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Carl M. Freeman Companies announces new staff roles

The Carl M. Freeman Companies recently announced that Nick Freeman has been named the director of Commercial Operations and Kate Cramer has been named as Strategic Marketing coordinator for the Rockville, Md., based real estate and land...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 11:02am

Laura Hickman’s ‘Farnyard Superlatives, Most Likely to Succeed'

It’s ‘Hip to Be Square’ at Gallery One in August

Gallery One recently announced the theme of its August show, “Hip to be Square,” open to the public July 31 through Aug. 27.

This month’s theme at Gallery One explores the idea of “being hip to be square,” both literally and figuratively....

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 10:30am

Keller Williams Realty announces the Top Producers for June

Keller Williams Realty has announced the June 2019 Top Producers for its southeast Sussex County locations.

Jenn Jones of the Bethany Beach office won top honors for highest listing volume for individual agent for the month of June. Other...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 10:24am

Jennings, national coalition reach largest data breach settlement in history

Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings on Monday, July 22, announced a settlement with Equifax as the result of an investigation into the largest-ever breach of consumer data.

Under the terms of the settlement, Equifax agreed to provide...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 10:23am

Dr. Dawn Gifford, staff, and members of four seperate Chambers of Commerce stand at the ribbon cutting for the new Atlantic Acupuncture in Berlin.

Atlantic Acupuncture opens location in Berlin

On Tuesday, July 9, Atlantic Acupuncture celebrated its grand opening by hosting a ribbon-cutting and open house in Berlin, Md., with four local Chambers of Commerce in attendance: the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, Ocean Pines (Md.)...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 10:22am

IRSD receives more than $2M in state grant funding

The Indian River School District has received three grants from the State of Delaware totaling more than $2.2 million, district officials announced on July 15. The grants will provide funding for professional learning activities for teachers and...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 10:20am

Wommack recognized with June 2019 LOVE Letter Award

Beebe Healthcare recently recognized Nancy Wommack, denials management specialist, as the June 2019 recipient of its Living Our Values Every day (LOVE) Letter award.

Beebe representatives said that, as a denials management specialist,...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 10:19am

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 25, 2019 - 10:19am

Dagsboro to host Night Out on Aug. 6

On Tuesday, Aug. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m., Dagsboro will host its second annual Night Out event, designed to encourage positive relationships among the whole community, and specifically with local law-enforcement. Night Out is a national event...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 10:18am

Sussex Tech is the first local school district to use the state-sponsored Rave Panic Button mobile app, shown here during a test in the Sussex County Emergency Operations Center.

Sussex Tech adds safety mobile app for emergency situations

In an emergency, Sussex Technical High School educators can now notify each other and 911 simultaneously. The Sussex Technical School District is one of the first districts to take advantage of a state-wide offering of an emergency-response...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 10:17am

After the Storm

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant

A violent storm pushed through the area on the night of Monday, July 22. The sign at the Fenwick Inn and a tree at John West Park fell victim to high winds.

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 10:02am

Every week, vehicle enthusiasts gather with their prized cars and trucks at Dairy Queen in Millsboro.

Car enthusiasts Cruise In to Millsboro weekly

What do dozens of car devotees, gathered with their classics and shiny engines, do on a hot July evening?

They meet at Dairy Queen in Millsboro for cones, conversation and the weekly Cruise In’.

“Most people who have old cars, their...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 9:49am

Children learn about the box turtle from Meghan Rhode of Assateague State Park.

Fenwick storytime events keep kids interested

The Barefoot Gardeners Children’s Storytime visited Fenwick Island Town Hall on Wednesday, July 10, as 20 children participated in a meet-and-greet with Ranger Meghan Rhode from Assateague State Park, who introduced the children to several of her...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 9:38am

Kindergarteners Jack Parks, Camille Leslie, Gavin Dennis, Hunter Harrison and Matthew Evangelista, front row, enjoy time with the kindergarten teacher team of Brittany Flurer, Heather Dennis and Kelley Burton, back row.

WPS adds second section of kindergarten, extends after care hours

Worcester Preparatory School recently announced the addition of a second section of kindergarten to the Lower School for this fall. The two classes will be led by the teaching team of Kelley Burton and Heather Dennis, along with kindergarten...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 9:35am

Sussex County wins top bond rating from Moody’s Investors Service

Sussex County has hit a financial home run, scoring a “triple A” bond rating from one of the nation’s leading investment analysis firms.

Moody’s Investors Service on Friday, July 12, upgraded the County’s general obligation bond rating — a...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 9:33am

Players celebrate after a previous Little League World Series game.

Senior Softball LLWS set to take over Pyle Center on Monday

For more than 15 years, the Lower Sussex Little League Complex and the Pyle Center has been the home for the Little League Senior League Softball World Series, and the international showcase will see its first pitch for 2019 this Monday, July 29...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 9:32am

Jason Musser, left, and his father Calvin Musser III, right.

Musser Racing means experience

Frankford resident races the region with father

When Frankford racecar driver Jason Musser lines up on the grid in any one of the three divisions he races, he brings with him an extra 54 years of racing experience, in the form of his father, Calvin Musser III. Together with Jason Musser’s six...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 9:23am

The LSLL Minor Softball team savors their championship win.

LSLL Minor Softball wins state championship

Lewis pitches team to win over Smyrna

They took their season as far as they could and came away with the ultimate prize.

The Lower Sussex Minors Softball team faced Smyrna in the championship round of the state tournament and came away with a 5-3 win over their counterparts in...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 9:19am

The LSLL Major Baseball team huddles during a game.

LSLL Major Baseball picks up walk-off win in state opener

The Lower Sussex Majors Baseball team started its quest for a state title with an edge-of-your-seat, nail-biting walk-off win, thanks to a grand slam off the bat of Rosnell Lewis on Monday, July 22.

The blast gave the District 3 reps a 14-...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 9:16am

Athletes Against Alzheimer’s 5K Run/Walk set for Aug. 4

On Aug. 4, the 5th Annual Athletes Against Alzheimer’s 5K Run/Walk, presented by Loftus Wealth Strategies, is planned. The 5K run/walk will benefit the work of the Alzheimer’s Association’s Delaware Valley Chapter in Sussex County.

Michael...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 9:06am

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

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