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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

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

Reynolds

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