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The crowd pumps themselves up for a previous Running of the Bull, their numbers exponentially higher than the original headcount of 35 people at the first event.

Dewey’s Running of the Bull set for June 29

For Michael McDonnell, founder of the Running of the Bull at the Starboard in Dewey Beach, the annual event is as sacred as any high holiday. When he and 35 friends gathered at the Starboard in a game of one-upmanship 23 years ago, the resulting...

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 11:22am

The crowd pumps themselves up for a previous Running of the Bull, their numbers exponentially higher than the original headcount of 35 people at the first event.

Dewey’s Running of the Bull set for June 29

For Michael McDonnell, founder of the Running of the Bull at the Starboard in Dewey Beach, the annual event is as sacred as any high holiday. When he and 35 friends gathered at the Starboard in a game of one-upmanship 23 years ago, the resulting...

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 11:22am

The crowd pumps themselves up for a previous Running of the Bull, their numbers exponentially higher than the original headcount of 35 people at the first event.

Dewey’s Running of the Bull set for June 29

For Michael McDonnell, founder of the Running of the Bull at the Starboard in Dewey Beach, the annual event is as sacred as any high holiday. When he and 35 friends gathered at the Starboard in a game of one-upmanship 23 years ago, the resulting...

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 11:21am

The Grove showcases plans for community pool

On Thursday, May 23, The Grove at Fenwick Island hosted a ribbon-cutting with the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce at the site of its community pool and fire pit, to be open early this summer. The Grove at Fenwick Island is a development...

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 11:18am

Magee to take part in Envision’s Junior National Young Leaders Conference

This summer, Aiden Magee, who recently completed fifth grade at Lord Baltimore Elementary School, will join other elementary school students from across the nation to take part in an academic- and career-oriented development experience, Envision’...

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 10:58am

Bethany Beach Beverage Company celebrates first anniversary

On Thursday, May 23, Bethany Beach Beverage Company celebrated its first year in business under new ownership by hosting a ribbon-cutting with the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce. Open daily, Bethany Beach Beverage Company offers a...

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 10:51am

A whimsical glass chandelier graces the stairway of this treasure-filled home.

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour Sneak Peek No. 6

Sunset and pond views highlight this five-bedroom home

(Editor’s note: This is the sixth in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 28th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 24-25 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

After owning a vacation home in Ocean View...

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 10:47am

As top scorer in her event, Riley Murray earned the Gold Bell and a trip to the Educators Rising National Conference in Dallas.

Therapy horses inspire IR education student to gold

Horseback riding may conjure images of cowboy boots or sleek horse shows. But Riley Murray is also teaching people that horses make excellent therapeutic partners.

Having just completed her junior year at Indian River High School, Murray...

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 10:44am

Eric Syzmanski started Erica Morgan Designs when she was 15, and now sells her decals all over the Quiet Resorts and even the surrounding states, in more than 30 stores.

Teen entrepreneur makes her mark with Chief Little Owl sticker

While most teenagers are focused on getting their driver’s license, finding the perfect prom date and prepping for the SATs, Erica Szymanski of Annapolis, Md., is hard at work running her own business — one with a local connection.

The 18-...

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 10:28am

Cove event raises $1K for RVFC

The Cove Bar & Grille at Bayside hosted three Dine & Donate Sunday’s in March and presented Roxana Volunteer Fire Company with a donation of $1,062.23. Of profits from a Dine & Donate Sunday, 15 percent support a local organization....

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 10:11am

Cove event raises $1K for RVFC

The Cove Bar & Grille at Bayside hosted three Dine & Donate Sunday’s in March and presented Roxana Volunteer Fire Company with a donation of $1,062.23. Of profits from a Dine & Donate Sunday, 15 percent support a local organization....

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 10:11am

Vantage Vacation Rentals opens first Delaware location

On Wednesday, May 15, Vantage Vacation Rentals celebrated the grand opening of its first Delaware location by hosting a ribbon-cutting with the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce. ‘For years we’ve been successful in Ocean City with the...

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 10:04am

M.Cpl. Shawn Hatfield of the Delaware State Police receives a check donated by Atlantic Community Thrift Store.

Camp Barnes receives donations from ACTS, DMTA

The Atlantic Community Thrift Shop (ACTS) and the Delaware Marine Trade Association recently made donations to Camp Barnes Inc., a recreational overnight summer camp run by the Delaware State Police for which there is no fee to attend.

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Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 10:02am

Barbara Slavin and Carter McCabe pose in front of the Woodhouseum.

Coastal Towns History Corner

Why a Woodhouse?

Before electricity, running water and central heat, life on the Delaware coast was hard. Winters were exceedingly cold, with the ground freezing in late October and not thawing until May. To stay alive, a family needed wood and lots of it.

...

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 9:59am

Cory Walsh, president of the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, left, and Lauren Weaver, executive director of the Chamber, right, present a donation from the Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation to representatives of Contractors for a Cause, including, from left, Karen Coleman, Chuck Coleman, Brian Hinds, Garth Troescher and Ted Stevens.

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 9:53am

Indian River’s Abby O’Shields shows off her Blue-Gold All-Star Game Blue MVP trophy. O’Shields earned the honor throwing four innings of no-hit ball with three strikeouts.

O’Shields named Blue MVP in All-Star game

It was a collection of the best senior softball players the state had to offer on Tuesday, June 10, at the Dover Little League complex at the annual Blue-Gold All-Star game.

It took 10 innings, but thanks in part to a solo home run from...

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 9:37am

Emergency officials focus on preparation as hurricane season gets under way

Forecasters predict ‘near-normal’ storm season

As the six-month-long hurricane season officially got under way June 1, officials with the Sussex County Emergency Operations Center emphasized to the public the need to be ready ahead of the forecast. Preparation is critical to limiting damage...

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 9:35pm

Brielle Monroe Farlow passed away in 2018, just a few days after starting first grade.

‘She was so nice’

Brielle’s Bench will be a tribute to beloved LB student

The loss of a child can impact the whole community. Lord Baltimore Elementary School is remembering the late Brielle Monroe Farlow of Frankford with a help from her friends, classmates and family.

Brielle passed away at 6, after an...

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 11:16am

The Indian River High School Class of 2019 enjoys their graduation ceremony on Wednesday, May 29.

IRHS celebrates 2019 graduation ceremony

With the planned outdoor commencement ceremony thwarted by a chance of thunderstorms, Indian River High School held its 51st commencement indoors. But the Class of 2019 was ready to celebrate, and the 228 graduates brought enough family, friends...

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 11:01am

Frankford's municipal water tower

Frankford may get out of water business, switch to Artesian

After struggling for decades to run its own water system supplying 350 homes, the Frankford Town Council will now pursue having a private company take over the Town’s water system, Frankford Town Council Vice President Greg Welch announced at the...

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 10:57am

Bethany moves to reduce contractors’ parking fees

Local contractors and construction workers will have a much easier time paying for parking this summer season in Bethany Beach, after a move recently by town officials aimed at easing what had become a financial burden for many.

Adopted...

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 10:52am

Frankford library, park event launch into ‘A Universe of Stories’

The Frankford Public Library is planning to take its patrons into space with its summer reading program that invites readers of all ages to participate and be rewarded for their efforts, as well as a Father’s Day program that’s sure to be a “hit...

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 10:50am

Families can explore James Farm Ecological Preserve and learn about the many people who help Delaware keep a healthy environment.

Water Family Fest promises fun for all ages at James Farm

Families can get their feet wet at James Farm Ecological Preserve this weekend, with a full day of free fun and activities. The inaugural Water Family Fest will be Saturday, June 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

With hands-on activities, people...

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 10:49am

Boats and volunteers sought for Inland Bays Cleanup

People may be familiar with the annual beach cleanups every autumn, but now it’s time for the 14th Annual Inland Bays Clean Up.

The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays (CIB) is seeking volunteers and participants with boats to help out on...

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 10:42am

Statler awarded Delaware Poultry Industry college scholarship

Nine students pursuing college and graduate studies connected to careers in Delmarva’s chicken industry will receive $2,000 scholarships through the Delmarva Poultry Industry Inc. (DPI) College Scholarship Program. Eight of the recipients will...

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 10:28am

Shiplap walls are used throughout this original Nanticoke home, which will be featured as part of the Beach & Bay Cottage Tour on July 24 and 25.

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour Sneak Peek No. 4

The ‘Beach Box’ is a compact Bethany Beach gem

(Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 28th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 24-25, from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.)

 

Being a military family that...

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 9:47am

Natural views are visible from the kitchen and beyond in this Bethany Beach home, which will be featured on the annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour on July 24-25.

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour Sneak Peek No. 5

A calm and natural escape from the beach

(Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 28th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 24-25, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

After spending almost every weekend for a...

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 9:45am

Robo-minded

These Selbyville Middle School students won first place in their Delaware Student Technology Association (TSA) competition. Besides being named the VEX Robots Skills champions, Kaitlyn Johnson, Andy Morales and Noah Coleman also won the overall...

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 9:42am

Parish of St. Ann to host 39th Annual Bazaar

The Parish of St. Ann, located at 691 Garfield Parkway, Bethany Beach, will host its 39th Annual Bazaar on Aug. 1-3. Three large buildings, plus tented areas, will sell new and gently used hand-picked items, including linens, jewelry, small...

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 9:40am

Celebrating their Regal Awards, the Marnie Custom Homes team includes, from left, guest Juan Carlos Moran, Project Manager Josh Lowe, Project Manager Zach Slatcher, Office Manager and Selections Coordinator Karen Dunn, President Marnie Oursler, Vice President Jon Subity, Marketing Director Celeste Henry and Operations Manager Jeff ‘Stan’ Staniszewski.

Marnie Custom Homes recognized with Regal Awards

Earlier this month, the Home Builders Association of Delaware hosted its 27th Annual Regal Awards ceremony, recognizing excellence and celebrating outstanding achievements in Delaware home building.

Marnie Custom Homes — a woman-owned...

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 9:39am

Long & Foster to hold dine-and-donate to benefit Fisher House

Long & Foster’s Bethany Beach office will participate in the company’s Community Service Day by hosting a dine-and-donate event and silent auction, to benefit the Fisher House in Dover. The event will take place at Hooked Up restaurant in...

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 9:35am

Jack Gates throws a football during the kids Punt, Pass & Kick tournament.

Successful first Game Day for Ball 4 All Foundation

It was game on for Game Day at the Ball 4 All Foundation’s first annual event, held at the Dagsboro fire hall last Saturday, June 1. A nice turnout on a beautiful day helped support the Russell White Scholarship and Lower Sussex Indians Pop...

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 9:31am

Salisbury Rollergirls to host two recruitment nights

The Salisbury Rollergirls are recruiting women 18 or older to skate in their roller derby league. Recruitment nights will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 21, and Sunday, Aug. 18, at Mitchell’s Martial Arts, 1305 South Division Street,...

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 9:11am

Ninth Annual ResortQuest Pro Women’s Open Serves Professional Tennis to Sea Colony Beach & Tennis Resort in Bethany Beach, Delaware

Professional women’s tennis returns to Bethany Beach with the ninth annual ResortQuest® Pro Women’s Open at Sea Colony – A $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit Event, to be held June 3-9, 2019, on the clay courts at the Sea Colony Tennis Center, located south...

Friday, May 31, 2019 - 11:31am

Seal of South Bethany, Del.

South Bethany elects two new council members

South Bethany voters have elected two new town council members, as well as re-electing two incumbents, in the Town’s May 25 election.

Carol Stevenson (447 votes), Frank Weisgerber (also 447) and Richard “Dick” Oliver (436) won the seats...

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 2:37pm

Assisted-living facility, apartment complex proposed in Millville

Millville’s Planning & Zoning Commission, at its Thursday, May 24, meeting, heard about the concept site plan for a 216-unit apartment complex and a 220,000-square-foot assisted-living facility next to Beebe Healthcare’s South Coastal campus...

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 2:36pm

Mountaire is proposing a new shelter where tractor-trailers can park briefly while waiting for their turn to unload live chickens at the Selbyville processing plant. This would reduce the amount untreated rainwater containing chicken waste on the roads.

Mountaire, Selbyville discuss eco-fix, traffic concerns

Selbyville has had a poultry processing plant in the middle of the town since the mid-1900s. Since Mountaire Farms took over the plant in the 1970s, production has increased to the point where Hosier Street traffic is stopping many times daily to...

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 2:31pm

IRSD, Millsboro to discuss annexation of school

IR to re-do hasty vote

The Town of Millsboro is growing fast, encouraging both development and also annexation. Now, there is talk of bringing East Millsboro Elementary School officially into town limits.

Indian River School District’s top two officials had...

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 2:21pm

Sweet times planned at Strawberry Festival

Delaware’s state fruit will take center stage at the annual Strawberry Festival & Craft Sale on Saturday, June 1, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., hosted by Indian River Senior Center in Millsboro. Admission is free to the event, which features food,...

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 2:15pm

The new IRHS alma mater debuted at IRHS graduation on May 29,2019, performed by the River Rhythms a capella group.

IRHS’ new alma mater debuting at graduation

What makes a school worthy of song? At Indian River High School, “Pride” is the name and theme of the new alma mater, a song celebrating the Green and Gold.

At the 50th commencement for IRHS on May 29, the Class of 2019 was set to debut...

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 2:13pm

Selbyville’s beloved Old Timer’s Day will be held on Saturday, June 15.

Registration open for Old Timer’s car show, pinup contest

There are some new ways to participate in the Old Timer’s Day festival on Saturday, June 15. Selbyville’s 62nd annual street fair will now feature a ladies’ pin-up contest and an outdoor beer garden.

Registration is still open for the...

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 2:11pm

Christian youth group reaches out with ‘Battle of the Bands’

Bayside Chapel in Selbyville will be rocking on Saturday, June 1, as the FORGE Youth & Family Academy hosts its first Battle of the Bands event.

The idea behind the “battle,” according to FORGE director Tara Schrieves, is simply “food...

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 1:56pm

Local treasure hunter to offer peak at Delaware’s shipwreck history

From the HMS deBraak to the Faithful Steward to the Merrimac, Delaware’s maritime history is full of dramatic shipwreck stories. Shipwreck historian Dale Clifton has been a student and teacher of that history for more than 40 years.

On...

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 1:55pm

Sussex County proposes $185.8 million budget

Sussex County will provide more financial backup for law enforcement, lend added support to local libraries, and continue planning for expanded and improved wastewater service, among other initiatives, as the 2020 budget year comes into focus....

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 1:54pm

Outgoing chief officer Donald Holland, second from left, is relieved following his year as commanding officer of U.S. Coast Guard Station Indian River.

Familiar face returns to lead Coast Guard

For Nicholas Muskalla, the local Coast Guard station is part of such a special community that, after three years away, he wanted to return. At a May 17 change-of-command ceremony, Chief Boatswain’s Mate Muskalla became the commanding officer of U...

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 1:53pm

Under the sway of the flower moon

May moons are called ‘flower moons,’ and the second full moon in a month is a ‘blue moon.’ Flower moons are called such after a Native American naming convention, based on its coincidence with the blooming of most of spring’s wildflowers. Tyler...

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 11:55am

Scenes from a previous Seaside Craft Show give us a peak at vendors lining the boardwalk while patrons peruse their wares

Bethany Beach Seaside Craft Show celebrating 15 years

This year marks the 15th anniversary for the Bethany Beach Seaside Craft Show. The event will once again be held in downtown Bethany Beach, on Saturday, June 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Shoppers can purchase jewelry, pottery, home décor, glass,...

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 11:53am

Marine Corps Sgt. Joseph Bryant, left, quizzes second-year cadet James Brett on military and U.S. history.

Eye on the target: IRHS cadets test their limits

“Come on guys, if you can hit one bullseye, you can hit ‘em all.”

Lester “Gunny” James stood in the Indian River High School gymnasium behind three cadets. They very carefully aimed air rifles at wooden boards and paper targets. This was...

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 11:31am

Flags for Heroes

The Southern Sussex Rotary Club organized Flags for Heroes at Lord Baltimore Elementary School on Saturday, May 25th.

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 11:07am