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Police volunteer Bill Wichmann, 81, chats with Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin during a recent shift.

Volunteers step in to help

OVPD bolstered by roster of volunteers

Among the seven volunteers at the Ocean View Police Department, the joke is that one task is of utmost importance: keeping the coffee fresh and the pot on.

“If we run out of coffee, don’t bother coming back. Whatever the chief likes,...

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 11:52am

Mountaire tries new plan to improve traffic, runoff in Selbyville

Mountaire Farms has simplified its plans to get chicken trucks at its Selbyville plant out of the rain.

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control (DNREC) is pushing Mountaire to reduce chicken waste and...

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 11:50am

Fenwick candidates speak to the issues at FISH forum

The slate of six candidates vying for four spots on the Fenwick Town Council in next month’s election include a mix of incumbents and former council members, as well as two newcomers.

The candidates, Mitchell “Mike” Houser, Eugene Langan,...

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 11:49am

Beebe, Bayhealth look to add emergency departments

Officials at both Bayhealth and Beebe Healthcare are waiting for the July 25 decision by Delaware’s Health Resources Board to approve or deny applications from each to build freestanding emergency departments within a few miles of each other....

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 11:48am

South Bethany to move bike racks at property owners’ request

As part of a short-term effort to address persistent problems with bicycle parking, the Town of South Bethany will be adding bicycle racks on North 6th Street and on South 6th Street.

While they had been hoping another idea would be a...

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 11:47am

Jonathan N.H. Street of Becker Morgan Group represented Royal Farms at their presentation in front of the Dagsboro Town Council on Monday, July 15.

Dagsboro council gives final approval to Royal Farms

After a presentation of nearly 20 minutes, with several questions from council members, the new Royal Farms project received a conditional green light to begin construction at the Route 113/Clayton Street site.

The conditional approval was...

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 11:46am

Frankford library to teach kindergarten readiness in August

Families rounding their final summer before kindergarten can breathe a little easier. The Frankford Public Library is hosting a kindergarten readiness program to help kids and parents face the unknown.

The K-Club will meet for four weeks,...

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 11:45am

Millsboro bypass design work, survey getting started

Preliminary design and the field survey are now under way for the $85 million bypass that will take traffic from Route 113 north, around Millsboro, to Route 24 east.

Construction is set to begin in the 2023 fiscal year on the new connector...

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 11:44am

From left, Dagsboro Police Chief Floyd Toomey, Mayor Brian Baull and LCpl. Nicholas Disciullo, following the Town presenting a merit award to Disciullo at the July 15 council meeting.

Dagsboro honors officer, names new police chief

The Dagsboro Police Department’s LCpl. Nicholas Disciullo received a merit award, and the council decided on the Town’s next chief of police, at the Dagsboro Town Council meeting on July 15.

Disciullo was recognized after making an arrest...

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 11:43am

Beebe sees surge in serious bicycle crash injuries

Physicians urge community to follow safety procedures this summer season

 

This year, Beebe Healthcare’s Emergency Department has treated more than double the amount of trauma patients involved in bicycle accidents compared to this...

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 11:02am

Plans under way for Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral

To help make the switch from summer to fall a little more palatable, locals and summer residents celebrate the end of the Bethany Beach summer resort season with their annual Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral, to be held this year on Labor Day, Monday,...

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 11:01am

Agenda

Bethany Beach

• The Bethany Beach Town Council will meet at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 19, at town hall. The agenda for the meeting includes: discussion, consideration and a possible vote on a contract submitted by Core and Main for the...

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 10:44am

Test Pilot Capt. Ted Freeman boards his USA Faircraft.

Afterglow: The Ted Freeman story

In a story about a street sign named after John J. Williams, Lewes native and author Bill Newcott concluded with a brief mention of Ted Freeman as an “honest to goodness local hero.”

As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon...

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 10:19am

The Lower Sussex Little League team celebrates it’s victory as the District 3 champions.

Postseason softball, baseball action as hot as the weather

LSLL Minors softball in state championship game

 

The Lower Sussex Minor League softball team has certainly been as hot as the weather these past couple of weeks.

Fresh off a 15-5 thumping of Millsboro in the District 3...

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 10:09am

Hannah Lydic poses in front of The Den at Bear Trap Dunes.

Ocean View’s Lydic earns opportunity to play Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach — the golf course in California known throughout the golfing world — is one of the holy-grail spots on any golfer’s bucket list. Golfers young and old dream of one day being able to play the links that have been rated as one of the...

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 9:51am

CHEER Beach Day returns after hiatus

Plans are progressing for the return of CHEER’s Beach Day in Rehoboth on Tuesday, Sept. 24, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. All activities are free to the public.

There will be a Health Fair at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center from 10 a.m....

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 9:45am

Home 1 — The Bora Bora House

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour opens local homes to public this week

The Friends of the South Coastal Library’s major annual fundraiser, the Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, directly benefits the South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach and is almost here. The tour will take place Wednesday, July 24, and Thursday, July...

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 9:43am

Heavenly Luncheon set for July 24-25

On Wednesday, July 24, and Thursday, July 25, Ocean View Presbyterian Church’s Sewing Circle will once again offer their Heavenly Luncheon, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Offerings will include California chicken salad, pasta salad, Caesar salad,...

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 9:32am

The Delmarvalous Dolls

Town of Bethany Beach to host annual Périers Day celebration

On Saturday, July 27, the Town of Bethany Beach will celebrate Périers Day, marking the twinning of the towns of Bethany Beach and Périers, France.

Périers, located in Normandy, France, was liberated by the U.S. Army 90th Infantry Division...

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 9:29am

Southern Delaware Tourism’s new Visitors Guide includes a Sussex County Economic Development insert.

SDT, Sussex County collaborate on new visitors guide

Southern Delaware Tourism (SDT) and Sussex County Economic Development have teamed up to create a new visitors guide that combines comprehensive county tourism information with details about the county’s business-friendly environment.

“‘It...

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 9:18am

Shipwrecked owners and staff celebrate the Grand Opening with family, friends, and the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce.

Shipwrecked Ice-cream opens in Ocean View

On Friday, June 28, Shipwrecked Ice Cream celebrated its grand opening by hosting a ribbon-cutting with the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce. Shipwrecked is a family-owned shop serving 22 flavors of Hopkins Farm Creamery ice cream, made...

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 9:16am

Cooling stations open as heat wave sets up over region

Sussex County has four designated “cooling stations” at the ready for anyone who needs a break from what forecasters expected early this week would be the summer’s hottest...

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 4:28pm

One with the waves

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant

Wing Eng enjoys some of the solitude one can find on a stand-up paddleboard.

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 1:59pm

Millville car wash gets conditional-use approval

The Millville Town Council, at its Tuesday, July 9 meeting, approved a conditional-use application for a car wash next to the Dollar General store on Route 26.

The application, submitted by LandTech LLC on behalf of JIIS Management LLC,...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 1:58pm

Ocean View Police Chief Ken McClaughlin is trying to combat some of the dangers facing bicyclists on Route 26.

Local officials urge safety awareness for motorists, cyclists

Following recent accidents involving bicycles — including one that killed a woman who was biking in South Bethany last week — Ocean View Police Chief Kenneth McLaughlin wants to talk to Delaware Department of Transportation officials.

“...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 1:57pm

Cyclist dies after July 4 crash in South Bethany

The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit this week was continuing to investigate a crash in South Bethany last week that led to the death of a Maryland woman.

Police said the incident occurred on Thursday, July 4, around 10:...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 1:55pm

Robert "Bob" Gordon

Gordon to depart Millville as mayor, resident

Millville Mayor Robert Gordon announced at the Tuesday, July 9, town council meeting that he will be stepping down from his position after the August council meeting.

Gordon said he will no longer be a resident of Millville, as he is...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 1:54pm

Ocean View puts added focus on nighttime road safety

Ocean View Town Manager Carol Houck, in her report to the town council on Monday, July 8, told the council:

• Street lighting agreements with Delmarva Power and the Delaware Electric Co-Op have been completed.

Agreements are...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 1:53pm

Millsboro to review traffic figures in Dodd Street closure discussion

Millsboro Police Chief Brian Calloway, during his recent report to the town council, announced:

• In conjunction with the Delaware Department of Transportation, a traffic count will be done on Houston Street. Calloway said he will provide...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 1:51pm

Insurance commissioner: Health insurance rates decrease 5.8 percent

Delaware Insurance Commissioner Trinidad Navarro recently announced that Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware (Highmark BCBS) had submitted its required annual rate filing to the Delaware Department of Insurance.

After years of...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 1:50pm

Ocean View cuts back hours on trash-collection, landscaping

The Ocean View Town Council, by a 5-1 vote, on Tuesday passed an ordinance amending the town code that restricts hours of operation of certain activities.

The amendment prohibits hauling or collection of trash, solid waste or rubbish,...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 1:48pm

Anthony Sessa, a.k.a. ‘Mister Softee,’ hands out a cone-full of happiness, and nostalgia.

I’ve got a soft spot for Mister Softee

I turned the corner onto my street and heard the music from more than 40 years ago, yet it was so familiar.

“Ding-a-ding-a-ding-a-ding.”

“Mister Softee?” I said to myself, in a kind of incredulous whisper.

Indeed, it was, and...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 1:45pm

No rockin’ chairs for this band of veterans

When they formed the Short Term Memories Band, the musicians, with jocularity, had a double meaning in mind.

They are of retirement age and their ability to remember fails from time to time, founder Gene Cousens said, laughing about...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 1:41pm

Osher offering programs throughout county this fall

Registration is open now for fall classes at the University of Delaware’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes (OLLI) with classes scheduled for Sept. 3-Nov. 18 in Bridgeville, Dover, Lewes and Ocean View.

Nicknamed “OLLI,” UD’s lifelong...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 1:01pm

Plate & Palette owner Frank Dubinski poses by his new restaurant’s center feature; a private table inside of a bank vault.

Plate & Palette puts patrons in bank and vault

Frank Dubinski was on his way to the beach when he drove past the historic bank in downtown Millsboro — a building that had been a restaurant a time or two, but had closed.

In the restaurant business for many years, and an experienced...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 12:59pm

IR graduate Gavin Smith sets his sights on veterinary training at Delaware Technical Community College.

IR grad seeking support for college veterinary training

All those graduation cards that talk about “resting on your laurels” — that’s a nice idea, unless the recent graduate has a goal to reach and doesn’t want to waste time reaching it.

Gavin Smith didn’t take a break after graduating from...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 12:57pm

This home’s screened porch allows for sunset views over Indian River Bay.

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour Sneak Peek No. 10

Waterfront views of the Indian River Bay greet visitors to this new home

Editor’s note: This is the last in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 28th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 24-25. This is just one of the properties that will be open to those who purchase...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 12:54pm

Cap reached on sale of Delaware surf-fishing permits

DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation on Monday, July 8, that it had reached its cap of 17,000 Delaware surf-fishing permits, as approved in a vote this year by the state’s Parks & Recreation Advisory Council. With the cap figure...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 12:16pm

Logan Andrea, 6, and Elaina Andrea, 8, of Bethany Beach, show off the posters they created at a Poster Pal event Tuesday, July 9, at the South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach.

Operation SEAs the Day ramping up for Warrior Beach Week

Operation SEAs the Day’s Warrior Beach Week — the six-day event in which 32 wounded veterans and their families are treated to a vacation at the beach — not only offers rest and relaxation for the families, it also offers the community many...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 12:15pm

At least 70 common carp, reaching up to 2 feet long, were found dead near the Dirickson Creek headwaters, as shown in this photo by Murray Oltman.

Cause of ‘eerie’ Dirickson Creek fish kill unknown

Anyone who notices a fish kill in Delaware waters is encouraged to immediately call the DNREC’s toll-free environmental hotline at 1-800-662-8802.

 

In Dirickson Creek, the carp can grow 2 feet long. That made for an unsettling...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 12:04pm

Bethany Beach Fourth of July Parade

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant

Bethany Beach held their annual Fourth of July Parade last week.

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 12:02pm

Bethany Beach Fireworks

Coastal Point Photos • Tyler Valliant

Bethany Beach topped off their July 4th celebrations with a fireworks display.

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 11:59am

Jake Banaszak, left, Paul Weik, center, and B.J. Muntz, take a break at Hammerheads Dockside, where they play every Tuesday during the summer, from 4 to 7 p.m.

Lower Case Blues set to hit the Bethany boardwalk

Lower Case Blues (lcb) will be performing on the Bethany Beach bandstand on Sunday, July 14, at 7:30 p.m.

“I associate Bethany with the formal start of our music career, because it’s where we were first booked to play regularly, at the Big...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 11:58am

These bath bombs are just the tip of the iceberg at Tatum-Poole Décor & More, which also sells home furnishings, glassware, soy candles and countless gift ideas.

Selbyville décor shop sells unique items, with town spirit

Selbyville’s newest shop doesn’t just want to be a cool destination, although it sells unique items. From their spot on Church Street, Tatum-Poole Décor & More wants to actively participate in a downtown revitalization.

“Our long-term...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 11:55am

Former District Gov. Dr. Susan Giove congratulates Steve Grossman, who received the Paul Harris +8 Award of the Paul Harris Society.

Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club inducts new officers

During a special evening meeting held at The Clubhouse at The Peninsula, the Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club inducted a new slate of officers and board to serve the club for the fiscal year beginning July 1, with Assistant District Gov. Carlene...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 11:51am

Wolfs Head, driven by Kristen Hope of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, stretches over a table-top of crushed cars.

Monster Trucks invade Georgetown Speedway

A newly-configured, larger, more technically-challenging race course at Georgetown Speedway welcomed Monster Truck racers competing in this year’s Monster Truck Racing League’s “Monster Truck Madness” last Friday and Saturday nights.

Some...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 11:38am

Upcoming 5K to benefit Believe in Tomorrow foundation

A local benefit 5K race aims to help critically ill children and their families to “Believe in Tomorrow.”

The annual event will take place on Thursday, July 18, at 6:30 p.m., beginning at the Big Chill Beach Club at the Indian River Inlet...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 11:34am

Christmas in July Carnival in the Park to support Santa’s Letters

Snowball fight in July? Santa and Mrs. Claus in the park when the weather is warm?

Why not? At least that’s what the founders of the Santa’s Letters charity figured — and the result is the Christmas in July Carnival in the Park, set for 10...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 11:33am

Eagles to host Carnival of Games on Saturday

Sure, the state fair is coming up in a couple of weeks, but for a taste of fair fun that benefits local causes, the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie No. 4528 in Ocean View is bringing carnival fun to the Millville...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 11:01am

Life-Saving Station clambake putting a fresh focus on history

The surfmen who lived and worked at the Indian River Life Saving Station 140 years ago might not have enjoyed the best cuisine — often living on canned, rather than fresh, foods — but visitors to the station have a chance to enjoy a feast that...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 10:22am