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Young Environmentalists receive awards at state fair

At the Delaware State Fair last week, Gov. John Carney and DNREC Secretary Shawn M. Garvin honored two dozen Delawareans and groups of all ages for their environmental leadership, innovation and dedication.

“This afternoon, we recognized a...

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 10:09am

Curran releases new novel, ‘Bombs Aweigh — On to Vietnam’

“Bombs Aweigh — On to Vietnam” is the third book of the “Young Mariner” trilogy by local author Walter F. Curran.

In the story set in 1967, the young merchant mariner William Connolly sails to his next adventure on a World War II-vintage...

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 10:06am

Scott Hitchens of Frankford capped a local sweet on Friday at the Blue Hen Dispose-All Night hosted by Georgetown Speedway.

History made at historic track

Race car driver Scott Hitchens of Frankford capped a local sweep on Friday, July 26, during Georgetown Speedway’s hosting of the Blue Hen Dispose-All Night. The dominating win in front of an overflow crowd earned Hitchens $1,000, and a tighter...

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 10:03am

Martin Donovan hands Lauren Weaver, from Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, a plaque of apprectiation for the Chamber’s support of the World Series.

Donovan continues tradition of World Series in Sussex County


It’s become an event — a spectacle if you will — on the Sussex County calendar every summer. The last weekend in July is always the start of the Little League Senior Softball World Series, and the eyes of the softball world all lock in...

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 9:59am

Besides 70 miles of paddling trails, the new Coastal Delaware Paddling Map and website shows people where to park, pay and find public restrooms.

Trailblazing: New paddling map a guide for kayakers and SUP

Delaware has countless beautiful spots for paddling a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard. But actually finding the launch site is a little trickier.

The Coastal Delaware Paddling Map debuted on July 30 as a physical map and an online...

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 9:56am

Local youth bowlers recently returned from their trip from the 2019 USBC Junior Gold championships

Bowlers return from strong showing at Junior Gold championships

Local youth bowlers recently returned from their trip out to Detroit, Mich., where they participated in the 2019 USBC Junior Gold championships, and several had some impressive performances.

“This is the most we’ve ever sent,” said...

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 9:37am


Bethany Beach

• 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...

Friday, July 26, 2019 - 10:44am

Beat that heat

Noah Cummings found the perfect way to get through the recent heat wave in Bethany Beach last weekend.

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 11:58am

Consultants: Revised Millville park plan would save Town $68K

Millville’s town park moved one step closer to completion on Tuesday, July 23, as the town council heard updated figures for the project from the contractor.

Representatives from the Whayland Company, along with consulting engineering firm...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 11:57am

DelDOT to study Woodland/Route 26 intersection

In response to a resident’s concern about traffic congestion at Woodland Avenue and Route 26 in Ocean View that delays both drivers and pedestrians, DelDOT engineers will study the area and gather data, to determine what can be done to ease...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 11:56am

South Bethany PD closing the gap, continues hiring

The South Bethany Police Department is slowly climbing back upward toward a full roster of five officers and one chief. Although there is only one actual vacancy left, there are months still until everyone is fully certified to be on the road....

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 11:55am

Judy Henninger spends some quality time with Gwendolyn.

Millsboro’s Party Corner set to close after 30 years

When Diana Hundley came into Party Corner, owner Judy Henninger was on her way downstairs from the second-floor room stocked with educational materials, from posters to books to pencils and stickers.

“What can I do you for?” Henninger...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 11:18am

New signs urge drivers to yield right-of-way to pedestrians

New Delaware Department of Transportation signs reminding drivers “It’s the law” — showing an outline of a person walking, with “yield” in a triangle — are being posted to inform drivers that state law requires them to slow down and let...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 11:16am

Thank a Police Officer Day events planned this fall

Residents of Ocean View and Dagsboro are being encouraged to donate to, and attend, Thank a Police Officer Day at the Ocean View and Dagsboro police stations in September.

Organized by Andrea Baumann, who runs the Delmarva Supports Law...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 11:14am

Registration open for Delaware Coastal Cleanup

Online volunteer registration is now open for the 32nd annual Delaware Coastal Cleanup, to be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 14.

Sponsored by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control, the...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 11:13am

South Bethany to shorten lawmaking process

Until now, the Town of South Bethany might have had the longest lawmaking process among all its neighbors: three months to officially pass an ordinance. The town council has always required three readings (official presentations) of a proposed...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 11:12am

U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, right, discusses drug affordability in Millville with Kelly Shanahan and Paul Zvaleny of the Giant grocery and pharmacy company.

Carper invited to pharmacy to discuss affordability

On the surface, most people just see expensive medical and pharmaceutical bills. Most people don’t know the intricacies of medical pricing. But U.S. Sen. Tom Carper swung through Millville on Friday, July 12, to discuss one piece of the puzzle at...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 11:11am

Sussex Tech names final quarter of honor roll students

More than 460 students at Sussex Technical High School were named to the honor roll for the fourth marking period for the 2018-2019 academic year. Local students named to the list included:

• Bethany Beach — sophomore Evan Davis.


Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 11:06am

South Coastal AARP awards scholarships to Furman, O’Shields

The road to college recently became a little easier for two Indian River High School (IRHS) graduates. The South Coastal Delaware Chapter AARP (the American Association of Retired Persons) awarded Grace Furman and Abigail O’Shields each a $1,500...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 11:05am

Governor signs early voting legislation into law

New law seeks to increase participation by allowing early, in-person voting

On Sunday, June 30, the final day of the 2019 legislative session, Gov. John Carney signed legislation into law that seeks to increase voter participation in Delaware elections by allowing early, in-person voting.

House Bill 38, sponsored...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 11:04am

Carl M. Freeman Companies announces new staff roles

The Carl M. Freeman Companies recently announced that Nick Freeman has been named the director of Commercial Operations and Kate Cramer has been named as Strategic Marketing coordinator for the Rockville, Md., based real estate and land...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 11:02am

Laura Hickman’s ‘Farnyard Superlatives, Most Likely to Succeed'

It’s ‘Hip to Be Square’ at Gallery One in August

Gallery One recently announced the theme of its August show, “Hip to be Square,” open to the public July 31 through Aug. 27.

This month’s theme at Gallery One explores the idea of “being hip to be square,” both literally and figuratively....

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 10:30am

Keller Williams Realty announces the Top Producers for June

Keller Williams Realty has announced the June 2019 Top Producers for its southeast Sussex County locations.

Jenn Jones of the Bethany Beach office won top honors for highest listing volume for individual agent for the month of June. Other...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 10:24am

Jennings, national coalition reach largest data breach settlement in history

Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings on Monday, July 22, announced a settlement with Equifax as the result of an investigation into the largest-ever breach of consumer data.

Under the terms of the settlement, Equifax agreed to provide...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 10:23am

Dr. Dawn Gifford, staff, and members of four seperate Chambers of Commerce stand at the ribbon cutting for the new Atlantic Acupuncture in Berlin.

Atlantic Acupuncture opens location in Berlin

On Tuesday, July 9, Atlantic Acupuncture celebrated its grand opening by hosting a ribbon-cutting and open house in Berlin, Md., with four local Chambers of Commerce in attendance: the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, Ocean Pines (Md.)...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 10:22am

IRSD receives more than $2M in state grant funding

The Indian River School District has received three grants from the State of Delaware totaling more than $2.2 million, district officials announced on July 15. The grants will provide funding for professional learning activities for teachers and...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 10:20am

Wommack recognized with June 2019 LOVE Letter Award

Beebe Healthcare recently recognized Nancy Wommack, denials management specialist, as the June 2019 recipient of its Living Our Values Every day (LOVE) Letter award.

Beebe representatives said that, as a denials management specialist,...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 10:19am

Town of Bethany Beach to host annual Périers Day celebration

On Saturday, July 27, the Town of Bethany Beach will celebrate Périers Day, marking the twinning of the towns of Bethany Beach and Périers, France.

Périers, located in Normandy, France, was liberated by the U.S. Army 90th Infantry Division...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 10:19am

Dagsboro to host Night Out on Aug. 6

On Tuesday, Aug. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m., Dagsboro will host its second annual Night Out event, designed to encourage positive relationships among the whole community, and specifically with local law-enforcement. Night Out is a national event...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 10:18am

Sussex Tech is the first local school district to use the state-sponsored Rave Panic Button mobile app, shown here during a test in the Sussex County Emergency Operations Center.

Sussex Tech adds safety mobile app for emergency situations

In an emergency, Sussex Technical High School educators can now notify each other and 911 simultaneously. The Sussex Technical School District is one of the first districts to take advantage of a state-wide offering of an emergency-response...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 10:17am

After the Storm

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant

A violent storm pushed through the area on the night of Monday, July 22. The sign at the Fenwick Inn and a tree at John West Park fell victim to high winds.

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 10:02am

Every week, vehicle enthusiasts gather with their prized cars and trucks at Dairy Queen in Millsboro.

Car enthusiasts Cruise In to Millsboro weekly

What do dozens of car devotees, gathered with their classics and shiny engines, do on a hot July evening?

They meet at Dairy Queen in Millsboro for cones, conversation and the weekly Cruise In’.

“Most people who have old cars, their...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 9:49am

Children learn about the box turtle from Meghan Rhode of Assateague State Park.

Fenwick storytime events keep kids interested

The Barefoot Gardeners Children’s Storytime visited Fenwick Island Town Hall on Wednesday, July 10, as 20 children participated in a meet-and-greet with Ranger Meghan Rhode from Assateague State Park, who introduced the children to several of her...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 9:38am

Kindergarteners Jack Parks, Camille Leslie, Gavin Dennis, Hunter Harrison and Matthew Evangelista, front row, enjoy time with the kindergarten teacher team of Brittany Flurer, Heather Dennis and Kelley Burton, back row.

WPS adds second section of kindergarten, extends after care hours

Worcester Preparatory School recently announced the addition of a second section of kindergarten to the Lower School for this fall. The two classes will be led by the teaching team of Kelley Burton and Heather Dennis, along with kindergarten...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 9:35am

Sussex County wins top bond rating from Moody’s Investors Service

Sussex County has hit a financial home run, scoring a “triple A” bond rating from one of the nation’s leading investment analysis firms.

Moody’s Investors Service on Friday, July 12, upgraded the County’s general obligation bond rating — a...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 9:33am

Players celebrate after a previous Little League World Series game.

Senior Softball LLWS set to take over Pyle Center on Monday

For more than 15 years, the Lower Sussex Little League Complex and the Pyle Center has been the home for the Little League Senior League Softball World Series, and the international showcase will see its first pitch for 2019 this Monday, July 29...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 9:32am

Jason Musser, left, and his father Calvin Musser III, right.

Musser Racing means experience

Frankford resident races the region with father

When Frankford racecar driver Jason Musser lines up on the grid in any one of the three divisions he races, he brings with him an extra 54 years of racing experience, in the form of his father, Calvin Musser III. Together with Jason Musser’s six...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 9:23am

The LSLL Minor Softball team savors their championship win.

LSLL Minor Softball wins state championship

Lewis pitches team to win over Smyrna

They took their season as far as they could and came away with the ultimate prize.

The Lower Sussex Minors Softball team faced Smyrna in the championship round of the state tournament and came away with a 5-3 win over their counterparts in...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 9:19am

The LSLL Major Baseball team huddles during a game.

LSLL Major Baseball picks up walk-off win in state opener

The Lower Sussex Majors Baseball team started its quest for a state title with an edge-of-your-seat, nail-biting walk-off win, thanks to a grand slam off the bat of Rosnell Lewis on Monday, July 22.

The blast gave the District 3 reps a 14-...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 9:16am

Athletes Against Alzheimer’s 5K Run/Walk set for Aug. 4

On Aug. 4, the 5th Annual Athletes Against Alzheimer’s 5K Run/Walk, presented by Loftus Wealth Strategies, is planned. The 5K run/walk will benefit the work of the Alzheimer’s Association’s Delaware Valley Chapter in Sussex County.


Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 9:06am

Police volunteer Bill Wichmann, 81, chats with Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin during a recent shift.

Volunteers step in to help

OVPD bolstered by roster of volunteers

Among the seven volunteers at the Ocean View Police Department, the joke is that one task is of utmost importance: keeping the coffee fresh and the pot on.

“If we run out of coffee, don’t bother coming back. Whatever the chief likes,...

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 11:52am

Mountaire tries new plan to improve traffic, runoff in Selbyville

Mountaire Farms has simplified its plans to get chicken trucks at its Selbyville plant out of the rain.

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control (DNREC) is pushing Mountaire to reduce chicken waste and...

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 11:50am

Fenwick candidates speak to the issues at FISH forum

The slate of six candidates vying for four spots on the Fenwick Town Council in next month’s election include a mix of incumbents and former council members, as well as two newcomers.

The candidates, Mitchell “Mike” Houser, Eugene Langan,...

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 11:49am

Beebe, Bayhealth look to add emergency departments

Officials at both Bayhealth and Beebe Healthcare are waiting for the July 25 decision by Delaware’s Health Resources Board to approve or deny applications from each to build freestanding emergency departments within a few miles of each other....

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 11:48am

South Bethany to move bike racks at property owners’ request

As part of a short-term effort to address persistent problems with bicycle parking, the Town of South Bethany will be adding bicycle racks on North 6th Street and on South 6th Street.

While they had been hoping another idea would be a...

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 11:47am

Jonathan N.H. Street of Becker Morgan Group represented Royal Farms at their presentation in front of the Dagsboro Town Council on Monday, July 15.

Dagsboro council gives final approval to Royal Farms

After a presentation of nearly 20 minutes, with several questions from council members, the new Royal Farms project received a conditional green light to begin construction at the Route 113/Clayton Street site.

The conditional approval was...

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 11:46am

Frankford library to teach kindergarten readiness in August

Families rounding their final summer before kindergarten can breathe a little easier. The Frankford Public Library is hosting a kindergarten readiness program to help kids and parents face the unknown.

The K-Club will meet for four weeks,...

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 11:45am

Millsboro bypass design work, survey getting started

Preliminary design and the field survey are now under way for the $85 million bypass that will take traffic from Route 113 north, around Millsboro, to Route 24 east.

Construction is set to begin in the 2023 fiscal year on the new connector...

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 11:44am

From left, Dagsboro Police Chief Floyd Toomey, Mayor Brian Baull and LCpl. Nicholas Disciullo, following the Town presenting a merit award to Disciullo at the July 15 council meeting.

Dagsboro honors officer, names new police chief

The Dagsboro Police Department’s LCpl. Nicholas Disciullo received a merit award, and the council decided on the Town’s next chief of police, at the Dagsboro Town Council meeting on July 15.

Disciullo was recognized after making an arrest...

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 11:43am

Beebe sees surge in serious bicycle crash injuries

Physicians urge community to follow safety procedures this summer season


This year, Beebe Healthcare’s Emergency Department has treated more than double the amount of trauma patients involved in bicycle accidents compared to this...

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 11:02am