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First Saturday for March focuses on women’s history

DNREC’s First State Heritage Park will explore the stories and contributions of Delaware women on March 2 for the park’s monthly First Saturday in the First State program. The day’s schedule will feature a variety of free events and activities...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:47am

Eagle Scout candidate Aiden Christopher sits under the pavilion he built for the Hope Center.

Eagle candidate builds pavilion for Hope Center

Sussex Technical High School sophomore Aidan Christopher joined scouting at the age of 6. Now, 10 years later, Christopher is close to holding the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America: Eagle.

“We started planning the project around...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:41am

Revel named to Muhlenberg College’s Fall 2018 Dean’s List

Justin Revel of Millsboro was named to the Dean’s List at Muhlenberg College for the Fall 2018 semester. To earn that academic achievement, students must earn a GPA of 3.50 or higher for the term.

Founded in 1848, Muhlenberg is a private,...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:25am

March is Youth Art Month at Selbyville library

For the staff of the Selbyville Public Library, March is always an exciting month because it ushers in local artwork produced by students in celebration of National Youth Art Month. The display brings with it an increase in patronage and pride,...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:18am

Sponsors sought for 5 in support of Sussex Tech athlete scholarship

Sussex Technical High School is hosting the first-ever Race for Coach Nic 5K on Saturday, March 9, with proceeds to support the Lou Nicoletti Scholarship for a track-and-field athlete, as well as benefiting the cross-country and track-and-field...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:53am

Angela Strong, left, receives her scholarship award from Tracy Bell, School of Nursing program coordinator, right.

Strong receives nurshing scholarship

The Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing at Beebe Healthcare announced this week that Angela Strong, a senior student from Ocean View, is the recipient of the Dr. Carl G. Pierce Jr. Scholarship.

The scholarship is awarded to a student...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:49am

For the sixth annual Girl Scout Cookie promotion in SoDel Concepts restaurants, Papa Grande’s Coastal Taqueria has whipped up fried ice cream made with Samoas. All 10 restaurants will bring their desserts to the Girl Scout Cookie Throw Down on March 14, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Clubhouse at Baywood in Millsboro.

SoDel Concepts’ Girl Scout Cookie promotion returns

For the sixth year, SoDel Concepts is featuring its Girl Scout Cookie dessert promotion. On Feb. 13 to March 14, each of the company’s 10 restaurants featured a dessert made with a flavor of the cookies.

The friendly contest between the...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:46am

Young women can compete in Girls Go CyberStart Challenge

Delaware Gov. John Carney and Chief Information Officer (CIO) James Collins last week announced that Delaware is again partnering with the SANS Institute on an initiative to empower high-school girls by providing an opportunity for them to...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:41am

Lapenna named to Clemson University Dean’s List

Lauren A. Lapenna of Selbyville has been named to the Dean’s List at Clemson University for the fall 2018 semester, the university announced this week. Lapenna is majoring in psychology.

To be named to the Dean’s List at Clemson, a student...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:38am

IRSD to try referendum again, 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.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 5:22pm

Riders from a previous Ride for Hospice event. The next event will be held Saturday, February 23rd from 8 a.m. to noon at The Freeman Fitness Center.

Neighbors support Delaware Hospice at Sea Colony’s Ride for Hospice

It takes a special kind of person to embrace a career helping people. For Peggy Dolby and her “fleet” of 385 very special volunteers who help, “The...

Friday, February 22, 2019 - 10:26am

Coastal Maytag to change hands, re-open after sudden closure

After closing without warning around Feb. 6, an Ocean View appliance store mid-week was preparing for a possible re-opening next week, while police in the intervening time had opened an investigation after complaints from some customers who’d...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 1:35pm

High-school threats not believed to be credible

The Indian River School District was taking safety precautions on Tuesday, but officials said they do not believe there to be a credible threat to its Dagsboro high school.

“Rumors of an alleged incident at Indian River High School on...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 1:34pm

Selbyville increases water fees, keeps taxes at same rate

While approving their $5 million municipal budget for 2019-2020, the Selbyville Town Council this week OK’d a rate increase for water utilities, due to rising costs.

The 2.5 percent rate increase for water and sewer utilities works out to...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 1:32pm

Caroline Gale waits to greet new and returning customers at the front of her store in Selbyville.

Caroline's brings Sparkle to Selbyville

 Want to relax? Want a fresh new look or outlook? Caroline’s Spa & Salon now does hair, nails, makeup and massage in downtown Selbyville.

The makeovers began with major renovations to the small Main Street building, one block north of...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 12:47pm

BHHS Gallo Realty welcomes Lori Jones as new ambassador

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Gallo Realty announced this week that Lori Jones has accepted the position of “Brand Ambassador” effective Jan. 30.

As a public relations professional, Jones will be responsible for the development of the...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 12:44pm

IRSD to host career fair

High-schoolers invited to College & Career Fair

All high-schoolers in Indian River School District are being invited to a College & Career Fair on Feb. 28 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Sussex Central High School.

Parents and students can speak with representatives from various colleges and...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 12:27pm

A headstone found at the site. bears the name C.S. Hall and the lines ‘Co. K, 32nd U.S.C.T.,’ an abbreviation for U.S. Colored Troops, the designation for units comprising African-American soldiers during the Civil War.

Site of purported African-American cemetery discovered near Frankford

Archaeologists working at a property near Frankford have discovered what appears to be the site of a cemetery known to the local community to contain the remains of African-Americans who lived in the area, state officials announced this week....

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 12:22pm

Candidates sought for 2019 IRSD school board election

Candidates have until March 1 to register for the 2019 school board elections. School districts across Sussex County are revving up for the May 14 elections.

Four of 10 positions are up for grabs in the Indian River School District, in...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 12:18pm

Ocean View seeks candidates for council election

Ocean View residents who want to serve their community have less than two weeks to file to run in the April town council election.

Candidates are being sought to serve in seats from District 1 and District 2 — currently held by Bill Olsen...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 12:15pm

Read Aloud Delaware volunteers and staff stock the new Little Free Library on N. Bedford Street in Georgetown with children’s books. Joining in the unveiling are, from left: Bob Kotowski, who built and donated the library; Carol Johnson, a Read Aloud volunteer and team leader; Jeanne Brennan, Sussex County and State Board of Directors member; and Stacy Penaranda, Sussex County coordinator.

Little Free Library unveiled to celebrate World Read Aloud Day

When Todd Bol created the first Little Free Library in 2009, he may have never dreamed that there would eventually be more than 75,000 of the small book exchanges in 88 countries around the world.

The latest in Sussex County was unveiled...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 11:57am

Affordable-housing advocates plead with County

Affordable housing (or the lack thereof), was a topic of discussion at the Feb. 10 Sussex County Council meeting.

A letter submitted to the council by Howard Gorrell was read into the record by County Attorney J. Everett Moore Jr.

...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 10:33am

Mountaire responded to a wastewater spill at their Millsboro facility on Wednesday, Feb. 13.

Mountaire cleans up another wastewater release

Wastewater once again escaped Mountaire Farms’ poultry processing facility in Millsboro on Wednesday, Feb. 13.

The accidental release of up to 1 million gallons of partially treated wastewater was discovered around 5 a.m. that morning. It...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 10:30am

Old-school cookin’

American Legion chicken-and-dumpling dinner keeps ‘slippery’ tradition alive

Years ago, chicken-and-dumpling dinners were extremely common in Southern Delaware — it seemed like every fire house and church had them several times a year.

Not so much anymore.

So when they do come around, it’s a chance to...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 10:19am

Millville man arrested on weapons charges after firing shot

The Delaware State Police this week arrested a Millville man after a domestic incident allegedly led to him obtain a weapon and fire a round.

According to the DSP, on Feb. 16, around 6 p.m., troopers were dispatched to Dorothy Circle near...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 10:11am

Post-party bullet hole being investigated

The Delaware State Police this week were investigating a shots-fired incident that occurred sometime early Sunday, Feb. 17, near Dagsboro.

Around 3:06 p.m., police said, DSP troopers were dispatched to Colony Drive in Bay Colony for a...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 10:08am

Punkin Chunkin looking for a new home, hoping to build tradition

“It’s official. We are back — although, we never left or dissolved, despite any rumors,” the organizers of the World Punkin Chunkin Championship announced recently.

The event “may have been dormant for the past two years, but there were...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 10:04am

Selbyville will have a contested election

For the first time in years, Selbyville residents will have an opportunity to vote in a town council election.

Elections are usually canceled in the ever-expanding town, simply because the incumbents are the only people who file to run...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 9:59am

Body of Lewes woman found near inlet

Delaware State Police this week released the identity of a woman whose body was found near the Indian River Inlet on Tuesday, Feb. 12.

Surfers discovered the body of Amy Conrad, 48, of Lewes, which had washed up on the beach near the north...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 9:56am

Mardi Gras

Coastal Point photos • Tyler Valliant

The Friends of the Selbyville Public Library held their annual Mardi Gras fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 16. Proceeds benefit the public library. Notes on the Beach provided entertainment while event-...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 9:39am

The Selbyville Middle School Lego Robotics Team poses for a photo with their Lego robots.

SMS shoots for the stars with robotics win, asking for public support

Selbyville Middle Schoolers have been on a space mission all winter. They’ve designed an autonomous robot to help with humankind’s mission to Mars: moving satellites into orbit, angling solar panels toward the sun, moving supplies by the cartful...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 9:36am

161 Layton – Front Entry

SEA Studio Architects get Merit Awards

SEA Studio Architects of Bethany Beach was recently honored with two Merit Awards for design excellence by the Delaware American Institute of Architects at their bi-annual awards program on Jan. 24. SEA Studio’s 161 Layton and Cardinal residences...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 9:28am

Nancy Ponton sews her one-of-a-kind purses. Below right, are Ponton’s Here Kitty and Octopus purses.

Gallery One welcomes fiber artist Nancy Ponton to its Artisan Room

Owning a one-of-a-kind purse is now available at Gallery One. The gallery this week announced that Nancy Ponton’s individualized purses are on displayed in the gallery’s Artisan’s Room.

Ponton shifted her creative energies into “fabric...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 9:20am

The Selbyville Middle School girls’ basketball team took home first-place trophies in the H&R Block bracket at the Capital Classic.

SMS, Scurci show ‘No Mercy’ to win bracket at Capital Classic

The Selbyville Middle School girls’ basketball team finished off its 2018-2019 campaign showing “No Mercy” to their opponents.

Behind a game-high 11 points from sixth-grader Sophie Scurci, the Indians rolled to a 21-10 win over Mariner in...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 8:52am

Daddy-Daughter Dance a perfect date for young ladies

There’s a story about a woman who remembers her dad once escorting her to a father-daughter date night, at age 10. He gave her flowers, treated her to dinner, held the door and helped her realize how she always deserves to be treated by gentlemen...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 8:44am

Most Blessed Sacrament students work with robotics

Fourth-grade students at Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic School work on the final stages of their robotics lesson. MBS is a STREAM school, emphasizing science, technology, religion, engineering, arts and mathematics in the curriculum. Grade-level...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 8:40am

High-school threats not believed to be credible

The Indian River School District was taking safety precautions on Tuesday, but officials said they do not believe there to be a credible threat to...

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 1:41pm

Millsboro moving forward on downtown upgrades

Millsboro’s downtown district is about to get a makeover, thanks to a plan approved by town council members earlier this month.

The council authorized Town Manager Sheldon P. Hudson to begin the process of collecting bids to work on three...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 2:59pm

Ocean View updating its Emergency Operations Plan

The Town of Ocean View’s first Emergency Operations Plan was drafted and brought before council in June 2006, Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin noted recently. Back then, it was an “all-hazards approach” to emergencies and was well-received...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 2:58pm

Millville seeks resident to fill vacant town council seat

There will be no town council election in Millville again this year, but there is an opening that will need to be filled, as Council Treasurer Susan Brewer is stepping down from her seat on the council.

The Town received only two candidate...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 2:57pm

Film society hosting second African American Film Festival

Building on the success of its inaugural African American Film Festival in 2018, the Rehoboth Beach Film Society is presenting the event again this year, again in cooperation with the Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice.

This...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 2:55pm

Mountaire directed to clean up after wastewater accident at Millsboro facility

The Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control (DNREC) announced on Wednesday, Feb. 13, that it had been notified that day about an accidental release of partially treated wastewater at Mountaire Farms of Delaware’s poultry...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 2:53pm

South Bethany approves new police ranks and hires

South Bethany is paving a solid path forward for its police department, as the town council has unanimously approved a new rank and salary scale, plus several candidates for two vacant positions.

After the probationary period, there are...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 2:52pm

Bishop’s Landing dumpster plan gets tabled for now

In Millville, one man’s trash is another man’s… trash.

And it turns out, no one wants it in their back yard, or anywhere near their front- or side-yard, either.

A public hearing on a move to change the permitted location of trash...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 2:45pm

The Selbyville Public Library will be the place to be on Saturday, Feb. 16, for the Mardi Gras benefit.

Party like it’s Mardi Gras at Selbyville library fundraiser

Live music and fine food will carry guests to the Big Easy at this weekend’s Mardi Gras benefit for the Selbyville Public Library.

New Orleans provides the lively theme for the event on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 6 to 9 p.m., hosted at the...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 2:43pm

George Downing, manager of the new Tractor Supply Co. store in Millsboro, has been working in the store since December, getting ready for the Feb. 9 grand opening.

Tractor Supply Co. opens Millsboro store

Chicks coming soon!

Tractor Supply Co., a nationwide retail chain that offers everything from chicks to tractor tires, has opened a location in Millsboro.

The Millsboro store, located at 28668 Dupont Highway (Route 113), held its grand opening on Saturday,...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 2:21pm

Valor Awards to recognize local first-responders

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce is set on Friday, Feb. 22, to honor the outstanding police officers, paramedics, EMT’s and firefighters who help keep local communities safe throughout the year. The 2019 Joshua M. Freeman Valor Awards...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 1:24pm

Kristina and Sean Malone started Santa’s Letters this last holiday season, and will be holding a spaghetti dinner to raise funds for continued local projects.

Santa’s Letters gets a pasta-tive response

Spaghetti-dinner fundraiser planned for March 2

The husband-and-wife team that started Santa’s Letters — a local organization that sent out hundreds of letters to children during the holiday season and helped a dozen local families have a better Christmas — will be holding a spaghetti dinner...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 1:14pm

Southern Delaware Chorale to honor Black History Month

The Southern Delaware Chorale (SDC), under the direction of Colin Armstrong, will present a concert called “A Choral Patchwork,” in honor of Black History Month, on Sunday, Feb. 24, beginning at 3 p.m. at Epworth United Methodist Church in...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 1:08pm

A Night to Shine

Ocean View Church of Christ, in partnership with the Tim Tebow Foundation, held its third annual ‘A Night to Shine’ event on Friday, Feb. 8. The event provides a prom-like experience for special needs kids.

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 11:56am