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Selbyville again chooses incumbents in rare election

The Selbyville Town Council will remain the same for another two years. In the 2019 election, residents chose the two incumbent council members to continue their service to the town.

To keep their town council seats, G. Frank Smith III and...

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 4:46pm

More officers leave SBPD as council reacts to FOIA complaint

Two more officers will soon part ways with the South Bethany Police Department. As of Friday, March 1, both Sgt. Alfred “Lee” Davis and Officer (Ptlm.) Nate Hudson had given their two weeks’ notice.

At this point, the SBPD will start...

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 4:45pm

IRSD to try referendum again, while asking for less

Board cites concerns over security and cramped quarters

Local students will be going to school in portable trailers. How long they’re in those temporary classrooms is up to voters.

The Indian River School District will go to public referendum again on Tuesday, May 7, this time requesting just...

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 4:44pm

Chick-fil-A awards scholarships

On Friday, March 1, Chick-fil-A in Millsboro awarded scholarships valued at $2,500 apiece to four employees. From left, franchise owner Tim Sweetman, Brandon Lewis, Katelyn Hitchens, Abigail Simpson and Gabrielle Guy pose for a photo in...

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 4:42pm

From left, Bob Suttmiller, Colin Mullen, Andrea Kohler, Christine Arancio and Mike Hunt get together at the Giant Foods in Millville as the athletes present the store managers a plaque to thank them for hiring Special Olympics athletes.

Giant recognized for supporting local Riptide athletes

Giant Foods in Millville does more than sell food — they also support local organizations, including Special Olympics.

In fact, Giant employs four of the local Sussex Riptide Special Olympics athletes — Colin Mullen, Katie Bowers, Andrea...

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 4:39pm

Four Indian River board seats scheduled for election on May 14

Across Sussex County, school board elections will be held Tuesday, May 14. In the Indian River School District, four of 10 positions on the board are up for election in 2019.

In District 4, there are two candidates for one seat. Donald G....

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 4:37pm

Sussex County Council appoints John Williamson to Board of Adjustments

The Sussex County Council this week appointed John Williamson to serve on the County’s Board of Adjustment.

“I have been a lifelong member of Sussex County, and I’ve been active member of my church and community,” said Williamson, noting...

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 4:36pm

Frankford ponders need for property code enforcement

The need for homeowners to clean up their properties prompted one Frankford Town Council member to remark at the Monday, March 4, council meeting that perhaps the Town needs an official to monitor the conditions of those properties.

“What...

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 4:34pm

Local Lego club putting the pieces together at library

Stop in at the South Coastal Library on a Saturday, and some of the coolest kids around might be building some super-awesome things.

Started last summer, the library’s Lego Club has continued through the winter, with a solid group of...

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 4:27pm

Samantha Reynolds' Mermaid Galley features Eastern Shore recipes passed down to her from her grandparents, including the much-beloved Smith Island cake.

Millville’s Mermaid Galley offers fare for merfolk and more

The bright teal structure next to the Millville Town Peddler is brand new, as are the shiny appliances lining the interior of Millville’s newest eatery — the Mermaid Galley.

The food, however, is classic Eastern Shore. Crabcakes, oyster...

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 12:23pm

Cramer, Bolander to wed

Mr. and Mrs. Earl Cramer of Bethany Beach recently announced the engagement of their daughter Sara Helen Cramer, to Logan James Bolander, son of Curtis and Traci Bolander of Newark. The bride-to-be, a graduate of the University of Delaware, works...

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 11:26am

Local musician and music teacher Taylor Knox visits with student Lucas Bennett during Knox’s regular Friday-night gig and open-mic at Hooked Up in Millville. Knox is also part of the local reggae-rock band Human Connection, and is now shepherding the Taylor Knox Project as that progressive-rock trio brings its original songs to local venues.

Taylor Knox fills his days, nights and local venues with music

It’s not often that a hometown musician gets to play for five hours every Friday for an audience that begins as happy-hour retirees, moves on to family dinner-timers and ends with a younger crowd of open-mic devotees. The place is Millville’s...

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 11:22am

Morris named to Dean’s List at Alvernia University

Tyzhir Morris of Millsboro has been named to Alvernia University’s Dean’s List for the fall 2018 semester. As a freshman in the fall, Morris studied early childhood pre-K-4, with special-ed pre-K-8, at Alvernia. Morris is a graduate of Sussex...

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 10:20am

Job fair helping employers hire for summer or for life

Businesses and job-seekers can mark their calendars for a free job fair on Friday, March 22. The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce will help play matchmaker for people, whether they’re seeking full-time, part-time or summer employment....

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 10:18am

Short story contest open for submissions

The Rehoboth Beach Reads Short Story Contest, which is in its seventh year, is now open for submissions. The contest, which is organized by Cat & Mouse Press and sponsored by Browseabout Books, invites writers to submit stories of 500 to 3,...

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 10:05am

Beans, Birds, & Beer on tap for March 9

The 2019 Beans, Birds, & Beer (BB&B) series is in full swing, with the next trip scheduled for March 9 in Southern Delaware.

Locally-based Delmarva Birding Weekends is inviting hundreds of nature enthusiasts to the shore for year-...

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 9:20pm

Mid-Coast Gymnastics Studio in Selbyville will host the 2019 Delaware State Gymnastics Championship on Saturday, March 17.

Mid-Coast Gymnastics to host state championship meet

More than 260 gymnasts from up, down and all across the state of Delaware will descend upon the area on Saturday, March 17, for the 2019 Delaware State Gymnastics Championships. Local gym Mid-Coast Gymnastics Studio in Selbyville will serve as...

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 9:13pm

OTS gearing up for 22nd year

Organization set to induct first Hall of Fame class

The Olde Tymers Softball League (OTS) is set to begin its 22nd year this coming season, and this year they have created a Hall of Fame to honor members from the past who have played or supported the league.

Established as a senior softball...

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 8:53pm

Tunnel Cancer Center receives $30,000 from Flounder Pounder Open

The Flounder Pounder Open, hosted by Paradise Marina and Short’s Marine, is the largest flounder tournament in the world. This year’s tournament will once again benefit Beebe Healthcare’s Tunnell Cancer Center and will be held at Paradise Grill...

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 8:51pm

Zach Brown discusses plans to put Brown Brothers Brewing in Dagsboro, pending approvals.

Brown Brothers Brewing eyes Dagsboro’s Savannah Square

Small craft-brew business gets preliminary approval from council

A different type of business is looking to provide Dagsboro residents with a friendly, relaxed atmosphere for beer drinkers to enjoy the fine crafts of a microbrewery, and the Dagsboro Town Council this week unanimously gave their initial...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:24pm

Candidates have the final say before rare Selbyville election

The Selbyville Town Council hasn’t had a contested election since 2011, according to Town Hall. That makes the 2019 council election a relatively rare occurrence. Voting is scheduled for Saturday, March 2, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Selbyville...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:17pm

Ocean View officials discuss property reassessment progress

The Town of Ocean View held a budget workshop earlier this week at which the status of property reassessments was reviewed.

“This is very complicated and confusing,” said Finance Director Dawn Parks, noting that she understands the...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:14pm

Delaware a ‘microcosm’ of U.S. slave stats pre-Civil War

Although Sussex County had the largest numbers of slaves of the three Delaware counties during the first century of the United States’ existence, slavery was not a large part of life here, according to a Delaware history interpreter who spoke at...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:13pm

Donations sought to support students looking for Pathways

Imagine going to high school and not having enough money to buy lunch… What would you do?

Sussex Technical High School teacher assistant Jacques O. Bowe Jr. is finding out that many of his students are dealing with just that issue.

...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:11pm

First-responders recognized for service to the community

“Valor is the demonstration of boldness and bravery in the face of adversity and danger,” said Josh Mastrangelo, senior vice president of the Carl M. Freeman Companies at the Joshua M. Freeman Valor Awards on Feb. 22. “In our communities, it is...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:08pm

Bayshore Community Church’s rEcess program offers parents of children with disabilities a night out once a month, and a fun evening for the children.

Bayshore offers rEcess to families with special needs

Bayshore Community Church is looking to support families with special needs by providing a once-a-month respite.

Program Director Birgitta Canfield said she and her husband had attended a fundraiser for rEcess and fell in love with the...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 12:25pm

Laura Hickman takes us down snow-touched dunes in ‘Looking South Bethany Beach,’ one of the many pieces on display for Gallery One’s ‘Warm & Cool’ exhibit.

Gallery One gets both ‘Warm & Cool’ for March

This month, the theme for the artists at Gallery One is a play on words: “Warm & Cool.” With the artists contemplating the chilly temperature outside (while feeling optimism for the warmth to come) and the artistic rule of juxtaposing warm...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 11:17am

Ellen McLaughlin’s submission to the Bethany Beach photo contest will be featured in the Town of Bethany Beach’s calendar, which will be released in May.

Bethany Beach announces photo contest winners

The Town of Bethany Beach this week announced the winners in its 2019 photo contest.

“The Town of Bethany Beach would like to acknowledge all of those who submitted photos for its annual calendar contest,” said Julie Malewski, events...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 11:10am

SDSA students perform in ‘Sally Sells Seashells (and You Can Too!)’

The students at Southern Delaware School of the Arts in Selbyville put on a show for the public on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22 and 23. The musical was about a new girl who moves to a beach town and convinces the kids that she can make their...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:55am

First Saturday for March focuses on women’s history

DNREC’s First State Heritage Park will explore the stories and contributions of Delaware women on March 2 for the park’s monthly First Saturday in the First State program. The day’s schedule will feature a variety of free events and activities...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:47am

Eagle Scout candidate Aiden Christopher sits under the pavilion he built for the Hope Center.

Eagle candidate builds pavilion for Hope Center

Sussex Technical High School sophomore Aidan Christopher joined scouting at the age of 6. Now, 10 years later, Christopher is close to holding the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America: Eagle.

“We started planning the project around...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:41am

Revel named to Muhlenberg College’s Fall 2018 Dean’s List

Justin Revel of Millsboro was named to the Dean’s List at Muhlenberg College for the Fall 2018 semester. To earn that academic achievement, students must earn a GPA of 3.50 or higher for the term.

Founded in 1848, Muhlenberg is a private,...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:25am

March is Youth Art Month at Selbyville library

For the staff of the Selbyville Public Library, March is always an exciting month because it ushers in local artwork produced by students in celebration of National Youth Art Month. The display brings with it an increase in patronage and pride,...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:18am

Sponsors sought for 5 in support of Sussex Tech athlete scholarship

Sussex Technical High School is hosting the first-ever Race for Coach Nic 5K on Saturday, March 9, with proceeds to support the Lou Nicoletti Scholarship for a track-and-field athlete, as well as benefiting the cross-country and track-and-field...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:53am

Angela Strong, left, receives her scholarship award from Tracy Bell, School of Nursing program coordinator, right.

Strong receives nurshing scholarship

The Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing at Beebe Healthcare announced this week that Angela Strong, a senior student from Ocean View, is the recipient of the Dr. Carl G. Pierce Jr. Scholarship.

The scholarship is awarded to a student...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:49am

For the sixth annual Girl Scout Cookie promotion in SoDel Concepts restaurants, Papa Grande’s Coastal Taqueria has whipped up fried ice cream made with Samoas. All 10 restaurants will bring their desserts to the Girl Scout Cookie Throw Down on March 14, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Clubhouse at Baywood in Millsboro.

SoDel Concepts’ Girl Scout Cookie promotion returns

For the sixth year, SoDel Concepts is featuring its Girl Scout Cookie dessert promotion. On Feb. 13 to March 14, each of the company’s 10 restaurants featured a dessert made with a flavor of the cookies.

The friendly contest between the...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:46am

Young women can compete in Girls Go CyberStart Challenge

Delaware Gov. John Carney and Chief Information Officer (CIO) James Collins last week announced that Delaware is again partnering with the SANS Institute on an initiative to empower high-school girls by providing an opportunity for them to...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:41am

Lapenna named to Clemson University Dean’s List

Lauren A. Lapenna of Selbyville has been named to the Dean’s List at Clemson University for the fall 2018 semester, the university announced this week. Lapenna is majoring in psychology.

To be named to the Dean’s List at Clemson, a student...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:38am

IRSD to try referendum again, asking for less

Board cites concerns over security and cramped quarters

Local students will be going to school in portable trailers. How long they’re in those temporary classrooms is up to voters.

...

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 5:22pm

Riders from a previous Ride for Hospice event. The next event will be held Saturday, February 23rd from 8 a.m. to noon at The Freeman Fitness Center.

Neighbors support Delaware Hospice at Sea Colony’s Ride for Hospice

It takes a special kind of person to embrace a career helping people. For Peggy Dolby and her “fleet” of 385 very special volunteers who help, “The...

Friday, February 22, 2019 - 10:26am

Coastal Maytag to change hands, re-open after sudden closure

After closing without warning around Feb. 6, an Ocean View appliance store mid-week was preparing for a possible re-opening next week, while police in the intervening time had opened an investigation after complaints from some customers who’d...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 1:35pm

High-school threats not believed to be credible

The Indian River School District was taking safety precautions on Tuesday, but officials said they do not believe there to be a credible threat to its Dagsboro high school.

“Rumors of an alleged incident at Indian River High School on...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 1:34pm

Selbyville increases water fees, keeps taxes at same rate

While approving their $5 million municipal budget for 2019-2020, the Selbyville Town Council this week OK’d a rate increase for water utilities, due to rising costs.

The 2.5 percent rate increase for water and sewer utilities works out to...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 1:32pm

Caroline Gale waits to greet new and returning customers at the front of her store in Selbyville.

Caroline's brings Sparkle to Selbyville

 Want to relax? Want a fresh new look or outlook? Caroline’s Spa & Salon now does hair, nails, makeup and massage in downtown Selbyville.

The makeovers began with major renovations to the small Main Street building, one block north of...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 12:47pm

BHHS Gallo Realty welcomes Lori Jones as new ambassador

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Gallo Realty announced this week that Lori Jones has accepted the position of “Brand Ambassador” effective Jan. 30.

As a public relations professional, Jones will be responsible for the development of the...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 12:44pm

IRSD to host career fair

High-schoolers invited to College & Career Fair

All high-schoolers in Indian River School District are being invited to a College & Career Fair on Feb. 28 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Sussex Central High School.

Parents and students can speak with representatives from various colleges and...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 12:27pm

A headstone found at the site. bears the name C.S. Hall and the lines ‘Co. K, 32nd U.S.C.T.,’ an abbreviation for U.S. Colored Troops, the designation for units comprising African-American soldiers during the Civil War.

Site of purported African-American cemetery discovered near Frankford

Archaeologists working at a property near Frankford have discovered what appears to be the site of a cemetery known to the local community to contain the remains of African-Americans who lived in the area, state officials announced this week....

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 12:22pm

Candidates sought for 2019 IRSD school board election

Candidates have until March 1 to register for the 2019 school board elections. School districts across Sussex County are revving up for the May 14 elections.

Four of 10 positions are up for grabs in the Indian River School District, in...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 12:18pm

Ocean View seeks candidates for council election

Ocean View residents who want to serve their community have less than two weeks to file to run in the April town council election.

Candidates are being sought to serve in seats from District 1 and District 2 — currently held by Bill Olsen...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 12:15pm

Read Aloud Delaware volunteers and staff stock the new Little Free Library on N. Bedford Street in Georgetown with children’s books. Joining in the unveiling are, from left: Bob Kotowski, who built and donated the library; Carol Johnson, a Read Aloud volunteer and team leader; Jeanne Brennan, Sussex County and State Board of Directors member; and Stacy Penaranda, Sussex County coordinator.

Little Free Library unveiled to celebrate World Read Aloud Day

When Todd Bol created the first Little Free Library in 2009, he may have never dreamed that there would eventually be more than 75,000 of the small book exchanges in 88 countries around the world.

The latest in Sussex County was unveiled...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 11:57am