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Mark Wong and Jerry Valme, of Hip Hop Fundamentals, interact with kids at Lord Baltimore Elementary School on Thursday, Nov. 7, as part of a drug summit to reach children at a young age.

A summit for our kids

A child’s job, hip hop artist Mark Wong theorized, is to enjoy life.

“Can you do that if you’re on drugs?” he asked an energetic group of youngsters gathered in the gym at Lord Baltimore Elementary School for the Youth Drug Summit last...

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 11:52am

County approves lodging tax

The Sussex County Council this week unanimously approved imposing a 3-percent lodging tax in unincorporated areas of the county, effective in January.

The tax will be on hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts and other lodging accommodations...

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 11:49am

Hocker and Gray hosting wind-farm meeting

In the wake of increasing concerns over plans for a wind farm off the coast of Delaware and a connected project at the Fenwick Island State Park, two state legislators are hosting an informational meeting next week.

State Sen. Gerald...

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 11:48am

Community conversations will discuss why students apply to Tech

By Laura Walter
Staff Reporter

Anyone who attended, applied to or has other ties to Sussex Technical High School is invited to share their perspective.

“The University of Delaware’s Institute for Public Administration is...

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 11:43am

South Bethany gets permission for Route 1 bike racks

By Laura Walter
Staff Reporter

Parking space is at a premium in South Bethany, even for bicycles. After months of researching the topic, the town’s Planning Commission made its first round of recommendations to safely increase bicycle...

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 11:41am

Millsboro continues discussion of municipal building swap

Costs, mobility for police are key talking points

The Millsboro Town Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14, for the fourth session dedicated to the future of Town Hall and the police department.

When the Council met for the third session on Oct. 3, the consensus was building...

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 11:39am

Millville council passes new ‘clean hands’ ordinance

Millville Town Council passed a “clean hands” ordinance at its Tuesday, Nov. 12 meeting — and it has nothing to do with hand sanitizer or washing hands before returning to work.

The ordinance addresses situations where a developer or a...

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 11:38am

Shoppers Sandy Stewart (right) and Yolanda Nock (center) shop for toiletries while Maya Maine (far left) checks out lip balm at the 2015 Holiday Expo.

Frankford fire hall hosting annual Holiday Expo event

The annual Holiday Expo at the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company is “our biggest one yet,” according to one of its organizers, offering more than 30 vendors and crafters as well as baked goods and of course, the Ladies’ Auxiliary’s famous chicken...

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 11:27am

Selbyville businesses to meet Nov. 12 to form coalition

Selbyville’s downtown used to be a bustling hub of clothing stores, strawberry auctions, railroad and more. Today, business owners want to make Selbyville a destination once again.

There will be a public meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 4 p...

Monday, November 11, 2019 - 2:23pm

Veterans honor colors at the Mason-Dixon VFW Post 7234 in Ocean View at a past Veterans Day celebration.

Honoring our veterans

Veterans Day gratitude, from fellow vets to public transit

It’s been a century since the U.S. created a holiday to honor military veterans.

When World War I was nearing an end, a 1918 truce began “at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.” From then on, the U.S. has honored veterans with...

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 2:51pm

Selbyville librarylooking at $3.68M in state building funds

It’s a picturesque, historically-significant building, but how long can the Selbyville Public Library operate from a house that wasn’t designed to be a 21st-century public library?

The library has passed its first hurdle toward getting...

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 2:48pm

Route 113 southbound rerouted in Millsboro

As DelDOT repair work continues on the Iron Branch Bridge in Millsboro, drivers on southbound Route 113 are being detoured, and Millsboro police are directing traffic at least until the end of this week.

Millsboro Police Chief Brian...

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 2:47pm

Bethany delves into renovation and rehab projects

Despite coming up short on bidders on a planned renovation to the Town’s beachside comfort station, Bethany Beach officials will proceed with a limited set of improvement to the structure, which also houses the beach patrol headquarters.

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Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 2:45pm

Millsboro officials declare Halloween event a success

Millsboro Police Chief Brian Calloway, at the Millsboro Town Council meeting on Monday, Nov. 4, pronounced the Oct. 31 town Halloween event at town hall a success.

He thanked Mayor Michelle Truitt for attending and helping officers as they...

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 2:44pm

Balloon releases get eliminated by County

By Susan Canfora
Staff Reporter

The Sussex County Council last week passed a resolution designed to eliminate balloon releases at celebratory events.

Proposed by Councilman Irwin G. “I.G.” Burton, the resolution is the result...

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 2:36pm

Ocean View plans scaled-up holiday event

By Susan Canfora
Staff Reporter

Like Santa’s scurrying elves, Ocean View town officials have been busy planning the first Old Town Holiday Market & Tree Lighting, a larger and more festive celebration than events of past years....

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 2:31pm

Feral kitten in Ocean View tests positive for rabies

Delaware’s Division of Public Health (DPH) on Nov. 5 advised Ocean View residents who reside in the Plantation Park community of a positive case of rabies in a feral kitten that came into contact with a human.

According to DPH, the...

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 2:17pm

Race to Find Ace expands statewide

Every Sunday, Ace’s loving owners invited him to share in the family breakfast and cooked scrambled eggs for him.

“He’s slightly spoiled,” said Nicole Peterdozzi, co-owner of the 5-year-old Labrador retriever who darted out of his Ocean...

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 1:43pm

A delicate rain fell over the IRHS parking lot as students met their local fire companies.

Local companies bring fire recruitment to Indian River

Almost everyone’s local fire companies rolled into Indian River High School this week. Six volunteer fire companies visited IR to describe the job and encourage volunteerism in the community.

Weather permitting, every IR student would...

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 1:41pm

BREAKING NEWS: Feral kitten in Ocean View tests positive for rabies

Delaware’s Division of Public Health (DPH) on Nov. 5 advised Ocean View residents who reside in the Plantation Park community of a positive case of rabies in a feral kitten...

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - 5:49pm

The Ocean View Police Department hosted training last week to help officers tend to injured K-9 companions. Pictured, from left, are Sally Dickinson of the Veterinary Tactical Group, Raushan Rich of the University of Delaware Police Department and Troy Bowden of the Ocean View Police Department. Also pictured is a stuffed dog for them to train with — so, no animals were harmed in the process of taking this photo, or conducting training.

K-9 caregiving

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant

The Ocean View Police Department hosted training last week to help officers tend to injured K-9 companions. Pictured, from left, are Sally Dickinson of the Veterinary Tactical Group, Raushan Rich of the...

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 11:04am

Opposition growing to proposed wind farm

Opposition to plans for onshore transmission facilities at Fenwick Island State Park for the proposed Skipjack offshore wind farm project is growing in the weeks following a public presentation on the project and its potential impact on the state...

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 10:51am

County considers a 3 percent lodging tax

A public hearing will be held next month to accept public comment on a proposed Sussex County Council ordinance allowing implementation of a lodging tax of up to 3 percent in unincorporated areas of the county.

Last summer, a bill was...

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 10:48am

IRSD again given preliminary approval to build new school

Government funding is tight, which means the Delaware Department of Education is only willing to sponsor the most pressing of construction projects.

For the second consecutive year, the DOE acknowledged Indian River School District’s rapid...

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 10:44am

Elementary-school students to participate in drug summit

About 200 students in fourth and fifth grades at Lord Baltimore Elementary School in Ocean View will participate in a day-long Youth Drug Summit on Thursday, Nov. 7.

Topics during the event, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., will include health...

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 10:30am

The newest face on the Frankford Town Council is Jimmy Sample, right, who took the oath of office in September, joining the council after the resignation of Velicia Melson.

Sample brings lifelong love of his town to Frankford council

The newest face on the Frankford Town Council is anything but new to anyone who’s been around town for more than five minutes.

Jimmy Sample took the oath of office in September, joining the council after the resignation of Velicia Melson...

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 9:55am

Deb Barber, left, asks DNREC's Michael Powell about the Massey's Ditch dredging project.

Public share dredging concerns, learn about Massey’s project

Adults kept reaching for the shiny star-shaped stickers, then placing them firmly on a large map of coastal Delaware. They were marking the most important inland waterways that they believe need dredging or ongoing maintenance.

As Delaware...

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 9:51am

South Bethany mulls speed limit reduction, wireless antennas, town hall renovation

Over the course of two days, Oct. 10 and 11, the South Bethany Town Council met for a total of 5.5 hours, and they covered major ground.

To enhance road safety, Police Chief Jason Lovins has suggested lowering the speed limit on all town-...

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 9:47am

Rainy Halloween forecast splits local trick-or-treat times

It’s a holiday where people freely give candy to whomever knocks on their door. As local residents prepared for Halloween 2019 this week, the Delaware State Police reminded families, drivers and those handing out treats to...

Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 2:04pm

Web Extra: Bethany to purchase Walcek property for $1.4M

Wetland-containing parcel to be ‘maintained in its natural state’

The Bethany Beach Town Council voted unanimously at its Oct. 18 meeting to purchase a 12.53-acre parcel of land — described as the last large parcel of open space remaining in...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 4:20pm

Garfield Parkway in Bethany Beach has been taken over by some bony-looking maintenance folks. Don’t worry — they’re just helping to prepare the town for the Wags, Witches & Warlocks event, set for Saturday, Oct. 26.

Gather the Ghouls

Coastal Point • Kerin Magill

Garfield Parkway in Bethany Beach has been taken over by some bony-looking maintenance folks. Don’t worry — they’re just helping to prepare the town for the Wags, Witches & Warlocks event, set for Saturday...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 4:13pm

Dagsboro approves water rate hike to address increase

Increase to take effect with Nov. 1 billing cycle

The Dagsboro Town Council this week unanimously approved its second rate increase for its water customers in just the past year, seeking to address an unexpected sharp increase in costs from the Town’s own water supplier — the neighboring Town of...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 4:09pm

Multiple towns consider partnership for police coverage

It’s not a regional police force, but three coastal towns are considering a partnership to improve police coverage.

The Ocean View and Fenwick Island police departments have already been helping to fill gaps in South Bethany during a...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 4:07pm

Apartment complex near Ocean View set for Oct. 24 hearing

Ocean View residents opposed to a 45-unit apartment complex proposed for the Muddy Neck Road area have sent hundreds of letters to the Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission, asking for denial of the zoning-change request.

The...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 4:05pm

Artesian aims to address water quality concerns in South Bethany

After South Bethany residents received a surprise notification from their water company, Artesian Water staff attended a town council meeting on Oct. 11 to better explain the violation.

“Although this incident is not an emergency, as our...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 4:00pm

Shipwrecked Mini Golf & Ice Cream gets approval

The owners of Shipwrecked Ice Cream have received final site plan approval to build a nautical-themed, 18-hole miniature golf course on the same property as the ice cream shop, at 3 Atlantic Avenue in Ocean View.

Becky and Patrick Adams...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 3:58pm

Selbyville residents want growth, safety

It was the first Selbyville Town Council meeting in the new municipal building at 1 W. Church Street. So it was fitting that much of the Oct. 7 discussion revolved around the future of Selbyville’s downtown and public safety.

 

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Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 3:55pm

Safe disposal of prescription drugs, vaping devices offered

On Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Delaware State Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) have scheduled their National Take-Back Initiative (NTBI). The event offers an opportunity for people with unwanted, unused and...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 3:53pm

County honors retiring airport manager

Retiring Delaware Coastal Airport Manager Jim Hickin was thanked by the Sussex County Council this week for 14 years of service and presented with a proclamation.

“It’s a great honor to recognize him,” County Administrator Todd Lawson told...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 3:51pm

Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club joins effort to benefit veterans

The Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club is working with the Oak Orchard Riverdale American Legion Post 28 and the Warrior Community Connect organization to host a Flags for Heroes fundraiser on Oct. 25 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at Post 28, 31768 Legion Road...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 3:16pm

Cpl. Matthew Dufour uses the computer in his car. Police officers are required to learn how to use a variety of equipment in the patrol car.

An hour with the Millsboro police

Point Reporter Susan Sanfora gets a behind-the-scene glimpse of local officers on patrol

There’s something a little unnerving about having a police officer, in full uniform, hold open the door of a patrol car and ask you to get inside.

Even when the officer is the polite and pleasant Cpl. Matthew Dufour, and even when you had...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 2:58pm

High-water days

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant

Effects of last week’s nor’easter were felt here with rising water levels and flooding throughout the area. Above, Pennsylvania Avenue in Bethany Beach was once again under water. Bottom photo, the beach took...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 10:58pm

DelDOT announces projects big and small for future

Delawareans can anticipate future road projects and chime in on the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT)’s priority schedule.

The annual Capital Transportation Program (CTP) hearings came to Georgetown on Sept. 25 for the state’s...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 10:54pm

Millville council approves comp plan update

The Millville Town Council recently approved, by unanimous vote, the 2019 update to the Town’s comprehensive plan — the blueprint municipalities use for development and related issues.

The final draft of the plan is essentially identical...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 10:51pm

DNREC events to offer answers about dredging, navigability

Sometimes environmental projects can feel like a bit of a mystery. How does Delaware maintain its waterways, and how can the public make their concerns known?

DNREC’s Shoreline & Waterway Management Section will be holding three...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 10:49pm

DelDOT to install highway lights to address Route 1 safety concerns

Every pedestrian injury and cyclist fatality that occurs on Route 1 is another heartbreak for the people tasked with keeping the public safe.

Just as the Towns of Bethany Beach and South Bethany were organizing a road-safety campaign this...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 10:45pm

Blackburn named president of DSEMSA

Longtime firefighter Chris Blackburn, whose involvement with the Millsboro Volunteer Fire Company began in 1999, has been named president of the Delaware State Emergency Medical Services Association. He was installed in September at a conference...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 10:40pm

Historical marker honors area’s Native American history

In an atmosphere of joyousness and respect for hallowed grounds where Native Americans once roamed, the Delaware State Historic Marker commemorating the Askekesky Reservation was unveiled this week.

Positioned in the triangular garden just...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 10:37pm

Sun Behavioral Health joins Drug Take Back Day in Georgetown

Area residents can dispose of unused medications, receive training for naloxone use and be assessed for addiction or mental-health problems, all free of charge, on Oct. 26 at Sun Behavioral Health Delaware in Georgetown.

“They can’t...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 10:22pm

Experts explain funding, property taxes for education

By spending about $1.4 billion, or a third of the state budget, on public education, Delaware lawmakers have signaled their priorities.

But politics and very specific funding rules can complicate Delaware’s role in educating 139,000 public...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 10:05pm