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IR boys’ tennis coach pinch-serving for girls’ team

Coastal Point • File Photo: IR’s Maddie Galbreath returns a shot during her 6-0, 6-2 third-singles win against Sussex Central last year.The Indian River High School girls’ tennis team will be without their regular head coach for this season, but...

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 6:40am

Spencer steps up to lead IR boys’ lacrosse

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: The Indian River High School Boys’ Lacrosse team scrimmaged against the Cambridge-South Dorchester Vikings on Monday, March 19.A familiar face is taking over the helm for the 2018 Indian River High School boys’...

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 6:32am

Indians’ boys’ volleyball prepping for first season

Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: An Indian River volleyball player goes up for a spike during practice on Thursday, March 15.­Now that they have completed the politics of permitting boys to play spring volleyball at Indian River High...

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 6:13am

Georgetown Speedway marks its place in history

Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: Members of the Joseph family, track officials and representatives from the Delaware Public Archives unveiled a historic plaque on Saturday, March 17, in the rain.With hundreds of cars entered and more...

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 6:02am

Ocean View looks at 100 percent tax increase

The Ocean View Town Council has taken a hard look at its draft budget for the 2019 fiscal year and is now looking to raise the Town’s property taxes 100 percent.

At the Town’s budget workshop last month, council members voiced concerns...

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 11:37am

IRHS honors student walkout with planned moment of silence

Just after 10 a.m. on Wednesday morning, students at Indian River High School stood together, silent. They were invited to fill the hallways and memorialize their peers in Florida who were shot and killed exactly one month prior.

March 14...

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 11:23am

March for Our Lives rally planned for March 24 in Bethany Beach

While many aiming to put an end to mass school shootings will be marching in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, March 24, local advocates will also rally in Sussex County.

The March for Our Lives invites participants to “demand that their...

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 11:17am

Northern Ireland native telling musical ‘Inside Story’

When Gerry Timlin takes the stage at Dickens Parlour Theatre on Thursday, March 22, he aims to bring a bit of perspective, along with some history and music of his Irish homeland.

Timlin, now a resident of Bethany Beach, has been traveling...

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 11:16am

AGH expanding to meet updated community needs

Atlantic General Hospital is keeping its finger on the pulse of the area’s health, and as they embark on a major expansion, those plans aim to meet the area’s changing health needs. The Sussex County Council received its annual update from AGH...

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 11:09am

Freeman Stage reveals first part of summer lineup

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Patti Grimes, left, and Michelle Freeman were in a celebratory mood following the release of the first part of this season’s Freeman Stage schedule.Either the Freeman Stage has too much of a good thing to share it...

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 10:58am

Valor Award nominee Bare recounts dog attack

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Dagsboro Police Department PFC Tyler Bare was recognized last month with a Joshua M. Freeman Valor Award for his efforts in helping to save a Delaware animal-control officer who was being attacked by a dog.On June...

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 10:49am

IRHS has comedy, jazz and a villain in ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: The girls beg ‘Jimmy Smith’ to take them to a speakeasy in ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie.’ Pictured, from left, are: Savannah Padgett, Logan Reese, Peyton Beebe, Logan Smith, Vanesssa Fabela and Giulianna Check-Guzman....

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 10:31am

Selbyville officials: Mountaire wouldn’t dig test well

Selbyville residents recently asked if water is a concern around the town’s Mountaire poultry processing plant. After all, the company’s Millsboro plant’s wastewater treatment irrigation system malfunctioned, spraying untreated nitrates, fecal...

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 10:07am

IRSD honors the best of special educators

Coastal Point • Submitted: For their dedication to students with special needs, IRSD named its 2018 Special Education Ambassadors, including educators, a police officer and an entire cafeteria staff.This year, about one in six students in the...

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 9:31am

Douds helps state park with Eagle Scout project

Coastal Point • Submitted: Indian River High School sophomore Will Douds earned his Eagle Scout rank by working on this project at the Holts Landing State Park. He helped design a sign for the state park, and had trees planted in front of the...

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 9:25am

Council, mayoral candidates sought in South Bethany for May election

Four town council seats are up for election in South Bethany this year, and candidates may now register to run for the three council seats and the mayor’s seat, which has a separate election in the town. The candidate registration deadline is...

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 8:50am

Sussex County native honored at Oscars for civil-rights work

Coastal Point • Submitted: Bryan Stevenson and his sister Christy Taylor appear at a book signing for ‘Just Mercy.’For a brief moment on Sunday, March 4, Bryan Stevenson of Milton could be seen on stage at the Oscars.

He was standing...

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 8:37am

Drug-use disorder awareness panel to be hosted by LB Lions

Last year, 308 people in Delaware lost their lives due to a drug overdose. As of February, there had been 24 overdose deaths already in 2018.

To help bring attention to the epidemic that has swept the nation and affected Delaware greatly,...

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 9:25am

Public has last chance to comment on ocean oil drilling

Anyone who has an opinion on seismic testing or oil drilling in the Atlantic Ocean should say something now.

Friday, March 9, is the deadline for comments to the Bureau of Energy Management (BOEM), which the White House instructed to...

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 9:17am

Art meets local history in Selbyville mural

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Delaware Secretary of Education Susan Bunting, a Selbyville native, stands with artist John Donato at the mural ribbon-cutting celebration at Phillip C. Showell Elementary School on Wednesday, March 7.Phillip C....

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 9:17am

Highmark donates $325,000 to programs fighting epidemic

Last week, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware announced four grants totalling $325,000 to four community organizations working to fight the opioid epidemic.

“All of us have been touched in some way by this epidemic,” said Tim...

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 9:08am

CIC Ombudsman a landing pad for HOA drama

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Ombudsman Christopher Curtain addresses people at a March 1 meeting in the Roxana fire hall.People sometimes learn the hard way that local government has little interest or oversight in homeowner and condo...

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 9:01am

Botanic gardens looks to complete meadow plantings

Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted: Volunteers work on the Meadow Garden in September 2017.Despite the late-winter dreariness, there is hope in the air — and in the ground.

As the first day of spring approaches, green tips and early...

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 8:46am

Frankford officials aim to revive charter committee

The Frankford Town Council announced this week that they are seeking people to serve on a revived Charter Committee.

“It’s important we get the changes made we want,” said Council President Joanne Bacon.

Councilman Greg Welch said...

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 8:40am

Ocean View to hold council election

The Town of Ocean View will have a town council election this spring, as two people have filed to serve on the council, representing District 4.

Incumbent Carol Bodine has filed to retain her seat, while resident Berton Reynolds has also...

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 8:38am

Indian River school board gears up for 2018 elections

Six candidates have filed for three positions on the Indian River School District’s Board of Education. The 2018 election will be held on Tuesday, May 8. One candidate will be seated from each of the three IRSD voting districts up for election...

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 8:32am

DelDOT budget highlights Route 113 intersections, Route 24 improvements

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Planning roads is no small task, and the Delaware Department of Transportation is currently working to finalize its six-year budget plan with a number of projects proposed.

This autumn, the public has been invited to review DelDOT’s...

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 8:33am

Public voices support for Sussex sports complex

A slew of individuals attended the Sussex County Council meeting on Oct. 10 to voice their support for a proposed sports complex in Georgetown.

Last month, the Sussex Sports Center Foundation requested that Sussex County financially...

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 8:31am

Fenwick fatality underscores pedestrian safety concerns

Police and government leaders throughout the area are trying to keep pedestrians from ending up on the wrong side of a car accident, and an incident this week underscored the need for the problem to be addressed.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 8:26am

The Parsons Farms Fall Festival is an annual celebration of all things autumn.

Fall fun abounds as festival season hits full bloom

It’s fall — and there’s a lot more to the season than “pumpkin spice everything.” From craft fairs to costume contests, from barbecue competitions to bike shows, there are just about as many events as there are leaves...

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 8:19am

‘It takes community uproar ... to get things done’

Police talk crime and drug prevention

As people nationwide worry more about the impact of heroin on their families and communities, local police held two public meetings to discuss the problem and actions that residents can take.

On Sept. 28, Salem U....

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 8:09am

Ocean View gives historical society the go-ahead

The Ocean View Historical Society on Tuesday, Oct. 10, was given the go-head by the Ocean View Town Council for its future education building, to be called Hall’s Store.

The building would be located on the society’s complex at 39 Central...

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 8:08am

Every fish, shrimp and whale has special meaning and a positive message on this mural painted by students with help from John Donato.

Therapy in a paintbrush

Carver Academy unveils new murals

For some kids, it was an excuse to leave class. For others, it was a chance to paint past a bad day and inspire others having a tough time.

George Washington Carver Academy unveiled five murals this month...

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 7:42am

Grass Roots Rescue to hold fundraiser for veterans

In an effort to support Delaware military veterans, local animal rescue group Grass Roots Rescue this weekend is hosting 4 Paws Got Your 6, in the hopes of raising money to train a service dog.

“We’ve always had...

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 7:39am

Frankford decides against police department merger

In the wake of the departure of its police chief — its sole police officer — over the summer, Frankford officials and residents early this week continued to wrestle with how best to maintain an acceptable level of public safety in the town. But...

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 8:36am

Neighbors fight against Oakwood Homes applications

More than a dozen residents of Hoot Owl Lane near Dagsboro came out to a Sussex County Board of Adjustment meeting on Oct. 2 to voice their opposition to a special-use exception application filed by Oakwood Homes.

The company was seeking a...

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 8:35am

County introduces update to special-events ordinance

The Sussex County Council at its Tuesday council meeting introduced a draft ordinance related to special events.

Assistant County Attorney Vince Robertson said most of the draft ordinance remains the same as the existing ordinance. Those...

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 8:33am

Artisan Festival the apple of crafters’ and pie-lovers’ eyes

It’s Columbus Day weekend, and for the past 10 years, that has brought dozens of local artists together under one roof, at the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company’s Artisan Festival.

In celebration of that anniversary — and because, well...

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 8:26am

Tour to offer a peek inside historic homes of Ocean View

The Ocean View Historical Society is giving residents and visitors the unique opportunity to get an inside look at some of the most historic homes in Ocean View on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“This will be a one-of-a-kind tour...

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 8:20am

Bethany to gather opinions on proposed tent, canopy bans

Having spent the summer observing beachgoers on the town’s shoreline, Bethany Beach officials are now ready to further consider the notion of restricting the types of shade devices beachgoers can use there.

This spring, following on the...

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 7:04am

A journey in the pages of a book

This summer, a basic picture book inspired sixth-grader Molly Amerling to write about refugee families. Now, she’s the first Sussex Countian to represent Delaware in the “A Book That Shaped Me” essay contest.

Sponsored by the Library of...

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 6:44am

Frankford Fall Festival to feature costume contest, games and more

Envision Frankford is planning the town’s annual Fall Festival for Saturday, Oct. 28. The fun-filled day will feature a costume contest, parade, games and more.

The costume contest will start the festivities at 11 a.m., with registration...

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 5:57am

Muscle cars will be on display at Selbyville luau

A luau in October? Why not?

To celebrate the grand opening of their muscle-car showroom, the Speed Shop in Selbyville will host a luau-themed ribbon-cutting party on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“If you are into classic...

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 5:54am

Trustee spouses denied vote as Fenwick ends voter discussion

Fenwick Island election laws will not change significantly anytime soon. The town council has decided not to extend voting rights to anyone married to individuals who own their property in trusts.

In August, the council put the brakes on a...

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 7:59am

Sports center asks County for support

Members of the Sussex Sports Center Foundation this week requested that Sussex County financially support their endeavor at the Sussex County Council meeting on Sept. 26, giving a presentation on the project to the council.

The foundation...

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 7:57am

IRSD high schools consider cell phones in the classroom

Is there any cell phone service in the science lab? How about the cafeteria?

If most high-schoolers are already carrying what are essentially mini-computers in their pockets each day, then Indian River School District might take advantage...

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 7:55am

Selbyville discusses sewage success, County upgrades

Selbyville is a small town with a healthy utilities business. In fact, money from the municipality’s sewer and water customers often pays for other Town operating expenses.

During a positive financial audit report, auditor Leslie Michalik...

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 7:53am

Millville considers reducing taxes for annexation

Millville’s growing, and town officials are looking to attract even more development, so the town council is considering reducing taxes for new properties that annex into town.

The move started as part of an enticement package to encourage...

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 7:45am

Historical society variances approved by Ocean View BoA

The Ocean View Historical Society is one step closer to building its replica Hall’s Store — what will serve as the group’s main hub at its historic complex located at 39 Central Avenue.

To move the project ahead, the society sought from...

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 7:39am

Former CIA director offers his take on current events

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Former CIA director John E. McLaughlin discussed national security issues, and had a bit of fun, at Dickens Parlour Theatre on Thursday, Sept. 21.Former director of the Central Intelligence Agency John E....

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 7:30am