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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

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