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Runners and walkers for the fifth annual Run, White & Blue 5K take off at the event’s starting line on Thursday, Sept. 6, at Delaware Tech’s Owens Campus in Georgetown.

Run, White & Blue raises almost $12,000 for scholarships

The fifth annual Run, White & Blue 5K/1-Mile Walk, held at the DelTech Owens Campus in Georgetown, was the most successful event yet, as nearly 500 runners and walkers braved the heat and humidity to raise almost $12,000 to support...

Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 10:02am

Beebe Healthcare to host free flu vaccination clinics

Beebe Healthcare is offering free flu clinics for the community through the end of November.

Influenza viruses change often, so an annual vaccination is recommended. Vaccinations will be provided to adults only (18 or older) at the clinics...

Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 9:53am

Beth Valente practices the letter ‘H.’

A Crash Course in American Sign Language

Practice makes perfect, and locals were invited to learn the basics of American Sign Language at an Introduction to ASL class offered during the International Week of the Deaf.

It was a true language-immersion course, as instructors Luanne...

Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 9:50am

Lesley McCaskill, ‘In the Moment,’ watercolor.

Gallery One to focus on ‘Reflections’ this month

Gallery One in Ocean View this week announced the theme of its October exhibit, “Reflections,” open to the public through Oct. 30.

“Reflections are what artists paint. Many scenes or subjects require careful and considered thought before...

Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 9:44am

CROP Hunger Walk to mark 30th anniversary in Bethany

This year is the 30th anniversary of the CROP Hunger Walk in Bethany Beach, sponsored by the Southeast Sussex Ministerium This year’s walk will take place on Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Bethany Beach bandstand, with sign-in at noon and the walk at 1:...

Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 9:37am

‘Big Truck Day’ planned at Delaware Seashore State Park this weekend

DNREC’s Delaware Seashore State Park will host its first-ever “Big Truck Day” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Indian River Marina. Children of all ages will have the opportunity to get up-close and personal with some of the...

Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 9:36am

DelDOT wins AASHTO award for innovative practices

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) was recognized recently at the 2018 American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Annual Conference, as one of three states to receive the 2018 State...

Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 9:34am

IR school board aims to cut future out-of-district transfers

Teachers beg for relief

 Jesusa Pavon is concerned about the 28 students in her kindergarten class. When she walks them through the hallways at East Millsboro Elementary School, “I don’t see the end of my line,” she said. There are too many students and not enough...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 3:27pm

County council urged to ‘Go Purple’

The Sussex County Council this week was urged to ride a purple wave, as activists sought to officially add Sussex County to the areas of the state taking part in the “Goes Purple” campaign to address the opioid addiction epidemic.

“There’s...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 3:25pm

Captain Tom Fowler of Back Bay Tours heads out toward the Indian River Bay for a tour.

Marina owner frustrated over State’s opposition to plan for restaurant

“Captain Tom” Fowler stands in front of the small building that serves as the office for his businesses, Ocean View Marina and Back Bay Tours, where shorebirds ply the canal banks for food as a boat makes its way toward the nearby White’s Creek...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 3:24pm

PIC to teach parents about education services, IEPs, 504, ADHD

As children begin a new school year, the Parent Information Center of Delaware (PIC) is helping parents navigate special-education services.

PIC will host four free workshops in October, at the Frankford Public Library. Parents can learn...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 3:21pm

A rendition of the future park planned for Millville, the spot of this year’s Great Pumpkin Festival.

It’s the Great Pumpkin Festival, Charlie Brown!

There are a few things that are different about Millville’s Great Pumpkin Festival this year.

First, there’s no rain in the forecast, which means the festival will (fingers crossed) actually be held this year, rather than canceled due to...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 3:19pm

Frankford Volunteer Fire Company member Brian Bacon, Chief Hunter Holland and member Mike Rogers recently returned from nearly a week in Fayetville, N.C., where they helped local fire companies and emergency responders in recovery efforts after Hurricane Florence.

Local firefighters return from N.C. with lessons, new friends

Firefighters from Sussex County are back in the area after aiding fellow firefighters in hurricane-ravaged North Carolina. They’ve brought with them memories of new friends and some things to think about, in terms of how a similar storm would...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 3:14pm

Community water-quality improvement project grants available

DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship is now accepting project proposals for matching grants for community water-quality improvement projects. Delaware non-profit organizations, conservation districts, community organizations and homeowner’s...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 3:06pm

Members of the Sussex Riptide team pose with officers from the Ocean View Police Department at a pre-competition bicycle regatta at police headquarters last week.

Bike regatta at OVPD continues to support Sussex Riptide athletes

For more than a decade, area Special Olympics athletes have had the opportunity to have a pre-competition bicycle regatta at the Ocean View Police Department, prior to their Dover competition.

The athletes arrive at the police station with...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 3:02pm

Carney signs package of legislation to combat addiction epidemic

Legislation includes creating Overdose System of Care

Gov. John Carney recently joined Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long, members of the Behavioral Health Consortium, first-responders and advocates to sign three bills into law that are aimed at fighting the addiction epidemic and saving lives in Delaware...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 2:59pm

Carney signs school safety legislation into law

Gov. John Carney recently signed the Delaware School Safety & Security Fund into law — a bipartisan piece of school safety legislation that was passed unanimously by members of the General Assembly. The legislation, funded with $5 million in...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 2:57pm

Passport ‘Happy Hours’ planned at special after-hours events

Due to the popularity of past passport fairs, the Ocean View Post Office is hosting several special passport sessions — this time, after regular passport acceptance hours.

“The recent passport fairs were so successful that many patrons...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 2:56pm

Eileen Olson, “Tidal Pools,” watercolor

James Farm preserve taking the spotlight at Gallery One

From field and forest to bayside beach, the James Farm Ecological Preserve shows a new landscape from every angle.

Local artists captured those sights in a new Gallery One exhibition, “James Farm Ecological Preserve,” which will be on...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 2:53pm

One of Maureen Ickrath’s photos depicts a kite flying over a crashing wave.

Ickrath’s photography to be featured at Artisans’ Fair

Maureen Ickrath has been sharing her art with others since she was a child — first “little sketches” that she used to draw for other children and, in recent years, photographs that capture the beauty of local beaches and towns.

Ickrath, a...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 2:45pm

October events mean temporary road and lane restrictions

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announced this week that motorists can expect road and lane restrictions with an interruption to traffic for a number of special events in October.

• Dewey Goes Pink — Dewey Beach on...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 2:25pm

Dozens at Georgetown Elementary potentially exposed to TB

The Division of Public Health (DPH) and Indian River School District announced on Tuesday that approximately 50 individuals at Georgetown Elementary School may have been exposed to someone with active tuberculosis (TB).

DPH officials said...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 2:24pm

Carper tours Inland Bays to highlight water infrastructure bill

On Sept. 19, U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), top Democrat on the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee, visited the Center for the Inland Bays, and met with state and federal officials to commemorate National Estuaries Week and discuss...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 2:21pm

SPCA Rescue & Rehab Center opens early in Georgetown

Brandywine Valley SPCA Rescue & Rehab Center this week opened its doors early in Georgetown, having taken in more than 200 animals from three shelters in North Carolina that were impacted by Hurricane Florence.

Some of the dogs moved...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 2:20pm

Atlantic General offering community flu-shot clinics

Frequent handwashing and avoiding close contact with those who are sick can help but, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), the best way to prevent the flu is getting a flu vaccine each year.

As a service to...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 2:19pm

St. George’s UMC is ready to build a new music program of singers and musicians, led by longtime teachers Eric Tsavdar (left) and his stepfather, Mark Marvel.

Make a joyful noise

Clarksville church welcomes all to sing and play in new music program

Men and women who miss singing in school choir, or who miss picking up a musical instrument: St. George’s United Methodist Church is looking for you.

The historic Clarksville church is expanding its music program. At the helm are longtime...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 12:29pm

SPCA Rescue & Rehab Center opens early in Georgetown

Brandywine Valley SPCA Rescue & Rehab Center this week opened its doors early in Georgetown, having taken in more than 200 animals from three shelters in North Carolina that were impacted by Hurricane Florence.

Some of the dogs moved...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 12:10pm

Delaware Tech Communications students meet with NPR lead politics editor Domenico Montanaro at the Milton Theatre. Pictured, from left, are: students Lauren Moon, Safi Furlow and Cassidy Clark, Montanaro, and student Chris Parker.

DelTech communications students meet with NPR editor

A group of communications students from Delaware Technical Community College recently visited the Milton Theatre to hear and meet NPR’s lead politics editor, Domenico Montanaro.

A graduate of University of Delaware, Montanaro discussed an...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 12:09pm

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 Halpern Cottage at 1105 Bunting Avenue (oceanfront between Essex and Farmington streets).

Halpern 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 27, 2018 - 12:02pm

During her acceptance speech, awardee Dannora Elzey of Laurel takes a moment to thank Lower Sussex NAACP President Louise Henry.

NAACP honors unsung heroes

The Lower Sussex NAACP Chapter 2029 held its annual Freedom Fund Banquet on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Grace United Methodist Church in Georgetown. The event featured music, dance, dinner, a keynote address and an awards ceremony honoring unsung...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 11:58am

Ocean City Museum to celebrate 40th anniversary on Oct. 20

The Ocean City (Md.) Museum will celebrate its 40th anniversary with beach themed party —“Surfin’ the Seventies” — at Fager’s Island on Saturday, Oct. 20.

“We chose the theme because the ’70s were a seminal time for Ocean City,” said...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 11:49am

Sussex County airport gets $5.5M FAA grant

U.S. Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons, and U.S. Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (all D-Del.) on Sept. 19 announced a $5.5 million Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant award to the Delaware Coastal Airport in Georgetown.

The grant will be...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 11:46am

in 66, coached by Dave Sroka, took the championship in the 2018 Olde Tymers Softball League of Delmarva this year.

Bin 66 takes Olde Tymers Softball championship

The 2018 Olde Tymers Softball League of Delmarva (OTS) recently completed the season’s playoffs, and there was a new champion this year.

Bin 66, coached by Dave Sroka, took the championship in the double-elimination tournament, outlasting...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 11:24am

Local waterman arrested on 600 more violations

Following an investigation into illegal activity on the Delaware River, DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police on Sept. 20 arrested a commercial waterman from Sussex County for more than 600 shellfish and boating violations near...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 10:55am

Community getting active in support of local teacher

Sure, the unofficial end of summer just took place over the Labor Day holiday, but October is nearly here, and nationally, October is recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, with tens of thousands of organizations hosting benefits to raise...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 10:54am

Oct. 14 festival to showcase Latino cuisine and culture

Sabor Latino 2018 — a new food-and-wine festival event that will celebrate Latino culture, with food, fun, music and dance — will take place Sunday, Oct. 14, 2-6 p.m., at The Clubhouse at Baywood in the Long Neck area.

Attendees can enjoy...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 10:52am

SoDel Fest to include Tuscan dinner and chef throwdown

The Southern Delaware Wine, Food & Music Festival highlights local cuisine and music, along with wine, beer and spirits from all over the world, but this year, organizers said they are planning several fun twists.

“Every year, we get...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 10:51am

Volunteers plant 270 new trees at botanic gardens

On Sept. 20, thanks to a grant from the Delaware Forest Service (DFS), Delaware Botanic Gardens (DBG) volunteers planted 270 new trees along the Piney Neck Road entrance to the DBG, near Dagsboro.

The Delaware Forest Service’s Urban &...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 10:48am

Various Delaware firefighters staged at the Queenstown Premium Outlets in Maryland before heading down to North Carolina to aid responders there in dealing with the effects of Hurricane Florence.

Local firefighters helping storm-weary brethren in North Carolina

The Delaware coast may have been spared the devastation Hurricane Florence has brought to more southern neighbors, but a group of state’s emergency-responders heard that some of those southern neighbors needed help, and they heeded the call....

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 3:18pm

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.”

...

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.

...

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