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First-responders recognized during annual EMS awards banquet

Sussex County first-responders and healthcare professionals were recently recognized during the annual Sussex County Emergency Services banquet hosted by the Blades Fire Company.

The annual banquet, sponsored by the Sussex County Paramedic...

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 1:59pm

Bill McGowan, a community development consultant, discusses the vast size and different personalities of Sussex County at South Coastal Library as part of the 38th District Democratic Committee’s ‘Lower Sussex Conversations’ series.

Talking Sussex

Bill McGowan may be a native Delawarean, but having grown up in Wilmington and moved to Sussex County in 1980, he’s still considered a “brung here” — having moved to the areas for a job.

McGowan — now a community development consultant —...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 4:16pm

IR school board candidates have their final say

Residents get to help decide the future of the Indian River School District this month, as the IRSD school board election will be held Tuesday, May 8, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Only two of the district’s five geographic voting districts have...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 4:13pm

South Bethany to consider releasing police reports

In 2017, the Town of South Bethany paid thousands of dollars to have its police department and employment policies evaluated. The reports prompted the town council to change policies, police rankings and even the town charter.

Now, in 2018...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 4:12pm

Cannabis legalization advocates aim to break down stigma

Two women sat with a handful of others in the South Coastal Library on Monday, April 30, listening to pro-cannabis-legalization activists, and their perspectives could not be more different.

Both listened intently to the facts and figures...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 3:59pm

County denies Overbrook Town Center for a second time

The Sussex County Council this week voted to deny a change of zone application for a 114.4-acre parcel of land near Rehoboth Beach from AR-1 to CR-1, for the second time.

The application was filed by T.D. Rehoboth, originally for a...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 3:58pm

Breakfast to raise funds for Lighthouse Christian students

This weekend, people can celebrate Mother’s Day early while also helping raise scholarships funds for Lighthouse Christian School, at the annual Learning Assistance Program breakfast fundraiser.

“Basically, this allows help to families...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 3:55pm

LWVSC to host Begleiter for dinner discussion

Former CNN world affairs correspondent Ralph Begleiter will present “The Media in the Trump Era” at the League of Women Voters’ annual dinner meeting on May 21 from 5:30 to 8 p.m., at Fish On in Lewes. Members of the League are welcoming guests...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 3:54pm

Renovations starting at lighthouse keeper’s house

Hundreds of beach houses will be renovated for this summer, as happens every summer. But there’s one home renovation near Fenwick Island that will benefit everyone.

Next door to the Fenwick Island Lighthouse, the Delaware Division of...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 3:52pm

Eileen Uecker shows off  a hand-written thank-you card from the recipient of her Quilt of Valor.

Veteran receives gift from local Quilts of Valor group

By Maria Counts
Staff Reporter

While on a flight with a friend, Ocean View resident Eileen Uecker found a $100 bill in her seat.

“I reached in to pull the seatbelt across, and there was something in the slot there, and it...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 3:39pm

Bethany Beach to host Poseidon Festival on Memorial Day weekend

The 3rd Annual Poseidon Festival will take place over Memorial Day weekend, May 25-28. The Town of Bethany Beach will host four days of island-inspired entertainment at the bandstand and Bethany Beach Nature Center (807 Garfield Parkway) in an...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 3:35pm

Delaware to participate in National Level Exercise

A major hurricane makes landfall near Hampton Roads, Va., and continues on to cause severe damage to homes, businesses and critical infrastructure all through the Mid-Atlantic region, including Delaware. A nightmare scenario?

It is the...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 3:26pm

Former Indian River High School baseball coach Howard Smack leads the boys during an indoor practice in 2010.

Former IRHS teacher, coach receives kidney donation

There are more than 200,000 cases of kidney disease each year in the United States, according to medical professionals. Many times, those affected can live their lives with treatments and a change in lifestyle. However, there are those that have...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 2:55pm

DART offering weekend Beach Bus starting May 5

DART is starting its Beach Bus service early this season, providing weekend bus service on two of its popular bus routes for the first three weekends in May.

Starting Saturday, May 5, bus service will be available in the areas of downtown...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 2:32pm

Selbyville candidates seek IR school board seat

As the Indian River School District school board election approaches, two relative newcomers hope to represent the 5th voting district. Three of the school board’s 10 seats are up for election this year. The school board election will be Tuesday...

Friday, April 27, 2018 - 5:21pm

Ocean View citizens continue to speak out on taxes, access

While the agenda may have been brief, the Town of Ocean View had a substantial turnout for its reorganizational meeting on Tuesday, April 24, as town citizens took the opportunity to continue to voice their opinions to the town council regarding...

Friday, April 27, 2018 - 5:17pm

Millville seeks input on proposed hunting and shooting ban

Wouldn’t affect rights to own or carry firearms

It all started when a bullet landed where it shouldn’t have.

“We had an incident in Bishop’s Landing,” said Eric Evans, code and building official for the Town of Millville. “I don’t know how it happened, but the family woke up and found a...

Friday, April 27, 2018 - 5:06pm

No injuries reported in Mountaire roof fire

By Laura Walter

Staff Reporter


Although a structure fire is never good for the environment, Selbyville dodged a bullet when the Mountaire poultry processing plant there caught fire on Monday, April 23.

There were no...

Friday, April 27, 2018 - 4:52pm

‘Delaware Goes to War’ at Fort Miles open house on Saturday

Fort Miles Historical Area & Museum, located inside Cape Henlopen State Park near Lewes, will come alive on Saturday, April 28, with its “Delaware Goes to War” open house.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes a wide...

Friday, April 27, 2018 - 4:41pm

Playing at Dickens Theatre Parlour, in the foreground is Christopher Shearer, left, and Bryan Russo. Playing trumpet is Jim Miller and on harmonica is Big Mike Noyes.

Boys Called Susan crowdfunding their way to Nashville

What does a recovering journalist do when he’s worked so hard and been briefly at the top of the radio mountain, and then dropped like Old Yeller behind the woodshed, thanks to the economy and NPR cutbacks?

If he’s Bryan Russo, he puts all...

Friday, April 27, 2018 - 3:35pm

IRHS will send its first VEX Robotics team to worlds this month.

Battle of the bots

SMS and IR headed to world robotics competition

Robots are heading to Louisville, Ky., with their human masters close behind. Six teams will represent the Indian River School District in the 2018 VEX Robotics World Championship this month.

The district has made major strides in robotics...

Friday, April 27, 2018 - 3:16pm

Isabella Binko, above, drives past a Cape defender in IR’s come-from-behind win on Tuesday, April 24.

Indians come from behind to top Cape in girls’ soccer


This season has seen its fair share of ups and downs for the Indian River High School girls’ soccer team. Tuesday afternoon’s contest with visiting Cape Henlopen was a case in point.

The Indians came from behind to score four...

Friday, April 27, 2018 - 2:55pm

Bicyclists cross the Little Assawoman causeway in Fenwick Island back in 2013.

Ocean to Bay Bike Tour to pedal through area this weekend

The 29th Annual Ocean to Bay Bike Tour will take place this Saturday, April 28, and motorists are being advised to plan for road closures and delays for their commutes.

Sponsored by NV/Ryan Homes and organized by the Bethany-Fenwick Area...

Friday, April 27, 2018 - 2:33pm

Pickleball Points: RIP Harvey Hastings, and stay in touch

I periodically try to share the pickleball experiences of my friends, as well as my own.

Over the last three years, I have been active in every aspect of pickleball. But one responsibility I shirked was to make sure I stayed abreast of...

Friday, April 27, 2018 - 2:25pm

Jacki and Stephanie Fowler, one month after a kidney transplant.

Local families prepare for annual Kidney Walks in Lewes and Salisbury

As the ninth leading cause of death in the United States, kidney disease affects thousands of people in Delaware and their families, with roughly 2,175 currently on dialysis and more than 400 on the organ transplant waiting list. About 9,300...

Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 2:18pm

Behind the scenes

Guests can tour Delaware Botanic Gardens with famed designer

The future is growing in Dagsboro as the Delaware Botanic Gardens takes bloom.

People are being invited to a rare opportunity to visit the garden and meet world-renowned garden designer Piet Oudolf at a “Sip & Saunter” through the DBG’...

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 3:25pm


Ocean View voters choose Reynolds

The Ocean View Town Council will have a new face on its dais, as Fairway Village resident Berton Reynolds won the town’s annual council election. Reynolds beat out incumbent Carol Bodine for the Town’s District 4 council seat, with 237 votes to...

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 3:23pm

Two Millsboro women compete for school board seat

With Indian River School District School Board elections around the corner, two Millsboro women have thrown their hats into the ring to represent IRSD’s District 3.

Dana Probert and Leolga T. Wright are competing to serve the voting...

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 3:22pm

Meghan Kelly has filed to run against Rep. Ron Gray in the 38th Representative District electiom. Kelly resides in Dagsboro.

Kelly files to run for 38th District representative seat

Dagsboro resident Meghan Kelly is hoping to make a difference in her community via the halls of the state legislature, having filed to run in the 38th Representative District election.

Kelly filed in March for the seat, which is currently...

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 3:16pm

Bethany looks to regulate wireless antenna installation

It’s a topic with interest spreading across the state and the nation: How will municipalities deal with the coming proliferation of new wireless technology, including small-cell and 5G antennas. Will they turn streets into forests of antenna...

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 3:13pm

South Bethany to have election contests for mayor and council

South Bethany’s 2018 election could be a kind of musical chairs, as six candidates have filed for four seats, but everyone running is a familiar face.

Tim Saxton could cut his current town council term in half, having entered the mayoral...

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 3:12pm

Ocean View approves budget for upcoming fiscal year

The Ocean View Town Council this week approved a budget for the Town’s 2019 fiscal year that includes a 50 percent property tax increase.

During the monthly council meeting, council members noted that, as previously discussed, assessed...

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 10:42am

Ocean View to hold election on Saturday

The Town of Ocean View will hold its annual council election this Saturday, April 14, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at town hall.

Two candidates have registered for the District 4 position: incumbent Carol Bodine and resident Berton Reynolds....

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 10:40am

Springtime Jamboree supporting Millville fire company this weekend

Coastal Point • File Photo: Beth Ann Cahall and George Keen share a moment, and a laugh, at a previous Springtime Jamboree.For 36 years, the Hocker family has been organizing the Springtime Jamboree — two nights of country, Western and gospel...

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 10:34am

Freeman Stage announces more big names in second reveal

It’s time to play the music, it’s time to light the lights. The Freeman Stage has released “Volume 2” of their summer season lineup.

“This is going to be our biggest season yet. Get ready, because we are going to have 67 performances,”...

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 10:30am

Verizon considers new and replacement poles

Verizon Wireless is looking for public comments as it works to improve wireless service in coastal Sussex County. Both residents and police have lamented the at-times poor service near the Atlantic Ocean.

At this point, it appears that...

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 10:27am

Nate Mohler.

‘I want good music to keep going’

Mohler named IRHS Teacher of the Year

Nathan Mohler says the band was great when he came to Indian River High School. In the past four years, he has built upon that strong foundation, now being named IRHS Teacher of the Year for 2018-2019.

He considers himself a director and...

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 10:06am

CIB accuses agencies of poor enforcement on Mountaire violations

Coastal Point photo • Laura Walter: Delaware Center for the Inland Bays Executive Director Chris Bason shows Mountaire's proximity to Swan Creek, a tributary of the Indian River.Delaware may have lots of environmental regulations, but whether...

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 9:54am

County working to expand broadband internet to provide more access

The Sussex County Council this week unanimously approved a tower license agreement for wireless high-speed internet that would be aimed at incentivizing wireless service providers.

“We know to provide internet to our rural areas is not...

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 9:52am

IRHS Alumni hosting annual Beef ’n’ Brew

Wondering where all the cool kids will be this weekend? Apparently, quite a few of them will be at the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company fire hall for the Indian River Alumni Association’s Sixth Annual Beef ’n’ Brew event on Saturday, April 14,...

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 9:24am

Aerial applicators

Allen and Jeff Chorman“It is a generational thing — my dad sprayed for their dads, and now I am spraying for them,” explained Jeff Chorman. “It’s their livelihood out there in the fields, and we take care of it. I get satisfaction from that.”...

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 9:13am

Public swarms for $2 private well-water tests from DPH

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Residents who own private wells can purchase $2 water test kits from the state, as U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (left) learned from Kim Hicks, a unit manager of Community Health Services.Around the new year, many people in...

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 7:54am

Opening day for Lower Sussex Little League set for Saturday

Coastal Point • File Photo: The Tigers get their group photo taken during last year’s event.“Play ball!”

That’s what players, coaches, parents, and just about anyone associated with the Lower Sussex Little League program, will be hearing...

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 7:47am

Indian River baseball defeats Seaford 5-0

Coastal Point photos • Tyler Valliant: Mitch Megee sends a pitch to homeplate.Indian River High School used three pitchers to combine on a 5-0 shutout win against visiting Seaford on Tuesday afternoon, April 10. After two straight losses, the...

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 7:27am

Indians softball splits doubleheader, goes to 7-1

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Kayler Townsend and Savannah O’Shields high-five after a play in IR’s doubleheader vs. Wilmington Charter School and Smyrna. IR split the day, with a loss to Charter and a win over Smyrna.The Indian River High...

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 7:07am

Cordrey, Parks to play lacrosse for college teams

Coastal Point photos • Jason Feather: Indian River senior Mya Parks with family and coaches.It was a milestone occasion for two Indian River High School field hockey players Wednesday morning, as Kaleigh Cordrey and Mya Parks on April 11 signed...

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 6:47am

Indian River track-and-field topped at tri-meet

Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls Two Indians run a relay race during a unified tri-meet versus Caesar Rodney and Polytech. CR beat IR 52-5.On Tuesday, April 10, the Indian River High School varsity track-and-field teams invited Caesar...

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 6:26am

Troop 4 shares crime trends, protection from scams

Delaware State Police are trying to interact with their communities more often, and not just when something goes wrong.

Troop 4 officers chatted with neighbors at a casual “Community Café” event on March 27 at the Frankford Family Diner....

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 6:03am

Ocean View cuts costs, maintains proposed tax increase

The Town of Ocean View held a budget workshop earlier this week to review a fourth draft of its proposed Fiscal Year 2019 budget, at which time the council came to the consensus it would keep the proposed 50-percent tax increase in the proposed...

Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 10:46am

Emergency response: Public invited to active shooter trainings

One of the most horrifying “what if” scenarios has been careening through people’s minds for the past few years: what if an armed intruder terrorized my school, church or job?

Local first responders are teaching people how to defend...

Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 10:44am