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IRSD sets tax rates

The Indian River School District (IRSD) moved to increase, and decrease, property taxes at the June 21 School Board meeting, depending not as much on where they’re coming from as where they’re going.

Budokan to host instructors

Instructors from Arizona, Texas, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Ohio, Illinois, Florida and Delaware will be converging to share knowledge of Japanese swordsmanship or Kenjutsu.

Dr. Ivica Zadrakovic founded the Kenjutsu International Association of Instructors in 1995 in Serbia.

County approves sewer

Sussex County Council moved okayed two sanitary sewer district expansions at the June 21 meeting — one primarily for what will become the 350-lot Forest Landing subdivision (Beaver Dam Road and Central Avenue), and the second for four developments planned, three for Millville and one for Ocean View, which will eventually bring nearly 4,000 homes (and 500,000 square feet of commercial space) to t

Citizens oppose one-way streets in Bethany

With guidance and input from the modest crowd that attended a May 10 workshop on pedestrian and bicycle safety measures in Bethany Beach, representatives of the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) and Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson Engineering (JMT) had recommended the town consider one-way streets for its two main north-south thoroughfares: Atlantic and Pennsylvania avenues.

Pops for "Pops" held at Bear Trap Dunes

It might seem easy, but beneath that surface many would consider the feat impossible.
The easy part: On Friday, June 10, Patrick Rummerfiled got in a race car and drove himself and passenger Josh Basile, 19, around car racing’s “Monster Mile” in Dover.

'Easy' is not a consideration

It might seem easy, but beneath that surface many would consider the feat impossible.
The easy part: On Friday, June 10, Patrick Rummerfiled got in a race car and drove himself and passenger Josh Basile, 19, around car racing’s “Monster Mile” in Dover.

Bethany committee axes moral turpitude laws

Where’s the dividing line, between sensuously graceful, self-assured strut — and scandalous shimmy-shake?

Ocean View council hears from Thornton

Bob Thornton, owner of the Silver Woods Subdivision and an Ocean View resident, approached the town’s council Tuesday night to gauge the assembly’s receptiveness to annexing his property.

Equestrian dreams

A freak equine accident last November placed Shelly Townsend’s prospects for survival in peril. While attempting to leap over an obstacle from an overambitious distance, a 1,400-pound mare thrust Townsend to the ground and trampled her torso. The Millsboro native likened the impact to that of a NASCAR driver colliding with a wall.

Woodland avenue focus on planners

Three applicants, two with new subdivisions and a third carrying the site plan for a condominium (plus two single-family homes) development — all three on Woodland Avenue — came before the Ocean View Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission on June 16.

Stephen ministers here to listen

Three parishioners from Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church, and Pastor Steve Ackerman, traveled to Pittsburgh, Penn. last year, for an intensive, 50-hour Stephen Ministries training seminar.

Those four came home and trained another 11 people, and the group now stands ready to offer a comforting presence and receptive ear for folks going through a rough patch.

Bethany CDP nears the finish line

Bethany Beach’s new comprehensive development plan (CDP) is one short step away from having the force of law.

After more than a year of work by town officials and consultants, the 2005 CDP received unanimous final approval from town council members Friday, June 17, at the monthly council meeting. (Council Member Harry Steele was absent.)

County considers change at Lynn Lee

Concerned manufactured home park residents attended the June 9 county Planning and Zoning (P&Z) commission, to learn more of the plan that would utterly transform the Lynn Lee Village, north of Ocean View.

Umpire shortage leaves players waiting on deck

Despite the rise in the popularity of other sports, such as soccer and lacrosse, more than 500 enthusiastic young baseball and softball players continue to come from around southern Sussex County to play for the 43 teams in the Lower Sussex Little League.

Work on Bethany museum progresses

With the inaugural edition of the Seaside Craft Show behind them and considered “an enormous success,” members of the Bethany Beach Cultural and Historical Affairs Committee (CHAC) are shifting their focus back to one of the committee’s core tasks: the town museum.

Surf shop celebrates 25 years in business

Bethany Surf Shop made its silver anniversary a few weeks back (Memorial Day weekend), and what more auspicious date to celebrate 25 years than Saturday, June 25th.

World Series organizers optimistic for 2005

The largest youth sports league in the world will be holding one of its most important events in Sussex County.

Little League Baseball Inc. will hold its Senior League Softball World Series in at the Lower Sussex Little League complex in Roxana for the second straight year. It will be the 30th World Series.

The World Series will begin Aug. 7 and run through Aug. 13.

Hometown Hero--She loves people

“I just love people.”
The words were hard to pick up, as Helen Hahn blurred from one room to the next in her Bay Colony home, her interviewer straining to keep pace with this boundless whirl of energy.

Willey gets project passed

A proposal to develop a property owned by Millville Mayor Gary Willey deadlocked the monthly town council meeting Tuesday night for more than 90 minutes. The request eventually won final approval by a 3-1 margin.

Selbyville to showcase new train museum

Selbyville Mayor Clifton Murray will officially open the town’s new railroad station museum Saturday, June 18 at 9 a.m. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will kick off the 49th annual Old Timers’ Day, a daylong celebration and longtime Selbyville tradition.

County cuts tax giveback after one year

Sussex County Council members struck a $2.2 million tax rebate from the coming year’s $135.1 million budget at the June 14 council meeting. Last year, only Council Member George Cole (4th District) wanted to chop the tax rebate — and, like last year, he said it amounted to little more than “a large pizza and a couple of sodas” per citizen.

South Bethany welcomes back guards

South Bethany Town Council marked the June 10 council meeting with a welcome back, to beach patrol captain Chris Miller, and a bon voyage recognition for Lloyd Hughes (he didn’t refile for town council this year).

Workshop sets for June 17 in Bethany Beach

The recommendation of a Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) workgroup to consider one-way streets for three major thoroughfares in Bethany Beach will be up for public comment on Friday, June 17, with a special public hearing set for 2 p.m. at the town hall.

Millville shop covers all the bases

Twenty years come September, and the Miller’s Creek shop, or shops, rather, are still plugging along, under the same ownership and offering, in many cases, the same merchandise.

State switches away from Fresh Pond entrance

Yes, the main entrance to Fresh Pond State Park, just north of Fred Hudson Road on Route 1(and that parking lot) is closed — and yes, the park is still open.

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s (DNREC’s) Steve Schilly, park operations administrator, reported the recent opening of a new parking lot — at Fresh Pond’s west entrance.

New beach

Fenwick Islanders can breathe a sigh of relief.

Work on the planned beach reconstruction project for the town proceeded this week with the first in a series of pre-construction meetings set to get new sand pumping onto the beach in mid-August.

Selbyville to be a hot spot for all this weekend

To complete the photo-op Triple Crown this Saturday, Mayor Clifton Murray must find only a baby to kiss. After inaugurating Selbyville’s new railroad museum in the morning, Murray will award a six-foot Mayor’s Choice trophy to the owner of his favorite auto in the Old Timers’ Day car show.

Bethany, South Bethany beaches on bubble

If property owners and officials in Bethany Beach and South Bethany were expecting the U.S. House of Representatives would help them out by providing federal funding for major beach reconstruction in the two towns, the appropriations bill recently passed by the House proved sadly disappointing.

BFACC members welcome secretary of state to breakfast

The Hon. Harriet Smith Windsor stopped by Warren’s Station in Fenwick Island on June 2, for breakfast and an informal chat regarding her duties as Delaware Secretary of State.

Teacher of the year defines passion for stage

And the winner is — James DeBastiani.
The Indian River School District (IRSD) makes the tough call every year — which of 14 candidates (one from each school) will be crowned Teacher of the Year for the entire district.

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