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DNREC breaks out new regs

“What you’ll see tonight is not more of the same old business, because that won’t get the job done. This is some pretty drastic stuff we’re going to talk about tonight, and that’s what it’s going to take to restore the water quality of the Inland...

Thursday, February 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

Police seek graffiti suspects in Ocean View

Many homes could use a little new paint, but the new paint provided by a local vandal or vandals was considerably less than desirable for some Ocean View-area property owners.
In fact, it was a crime.
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Thursday, February 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

County fields subdivision appeal

Sussex County Council spent much of the Feb. 8 council meeting engaged with a subdivision appeal that had been denied at County Planning and Zoning (P&Z).
Attorney John Sergovic asked council to reconsider the Meadows at Creek Run,...

Thursday, February 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

Selbyville maintains same tax rate

Members of the Selbyville Town Council unanimously agreed at their meeting Monday, Feb. 7, to retain the town’s existing tax rate of $1.85 per $100 of assessed property value into the 2005-2006 fiscal year.

“I think we’re pretty solid...

Thursday, February 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

S. Bethany kicks in for lobbyist

South Bethany Town Council has decided to match funds with Bethany Beach for beach replenishment Washington, D.C. lobbyist firm Marlowe & Company.
Bethany agreed to sign up with Marlowe late last year, and approached South Bethany to...

Thursday, February 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

Good and bad new in local soybeans

Local farmers may face reduced yields if the soybean rust fungus blows northward into Delaware this season, but there is some good news to report as well.

According to the Jan. 26 Delaware Soybean Board press release (www.desoybeans.com),...

Thursday, February 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

Collective marks event for tsunami relief

The churches of the Southeast Sussex Ministerium have always focused on local folks in need.
The funds they administer, largely generated at the Atlantic Community Thrift Shop (ACTS), rarely leave the county, much less the state.

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Thursday, February 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

DelDOT hosts downtown Dagsboro forum

Dagsboro residents can expect a sweeping curve at Main Street (Clayton Avenue) and Route 26 in their future.

Officials from the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) held an informal presentation on Feb. 3, bringing several...

Thursday, February 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

Selbyville fines Mountaire for sewage slip

Selbyville Town Council members unanimously agreed at their Feb. 7 meeting to assess Mountaire Corporation a fine of $3,000 for sewage violations in November. An administrative penalty of $1,000 was assessed for each of three incidents in which...

Thursday, February 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

Daisey welcomed back as Frankford mayor

Frankford Town Council returned Robert Daisey to President and welcomed Maynard Esender as the new Vice President at the Feb. 7 council meeting.

Pam Davis presided over the swearings-in. Council made Davis Secretary/Treasurer for another...

Thursday, February 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

Bethany sets hearing on development plan

The creation of a comprehensive development plan for Bethany Beach will take one more step on Friday, Feb. 18, at 6:30 p.m., when a public hearing calling for comment on the final draft plan is held. The hearing is set for the town meeting room...

Thursday, February 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

County thinks internationally

Sussex County Council considered adoption of the International Building Code (IBC) and the International Residential Code (IRC) at the Feb. 8 council meeting, but deferred another week over Council Member George Cole’s opposing vote.

Van...

Thursday, February 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

Chili steals the show

Whether you’re an Eagles or Patriots fan, this past Super Bowl Sunday was the best time to grab a great bowl of chili at Bear Trap’s 1st Annual Chili Cook-Off.

Bear Trap member Lyle Hohnstine introduced the cook-off to management and once...

Thursday, February 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

Four seats open on school board

Two incumbents have filed for re-election to their seats on the Indian River School District school board. Dr. Donald G. Hattier, a resident of Dagsboro, has filed for another three-year term in his District 4 seat. Nina Lou Bunting, also of...

Thursday, February 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

Ocean View puts a hold on water

Work on Ocean View’s central water system is still scheduled to begin some time soon, but more likely during the summer, rather than in March, as predicted this time last year.

Town council heard an update from engineer Chuck Hauser (of...

Thursday, February 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Fenwick renews cable contract with Comcast

Fenwick Island Town Council members voted unanimously at their meeting Friday, Jan. 28, to renew the town’s franchise agreement with Comcast cable television company. (Council member Chris Clark was absent.)

The town’s franchise agreement...

Thursday, February 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Ferry to head beach patrol in Fenwick

Fenwick Island has changed the procedures for selecting the people in charge of its beach patrol, and a familiar face will be at the head.
Ferry
Captain Tim Ferry was offered the position this year by recommendation of the town’s...

Thursday, February 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

County reviews moderately-priced housing

Sussex County Council checked progress on the moderately-priced housing initiative at the Feb. 1 council meeting.

At council’s bequest (last October), County Administrator Bob Stickels put together a committee to study the topic.

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Thursday, February 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Report: Fenwick's finances in the pink

Major renovations to Fenwick Island’s accounting system have paid off for the town, with a clean review from the town’s auditor for the 2003-2004 fiscal year. In fact, the auditor had only one recommendation for the town: consider a higher-yield...

Thursday, February 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Presidents return to Frankford

There weren’t enough candidates to bother with a town election in Frankford this year, but Council President Robert Daisey has reenlisted, and former-Council President Maynard Esender has returned to the fray as well.

The election was...

Thursday, February 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Principal describes birth of magnet school

Southern Delaware School of the Arts (SDSA) Principal Tim Fannin recently announced he would retire at the end of the school year.
Fannin
When he leaves for Florida, it will mark the end of an era at SDSA. He was there at the very...

Thursday, February 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Winter driving tips offered in Fenwick

Winter driving tips were the topic for Sgt. William Boyden, public information officer for the Fenwick Island Police Department, at the town council meeting held Friday, Jan. 28. In light of recent snow and icy weather, he took the opportunity to...

Thursday, February 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

BBVFC breaks ground on new fire hall

Members of the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company, residents, town and state officials gathered in Bethany Beach on Monday, Jan. 31, to break ground for the company’s new fire hall.
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Thursday, February 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Local congregation makes church fun

Members of the High Tide Baptist congregation might not have a chapel to call home, but that isn’t slowing them down any.
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Andrea Woolsey emcees a Bible trivia game show for kids.
Rather, people seeking...

Thursday, February 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Bethany man has run-in with moving house

The moving of homes in the area’s coastal towns is a relatively common occurrence, but a house move scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 11, led to the arrest of a Bethany Beach man.

According to Bethany Beach police, 55-year-old resort resident...

Thursday, February 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Ocean View council talks expenditures

Ocean View detailed three lists of proposed budgetary expenses at a Feb. 1 committee meeting, considering capital outlays for public works ($3.9 million) and public safety ($3.2 million).

The new police station remained by far the largest...

Thursday, February 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Boesch takes over as planning chair

The Bethany Beach Planning Commission saw a number of changes at its meeting Saturday, Jan. 22. First, resident Jerry Dorfman joined the commission, appointed to the seat vacated by Lew Killmer upon his selection to the town council.

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Thursday, January 27, 2005 - 7:00pm

OV shuffles ordinances

Ocean View Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission Members on Jan. 20 moved into a holding pattern on a zoning ordinance aimed at reducing density.

The entire commission was present, as were Mayor Gary Meredith and Council Member Eric...

Thursday, January 27, 2005 - 7:00pm

Hocker outlines his path to legislature

Rep. Gerald Hocker knows the 38th District — he was born and raised in Millville, and he hasn’t strayed too far over the years.
Hocker
He attended the Lord Baltimore School for all 12 years of his primary education, and that’s where he...

Thursday, January 27, 2005 - 7:00pm

Bethany deadlocked over church property

Town officials in Bethany Beach were reluctant to formally commit themselves to a plan to use the former Christian Church property adjacent to the town hall as “open space” when offered $250,000 to do so at the Jan. 21 town council meeting.

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Thursday, January 27, 2005 - 7:00pm

Bethany renews contract with lobbyist

The Bethany Beach Town Council unanimously voted to renew the town’s contract with beach replenishment consultants Marlowe & Co. at the council’s Jan. 21 meeting. The contract pays the firm $3,500 per month, from January to December 2005,...

Thursday, January 27, 2005 - 7:00pm

Gas leak puts BBVFD out in the cold

While most area residents were taking great pains to stay inside last weekend — well away from temperatures in the teens, wind chills near 0, and side streets that resembled ice-skating rinks more than byways — more than two dozen firefighters,...

Thursday, January 27, 2005 - 7:00pm

License revocation ordinance approved

Bethany Beach Town Council members unanimously approved two pieces of legislation at their meeting Friday, Jan. 21.

On second reading, the council agreed to add more teeth to the enforcement of town codes and fees by beefing up its ability...

Thursday, January 27, 2005 - 7:00pm

Farmers advised to watch for soybean fungus

Sussex County may be renowned for poultry, but farmers grow a hill of beans here, too.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) statistical survey for the state (found at www.nass.usda.gov/de), soybeans are planted to more...

Thursday, January 27, 2005 - 7:00pm

County P&Z denies retail near St. George's church

The Sussex County Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission, at the Jan. 20 P&Z meeting, decided Gregg White’s self-imposed deed restrictions weren’t enough to warrant a change of zone from agricultural-residential (AR) to commercial (C-1)....

Thursday, January 27, 2005 - 7:00pm

CORC establishes new procedures

Bethany Beach’s Charter and Ordinance Review Committee (CORC) has a new way of doing business, and that’s thanks — at least in part — to the committee’s recent efforts to develop a mission statement.

Working from the newly established...

Thursday, January 27, 2005 - 7:00pm

County council reviews 2004 audit

Sussex County Council hosted accounting firm Jefferson, Urian, Doane & Sterner at the Jan. 25 council meeting for a review of the 2004 fiscal year.

County finance director David Baker presented the report, but acknowledged Elaine...

Thursday, January 27, 2005 - 7:00pm

DelDOT responds to BFCC's center lane request

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce recently asked state officials to consider significant design modifications for an improved Route 26, just as that project began rolling ever so imperceptibly forward.

Delaware Department of...

Thursday, January 27, 2005 - 7:00pm

Bethany dam project creates concern

“We will not cause flooding in other areas to solve problems in Bethany Beach.”

It was important enough of a statement that Bethany Beach Town Council Member and Drainage Committee Chairman Harold Steele felt compelled to reiterate it on...

Thursday, January 27, 2005 - 7:00pm

Bethany selects new auditor

The Bethany Beach Audit Committee recommended to the town council on Jan. 21 that the town contract with auditing firm Trice, Geary & Meyers to be the town’s auditor for the coming year.

Committee Chairman Don Doyle said town had not...

Thursday, January 27, 2005 - 7:00pm

Fire Report

The Bethany Beach Fire Department received assistance from Millville, Rehoboth Beach and Roxana firehouses as they responded to a house fire in Bethany on Sunday, Jan. 23.

The home, owned by Sarah McGuire and Deirde McHale, was not...

Thursday, January 27, 2005 - 7:00pm

Ocean View checks on street quality

Ocean View Town Council held a work session on Jan. 18, hosting engineer Alan Kercher for questions about the recent street resurfacing in Savannah’s Landing.
Residents raised questions about the quality of the micro-surfacing job several...

Thursday, January 20, 2005 - 7:00pm

Mission statement becomes town template

The primary item on the agenda for the Bethany Beach Traffic and Parking Committee on Saturday, Jan. 15, was the creation of the committee’s mission statement.

The draft version of the mission statement, created by committee Chairman and...

Thursday, January 20, 2005 - 7:00pm

State legislators head back to work

The Delaware General Assembly opened session in Dover last week (Jan. 11), amidst ceremonial swearings-in and a musical offering from Southern Delaware School of the Arts (SDSA) students.
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Thursday, January 20, 2005 - 7:00pm

Family starting over

The Lewis family — Robert and Terri, and their son, Robert — met singular misfortune on Jan. 3, as they lost their dog, Snowball, and all of their possessions to a house fire.

The Lewis home was completely destroyed.

According to...

Thursday, January 20, 2005 - 7:00pm

Shelter group undeterred by initial rebuff

The Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary of Sussex County suffered a setback last month, but that has not dampened the board members’ resolve to find some centrally located real estate.

Board member Hal Dukes had agreed to donate a 5-acre parcel...

Thursday, January 20, 2005 - 7:00pm

County appoints new commissioner

Sussex County Council reported a father’s retirement, then nominated and appointed his son to the County Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission at the Jan. 18 county council meeting.
Commissioner W. Layton Johnson cut short his term,...

Thursday, January 20, 2005 - 7:00pm

Communication committee brainstorms

The future was on the minds of members of the Bethany Beach Communications Committee when they met Tuesday, Jan. 18. Having made substantial progress on a number of communications-related issues, members of the committee had been asked by Mayor...

Thursday, January 20, 2005 - 7:00pm

Seaside theme presented for Bethany Beach

A vision of the Bethany Beach of the future was presented to interested townsfolk Wednesday, Jan. 19, in a public hearing on motifs and themes that could be incorporated into the town code or a future architectural standard.

Associate Dean...

Thursday, January 20, 2005 - 7:00pm