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Bethany Beach baby tents get bigger ... well, a little bigger

After roughly two months of light-handed enforcement of a new rule limiting shading devices on its beaches to “standard” umbrellas and so-called “baby tents” — banning canopies and tents of all descriptions — Bethany Beach officials have now...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 2:58pm

This Washington Avenue house was boarded up after being officially declared a criminal nuisance property in Selbyville, near Polly Branch Road.

BREAKING: Drug-related 'criminal nuisance' property in Selbyville closed by court order

A house near Selbyville that had been the site of multiple drug crimes and police calls since 2014 was boarded up as a result of work by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Delaware State Police (DSP) to deem it a...

Friday, August 10, 2018 - 4:30pm

Millsboro welcomes future hotel, restaurant into town limits

The Town of Millsboro just grew a little larger — somewhere between 80 and 100 hotel rooms, and one restaurant, larger.

The Millsboro Town Council voted unanimously on Monday, Aug. 6, to incorporate a 3-plus-acre parcel on Route 113 — the...

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 6:13pm

Asia-Pacific players celebrate their win.

Asia-Pacific shuts out Southwest for World Series title

If ever a pitcher was deemed untouchable in the game of softball, Asia-Pacific’s Royevel Palma fit that definition last week in the Little League Senior League World Series softball championships, held at the Pyle Center complex in Roxana.

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Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 6:11pm

Delaware shelves Regulation 225

After two drafts and thousands of public comments, the State of Delaware has scrapped the proposed Regulation 225, originally intended to prevent discrimination against school children based on gender and other protected characteristics.

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Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 6:04pm

Millsboro Middle School is one of many schools scrambling to carve classrooms from other existing spaces, including the library.

School district scrapes classroom space from thin air

Desperate times call for desperate measures, and the Indian River School District is practically clawing at the walls for some breathing room.

At Millsboro Middle School, that means losing the library for a little while.

“We are...

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 6:02pm

Frankford residents concerned about crime, annexation, budget

Less than two weeks after the Frankford Town Council approved a budget that included a 45 percent increase in town water rates, a room full of residents attended August’s regular council meeting — many with questions about how the Town spends its...

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 5:58pm

Ocean View Police Cpl. Justin Hopkins and K-9 Hardy will both attend Ales for Tails — a fundraiser aiming to provide K-9 officers throughout the state with life-saving first aid training for their four-legged partners.

Support sought for first-aid training for K-9 handlers and their pups

The Ocean View Police Department is teaming up with law-enforcement agencies throughout the state to help train K-9 handlers in first aid for their four-legged partners.

“For me, my biggest issue is, if our dog is injured in the line of...

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 5:55pm

Ocean View to hold meeting on Woodland Park drainage

The Town of Ocean View will host an informational meeting on the planned Woodland Park drainage project next week, on Tuesday, Aug. 14, at town hall.

While the presentation regarding the work will begin at 6 p.m., the public is being...

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 5:27pm

MERR dolphin count drops to historic low of 167

The Dolphin Count held on Saturday, July 28, resulted in the lowest number of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins spotted in the 17-year history of the Marine Education Research & Rehabilitation Institute (MERR) count, with a total of 167 dolphins...

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 4:50pm

Lower Sussex Little League District 3 Challenger Division particpants enjoyed a game of ­baseball during the Senior League Softball World Series in Roxana on Thursday, Aug. 2. The Shorebirds’ Sherman was on hand to cheer on the children as they played.

Challenger Division closes season with visit from Sherman

It was the culmination of another wonderful season for the District 3 Challenger Division when they hosted a World Series game of their own last Thursday, Aug. 2.

There were more than 20 athletes who participated in the final game of the...

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 12:57pm

Asia-Pacific’s Diane Pasco throws a pitch during Game 16 of the Senior League Softball World Series on Thursday, Aug. 2.

Softball World Series play on display in Roxana

 

 

Little League Senior League Softball World Series action continued in Roxana this week, as girls ages 13 to 16 from around the world competed for the title, which crowned the 2018 world champions from Asia-Pacific on Sunday, Aug...

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 12:43pm

District 3’s Taylor Wroten gets a solid hit during their 8-4 win over eventual champions Asia-Pacific on Thursday, Aug. 2.

District 3 comes up short of World Series repeat, finishes third

The pressure — whether they showed it or not — was certainly there from the opening pitch.

As the defending champs — in any sport — the bull’s eye is squarely on you. Such was the case with Delaware District 3 in this year’s 2018 Little...

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 12:31pm

Flounder Pounder Open targets flatties, and cancer

The largest flounder tournament in the world is back, and boats are ready to hit the waters as fishermen set their sights on winning their share of over a quarter-million dollars in prize money.

Paradise Marina & Short’s Marine will...

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 12:04pm

Fenwick council discusses hotel height restrictions

Building height restrictions were the hot topic at Fenwick Island’s July 27 town council meeting.

“It is my understanding that there is some gray area in the height-limit ordinance,” said Councilwoman Julie Lee, who went on to ask Bill...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 5:01pm

Frankford approves significant water fee rate increase

The Frankford Town Council on July 26 unanimously approved the Town’s budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year, including a substantial percent increase in the Town’s water fee rate.

The water rate increase was actually approved last year by...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 4:56pm

Picnic in the Park to celebrate local Sierra Club’s mission

The Sussex Section of the Delaware Chapter of the Sierra Club will host a picnic in the park on Sunday, Aug. 5, from 4 to 7 p.m.

The picnic will be held at John West Park, 32 West Avenue in Ocean View, and it is free and open to the public...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 4:53pm

Holding cells, like this one at the Ocean View Police Department, will be used during the Reality Tour program, set to begin this fall.

Reality Tour aims to shed light on drug epidemic

Parents and children will have a unique opportunity this fall to experience how the growing drug epidemic can impact a community, with the offering of the Reality Tour, developed by nonprofit CANDLE (Community Action Network for Drug-free...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 4:51pm

The Del-One Federal Credit will teach high-schoolers how to run their own banking kiosk at Indian River High School..

‘The student-teller will see you now’

Bank coming to IRHS this fall

The Indian River High School cafeteria has all the basics: three serving lines, a ketchup dispenser, vending machines and dozens of tables.

This fall, it’ll also have banking kiosk. Business students will run a satellite location for Del-...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 4:46pm

Potnets man arrested in assault, kidnapping of elderly couple

Delaware State Police this week arrested a Millsboro-area man after he allegedly entered a residence while armed, allegedly assaulted a couple in their 80s and then allegedly kidnapped them.

According to the DSP, on Saturday, July 28,...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 4:13pm

County approves poultry waste-recycling and power-generation facility

The Sussex County Council voted unanimously on July 31 to approve a conditional-use application that would allow CleanBay Renewables to construct and operate a renewable-energy facility on 16.71 acres on the west side of Route 113, south of...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 4:01pm

Lion Paul Bolton, left, holds the award after the presentation from Lions President Janet Bauer, right.

Bolton named Lord Baltimore Lion of the Year

At the Lord Baltimore Lions Club’s July meeting, Lions President Janet Bauer recognized Paul Bolton as the LBLC Lion of the Year 2018. Bolton — an 18-year Lion — has been a member of the Lord Baltimore Lions for four years but had previously...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 3:22pm

IRSD fleshes out admin crew as finances improve

When the Indian River School District implemented a challenging budget for 2017-2018, district officials asked for one year to get back on their feet. Now, the clouds are parting and they’re loosening the purse strings.

In addition to...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 3:08pm

Indian River School District announces new administrators for 2018-2019

Indian River School District officials recently announced the district’s annual shakeup in administrator assignments.

Some people have left for other opportunities. The district also decided to fill four more positions this year: one...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 3:05pm

District 3’s Taylor Wroten and Jordan DiFava give high-fives after Wroten struck out another East batter during Game 1 of the Senior League Softball World Series on Monday night.

Local host team going strong in Senior League Softball World Series

It was an exciting first two-plus days of Little League Senior League Softball World Series action at the Pyle Complex early this week, as players, their coaches and fans from 10 different teams from all over the world descended upon lower Sussex...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 1:04pm

 Eric Gulbronson on the field at Randolph College in Lynchburg, Va.

Where are they now?

Gulbronson making history at Randolph College

 This is the first installment in what we hope will be a weekly feature here in the Coastal Point sports pages: “Where Are They Now?” We are looking for former Indian River High School student-athletes who have gone on to continue their...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 12:20pm

Ocean View denies exception for wildlife-learning center

The Ocean View Board of Adjustment voted 4-0, with one abstention, to deny an application for a special exception that would have allowed for a wildlife-learning center on a General Business-1 (GB-1) parcel in town.

Barn Hill Preserve, a...

Friday, July 27, 2018 - 8:00am

Frankford could implement $3.93 water rate increase

The Town of Frankford is set to raise its water rates as it struggles to balance its budget for the new fiscal year.

The town council was set to hold a final special meeting this week to discuss the Town’s budget, on Thursday, July 26, at...

Friday, July 27, 2018 - 7:59am

Millsboro officials believe the site of a new building for the police department could be this blue building next door to the current facility, if soil tests and other conditions are suitable.

Millsboro aims funds at downtown, eyes new police building

Downtown Millsboro might be on the upswing, and town officials are trying to help them get there.

Included in the $8.5 million budget for the 2019 fiscal year, according to Matt Hall, Millsboro’s finance officer, is $275,000 for Main...

Friday, July 27, 2018 - 7:58am

Vehicle crash involving OVPD officer looked at by DSP

The Delaware State Police are investigating a vehicle crash involving an unnamed Ocean View police officer that took place on July 21.

According to the DSP, the incident took place just before 8:30 a.m. last Saturday, involving a civilian-...

Friday, July 27, 2018 - 7:57am

Wind power reality: People learn while government decides

If a Delawarean goes to the beach and sees a line of wind turbines in the distance, what is the impact?

Does he vow to never again visit the eyesore, or does he hire a boat to tour the engineering marvel? When he turns on the air...

Friday, July 27, 2018 - 7:56am

EMS recognized by AHA for quick response time

Sussex County Emergency Medical Services were recognized on July 24 before the Sussex County Council, for receiving the American Heart Association’s Mission LifeLine Gold Award.

“Every day, our paramedics come to work to go out and do a...

Friday, July 27, 2018 - 7:55am

Carney signs bill into law that bans ‘conversion therapy’

Delaware Gov. John Carney on July 23 signed Senate Bill 65 into law. The bill is aimed at protecting LGBTQ youth from “conversion therapy,” which is considered dangerous and has been widely discredited. The legislation was sponsored by state Sen...

Friday, July 27, 2018 - 7:54am

Dagsboro to host its first-ever National Night Out event

For the first time ever, the Dagsboro community will get to enjoy the National Night Out.

According to the event’s website, National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and...

Friday, July 27, 2018 - 7:53am

Shopkeeper and ‘master tinker’ Laurie Melniczek loves art, science and imagination at Craftbox in Fenwick Island.

Craftbox offers chance to get creative, with science

Love art? Love science? Love hand-on projects, whether a kid or an adult?

Craftbox packs big activity into a cozy shop in Fenwick Island but lets people be creative on their own time. Master tinkerer Laurie Melniczek wanted to create “an...

Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 2:53pm

Joe and Blair Parsons are celebrating 10 years in business at Steamers Crab & Seafood Market in Millville.

Steamers celebrates first decade

“It’s hard to believe,” said Joe Parsons, taking a moment on the front porch of his shop to reflect during the hectic summer season. “I didn’t have any of this gray hair back then.”

Steamers Crabs & Seafood Market opened their doors 10...

Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 2:32pm

Greek Festival bringing out the ‘Opa!’ to O.C. this weekend

St. George Greek Orthodox Church will host its 29th annual Greek Festival at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center, located on the bay at 40th Street in Ocean City, Md., from July 27 to July 29. The festivities will begin at noon each day and...

Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 2:18pm

Country star Mary Chapin Carpenter to perform at Freeman Stage

Mary Chapin Carpenter will perform with special guest Emily Barker at Freeman Stage in West Fenwick on July 28 at 7 p.m. This will be her second appearance at the outdoor venue, in two consecutive years.

The five-time Grammy Award-winning...

Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 2:13pm

 Lower Sussex’s Katie McHale slides into home plate for a score against Maine on Tuesday, July 24.

LSLL Major League softball team still alive in regionals

The Lower Sussex Little League Major League softball team was 3-1 in the Eastern Regionals as of Coastal Point press time on Wednesday, July 25, with weather having the four remaining teams in a holding pattern as tournament officials decided the...

Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 1:54pm

Canada’s Emma Rautio-Roe slides into third against West’s Natalie Goodman during last year’s Senior League Softball World Series.

Senior League Softball World Series play returning to Roxana

The eyes of the Little League world will descend upon Sussex County beginning Monday, July 30, as 10 teams will vie for the 2018 Little League Senior League Softball World Series championship at the Pyle Center in Roxana.

This will be the...

Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 1:47pm

Amanda Whaley in her No. 4 car at Georgetown Speedway.

Blue Hen Disposal Night a huge success story for Georgetown Speedway

Dirt-track promoters dream of nights like Georgetown Speedway had last Friday, July 20, for the annual Blue Hen Disposal-All Night — stands packed to capacity, the pit full of race cars and perfect weather helping the track surface evolve from...

Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 12:35pm

Two men die in suspected overdose, another saved by naloxone

Two men in their 20s passed away last week in Ocean View, from an apparent heroin overdose.

“They were living in Ocean View, but both of them are originally from Maryland,” said Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin, noting that the names...

Friday, July 20, 2018 - 12:12pm

South Bethany considers stricter property maintenance code

A broken staircase was the final straw.

In South Bethany, Joe Hinks is responsible for building inspections, permits and penalties. Then he discovered that a faulty outdoor staircase in an oceanfront home had been repaired with no more...

Friday, July 20, 2018 - 12:04pm

Dagsboro’s Connor files for 41st District seat in state legislature

S. Bradley “Brad” Connor announced this week that he has filed to run for the State House seat in the 41st Representative District. The 41st representative district includes Millsboro Dagsboro, Frankford, Selbyville and Gumboro.

Connor has...

Friday, July 20, 2018 - 12:04pm

Trooper Irina Celpan mingles with some international students at a picnic at St. Martha’s Episcopal Church in Bethany Beach earlier this summer.

DSP trooper bridges communication gap with foreign students

Trooper Irina Celpan graduated from the Delaware State Police Training Academy in February of this year and has swiftly put her language skills to use. She is newly assigned to Troop 4 in Georgetown and is fluent in Russian and Romanian, in...

Friday, July 20, 2018 - 12:01pm

Sitework begins on Sandhill Fields sports complex near Georgetown

The Sussex Sports Center Foundation’s Joe Schell on July 17 presented to the Sussex County Council an update on the progress of the group’s new sports complex, Sandhill Fields.

Schell said the excavation and embankment of the facility near...

Friday, July 20, 2018 - 11:58am

Magee files for county council seat

Ellen Magee of Williamsville, a Democrat, filed this week to run for the Sussex County Council seat representing District 5, which is currently held by Republican Robert Arlett.

Magee is a life-time Sussex County resident and is running,...

Friday, July 20, 2018 - 11:55am

Widgeon grass has been discovered in South Bethany canals. Although good for the environment, the grass is causing headaches locally by tangling in boat propellers.

Juggling the unwanted discovery of eco-friendly species

What’s worse than a weed that nobody wants? For South Bethany, it’s a weed that everyone wants.

“We have a presence in our canals in the southern end… It’s the first time we’ve seen it,” Frank Weisgerber told his fellow South Bethany Town...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 4:14pm

DPH issues warning over Dagsboro fox discovered to have rabies

Delaware’s Division of Public Health (DPH) this week warned Dagsboro residents who live in the residential area between Colonial Estates Avenue and Thorogoods Road in Dagsboro of a positive case of rabies in a fox that came into contact with a...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 4:09pm

Sussex County Councilman Rob Arlett speaks with veterans and other audience members at Selbyville Town Hall on Tuesday, July 10.

Arlett invites veterans to discuss mentoring, medical marijuana and more

Veterans discussed the issues and learned more about their benefits at Selbyville Town Hall on July 10.

The free veterans town hall-style meeting was hosted and moderated by outgoing Sussex County Councilman Rob Arlett, who is running for...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 3:38pm