bethany will be celebrating 40 years of incorporation on Saturday. Has it only been 40 years?

The town has seen substantial growth over that period of time — both in houses and businesses...

Thursday, September 24, 2009 - 8:01am

Homeowners could have help

Like him or not, you have to give Gov. Jack Markell and his administration credit for trying to spur the state’s economy.

Last Thursday, Sept. 10, Markell, Superior Court President Judge James Vaughn Jr. and members of the Mediation...

Thursday, September 17, 2009 - 7:57am

State bets on financial boost

Delaware officials were recently denied the opportunity by a federal court to present single-game wagers on various sporting events. But that’s not stopping the state from pushing forward on a plan to generate more revenue for our cash-strapped...

Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 7:24am

Incident highlights police bravery

Most of us have done it.

You’re driving down the street, lost in your thoughts and perhaps unaware that your speedometer has crept up a little bit, and you see that police cruiser on the side of the road, pointing a radar gun in your...

Thursday, September 3, 2009 - 8:51am

Expansion of VA cemetery needed

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced this week that it had awarded $1.8 million to the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery to expand its facility.
“This cemetery is a vital part of our state’s history and a tribute to all...

Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 4:12pm

Cooperative effort is a good sign

It’s easy to support the annual Coastal Clean-up event. Volunteers arrive at nearly 50 Delaware locations, 10 sites in Maryland and four in New Jersey to clean the beaches and restore some order to the destination spots that have seen wear-and-...

Thursday, August 20, 2009 - 6:55am

Registry changes good for many

We are almost always in favor of the public gaining access to as much information as possible, and the recent announcement by the Delaware Department of Justice and the Delaware State Police regarding upgrades to the state’s Sex Offender Web site...

Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 6:35am

World's eye turned toward Roxana

In what’s become an annual affair, the softball world will be looking to Roxana for the Senior League Softball World Series next week.
Teams from around the country, as well as Europe, Latin America and Asia will be descending onto our...

Thursday, August 6, 2009 - 6:12am

County program gets its start

Sussex County Council last week approved the first project being developed under its Moderately Priced Rental Program — a program designed to stimulate affordable rental housing for the county’s working citizens.

“I see a rental market...

Thursday, July 30, 2009 - 12:43pm

Voter eligibility gets a look

Voter eligibility has been a rather constant, if understated, subject in this community for some time.

While Fenwick Island, South Bethany and Bethany Beach allow non-resident property owners to vote, the preponderance of towns not...

Thursday, July 23, 2009 - 7:31am

Internet not a private world

While there’s no doubt that the Internet has provided us with access to instant information, a venue in which to communicate with people from distances and a source of social networking, there is also little doubt that it does come with some...

Thursday, July 16, 2009 - 8:20am

County gets major shot of help

Sussex County received a much-needed shot in the arm last week with the receipt of $19.2 million from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help finance wastewater projects. The money was provided by the American Recovery and...

Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 9:07am

Community steps up yet again

Tough economy? Check. Busiest time of the year? Check. Community stepping up and taking care of others?


When Contractors for a Cause held their 5th Annual Springtime Gala at Cripple Creek Country Club on Friday, June 19,...

Thursday, July 2, 2009 - 9:18am

Bluewater gets approval to star

Bluewater Wind announced Wednesday that they have received leases by the Minerals Management Service (MMS) to construct meteorological towers in the Atlantic Ocean — an important first step in determining the feasability of offshore wind projects...

Thursday, June 25, 2009 - 6:53am

SEDAST deserves our thanks

We’ve all heard over recent years about schools cutting their art and music programs to allocate that money more to the “traditional” classes. While reading, math and writing skills are certainly important tools to acquire, children’s abilities...

Thursday, June 18, 2009 - 6:40am

National Guard might lead way

The Army National Guard Station in Bethany Beach is setting its sights on wind power as a way to fulfill executive orders and federal mandates of using more renewable resources.

As part of the Department of Defense’s Energy Conservation...

Thursday, June 11, 2009 - 7:30am

No legs for joint police force

The Millville Town Council recently came to the consensus that they would not request discussions with the Town of Ocean View regarding a joint police force between the neighboring towns.
“A lot of citizens were calling and asking us not to...

Thursday, June 4, 2009 - 5:58am

Keeping an eye on our roots

One of the exciting things about coming to this area every year for vacation is seeing all the new things that have popped up over the year. Each summer seems to bring new restaurants, retail shops, houses and, sometimes, new weekly newspapers...

Thursday, May 28, 2009 - 10:42am

Indian River alum goes big time

There’s just something special about the “local kid done good” story. And this one’s pretty special.

Abi Buchler, who graduated Indian River High School just last year, is now a member of the Messiah College softball team. On Monday,...

Thursday, May 21, 2009 - 12:00pm

Some decisions are not easy

It ain’t easy being green.

With all due apologies to Kermit the Frog, that phrase can be muttered more and more frequently these days in terms of people trying to be environmentally conscious. Oh, there are more opportunities, and more...

Thursday, May 7, 2009 - 7:32am

Letters to the Editor -- May 8, 2009

Is sportsbetting the answer? Don’t bet on it

Sportsbetting is some of our legislators and governor’s saving grace to part of the state’s budget crisis. I am totally against this idea, especially under the current economic...

Thursday, May 7, 2009 - 7:25am

Town officials to become twits?

Fenwick Island officials are looking into the idea of improving their communication to residents and non-resident property owners through social networking Web sites.

During last Friday’s town council meeting, council members discussed the...

Thursday, April 30, 2009 - 6:06am

Jamboree a great time for all

We normally like to avoid endorsing specific community events in our editorial for two reasons. First, there are so many worthwhile causes in our community that we feel it would be unfair to single out one over the others. And, second, because it...

Thursday, April 23, 2009 - 7:14am

New council in Ocean View

The recent swearing-in of Robert “Bob” Lawless to the Ocean View Town Council opens a new chapter to the leadership annals of the town, and hopefully leaves behind a period of conflict and contention that has garnered the town all-too-much...

Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 7:40am

More bus services would help

It’s very easy to be a Monday-morning quarterback. You know, just sit back, watch the decisions someone else makes, and then offer your opinion after the fact. We’re kind of doing that here today.

When Gov. Jack Markell and Delaware...

Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 8:35am

Swann Keys ruling interesting

It’s common in this community, and just about every other area of the country, for homeowners to battle against their homeowners’ associations. However, a dispute in the Swann Keys development has seen resolution in the Delaware Supreme Court....

Thursday, April 2, 2009 - 8:32am

Aim grant funding to MVFC

Ocean View Town Council members are contemplating their annual grant donation to the Millville Volunteer Fire Co., and there is at least some sentiment to split the grant monies to $35,000 for the fire company, and $5,000 for the Beebe Medical...

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 - 5:41pm