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Lewes foreign-policy class hosts noted speakers

The University of Delaware’s lifelong learning program in Lewes hosted a series of guest speakers presenting wide-ranging discussions on international issues currently facing the U.S.

Addressing hot-button topics such as terrorism,...

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 11:13am

SB taps retired police chief for temporary police admin

Ocean View agrees to paid police service

South Bethany officials are moving forward to rebuild the town’s police department after nearly the entire department resigned in the last year.

At a special meeting on April 9, the South Bethany Town Council voted to hire a temporary...

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 1:56pm

Ocean View to hold election, comp plan workshop Saturday

Residents of the town of Ocean View may want to make a point to stop by town hall on Saturday, April 13, as the town will be holding its annual council election from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Residents will vote to elect a representative for the...

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 1:54pm

Millville approves Millville Boardwalk mini-golf, ice cream shop

The Millville Town Council on Tuesday, April 9, approved site plans for a miniature-golf course and ice cream shop on Route 26.

The project, called Millville Boardwalk, is being planned by Michael McCarthy, owner of Michael McCarthy Stones...

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 1:52pm

OV enters into MOU with South Bethany for police coverage

The Ocean View Town Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the Town of South Bethany to offer Ocean View officers to help supplement police coverage in the neighboring town.

“At the request...

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 1:51pm

Springtime Jamboree coming together for FI Lions

This year’s Springtime Jamboree — the annual two-day program featuring local country music performers — will benefit the Fenwick Island Lions Club.

The Jamboree, now in its 37th year, picks a local organization to be the beneficiary of its...

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 1:49pm

Millville UMC to present Living Last Supper on April 18

The Millville United Methodist Church will be celebrating the Lenten season by offering the community the opportunity to witness the Living Last Supper.

“One of the missions of our church is to reach everyone with the word of God, and what...

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 1:46pm

Beef & Brew to celebrate Indian River High School alumni

Indian River High School alumni and friends are getting ready to celebrate a big milestone and have some fun at the Indian River Alumni Association’s 7th annual Beef & Brew on Saturday, April 13.

The event will celebrate the...

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 1:43pm

Car rally, scavenger hunt to benefit Justin’s Beach House

Drivers, start your engines. Co-pilots, grab your binoculars. The seventh annual Poker, Scrabble & Fun Car Rallye will benefit Justin’s Beach House on Saturday, April 13, starting at Hooked Up Ale House & Raw Bar in Millville.

“...

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 1:41pm

Christina Weaver, a freelance writer for the Coastal Point, is among the winners of the Rehoboth Reads writer’s contest this year. Here she is pictured with a photo of her late husband, Ike, who is featured in her winning essay.

Rehoboth Reads announces writing contest winners

Three winners have been announced in the inaugural Rehoboth Reads Writing contest, sponsored by Delaware Beach Life and Rehoboth Reads, the project launched in December 2018 that involved the city-wide reading and discussion of a single book, “...

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 1:34pm

The Delmarva Improv Group will play at Dickens Parlour Theatre April 12-13.

Dickens Parlour Theatre to host Delmarva Improv Group

The Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville on April 12-13 will host the Delmarva Improv Group, performing live stand-up comedy and an improv show.

“The show is similar to the popular television show ‘Whose Line is it Anyway,’ with Drew Carey...

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 1:32pm

JROTC students present the colors during the opening ceremonies back in 2017.

LSLL geared up for Opening Day 2019

It’s time for another season of Lower Sussex Little League baseball and softball at the Pyle Center Complex in Roxana as the organization officially throws out its first pitch Saturday, April 13, at 9 a.m.

The LSLL board and its volunteers...

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 1:29pm

Bethany Beach Breast Cancer Fun Run/Walk planned on May 11

The 11th annual Bethany Beach Breast Cancer Fun 5K Run/3K Walk will be held Saturday, May 11, at 9 a.m. at the Bethany Beach bandstand on the boardwalk. The longstanding event, sponsored by Bethany Area Realty owner/broker Ann Raskauskas, raises...

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 1:23pm

Indian River’s Zachary Schultz takes a shot in IR’s 8-10 loss against Gunston School on Friday, March 29.

Indian River boys’ lacrosse on quite a roll

After three tough season-opening losses by a combined five goals, the Indian River High School boys’ lacrosse team wasn’t discouraged, like some teams would have become. Rather they used those setbacks as learning experiences and, boy, have they...

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 1:17pm

Report outlines steps to address opioid use disorder

On Thursday, April 4, Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long joined members of Delaware’s Behavioral Health Consortium, community advocates and elected officials to accept recommendations from the Pew Charitable Trusts aimed at reforming Delaware’s addiction...

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 10:05am

Former Ocean View mayor Gordon E. Wood addresses a crowd at his public lecture on April 3rd.

Baltimore Hundred before tourists

Where did the term “Baltimore Hundred” come from, and why do we today use this term to describe Southeastern Sussex County?

Local history advocate and former Ocean View mayor Gordon E. Wood answered these and many other mysteries during...

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 10:02am

Ready for business? About one-third of Indian River's BPA students earned spots to the national conference in California in May.

IRHS students rock BPA state competition

One day, these kids could make great business employees — or executives. This year, a bunch of Indian River High School students have qualified for the Business Professionals of America (BPA) National Leadership Conference, May 1-5 in Anaheim,...

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 9:42am

IRHS celebrates second-quarter honor roll

Indian River High School recently announced its honor roll students for the second marking period in the 2018-2019 school year. Now halfway through the year, students receiving High Honors were:

• Seniors Robert Argo, Shelby Bacon, Patrick...

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 9:39am

Brimming Horn Meadery brings home state’s first Mazer Cup gold medal

Brimming Horn Meadery’s mead-maker Jon Talkington won a gold medal at the 2019 Mazer Cup International mead competition in March. The Mazer Cup International is known as the biggest mead competition in the world. There are more than 500 entries...

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 9:37am

Delmarva Birding Weekend set for April 25-28

The 2019 Delmarva Birding Weekend invites hundreds of nature enthusiasts to the shore April 25-28 to enjoy the full complement of Mid-Atlantic birds as the region welcomes warblers, tanagers and other spring migrants, and prepares to say goodbye...

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 9:12am

School board candidates’ forum to be held in Frankford

It’s time to hear what the candidates stand for. The Indian River School District board election is coming in May, and the public can attend a candidates’ forum on Wednesday, April 10, at 6 p.m. at Frankford Public Library.

Geographically...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 2:49pm

Barnhard

Dagsboro man arrested in Clarksville shooting

John Barnhard, 60, of Dagsboro was arrested last week in connection with a shooting that occurred on March 27 in unincorporated Clarksville.

Around 9:24 p.m., police said, Delaware State Police troopers were dispatched to Irons Lane and...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 2:46pm

Selbyville adds beer sales to Old Timers Day

The Selbyville Town Council has allowed the addition of beer sales at the 62nd annual Old Timers Day festival on June 15.

When two big-name vendors requested to sell beer at the outdoor street fair, Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 2:40pm

Frankford library staff looking to connect with community

The Frankford Public Library is celebrating National Library Week with an open house on Monday, April 8.

Dubbed Community Connect Night, the event begins at 5 p.m. with the PAWS Reading Program, during which attendees can show off their...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 2:38pm

Sharon Brienza is the newest member of the Millville Town Council.

Brienza joins Millville council a few years early

Sharon Brienza had a five-year plan.

The new Millville resident and longtime township clerk in her home state of New Jersey figured she’d consider wading back into municipal government in some way once she’d lived in Millville for a few...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 2:37pm

We’re now officially in egg-hunting season

Those happy bursts of daffodils and forsythia can only mean one thing: Spring has finally arrived, and with it, a bumper crop of Easter egg hunts and related activities. We have gathered them up into one festive basket — so get the kids, grab...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 2:34pm

Ocean View to host comp plan workshop

According to Delaware state code, all Delaware municipal governments are required to develop and regularly update land-use plans. The Town of Ocean View is now beginning their most recent update, and officials are seeking the public’s input....

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 2:31pm

Bethany Beach to host ’Historic Movie Theaters’

On Tuesday, April 9, the Bethany Beach Cultural & Historical Affairs Committee will host a special presentation by Michael Nazarewycz, author of “Historic Movie Theaters of Delaware.” The program will explore the genesis of the book and...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 2:24pm

Frankford concerned about proposed pond at grain site

At their April meeting on Monday, the Frankford Town Council wrestled with a plan for a stormwater pond on the Mountaire Farms property in the middle of town.

“It just seems awfully large,” Council Treasurer Velicia Melson said. “I’m not...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 2:23pm

Spring into Health fair planned in Millville on Saturday, April 6

A group of local churches has put together a health fair so extensive that it will be spread over three buildings on Saturday, April 6.

The Southeast Sussex Ministerium’s first “Spring into Health” fair is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 2:22pm

Sussex County police chiefs discuss opioid problem with County Council

Members of the Sussex County Police Chiefs Association attended Sussex County’s April 2 county council meeting to discuss the growing opioid epidemic in the community, and ask the county for their financial support.

“Our motto is: ‘...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 2:21pm

Sharon Brienza joins Millville Town Council

Sharon Brienza had a five-year plan.

The new Millville resident and longtime township clerk in her home state of New Jersey figured she’d consider wading back into municipal government in some way once she’d lived in Millville for a few...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 11:12am

Candidates can enter South Bethany race

The South Bethany Town Council has four of seven seats up for re-election this year. Candidates can now toss their hats into the ring for the 2019 race.

The deadline to file paperwork at Town Hall is Wednesday, April 10, at 4:30 p.m. The...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 11:09am

Christy Taylor speaks to the Shore Dems at Cripple Creek Country club about a proposed charter school in the Georgetown area, and about her brother, Bryan Stevenson, author of the book ‘Just Mercy’ which is also the subject of an upcoming HBO film.

Proposed charter school would focus on area’s under-served youth

Although many in the area know Christy Taylor as a music instructor and musician, her speech to the Shore Democrats on Wednesday, March 20, centered on a different passion.

Taylor — who has taught music in the Indian River School District...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 11:08am

Jeremy Hager, ISA board-certified Master Arborist, and Randy Childress of Delta Nursery discuss holly tree placement at DBG.

Anderson Holly Collection arrives at DBG

On March 27, the Delaware Botanic Gardens (DBG) received and planted 32 American holly trees that were donated from the Charles R. Anderson Holly Collection in Owings Mills, Md.

Raymond J. Sander, president of Delaware Botanic Gardens (DBG...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 10:48am

W. Scott Broadfoot’s ‘Crabs and Beer’ depicts a detailed display of one of our favorite treats, expertly expressed in his classical style. Anyone else ready for summer?

W. Scott Broadfoot joins Gallery One partners

Gallery One in Ocean View this week announced that artist Scott Broadfoot has joined the gallery as a new partner.

“Scott brings to Gallery One a unique perspective born of a lifetime of devotion to art, art in the classical and realist...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 10:41am

Mountaire sponsoring Millsboro’s Stars & Stripes

Roger Marino of Mountaire Farms presented the Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce a check for $5,000 as the first Firecracker Level sponsor for the Stars & Stripes event, set for June 29 at Cupola Park in downtown Millsboro. Pictured are:...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 10:28am

Chef Bill Clifton pauses (very briefly) from his duties as chef and co-owner at Georgetown’s The Counting House to discuss his Food Network experience.

Sussex native aims to ‘Beat Bobby Flay’ on cooking show

Bill Clifton has worked at Michelin-starred restaurants, and he still calls himself a “hometown guy.” But does this Sussex County chef have what it takes to “Beat Bobby Flay?”

The world will find out when Clifton, chef and co-owner at The...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 10:18am

Delmarva Boil Company prepared shrimp, sausage, potatoes, corn-on-the-cob and pulled pork for a Mardi Gras party at The Salt Pond back in March.

Delmarva Boil Company showcases low-country eats

Those looking to have a seafood dinner in the comfort of their own home need look no further, as the Delmarva Boil Company is ready to help.

“We’re trying to flip the restaurant experience on its head. It is catering, but we don’t like to...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 10:10am

Bunny Palooza 5K/10K run/walk set for April 20

The Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation (QRCF) recently announced that the sixth annual Bunny Palooza will take place on Saturday, April 20, the Saturday morning before Easter.

Bunny Palooza offers three options in which to participate: a...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 9:33am

Delmarva Birding Weekend set for April 25-28

The 2019 Delmarva Birding Weekend invites hundreds of nature enthusiasts to the shore April 25-28 to enjoy the full complement of Mid-Atlantic birds as the region welcomes warblers, tanagers and other spring migrants, and prepares to say goodbye...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 9:26am

DCHS students Alice Xu and Abby Agapito display the 120-numbered Anatomy & Physiology test that they completed with time to spare, and in which they placed 11th in the state and first in Sussex County in the 2019 Science Olympiad.

DCHS students score high in Science Olympiad

On Saturday, March 2, Delmarva Christian High School students Abby Agapito, Jessie Sun, Alice Xu and Jasmine Zhang participated in the 2019 Science Olympiad competition held at Delaware State College in Dover.

With 56 teams across Delaware...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 9:24am

South Bethany Police Chief Troy Crowson

BREAKING NEWS: Police chief departs South Bethany

Police Chief Troy Crowson has officially departed from his position at the South Bethany Police Department.

The announcement was posted midday on April 1 on the Town website:

“This morning, Chief Troy Crowson tendered his retirement...

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 1:41pm

Freeman Stage adds another eight headliners for 2019

Ready to “celebrate good times”? The Freeman Stage at Bayside is bringing more big names in rock, country and R&B music to Sussex County.

Freeman Stage representatives announced eight more concert acts for their 2019 season, plus the...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 12:56pm

Dozens of fraud complaints filed in Coastal Maytag closure

New company taking over storefront, but nothing else

The Delaware State Police as of mid-week had received more than 30 fraud complaints about Coastal Maytag since the Ocean View appliance store closed suddenly in early February.

That’s a large influx since the Coastal Point reported on Feb...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 12:55pm

Homeless advocates urge County to consider tiny-home solution

For the last five weeks, affordable housing has been a topic of conversation at Sussex County Council meetings, but not for the council itself.

A parade of citizens have stood before the council during its Citizens’ Privilege portion of...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 12:53pm

Packed hallways at Selbyville Middle School are the norm, according to school district officials.

Voters will decide how long IRSD students are in portable classrooms

Selbyville Middle School and two other schools will begin using modular classrooms this autumn. If voters pass the May 7 referendum for new construction, then students should only be using outdoor classrooms for about five years. If not, that...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 11:49am

Bethany venue hosting ‘jazz lounge experience’

For jazz enthusiasts, this weekend offers a rare chance to sway to the cool sounds of live jazz just steps away from the shoreline in Bethany Beach.

Bethany Beach Ocean Suites will host what is being described as a true “jazz lounge...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 11:46am

Volunteers sought to plant 3,500 trees Friday and Saturday

The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays is seeking volunteers to help plant 3,500 seedlings this weekend at the Assawoman Wildlife Area near Bethany Beach.

The planting sessions will be held at the Muddy Neck Tract off Double Bridges Road...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 11:43am

Ocean View Town Council set to approve 2020 budget

The Ocean View Town Council will likely vote on its 2020-fiscal-year budget at its April 9 meeting. The council held a budget workshop on March 26 to review the third draft of the budget.

Finance Director Dawn Parks noted that the draft...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 11:37am