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County responds to Open Government

The Sussex County Council this week responded to an August letter from the Delaware Coalition for Open Government, which sought to bring to their “attention a number of issues about the operation of the Sussex County’s Board of Adjustment.”

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Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 3:15pm

South Bethany town council, police force both short on members

The Town of South Bethany currently has one vacancy on its town council and two in its police department.

“Wayne Schrader has stepped down from the town council due to family issues he needs to deal with on a personal level. We have...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 3:14pm

Bethany Beach Alderman Charlie McMullen, left, swears in (from left) Rosemary Hardiman, Lew Killmer, Faith Denault and Bruce Frye to two-year terms on Bethany Beach Town Council.

Killmer named mayor of Bethany Beach, Sirkis joins P&Z

The Bethany Beach Town Council was of one voice on Monday, Sept. 17, when they held their town council reorganizational meeting, appointing the mayor, vice-mayor and council secretary-treasurer for the coming year, as well as filling a seat on...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 3:11pm

Speed reduction coming down the road for Route 113 in Dagsboro

Route 113 is about to see a reduction in the speed limit for the stretch of road that runs through Dagsboro, thanks to a recent approval from DelDOT.

Dagsboro Police Chief Floyd J. Toomey alerted the town council at their Monday, Sept. 17...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 3:09pm

OVPD continues to offer check-in service to residents

For nearly two decades, the Ocean View Police Department has been offering a senior check-in program, free of charge, to its residents.

“They’ll call in every day and leave a message on our machine,” explained OVPD Capt. Heath Hall. “Once...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 3:04pm

Program Administrator Mike Powell points out shoaling just inside the Indian River inlet.

Massey’s Ditch dredging will also rebuild north inlet beach

This winter, the Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control (DNREC) will kill two birds with one stone. While dredging Massey’s Ditch, engineers will pump the displaced sand onto the beach north of the Indian River Inlet.

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Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 1:25pm

DelDOT hopes to improve traffic flow and safety by updating intersections on U.S. Route 113, according to this recent Strategic Implementation Plan.

DelDOT to begin land acquisition for Route 9/113 intersection

With increasing concerns about traffic in the area, the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) is deep into plans to improve traffic flow on Route 113. In the Georgetown area alone, DelDOT is planning eight grade-separated intersections,...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 1:23pm

SCHS show an open secret, still making waves

Sworn to secrecy in the press, Sussex Central High School can only publically say that their fall theater production will be a big deal.

But rumblings have made their way around town. More importantly, anyone can just ask.

“It was...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 1:20pm

Pumpkins and painting at park site to highlight festival

Millville’s Great Pumpkin Festival will be held a bit earlier than usual this year, but for a very good reason.

The festival is set for Saturday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The site of the festival has also changed. This year, it...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 1:16pm

Safe Selfie Zones offer media-safe photo ops for new drivers

The Delaware Department of Transportation’s Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) this week announced new “Safe Selfie Zones” located at each of the DMV’s four locations.

The Safe Selfie Zones, officials said, are designed to feature a fun,...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 12:50pm

Millsboro Friends ask community to support library at event

The Friends of the Millsboro Public Library are continuing their fundraising efforts with a dine-and-donate at Blue Water Grill in downtown Millsboro this week.

The fundraiser will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 12:49pm

An OVPD officer with a costumed kiddo.

OVPD planning 4th Annual Cops & Goblins festival

This fall, the Ocean View Police Department will hold its annual Cops & Goblins Halloween Festival — a free event designed to give children in the community a safe place to trick-or-treat.

“We’ve got a couple new things that are fun,”...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 9:56am

Supporters turn out in Dagsboro.

Thank a Police Officer Day

Members of the community rallied behind local law enforcement agencies last weekend for ‘Thank a Police Officer Day.’ Organizer Heidi Lentkowski organized efforts at the Ocean View Police Department on Friday, Sept. 14, and Dagsboro Police...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 9:50am

Southern Sussex Rotary to host clean water-presentation

On Thursday, Sept. 27, the Southern Sussex Rotary will host Dr. Mohammad Ahkter, M.D., MPH, at its 7:30 a.m. meeting at Brandywine Senior Living in Fenwick Island.

For more than 100 years, Rotary International had been involved with...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 9:30am

The Historic Coastal Towns Cottage & Lighthouse Tour in Fenwick Island on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature the Wilgus cottage on Maryland Avenue.

Wilgus cottage to be featured on Historic Coastal Towns tour

The Historic Coastal Towns Cottage & Lighthouse Tour will take place on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at locations in and near Fenwick Island. The tour features historic cottages and the lighthouse, and will benefit the planned...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 9:26am

Conservation Districts sponsoring annual conservation poster contest

The Kent, New Castle and Sussex Conservation Districts are now accepting entries for the districts’ annual conservation poster contest, from K-12 students in public, charter, private and home schools.

Posters will be judged on the 2018...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 9:23am

Local Girl Scouts create pet items for Humane Society fundraising effort

Girl Scout Troop 649, based in Selbyville, recently made catnip toys, cat shakers, dog bandanas and dog tug toys, which they donated for sale by the Worcester County (Md.) Humane Society at the Humane Society’s booth at Sunfest, Sept. 20-23, in...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 9:19am

IR Quarterback Tyler Bowen looks for room to run during last Friday’s game against Polytech.

Indians suffer loss to Polytech

It was another neutral-site contest last Friday, Sept. 14, for Indian River High School football team as they traveled to the Kent County Rec Center to face Polytech on the Kesserling Turf Field.

The Panthers used their size, strength and...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 9:05am

Millsboro Lanes prepares to host regional PBA event

Nestled just off of Route 113 is one of the premier bowling centers in Sussex County — Millsboro Lanes — which will be hosting a regional Professional Bowling Association qualifying event this Friday, Sept. 21, through Sunday, Sept. 23.

It...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 8:53am

DNREC Deputy Secretary Lisa Borin Ogden, state Sen. Bryant Richardson, state Rep. Timothy Dukes, DNREC Division of Parks & Recreation Director Ray Bivens, Trap Pond Partners President Chase Cline and other members of the Trap Pond Partners and friends brave the rain to unveil the new playground at Trap Pond State Park.

DNREC dedicates new playground at Trap Pond State Park

DNREC officials on Tuesday unveiled a new playground at Trap Pond State Park during a dedication ceremony also attended by state Sen. Bryant Richardson, state Rep. Timothy Dukes, Trap Pond Partners President Chase Cline and a host of other local...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 8:51am

Lewes farmers’ market featuring fall foods, chef demo

With the fall season having arrived at the Historic Lewes Farmers Market, marketgoers on Sept. 22 will be able to buy apples, pears, apple cider, apple-cider donuts, arugula, kale, green beans, radishes, mushrooms, grass-fed hamburger, lamb...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 8:49am

Time ticking on early-bird discount for Hair of the Dog events

It might still feel like summer outside, but it’s never too early to start thinking about New Year’s Day traditions, whether it be looking for a new one or continuing a family favorite.

The Hair of the Dog 5K/10K, along with the Leo Brady...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 8:48am

Precautions to help avoid fall sports injuries

Didn’t the vacation season seem to fly by this year? It’s hard to believe, but summer is behind us and kids are back to school. This time of year brings another annual kickoff. It’s the start of the fall sports season. Whether the sport is...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 8:45am

Week of the Deaf offers chances to learn ASL, Deaf culture

Bethany Beach and Dagsboro will celebrate the International Week of the Deaf (IWDeaf) from Sept. 23 to 28.

“There is a growing population of Deaf citizens in the Bethany Beach and surrounding areas. The IWDeaf events are offered for the...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 8:38am

Millville council approves part of Beebe site plan

The Millville Town Council on Tuesday, Sept. 11, approved one of two site plans under review for the construction of Beebe Medical Center’s South Coastal Campus Emergency Department & Cancer Center.

Acting on last month’s...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 1:26pm

Lord Baltimore touched by tragedy

A 6-year-old Frankford girl was killed in a vehicle crash west of Millsboro on Sunday, Sept. 9. The girl, whose name had not yet been released as of Coastal Point press time, was a first-grader at Lord Baltimore Elementary School.

“We are...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 1:24pm

Denault joins incumbents on Bethany Beach Town Council

Bethany Beach voters this week favored a trio of council incumbents and member of the town’s Planning Commission when they went to the polls for the Bethany Beach Town Council elections on Saturday, Sept. 8.

Incumbents Rosemary Hardiman,...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 1:22pm

Disbandment of Fenwick Building Committee recommended

After years of acting as individual advisors to the Town’s building official, the Fenwick Island Building Committee is now meeting as a cohesive unit — pending a town council decision on whether to keep it around at all.

After controversy...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 1:20pm

Fenwick mulls cell tower options (though they’re not really towers)

Verizon Wireless wants to improve mobile coverage across coastal Delaware. This month, Verizon engineers designed two proposals to boost signals in Fenwick Island. (They only presented concept plans, but did not submit permit requests, which...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 1:17pm

Amanda Irwin presents the Selbyville Town Council with a $210,000 check from Mountaire Farms, covering about half of the anticipated cost of Railroad Avenue culvert repairs.

‘Sounds like we’re going to get a culvert replacement’

DNREC, Mountaire share cost of Selbyville’s $395,000 road repair

As a road slowly collapses, the Town of Selbyville finally has a plan and money for repairs.

On Sept. 10, the Selbyville Town Council approved a $395,250 project by Hopkins Construction of Bridgeville. Town staff had made some phone calls...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 1:11pm

Resource officer hopes new signage will improve school safety

You could say that Jeff Hudson is invested in Millsboro.

The now-detective for the Delaware State Police grew up in Millsboro, and he currently serves as the resource officer for Millsboro Middle School. So when he approached the Millsboro...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 1:09pm

Retiring Public Works Supervisor Don Chrobot was recently honored for his dedication to the Town of South Bethany.

South Bethany bids farewell to Chrobot, welcomes Stiffler

After 13 years of managing all physical aspects of the Town South Bethany, Don Chrobot has retired as public works supervisor.

Both the town council and his coworkers applauded Chrobot as he recently accepted a resolution in honor of his...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 1:00pm

Ocean View to return to private assessments for 2020 taxes

No exemptions to be given for higher taxes this year

The Ocean View Town Council voted unanimously this week to return to having a private company assess property values for property-tax purposes, following an unwelcome switch to using the Sussex County assessed values for taxes in the current,...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 12:57pm

Local supporters rallying for Thank a Police Officer Day

Communities across the nation are joining in on Saturday, Sept. 15, to “Thank a Police Officer,” and local police departments are no exception in getting some special attention.

Founded in 2012 by the Whole Truth Project, Thank a Police...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 12:53pm

DART increases year-round bus service in Sussex County

Beginning Monday, Sept. 10, two DART Beach Bus Routes — 201 and 204 — were set to begin year-round service, operating every 30 minutes, Monday through Saturday, from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Route 201 provides service from the Lewes Park &...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 12:39pm

Public weighs in on county’s subdivision buffers

The Sussex County Council held a public hearing on Tuesday, Sept. 11, regarding forested and/or landscaped buffers within the County’s jurisdiction.

“I have introduced this ordinance, so I’ll give my synopsis on why I feel this ordinance...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 12:27pm

Fenwick to consider mandatory freeboard for discount

Fenwick Island homes are required to have flood insurance, but people can save money when the town government takes extra precautions.

To keep a full 10 percent discount in the National Flood Insurance Program (NIFP), though, Fenwick has...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 12:25pm

Primary results reveal candidates for November general election

Members of the Democratic and Republican parties took to the polls on Sept. 6 to decide which candidates would represent their parties in the 2018 mid-term elections in November.

Only about one in four or five eligible voters showed up to...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 12:22pm

Fenwick gets FOIA lesson

Grievances about public meetings aired

Government works for the people, and Delaware’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is how the law ensures the public gets information.

“You should not try to bypass FOIA. … It doesn’t hurt to discuss things in public,” said William Pepper...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 12:08pm

Operation SEAs the Day brings wounded warrior families to the resort area every year. Macaroni Kids has partnered with Operation SEAs the Day the past two years to offer inexpensive, fun activities for children during the weeklong event.

‘It’s like medicine’

Children of veterans reflect on beach trip’s restorative effect

Ask 4-year-old Liam Klopfenstein what his favorite part of his family’s trip to Bethany Beach is, and you’ll get a typical 4-year-old’s answer.

“Um… the beach, the waves.”

Pressed for more, he’ll mention “the restaurants… building...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 12:06pm

Retired U.S. Marine Greg Gerard, his fiancée, Amber Falck, and family tie the knot at the Edgewater House community room at Sea Colony during Operation SEAs the Day.

Operation SEAs the (wedding) Day

Couple ties the knot in Sea Colony ceremony thanks to quick, dedicated volunteers

When retired U.S. Marine Greg Gerard and his fiancée, Amber Falck, packed their three kids and Gerard’s service dog Infidel in the car for a week at the beach, they had no idea they’d end the week with a wedding, let alone that it would be their...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 11:59am

Five candidates vie for four council seats in Bethany Beach

The 2018 Bethany Beach Town Council election will be held Saturday, Sept. 8, from noon to 6 p.m. at town hall. Candidates who filed to run in 2018 include residents Faith M. Denault, R. Bruce Frye (an incumbent), Rosemary Hardiman (an incumbent...

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 6:55pm

Friends, customers rally for Monroe

 For 24 years, customers at the Ocean View Family Restaurant have been the recipients of Cheryl Monroe’s friendliness as she served them short stacks for breakfast and crabcakes for dinner.

But since Aug. 8, when a brain aneurysm struck...

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 6:46pm

Downtown Millsboro to have more eyes on Main Street

Thanks in part to a $35,000 Fund to Combat Violent Crimes grant, the Millsboro Police Department will soon be able to increase their surveillance capabilities in downtown Millsboro. Millsboro Police Chief Brian Calloway told council members at...

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 6:44pm

The Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival is a prized September tradition.

Boardwalk Arts Festival expands to the brunch scene

Festival date moved to Sunday, Sept. 9 due to weather

Update: The Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival has been rescheduled for Sunday, Sept. 9 due to Saturday's rainy weather forecast.

The Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival has established itself as a popular event, bringing artists and...

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 6:43pm

South Bethany considering farming out canal maintenance

South Bethany’s canals are a public resource, just like the roads or the parks, and Town Council Member Frank Weisgerber suggested recently that the town council consider a maintenance plan (and probably a budget) to actually take care of those 5...

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 6:39pm

Nanticokes to highlight ‘Water is Life’ theme at 41st Powwow

This weekend, Native Americans from all over the country will gather in Millsboro for the Nanticoke Indian tribe’s 41st Annual Powwow, celebrating this year’s theme, “Water is Life.”

“We can’t live without it,” Powwow Chair Kayleigh...

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 5:37pm

Architectural drawings of proposed Fenwick Sands Tapestry Hotel

Fenwick BOA approves height variance for hotel

The Board of Adjustment for the Town of Fenwick Island voted 3-1 this week to approve a height variance request made on behalf of the Fenwick Sands by property owner Spiro Buas.

The Town had received 87 letters in favor of the application...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 6:31pm

Millville By the Sea property owners file suit against developers

Editor's note: This article has been updated with a response from W. Craig Havenner, president of The Christopher Companies. Havenner is one of the parties named in the lawsuit.

A homeowners’ group in the Millville By the Sea development...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 6:27pm

It’s that time of year again... School starts Tuesday!

The 2018-2019 school year begins on Tuesday, Sept. 4, for kindergarten through 12th-grade students in the Indian River School District and Sussex Technical High School.

Sussex Tech held its freshmen orientation before the start of school,...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 6:06pm