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First annual OC Beachfest combines family, fun and extreme entertainment

Starting Friday, June 19, Ocean City will welcome the inaugural weekend of Beachfest, a celebration of an active lifestyle at the shore. The youth and family festival stretches throughout the weekend, with plenty to do and observe on Friday,...

Thursday, June 18, 2009 - 6:58am

Little League icon steps down, Hudson named president

The Lower Sussex Little League (LSLL) at Roxana’s Pyle Center has become a staple throughout the region, playing host to young athletes and rising stars. And recently Bruce Layton stepped down from his position as president of the league for...

Thursday, June 18, 2009 - 6:53am

Frankford and Showell elementaries benefit from SEDAST donation

The future just got a little brighter and more colorful for students at Frankford and Philip C. Showell elementary schools, thanks to a helping hand from the members of the SouthEastern Delaware Artist Studio Tour (SEDAST). Each year, the tour...

Thursday, June 18, 2009 - 6:46am

DSWA ‘steadfast’ to recycling commitment

Despite a lagging market for recyclables and rumors suggesting otherwise, Delaware Solid Waste Authority is still in the recycling business.

According to Rich VonStetten of DSWA, the state-controlled but self-funded agency is now in the...

Thursday, June 18, 2009 - 6:27am

Local realtors aims for affordability

The Sussex County Association of Realtors (SCAoR) welcomed more than 25 members of the public at their recent “Realtors Go LOCAL” event at their Georgetown office. SCAoR and their Housing Opportunities Partners Committee have developed the...

Thursday, June 18, 2009 - 6:26am

County council rejects Double Bridges business

Less than two weeks after Sussex County planning commissioners on Tuesday, June 9, recommended denial of a conditional-use application that would have permitted the sale of barbecue, antiques, beach goods, produce and firewood on an...

Thursday, June 11, 2009 - 8:16am

Ocean View looks to recoup various legal fees

The Ocean View Town Council met Monday evening, June 8, with an agenda full of items.

They had a second reading of an ordinance permitting disconnection of water services for failure to pay service bills and also a second reading of an...

Thursday, June 11, 2009 - 8:13am

Old Timer's show to retell past

The 53rd Annual Old Timer’s Day of Selbyville is only a week away, and by the looks of things, it’s gearing up to be one of the best ones yet. On June 20, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., families can enjoy live entertainment, games, vendors and the...

Thursday, June 11, 2009 - 8:09am

Increased cap on sheriff's sale fees dropped

Sussex County Sheriff Eric Swanson has dropped his request that the county council approve an increase in the cap on the fee charged for the sale of real estate through sheriff’s sales, such as those on foreclosed properties.

A revised...

Thursday, June 11, 2009 - 8:04am

Contractors ready for annual gala

The community has been pulling together once again for the 5th Annual Springtime Gala presented by Contractors for a Cause. The event will be held next Friday, June 19, with hopes that this year will once again welcome a sold-out crowd.

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Thursday, June 11, 2009 - 8:02am

National guard aims to be green

As a way to fulfill executive orders and federal mandates to use more renewable resources, the Army National Guard station near Bethany Beach has set their sights on wind power.

“It’s been in the works for years,” said 2nd Lt. Nathan...

Thursday, June 11, 2009 - 7:22am

Red Cross urges preparedness for storms

Though it comes every year, people are generally still under-prepared when it comes time for hurricane season, which runs from June 1 through November. Pat Smythe of the American Red Cross of the Delmarva Peninsula said surveys tell the Red Cross...

Thursday, June 11, 2009 - 7:07am

Justice recalls life in Cedar Neck

The Ocean View Historical Society hosted its second “Trip Down Memory Lane,” with Norm Justice of Cedar Neck on Wednesday, June 3, at Millville Town Hall. Justice, who at 87, has seen a lot of changes since he was born in 1922, is quick of mind...

Thursday, June 11, 2009 - 6:57am

Local skimboarder at helm of new magazine

Bill Baxter’s life is a unique one. He’s seen the world and made great friends, all while doing what he loves. Now, with the launch of a new photo magazine, he’s doing wonders for world of skimboarding.

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Thursday, June 11, 2009 - 6:37am

Charity golf tourney to honor Hohnstine’s legacy

For Col. D. Lyle Hohnstine, honoring his country and caring for his family were his first true loves. Close behind was his passion for the game of golf. The decorated soldier was a 25-year veteran of the U.S. Army, and although originally from...

Thursday, June 11, 2009 - 6:26am

BREAKING NEWS: Mosquito spraying planned throughout area

Weather permitting; the Mosquito Control Section of the State of Delaware is planning insecticide application during daylight hours on Wednesday, June 10, and Thursday, June 11, 2009. Application of Altosid 20% (Methoprene) are to take place with...

Wednesday, June 10, 2009 - 8:23am

Deaver urges changes to land-use law

In a letter sent May 31 to state Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf (D-14th), state Sen. Gary Simpson (R-18th) and Milton Planning & Zoning Commissioner Virginia Weeks, Sussex County Councilwoman Joan Deaver appealed for a change in state legislation...

Thursday, June 4, 2009 - 6:17am

Fenwick subdivison approved despite vocal opposition

Typically, the name “Bora Bora” evokes images of calm, tranquil beaches and relaxing comfort. But in Fenwick Island, the name is currently at the center of discontent and controversy. On Wednesday, May 29, the town council voted unanimously at a...

Thursday, June 4, 2009 - 6:15am

Fenwick Lions' pride stretches to Selbyville

The Selbyville Town Council was met by a full house Monday night at their monthly council meeting, but Bruce Schoonover, president of the Fenwick Island Lions Club quickly assured the council that the bevy of attendants were not there as...

Thursday, June 4, 2009 - 6:13am

Joint policing talks falter amid controversy

Talks between Millville and Ocean View regarding a joint police force seem to have run their course.

Citing a strong lack of interest among many of his constituents and their apprehension to combine forces with Ocean View, Millville Mayor...

Thursday, June 4, 2009 - 6:12am

County puts financial muscle behind Blue Hen

Having recently approved a conditional use for property near Frankford that is in the process of becoming a yard-waste recycling business, Sussex County Council members on Tuesday, June 2, put some of the county’s financial muscle behind the...

Thursday, June 4, 2009 - 6:11am

New SB council gets to business

With three new faces on the South Bethany Town Council, there was plenty to accomplish at the council’s organizational meeting on Saturday, May 30.

Mayor Gary Jane led the first meeting with new council members Timothy Saxton, Robert...

Thursday, June 4, 2009 - 6:09am

Hickman continues legacy of giving

For Lloyd “Billo” Hickman and his late wife, Dollie, giving back to friends, family and the community was never a matter of “if,” but “how much.” From an annual crab feast at their Ocean View home, with food, drinks and music, to generous gifts...

Wednesday, June 3, 2009 - 4:24pm

Beauty at the Beach offering service samples June 10

In the eternal words of George Gershwin, “summer time and the livin’ is easy.” The sunshine has returned in Delaware, and warmer weather means it’s finally time to catch some well-earned R&R. In Sea Colony’s Marketplace, Paula Miller and the...

Wednesday, June 3, 2009 - 4:12pm

Charity quilt puts Bethany Beach in spotlight

The St. Ann’s Quilters are back and, this time, their one-of-a-kind quilt captures the things that make Bethany Beach unique. In all, 17 quilters from the Parish of St. Ann’s Catholic Church have been working feverishly since September 2008 to...

Wednesday, June 3, 2009 - 3:40pm

JWJ Foundation gets some help from Ravens Roost

As construction of Justin’s Beach House nears its start, the Justin W. Jennings Foundation is seeing more and more community involvement. This Sunday, June 7, at 1 p.m. Ravens Roost No. 96 at Greg’s Bayside Restaurant in Fenwick Island will...

Wednesday, June 3, 2009 - 3:18pm

Bandstand gearing up for hot summer nights

After a Memorial Day weekend full of entertainment, the Bethany Beach boardwalk bandstand is now gearing up for a full summer of music, dance and drama, nearly every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening, and most Wednesday evenings, until...

Wednesday, June 3, 2009 - 3:16pm

Saxton, Youngs and Headman elected in South Bethany

Amidst the bustle of Memorial Day weekend, residents and property owners in South Bethany made time to cast a vote in what became one of the town’s best election turnouts. Residents, candidates and council members alike met outside South Bethany’...

Thursday, May 28, 2009 - 10:39am

Noise amendment adopted in Bethany

Though a legal challenge could be looming, Bethany Beach Town Council members at their May 15 meeting voted unanimously to adopt an amendment to the town’s existing noise ordinance that is designed to remove an unused finite measure of violation...

Thursday, May 28, 2009 - 10:37am

Referendum set on Bethany council terms

After splitting 4-3 on the issues at a prior council meeting, Bethany Beach Town Council members on May 15 opted to table proposed ordinances instituting term limits and increasing the length of council terms to three years. Instead, the council...

Thursday, May 28, 2009 - 10:31am

Fenwick Island welcomes summer 2009

With the Memorial Day weekend behind us and warm temperatures and sunny skies dominating the week, local coastal towns and their businesses are welcoming the summer season of 2009 with a return to summer rules, entertainment offerings and plenty...

Thursday, May 28, 2009 - 10:29am

Annual wine-tasting to benefit RSK Foundation

This weekend, the Clubhouse at Bear Trap Dunes in Ocean View will host the Fourth Annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction, benefitting the Ryan Scott Kappes (RSK) Foundation. For $50, guests can sample some of the best wines on the market, enjoy...

Thursday, May 28, 2009 - 10:28am

Endangered whale died from ship strike

A large whale that washed ashore, already dead, south of Dewey Beach on May 20 was apparently killed when struck by a ship.

“We detected the whale had been presumably been struck by some type of large ship,” said Suzanne Thurman, executive...

Thursday, May 28, 2009 - 10:13am

Ocean View Historical Society to host ‘Trip Down Memory Lane II’

The Ocean View Historical Society is inviting residents of the local coastal towns to participate in its second educational program designed to share the area’s history. This second night of information and entertainment will take place on...

Thursday, May 28, 2009 - 8:47am

Ray Ray’s bringing Snack Shack cuisine to Taste

Ray Ray’s Snack Shack in Bethany Beach may be less than a year old, but already it’s becoming a stand-out stop for passers-by and hungry visitors. On June 7, co-owners and brothers, Alan and Ronnie Zizmor will bring their beach-inspired dishes...

Thursday, May 28, 2009 - 8:29am

County P&Z recommends denial of change

On Wednesday, the Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission voted to recommend denial of an application for a proposed zoning change for a property in an AR-1 Agricultural Residential District to a B-1 Neighborhood Business District. The...

Thursday, May 28, 2009 - 8:14am

County council presents $128 million budget

Sussex County Council capped off its May 19 meeting with what County Administrator David Baker facetiously called “one other small item.” Smaller in size, yes, but small in its impact, certainly not, since that final item was the presentation of...

Thursday, May 28, 2009 - 8:13am

BREAKING NEWS: Saxton, Youngs, Headman win in South Bethany

The South Bethany Town Council will have three new faces when the council reorganizes for its 2009 term in the coming weeks, along with a familiar face returning to the council's ranks. In voting on Saturday, May 23, voters selected candidates...

Monday, May 25, 2009 - 9:55am

Joint policing issue could be voted on at May 26 workshop

The Ocean View Town Council has a full plate for their May 26 workshop, including discussion of Councilman Perry Mitchell’s FOIA complaint and a resolution concerning providing police services to Millville.

Mitchell has sent e-mails to...

Thursday, May 21, 2009 - 12:23pm

Drug manufacturer: Beebe patient deaths result of ‘institution-specific issues’

Two of three patients who suffered cerebral hemorrhages after receiving the drug heparin from premixed IV bags at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes around May 8 died last weekend, and the hospital has since been cooperating with the Food and Drug...

Thursday, May 21, 2009 - 12:17pm

Barefoot Gardeners hosting plant sale Saturday

The Barefoot Gardeners Club of Fenwick Island will be holding their annual plant sale on Saturday, May 23, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1600 Coastal Highway at the corner of James Street and Coastal Highway, by Pottery Place.

The sale, hosted...

Thursday, May 21, 2009 - 12:08pm

Iconic new mill mirrors Millville’s namesake

Fenwick Island has its lighthouse. Bethany Beach has its totem pole. And now Millville has its own distinguished icon that residents and visitors can associate with the town. Last week, representatives from the town of Millville and the Millville...

Thursday, May 21, 2009 - 12:06pm

County approves automated CPR devices

Sussex County paramedics will get an extra hand, or two, from new automated devices approved by the Sussex County Council on Tuesday. The council unanimously approved the purchase of 11 LUCAS Chest Compression System devices, an external medical...

Thursday, May 21, 2009 - 12:02pm

First 5K run for Justin’s Beach House off and running

The Justin W. Jennings Foundation will hold its inaugural JWJ Beach House Memorial 5K this weekend in Bethany Beach. The run will benefit the foundation, which was set in place following the passing of Justin Jennings from brain cancer at just 19...

Thursday, May 21, 2009 - 10:37am

New law seeks to legalize table games

Delaware has rolled the dice, betting a new law will allow sports wagering and table games in the First State. However, pending and threatened legal action will likely determine when, and if, the state hits the jackpot.

Gov. Jack Markell...

Thursday, May 21, 2009 - 10:34am

Registration opens for the 2009 QRCF Golf Classic

The Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation (QRCF) is pleased to announce registration is open for the 2009 Golf Classic. This popular annual event will be held June 4 at Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club in Dagsboro. Proceeds from the Golf...

Thursday, May 21, 2009 - 8:14am

Anglers should get gree FIN numbers before casting a line

Spring is beginning to bloom, and the promise of warmer weather on the way is, no doubt, inspiring anglers to dust off their gear and plan trips to their favorite fishing spots. Before they do, however, state Fisheries officials are reminding...

Thursday, May 21, 2009 - 8:13am

New classes and 24-hour access make Energy Gym a standout

Energy Gym – formerly American Health and Fitness – on Route 54 in West Fenwick Island knows a thing or two about catering to its members. That’s precisely why husband-and-wife team and owners Tony and Gina Hall took Energy Gym to the next level...

Thursday, May 21, 2009 - 8:07am

Local students win gold in steel-drum competition

Members of the Southern Delaware School of the Arts “Steel, The Show” steel-drum band, in a performance with sister band Plenty Problems, won a gold medal at the Panorama Caribbean Music Festival in Virginia Beach, Va., on May 9. The only band...

Thursday, May 21, 2009 - 7:27am

Memorial Day Carnival to kick off Freeman Stage season

The 2009 Freeman Stage at Bayside will kick off this Saturday, May 23, with the “St*ARTS and Stripes” Memorial Day Carnival at 2 p.m. At the event, the Southern Delaware School of the Arts will be performing one of their plays, “Twice Upon a Time...

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 - 4:13pm