Frankford

Frankford council making a banking change

Frankford town council decided this week to move all of their accounts to Bank of Delmarva.

IR school district dedicates G.W. Carver Educational Center

Indian River School District (IRSD) celebrated the end of a nearly $145-million project, which began in May 2000 when voters approved the first of several referendums to renovate the district.

Local man arrested in string of burglaries

Selbyville police arrested Jeffrey Paddock, 49, of Ocean View on Wednesday, Nov. 23, for his alleged involvement in a string of local burglaries.

Frankford ready to kick-off decorating contest

For Frankford resident Toni Presley and her family, decorating her house and door is really “just for fun.”

Carver Academy makes history with turkeys and ballots

Some students in Frankford had something in common with Egyptians this week: both recently held their first elections at the end of November. While G.W. Carver Academy’s elections did not stem from political revolution, a new student council lets students step into positions of responsibility within the school.

Officials getting involved in Frankford railroad crossing battle

**Update: Repairs have been made to the Daisy Avenue railroad crossing.

State Sen. George Bunting recently wrote to Delaware’s Congressional delegation about the state of the railroad crossings in Frankford. Town Clerk Terry Truitt said the tracks have been “deteriorating for some time,” and it has been a subject brought up at many meetings in town.

Frankford continues to work to improve water plant

The Frankford Town Council voted this week to make several improvements concerning water. They approved spending $4,800 to convert two air-control valves to electric and to remove the air-compressor dryer at the water plant.

First public groups tour completed inlet bridge

Dressed in hardhats, gloves and reflective vests, a group of 20 civilians crossed the new Indian River Inlet Bridge, from end to end, for the first time. They grinned as a DelDOT tour guide led them across the newly completed 10-foot closure pour, which connected the two halves of the new bridge. Motorists had become accustomed to seeing the incomplete north and south sections move closer together until Oct. 18, when the closure pour was completed.

ALERT: Nationwide Emergency Alert System test set for 2 p.m. -- THIS IS ONLY A TEST

On Wednesday, Nov. 9, Delaware will join all other states in conducting the first nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS) test. At 2 p.m., radio, television and cable stations will broadcast the familiar alert warning sound. Following the alert sound, the recorded message on broadcast media will state, “This is a test.” The audio message will be the same for both radio and television.

Man hospitalized after shooting himself

Man hospitalized after shooting himself

The Delaware State Police are currently investigating an accidental shooting in which a Frankford, DE man was injured that occurred Monday, Oct. 31.

Frankford library supporters raising funds for expansion

Supporters and staff at the Frankford Public Library are still chugging along in their efforts to raise money for a planned building expansion. Library Director Liz Hamilton said they recently met with the State of Delaware’s library department in early September.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Route 1 to close near Indian River bridge, in both directions, 7 p.m. Wednesday to noon Thursday

Delaware’s Department of Transportation has announced that beginning this evening, Wednesday, Nov. 2, there will be a shift in traffic patterns on Route 1 just north of the Indian River Inlet Bridge. The shift will be implemented to ensure continued road safety due to dune erosion adjacent to the northbound lanes, they said.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Route 1 near Inlet to close at 9 p.m.

Both the northbound and southbound lanes of Route 1, near the Indian River Inlet will close at approximately 9 p.m. tonight, due to high storm tides, report  officials from the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT).

Millsboro study to look at origins of cancer cluster near plant

In a chemical-laden world – from the cosmetics women wear and the chemicals in dry cleaning to the more obvious pollutants, such as smoke stacks and cigarettes – it is easy to get exposed to something dangerous. What’s not as easy is knowing if and/or when that something could lead to serious and lasting side-effects, or even disease.

Suspects linked to five burglaries in Plantation Park

Delaware State Police Troop 4 Property Unit detectives this week charged a Frankford man and woman in connection with five residential burglaries that took place Wednesday evening, Oct. 19, in Plantation Park, west of Ocean View.

Indian River Inlet project set to bridge the gap

It’s getting a lot harder for people driving across the Indian River Inlet Bridge to see through the gap between north and south sides of the new bridge as they drive past, with the time for the final concrete pour of the project nearing and just 10 feet of space remaining between the two cantilevered portions of the bridge deck.

Frankford’s Community Heart Fair aims to educate, screen on Saturday

Beebe Medical Center will host the Community Heart Fair at the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company’s fire hall on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Frankford drafts franchise agreement with utility

The Frankford Town Council approved a draft franchise agreement between the Town and Chesapeake Utilities this week.

Police Beat-- Frankford

State trooper pleads guilty to harassment

Delaware State Police trooper Ryan J. Mitchell, 36, of Frankford, pled guilty last month to one count each of Harassment and Misuse of a Computer in connection with unwanted and unsolicited contact with a Sussex County woman.

Frankford library working to triple its size, and more

At the Frankford Public Library, tons of resources and information is packed into a pretty small space. And while Frankford itself is a small town, the 19945 ZIP code and the number of people who identify their home as Frankford are quite large — and growing. So, the need for a bigger space for the library seemed inevitable.

State’s first-ever hurricane leaves damage, flooding in its wake

Coastal Delaware began its recovery from Hurricane Irene as torrential rains and gale-force winds cleared on Sunday morning, dealing generally with localized flooding and power outages, as well as downed trees and broken limbs – a considerably lesser impact than had been feared from the first hurricane to hit the state in recorded history.

BREAKING NEWS: Area begins recovery from Hurricane Irene, with mostly minor damage reported

Coastal Delaware began its recovery from Hurricane Irene on Sunday, dealing with localized flooding and power outages, as well as downed trees and broken limbs. Gov. Jack Markell lifted a travel ban and evacuation orders for at-risk areas as of 11 a.m. on Aug. 28, advising caution for those who did choose to travel.

BREAKING NEWS: Power remains out in Bethany, parts of Ocean View; no damage to boardwalk, OV homes

From Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin (7 a.m. Sunday):

At this time, no damage to property has been reported in Ocean View.  Power outage remains east of West Avenue in Ocean View and throughout Bethany Beach.

BREAKING NEWS: Power outages, flooding continue; police enforcing travel restrictions

From Ocean View Police Department (11:45 p.m.):

Over the past hour, winds and rain subsided.  Police patrols were initiated and all roadways in town are reported to be open.  Power is still out on the east side of West Avenue and in Bethany Beach.  Many trees have fallen, however, at this time there has been no report of damage.

BREAKING NEWS: Non-emergency travel prohibited after 6 p.m., Level 2 restrictions go into effect

Level 2 driving restrictions will be in place in Sussex County starting at 6 p.m.; then in Kent County starting from 8 p.m.; and in New Castle County starting from 10 p.m. This means that non-emergency travel will be prohibited.   Those who are evacuating from flooding or flood-prone areas, including to shelters, are exempt.
 

BREAKING NEWS: Indian River Inlet Bridge closing, tornado warning briefly issued, more safety information released

Indian River Inlet Bridge closing, conditions deteriorating as Irene approaches

As conditions across Delmarva have started to deteriorate with the approach of Hurricane Irene, the Delaware Department of Transportation has announced that the Indian River Inlet Bridge could be closed as early as 3 p.m. on Saturday but would definitely be closed by 4 p.m.

WEATHER ALERT: Hurricane warning, flood watch in place as Irene looms

The National Weather Service has issued a Hurricane Warning and Flood Watch for the area, as Hurricane Irene comes ashore and heads toward Delmarva. The storm has been downgraded to a Category 1 storm, but it remains near Category 2 strength, with winds near 100 mph.

BREAKING NEWS: Evacuation of Sussex County continues, those within .75 miles of water must leave now

The evacuation of Sussex County’s most vulnerable areas continued Friday evening as Hurricane Irene, now slightly weaker but still a very dangerous storm, remained on a collision course with the eastern United States, including Sussex County and the rest of Delaware.

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