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All-in: The art of the check-raise

As discussed in earlier columns, while there is plenty of luck involved in the game, poker is a game of strategy and skill, as well. Getting your foot in when you can is a necessity – especially in tournament play, where climbing blinds can...

Thursday, October 1, 2009 - 6:44am

IR junior varsity proves crucial in program’s progress

Indian River’s varsity football team has evolved into the pulse of Friday nights in Dagsboro, but comparatively little attention is paid to the program that put those athletes out there on the gridiron: IR’s junior varsity football team. Chris...

Thursday, October 1, 2009 - 6:41am

Indians tell the Ravens, ‘Nevermore’

At the close of the regular season last year, on a cold, October evening in Georgetown, the Sussex Tech Ravens’ soccer team quieted the Indians with the lone game-winning goal as the clock ticked down its final minute. This year, the Indians...

Thursday, October 1, 2009 - 6:35am

Indians fend off Dover, improve to 2-1

The Indian River Indians football team improved their record with a convincing 32-27 road win last Friday against Dover, and head coach Jim Bunting is showing no signs of slowing down. After licking their wounds from a 19-49 loss to Caravel a...

Thursday, October 1, 2009 - 6:28am

Indians getting in the swim of things

The inaugural cross-country season is in full swing at Indian River, and thanks to athletic director Todd Fuhrmann, the school will welcome another new sport this year: swimming. Just last week, the Indian River School Board approved adding the...

Thursday, October 1, 2009 - 6:26am

Cross-country capitalizes on week off

Members of the cross-country team at Indian River get a break from meets this week, but that doesn’t mean there’s time to slow down. The team, led by coach Maj. Frank Ryman, has been conditioning and training for their next meet on Oct. 7 at...

Thursday, October 1, 2009 - 6:21am

Food ministry offers discounted meals for all

What started as a church outreach program has grown into a nationwide charity that locally, has 50 to 60 volunteers working on a rotating basis, serving as many as 70 families per month. Angel Food Ministries, a “hand-up, not a hand-out,” is a...

Thursday, October 1, 2009 - 6:17am

BREAKING NEWS: Opponents of Lewes shopping center to protest in Georgetown tonight

On Tuesday, Sept. 29, from 5 to 5:45 p.m., on the sidewalk of The Circle at Georgetown, a group of Lewes residents plan to protest the re-zoning requested for a regional shopping center at the gateway to Lewes. The public hearing on the request...

Tuesday, September 29, 2009 - 5:13am

County BoA tables decision on AT&T tower

Sussex County Board of Adjustments members got an earful from opponents of a proposed 100-foot-tall communications tower near Bethany Beach on Monday, as well as a lengthy presentation in favor of the required special-use exception from applicant...

Thursday, September 24, 2009 - 8:12am

County council moving back to daytime meetings

After a nine-month trial of afternoon meetings and evening public hearings, the Sussex County Council voted this week to return to a modified version of its prior schedule of morning meetings and afternoon public hearings.

On Sept. 22, the...

Thursday, September 24, 2009 - 8:09am

Justin's Beach House ready to break ground

For more than four years, the Justin W. Jennings Foundation and Contractors for a Cause have worked to bring to the area an escape for families struck by the hardships of illness, and to encapsulate the joy and memory of a young man who lost his...

Thursday, September 24, 2009 - 8:08am

McClenny continues at helm in Bethany Beach

Bethany Beach Mayor Tony McClenny will remain the town’s lead executive for at least another year, after the newly reorganized council on Monday, Sept. 21, again voted him to the position of mayor.

McClenny was selected as mayor on a 6-1...

Thursday, September 24, 2009 - 8:07am

CIB board votes to speed up coal ash clean-up

The Center for the Inland Bays board of directors voted at their quarterly meeting this week to pass a resolution concerning coal-ash mitigation for the Phase I and Delmarva landfills at Indian River Generating Station.

Citizens Advisory...

Thursday, September 24, 2009 - 8:05am

Break-in, theft at Fenwick business

Lady Fenwick, a retail clothing and antique jewelry store in Fenwick Island, was the target of vandalism and robbery early Monday morning.

Owner Gerry Garrett said she was notified Monday morning that her store had been burglarized earlier...

Thursday, September 24, 2009 - 7:47am

In October, it's never a bad idea to think Pink

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and many individuals and organizations are giving back to the community in effort to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer treatment and research.

Next Friday, the Pink Ribbon Classic will...

Thursday, September 24, 2009 - 7:45am

POW/MIA ceremony at VFW honors veterans

Members of the Ocean View VFW Post 7234 took time last Friday, Sept. 18, to observe National POW/MIA Recognition Day. Members of the VFW shared their words and prayers for those taken prisoner and unaccounted for in foreign wars.


Thursday, September 24, 2009 - 7:44am

Millville looks at continuing curbside recycling

At the Sept. 22 Millville Town Council workshop, the council continued to discuss the possible acquisition of property adjacent to Town Hall owned by Councilman Richard Thomas. At a half-acre in size, the property currently holds a house with a...

Thursday, September 24, 2009 - 7:40am

Safety inspectors on deck at Reliable Home Maintenance

“It’s only a deck.”

Coastal Point • Monica Fleming
Ed Dee checks out a house with three stories of decks. Dee recently joined the ranks at Reliable Home Maintenance to inspect and fix decks where safety may be compromised.


Thursday, September 24, 2009 - 7:28am

Indians volleyball missteps on home court

Since a young and relatively inexperienced Indian River volleyball team snagged a come-from-behind win in their first regular-season match-up at Central, they’ve been a little shaky, dropping games 0-3 this week to both Caesar Rodney and Caravel...

Thursday, September 24, 2009 - 6:28am

Fiber-optic broadband topic of meeting in Selbyville

Area residents and business owners who want the speediest Internet connection they can get have gazed longingly at upstate expansion of Verizon’s FiOS in recent years but have generally been told not to expect fiber-optic speeds to arrive in...

Thursday, September 24, 2009 - 6:20am

Rotary members support Delaware Burn Camp

Brendan Garfield Crotty, president of the Southern Sussex Rotary, and Nancy Rojewski chairperson for the Rotary’s crab feast, recently presented Joanne Hutchison, president of the Delaware Burn Camp, and John Lattomus Jr., juvenile fire-setter...

Thursday, September 24, 2009 - 6:13am

Dorfman, Healy, Olmstead elected in Bethany

Three veteran council members came out on top in Bethany Beach elections last Saturday, Sept. 12, with 575 votes for Jerry Dorfman, 565 votes for Joe Healy and 556 votes for Carol Olmstead. Joe Bellistri trailed with 372 votes. The top three vote...

Thursday, September 17, 2009 - 7:32am

Hearing Monday on 100-foot tower near Bethany

On Monday, Sept. 21, the public will get a chance to have its say on a proposed communications tower that could rise to 100 feet tall on property very near the town limits of Bethany Beach.

At 7 p.m. on Monday, the Sussex County Board of...

Thursday, September 17, 2009 - 7:32am

First-ever pumpkin festival planned in Millville

In less than a month, the town of Millville will host an event that would make Charlie Brown proud. Town officials have been hard at work planning the inaugural Great Pumpkin Festival, bringing together a celebration for the family and a welcome...

Thursday, September 17, 2009 - 7:31am

Fun Fest to benefit Beebe, entertain many

Horses and train rides and a moon bounce – oh, my!

Beebe Medical Center’s 10th annual Fun Fest will take place on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Windswept Stables on Route 24. The Fun Fest, a combined undertaking of both the...

Thursday, September 17, 2009 - 7:28am

County prepares transportation requests for DelDOT

Each fall, Delaware Department of Transportation officials make decisions on the department’s funding and project priorities for the coming year, and, each fall, Sussex County officials prepare their own list of priorities and requests that they...

Thursday, September 17, 2009 - 7:14am

Millville continues work on commercial design standards

On Sept. 14, engineer Kyle Gulbronson of URS presented his draft of Millville’s new Design Standards, which are geared toward commercial businesses and properties on Routes 26 and 17, to members of the Millville Planning & Zoning Commission....

Thursday, September 17, 2009 - 7:13am

IRIB construction proceeding on schedule

The fall months find Skanska finishing up the design portion of the Indian River Bridge construction contract and moving into the execution of construction activities, which officials say remain on schedule for a projected in-use date in the...

Thursday, September 17, 2009 - 7:11am

Expanded Miken business offers Betterliving

Ever wanted to sit on that back porch but then remembered that it was only 40 degrees outside? Or thought twice about sitting on the deck in the middle of summer because the mosquitoes were out?

Coastal Point • Monica Fleming

Thursday, September 17, 2009 - 7:00am

Banner plane crashes in Delaware Bay near Dewey

Shortly after 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12, Delaware State Police Troop 7 troopers and Dewey Beach patrol officers were dispatched to the Delaware Bay in the area of Tower Road near Dewey Beach for reports of a plane crash. Police said single-...

Sunday, September 13, 2009 - 4:11am

BREAKING NEWS: Dorfman, Healy, Olmstead elected in Bethany - Saturday, September 12, 2009

Three veteran council members came out on top in Bethany Beach elections Saturday, with 575 votes for Jerry Dorfman, 565 votes for Joe Healy and 556 votes for Carol Olstead. Joe Bellistri trailed with 372 votes. The top three vote-getters were...

Saturday, September 12, 2009 - 2:53pm

Community mourns slain officer

They came out in their nursing scrubs, in their UPS uniforms, in their beach gear, and for the Georgetown police department, all of whom are on leave, noticeably in civilian gear. Hundreds of people, perhaps as many as a thousand, from all walks...

Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 7:37am

Cell phone, dress code, administrative changes for IRSD schools

Cooler temperatures and dwindling numbers of vacationers can only mean one thing for most area kids — back to school. This Wednesday, it was back to the books and bus rides for children in the Indian River School District, where several...

Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 7:35am

Ocean View council nixes non-resident voting

The Ocean View Town Council on Sept. 8 killed a resolution that would have put the question of non-resident voting to a nonbinding referendum on the April 2010 ballot. After much discussion and confusion, the council did not second Councilman...

Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 7:27am

Council seats, terms up for vote in Bethany

Bethany Beach voters will be heading to the polls on Saturday, Sept. 12, between noon to 6 p.m., with the chance to select three town council members and express their views on a proposed change to the town’s council term length and the idea of...

Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 7:15am

Delmarva Bike Week is cruising into OC

What could be better than riding your bike down to the beach to hear great music and eat food, and winning a custom motorcycle?

Delmarva Bike Week will run Sept. 17-20, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m...

Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 7:13am

Meetings set for input on Assawoman Canal pathway

For those interested in sharing their views on the proposed Assawoman Canal Pathway project, the first of several informational meetings will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at Ocean View Town Hall, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The towns of Bethany...

Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 7:10am

Ocean View invites town's youth for input on program

The Town of Ocean View is inviting local youth ages 10 to 14 and their parents to give their input on a proposed Ocean View youth program at a special meeting on Thursday, Sept. 17, at 5:00 p.m. at the town hall.
Town Councilman Perry...

Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 7:09am

Boardwalk Arts Festival slated for sunny weather this weekend

Summer may be winding down, but that means the Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival is right around the corner. This Saturday, Sept. 12, nearly 120 artists, artisans and crafters will combine for the all-day event that is open to the public and...

Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 6:52am

Chester Co. Furniture transforms homes with yesteryear’s wonders

Creating wood floors, cabinetry and home furniture that possess character and heritage has become second nature to J. David Chandler. For nearly a quarter-century, Chandler has transformed what began as a hobby into a full-fledged business as his...

Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 6:49am

BREAKING NEWS: Four-car crash claims life of Ocean View man

Delaware State Police are investigating a four-car crash that killed a 75-year-old man from Ocean View on Thursday, Sept. 3. Police said the crash that killed James McCord occurred about 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, when McCord’s car was hit by two...

Sunday, September 6, 2009 - 7:05am

BREAKING NEWS/TRAFFIC ALERT: Georgetown announces Tuesday’s funeral procession route for slain officer

The Town of Georgetown is inviting the community to pay its final respects to fallen Georgetown Police Officer Chad E. Spicer during a public procession through town on Tuesday, Sept. 8. As many as 100 police agencies from across the United...

Saturday, September 5, 2009 - 2:41am

BREAKING NEWS: Suspects in custody in shooting death of Georgetown police officer

A 20-year-old Lincoln, Del., man turned himself in to authorities at 11:15 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 4, after police spent more than two days trying to locate him. Christopher Reeves is the third suspect in a Tuesday-night shooting that left one...

Thursday, September 3, 2009 - 9:13am

Court sides with Ocean View over proposed gas pumps

The Town of Ocean View has received good news regarding its denial of a proposed convenience store and gas pumps on Route 26 across from Savannah’s Landing.

After being sued by Baltimore-based Norino Properties, which argued that a...

Thursday, September 3, 2009 - 9:08am

FIPD looks at aquatic expansion

The geography of Fenwick Island, situated between the Assawoman Bay, Atlantic Ocean and a state line to the south, distinguishes it from surrounding towns. It also poses an issue for the town’s police force – an issue that Police Chief William...

Thursday, September 3, 2009 - 9:07am

Fenwick moves forward on legislation

Fenwick Island Town Council members this week held a first reading for an amendment to Chapter 116, regarding concessions and outdoor sales within town limits.

The amendment adds “unless such activity is approved by the town council”...

Thursday, September 3, 2009 - 9:06am

Property owners, officials working on docks

Plans to expand the state property along the Assawoman Canal for a proposed, scenic walkway on either side of the canal will be worked out among county and town officials in upcoming months, but the idea has added to the worries of property...

Thursday, September 3, 2009 - 9:04am

Parsons gives Bethany council the bird

Longtime Bethany Beach Town Councilman and former mayor Bob Parsons bid farewell to the council at their Aug. 21 meeting – his final meeting on the council – and offered them a unique going-away present: a bronze chicken.

“This is the last...

Thursday, September 3, 2009 - 9:03am

Rotary Club donates to Ocean View

Ocean View officials received a check from the Southern Sussex Rotary Club this week in the amount of $1,125. They plan to use the money for a new park bench and bike rack, something John West Park does not currently have.

Mayor Gordon...

Thursday, September 3, 2009 - 9:02am

Annual powwow celebrating 32nd year

The Nanticoke Indian Association’s 32nd annual powwow will be held Sept. 12-13 near Millsboro. The 2009 powwow marks the 32nd year of the event.

Coastal Point • File photo
The Nanticoke Indian Association’s 32nd annual powwow will be...

Thursday, September 3, 2009 - 8:17am