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Millville draft budget hits $1M milestone

Millville Town Manager Deborah Botchie announced at the Tuesday, March 26, town council workshop meeting that the Town has reached something of a milestone: Its proposed budget for the upcoming 2020 fiscal year tops $1 million — the first time in...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 11:33am

Millsboro woman dies in single-vehicle crash on Lowes Crossing Road

An 80-year-old Millsboro woman was killed in single-vehicle crash in Millsboro this week.

Delaware State Police said Joann E. Smith had been driving eastbound on Lowes Crossing Road (CR 61), just east of Pear Tree Road (CR 424), around 3:...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 11:32am

A fundraiser is scheduled for April 26 in Ocean City, Md. to help Aurora and her mother, Lauren Limmer.

Local girl and her mother dealing with serious challenges

To say it has been a challenging year for Lauren Limmer and her daughter Aurora is an understatement.

Last May, after several episodes of blurry vision and other issues, Limmer went to her eye doctor, who told her, “It’s not your eyes,”...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 11:28am

Ocean to Bay Bike Tour gears up for April 26-27

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the Ocean to Bay Bike Tour, presented by NVHomes/Ryan Homes and hosted by the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, is slated for April 26-27.

The show-and-go tour brings more than 2,500 cyclists to...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 10:32am

Bethany library group looking for new board members

The Friends of the South Coastal Library (FOSCL) are looking for applicants for its Board of Directors. The group is inviting applicants and nominations for a three-year term of service in support of the community library.

FOSCL is a non-...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 10:08am

FORGE launches new programs

FORGE Youth & Family Academy, now located in Pittsville, Md., is launching new programming for local youth. The organization’s mission is “to break the cycle of bad choices,” and the organization has implemented new programs to help...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 10:08am

Southern Sussex Rotary donates to Eagle Scout project

Southern Sussex Rotary Club member and Eagle Scout Brendan Crotty, left, presents a check from the club to Carter McCabe, a member of Boy Scout Troop 281, Life Scout and candidate for Eagle Scout, second from left. Also pictured are, from left,...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 10:06am

Terrence Riddle and Jay Wimbrow gather in the new Wireless Zone store in the new shopping center in Ocean View.

Wireless Zone brings Verizon retailer to Ocean View

The area’s newest authorized Verizon retailer opened quietly last week, but it has been in the planning stages for well over a year.

The Wireless Zone store at 83 Atlantic Avenue in Ocean View (the new shopping center on the former Archut...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 9:12am

Delawareans warned about rental scams

The Consumer Protection Unit of the Delaware Department of Justice this week warned Delawareans to be wary of scams when looking for a vacation rental this summer. The scammers, they said, are operating rental schemes in which they find...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 9:10am

Victims’ advocate to discuss human trafficking in Delaware

What exactly is human trafficking, and what does it look like in Delaware?

St. Matthew’s By-the-Sea will present “Web of Evil,” a discussion on human trafficking on Thursday, March 28, at 7 p.m. in...

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 10:17am

Natelli Communities wins national award for Bay Forest

On Feb. 20, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) announced that Natelli Communities had won the NAHB “...

Sunday, March 24, 2019 - 9:12am

Millville swears in new council members

Two current Millville Town Council members were sworn in for new terms on Tuesday, March 12, and a third was welcomed onto the council after being appointed to fill a vacancy.

Mayor Robert Gordon and Council Treasurer Peter Michel retained...

Friday, March 22, 2019 - 7:53am

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...

Friday, March 22, 2019 - 7:49am

Ocean View to host Candidates’ Night on March 27

The Town of Ocean View will be hosting Candidates’ Night on Wednesday, March 27, at 6 p.m.

The Town’s annual municipal election is scheduled for Saturday, April 13, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Residents will vote to elect a representative for...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 4:03pm

Millsboro considers micro-housing as draw for Boomers, Millennials

Can everyone really afford to live in Millsboro? As the municipality brainstorms about its future in the 10-year Comprehensive Plan update, they recently discussed possibly allowing smaller or more creative kinds of housing.

The big...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 4:02pm

Dagsboro approves amendment to allow brew-pub

The Dagsboro Town Council meeting on Monday, March 18, was a brief, yet productive, gathering of the council members as they reviewed and unanimously approved the proposed ordinance amendment to allow for a brew-pub to be constructed in the...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 4:01pm

From left, Mayor Clifton Murray, G. Frank Smith III and Clarence ‘Bud’ Tingle Jr. all retained their seats on the Selbyville Town Council.

Selbyville Town Council swears in incumbents, gets to work

The Selbyville Town Council has had the same lineup for years. This month, after the incumbents won new terms in a contested election, they once again took their oaths of office and continued their usual work.

Resident Bill Thompson had...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 3:58pm

A fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday, March 23, to benefit Michael, Adler and Johanna Calhoun.

Dagsboro man recovering from deer-stand fall

“I lost three weeks of my life.”

That’s how Dagsboro resident Michael Calhoun sums up what happened after he fell out of a deer stand in Federalsburg, Md., on Nov. 25, 2018.

At the time, Calhoun, 32, was in the stand with his 11-...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 3:54pm


Sarate seeks to win District 1 council seat in Ocean View

The Town of Ocean View will be holding its annual town council election on Saturday, April 13. Resident Gabriel Sarate is one of two candidates seeking the District 1 council seat currently held by Bill Olsen, who is not running for re-election...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 3:52pm


White throws hat into the ring for District 1 council seat

The Town of Ocean View will be holding its annual council election on Saturday, April 13. Resident Bruce White is one of two candidates seeking the District 1 council seat currently held by Bill Olsen, who did not run for re-relection.


Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 3:50pm


DUI stop in Ocean View leads to arrest of suspected felon

By Maria Counts

Staff Reporter


“Traffic stops are the most dangerous thing we do. We don’t know who we’re walking up to, who’s in the vehicle…” said Ocean View Police Sgt. Rhys Bradshaw. “Just because the vehicle is...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 3:47pm

FirstService to host seminar for community association board members

Property management company FirstService Residential will host an educational seminar for community association board members on Saturday, March 30, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Harpoon Hanna’s near Fenwick Island.

Legal experts Chad Toms and...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 3:27pm

Manaen S. ‘Robbie’ Robinson IV has been named a partner of Parsons & Robinson P.A.

Robinson named partner at local firm

After working for years as an attorney with D. Stephen Parsons P.A., Manaen S. “Robbie” Robinson IV was recently made partner of the newly minted Parsons & Robinson P.A.

“Robbie has been an important part of the office for many years....

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 3:24pm

Two suspects arrested in alleged theft in Dagsboro

Two suspects have been arrested and face several charges stemming from a burglary that allegedly took place at a restaurant in the town on Saturday, March 2.

Dagsboro police went to Wang’s Kitchen, located at 32177 DuPont Blvd., within the...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 3:16pm

Selbyville man claims $1M lottery prize

A 79-year-old Selbyville man matched five white balls for the March 2 Powerball lottery drawing, winning $1 million before taxes. The man, who lottery officials said wished to remain anonymous, purchased two Quick Pick Powerball tickets for the...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 3:08pm

A crowd of people enjoys a show at the Bethany Beach bandstand in 2018. The bandstand released its 2019 summer lineup, promising another season of entertainment.

Bethany Beach reveals 2019 concert lineup

Bethany Beach’s annual Summer Concert Series on the bandstand will officially launch on Friday, June 7, and continue through Labor Day weekend, town officials announced this week.

The 2019 lineup will introduce 15 acts completely new to...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 11:50am

A little Squirrel-y

From woodwork to photography to roasting coffee, one never expects to find Point photographer Tyler Valliant focusing for too long on one task. Still, as far as a wandering attention span goes, even we thought chasing squirrels would’ve been out...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 10:47am

One of the osprey prepares the nest last spring atop Lord Baltimore Elementary School in Ocean View.

Osprey to be diverted from LB rooftop back to original home

Lord Baltimore Elementary School students and staff loved watching a pair of osprey raise their family atop the old building last year. But it’s time to say goodbye, and it’s for the birds’ own good.

Last spring, two ospreys built a nest...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 10:24am

Patron’s enjoy last year’s Indian River Life-Saving Station’s surfman’s dinner.

Museum to host a historical feast by lantern light

It was a dark and stormy night … but inside, the food and fellowship were cozy.

The staff of the historic Indian River Life-Saving Station are inviting people to experience the 1800s, with lantern-lit museum tours and a locally-sourced...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 10:20am

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

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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