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IRSD reports on accountability ratings

The Indian River School District (IRSD) appears quite “Superior,” to judge from Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) reports at the Aug. 23 School Board meeting.

The IRSD improved to, or held steady at, the top AYP rating of Superior in 10 out...

Thursday, August 25, 2005 - 8:00pm

All steam ahead in Bethany Beach

Friday night was good to incumbents in Bethany Beach. The town council’s three officers — Mayor Jack Walsh, Vice Mayor Carol Olmstead and Secretary-Treasurer Tony McClenny — all won reconfirmation at the 7 p.m. reorganization meeting, which...

Thursday, August 25, 2005 - 8:00pm

Writing minds nurtured at library

As rain clouds took leave of the morning sky overhead the South Coastal Library on Saturday, Aug. 20, a brainstorm took shape inside.
Coastal Point • RUSLANA LAMBERT:
Writers participate in a workshop on poetry and fiction.

Thursday, August 25, 2005 - 8:00pm

Brand new school welcomes new staff

Big changes around the Indian River School District (IRSD) this year — 47 new teachers in all, according to district Superintendent Lois Hobbs, and a new assistant principal at the new Indian River High School.

Mike King has stepped in as...

Thursday, August 25, 2005 - 8:00pm

Ocean View goes commercial

The Ocean View Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) unanimously passed an ordinance Thursday to reclassify 21 properties along Atlantic Avenue (State Route 26) from R-1 Residential to GB General Business.

Dennis Schrader, the town’s...

Thursday, August 25, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bethany planners consider grandfathering tune-up

The Bethany Beach Planning Commission members revisited grandfathering at the Aug. 20 meeting, having discovered a possible loophole. Building Inspector John Eckrich said Town Attorney J. Terence Jaywork was looking into the matter, and they’d...

Thursday, August 25, 2005 - 8:00pm

Fenwick Island studies dwellings, signs

Like newspaper editors cleaning up wire copy, Fenwick Island’s ordinance commissioners pored over pages of town codes, tweaking and tightening.

For the ordinance committee’s Friday, Aug. 19 meeting, Chairman Harry Haon, also vice president...

Thursday, August 25, 2005 - 8:00pm

Combined effort saves 49 cats

Tracy Peoples didn’t know what she was getting into. She was trying to assist her boss, real estate agent Virgil Bullis (Coldwell Banker), but they had some major hurdles to overcome, in preparing one particular house for sale.


Thursday, August 25, 2005 - 8:00pm

Family and friends applaud ironman

It’s getting to be Make-A-Wish Triathlon time again (Sept. 24), and Sea Colony resident Peter O’Dunne will likely run again this year — but not before neighbors and family embarrass him a little for his recent accomplishments in sport.

Thursday, August 25, 2005 - 8:00pm

Lewes professor talks groundwater

Dr. William Ullman treated coastal Sussex residents to a primer on hydrology at the University of Delaware’s College of Marine Studies (CMS) on Aug. 18, with a topic perhaps especially relevant to officials moving toward final draft on sweeping...

Thursday, August 25, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bethany forges committe form at meeting

It took a few hammer strokes, but the Bethany Beach Charter and Ordinance Review Committee (CORC), having studied underlying issues of mission, formation and composition, settled on some bedrock committee guidelines at the Aug. 18 CORC meeting....

Thursday, August 25, 2005 - 8:00pm

Cultures celebrated in Millsboro festival

Under a desiccating August sun, El Centro Cultural served cultural refreshments to thousands of Hispanics from noon to 6 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 21, at Festival Hispano 2005 in Millsboro.
Coastal Point • JOSH MILLER:
Contestants compete in...

Thursday, August 25, 2005 - 8:00pm

Local girls rolling through series

Look out, Kalamazoo, the District III Big League Softball team has won their first three games of the World Series Tournament and are two games away from the world championship.

Head Coach Donna Ward has all the confidence in the world in...

Thursday, August 18, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bethany looks to organize

Before holding its regularly scheduled monthly meeting, the Bethany Beach Town Council will gather at 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 19, to name a mayor, vice mayor and secretary-treasurer.

The appointed officers, nominated and ratified by the...

Thursday, August 18, 2005 - 8:00pm

84 Lumber gets go-ahead from county to expand

It was enough.
Any more than one member of Sussex County Council voting in opposition at the Aug. 16 council meeting, and 84 Lumber’s plans for expansion in Clarksville would have run aground.

Council Member Dale Dukes was out — his...

Thursday, August 18, 2005 - 8:00pm

Former mayor critiques town's proposal

South Bethany Town Council played two on Aug. 12, as architect Alvin French (French & Ryan) hosted a public hearing before the regular council meeting.

In fact, the public hearing itself was a doubleheader — council is preparing to...

Thursday, August 18, 2005 - 8:00pm

County postdates housing ordinance

Sussex County Council enacted an ordinance to permit multisectional manufactured homes (24 feet or wider) on private residential lots (as small as half-acre) at the Aug. 16 meeting.

But the ordinance won’t go into effect probably until...

Thursday, August 18, 2005 - 8:00pm

Fenwick stays course with council

Municipal hall resembled law school in Fenwick Island Thursday morning, Aug. 11, as the town council listened to town attorney Tempe Steen untangle the town’s law books.

After the council reconfirmed its officers — Peter Frederick as mayor...

Thursday, August 18, 2005 - 8:00pm

Ocean View considers public works options

Ocean View Town Council members and staff spent the latter part of an Aug. 16 workshop studying the possibility of a Department of Public Works (DPW) facility on lands near the town hall — but they couldn’t seem to make it fit.

The town...

Thursday, August 18, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bethany girls gets national recognition

Athletics have always been a training ground for youngsters to learn how to conduct themselves throughout their lives. They may not always win or play as much as they like, but sports teach an important lesson: how to work as a team. Physical...

Thursday, August 18, 2005 - 8:00pm

Community tips scales for bus drivers

That yellow school bus pulling up at the end of the block is a sight most parents take for granted, but fuel costs very nearly became just one burden too many for drivers this year.

Less than three weeks before Labor Day, Indian River...

Thursday, August 18, 2005 - 8:00pm

Shining the fashion light

Jeanne Hastings, long-time resident of South Bethany, has continued to satisfy her faithful customers’ demands for interesting and fashionable clothing and accessories at her store, Lighthouse Landing, located in Fenwick Island.

Thursday, August 18, 2005 - 8:00pm

Ocean View looks to spread CHEER

Age is relative — most people spend their entire lives as a senior to some and a junior to others. Either way, while Sussex County Senior Services (SCSS) started out serving the 60-plus population, the non-profit organization has long since...

Thursday, August 18, 2005 - 8:00pm

Planners move on without Allen

The Sussex County Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission held its first meeting Thursday, Aug. 11, since the passing of longtime P&Z President John “Jack” Allen.
The chairman’s seat remained vacant during the four-hour session at the...

Thursday, August 18, 2005 - 8:00pm

Dollar deals

For the residents of coastal Delaware, Dollar Buys makes a lot of sense. One Fenwick Island couple hopes it will make a lot of cents too.
Coastal Point • JOSH MILLER:
Bud and Mary Vorhees patrol the front counter at Dollar Buys, in...

Thursday, August 18, 2005 - 8:00pm

Frankford looks at crime

Frankford, Del. — a small rural town, population less than 750, no taverns, plenty of churches, a feed mill and a brand new high school. And, as any real estate agent will tell you, it’s minutes from the beach.

But every rose has a thorn...

Thursday, August 11, 2005 - 8:00pm

Series not all games

A lot goes on to make sure that 150 to 160 girls and coaches have the best time they can in Delaware. But not everything can always go as planned.

A group of 29 organizers has been meeting since the Senior League World Series ended in...

Thursday, August 11, 2005 - 8:00pm

County looks at appeals process

A bare quorum of Sussex County Council members gathered for a brief council meeting on Aug. 9, to discuss a specific subdivision appeal, but also appeals in general.

Attorney Heidi Balliet, representing the Spring Breeze subdivision...

Thursday, August 11, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bethany police nab shoplifing suspect

The Bethany Beach Police Department (BBPD) curtailed what appears to have been a long-running shoplifting activity, targeting any number of local jewelry stores and retail shops, predominantly in Bethany Beach.
Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY:...

Thursday, August 11, 2005 - 8:00pm

Millville hires town manager

Millville Town Council announced an addition to staff at the Aug. 9 council meeting — Linda Collins, presently administrative assistant for the town of South Bethany, will become Millville’s new town manager on Aug. 29.

Mayor Gary Willey...

Thursday, August 11, 2005 - 8:00pm

Dredging company staging in Fenwick

Fenwick Island Mayor Peter Frederick recently offered a heads-up to folks just rolling into town — the dredging company preparing to pump up Fenwick beaches was scheduled to start hauling beach replenishment gear back and forth on Bayard Street...

Thursday, August 11, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bethany gets 'clean' annual audit report

Newly selected auditing firm Trice, Geary & Meyers reported a “clean opinion” at the annual Audit Committee meeting Tuesday, Aug. 2.

The report, which included a balance sheet, a summary of accounting policies and supporting schedules...

Thursday, August 11, 2005 - 8:00pm

Former lifeguards angle into surf industry

Two ex-Bethany Beach lifeguards and lifelong friends, Russell Evans and Cliff Hardwick, weren’t satisfied with a brand and a pending line of WaveKing gear and clothing for the ocean-going crowd.
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Thursday, August 11, 2005 - 8:00pm

Ternahan launches clothing label

Bethany resident Bob Ternahan is an American History major, not a fashion designer — but he’s come out with some distinctive designs for the “Ahan” clothing label nonetheless.
Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY:
Bob Ternahan and his younger...

Thursday, August 11, 2005 - 8:00pm

Fenwick gets the music in them

A guitarist, dressed modestly in a t-shirt and dungarees, stands in front of A Novel Idea, a book retailer in the Village of Fenwick shopping center, as he starts strumming familiar tunes. Shoppers and business owners quickly converge on the...

Thursday, August 11, 2005 - 8:00pm

Year-old gardening club bearing fruit

The fledgling Gardeners by the Sea gardening club has yet to celebrate its first anniversary (Sept. 9), but the membership is getting full, and the club has already signed on to help out a local charity.
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Thursday, August 11, 2005 - 8:00pm

Hold on a sec

A hectic hurricane season in Florida has delayed until September the start of Fenwick Island’s beach replenishment project.

Bean Stuyvesant LLC, the Louisiana-based contractor, pledged to bring in equipment for the effort on Monday, Aug. 1...

Thursday, August 4, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bethany discusses character

The Bethany Beach Planning Commission met with area developers and architects Wednesday, Aug. 3, to discuss the options for enforcing design guidelines that would help maintain the character of the town.

Developers were asked to offer...

Thursday, August 4, 2005 - 8:00pm

South Bethany considers Artesian-Verizon deal

South Bethany Town Council considered an agreement between Artesian (water) and Verizon (telephone) that could bring in some extra rent money for the town, at a July 28 workshop.
Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY:
South Bethany Town Council...

Thursday, August 4, 2005 - 8:00pm

Ocean View accepts police station plans

It was a night for the Citizens Auxiliary Patrol (CAP), and to review plans for a soon-to-be 15,000 square foot police station, at the Aug. 2 Ocean View Town Council meeting.
Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin came forward to recognize...

Thursday, August 4, 2005 - 8:00pm

County wrangles road responsibilities

Sussex County Council pointed out Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) shortcomings at the Aug. 2 council meeting, as County Administrator Bob Stickels prepares to add his requests to DelDOT’s Five-Year Capital Transportation...

Thursday, August 4, 2005 - 8:00pm

Selbyville moves to improve water and sewer

After a public hearing Monday, Aug. 1, the Selbyville Town Council approved a resolution to proceed with plans to borrow more than $2 million for improvements to the town’s water and sewer distribution systems.

The council has proposed...

Thursday, August 4, 2005 - 8:00pm

Carper talks health care costs at chamber

U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) stopped by the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce on Aug. 1, for a mixed bag discussion ranging from transportation to health care.

“The role of government is to do for the people what they can’t do for...

Thursday, August 4, 2005 - 8:00pm

Frankford water woes continue: "terrible"

Frankford Town Council reported less than stellar service from the town’s venerable water plant and pressure from a private utility at the Aug. 1 council meeting.

When Council President Robert Daisey asked Council Member Jesse Truitt for...

Thursday, August 4, 2005 - 8:00pm

Fenwick jumps into live music

At a special meeting Wednesday, the Fenwick Town Council approved an exception to its noise ordinance that will allow live jazz in a local commercial center.

The council had approved a similar resolution — by the same 5-2 margin — at its...

Thursday, August 4, 2005 - 8:00pm

Environmentalists canvass Bethany Beach

Pedestrians in downtown Bethany Beach on July 29 may have stumbled through a handful of clipboard-wielding environmentalists en route the boardwalk. Most folks breezed by, but for anyone who later entertained second thoughts, these young...

Thursday, August 4, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bethany Beach is getting the 'Blues'

If one is riding down Route 1 with the windows down, there is a chance of catching a whiff of what seems to be barbeque. And chances are the smell is coming from Bethany Blues.
Coastal Point • DAN GRAYBILL:
There's just something so...

Thursday, August 4, 2005 - 8:00pm

Frankford adopts 2006 budget

Frankford Town Council President Robert Daisey presented a $366,300 operating budget for the coming year showing considerable line item adjustments, and a nearly 10 percent bottom line increase in expenditures since fiscal 2005, at a budget...

Thursday, August 4, 2005 - 8:00pm

County considers moderately-priced housing

Sussex County Council took another baby step toward a moderately-priced housing program at a public workshop on July 26.

Council members took no official action, but reached majority agreement that they would be asking County Attorney...

Thursday, July 28, 2005 - 8:00pm

IRSD talks renovations

The Indian River School District School Board met on July 26 to discuss — among a variety of items — the progress of local school renovations and to release the district’s Delaware State Testing Program results.

The new Indian River High...

Thursday, July 28, 2005 - 8:00pm