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Community pulling together for family affected by fatal fire

One of the two grieving mothers who lost young children in the Long Neck house fire on Wednesday posted a touching photograph of twin blonds, one facing the camera, the other looking tenderly at their baby cousin, whose smile revealed buds of new...

Friday, August 9, 2019 - 3:04pm

Searching for the right answers

After fatality, public questions safety of South Bethany canal road

After a local woman drove into and drowned in a South Bethany canal last month, some residents are demanding better safety precautions.

York Road has no signage indicating that it dead-ends roughly 8 meters from open water. The paved...

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 2:15pm

Beach towns partner for pedestrian safety

Two Coastal Highway fatalities are prompting Bethany Beach and South Bethany officials to push for better safety features along Route 1. The two towns agreed to form a coalition in July to push the issue with the Delaware Department of...

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 2:13pm

Millsboro police introduce victim services specialist

Millsboro Police Chief Brian Calloway at the town council meeting on Monday, Aug. 5, introduced Vonshae Wise, the department’s new victim service specialist. He told council members she had completed training at the Georgetown Police Department...

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 2:12pm

Millsboro honors Thoroughgood as outgoing mayor

Outgoing Millsboro mayor John Thoroughgood was honored for his four years of service at the Millsboro Town Council meeting on Monday, Aug. 5.

Mayor Michelle Truitt, who was elected to the top post by fellow council members at the July 1...

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 2:10pm

Weistling, Langan, Houser and Mais win council seats

Fenwick Island voters on Saturday, Aug. 5, re-elected their current mayor and vice-mayor, while a former council member and a challenger took the remaining seats, winning over two incumbents.

The vote totals:

• William Weistling:...

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 2:09pm

Annexation, water service a sore spot for Frankford neighbors

What began this week as an update from a Frankford businessman on a proposed business park project ended as a heated discussion between the businessman and a resident venting frustration about years of trying to obtain water service from the Town...

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 2:06pm

DelDOT installs new all-way stop near Frankford

Crash data exceeded requirements

New stop signs have sprung up as the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) attempts to prevent vehicle collisions near of Frankford.

On July 29, DelDOT installed an all-way stop at the...

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 2:04pm

Melson resigns in Frankford, Sample takes her place

Frankford Town Council treasurer Velicia Melson resigned last month and has since been replaced in her role on the council and as treasurer — by a new council member and a non-voting treasurer.

Melson said on Tuesday, Aug. 6, that she had...

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 2:03pm

Bethany Beach to hold council election Sept. 7

Bethany Beach town council elections will be held on Saturday, Sept. 7, from noon to 6 p.m., with voting at town hall. There are three council seats up for election this year, each with a two-year term.

The seats up for election in 2019...

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 2:02pm

Millsboro police get equipment funding

The Millsboro Town Council on Monday unanimously approved Police Chief Brian Calloway’s request to use $30,000 in Sussex County Block Grant funding for equipment for the police department. The grant money is awarded to police departments that...

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 11:01am

Millsboro to offer Citizens’ Police Academy course this fall

The public will have an opportunity to learn how the Millsboro Police Department and associated agencies operate, during a nine-session Citizens’ Police Academy course this fall.

Classes will begin Oct. 15 and continue until Dec. 10,...

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 10:58am

Flood begins transition as Dagsboro police chief

Former Seaford Police Department lieutenant Steven Flood began his work as Dagsboro police chief on Aug. 5. Flood will shadow outgoing Chief Floyd Toomey for two weeks, until Toomey leaves his position on Aug. 23. (Toomey won’t officially be...

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 10:54am

Board to consider emergency-department requests

Delaware’s Health Resources Board is expected to meet on Thursday, Aug. 15, to approve or deny applications from both Bayhealth and Beebe Healthcare, which want to build freestanding emergency departments within 10 miles of each other, between...

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 10:52am

Cripple Creek hosting cocktails and golf for breast cancer

Ladies and gentlemen can come to Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club for two days of fun, all supporting the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition. Ladies are invited to the Pink on the Patio cocktail party on Aug. 13, while all people can enjoy the...

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 10:46am

CHEER Beach Day returns after hiatus

Plans are progressing for the return of CHEER’s Beach Day in Rehoboth on Tuesday, Sept. 24, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. All activities are free to the public.

There will be a Health Fair at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center from 10 a.m....

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 10:44am

Carney signs Insurance Data Security Act into law

On Wednesday, July 31, Gov.  John Carney signed House Bill 174 (“HB 174”) into law. 

Titled the Delaware Insurance Data Security Act, this law is based on an NAIC Model Act, which establishes a comprehensive regulatory framework requiring...

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 10:43am

County’s airport a boon to economy

 When Eric Littleton was hired as the new manager of Delaware Coastal Airport, he was pleased, but a little surprised, by the energetic motion of the facility that’s spread over 700 acres in Georgetown.

“Jim and I attended a DelDOT meeting...

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 10:26am

Selbyville Public Library retiring Haunted Library

The Selbyville Public Library regrets to inform the public that they are retiring their much-beloved and quirky tradition of The Haunted Library.  

Every Halloween for the past 16 years, the library staff, along with a trove of volunteers...

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 10:21am

Chefs, judges needed for Coast Day Crab Cake Cook-off

Coast Day organizers are seeking participants and judges for this year’s Coast Day Crab Cake Cook-Off which will take place on Sunday, Oct. 6, at the University of Delaware’s Hugh R. Sharp campus in Lewes.

Interested participants are being...

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 10:19am

Knights of Columbus installs new officers

St. Ann’s Knights of Columbus Council of Bethany Beach has installed new officers for the fraternal year, beginning July 1, 2019. The installation ceremony took place at St. Jude’s Catholic Church in Lewes, on July 30, and was followed by dinner...

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 10:18am

Carney signs legislation to ban plastic bags, reduce litter in Delaware

At the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary on July 29, Gov. John Carney joined members of the Delaware General Assembly and environmental advocates to sign House Bill 130 and Senate Substitute 1 for Senate Bill 5 — two pieces of legislation...

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 10:10am

Wind tech researcher to speak at UD in Lewes

A researcher from the Center for Research in Wind (CReW) at the University of Delaware will discuss how recent innovations in wind technology can lead to a more environmentally-sound energy future for Delaware at the final Ocean Currents lecture...

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 9:19am

Pickleball Survivors donate $2,000 to Beebe’s Millville campus

On Friday, July 26, team captains of Team Cancer and Team Cardiac from the Survivors’ Team Pickleball Competition joined organizer Vaughn Baker to present a $2,000 donation for Beebe Healthcare’s new freestanding emergency department and cancer...

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 9:17am

Tunnell Cancer Center receives $1,000 donation

Coastal Point • Submitted

The Knights of Columbus present to Tunnell Cancer Center a $1,000 gift in memory of member Ernest J. Tramposch, who received care at the cancer center. Monica Tramposch and her family attended the presentation of...

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 9:14am

St. Ann’s bazaar draws in crowds of shoppers

The Parish of St. Ann’s 39th annual church bazaar was so successful — and, as its chairwoman said, certainly blessed by St. Ann, grandmother of Jesus — that planning is already beginning for next year’s 40th.

“This year it was a huge...

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 8:58am

Henderson leads Canada to opening 3-0 win

Canada’s Payton Henderson and USA Southeast’s Sydney Jacobs piled up a bunch of goose eggs for most of their teams’ opening game of the Senior League Softball World Series in Roxana on Monday, July 29.

With the teams locked in a 0-0 tie...

Friday, August 2, 2019 - 11:54am

Central slides past West in opener

Carr, Hardin multiple-hit efforts lead the offense

In the end, the West just couldn’t hold on to their early lead, and the Central team capitalized on a four-run offensive burst in the fifth inning for the 7-6 win in both team’s Little League Senior Softball World Series opener.


Friday, August 2, 2019 - 11:51am

Southwest starts fast, ends fast against Latin America

USA Southwest scored in each of the last six innings of their opening-night matchup in the Senior League Softball World Series against Latin America on Monday, July 29, leading to a 14-3 win.

After both teams notched a scoreless opening...

Friday, August 2, 2019 - 11:44am

Central cruises by Southeast to stay perfect

The U.S. Central team, hailing from Grand Rapids, Mich., has put teams on notice that they are here for business.

After posting their second straight win in as many games, the Central contingent staked an early claim to the Pool B...

Friday, August 2, 2019 - 11:39am

Canada uses big innings to top USA West

Canada loosened up a tight game against USA West by scoring 11 runs over three innings to secure a 13-2 win in the Senior League Softball World Series matchup on Tuesday, July 30.

Both teams’ leadoff hitters — Canada’s Ellie Vance and West...

Friday, August 2, 2019 - 11:33am

Five Sussex businesses to get boost from Economic Gardening

Sussex County officials are inviting businesses that meet certain criteria to apply for an Economic Gardening initiative that will provide capital, information and resources, to help them achieve a higher level of success.

“The overall...

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 12:48pm

Dagsboro Paint & Wallpaper will return ‘ASAP’

Just days after a fire heavily damaged their store, Dagsboro Paint & Wallpaper owners Dean and Teresa Disharoon were in the building trying to clean up, assess damage and figure out how to move forward.

Although the fire was contained...

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 12:47pm

Fenwick candidates get the last word

Six candidates are vying for four openings on the Fenwick Island Town Council in the election to be held on Saturday, Aug. 3. The candidates are Mitchell ‘Mike’ Houser, Eugene Langan, Julie Lee, Richard Mais, William Weistling and Roy Williams....

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 12:44pm

Littleton brings love of aviation to new airport role

When he talks about his new position as manager of Delaware Coastal Airport, Eric Littleton’s voice takes flight.

“Aviation is amazing. It’s something new every day. You find out what you don’t know on a daily basis,” said an upbeat...

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 12:42pm

Hudson, Rieley offer perspective on county government

For the Sussex County Councilmen Doug Hudson and John Rieley, who both took office in January, life is bustling.

Not only are there council meetings nearly every Tuesday, but preparation for those meetings, events to attend, appointments...

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 12:41pm

Dagsboro’s National Night Out event set for Tuesday

The Dagsboro Business Alliance this week was putting the final touches on the second annual Dagsboro National Night Out event, which is set to take place Tuesday, Aug. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. on the grounds of the Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Company....

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 12:38pm

Fenwick Island government replacing the old with the new

By Kerin Magill

Staff Reporter


The Fenwick Island Town Council at its Friday, July 26 meeting approved the purchase of a new phone system to replace one that is about 24 years old and to sell two vehicles and purchase...

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 12:36pm

Millsboro council to discuss highway billboards

By Susan Canfora

Staff Reporter


The Millsboro Town Council on Monday is expected to discuss allowing the erection of billboards on Route 113.

The matter is listed on the 7 p.m. meeting agenda as “special advertising...

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 12:33pm

Chefs, judges needed for Coast Day Crab Cake Cook-off

Coast Day organizers are seeking participants and judges for this year’s Coast Day Crab Cake Cook-Off which will take place on Sunday, Oct. 6, at the University of Delaware’s Hugh R. Sharp campus in Lewes.

Interested participants are being...

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 11:02am

Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation Board Members Christina Antonioli, left, and Ron Lewis, second from left; present a donation to David Szumski of the Beebe Medical Foundation, second from right, with Laurie McFaul, president of the QRCF, right.

Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation donates $8,000 to Beebe Healthcare

The Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation presented the Beebe Medical Foundation with an $8,000 donation this spring to support the construction of Beebe Healthcare’s new emergency department near Millville.

The grant was made possible...

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 11:01am

Recent Sussex Tech graduate Tabitha Harris of Milford got hands-on experience toward her career goal of working as a large-engine diesel technician while working at a Dover auto shop during her senior year.

Sussex Tech adds senior Career Capstone experience


Sussex Technical High School this week announced a new work-based capstone experience for its incoming freshman class, part of a transformation of the school’s award-winning career and technical education program.

Beginning with...

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 10:59am

Custom surfboard to be auctioned for Clothing Our Kids

A collaborative group of artists, designers and craftsmen have teamed up to create a one-of-a-kind surfboard to benefit the local non-profit organization Clothing Our Kids.

In early June, the team of local artists and craftsmen, which...

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 10:52am

Despite rainout, Baywood Golf Classic donates $47K to Beebe

Coastal Point • Submitted

The 14th Annual Baywood Golf Classic was rained out on May 13, but the tournament was still a success, raising $47,000 for Beebe Healthcare’s Tunnell Cancer Center. This year, Baywood Greens and Schell Brothers...

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 10:50am

Kraushaar named to Albright College Dean’s List

Sarah Kraushaar of Ocean View has been named to the spring 2019 Dean’s List at Albright College. A graduate of Indian River High School, Kraushaar studied religious studies, with a minor in Holocaust studies, during the spring semester. To be...

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 10:49am

Farmers asked to keep irrigation water off roadways

Motorists advised to be cautious

Even after all the rain this spring, soils in Delaware are dry — particularly sandy soil, which cannot hold the moisture, noted representatives of the Delaware Farm Bureau early this week. With temperatures hovering at the 100-degree mark, water...

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 10:46am

ouse of Modern Living owner Bill Miesch holds pieces of the chess set made from paper mache.

Millsboro store offers Danish furniture, salt shakers and more

There doesn’t seem to be a single item in Bill Meisch’s store, House of Modern Living in downtown Millsboro, that he doesn’t know details about.

In a friendly and conversational way, he tells customers about the finds at 238 Main Street,...

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 10:36am

St. Ann’s bazaar expands with more items, hours and volunteers

It might sound like a cliché, but this year’s Parish of St. Ann Annual Bazaar actually is bigger and better than ever.

More tables, more items for sale, more hours and (fortunately) more volunteers — that’s just a taste of what’s in store...

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 10:33am

Lewes Creative Writers’ Conference to be held Aug. 17

The 12th Annual Lewes Creative Writers’ Conference will be held at the Lewes Public Library on Saturday, Aug. 17, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Workshops on a variety of writing-related topics will be offered throughout the day.

In addition to...

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 10:13am

Ron Duley oversees the new Creative In Counters showroom in Frankford.

Frankford showroom now offering Creative In Counters

These days, there are so many choices in countertops that the process of choosing new ones or replacing old ones might seem overwhelming.

At Creative In Counters’ new Frankford showroom, sales manager Ron Duley wants to help make the...

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 10:11am