Banks recognized for selflessness, grand vision

Kami Banks has long been an influential voice in the community, somewhat belying her relatively-young age.

She is known widely throughout the region for her family’s business, Banks Wines & Spirits, and served succesfully as a member...

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 9:48am

South Bethany makes good choice for chief

We are really big fans of community policing.

We love when members of the Ocean View Police Department talk to the Chamber of Commerce about keeping their businesses safe and secure or swing by Lord Baltimore Elementary School to make...

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 10:01am

Area’s heroin problem is only growing worse

The heroin problem has been steadily growing throughout our community over the past year or so.

We have seen more and more families affected by loved ones developing addictions, property crimes committed by people trying to feed their...

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 1:17pm

We all have motivation to preserve our beaches

When Department of Natural Resource’s (DNREC) beach guru Tony Pratt visited the Fenwick Island Town Council last week to discuss dune maintenance, he uttered two words in particular that should carry a lot of weight.

“Sand blows,” he...

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 3:20pm

Celebrating Haley’s amazing life on tap Sunday

The community is preparing to bid a heartfelt farewell to one of its favorite sons.

Matt Haley — restaurateur, philanthropist, speaker and basic humanitarian — passed away on Aug. 19 from injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident in India...

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 6:58am

An ounce of prevention could help when needed

There’s a fire in your home. Or an intruder breaking in the back door. Maybe you’ve been carjacked in your driveway.

Obviously, these are not things we wish on any of you, but, unfortunately, these are things than can happen to any one of...

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 9:48am

This election week is a significant one, indeed

Voters, you are on the clock.

After months of hearing from political candidates and their supporters, it is now officially time for the voters to take center stage in numerous elections that impact our area greatly.

For starters, we...

Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 1:57pm

Bethany Beach the hot spot to be this weekend

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Well, there is plenty on tap as far as entertainment goes, so let’s narrow this down a little bit.

Looking for something to keep you busy from Friday through Monday, without ever leaving...

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 9:18am

Restaurateur left a legacy far beyond his food

When word filtered into our office earlier this week that popular restaurateur/philanthropist Matt Haley had been involved in a motorcycle accident in India, you could hear a collective gasp. When we learned Wednesday morning that he had...

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 9:37am

LSLL, District III pull off another succesful Series

Lower Sussex Little League and District III have now hosted Softball World Series events in Roxana for 11 consecutive years. And for 11 consecutive years, they have done an exemplary job.

For the first nine years, they hosted the Senior...

Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 8:11am

Numbers in Frankford offer sobering dose of reality

Frankford officials recently met with financial mind Marty Presley, a resident of the town, concerning their efforts to put a pension plan in place for Town employees.

Presley apparently offered council members in attendance a list of...

Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 4:02am

Two world series tournaments hit Roxana on Sunday

Roxana, the stage is yours.

Twenty teams from around the world — some of which are from right here in Sussex County — will descend upon the Pyle Center this weekend for the dual-headlined event of the Senior League and Big League Softball...

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 10:52am

Little League prepares for two World Series events

Though the Pyle Center sees plenty of action throughout the spring and early summer, hosting Little League and other games, the lights are about to get a little brighter in Roxana.

For the second consecutive year, the Pyle Center will play...

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 11:02am

Get out and enjoy the rest of this summer season

This has seemingly been a summer that everyone has been waiting for — and that is for a variety of reasons.

For starters, almost all of us were daydreaming of summer weather throughout our long, harsh winter. By the time we got hit with...

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 8:43am

Millsboro officials consider the big and small

The Town of Millsboro has been facing a few challenges.

Not that the town has the major issues or concerns some others do, both locally and nationally — more standard quality-of-life issues, such as revitalizing the downtown area,...

Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 5:46am

Let’s all think safety first this holiday weekend

One of the great traditions this area has to offer is the collection of celebrations that transpire throughout our community to commemorate Independence Day (see page A33 for descriptions). From parades to fireworks, we embrace July 4, and...

Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 10:16am

County races appear to be ones to watch this year

With Bill Carroll deciding to drop out of the Republican primary for the Sussex County Council District 4 race, the picture in that election gets much more clear. It will be local political heavyweights Shirley Price and George Cole battling for...

Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 10:48am

Summer orientation a win-win-win-win situation

The Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation’s International Student Committee (QRCF-ISC), with a major hand from ResortQuest, is holding a free summer orientation for international workers at Sea Colony on Wednesday, June 25, at 11:30 a.m.


Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 2:48pm

Shops and restaurants are fully open for business

Schools are now closed throughout much of the region, so vacation time is nearly in full-effect in our little piece of paradise by the shore. So, for those of you who are down here for the first time this season, enjoying all that we have to...

Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 9:12am

We live in a much better world because of others

Friday, June 6, marks the 70th anniversary of one of the most noted days in the history of our nation, D-Day. In fact, let’s change that thought for a second. It really marks the 70th anniversary of one of the most noted days in the history of...

Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 7:41pm

Ocean View looking for developments to join town

In an attempt to clear up some confusion over borders, as well as generate a little more revenue, Ocean View officials are hoping some developments in unincorporated enclaves surrounding the town decide to join the Ocean View family.


Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 10:44am

Keep those who have fallen in mind this weekend

All too often, particularly in our little slice of Heaven by the shore, the meaning of Memorial Day gets lost in the shuffle.

For many in this area, Memorial Day is the three-day weekend that serves as the unofficial launch to the summer...

Friday, May 23, 2014 - 8:07am

Beahan gets well-deserved recognition for his efforts

There are a few people around this beautiful community of ours who generate a smile whenever their names are brought up in conversation. One of those names is Neil Beahan.

The principal at the Southern Delaware School of the Arts (SDSA)...

Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 7:49pm

Traffic transitions make patience an even bigger virtue

We all know it’s coming:?the influx of traffic as the weather gets warmer and the summer season swings into gear. And this year (and for a few years to come), we have an added complication to our high-traffic times:?the Route 26 improvement...

Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 8:55am

Fixing heroin epidemic falls on all of us


Those are the three raw numbers that stood out to us the most as reporter Maria Counts was putting together her three-part series on the rise of heroin’s popularity in our little community (the third installment in the series can...

Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 8:48am

Lady Indians shutting down opponents

Something very special is happening with the Indian River High School Lady Indians soccer team.

Though we know many athletes and coaches are supersticious, and we’d hate to be the cause of any bad vibes by discussing their performance, it’...

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 7:51am

Under construction, but open for business

After months of bitter cold temperatures, snow blanketing our pristine community and ice coating our roads like it was simply part of the surface, spring has officially sprung for many of us here at the beach, with Easter weekend now upon us....

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 10:39am

Fenwick Island becoming a model town

Watching things unfold over recent years, it becomes somewhat evident that Fenwick Island is undertaking a bit of a facelift. While not as dramatic as the massive downtown changes in Bethany Beach through the Streetscape project and impending...

Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 8:26am

Millville being smart with police coverage

The Town of Millville has seen a lot of change over recent years. That change does not only involve a significant shopping center on Route 26, more retail and new houses being constructed. No, the actual operations of the Town have undergone a...

Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 9:11am

Towns and State must find solution to care

Rising healthcare costs have affected nearly all of us over recent years. If it’s not the cost of insurance, it’s the increase in costs of medical services, or the increased usage of prescription medication.

Whatever the case, it is...

Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 9:52am

Students, teachers get a little longer day

Indian River School District (IRSD) officials recently made an adminstrative decision to extend the school day by 30 minutes at all of its schools to make up for eight weather-related closures this winter.

The irony was not lost on us...

Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 7:35am

Justin’s Beach House looking for MOM help

This is truly the week we celebrate community efforts on this page.

As the Clayton Theatre celebrated its rebirth as a spot for digital movies this week, another community-led effort is back in the news for all the right reasons. The...

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 2:00pm

Here’s an easy way to lend a helping hand

A long, cold, relentless winter has left many of us with chattering teeth and expanding waistlines, as we burrow under our blankets, watch movies and scarf down warm comfort food.

If that describes you, consider yourself fortunate.


Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 9:09am

McClenny brings right attitude to fight

We work very hard at this paper to maintain a sense of neutrality, both in the stories we write, and with our interactions with local public officials. By maintaining a certain degree of distance between our reporters and the subjects they cover...

Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 9:49am

Local businesses investing in their future, and ours

Local businesspeople are making news this week.

The owners of the Cottage Café offered a sneak peak of their latest venture to nearby residents, who in about a year’s time may have a choice of two Poffenberger/Neville-owned restaurants on...

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 8:41am

Libraries remain pertinent, vital today

One of the true gems we take for granted in this country is the public library.

The proliferation of the Internet has caused us to turn to our phones when we have a question, as opposed to running over to look through “the stacks” at...

Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 8:48am

From us to you — thank you, one and all

This issue marks the 10-year anniversary of the first edition of the Coastal Point, and nostalgia has been all the rage around our office for the past few weeks.

We have remembered previous employees who have passed through the Point,...

Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 11:29am

Dagsboro looks to get social this year

New Dagsboro Town Councilman Brian Baull is not taking long to put his stamp on the Town.

Baull recently presented an idea to the rest of the council that would place Dagsboro firmly on the social networking scene. By hitting people on...

Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 9:08am

School controversy a very touchy subject

When news broke last week that the principal and assistant principal at Lord Baltimore Elementary School had been put on administrative leave, one could safely say that people in our community were paying attention.

We posted a quick blurb...

Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 9:13am

Shuttle service an ideal idea for Fenwick

If there’s one not-so-secret secret that’s a bit of a negative for life in Fenwick Island, it is parking.

Or, to be more precise, a lack of parking.

The problem is most visible in the summer months, when homeowners and vacationers...

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 1:22pm

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