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Affordable-housing advocates plead with County

Affordable housing (or the lack thereof), was a topic of discussion at the Feb. 10 Sussex County Council meeting.

A letter submitted to the council by Howard Gorrell was read into the record by County Attorney J. Everett Moore Jr.

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Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 10:33am

Mountaire responded to a wastewater spill at their Millsboro facility on Wednesday, Feb. 13.

Mountaire cleans up another wastewater release

Wastewater once again escaped Mountaire Farms’ poultry processing facility in Millsboro on Wednesday, Feb. 13.

The accidental release of up to 1 million gallons of partially treated wastewater was discovered around 5 a.m. that morning. It...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 10:30am

Old-school cookin’

American Legion chicken-and-dumpling dinner keeps ‘slippery’ tradition alive

Years ago, chicken-and-dumpling dinners were extremely common in Southern Delaware — it seemed like every fire house and church had them several times a year.

Not so much anymore.

So when they do come around, it’s a chance to...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 10:19am

Millville man arrested on weapons charges after firing shot

The Delaware State Police this week arrested a Millville man after a domestic incident allegedly led to him obtain a weapon and fire a round.

According to the DSP, on Feb. 16, around 6 p.m., troopers were dispatched to Dorothy Circle near...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 10:11am

Post-party bullet hole being investigated

The Delaware State Police this week were investigating a shots-fired incident that occurred sometime early Sunday, Feb. 17, near Dagsboro.

Around 3:06 p.m., police said, DSP troopers were dispatched to Colony Drive in Bay Colony for a...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 10:08am

Punkin Chunkin looking for a new home, hoping to build tradition

“It’s official. We are back — although, we never left or dissolved, despite any rumors,” the organizers of the World Punkin Chunkin Championship announced recently.

The event “may have been dormant for the past two years, but there were...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 10:04am

Selbyville will have a contested election

For the first time in years, Selbyville residents will have an opportunity to vote in a town council election.

Elections are usually canceled in the ever-expanding town, simply because the incumbents are the only people who file to run...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 9:59am

Body of Lewes woman found near inlet

Delaware State Police this week released the identity of a woman whose body was found near the Indian River Inlet on Tuesday, Feb. 12.

Surfers discovered the body of Amy Conrad, 48, of Lewes, which had washed up on the beach near the north...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 9:56am

Mardi Gras

Coastal Point photos • Tyler Valliant

The Friends of the Selbyville Public Library held their annual Mardi Gras fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 16. Proceeds benefit the public library. Notes on the Beach provided entertainment while event-...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 9:39am

The Selbyville Middle School Lego Robotics Team poses for a photo with their Lego robots.

SMS shoots for the stars with robotics win, asking for public support

Selbyville Middle Schoolers have been on a space mission all winter. They’ve designed an autonomous robot to help with humankind’s mission to Mars: moving satellites into orbit, angling solar panels toward the sun, moving supplies by the cartful...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 9:36am

161 Layton – Front Entry

SEA Studio Architects get Merit Awards

SEA Studio Architects of Bethany Beach was recently honored with two Merit Awards for design excellence by the Delaware American Institute of Architects at their bi-annual awards program on Jan. 24. SEA Studio’s 161 Layton and Cardinal residences...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 9:28am

Nancy Ponton sews her one-of-a-kind purses. Below right, are Ponton’s Here Kitty and Octopus purses.

Gallery One welcomes fiber artist Nancy Ponton to its Artisan Room

Owning a one-of-a-kind purse is now available at Gallery One. The gallery this week announced that Nancy Ponton’s individualized purses are on displayed in the gallery’s Artisan’s Room.

Ponton shifted her creative energies into “fabric...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 9:20am

The Selbyville Middle School girls’ basketball team took home first-place trophies in the H&R Block bracket at the Capital Classic.

SMS, Scurci show ‘No Mercy’ to win bracket at Capital Classic

The Selbyville Middle School girls’ basketball team finished off its 2018-2019 campaign showing “No Mercy” to their opponents.

Behind a game-high 11 points from sixth-grader Sophie Scurci, the Indians rolled to a 21-10 win over Mariner in...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 8:52am

Daddy-Daughter Dance a perfect date for young ladies

There’s a story about a woman who remembers her dad once escorting her to a father-daughter date night, at age 10. He gave her flowers, treated her to dinner, held the door and helped her realize how she always deserves to be treated by gentlemen...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 8:44am

Most Blessed Sacrament students work with robotics

Fourth-grade students at Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic School work on the final stages of their robotics lesson. MBS is a STREAM school, emphasizing science, technology, religion, engineering, arts and mathematics in the curriculum. Grade-level...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 8:40am

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...

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 1:41pm

Millsboro moving forward on downtown upgrades

Millsboro’s downtown district is about to get a makeover, thanks to a plan approved by town council members earlier this month.

The council authorized Town Manager Sheldon P. Hudson to begin the process of collecting bids to work on three...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 2:59pm

Ocean View updating its Emergency Operations Plan

The Town of Ocean View’s first Emergency Operations Plan was drafted and brought before council in June 2006, Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin noted recently. Back then, it was an “all-hazards approach” to emergencies and was well-received...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 2:58pm

Millville seeks resident to fill vacant town council seat

There will be no town council election in Millville again this year, but there is an opening that will need to be filled, as Council Treasurer Susan Brewer is stepping down from her seat on the council.

The Town received only two candidate...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 2:57pm

Film society hosting second African American Film Festival

Building on the success of its inaugural African American Film Festival in 2018, the Rehoboth Beach Film Society is presenting the event again this year, again in cooperation with the Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice.

This...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 2:55pm

Mountaire directed to clean up after wastewater accident at Millsboro facility

The Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control (DNREC) announced on Wednesday, Feb. 13, that it had been notified that day about an accidental release of partially treated wastewater at Mountaire Farms of Delaware’s poultry...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 2:53pm

South Bethany approves new police ranks and hires

South Bethany is paving a solid path forward for its police department, as the town council has unanimously approved a new rank and salary scale, plus several candidates for two vacant positions.

After the probationary period, there are...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 2:52pm

Bishop’s Landing dumpster plan gets tabled for now

In Millville, one man’s trash is another man’s… trash.

And it turns out, no one wants it in their back yard, or anywhere near their front- or side-yard, either.

A public hearing on a move to change the permitted location of trash...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 2:45pm

The Selbyville Public Library will be the place to be on Saturday, Feb. 16, for the Mardi Gras benefit.

Party like it’s Mardi Gras at Selbyville library fundraiser

Live music and fine food will carry guests to the Big Easy at this weekend’s Mardi Gras benefit for the Selbyville Public Library.

New Orleans provides the lively theme for the event on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 6 to 9 p.m., hosted at the...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 2:43pm

George Downing, manager of the new Tractor Supply Co. store in Millsboro, has been working in the store since December, getting ready for the Feb. 9 grand opening.

Tractor Supply Co. opens Millsboro store

Chicks coming soon!

Tractor Supply Co., a nationwide retail chain that offers everything from chicks to tractor tires, has opened a location in Millsboro.

The Millsboro store, located at 28668 Dupont Highway (Route 113), held its grand opening on Saturday,...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 2:21pm

Valor Awards to recognize local first-responders

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce is set on Friday, Feb. 22, to honor the outstanding police officers, paramedics, EMT’s and firefighters who help keep local communities safe throughout the year. The 2019 Joshua M. Freeman Valor Awards...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 1:24pm

Kristina and Sean Malone started Santa’s Letters this last holiday season, and will be holding a spaghetti dinner to raise funds for continued local projects.

Santa’s Letters gets a pasta-tive response

Spaghetti-dinner fundraiser planned for March 2

The husband-and-wife team that started Santa’s Letters — a local organization that sent out hundreds of letters to children during the holiday season and helped a dozen local families have a better Christmas — will be holding a spaghetti dinner...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 1:14pm

Southern Delaware Chorale to honor Black History Month

The Southern Delaware Chorale (SDC), under the direction of Colin Armstrong, will present a concert called “A Choral Patchwork,” in honor of Black History Month, on Sunday, Feb. 24, beginning at 3 p.m. at Epworth United Methodist Church in...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 1:08pm

A Night to Shine

Ocean View Church of Christ, in partnership with the Tim Tebow Foundation, held its third annual ‘A Night to Shine’ event on Friday, Feb. 8. The event provides a prom-like experience for special needs kids.

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 11:56am

Gallo Gives presents their donation to DE Leukemia & Lymphoma

Gallo Gives Foundation awards community donations

Embarking on the third year of supporting the community through the Gallo Gives Foundation, the management, agents and staff of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Gallo Realty said they have continued to watch the foundation flourish.

The...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 11:50am

Pictured, from left, are: front row, Kingsley Giardina, Isabella Labin, Lucca Martin, Sloane Kremer, Mykolas Doyle, Peter VanDalen and Marshal Hidell; middle row, Priya Garg, Avrum Gudelsky, Amalia Gjikuria, Jace Zervakos, Nora Rafinski, Nirlep Dhorajiya and Graham Knowlton; and, back row, WPS pre-kindergarten teachers Jennifer Hoen and Erika Phillips.

Pre-K class turns lesson into fundraiser to adopt a polar bear

Erica Phillips’ and Jennifer Hoen’s Worcester Prep pre-kindergarten class invited the school’s Lower School students to pay $1 to wear pajamas to school on Jan. 25 as part of a fundraiser to “adopt” a polar bear.

The class came up with the...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 11:43am

Chef Shaun O’Neale, winner of Season 7 of “MasterChef” will be spotlighting at the 45th Annual Ocean City Hotel & Restaurant Trade Expo, March 3-4

Hotel & Restaurant Trade Expo set for March 3-4 in O.C.

Shaun O’Neale, winner of “MasterChef” Season 7, will entertain the audience on both days of the 45th Annual Ocean City Hotel & Restaurant Trade Expo, March 3-4, in Ocean City, Md., an industry-only event.

“Shaun’s initial obsession was...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 11:37am

Spring passport fairs planned in Ocean View

“Our customers asked for it, so we are accommodating them!” said Postmaster Mike Behringer of the Ocean View/Millville Post Office this week in announcing another local passport fair.

“Many families with school aged children are finding it...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 11:32am

Staff at the Jefferson School accept a $400 STEM grant from the Toshiba America Foundation. Pictured, from left, are: Head of School Connie Hendricks; Daniel Megahan, senior account executive for Toshiba Business Solutions; Beth Toney, the school’s director of Curriculum & Instruction and math teacher; and Bill Nelson, environmental science coordinator at the school.

Jefferson School receives STEM grant

As part of an investigation of speed, force and velocity, seventh- and eighth-graders in the pre-algebra class at the Jefferson School will take part in a boat-building project, thanks to a $400 STEM (science, technology, engineering and...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 11:17am

Freeman Foundation announces grant opportunity

The Carl M. Freeman Foundation this week announced the opening of grant opportunities for nonprofit organizations located in Sussex County. Funding is available through the FACES (Freeman Assists Communities with Extra Support) Grants Program,...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 11:14am

Worcester Prep seniors commit to colleges

These 13 Worcester Preparatory School seniors have already committed to attend the college of their choice. Pictured, from left, are: front row, Hailee Arrington (American University), Molly McCormick (College of Charleston Honors College),...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 11:11am

Mountaire directed to clean up after wastewater accident at Millsboro facility

The Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control (DNREC) announced on Wednesday, Feb. 13, that it had been notified that day about an...

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 5:05pm

IRSD referendum fails, 55-45 percent

The 2019 Indian River School District public referendum has failed, by roughly 55-45 percent. The unofficial count was 3,866 voting against and 3,205 voting in favor of the major capital expense question and 3,836 voting against and 3,128 voting...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 1:13pm

The Millville Boardwalk site plan, as proposed by Michael McCarthy, includes mini-golf and more.

Beach-themed mini-golf, ice cream shop planned at Millville Boardwalk

A proposed miniature-golf course and entertainment complex in Millville moved closer to reality on Friday, Feb. 1, when Millville’s Planning & Zoning Committee recommended that the town council approve the project’s preliminary site plan....

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 1:12pm

County council votes to support affordable-housing efforts

Sussex County Director of Community Development Brad Whaley on Tuesday, Feb. 5, presented to the Sussex County Council information on affordable housing issues in the county, noting that the County has been using Community Development Block Grant...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 1:09pm

Water issues still top topic in Frankford

For Frankford Town Council President Joanne Bacon and Vice President Greg Welch, it was déjà vu all over again as the two were sworn in at the Monday, Feb. 4, council meeting for new terms, and both retained their previous positions on the...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 1:08pm

Ocean View seeking candidates for April election

The Town of Ocean View is currently seeking candidates for its April 13 town council election. Two seats are up for grabs — in District 1 and District 2 — currently held by residents Bill Olsen and Frank Twardzik, respectively.

Those who...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 1:07pm

Selbyville council approves more construction details

Development continues as the Selbyville Town Council gave its OK for several projects to move forward. They discussed housing, gasoline and a new town hall at their Jan. 7 meeting:

• On Route 54, the preliminary site plan was approved for...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 1:05pm

Selbyville BOA approves Mountaire canopy

Mountaire Farms was granted permission last week to build slightly beyond their property line into a neighboring property.

The poultry plant at 55 Hosier Street in Selbyville is already built up to their western property line, beside the...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 1:03pm

‘No possibility of closing Hosier Street’

With Mountaire Farms having recently proposed rerouting part of Hosier Street next to its poultry processing plant, the Selbyville Town Council wants to clarify that it’s not interested in closing the road.

As property owners, the company...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 1:02pm

Ocean View P&Z recommends ordinance changes

The Ocean View Planning & Zoning Commission voted unanimously on Jan. 24 to recommend an ordinance to amend the Town’s Land Use & Development Code related to wireless communication facilities.

P&Z Commissioner Ken Sigvardson...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 1:01pm

Long Neck retiree claims $1M Mega Millions win

A 66-year-old retired man from Long Neck matched five numbers in the Jan. 11 Mega Millions lottery drawing, winning $1 million before taxes.

The man, who wished to remain anonymous said he usually purchases a few Instant Game and Draw Game...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 12:48pm

State police warn of phone spoofing scam

The Delaware State Police this week issued an advisory in response to recent phone scams involving a “spoofed” phone number.

Delaware State Police said they were made aware of multiple incidents in which individuals received a phone call...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 12:47pm

Getting the first look at new H.T. Ennis concept art

Some of Sussex County’s most vulnerable students are on their way to getting a better school building. Although administered by the Indian River School District, the Howard T. Ennis School is a countywide school, serving young people with...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 12:34pm

Jan Seitz reads Peggy Parish’s ‘Amelia Bedelia’ in her classrom at East Millsboro Elementary School during World Read Aloud Day on Thursday, Jan. 31.

You don’t have to be a strong reader to love books

Winged keys hang from the ceiling. A wizard’s hat sits in the corner. The teacher is holding a magic wand and a great novel, and her students are spellbound.

At East Millsboro Elementary School, second graders celebrated World Read Aloud...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 12:30pm