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Mary Bode Byrd was recently announced as the newest partner at Gallery One in Ocean View. Byrd has spent 30 years in visual communications and graphic design.

Byrd joins Gallery One’s slate of artists

The artists of Gallery One in Ocean View recently welcomed new partner Mary Bode Byrd.

“Mary’s work is filled with energy, exuberance and whimsy!” representatives said, noting that Byrd brings to the gallery 30 years of experience in...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 10:17am

AAUW recognizes science fair participants

The Coastal Georgetown Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) recognized four young women for their outstanding projects presented on March 4 at the Sussex County Science Fair.

Addison Dapias and Mackenzie Bogan,...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 10:05am

Local AARP chapter offering five trips this spring

The South Coastal Delaware Chapter of AARP (formerly the American Association of Retired Persons) is offering five trips — including a four-day “I Love Lucy” adventure to Jamestown, N.Y., and Erie, Pa., which will highlight landmarks associated...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 9:24am

Coastal Camera Club to host Photo Beach Bash on March 24

The Coastal Camera Club announced this week that it will feature nationally renowned photographers as speakers at its Photo Beach Bash on March 24 at the Atlantic Sands Hotel & Conference Center, 101 N. Boardwalk, Rehoboth Beach. Doors will...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 9:22am

Study: Local towns among safest in state

Three South Coastal Delaware towns were recently recognized for being in the top 10 safest places to live in Delaware.

HomeSnacks.net analyzed statistics from 20 municipalities in Delaware with a population of more than 2,000, and named...

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 1:19pm

Michelle Freeman announces the lineup for the 2019 summer season at the Freeman Stage.

Freeman Stage lineup includes Diana Ross, Boz Scaggs, Buddy Guy

Only half of the 2019 lineup has been announced for the Freeman Stage at Bayside, but it’s already shaping up to be another banner year at the outdoor performing arts center on Route 54 near Fenwick Island.

Tickets for all shows will go on...

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 1:17pm

South Bethany seeks multi-pronged security plan while rebuilding PD

South Bethany will try a little of everything to keep the town secure this year, including, frankly, a little outsourcing.

After March 16, the police department will have one chief, one officer and four vacancies, after two more police...

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 1:14pm

CHEER requests financial support from Sussex County

At its meeting on March 12, the Sussex County Council was asked to financially support CHEER’s Cooking for Sussex Seniors program.

Ken Bock, chief executive officer for CHEER, spoke to the council about 93-year-old Coast Guard veteran...

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 1:08pm

Frankford officials embarking on comp plan update

Frankford is set to begin the process of updating the Town’s comprehensive plan, which will serve as the blueprint for the Town’s development and decision-making for the next 10 years, as well as giving the town an updated picture of itself....

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 1:03pm

IRHS students participate in BPA State Leadership Conference

More than two dozen students from Indian River High School’s chapter of Business Professionals of America (BPA) competed at the State Leadership Conference held at the Dover Downs Conference Center on Feb. 26.

The 29 IRHS students vied...

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 12:52pm

First Shore Federal S&L earns Bauer Financial Inc. 5-Star rating

Bauer Financial Inc. recently announced that First Shore Federal Savings & Loan Association has been awarded its highest (5-Star) rating for financial strength and stability. Earning a 5-Star rating, they said, indicates the bank excels in...

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 12:50pm

Parker named to Widener Law Commonwealth Dean’s List

Widener University Commonwealth Law School Dean Christian Johnson this week announced Dean’s List students for the Fall 2018 semester. Students named to the list earned a grade point average in the top 20 percent of their class and division for...

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 10:14am

Devyn Dowling

Youth Art Month marks 15 years in Selbyville

Selbyville students have brought color and creativity to the 2019 Youth Art Month exhibition, hosted by Selbyville Community Club. More than 60 prizes were awarded at the March 9 reception, to artists ranging from kindergarteners to high-school...

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 10:10am

Bayside named Community of the Year in national design competition

Bayside, a mixed-use coastal resort community in West Fenwick was named the Community of the Year in the 2018 Best in American Living Awards (BALA) by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Bayside won the best mixed-use community...

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 10:04am

Dr. Kevin Bristowe, M.D., of the Beebe Medical Staff, left, presents scholarship awards to Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing at Beebe Healthcare seniors Katherine Cessna of Millville, center-left; Renee Adams of Laurel, center; and Kylie Powell of Rehoboth Beach, center-right; along with Tracy Bell, School of Nursing program coordinator.

Cessna among Nursing Scholar scholarship recipients

The Medical Staff at Beebe Healthcare created the Nursing Scholar’s program to support the nursing education of eligible candidates in the Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing at Beebe Healthcare. Among this year’s recipients of the Medical...

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 9:06am

Webelos 2 Den leader & Assistant Cub Scout Master Brendan Crotty and Cub Master David Kittell pose with members Keagan Crotty, Colin Shoobridge, Aiden Magee, Jake Garner, Tyler Netting and James Mulholland as they display their Arrows of Light.

Local Webelos earn Arrows of Light

Pack 280 Cub Scouts held their annual Blue & Gold Banquet on Saturday, Feb. 23. Six Webelos 2 boys earned their Arrow of Light, the highest achievement in Cub Scouts: Keagan Crotty, Colin Shoobridge, Aiden Magee, Jake Garner, Tyler Netting...

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 9:02am

Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club officers present their $1,000 donation to Operation Second Chance Chairperson Walt Ellenberger. Standing, from left, are: Val Ellenberger, Paulette Rappa, John Berner, Cathy Cardaneo, Howard Farrer, Lucille Cavan, Mike Hall, Mark Moscowitz, Kathy Williams, Connie Little, Judy Hall and Walt Ellenberger.

Rotary donation to help fund Operation Second Chance

On Jan. 15, the Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club donated $1,000 to Operation Second Chance, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving wounded veterans and their families as they recover and transition back to civilian life, including more than...

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 8:41am

Spring passport fairs planned in Dagsboro

Families with school-aged children can find it hard to leave work early and take their children out of school to process their passport applications. That’s where two upcoming “passport fairs” being hosted by the Dagsboro post office, can offer...

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 8:39am

It might be too cold for us, but this little lady had a pretty successful weekend at the beach, according to personnel at the Marine Education Research & Rehabilitation (MERR) Institute, once they helped her out and got her back on track.

MERR sees busy month with seals, other strandings

Personnel at the Marine Education Research & Rehabilitation (MERR) Institute have been busy lately, wrapping up what they said was a very busy month of February.

On Saturday morning, March 2, the group responded to a 3.5-foot yearling...

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 8:38am

Millville working toward June adoption of comp plan update

The Town of Millville’s latest update to its comprehensive plan — its blueprint for growth and development — took another step forward on Tuesday, Feb. 26 as the committee shepherding it met to fine tune some of its language.

Debbie Pfeil...

Friday, March 8, 2019 - 8:57am

Millville approves changes to Millville By the Sea

At its Feb. 26 workshop meeting, the Millville Town Council voted to approve changes to the road and right-of-way plats for Millville By the Sea and three sections of that community.

The issue had been tabled from the council’s Feb. 12...

Friday, March 8, 2019 - 8:56am

Selbyville again chooses incumbents in rare election

The Selbyville Town Council will remain the same for another two years. In the 2019 election, residents chose the two incumbent council members to continue their service to the town.

To keep their town council seats, G. Frank Smith III and...

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 4:46pm

More officers leave SBPD as council reacts to FOIA complaint

Two more officers will soon part ways with the South Bethany Police Department. As of Friday, March 1, both Sgt. Alfred “Lee” Davis and Officer (Ptlm.) Nate Hudson had given their two weeks’ notice.

At this point, the SBPD will start...

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 4:45pm

IRSD to try referendum again, while asking for less

Board cites concerns over security and cramped quarters

Local students will be going to school in portable trailers. How long they’re in those temporary classrooms is up to voters.

The Indian River School District will go to public referendum again on Tuesday, May 7, this time requesting just...

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 4:44pm

Chick-fil-A awards scholarships

On Friday, March 1, Chick-fil-A in Millsboro awarded scholarships valued at $2,500 apiece to four employees. From left, franchise owner Tim Sweetman, Brandon Lewis, Katelyn Hitchens, Abigail Simpson and Gabrielle Guy pose for a photo in...

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 4:42pm

From left, Bob Suttmiller, Colin Mullen, Andrea Kohler, Christine Arancio and Mike Hunt get together at the Giant Foods in Millville as the athletes present the store managers a plaque to thank them for hiring Special Olympics athletes.

Giant recognized for supporting local Riptide athletes

Giant Foods in Millville does more than sell food — they also support local organizations, including Special Olympics.

In fact, Giant employs four of the local Sussex Riptide Special Olympics athletes — Colin Mullen, Katie Bowers, Andrea...

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 4:39pm

Four Indian River board seats scheduled for election on May 14

Across Sussex County, school board elections will be held Tuesday, May 14. In the Indian River School District, four of 10 positions on the board are up for election in 2019.

In District 4, there are two candidates for one seat. Donald G....

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 4:37pm

Sussex County Council appoints John Williamson to Board of Adjustments

The Sussex County Council this week appointed John Williamson to serve on the County’s Board of Adjustment.

“I have been a lifelong member of Sussex County, and I’ve been active member of my church and community,” said Williamson, noting...

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 4:36pm

Frankford ponders need for property code enforcement

The need for homeowners to clean up their properties prompted one Frankford Town Council member to remark at the Monday, March 4, council meeting that perhaps the Town needs an official to monitor the conditions of those properties.

“What...

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 4:34pm

Local Lego club putting the pieces together at library

Stop in at the South Coastal Library on a Saturday, and some of the coolest kids around might be building some super-awesome things.

Started last summer, the library’s Lego Club has continued through the winter, with a solid group of...

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 4:27pm

Samantha Reynolds' Mermaid Galley features Eastern Shore recipes passed down to her from her grandparents, including the much-beloved Smith Island cake.

Millville’s Mermaid Galley offers fare for merfolk and more

The bright teal structure next to the Millville Town Peddler is brand new, as are the shiny appliances lining the interior of Millville’s newest eatery — the Mermaid Galley.

The food, however, is classic Eastern Shore. Crabcakes, oyster...

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 12:23pm

Cramer, Bolander to wed

Mr. and Mrs. Earl Cramer of Bethany Beach recently announced the engagement of their daughter Sara Helen Cramer, to Logan James Bolander, son of Curtis and Traci Bolander of Newark. The bride-to-be, a graduate of the University of Delaware, works...

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 11:26am

Local musician and music teacher Taylor Knox visits with student Lucas Bennett during Knox’s regular Friday-night gig and open-mic at Hooked Up in Millville. Knox is also part of the local reggae-rock band Human Connection, and is now shepherding the Taylor Knox Project as that progressive-rock trio brings its original songs to local venues.

Taylor Knox fills his days, nights and local venues with music

It’s not often that a hometown musician gets to play for five hours every Friday for an audience that begins as happy-hour retirees, moves on to family dinner-timers and ends with a younger crowd of open-mic devotees. The place is Millville’s...

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 11:22am

Morris named to Dean’s List at Alvernia University

Tyzhir Morris of Millsboro has been named to Alvernia University’s Dean’s List for the fall 2018 semester. As a freshman in the fall, Morris studied early childhood pre-K-4, with special-ed pre-K-8, at Alvernia. Morris is a graduate of Sussex...

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 10:20am

Job fair helping employers hire for summer or for life

Businesses and job-seekers can mark their calendars for a free job fair on Friday, March 22. The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce will help play matchmaker for people, whether they’re seeking full-time, part-time or summer employment....

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 10:18am

Short story contest open for submissions

The Rehoboth Beach Reads Short Story Contest, which is in its seventh year, is now open for submissions. The contest, which is organized by Cat & Mouse Press and sponsored by Browseabout Books, invites writers to submit stories of 500 to 3,...

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 10:05am

Beans, Birds, & Beer on tap for March 9

The 2019 Beans, Birds, & Beer (BB&B) series is in full swing, with the next trip scheduled for March 9 in Southern Delaware.

Locally-based Delmarva Birding Weekends is inviting hundreds of nature enthusiasts to the shore for year-...

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 9:20pm

Mid-Coast Gymnastics Studio in Selbyville will host the 2019 Delaware State Gymnastics Championship on Saturday, March 17.

Mid-Coast Gymnastics to host state championship meet

More than 260 gymnasts from up, down and all across the state of Delaware will descend upon the area on Saturday, March 17, for the 2019 Delaware State Gymnastics Championships. Local gym Mid-Coast Gymnastics Studio in Selbyville will serve as...

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 9:13pm

OTS gearing up for 22nd year

Organization set to induct first Hall of Fame class

The Olde Tymers Softball League (OTS) is set to begin its 22nd year this coming season, and this year they have created a Hall of Fame to honor members from the past who have played or supported the league.

Established as a senior softball...

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 8:53pm

Tunnel Cancer Center receives $30,000 from Flounder Pounder Open

The Flounder Pounder Open, hosted by Paradise Marina and Short’s Marine, is the largest flounder tournament in the world. This year’s tournament will once again benefit Beebe Healthcare’s Tunnell Cancer Center and will be held at Paradise Grill...

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 8:51pm

Zach Brown discusses plans to put Brown Brothers Brewing in Dagsboro, pending approvals.

Brown Brothers Brewing eyes Dagsboro’s Savannah Square

Small craft-brew business gets preliminary approval from council

A different type of business is looking to provide Dagsboro residents with a friendly, relaxed atmosphere for beer drinkers to enjoy the fine crafts of a microbrewery, and the Dagsboro Town Council this week unanimously gave their initial...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:24pm

Candidates have the final say before rare Selbyville election

The Selbyville Town Council hasn’t had a contested election since 2011, according to Town Hall. That makes the 2019 council election a relatively rare occurrence. Voting is scheduled for Saturday, March 2, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Selbyville...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:17pm

Ocean View officials discuss property reassessment progress

The Town of Ocean View held a budget workshop earlier this week at which the status of property reassessments was reviewed.

“This is very complicated and confusing,” said Finance Director Dawn Parks, noting that she understands the...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:14pm

Delaware a ‘microcosm’ of U.S. slave stats pre-Civil War

Although Sussex County had the largest numbers of slaves of the three Delaware counties during the first century of the United States’ existence, slavery was not a large part of life here, according to a Delaware history interpreter who spoke at...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:13pm

Donations sought to support students looking for Pathways

Imagine going to high school and not having enough money to buy lunch… What would you do?

Sussex Technical High School teacher assistant Jacques O. Bowe Jr. is finding out that many of his students are dealing with just that issue.

...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:11pm

First-responders recognized for service to the community

“Valor is the demonstration of boldness and bravery in the face of adversity and danger,” said Josh Mastrangelo, senior vice president of the Carl M. Freeman Companies at the Joshua M. Freeman Valor Awards on Feb. 22. “In our communities, it is...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:08pm

Bayshore Community Church’s rEcess program offers parents of children with disabilities a night out once a month, and a fun evening for the children.

Bayshore offers rEcess to families with special needs

Bayshore Community Church is looking to support families with special needs by providing a once-a-month respite.

Program Director Birgitta Canfield said she and her husband had attended a fundraiser for rEcess and fell in love with the...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 12:25pm

Laura Hickman takes us down snow-touched dunes in ‘Looking South Bethany Beach,’ one of the many pieces on display for Gallery One’s ‘Warm & Cool’ exhibit.

Gallery One gets both ‘Warm & Cool’ for March

This month, the theme for the artists at Gallery One is a play on words: “Warm & Cool.” With the artists contemplating the chilly temperature outside (while feeling optimism for the warmth to come) and the artistic rule of juxtaposing warm...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 11:17am

Ellen McLaughlin’s submission to the Bethany Beach photo contest will be featured in the Town of Bethany Beach’s calendar, which will be released in May.

Bethany Beach announces photo contest winners

The Town of Bethany Beach this week announced the winners in its 2019 photo contest.

“The Town of Bethany Beach would like to acknowledge all of those who submitted photos for its annual calendar contest,” said Julie Malewski, events...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 11:10am

SDSA students perform in ‘Sally Sells Seashells (and You Can Too!)’

The students at Southern Delaware School of the Arts in Selbyville put on a show for the public on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22 and 23. The musical was about a new girl who moves to a beach town and convinces the kids that she can make their...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:55am