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Read Aloud Delaware Sussex County Coordinator Stacy Penaranda, second from left, joins, from left, Sussex County Committee member Marge Bettors, tree sponsor Skip Faust and committee member Margaret Roe by the ‘Goodnight, Moon’ tree at Grotto’s Grand Slam restaurant in Lewes. Faust has sponsored the Read Aloud trees for 10 years.

Read Aloud Delaware thanks Faust for sponsorship

With a little help over the years from the Very Hungry Caterpillar, Frosty the Snowman, and Clifford the Big Red Dog, Read Aloud Delaware’s children’s book-themed Christmas trees at the Grotto’s Grand Slam restaurant in Lewes have celebrated the...

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 9:03am

SCHS announces first-quarter honor roll

Sussex Central High School in Millsboro recently announced its Honor Roll for the first marking period in the 2018-2019 school year. Students named to the list included:

• Seniors with High Honors — Aiden Abbott, Zachary Ables, Ortiz Ailon...

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 8:57am

Fire & Ice Festival to kick off Jan. 25

Now in its second year, the award-winning Fire & Ice Festival is set to begin on Friday, Jan. 25, in downtown Bethany Beach.

At the festival presented by the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, Bethany Beach Ocean Suites and the...

Friday, January 18, 2019 - 9:26am

Outdoorsman Marketplace

The Millville fire hall was the place to be on Saturday, Jan. 12, as they hosted their inaugural Outdoorsman Marketplace.

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 11:08am

Mountaire offers Selbyville $1M to close part of Hosier Street

Traffic regularly comes to a full stop on Hosier Street in Selbyville when Mountaire trucks are on the move. Poultry plant employees direct traffic to pause many times a day as tractor-trailers back out of a holding area across the street...

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 11:05am

Bullet, bullet holes reportedly found inside Clarksville home

It’s not unusual around these parts to hear “celebratory” gun shots on the night of New Year’s Eve.

It is unusual, however, to find a bullet in your house on New Year’s Eve day — or in the case of Mary Smith, for your dog to find one....

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 11:02am


Ocean View welcomes Houck as new town manager

There’s a new town manager walking the halls of the Wallace A. Melson Municipal Building, and she is bringing a wealth of experience.

Carol Houck, who is originally from Philadelphia, has been in public service her whole career. She...

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 11:00am

Construction to begin on Woodland drainage project

By the start of summer, the residents of Ocean View should be able to see less standing water on Woodland Avenue. The Town of Ocean View held an informational meeting for residents last week to discuss the Woodland Avenue drainage project, slated...

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 10:58am

DelDOT proposes four-way stop on Route 20 near Roxana

Drivers near Roxana know to be cautious and quick where State Route 20 (Zion Church Road) meets Johnson Road/Bayard Road.

But after 14 collisions in three years, the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) is proposing a four-way...

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 10:55am

Mountaire donates $20,000 to local Boys & Girls Club

Oak Orchard club launches campaign

Mountaire Farms has provided a $20,000 donation to help launch a fund-raising campaign to expand the Oak Orchard/Riverdale Boys & Girls Club.

The club currently serves 100 children from the local area and has a waiting list of those...

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 10:54am

Townsend behind the scenes of battle

Civil War history typically focuses on the strategy and tactics of clashing armies on the battlefield. Less attention is paid to the grotesque and consequential scenes unfolding to the rear of the main action.

As a reporter for the New...

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 10:40am

Rob Chadwich shows off his new guitar, handmade and donated by Frets4Vets, after he completed the Frets4Vets program.

One chord at a time

Program changing veterans’ lives by teaching them to play guitar

Rob Chadwick had tried to learn to the guitar years ago.

“It didn’t work out real well,” said Chadwick.

A veteran of two tours in Vietnam, Chadwick, now 71, lives near Lewes with his wife, Lorraine. He has struggled with post-...

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 10:37am

Bunny Palooza! run/walk set for April 20

The Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation (QRCF) this week announced that the eighth annual Bunny Palooza! will take place on Saturday, April 20 — the Saturday morning before Easter.

Bunny Palooza! is a 10K run or 5K run/walk to benefit the...

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 9:15am

School district hosting public referendum information meetings

People are starting to build opinions — and, more importantly, to educate themselves — on the Indian River School District’s proposed public referendum.

On Feb. 5, residents will vote on whether to pay for additional classrooms, staff and...

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 2:18pm

Ladies and gentlemen, your new Sussex County Council. Top row, from left, John Rieley, Sam Vincent and Doug Hudson. Bottom, from left, I.G. Burton III and Michael Vincent.

County paramedics enter into training MOU with Beebe

The Sussex County Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a memorandum-of-understanding (MOU) between Beebe Healthcare and Sussex County EMS.

While the two entities have had MOUs in the past, EMS Education Coordinator Edward Engdahl Sr....

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 2:11pm

Ocean View continues hotel/lodging discussions

Last month, the Town of Ocean View was approached by Bob Thornton of Silverstock LLC, requesting the Town consider an ordinance that would allow for hotel/lodging uses in the Town’s Mixed-Use Planned Communities (MXPC) zone, through the granting...

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 2:06pm

Frankford residents say areas of town need a clean-up

Much of the nearly two-hour Frankford Town Council meeting on Monday, Jan. 7, was devoted to residents and council members venting about areas of town that are in dire need of a clean-up.

Council Member Skip Ash spent a hefty portion of...

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 1:57pm

Millville re-expands Planning & Zoning Commission

In an 18-minute meeting, the Millville Town Council on Tuesday, Jan. 8, approved two ordinance changes and a number of revisions to the Town’s budget for the 2019 fiscal year.

The first ordinance amends the town code, expanding Millville’s...

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 1:56pm

Dagsboro P&Z reorganizes, approves comp-plan survey

The Dagsboro Planning & Zoning Commission held its most recent monthly meeting on Thursday, Jan. 3, with only a few developments coming out of the proceedings.

First, the commission reorganized, with Brad Connor remaining as the...

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 1:55pm

Seniors invited to IRSD daytime referendum meetings

Indian River School District will host several more public meetings to inform the public about the Feb. 5 referendum:

• Jan. 16 — Georgetown Middle School, 6 p.m.

• Jan. 23 — Indian River High School, 6 p.m.

• Jan. 30 — Lord...

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 1:53pm

MVFC to host Outdoorsman Marketplace on Jan. 12

The Millville Volunteer Fire Company will host its inaugural Outdoorsman Marketplace on Jan. 12, to help raise money for a new fire hall.

The “outdoorsman” show will take place inside the fire hall, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan....

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 1:50pm

Howard T. Ennis School students held a ribboncutting for their new thrift store, ‘Thrifty Eagle’ on Friday, Jan. 4.

Ennis students open ‘Thrifty Eagle’ shop in Frankford

Frankford has a new shopping spot, run by the students of the Howard T. Ennis School.

The public can find secondhand clothing and household accessories for a reasonable cost at the Thrifty Eagle, a retail thrift store located at the G.W....

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 1:27pm

Christmas-tree recycling offered statewide

DNREC officials last week encouraged Delawareans to give their recycling spirit a boost after the holiday season by taking their Christmas trees to one of many yard-waste recycling facilities located throughout the state. Christmas trees will be...

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 10:29am

Passport Palooza planned Jan. 16 at South Coastal Public Library

A record number of people — especially newly naturalized U.S. citizens — are applying for U.S. passports, according to Ocean View Postmaster Mike Behringer. And in towns across Delaware, people are standing in long lines to apply for the prized...

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 10:09am

Nature lovers to flock to the shore Jan. 25-27

The 2019 Winter Delmarva Birding Weekend invites hundreds of nature enthusiasts to the shore Jan. 25-27 to enjoy memorable winter experiences, including a near-shore maritime boat cruise, waterfowl, seal and eagle-watching trips, and jaunts...

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 10:05am

Freeman Foundation earns Seal of Excellence

The Joshua M. Freeman Foundation announced this week that it is a recipient of the Standards for Excellence Institute’s Seal of Excellence for successfully completing the entity’s accreditation program.

The fundraising arts nonprofit...

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 10:04am

Selbyville seeking candidates for election

Democracy is on display again in the coming months, as candidates are being invited to register for the 2019 Selbyville Town Council election. 

The annual election is scheduled for Saturday, March 2, although it has been canceled for years...

Thursday, January 3, 2019 - 3:12pm

Officials have been trying to make it safer for children to get on and off buses, both locally and nationally.

State, national officials beg drivers to stop passing school buses

Are you going to be the reason a child doesn’t come home from school today? Or tomorrow? Or next week?

Between a U.S. rash of bus-stop related accidents this autumn and Delaware’s pedestrian fatalities this winter, drivers and pedestrians...

Thursday, January 3, 2019 - 3:11pm

A new mini-golf course might be nearing final approvals in Ocean View.

Ocean View BOA approves mini-golf special exception

A miniature-golf course is one step closer to opening in the Town of Ocean View, after the Town’s Board of Adjustment recently voted unanimously to approve a special-use exception application.

At the hearing, held on Dec. 20, 2018,...

Thursday, January 3, 2019 - 3:08pm

Schools preparing to start child abuse-prevention programs

Child-abuse prevention advocates say children need to learn early what’s appropriate or not — so if something inappropriate happens, they can tell a trusted adult.

To help prevent child abuse, starting in autumn of 2019, Delaware has...

Thursday, January 3, 2019 - 3:06pm

Historic chapel to host ‘Olde Christmas Musical Celebration’

Although it is traditionally held on the first Sunday in January, “the Olde Christmas Musical Celebration: An Afternoon of Seasonal Music” at Prince George’s Chapel in Dagsboro happens to fall this year on Jan. 6, which is also known as the Feast...

Thursday, January 3, 2019 - 2:59pm

Faith runs strong with new Salem UMC pastor

As a young woman, Michelle Rekitzke hated public speaking, and she didn’t enjoy going to church.

That makes “Pastor Missy’s” calling all the more special, and she finds joy at her new appointment, Salem United Methodist Church in...

Thursday, January 3, 2019 - 2:56pm

District to host major capital improvement, expense referendum

The Indian River School District will host a major capital improvement and current expense referendum on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019.

The referendum will seek funding for the construction of a new Sussex Central High School, an eight-classroom...

Thursday, January 3, 2019 - 2:53pm

Exercise Like the Eskimos

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual Leo Brady Exercise Like the Eskimos Plunge and the Hair of the Dog Run on Tuesday, Jan. 1.

Thursday, January 3, 2019 - 12:03pm

Fenwick Freeze 2019

The Town of Fenwick Island held its annual Fenwick Freeze event on Tuesday, Jan. 1. Each year participants run into the ocean to celebrate the New Year.

Thursday, January 3, 2019 - 11:50am

Michael Bednarcik prepares a grip for a club at his shop in Millville.

New custom golf club shop opens in Millville

Golfers looking for a way to improve their game with a custom club can now find that locally in Millville, thanks to a new shop that opened recently.

Custom Clubs of Frederick at Bethany Beach is owned and operated by Michael Bednarcik. It...

Thursday, January 3, 2019 - 11:42am

Coastal Point • Laura Walter

Officer Hill, K-9 Officer Tofu reporting for duty

Seventh-grader Aria Hill was an officer for a day at the Millsboro Police Department. Joined by her puppy, Tofu, Hill got a firsthand look at local policing on Friday, Dec. 28.

Cpl. Matthew Dufour planned to do some basic training and let...

Thursday, January 3, 2019 - 11:25am

Millville VFC to host outdoorsman show

The Millville Volunteer Fire Company is set to bring the outdoors inside for its first of what they hope will become an annual event — the Outdoorsman Marketplace show, scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 12, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. inside the fire hall....

Thursday, January 3, 2019 - 11:20am

Jamier Felton drives toward the basket in a game earlier this year. Felton hit 1,000 career points scored in a game on Dec. 27.

IR’s Felton scores 1,000th career point at Governor’s Challenge


It is an accomplishment many high school athletes on the hardwoods hope to one day achieve: scoring 1,000 career points. Indian River High School’s Jamier Felton did just that, and in a nationally-recognized tournament.


Thursday, January 3, 2019 - 10:55am

Is torticollis that pain in your neck?

I’m really glad that you are here with me as we begin 2019. When I look back at all the issues we talked about in 2018, we sure covered a lot of ground, and I’m looking forward to our visits this year to do the same. From the basics to the more...

Thursday, January 3, 2019 - 10:46am

Church Carols with Charlie

Charlie Lynch, left, performed at a Christmas Hymn Sing as Mark Marvel watches on at St. George’s United Methodist Church in Clarksville, on Sunday, Dec. 23.

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 3:08pm

Dawn Mitchell Parks is the new financial director for the Town of Ocean View.

Parks signs on to serve as Ocean View’s new finance director

For the last couple of months, there’s been a new face at the Wallace A. Municipal Building, with Dawn Mitchell Parks joining the Town of Ocean View as its financial director.

“I was not looking for a job. I happened to go on the GFOA...

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 3:07pm

Hocker, Gray talk schools, flooding and more

Local state legislators hosted one more “Coffee’s on Us” meeting on Dec. 11 before really diving into the holidays and the new legislative session of 2018-2020.

Education and water issues (both stemming from growth) were the hot topics...

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 3:04pm

Annual New Year’s ritual to take place in Bethany Beach

Every year they appear, starting in the late morning hours of New Year’s Day.

They come in groups; they come singly. They huddle by the surf’s edge, eyeing the waves with a combination of wariness and bravado.

Around 11:45 a.m. they...

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 2:57pm

IRSD para-educators ask board to negotiate pay raise

Working right beside teachers each day, para-professionals help to educate children in the classroom. This summer, para-professionals in the Indian River School District were offered a raise, but they said they deserve a better rate. Now they’re...

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 2:55pm

South Bethany follows in Fenwick’s footsteps on cell service

In order to improve cell phone coverage, major wireless companies want to add new, but smaller antennas in local towns. Leading the way in coastal Delaware, Verizon Wireless just finished helping Fenwick Island develop a permitting process for...

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 2:49pm

Local extras sought for thriller film to be shot in Ocean City

Director Nick Belial is looking for area residents to play extras in his upcoming thriller, which will be filmed in Ocean City, Md., beginning next fall.

The feature film, “To Avenge,” needs 30 to 50 background actors for the opening night...

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 2:45pm

Pedestrian killed on Route 1 in Middlesex

A New York man was killed this week while walking along Route 1 south of Bethany Beach.

Police said the incident occurred on Wednesday, Dec. 19, around 5:26 p.m., when a 2016 Nissan Frontier pickup truck was traveling northbound on Route 1...

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 2:44pm

District to host major capital improvement and expense referendum

The Indian River School District will host a major capital improvement and current expense referendum on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019.

The referendum will seek funding for the construction of a new Sussex Central High School, an eight-classroom...

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 2:43pm

Small Business Saturday paves the way for holiday success

Were you among the crowds of people “Shopping Small” the Saturday after Thanksgiving? Small Business Saturday kicks off the holiday shopping season for what is often the most lucrative time of year for small businesses.

Our SBA Delaware...

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 1:58pm