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In South Bethany, five generations of women smile at the matriarch’s house .

South Bethany woman, 102, meets great-great-granddaughter

Vinnette Fowler’s family describes her as a social butterfly. She loves having company, and her South Bethany home has been her family’s go-to destination for decades.

This month, the 102-year-old enjoyed the best type of family visit:...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 3:32pm

Frank Conlan, center, stands with Department of Delaware Commandant Chuck Landon and National Vice Commandant Bruce Rakfeldt.

Conlon honored as Delaware Marine of the Year

New York native Frank Conlon joined the Marine Corps in 1952. He served eight years in the Corps, as an air-traffic controller in the Air Wing.

“Like all young guys, you see something in your younger days and say that’s what you want to be...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 3:18pm

Friends ready for 27th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour

The Friends of the South Coastal Library’s major annual fundraiser is the Beach & Bay Cottage Tour. The 27th Annual Tour directly benefits the South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach and is almost here.  The tour will take place Wednesday,...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 3:13pm

Stittmatter home

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour homes for 2018

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After spending the last 15 summers vacationing in Bethany Beach with their four kids, Rosanne and John Strittmatter of Potomac, Md., decided it was time to set down roots. They located an older mid-century cottage on...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 3:01pm

MERR volunteers to count dolphins at 37 various locations on Saturday

The Marine Education, Research & Rehabilitation Institute Inc. (MERR) will be conducting its Annual Dolphin Count on Saturday, July 21, from 9 to 11 a.m.

The count helps determine the Atlantic bottlenose dolphin population in the...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 2:27pm

Millsboro Verizon store to give away school supplies

Sixth annual effort takes place Sunday

TCC, the largest authorized Verizon retailer in the U.S., is hosting its sixth annual School Rocks Backpack Giveaway on Sunday, July 22, from 1 to 4 p.m. Local families are being encouraged to visit the Millsboro store, located at 28665 DuPont...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 2:26pm

Athletes Against Alzheimer’s 5K Run/Walk set for Aug. 5

On Aug. 5, the 4th Annual Athletes Against Alzheimer’s 5K Run/Walk, presented by Loftus Wealth Strategies, will take place in Bethany Beach. The 5K run/walk will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter.

Michael Loftus...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 1:49pm

Entering after hours on a state wildlife areas continues to be an issue

DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police announced this week that they are increasing patrols and closely monitoring state wildlife areas, fishing piers, public boat launching facilities and multi-use areas for visitor safety and...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 1:48pm

Ocean View’s Smith graduates from East Carolina University

Karlie Smith of Ocean View graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communication from East Carolina University during spring commencement exercises May 4 in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. Fireworks capped off a new format for ECU’s 109th spring...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 1:47pm

Bethany Beach Books to welcome young-adult fantasy author and artist

Author and artist Dean Kuhta will be signing copies of his book “Silvarum” at Bethany Beach Books on July 28, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

“Silvarum is a fantasy world I have created and centers around five teenagers: Abigail, Penny, Roger,...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 1:43pm

Freeman Stage to host ‘Jedi Academy’ variety show

Recent years have demonstrated that today’s generations have at least one love in common: “Star Wars.”

And now, for the first time ever, the Freeman Stage in West Fenwick will be hosting “Jedi Academy,” a solo comedy variety show designed...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 1:41pm

Year’s first finding of West Nile virus in wild birds reported

The Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control’s Mosquito Control Section, in conjunction with Delaware’s Division of Public Health and Department of Agriculture, this week announced the first detection this year of West Nile...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 12:11pm

The National Garden Clubs organization recently recognized the Delaware Federation of Garden Clubs with an Award of Excellence for the group’s ‘TREE-mendous Delaware’ tree planting at the Delaware Botanic Gardens.

Delaware garden clubs recognized nationally

The Delaware Federation of Garden Clubs was recently recognized nationally by the National Garden Clubs — a not-for-profit educational organization comprising 50 state garden clubs and the National Capital Area, with 5,000-member garden clubs and...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 12:04pm

BREAKING NEWS: Two men found dead of suspected drug overdoses in Ocean View

Victim in suspected June overdose revived by OVPD officers

Ocean View police reported Monday that two men in their 20s had been found deceased in a home on Central Avenue in Ocean View on Thursday, July 12, shortly before noon. Police said the apparent cause of death for both men was a drug overdose....

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 11:54am

BREAKING NEWS: Fox in Dagsboro tests positive for rabies

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

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 11:52am

BREAKING: Mountaire Selbyville chemical spill closes road, injures six

A midday chemical spill closed Hosier Street on Thursday, July 12, at Mountaire’s Selbyville poultry processing plant.

The hazmat incident occurred at the main building at 55 Hosier Street, right where live-haul trucks back into the plant, which...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 11:36am

Vote expected on Barn Hill Preserve application next week

The Ocean View Board of Adjustment is expected to vote next week on an application requesting a special-use exception that would allow for a wildlife-learning center in a General Business-1 parcel in town.

The board originally deferred its...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 6:54pm

Candidates abound in 2018 elections, local and beyond

With the July 10 filing deadline now past, the list of candidates for county, state and federal office from Delaware for the 2018 election cycle is now set.

Locally, the District 4 Sussex County Council seat is being sought by Democrat...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 6:53pm

Millville grants site approval for revised Dove Landing community

More than a decade after being mothballed due to adverse economic conditions, the Dove Landing community received final site plan approval from the Millville Town Council on Tuesday, July 10.

The final plans call for 316 homes. That is the...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 6:52pm

A proposed detour to circumvent a bridge project in Millsboro next spring will alter traffic patterns for an estimated two weeks.

Bridge project to dramatically shift traffic in Millsboro next spring

Motorists traveling south on Route 113 next spring may get the, let’s say,  opportunity to take a scenic tour of parts of Millsboro.

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) sent representatives to the July 2 regular meeting of...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 6:50pm

Ocean View residents still concerned over drainage, taxes

The regular monthly meeting of the Ocean View Town Council this week continued a trend of seeing a larger-than-usual attendance of the town’s citizens, as several issues continue to garner input from townsfolk.

During the July 20 meeting,...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 6:34pm

Selbyville Towne Village gets first approvals to dig (ditches)

Selbyville Towne Village is the next major housing development revving up along Route 54. The project has changed several times since first proposed over a decade ago, before the “Great Recession.” Now, developers are taking baby steps to at last...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 6:34pm

U.S. Senator Tom Carper visits the beach replenishment at Bethany Beach.

Carper visits Bethany Beach to see replenishment project

South Bethany next on the list

Bulldozers headed to South Bethany this week, with that town set as the next stop in this summer’s major beach replenishment project.

After several weeks of pumping sand from offshore borrow sites, the Great Lake Dock & Dredge Company...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 6:33pm

Dave Ritondo tags a horseshoe crab on the evening of Thursday, June 28.

Volunteers count on spawning crabs

Under a full moon in June, about a dozen people strapped headlamps to their foreheads, grabbed clipboards and hiked to the waterfront at James Farm. They would be counting and tagging horseshoe crabs until nearly midnight, as the crabs came...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 6:29pm

Volunteers move quickly to relocate a loggerhead sea turtle’s eggs so they would survive high tide, on Sunday, July 8.

Loggerhead sea turtle makes history with South Bethany nest

Michael Hess was walking along the Fenwick Island beach at James Street on Sunday, July 8, before sunrise, searching for hidden treasure with his metal detector. His normal routine was interrupted by an unusual sight ahead of him.

Upon...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 6:19pm

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute offering enrichment programs

Registration is open now for fall classes at the University of Delaware’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes (OLLI), with classes scheduled for Sept. 4 to Nov. 19 in Dover, Lewes and Ocean View.

Nicknamed “OLLI,” the University of Delaware...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 5:54pm

Author sets spy novel in Ocean View during World War II

On a drive along Coastal Highway, concrete towers can be seen lining the Delaware beaches. The towers were built to protect the Atlantic Coast from German invasion during World War II.

Inspired by the history of the area, Baltimore-native...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 5:53pm

Bethany Beach Books author event to feature mother-daughter duo

Although “Daddy’s girl” may be the more common trope, there is something special about a mother-daughter relationship, especially when that relationship develops into a professional partnership.

Mother-daughter duo Lisa Scottoline and...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 5:52pm

Audrey and Frank Serio are part of the the top real estate team in the nation in volume, at $842.7 million.

Serios part of top team on national real estate list

Many consider living at the beach to be a dream come true. And Frank and Audrey Serio have made a long-running career of making such dreams come true, assisting people with buying and selling houses down the coastline from Lewes and Rehoboth...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 5:49pm

Applications available for low-income heating help

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Wilmington is now taking applications for Delaware households to qualify for a benefit from Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The federally-funded program assists low-income households with...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 5:47pm

Delaware State Fire School to host girls’ emergency services camp

On Aug. 10-12, the Delaware State Fire School will host 60 teenage girls, ages 13 to 17, from around the region who will gear up for the second annual Camp Fury Delaware. Camp Fury began 10 years ago in Tucson, Ariz., and was adopted last summer...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 5:41pm

Pancake breakfast to benefit upcoming CRASH Costa Rica mission trip

Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church will be hosting its final Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser of the season on Sunday, July 15, from 8 to 11 a.m. The $7 donation paid by attendees will benefit the CRASH Youth Ministry’s trip to Costa Rica from...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 5:39pm

Delaware Center for the Inland Bays hosting Decked Out party

On the evening of Thursday, Aug. 2, from 6 to 9 p.m., people can join Delaware Center for the Inland Bays staff and supporters for the 11th Annual Decked Out fundraiser, featuring friends, fun and food — and raising money to preserve, protect and...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 5:38pm

Coast Day Crab Cake Cook-Off entries due Aug. 10

Local cooks are being invited to enter their original crabcake recipes for an opportunity to compete in the 27th Crab Cake Cook-Off to take place at Coast Day, a family-friendly event that showcases how University of Delaware scientists and...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 5:37pm

Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral scheduled for Monday, Sept. 3

A group of local residents are preparing to celebrate what they said they believe will be “one of the best summer seasons ever” with their annual end-of-season “fun” event. Locals and summer residents celebrate the end of the Bethany Beach summer...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 5:36pm

Over Time will play at Ocean View’s John West Park on Friday, July 13.

Over Time to play the pavilion in John West Park

Rock-and-roll lovers can head to Ocean View’s John West Park this Friday, as local band Over Time will be performing as part of the Town’s annual summer Concerts in the Park.

“We’re hoping for a nice evening,” said Ocean View Town Clerk...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 5:35pm

Big Foot was the highlight during a Monster Truck event at Georgetown Speedway on Friday and Saturday night, July 6 and 7.

Monster Truck madness hits Georgetown

Monster Truck fans flocked to Georgetown Speedway last Friday and Saturday nights, July 6-7, for a chance to see the Monster Trucks and their drivers, who fans watch on television and in Hollywood movies.

Highlighting the show was the...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 2:37pm

Special Olympics gold medal-winner R.J. Franco shows off the prize after his win.

Ocean View man wins tennis gold in Special Olympics

Enjoyed by millions of people as a leisure activity, tennis can be a lifetime sport for Special Olympics athletes.

More than 37,000 of the athletes participate worldwide, and can delight in and benefit from the sport even when not...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 2:35pm

Kim Royster demonstrates an exercise at South Bethany's new fitness area, while her husband and daughter, Mel and Tory, look on.

South Bethany opens outdoor fitness area

South Bethany visitors can now feel the burn in the shade. Outdoor exercise equipment was recently installed next to South Bethany Town Hall, open for public use.

The adult fitness area includes spots for push-ups, sit-ups, balance beam...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 2:32pm

A variety of eclectic contemporary pieces are displayed in this renovated home.

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour Sneak Peek No. 10

(Editor’s note: This is the last in a series of 10 previews of the homes that will be on display during the 27th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 25 and 26, from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.)

The owners of this home were...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 2:30pm

IRSD property tax rate nudges down 3 cents

Some Sussex County taxpayers will see a slight decrease in their property taxes this autumn.

Indian River School District property taxes will decrease by 3 cents, from $3.097 to $3.067 per $100 of assessed property value. (Sussex County...

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 2:22pm

The Town of Ocean View's new P&Z director Ken Cimino sits at his desk.

Ocean View welcomes Cimino as new P&Z director

If Ken Cimino’s name sounds familiar, that’s because many local residents have heard it over the last few years in connection to the Route 26 Mainline Improvements Project.

Now Cimino is taking on a new role — the Planning & Zoning...

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 2:20pm

Millsboro approves new budget, confirms same leadership

Millsboro Town Council members unanimously approved an $8.5 million budget for the 2019 fiscal year at their July 2 regular council meeting, and the Town appears to be fully intent on continuing their push for growth and quality-of-life...

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 2:17pm

Construction appears back on track at the site of a future restaurant and office/retail space on Route 26.

Archut developer addresses stormwater issues, installs controls

With heavy rainfall this spring, many saw the effects of Mother Nature, with fields flooding and swales overflowing.

Such was the case with the property of C.J. Pines in Ocean View. The 3.37-acre property, located at 83 Atlantic Avenue (...

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 2:16pm

Budget, water plant woes plague Frankford town council

The Frankford Town Council will hold several meetings in the coming weeks to address the Town’s 2019 budget, while also continuing to work toward hiring a new town solicitor.

At its Monday, July 2, meeting, the council set dates for two...

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 2:15pm

Flooding, sea-level rise could impact real estate value

For all its charm and beauty, Delaware was dealt a double whammy with its geology: not only is the First State bordered by a rising sea, the landmass is also slowly settling downward into the ocean. That’s why sea-level rise rates in the state...

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 2:14pm

County discusses farm use and ag activity in its code

The Sussex County Council is looking to “clarify” farm use and agricultural activity in its code, following a long discussion on June 24.

Assistant County Attorney Vince Robertson presented information on the issue to council at the...

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 2:14pm

Coin collectors set to des‘cent’ on Millsboro this Saturday

Time travel may be impossible, but there are other methods to visit the past. One way is through artifacts, such as coins.

Coins from various countries and eras, circa 500 B.C.to 2015, will be exhibited during the annual South Delaware...

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 2:13pm

Dagsboro resident Davis seeking office as treasurer

Dagsboro resident Colleen Davis has filed to run for state treasurer, as a Democrat. Davis, 38, grew up in Sussex County and returned two years ago with her family.

“I’ve been involved in a lot of humanitarian efforts of different kinds....

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 2:01pm

Arlett to host veterans’ town hall forum in Selbyville

All are welcome to attend a free veterans’ town hall-style meeting to discuss current issues, including healthcare and other vet topics. The forum will be held Tuesday, July 10, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) at the Selbyville fire...

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 2:01pm