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Department of the Interior gets earful on drilling

By Laura Walter
Staff Reporter

 

If Florida gets a special meeting with the federal government, why shouldn’t Delaware?

That was Gov. John Carney’s essential message in January when Florida’s special meeting with the U.S...

Friday, June 8, 2018 - 6:29pm

Millsboro starts approval process to add Taco Bell to the menu

Add another option for the fast-food connoisseur dining in Millsboro.

Millsboro Town Council members voted unanimously on Monday, June 4, to approve preliminary site plans for a new Taco Bell restaurant in the Peninsula Crossing Shopping...

Friday, June 8, 2018 - 6:28pm

Frankford council cuts ties with town solicitor

The Frankford Town Council confirmed at its Monday, June 4, meeting that it has terminated the employment of its town solicitor.

Responding to a question from resident Jerry Smith, Council President Joanne Bacon said the council had voted...

Friday, June 8, 2018 - 6:26pm

Sussex County Counclman Rob Arlett is running for U.S. Senate.

Arlett throwing his hat into the U.S. Senate ring

While the end of his term on the Sussex County Council is nearing an end, District 5 Councilman Rob Arlett has no plans to leave public service.

In April, Arlett —a registered Republican — officially announced his bid for U.S. Senate....

Friday, June 8, 2018 - 6:24pm

Sussex County teams with state agencies to address littering

Sussex County will now be working with the Delaware Department of Corrections (DOC) and Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) to ensure that county roadways are cleaner.

In May of 2017, Michael Costello, government affairs manager...

Friday, June 8, 2018 - 6:22pm

State hears parent concerns in new anti-discrimination Reg. 225

After receiving more than 11,000 public comments on a proposed anti-discrimination Regulation 225 in late 2017, the Delaware Department of Education has rewritten and shortened the proposal to include more parental notice and fewer school...

Friday, June 8, 2018 - 6:21pm

Indian River High School graduate Helen Davis will be attending the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy starting later this summer.

Davis training for a life on the sea

By Maria Counts
Staff Reporter

 

While many 18-year-olds are spending their summer vacation working in local businesses, in between trips to the beach, Helen Davis is spending precious time with family… and working out.

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Friday, June 8, 2018 - 6:14pm

Kelly Namorato is the fourth- and fifth-grade ILC teacher at Phillip C. Showell Elementary. Showell’s Teacher of the Year for 2018, she starts each day with a morning meeting in which she passes around this giant ‘knot ball’ signifying that the holder can say whatever is on his or her mind.

Namorato gets the ball rolling for ILC students

Kelly Namorato starts each school day with her 14 students by allowing the fourth- and fifth-graders in her class to check in with each other. The tool she uses to “get the ball rolling” for the school day is, literally, a ball.

She uses a...

Friday, June 8, 2018 - 6:10pm

Sam Riggins and Thomas Blackiston sit in front of all the items donated to Kind to Kids.

IR students get free ride with Give Back scholarship

Thomas Blackiston is a rising senior at Indian River High School, and Sam Riggins is a rising junior at Indian River High School. When each was in the ninth grade, they and about five other Indian River students learned they were the lucky...

Friday, June 8, 2018 - 6:08pm

With comp plan update on tap, Millville encourages involvement

If people are concerned or unsure about how Millville Town Hall is run, “Come in here, folks, and talk to us,” said Town Manager Debbie Botchie.

The Millville Town Council spent most of their May 22 workshop discussing the broad subject of...

Friday, June 8, 2018 - 6:06pm

Students from the Indian River High School Class of 2018 enjoy the happenings at their graduation ceremony on Tuesday, May 29.

‘Don’t stop here, Class of 2018’

Graduation sends 180 IRHS students into the world

Look out, world. The Class of 2018 is coming for you.

A weekend of torrential thunderstorms, followed by a morning fog and power outages cleared into a perfect spring night, just in time for Indian River High School’s graduation on Tuesday...

Friday, June 1, 2018 - 3:32pm

Public reminded to stay vigilant on roads after tragedies

On Saturday, May 26, a little after 10 a.m., 76-year-old Alfred Yergey III of Ocean View was riding his bicycle eastbound in the bike lane on Atlantic Avenue (Route 26), approaching Central Avenue in Ocean View.

At the same time, 65-year-...

Friday, June 1, 2018 - 3:31pm

South Bethany voters pick Saxton for mayor

Callaway, Boteler, Schrader win council seats

Although they’re all familiar faces, South Bethany’s town council got a shake-up in the 2018 elections held on Saturday, May 26.

Councilman Tim Saxton defeated incumbent Mayor Patricia “Pat” Voveris, 388-238, to claim the mayor’s seat....

Friday, June 1, 2018 - 3:29pm

Civilians taught how to respond in life-threatening situations

In the hopes of having community members better prepared if a “God-forbid”-type of scenario was to one day become a reality, the Ocean View Police Department held CRASE — Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events — training last month, with the...

Friday, June 1, 2018 - 2:27pm

Strawberry Festival returning to Indian River Senior Center

Strawberries have always been a big crop in the area, and tipping their hats to that agricultural history, the Indian River Senior Center will be hosting its annual Strawberry Festival next weekend.

The festival on Saturday, June 2, from 8...

Friday, June 1, 2018 - 2:04pm

Ocean View seeking new director of planning, zoning, development

The Town of Ocean View is currently seeking applicants for its newly reconfigured position of director of planning, zoning and development. The Town has not had an administrative official filling a similar position since the resignation of the...

Friday, June 1, 2018 - 2:02pm

Selbyville discusses local health, police and road repair

Just 10 miles south of Selbyville, inside the Maryland border, Atlantic General Hospital is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

At the Selbyville Town Council’s May 7 meeting, Mayor Clifton Murray called the hospital an asset. He said he...

Friday, June 1, 2018 - 2:01pm

Court sets May 30 deadline for Fairway Village plaintiffs to pay bond

Chancery Court Vice-Chancellor Joseph Slights III on Tuesday, May 22, ordered that unless a $354,858 bond was posted within five business days by the Concerned Citizens of Fairway Village and 36 Builders Inc. — plaintiffs in cases seeking to...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 3:43pm

S. Bethany candidates address the voters before election

South Bethany voters will get to choose their leadership in the town council and mayoral elections set for Saturday, May 26. Polls will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. as the people choose their mayor and fill three council seats.

All six...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 3:41pm

Members of the National Guard set up flags at Lord Baltimore Elementary School for this weekend’s ceremony.

Southern Sussex Rotary honoring fallen heroes

This Monday marks Memorial Day, a day to honor Americans who fell while serving their country in the armed services. To commemorate their ultimate sacrifice, the Southern Sussex Rotary will be holding a ceremony on Saturday, May 26, at 1 p.m. on...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 3:38pm

Coast Guard warns of new boating route at inlet

Boaters beware: Winter storms and ice have re-sculpted the seabed of the Indian River Bay. That means the U.S. Coast Guard has significantly changed the buoy configuration for boaters approaching the Indian River Inlet.

“It is a new...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 3:35pm

National company looks to acquire Route 54 mobile-home park

Private property owners generally have the right to sell their land. But what happens when hundreds of homes are located there?

After half a century, the Gray family is looking to sell the Shady Park mobile home park, just west of Fenwick...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 3:34pm

Professor bringing tales of WWII female spies to Bethany Beach

Women were long prevented from holding combat roles in the U.S. armed forces. But they’ve long helped in military affairs, even behind enemy lines. Audiences will hear the story of “The Lady Was a Spy: Female Operatives in World War II” on...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 3:26pm

A day of honor brings with it a weekend of fun

Memorial Day weekend is here, and with it comes a chance to honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Of course, it has also become the unofficial start to summer, which in these parts means getting some beach time in,...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 3:25pm

Boy Scout Troop 281 did some clean-up work at Ocean View Historical Society’s Hall’s Store Visitors Center earlier this month.

Fun & Feasting in the Garden to benefit OVHS

With Memorial Day weekend having arrived, the Ocean View Historical Society will be hosting a garden party to kick off the start of summer.

“I really felt as though the historical society needed some exposure,” said Anne Powell, an OVHS...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 3:24pm

This rolling pin by Tall Oaks Trading Co., owned and operated by woodworker Gary Stewart, is representative of the kinds of items he will sell at the Artisan’s Fair on May 28.

Artisan’s Fair to kick off summer season at Lord Balitmore Elementary

Gary Stewart, a Millsboro woodworker, will be at the Artisan’s Fair Saturday, May 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. On a recent afternoon, however, he was out working in his Tall Oaks Trading Co. wood shop.

Stewart, who taught carpentry at Sussex...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 3:22pm

Radishes fresh from the farm are on display at a local farmers’ markets.

Savor the flavor of Delmarva

Farmers’ markets rev up for the 2018 season

With the Delmarva Peninsula bursting into bloom, it’s time to start thinking about the fresh produce local farmers will be selling.

Besides shopping the roadside stands, people can browse weekly farmers’ markets across rural Delaware,...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 3:12pm

High-speed Internet on its way to under-served areas of Sussex

Life may be getting easier for Sussex County residents who have had trouble acquiring Internet service, as the Sussex County Council announced this week a partnership with wireless Internet service providers BridgeMaxx, Bloosurf, Nuvisions/Broad...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 3:08pm

Poseidon Festival ushering in summer season in Bethany

Memorial Day ceremony set for Monday on the boardwalk

With a new timeframe and new events, the Town of Bethany Beach is bringing a fresh perspective to its annual Poseidon Festival.

This year’s festival will be held over the Memorial Day weekend, starting Friday, May 25, with a concert on the...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 2:29pm

Fenwick officials excited for sidewalks, town anniversary

A town known for its beaches, Fenwick Island will celebrate its blue sapphire anniversary this year. The municipality was incorporated on July 8, 1953, so a major celebration is being planned for its 65th anniversary.

Everyone is being...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 2:28pm

State Rep. Rich Collins speaks with constituents.

Coffee meeting explores legalizing pot, helping non-profit agencies

The future of funding to assist non-profit agencies serving the community was a focus of state Rep. Rich Collins’ latest monthly constituent coffee meeting held at the Indian River Senior Center in Millsboro.

Last year, as part of an...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 2:24pm

South Bethany council to release portions of police policy reports

The South Bethany Town Council addressed two long-standing issues with its police department at its Friday, May 11, meeting.

Following an executive session that lasted more than an hour, the council voted to release the results of two...

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 1:40pm

Members of the Salt Air Gardeners work on a rain garden at the Indian River Life-Saving Station last week.

Improving the community, one flower at a time

Although the Salt Air Gardeners of Bay Forest have only been in existence since late 2016, they’re already making a big impact in their local community.

Last year, the club began a multi-phase improvement project at the Indian River Life-...

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 1:38pm

Parking permit season has officially arrived

Much like Julius Caesar would dread the Ides of March, local drivers start grumbling at the Ides of May.

Parking permits and meter requirements went into effect on May 15 in local beach towns, in a seasonal event that runs until Sept. 15...

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 1:38pm

South Bethany candidates make their cases to voters

Two candidates for mayor and four candidates for three town council seats gave residents at the Friday, May 11, South Bethany Town Council meeting a snapshot of their hopes for the Town during a candidates’ forum.

The mayoral candidates...

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 1:33pm

WW IIunes bringing patriotic music to Bethany library

The WW IIunes are definitely all about music from the World War II era.

The foursome, set to perform at the South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach on Wednesday, May 23, ahead of Memorial Day, have been playing music from the early to mid-...

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 1:31pm

Indian River High School students and IRHS Leo club members Hannah Gentry, Ashley Morales and Hailey Hudson pose for a photo in the school.

IRHS Leo Club members volunteer at community events

Indian River High School’s Leo Club has had 188 members during the 2017-2018 school year, with 99 of them being newly inducted members.

In order to be considered an active member, each student is required to volunteer in at least two...

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 12:07pm

IRHS students named to school’s honor roll

Indian River High School recently announced its honor roll students for the third marking period in the 2017-2018 school year. Students receiving High Honors were:

• Seniors Jessica Beaston, Peyton Beebe, Delaney Brannon, Ryan Burbridge,...

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 12:05pm

Annual 5K, 2-miler to benefit Justin’s Beach House

The 2018 Justin’s Beach House Memorial Day Weekend 5K Run & 2-Mile Walk is right around the corner. Scheduled for Saturday, May 26, beginning at 7:15 a.m. in Bethany Beach, the event is held annually to help provide families with cancer a...

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 11:46am

Cameron and Lisa Travalini enjoy time together during her tour of the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt.

Tiger mom: Millville mother joins son on aircraft carrier

When Cameron Travalini was deployed with the U.S. Navy on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt, his mom, Lisa Travalini, worried.

That’s what moms do.

After all, she knew there was always the possibility that the Roosevelt...

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 5:20pm

OVPD high-speed pursuit ends in arrest

On the evening of Tuesday, May 8, around 8:05 p.m., an Ocean View police officer attempted to stop a 2015 Ford Mustang after a check of the vehicle’s tags showed it was flagged in Pennsylvania as an uninsured motor vehicle.

“When we tried...

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 5:17pm

IRSD voters choose school board incumbents

The Indian River School District’s Board of Education will keep the same lineup for 2018 to 2019. Three incumbents kept their seats in the May 8 elections, according to unofficial results from the Delaware Department of Elections’ Sussex County...

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 5:16pm

Millville shooting ban still allows for hunting

The Millville Town Council has unanimously approved a shooting ban inside town limits, but assuaged the concerns of some by making allowances for hunting.

No one may fire any firearm, air gun, bow and arrow, slingshot or “any weapon...

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 5:15pm

OVPD to host active shooter response training for civilians

With acts of violence seeming to take center stage both nationally and globally, the Ocean View Police Department is working to make citizens feel safer in their community.

With that in mind, the department will be hosting CRASE — Civilian...

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 5:14pm

Theft arrests net suspects in theft from Millsboro senior

The Delaware State Police this week arrested four suspects in connection with multiple crimes, including thefts from vehicles.

Police said the suspects — identified as Brian H. Davis, 28, of Rehoboth Beach, Brittani N. Pate, 24, of Dover,...

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 5:13pm

Wheatley files to run for 21st district Senate seat

Laurel businessman Bob Wheatley has filed to run for the 21st District Senate seat, which includes the towns of Blades, Delmar, Laurel and Seaford, and surrounding areas.Describing himself as a fiscal conservative, Wheatley is a long-time member...

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 5:12pm

‘Art in the Park’ tea to benefit Hope Center

On Saturday, May 12, the fellowship hall at Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church will be transformed into “Art in the Park” for a very special afternoon tea.

The event is a fundraiser for the church’s planned Hope Center, a community-...

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 5:01pm

The Delaware Botanical Gardens held a ‘Sip & Saunter’ event on Friday, May 4. Right, DBG designer Piet Oudolf goes over the garden’s plans during the event.

Botanic gardens celebrates Meadow planting with designer, dignitaries

On May 3-4, internationally renowned Dutch garden designer Piet Oudolf landed near Dagsboro, at the new Delaware Botanic Gardens (DBG). He was in Delaware to supervise the gardens’ 100 volunteers planting nearly 18,000 new native perennials in...

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 4:55pm

Michele Wright and Joe Harmon look over a guest book from the Rosedale Beach Hotel & Resort from the late 1960s during a Nanticoke Elders Gathering on April 28 at the Nanticoke Indian Center in Millsboro.

Nanticoke elders tell stories of Rosedale Beach

For much of the 20th century, the Rosedale Beach Hotel was a popular resort and gathering place on the banks of the Indian River Bay near Millsboro.

Nothing remains of the hotel now, although a state historical site marker tells a bit of...

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 4:53pm

Charles Armstrong was recently promoted to the position of executive chef at Catch 54, one of SoDel Concepts’ 10 restaurants in coastal Delaware.

SoDel Concepts promotes Armstrong to executive chef at Catch 54

Scott Kammerer, president of SoDel Concepts, recently announced the promotion of Charles Armstrong to the position of executive chef at Catch 54 near Fenwick Island, one of the hospitality group’s 10 restaurants.

“Charles is one of our...

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 4:00pm