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Restoration of World War II Fire Control Tower #3 south of Dewey Beach is set to continue this fall, beginning with removal of the lights and removing 2 feet of sand deposited in front of the door by the Storm of '62.

Fire Control Tower #3 begins next phase of restoration

The Delaware Seashore Preservation Foundation, the Fort Miles Historical Association and DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation was set to enter the next phase of World War II Artillery Fire Control Tower #3 restoration this week. Tower #3 is...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 5:57pm

‘Think Beyond Pink’ women’s health conference set for Oct. 19

Think Beyond Pink — Beebe Healthcare’s annual women’s health empowerment and wellness conference — will return to the South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach on Oct. 19 to discuss key women’s health issues in the community.

Hosted by Beebe...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 5:51pm

VFW color guard members, accompanied by members of the Delaware State Police Fife & Drum Corps, march by The Wall That Heals during a ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 5, at Mason-Dixon Post 7234 in Ocean View. For more, see the photo page in this week's issue.

Area welcomes Wall That Heals

“Welcome Home.”

Two simple words.

A recurring theme of The Wall That Heals.

Words that Vietnam veterans longed to hear; words that some 58,000 men and women never made it home to hear.

Words that echoed across the...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 10:32pm

Millsboro council makes progress on town hall design

It’s likely the new Millsboro Town Hall will have two stories when it’s built downtown, and the police station, currently located on Main Street, will move into the existing town hall building.

That was the consensus when the Millsboro...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 10:28pm

Ocean View revs up for Cops & Goblins event

The fifth annual Cops & Goblins Halloween celebration is planned for Saturday, Oct. 26, from 1 to 4 p.m. in John West Park. In the event of rain, it will be held the next day.

Guests can masquerade in costume and enjoy free...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 10:21pm

Millsboro to pay some of art league’s costs

Following testimony from area residents who praised the Greater Millsboro Art League, the Millsboro Town Council this week agreed to pay utility costs for the building, which is owned by the Town, so art league staff can afford monthly rent and...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 10:18pm

Millsboro council whips through myriad issues

The Millsboro Town Council, on Monday, Oct. 7, approved the 2019 Whiskers for Wishes Campaign.

Police Chief Brian Calloway, during his monthly report to the town council, announced that officers, as well as town government employees, may...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 10:17pm

Race to Find Ace continues as owners turn to psychics, 'dog whisperer'

Reward for lost dog now up to $6,000

It’s been nearly three weeks since Ace, the 5-year-old Labrador retriever with the gentle disposition, darted out of his owner’s house and took off on what his owners, George Elliott and Nicole Peterdozzi, thought was a run.

He had done it...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 10:09pm

Cozy Critters on probation after child’s fall into septic tank

Cozy Critters Child Care near Ocean View has been placed on probation for one year by the State of Delaware Office of Child Care Licensing, following an incident there on Aug. 16 in which a toddler fell into an open septic tank.

The child...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 10:06pm

Homeowner group objects to wind-farm proposal

A homeowners’ group has raised a series of objections to a proposal by a wind-farm developer for an estimated $15 million to $18 million project in Fenwick Island State Park.

The Fenwick Island Society of Homeowners (FISH), which...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 9:54pm

Frankford seeks intersection safety help from State

A recent fatal accident at a Frankford intersection has spurred the Town to seek help from state officials to make the spot safer.

Bruce Eckerd Jr. died Sept. 26 when he was driving westbound on Daisey Street at the intersection with Route...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 9:52pm

Bridge repairs will require a detour for all southbound traffic on U.S. Route 113 in Millsboro.

Bridge repairs will require a detour for southbound Route 113 traffic

Motorists should expect a significant impact to their U.S. Route 113 driving experience in the coming weeks: the southbound lanes of Route 113 will be fully closed in Millsboro, from Radish Road to Handy Road, from Nov. 3 to 17, with an...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 9:48pm

The Millsboro Police Department swears in the Rev. Rod Dufour as its new police chaplain, while Dufour's granddaughter Claire holds the Bible for the ceremony. Dufour is also the father of MPD officer Matthew Dufour.

Dufour sworn in as Millsboro police chaplain

Millsboro Police Department officer Matthew Dufour stood facing his father — the elder Defour newly sworn in as the police department’s first chaplain — and saluted him.

The Rev. Rod Dufour, smiling, returned the salute, and the two hugged...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 9:15pm

The Wall that Heals is a 3/4-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The Wall lists each casualty recorded through the war. The replica is made of Avonite, and travels around the country, visiting communities, allowing veterans and their families a chance to heal and reflect. The Wall was open at the Mason Dixon VFW Post #7234 from Thursday, Oct. 3, to Sunday, Oct. 6.

The Wall that Heals

The Wall that Heals is a 3/4-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The Wall lists each casualty recorded through the war. The replica is made of Avonite, and travels around the country, visiting communities, allowing...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 9:01pm

Brian W. Trader has been named as the deputy executive director and director of horticulture at the Delaware Botanic Gardens.

Longwood Gardens veteran named DBG director of horticulture

Ray Sander, president of Delaware Botanic Gardens (DBG) announced this week that the DBG Board of Directors has appointed Brian W. Trader, Ph.D., as the new DBG deputy executive director and director of horticulture, effective Aug. 1.

“As...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:38am

Breaking news: IRSD referendum fails, 55-45 percent

 The 2019 referendum has FAILED in Indian River School District, by roughly 55-45 percent. The unofficial count was 3866-3202 voting against the Major Capital Expense question and 3836-3124 voting against the Current Expense...

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 8:36pm

Ocean View continues hotel/lodging discussions

Last month, the Town of Ocean View was approached by Bob Thornton of Silverstock LLC, requesting the Town consider an ordinance that would allow for hotel/lodging uses in the Town’s Mixed-Use Planned Communities (MXPC) zone, through the granting...

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 2:06pm

Frankford residents urged to apply for housing rehab grants

Mike Jones of Sussex County’s Community Development office gave a presentation at the Frankford Town Council meeting on Monday, Jan. 7, informing the council and residents that the organization has $64,000 to spend on housing rehabilitation...

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 2:04pm

Marybeth Patterson brings the color purple into frame in her ‘Fourth Street Snow’ oil on canvas, showing at the Gallery One exhibit in January.

Gallery One artists explore ‘The Color Purple’

Gallery One in Ocean View this week announced the theme of its January/February exhibit: “The Color Purple,” which will be open to the public Jan. 3 through Feb. 27, 2019.

Purple has been seen symbolically as the color of royalty, power...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 1:19pm

Bethany to ask for public comment on proposed pedestrian pathway

It’s a project that’s been percolating in the town for a few years, but Bethany Beach officials in January will formally discuss the proposal for a pedestrian pathway on Collins Street, between Kent Avenue and E. Half-Moon Drive, and possibly...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 3:53pm

Dagsboro approves changes to water rates

The Dagsboro Town Council held a public hearing on Monday, Oct. 22, to listen to residents on their support or opposition to the proposed change in the water rates.

After close to 30 minutes of discussion, council members unanimously voted...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 3:47pm

Bladder dam plan resurrected in Bethany

While the issue of “Harry’s bladder” has become a source of humor in Bethany Beach in the years since former Bethany Beach town councilman Harry Steele first championed a bladder dam to help address the town’s recurrent flooding problems, as of...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 3:44pm

South Bethany police concerns loom, but new hires are in works

Troy Crowson pointed to the headline story in this month’s The Police Chief magazine: an article on retaining employees with non-paycheck items, such as take-home vehicles, and opportunities for advancement and education.

“We had all this...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 3:37pm

IRSD restores teacher raises, creates first admin salary scale

When Delaware state auditors opened the books at Indian River School District in 2016, they found several major problems. IRSD has worked to solve its weak financial policies and alleged financial mismanagement.

In September, the school...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 3:32pm

Millville officials look at ‘small-scale’ shopping areas in town

Millville Town Council made a move at its Tuesday, Oct. 23, workshop meeting toward changing its zoning code to set perameters for “small scale” shopping areas.

The council discussed a draft ordinance that would amend the Town’s zoning...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 3:27pm

Frankford hosting Fall Festival downtown this Saturday

A full day of fall fun is on tap in Frankford this weekend as the town hosts its annual Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 27.

Children 12 and under are invited vie for prizes in the costume contest. For the 2-and-under and 3-to-4-year-old...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 3:26pm

Trick-or-Treat times for 2018

Most local towns and neighborhoods are celebrating Halloween on Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Any household giving out treats should turn on an outdoor light.

Official Trick-or-Treat times are as follows:

Bethany Beach...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 3:25pm

Pets and humans reading for parade in Bethany this weekend

For the eighth year, Bethany Beach celebrates the spooky season with its Wags, Witches & Warlocks event, this year benefiting the Brandywine Valley S.P.C.A.’s Georgetown facility.

Wags, Witches & Warlocks is scheduled for Saturday...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 3:24pm

Masiello brings law-enforcement experience to South Bethany council

Gerald “Jerry” Masiello has joined the ranks of South Bethany Town Council.

He was appointed Oct. 12 to fill a seat that Wayne Schrader vacated, for personal reasons, several months into his two-year term. Masiello will serve until the...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 2:49pm

MSO to perform second concert series of the season

On Nov. 1, 3 and 4, the Mid Atlantic Symphony Orchestra (MSO) will perform its second concert of the fall season, spotlighting Mozart’s “Sinfonia Concertante” with duo Kurt Nikkanen, concertmaster of New York City Ballet, on violin and Jonathan...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 2:45pm

Officers outside the Ocean View Church of Christ meeting to discuss the active shooter exercise.

Large-scale exercise prepare emergency personnel for the unthinkable

With gun violence a reality in today’s world, local law enforcement, emergency responders and hospitals are hoping such a tragedy never reaches our area, but are preparing for the worst. 

On Oct. 13, agencies across southeastern Sussex...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 2:32pm

Freaks and ghouls, killers and crazies fill the Selbyville Library during last years’ Selbyville Haunted Library.

‘For one night only, the spirits take over’

Selbyville Haunted Library returns on Oct. 31

When the Selbyville Public Library opens for two hours on Halloween night, it will be completely transformed inside.

The Selbyville Haunted library will return on Wednesday, Oct. 31, during trick-or-treating hours of 6 to 8 p.m.

“It...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 2:22pm

Police departments urge citizens to ‘Take Back’ medications

The Ocean View Police Department is one of many in the state and across the nation participating in the U.S...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 2:14pm

Eileen Olson, ‘Imaginary Garden,’ oil

Gallery One to focus on ‘The Shape of Things’ in November

Gallery One in Ocean View this week announced the theme of its November exhibit, “The Shape of Things,” which will be open to the public Oct. 31 through Dec. 4.

Gallery One artist Joyce Condry recalled “a beginning drawing class decades...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 2:12pm

Sue Sigvardson of Ocean View concentrates as she plants a tree at the Assawoman Wildlife Area on Saturday, Oct. 20. Sigvardson is a volunteer with the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays, which sponsored the event.

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 2:09pm

Golf tournament honors doctors from Delmarva Services

The 19th Annual Jean & Joan Golf Tournament was rained out on Thursday, Sept. 24; however, more than 100 guests still enjoyed dinner, a live auction and awards at Kings Creek Country Club. This year’s tournament honored doctors from Delmarva...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 1:06pm

Bethany Beach looking at old answer for floods

Bethany Beach floods some times. 

As a coastal town that is only a few feet above sea level at its highest point, Bethany Beach certainly has a problem with flooding, particularly after intense storms that dump inches of rain in a short...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 11:22am

John Reddington poses with his plaque, announcing that he’s been inducted into the U.S. Hides, Skin and Leather Hall of Fame.

Reddington honored by Hide Association

Last month, Ocean View resident John Reddington was the 31st person to be inducted into the U.S. Hides, Skin, and Leather Hall of Fame. 

“One every year is given out and I never thought I would get it,” said Reddington. “I was just the...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 9:52am

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Millsboro-area woman’s grandson arrested for her murder

The Delaware State Police have charged 30-year-old man in connection with the death of his grandmother in Millsboro, which authorities have ruled a homicide.

According to police, their investigation began on Saturday, Oct. 20, around 10:33...

Monday, October 22, 2018 - 12:01pm

Students react as emergency responders simulate an overdose as part of an effort by local first-responders and Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church to impact young people and parents on the dangers of opioids.

Community partners looking to give dose of ‘Reality’

It starts out innocently enough — an invitation to a classmate’s house for a party. A few wrong turns, an overdose and — poof — life will never be the same.

Some community partners in Sussex County are hoping to have an impact on youth and...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 12:38pm

Verizon, South Bethany discuss best path to service improvements

As Verizon Wireless continues its quest to improve mobile coverage across coastal Delaware, they have begun discussions at the Town of South Bethany.

In the past year, Verizon’s Bonnie Metz also helped the Town of Fenwick Island write a...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 12:34pm

IRSD partners with $tand By Me to offer free scholarship workshop

The Indian River School District is partnering with $tand By Me to host a free scholarship workshop and fair on Thursday, Oct. 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Indian River High School in Dagsboro.

The workshop is aimed at helping high school...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 12:33pm

Godwin School recognized

A plaque dedication and open house were held Oct. 6 at the Godwin School on Route 20, which was named to the National Register of Historic Places. Originally known as School District #190, the Godwin School opened around 1987 for white children...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 12:32pm

Think Beyond Pink conference at library set for Saturday

Think Beyond Pink — a women’s breast health and wellness conference hosted by Beebe Healthcare’s Women’s & Children’s Services and Tunnell Cancer Center — is set to take place on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 9 a.m. to noon at the South Coastal...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 12:22pm

Road crews work on the damage from a truck striking a fire hydrant in Ocean View on Tuesday, Oct. 16.

Ocean View homes without water after truck hits hydrant

A portion of Woodland and Central Avenues in Ocean View were closed for several hours on Tuesday, Oct. 16, as a result of a large construction vehicle striking a mounted fire hydrant, and lifting it from its pedestal, according to police. 

...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 12:16pm

Candidate forum planned for County Council race

Candidates for Sussex County Council District 5 Ellen Magee and John Rieley will field questions from the audience at a public forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Sussex County on Thursday, Oct. 25, 6 to 7:30 p.m., at the Laurel...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 12:13pm

Pink Ribbon Open House to celebrate survivors of breast cancer

Beebe Healthcare’s Robert & Eolyne Tunnell Cancer Center will host its inaugural Pink Ribbon Open House for survivors of breast cancer on Monday, Oct. 22, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Tunnell Cancer Center, located at 18947 J. Williams Highway,...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 12:03pm

Selbyville Halloween Parade-goers think outside the box

Creativity is the name of the game at Selbyville Halloween Parade. People can have a frightfully good time showing off their costumes, cars and floats on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m.

The parade is co-sponsored by the Fenwick Island Lions...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 11:07am

A map of the Assawoman Wildlife Area  showing the exact location for the planting and parking.

CIB to host Trick or Tree-t Planting Party

Fall is traditionally a time to appreciate the harvest that the land has provided, and this year, there’s a way for local ghosts, goblins, princesses and pirates to give something back to the Earth.

The Center for the Inland Bays will host...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 11:05am

Noeh Rayne won a free book at the Family Reading & Math Night at the Phillip C Showell Elementary School.

The school that reads together…

Phillip C. Showell Elementary School invited parents into the classroom for the Title I Family Reading & Math Night on Oct. 10.

After pizza and the book fair, PCS staff revealed the “One School, One Book” novel of the year: “The World...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 11:02am