Community overwhelms Selbyville fire victims with support

Is it better to give too much than too little? The local community seems to think so. After a Selbyville apartment building caught fire Friday, Jan. 3, displacing eight families, people sprang into action to continue the holiday spirit of giving into the new year.

Selbyville council discusses water, business and buildings

Water quality is improving in Selbyville, thanks to the town’s new well, now in part-time use. Selbyville Town Councilman Rick Duncan reported some of the daily test results for the water at the Jan. 6 council meeting.

Most days, the water’s pH is near neutral, and Duncan read past iron levels that include 0.03, 0.01 and 0.00 parts-per-million.

Selbyville residents approve $2.5M loan for water filtration

Show Selbyville the money. Tired of worrying over gasoline additives in the water supply, residents of the town voted Dec. 4 to borrow $2,526,300 from the Delaware Drinking Water Revolving Fund.

But in twist that truly benefits the Town, the loan has 0 percent interest and will be 100 percent forgiven when the water filtration system it will pay for is complete.

Residents asked to be vigilant against burglaries

In the off-season, many area police departments — including Bethany Beach, Fenwick Island and South Bethany — offer home checks for residents who may be away from their homes.

Selbyville council learns about proposed water filtration

Two towers could hold the answer to Selbyville’s water problems. At least, some of them. Plus, Selbyville could receive $2.5 million worth of water filtration for free.

Selbyville man passes away after falling from deer stand

On Oct. 22, 76-year-old Richard Jenkins of Selbyville died after falling from a tree stand while hunting in Bishopville, Md.

According to Candy Thomson, public information officer for the Maryland Natural Resources Police, Jenkins was hunting at a stand located approximately 4 miles from his home.

“It was just over the Maryland-Delaware line,” she said.

Public hearing is next step for fixing Selbyville water woes

Selbyville has long suffered issues with contamination of its groundwater by a gasoline additive, MTBE (methyl tert-butyl ether), and before the next Selbyville Town Council meeting, on Monday, Nov. 4, the Town will host a 7 p.m. public hearing to discuss a $2.5 million water treatment upgrade designed to deal with the problem.

Drug take-back offered at local police departments

On Saturday, Oct. 26, a number of area police departments are participating in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) National Take Back Initiative. According to the DEA’s Web site, “National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.”

Roots to hold 10th annual pumpkin-carving event Saturday

This weekend, Roots Landscaping & Garden Center near Selbyville will be celebrating its 10th year offering a free pumpkin-carving event to the community.

Residents of The Refuge concerned about proposal for new apartments

A number of residents have voiced their concerns regarding the possible construction of two apartment buildings behind The Refuge community off of Route 54.

Volunteers sought for Selbyville’s Haunted Library

Spooktacular enthusiasts can help give a scare this month at the Selbyville Public Library’s scariest tradition, the Haunted Library. Volunteers are currently being sought for some very trick-or-treaty community service: to set up, clean up or participate in the Oct. 31 event.

‘Sounds of the Past’ to come alive

A trip down memory lane for some people is also a historical record for others. And Sound United Methodist Church has invited locals to tell their stories at Sounds of the Past II, a Living History event, on Sunday, Oct. 13, at 6 p.m.

“It’s all about remembering Sussex County … years ago,” said organizer Beverly Mattox.

Selbyville teen arrested in shooting

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Selbyville police officers remained on the scene of a shooting on Hosier Street on Tuesday, Oct. 1. Police arrested 18-year-old Devon Gordon, and he was later charged in connection with the shooting a 25-year-old woman in the head, among other offenses.Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Selbyville police officers remained on the scene of a shooting on Hosier Street on Tuesday, Oct. 1. Police arrested 18-year-old Devon Gordon, and he was later charged in connection with the shooting a 25-year-old woman in the head, among other offenses.Devon Gordon, 18, of Selbyville was arrested on Tuesday morning in connection with the shooting of a 25-year-old woman earlier that morning.

According to the Delaware State Police, after a 3:30 a.m. 911 call, police arrived at a home on Hosier Street, at which time the Selbyville officers found the 25-year-old victim sitting outside in a car in front of the house, with a gunshot wound to her head.

Police said the victim was located by her father after he heard the initial gunshot and that he was able to administer first aid until EMS arrived on the scene. She was then flown by state police helicopter to Christiana Medical Center, where she was listed in critical condition mid-week.

Selbyville police have asked the DSP Homicide Unit to take on the investigation of the incident.

Dealware State Police confirm Selbyville shooting

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Police have taped off the crime scene area where a shooting occurred early this morning.Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Police have taped off the crime scene area where a shooting occurred early this morning.Update (Wednesday, October 2, 8 a.m.) DSP have charged Devon N. Gordon, 18, of Selbyville with two counts of Attempted Murder 1st and three counts of Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony in connection with yesterday's shooting. He has been committed to SCI on $310,000 bond.

Update on Selbyville crime scene (Tuesday, October 1): Selbyville Police have said officers responded to a report of a fight and shots fired at 34 Hosier Street in Selbyville at 3:25 a.m. On scene, officers found a 25-year-old female suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. Officers observed a disturbance inside an apartment and subsequently located the 18-year-old suspect inside, and he was quickly taken into custody. The case has been transferred to the Delaware State Police Homicide Unit. The victim was reportedly transferred by air to Christiana Hospital. Her condition is not being released at this time.

Delaware State Police have confirmed that a shooting took place in Selbyville this morning and a suspect is in custody. We will have more as this story develops.

Route 113 bypass route unpopular at DelDOT meetings

Public comments period ends Oct. 4

A roomful of maps didn’t show the 52 residential, 10 commercial and nine agricultural properties that would be displaced by a Route 113 bypass. But people still had plenty to say about the proposed 16.5-mile highways that would cut through southern Sussex County.

Shady Grove II takes important first step to clean water

After years of smelly and sometimes gray tap water, residents of Selbyville’s Shady Grove II now have new hope, thanks to a new chlorinator installed on Aug. 29.

This time, they hope it’s the right one.

Three new builders join NVHomes at Bayside

Carl M. Freeman Companies announced this week the addition of three new builders to the community of Bayside, near Selbyville.

Simmer Time takes the pot, with fondue and more

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: A nice selection of food from Simmer Time.Coastal Point • Maria Counts: A nice selection of food from Simmer Time.Route 54’s newest restaurant aims to introduce people to the art of fondue without dipping too deeply into their wallets. Simmer Time offers people a cozy dining atmosphere to enjoy dunking their favorite foods or snacking on others.

“Do you like cheese, meat and chocolate? How can you go wrong?” said Mike Gable, executive chef.

Mermaid Cove expands from carryout classics to casual pub fare

For several years, locals have headed to Mermaid Cove for carryout lunches. And now, Tina Littleton, owner of the restaurant in Williamsville, has expanded. With a sit-down pub added to the carryout spot, the restaurant can now seat more than 60 people, for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Freeman Stage to end season with ballet, doo-wop, fireworks

The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, with the help of Opera at Morgan and the Morgan State University Choir, will help to celebrate the conclusion of another successful season at the Freeman Stage at Bayside on Saturday, Aug. 31, at 7 p.m.

Selbyville receives top municipality rating on audit report

The Town of Selbyville has received the best report a municipality can get for their annual audit. The town council heard this week from Leslie Michalik of PKS & Company, P.A., who presented a formal review of the Town’s financial statements based on the audit for the year ending Jan. 31, 2013.

Selbyville woman dies after multi-vehicle crash, others injured

A multiple-vehicle crash near Bridgeville on Sunday, Aug. 11, killed a Selbyville woman and injured four other people.

Police said the crash happened on Route 404 in the area of Dublin Hill Road near Bridgeville on Sunday, about 6:25 p.m., when a 71-year-old Selbyville woman, Carole M. Hoffman, for unknown reasons, allowed her eastbound car to drift into the opposite lane of travel.

Smelly, gray water plagues residents of Selbyville development

Source of problem, responsibility for fixing it debated by Town, landlord

On Delmarva, many people don’t get perfectly distilled water from the tap. But the residents of Shady Grove II in Selbyville are getting the exact opposite of that clean, clear water — a smelly, gray-tinged variety of H2O. And they feel that no one is taking responsibility.

Selbyville girls give a jolt of community service

Mickayla and Jolene Austin are still students at Phillip Showell Elementary, but they could save someone’s life someday. The 9- and 7-year-old-girls have received service awards for donating an automated external defibrillator (AED) to a Girl Scout campground.

Postal Service hero helps save a life

Marlene Sholley knew something was wrong when her friend and coworker didn’t show up to work at the post office or return phone calls. Early on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 — just a few days after Artie Wartick had gotten ill — Sholley visited her friend’s home, and found her passed out and unresponsive.

Fox's Pizza grows with new location, expanded menu

It was only in August of 2010 that Fox’s Pizza Den opened up as a take-out pizza shop in Millville and only last summer that they expanded that shop into a restaurant and bar, but they have more growth on the horizon, with Fox’s Pizza Restaurant & Bar opening in the Harris Teeter shopping center off of Route 54 in Fenwick Island. And if they had a slogan to go with the growth, it might be this: “It’s more than just pizza!”

Selbyville farmers' market not returning

While it seems as though many area farmers’ markets are thriving, selling everything from fresh produce to homemade jellies and breads, not all have been a success.

Selbyville council puts fire company agreement in writing

The Selbyville Volunteer Fire Company is aiming to add a new ladder truck to its fleet, and the Selbyville Town Council offered their full approval at their June 3 meeting.

From bike racks to safety talks, young scout is on track

Tenth-grader Chris Smith is well on his way to becoming an Eagle Scout out of Ocean View Boy Scout Troop 281. Having built and donated three bike racks, which now reside at Phillip C. Showell Elementary School, the Southern Delaware School of the Arts and Selbyville Town Hall, Smith recently went into the classrooms at Showell to also teach kids about the importance of bike safety.

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