Editorial

Clayton fundraising a win for the community

We have an ongoing conversation in our office that one of the benefits of our line of work is that we get to see a finished product each and every week. Unlike many jobs, we have something tangible to look at — to see how we did, and what we need...

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 2:32pm

SPCA offers plenty of volunteer opportunities

Looking back at 2013 for a second, one of the most difficult stories we covered was what was happening at the Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary.

While some of the details of what exactly went down there are still a mystery to us, there was one...

Thursday, January 2, 2014 - 6:41am

What might 2014 have in store for our area?

Another year is nearly in the books, and we can go about this one of two ways. We can go the simple, borderline moronic route and take a look back at the year that was (see the simple, borderline moron’s column below), or we could process those...

Thursday, December 26, 2013 - 8:36am

The holiday of holidays is now fully upon us all

With all due apologies to Clement Clarke Moore ...

’Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a computer was stirring, not even Bob’s mouse;

The papers were sent to the printer with care, in hopes that our...

Thursday, December 19, 2013 - 7:19am

The countdown is now officially on — shop local!

Well, the clock is officially winding down on Christmas.

There are now less than two weeks to go before the big day, and hopefully those presents you bought for out-of-towners are now en route through various delivery services, the...

Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 8:48am

It takes a village sometimes to keep us all safe

In the weeks, months and years following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, a word being offered by many in national leadership was “vigilant.”

They urged us not to panic, and to not live our lives in fear, but rather to be vigilant...

Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 7:42am

’Tis the season to be thinking local for shopping

It’s become a proud American tradition.

The day after Thanksgiving, affectionately coined as “Black Friday,” sees credit cards and Christmas savings accounts explode as consumers flock to the stores to take advantage of sale prices and get...

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 7:30am

IRHS soccer team fills community with pride

The Indian River High School soccer team truly made a community proud with their 3-0 victory over top-ranked St. Elizabeth’s last Saturday to claim a state championship.

However, judging from responses to our updates on Facebook before the...

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 11:52am

Peer hearing the latest chapter in police case

A Delaware Council on Police Training trial board this week unanimously found Bethany Beach Police Lt. Richard Haden guilty of five of the six charges filed against him in reference to a March 3 incident with his handling of a drunk-driving...

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 1:52pm

Sometimes, good intentions alone can’t prosper

When word came down earlier this week that the Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary would be officially closing on Dec. 1, there were a few cautious comments about this not being the first time over the past several months we have heard this. However,...

Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 9:36am

Area readies for Route 26 improvements to start

Visitors and locals alike have complained about traffic congestion and potentially dangerous conditions on Route 26 for years, particularly as the area’s summer and year-round populations have continued to increase. Now, we’re on the horizon of a...

Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 7:07am

Shoulder season great for visitors, locals

Spring and fall are affectionately referred to as “the shoulder seasons” around here.

Not the solitude and cold of winter, nor the heat and crowds of summer, spring and fall offer opportunities for local organizations and groups to host...

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 7:42am

Shooting highlights pattern of troubles

When we received a call to the office Tuesday morning that the Delaware State Police’s Homicide Unit was outside the Southern Delaware School of the Arts, our first thoughts were that there was either a training exercise going on, or police were...

Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 10:21am

Shady Grove II gets good news, and water

Sometimes in life, those things many of us too often take for granted are the things that can have the most impact.

Take Shady Grove II in south Selbyville, for instance. Residents in the apartment complex have complained for years about...

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 3:23pm

Millsboro to be the center of attention

Cooter is coming to Millsboro.

Actually, Ben Jones, the former U.S. congressman who played Cooter in the “Dukes of Hazzard,” will be coming along with the famed “General Lee” car to the inaugural Millsboro Country Festival on Saturday,...

Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 5:27am

Memories still vivid from 12 years ago

It’s one of those generational questions.

“Where were you when the towers were hit?”

It’s up there with asking somebody to remember what they were doing when Pearl Harbor was attacked, John F. Kennedy was assassinated or man walked...

Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 9:16am

Arts festival a true bell cow for community

There is so much to love about this community.

From the people who volunteer their time, services and money to help improve someone else’s standard of living to the beautiful farms that dot the landscape with their changing crops and open...

Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 10:27am

Labor Day Weekend is just no longer the end

At one point, Labor Day weekend marked the end of the busy season for our little oasis by the sea.

Many of the stores and restaurants closed their doors, traffic out of town was tight on that Monday and locals gathered at the Bethany Beach...

Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 6:12am

Attention turns to election in Bethany Beach

As the numbers came in last week on the non-binding referendum in Bethany Beach regarding a commercial lodging zone in the town, and the Bethany Beach Town Council later adopted those ordinances by a 6-1 margin, attention in Bethany is now being...

Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 7:17am

Citizens of Bethany Beach have now spoken

When the Town of Bethany Beach decided to issue a non-binding referendum regarding a proposal to rezone the property that the Bethany Arms Motel now sits on, and an adjacent property, to Commercial Lodging (CL-1), there were some raised eyebrows...

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 1:34pm

Facts are facts, except maybe when they are not

If the 1990s was considered the “Age of Technology” and the dawn of this century was dubbed the “Information Age,” we are officially putting our stamp on this decade being dubbed “The Age of Misinformation.”

It’s staggering almost to...

Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 7:19am

Safe Haven must have a real solution to survive

Stop us if you have heard this one before.

Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary is set to close. Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary is staying open.

A few weeks ago we were alerted to the possibility that Safe Haven, facing extreme financial duress...

Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 9:51am

Safe Haven must have a real solution to survive

Stop us if you have heard this one before.

Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary is set to close. Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary is staying open.

A few weeks ago we were alerted to the possibility that Safe Haven, facing extreme financial duress...

Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 7:42am

Proposed botanic gardens could be huge boost

The Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission held a public hearing last week for a conditional-use application for Southern Delaware Botanic Gardens, a proposed project to be located in an agricultural residential district in Dagsboro.

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Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 7:13am

Dual enrollment offers IR students an opportunity

High schools across the nation have long had programs in place that offered gifted students the opportunity to take college-level courses off-site to both challenge those students with more difficult work, and prepare them for what will be...

Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 8:33am

OVPD doing their part to help alleviate big problem

An epidemic that certainly tore its way through our little oasis by the sea has been the abuse of prescription medication, along with the accompanying burglaries that followed, as those who became addicted became desperate for finding money any...

Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 5:42am

Is an end now in sight for Route 26 lane closures?

According to officials from Delmarva Power, and seconded by those from the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), as of June 30, there will be no more lane closures on Route 26 due to the Route 26 Mainline Project that has been somewhat...

Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 8:37am

Pedestrian fatalities should be a wake-up call

Two Maryland men were killed just outside Fenwick Island this week. Another man was killed while walking his dogs near Dewey Beach last week. Yet another man was struck while straddling the shoulder and traffic lane just a few weeks ago.

...

Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 6:13am

South Bethany dune needs a hand right now

Without a doubt, this is the busy time of year for us.

Businesses, shops and restaurants are more busy than at any other time of the year. Residents find themselves entertaining company much more than in the winter. And town and local...

Thursday, June 6, 2013 - 7:02am

School district to ramp up security next year

Safety at our schools has been a growing concern in this nation ever since the horrors at Columbine High School in Colorado in 1999.

We have seen shootings by students, plans for explosive devices, teachers being attacked and, of course,...

Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 8:02am

Letters to the Editor: May 31, 2013

Burbage thanks all for opinions
Editor:

Anyone who reads a local Bethany Beach-area newspaper is probably aware that there is proposal in place to build a new oceanfront hotel in the Quiet Resorts.

When completed, there would...

Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 7:58am

County officials report property taxes unchanged

Sussex County officials presented their proposed $117.7 million budget for the 2014 fiscal year on Tuesday. The proposed budget is down approximately 3 percent from this current year’s because of some reductions in sewer assessment rates.

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Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 6:48am

Paddles galore this weekend, for a great cause

You might have heard something about a zoning issue in Bethany Beach that could get voted on Friday afternoon. While that has gotten a lot of attention locally, there is something else happening this weekend that might be of interest to you....

Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 8:03am

Respect, compromise, and cooperation are key

It’s rarely quiet in our little world of small-town politics here at the Delaware shore. If it’s not election rhetoric or budget debates, it’s controversy over taxes, utility service, the internal power struggles of municipal or county government...

Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 6:36am

County makes strong push for jobs with grants

We have seen signs of an improving economy as of late. Real estate is starting to see some good trends, the summer rentals appear to be strong this summer and some businesses have reported that things are looking up so far. However, what is...

Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 9:37am

Collins showed courage in his big decision

When news leaked earlier this week that NBA player Jason Collins had “come out of the closet” in a Sports Illustrated article, talking heads across these fruited plains nearly exploded.

There was talk of Collins being a hero for his...

Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 9:33am

Odyssey of the Mind teams make us all proud

Perhaps we have gotten to the point of taking the Indian River School District’s Odyssey of the Mind teams for granted.

This year, the district sent five teams to the state finals on March 23 at Smyrna High School. Two of those teams, the...

Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 6:58am

Both major parties reaching out to the citizens

We notice that the attention on politics tends to wane, especially around here, as the weather begins to change and we move a little further away from last November’s elections. And that’s fine, as the rhetoric meter hit exceedingly high in those...

Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 8:51am

Keep downtown Bethany Beach in mind this spring

For those of you who haven’t been to downtown Bethany Beach recently, you might be surprised if you find yourself there because of all the construction. The town’s long-awaited beautification effort is now under way, and the long-term prospects...

Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 8:51am

Sheriff loses another court battle--time to move on

Delaware Superior Court Judge T. Henley Graves issued a ruling on Tuesday that sided with Sussex County government in their ongoing battle with Sussex County Sheriff Jeffrey Christopher regarding Christopher’s office having constitutional...

Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 4:17am

Entire community has an opportunity to really shine

There has been cautious optimism throughout this community over the coming summer season.

A slightly-improving economy, coupled with New Jersey and New York beaches still trying to recover from Hurricane Sandy’s violent path, is leading...

Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 10:11am

IRSD passes independent audit with flying colors

The last Indian River School District referendum passed by about a 2-1 vote, but it was met with more vocal opposition than any we can remember in the past.

Perhaps it was just a sluggish economy talking, as people were reluctant to pay...

Thursday, March 7, 2013 - 9:09am

This might not be a problem -- or it could be a big one

The Town of Ocean View is taking a walk down memory lane. Their hope, we suspect, is that it goes much smoother this time around.

Mayor Gordon Wood presented a written directive to the Ocean View Town Council Tuesday night stating that...

Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 7:53am

First responders valor is deserving of awards, and more

There’s no question that, when it’s your home, your money, your child, your life being threatened by an emergency, you appreciate the efforts put into catching a criminal, putting out a fire, restarting a heart. But it’s easy to forget when it’s...

Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 12:27pm

BeebeCAREs offers optimism for healthcare

One of the trickiest puzzles this country has been trying to solve focuses on healthcare. How can the most amount of people get the best available care without bankrupting our nation, closing hospitals and putting insurance companies at risk?...

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 1:53pm

County helps as many as possible with surplus

Sussex County Council recently found itself staring at a budget surplus of $854,000 — a situation many governmental and private entities would like to find themselves in, we imagine. The good news for those of us who happen to reside in Sussex...

Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 3:42am

Letters to the Editor: February 1, 2013

CRI denies continuing connection with Fink
Editor:

This letter is in response to a reader who took issues with Shaun Fink’s appointment with the Indian River School Board. She took umbrage to the fact that Shaun Fink used to work for...

Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 5:19am

County taking right steps in proposed hearing

Sussex County will be holding an additional hearing on the proposed expansion of the Millville Sanitary Sewer District, and we are big fans on how they are going about it.

For starters, John Ashman, the director of utility planning for the...

Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 5:18am

Referendum important, but it's up to you to vote

Voters in the Indian River School District (IRSD) will have the opportunity to make their voices heard at the booths next week regarding a major capital improvement and current expense referendum.

The referendum proposes a property tax...

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 1:28pm

Community has the chance to shine two more times

When word came down last month that the Big League Softball World Series would be coming to Roxana this summer, the general reaction of the community was one of pride.

People were proud that the powers-that-be selected this area to be the...

Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 3:46am