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Incumbents Chandler, Truitt re-elected to seats in Dagsboro

With three candidates vying for two seats on the Dagsboro Town Council, incumbents William Chandler and Norwood Truitt were re-elected to their seats during the town’s election held on Saturday, Dec. 1.

The polls saw just 81 voters turnout...

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 4:15pm

Annexation, water service still on the table in Frankford

Water service and annexation issues continue to be frustrating for some Frankford residents and the town council alike, and the two issues were raised again at the council’s regular meeting on Monday, Dec. 3.

The duel issues bubbled up...

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 4:13pm

County approves new density ordinance

The Sussex County Council voted unanimously at its Dec. 4 meeting to approve an ordinance that would change the method of calculation for permitted density in its agricultural and residential districts.

“I introduced this ordinance and,...

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 4:10pm

Courtesy of the Delaware Public Archives, this is a copy of Delaware’s ratification of the United States Constitution on Dec. 7, 1787.

‘The state that started a nation’

Delaware Day celebrates ratification of U.S. Constitution

It was late 1787. The Revolutionary War had ended four years earlier, and the Declaration of Independence was more than a decade old. But the fledgling country’s federal laws were relatively toothless, and the states still bickered among...

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 4:07pm

The Carpenters Union Training Center in Georgetown is helping out families from the Howard T. Ennis School.

Carpenters collecting gifts for Ennis students, families

To bring a little joy to families in need within the community, the Carpenters Union Training Center in Georgetown is collecting toys, money and gift cards to be distributed to six families of students at the Howard T. Ennis School.

“We do...

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 4:05pm

Mountaire discusses odors with Selbyville officials

In an effort to show their dedication to being good neighbors, Mountaire Farms sent a contingent of staff, from administration to on-site plant managers, to the Selbyville Town Council meeting on Dec. 3.

“The company is interested in...

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 4:02pm

Ocean View discusses draft budget, capital improvements

The Ocean View Town Council met on Dec. 4 to discuss items to be included in the first draft of its 2020-fiscal-year budget and five-year Capital Improvements Program.

“What we want to do tonight is get some input,” said Town Manager...

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 4:01pm

The senator’s visit to the Coast Guard station included a quick advancement for a young guardsman, Brennan Piemonte, center-right.

Carper visits Coast Guard to discuss reauthorization bill

The U.S. Coast Guard has been given a two-year reauthorization to continue their work on land and sea. To explain the bipartisan legislation, U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) visited Coast Guard Station Indian River on Dec. 3.

“Coast Guard’s...

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 3:57pm

Fort Miles is expecting a piece of the wreckage from the U.S.S. Arizona, which will join this gun from the U.S.S. Missouri.

U.S.S. Arizona wreckage to join U.S.S. Missouri gun at Fort Miles

Seventy-seven years ago this week, Japanese bombers attacked the U.S. Navy base at Pearl Harbor. The battleship U.S.S. Arizona was hit and sank in the harbor, taking the lives of 1,177 crewmen and officers, many of whom are entombed within the...

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 3:55pm

Dagsboro man arrested, charged with threft, trespass

A Dagsboro man went to court last week to answer charges related to an alleged month-long crime spree starting in late October. In a joint effort by four police departments, Sherman A. Mitchell was arrested on Oct. 27 and charged with several...

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 3:50pm

Holiday Market to benefit Ronald McDonald House

Millville Town Hall and its next-door neighbor, Millville United Methodist Church, will transform into a holiday shopping hub on Saturday, Dec. 8, during the sixth annual Holiday Market.

The market, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m...

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 3:49pm

SEDAST presents Long Neck Elementary with their portion of the $3,145 donation from the Art in the Hat Raffle.

Art in the Hat Raffle raises $3,145 for Indian River school art programs

Each year, the artists of the South Eastern Delaware Artists Studio Tour (SEDAST) send a letter to the art teachers in the Indian River School District, asking if they would like to participate in the proceeds from the Art in the Hat raffle for...

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 2:48pm

Selbyville Christmas Parade bringing even more food and fun

Santa’s House open early, at 4 p.m.

The holidays will jingle into town at the 58th Annual Selbyville Christmas Parade on Friday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m.

More than 100 marching units have signed up, so “It should be a really great parade for spectators this year,” said parade...

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 2:42pm

This is an example of the 9th Moving Pastel Project at Selbyville Middle School.

SDSA invites community to draw with John Donato

The public is being invited to make art with local artist John Donato on Monday, Dec. 10, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The “Moving Pastels” Community Night will be hosted at Southern Delaware School of the Arts in Selbyville.

“Anyone who wants to...

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 2:26pm

Millsboro Christmas Parade

Millsboro jumped in to the Christmas spirit with a parade and tree-lighting event on Saturday, Dec. 1.

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 2:21pm

Sheryl Swed, executive director of the Delaware Botanic Gardens, enjoys the gardens as the project comes together for a September 2019 opening. Swed was recently honored as a business leader.

Delaware Botanic Gardens’ Swed honored

Ray Sander, president of the Delaware Botanic Gardens (DBG), announced this week that DBG Executive Director Sheryl Swed has been honored in the Annual Women in Business feature in the December issue of Delaware Today magazine.

“Sheryl was...

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 12:28pm

Danita Robinson’s song about Corolla, N.C., is now being used to promote that area

Local woman signs contract for song about N.C. beach town

Danita Robinson is a licensed massage therapist by profession, but she says music is her own personal therapy.

“Music,” Robinson said, “is an inlet, and it’s also an outlet. You can bring music into yourself, therapeutically. You can bring...

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 12:24pm

Children can ‘Mingle with Kringle’ on Dec. 8

Kids can meet Santa Claus and celebrate the season at the “Mingle with Kringle” event on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 8 a.m. to noon. They can even wear pajamas for holiday festivities, including photos and a light breakfast with Santa, plus games and...

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 12:21pm

Local miniature artist Ann Cooper will unveil her newest one-of-a-kind creations, Christmas lanterns featuring Ellen Rice paintings in miniature, this Saturday, Dec. 8, from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.

Miniature artist to debut Christmas collection featuring Rice paintings

Internationally collected local miniature artist Ann Cooper will introduce the 2018 Ann Cooper Christmas Collection of one-of-a-kind Christmas and beach cottage lantern scenes, each featuring an Ellen Rice painting and handmade local details,...

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 12:19pm

Frankford kicks off the Holidays

Frankford held one of its Christmas in the Park events on Wednesday, Nov. 28. The town will hold the event each Wednesday through Christmas, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 12:17pm

Volunteers, participants and spectators all gathered on the boardwalk for the 2016 Hair of the Dog 5K run/walk and 10K run.

Hair of the Dog races, Eskimo plunge to kick off new year

For an eighth straight year, local residents will be able to ring in the New Year with the Annual Hair of the Dog 5K run/walk and 10K run, which are being held in conjunction with the 23rd edition of the Leo Brady Exercise Like the Eskimos plunge...

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 11:31am

Tangerine Goods

Holiday Gift Guide

Tangerine Goods

It happened relatively quickly: Out of nowhere, we became tied to our mobile devices.

With the weather taking a sharp turn toward the colder side of things, it can get a little bit trickier trying to touch, swipe or...

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 11:23am

IRSD to appeal to public in February referendum

The Indian River School District has about two months to plan — and pass — a public referendum to build new schools and renovate others.

Amid the area’s increasingly busy traffic and the once-empty cornfields now full of housing...

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 1:25pm

County holds off on density vote

While there was a quorum on the dais, two members of the Sussex County Council were absent from Tuesday’s meeting due to illness, leading the council to delay a vote on a proposed density ordinance.

Councilman I.G. Burton, who had...

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 1:02pm

Speed limit lowered on section of Muddy Neck

Those driving down Muddy Neck Road will need to slow down a good 10 mph, after the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), at the request of the Ocean View Police Department, recently lowered the speed limit.

The section of road...

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 1:01pm

Mariner’s Bethel offers chance to experience Jesse Tree

A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;

 from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.

The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—

 the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,

 the Spirit of counsel and of might,


Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 12:59pm

Mural safe as repairs continue at Selbyville Post Office

Water damage is would clearly be a threat to a 76-year-old mural. But it appears that in the midst of repairs to Selbyville Post Office, the 1942 mural there should be safe.

“It does not appear that the mural will be impacted,” said Ray...

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 12:58pm

Holiday Happenings planned for Saturday

The Town of Bethany Beach will get in the spirit of the holiday season this Saturday, Dec. 1, with its annual Holiday Happenings celebration.

This year, Holiday Happenings combines with the kickoff of Weekend Wonderland.

On Dec. 1,...

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 12:50pm

Carriage rides will be offered in Bethany Beach each Saturday in December this year, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Bethany set to transform into Weekend Wonderland

Weekends in December are full of celebrating and shopping and eating and creating. All of those things, and more, are part of this year’s Weekend Wonderland events in Bethany Beach.

This year, there are four Saturdays in December before...

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 12:49pm

Parents learn about cyber-safety from former attorney-general

This holiday season, many kids will get new cell phones, laptops, tablets or gaming systems. They can use them to talk to anyone across the earth. They can also send pictures and private information to anybody, good or bad. They may not always...

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 12:45pm

Millville holiday lighting set to get less... mystifying

Last year, the Town of Millville’s first-ever holiday lights along Route 26 left some people saying, “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christm… What the heck are those?”

Town Manager Debbie Botchie admitted that the lights were a little,...

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 12:42pm

James Farm upgrades were set to officially begin on Nov. 26 but kicked off with a groundbreaking on Nov. 16.

James Farm preserve digs into a bigger future

James Farm Ecological Preserve has a way of making visitors feel alone in nature, even though another hiker might be just around the corner, having the same experience.

Word has gotten out about James Farm — a tranquil, but increasingly...

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 11:58am

Dale Sheldon’s acrylic ‘Sunlit Crab Shanty’ is just one of many paintings on exhibit at Gallery One in Ocean View during the month of December.

Gallery One to exhibit ‘Light Matters’

Gallery One in Ocean View this week announced the theme for its December exhibit, “Light Matters,” open to the public Dec. 5 through Jan. 1, 2019, ranging from the straightforward depiction of light’s illuminating effects to the more metaphorical...

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 11:53am

Aidan Kypreos, 15, of Bethany Beach finished his Eagle Scout project, a pair of benches for the veterans to rest during walks, earlier this fall at the Delaware   Veterans Home in Milford.

Kypreos completes Eagle project

Aidan Kypreos, 15, of Bethany Beach is one step closer to holding the rank of Eagle with the Boy Scouts of America, after having completed his Eagle Scout project at the Delaware Veterans Home in Milford.

“I kind of wanted to get it early...

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 11:47am

County receives ‘Friend of the Bays’ award from CIB

The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays on Friday, Nov. 16, announced that they have awarded Sussex County government its “Friend of the Bays” honor for the County’s work over the past 40 years to promote and build centralized wastewater service...

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 11:36am

The Plant, Flower & Garden Shop held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 14, in Dagsboro.

Plant, Flower & Garden Shop opens in Dagsboro

On Thursday, Nov. 15, the Plant, Flower & Garden Shop hosted a ribbon-cutting with the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce to celebrate its expansion into Dagsboro.

The Plant, Flower & Garden Shop in Dagsboro is a full-service...

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 11:02am

Selbyville library celebrating the season

The Selbyville Public Library is hosting two holiday events to put people in the Christmas spirit: the Capital Ringers on Dec. 8, and an Open House with Santa and Mrs. Claus on Dec. 15.

Library Director Kelly Kline said she is proud to...

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 10:59am

Matt Patton, center, a Certified Cicerone and director of SoDel Concepts’ beer program, recently led a class to help the company’s employees increase their knowledge of every aspect of beer, including flavors and ingredients, ways to help guests select beer, and the proper way to pour and serve beer. The hospitality group currently has 25 certified beer servers.

SoDel Concepts holds certified beer-server training for employees

SoDel Concepts, a hospitality group with 10 restaurants, recently held its first class for employees interested in becoming certified beer servers.

“We used study guides provided by the Cicerone Certification program, which is considered...

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 10:57am

Matt Patton, center, a Certified Cicerone and director of SoDel Concepts’ beer program, recently led a class to help the company’s employees increase their knowledge of every aspect of beer, including flavors and ingredients, ways to help guests select beer, and the proper way to pour and serve beer. The hospitality group currently has 25 certified beer servers.

SoDel Concepts holds certified beer-server training for employees

SoDel Concepts, a hospitality group with 10 restaurants, recently held its first class for employees interested in becoming certified beer servers.

“We used study guides provided by the Cicerone Certification program, which is considered...

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 10:57am

Agenda — Nov. 30, 2018

Bethany Beach

• The Bethany Beach Cultural & Historical Affairs Committee will meet on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 10 a.m. at town hall. The agenda for the meeting includes: setting dates for March/April cultural evenings; a report regarding...

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 10:27am

Honoring our veterans

At the Lighthouse Christian School’s ‘Honoring Our Veterans’ program on Friday, Nov. 16, students lined up to thank the many veterans in attendance. This year’s program focused on Korean War veterans. Veterans from that era received special...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 3:57pm

Hundreds of people gathered at Mountaire’s Selbyville warehouse on Monday, Nov. 19, to pack 8,500 boxes of Thanksgiving meals for people in the community.

Feeding thousands

While temperatures may have been low on Monday morning, hearts were warm as hundreds of community members gathered in tight-knit quarters with a collective goal — to give those in need a true Thanksgiving meal.

“It’s absolutely...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 3:55pm

School board to vote on referendum plans

Numbers are falling into place in the Indian River School District as its Board of Education steps closer to public referendum for a new school and upgrades to four more.

But it could cost less than they originally anticipated, even a few...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 3:52pm

South Bethany promises police effort is under way

Tired of the public asking about police-department challenges, the South Bethany Town Council finally made an announcement: They’re working on it.

“Activity has been going on since July of this year, but it’s not ready to bring out,” said...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 3:51pm

Frankford to celebrate Christmas in the Park

Frankford will lights up for the Christmas season this Saturday, Nov. 24, with its Christmas in the Park celebration.

Christmas in the Park is a collaborative effort between area churches, the Town of Frankford’s Envision Frankford...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 3:49pm

Dagsboro to discontinue ‘Welcome’ signs

The Dagsboro Town Council’s November meeting was both quick and productive, with a number of minor issues getting resolved with unanimous votes from the council members present on Nov. 19.

Among the issues resolved was the decision to end...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 3:47pm

John Martin, left, and Josheline Aldrete, served as members of the Color Guard during the IRHS Marine Corps National Defense Cadet Corps celebration on Nov. 15.

IR shows pride on Marine Corps birthday

By Laura Walter

Staff Reporter


Indian River High School students performed a military-style ceremony this month to honor the 243rd birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps.

The USMC was founded Nov. 10, 1775. And the IRHS...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 3:46pm

WPS students inducted into National Honor Society

The Charles R. Jenkins Chapter of the National Honor Society at Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) inducted 36 new members on Thursday, Nov. 8. Pictured, from left, are: front row, Annika Larsen (Ocean City, Md.), Quinn McColgan (Millsboro),...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 3:26pm

SoDel Cares recently donated $4,000 to Primeros Pasos, an early-childhood learning center in Georgetown. Pictured, from left, are: Danae Evans, manager of NorthEast Seafood Kitchen; Lindsey Barry, president of SoDel Cares and controller for SoDel Concepts; David Baker, a Primeros Pasos board member; Sandy Baker, president of Primeros Pasos’ board; and Barbara Tenny, a Primeros Pasos board member.

SoDel Cares donates $4,000 to Primeros Pasos

SoDel Cares, the philanthropic arm of SoDel Concepts, recently donated $4,000 to Primeros Pasos, an early-childhood learning center in Georgetown.

“We are happy to support Primeros Pasos because of the work they do with children who come...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 3:04pm

Jessica Renfro, mezzo soprano

MSO to celebrate holidays with seasonal favorites

The Mid-Atlantic Symphony’s holiday concerts will feature traditional seasonal favorites with a little extra pop, the organization announced this week. The MSO is hosting its holiday concert, “Holiday Joy, Angelic Sisters!” on Thursday, Dec. 6,...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 3:02pm