You might have heard something about a zoning issue in Bethany Beach that could get voted on Friday afternoon. While that has gotten a lot of attention locally, there is something else happening this weekend that might be of interest to you.
It’s rarely quiet in our little world of small-town politics here at the Delaware shore. If it’s not election rhetoric or budget debates, it’s controversy over taxes, utility service, the internal power struggles of municipal or county government, debates between the merits of growth and an existing way of life... The list goes on and on.
We have seen signs of an improving economy as of late. Real estate is starting to see some good trends, the summer rentals appear to be strong this summer and some businesses have reported that things are looking up so far. However, what is needed is jobs.
And they might be coming.
When news leaked earlier this week that NBA player Jason Collins had “come out of the closet” in a Sports Illustrated article, talking heads across these fruited plains nearly exploded.
Perhaps we have gotten to the point of taking the Indian River School District’s Odyssey of the Mind teams for granted.
This year, the district sent five teams to the state finals on March 23 at Smyrna High School. Two of those teams, the high school squad and one formed of elementary school students, qualified for the world championships May 22 to 25 at Michigan State University.
We notice that the attention on politics tends to wane, especially around here, as the weather begins to change and we move a little further away from last November’s elections. And that’s fine, as the rhetoric meter hit exceedingly high in those elections, and it is nice to see people turn to other interests.
For those of you who haven’t been to downtown Bethany Beach recently, you might be surprised if you find yourself there because of all the construction. The town’s long-awaited beautification effort is now under way, and the long-term prospects for downtown appear positive.
However, the present is a little iffy.
Delaware Superior Court Judge T. Henley Graves issued a ruling on Tuesday that sided with Sussex County government in their ongoing battle with Sussex County Sheriff Jeffrey Christopher regarding Christopher’s office having constitutional authority to make arrests.
There has been cautious optimism throughout this community over the coming summer season.
The last Indian River School District referendum passed by about a 2-1 vote, but it was met with more vocal opposition than any we can remember in the past.
The Town of Ocean View is taking a walk down memory lane. Their hope, we suspect, is that it goes much smoother this time around.
There’s no question that, when it’s your home, your money, your child, your life being threatened by an emergency, you appreciate the efforts put into catching a criminal, putting out a fire, restarting a heart.
One of the trickiest puzzles this country has been trying to solve focuses on healthcare. How can the most amount of people get the best available care without bankrupting our nation, closing hospitals and putting insurance companies at risk?
Solve that, and you are going places.
Sussex County Council recently found itself staring at a budget surplus of $854,000 — a situation many governmental and private entities would like to find themselves in, we imagine. The good news for those of us who happen to reside in Sussex County is that it appears they are putting that money to good use.
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Sussex County will be holding an additional hearing on the proposed expansion of the Millville Sanitary Sewer District, and we are big fans on how they are going about it.
Voters in the Indian River School District (IRSD) will have the opportunity to make their voices heard at the booths next week regarding a major capital improvement and current expense referendum.
When word came down last month that the Big League Softball World Series would be coming to Roxana this summer, the general reaction of the community was one of pride.
The idea of citizens helping fund a private corporation has typically raised eyebrows — just look at the controversy swirling around the bank and auto industry bailouts of the past few years, for instance. Those bailouts focused on the infamous concept of “too big to fail,” and the government felt that these companies going under would simply cripple the economy.
Weather permitting, Selbyville’s own Alyssa Murray is in Las Vegas right now, performing public appearances and preparing for the Miss America competition on Saturday, Jan. 12.
In addition to making a name for herself outside of Delaware on a public stage, Murray will use the opportunity to promote a cause that is near and dear to her — skin cancer awareness.
They must be doing something right over in Roxana.
The Executive Committee of the Little League International Board of Directors last week approved relocating the Big League Softball World Series to the Pyle Center. This will take place at the same time as the Senior League Softball World Series, which has been run by District III for the past several years.
Presents wrapped? Menu set? Travel itinerary locked in firmly?
There is no day during the year that surpasses the dramatic build-up of Christmas, and hopefully all of you have gotten yourselves in a position where you can just relax and enjoy the big day. If not, hopefully you can knock out what needs to be done over the next few days so you can put your brain on vacation at the holiday.
After months of hearing arguments concerning a proposed campground and water park on Cedar Neck Road, the Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission (P&Z) voted last Thursday night to recommend denial to the three applications submitted by Castaways LLC.
On Dec. 7, 1941, the Japanese put into motion “Operation Hawaii,” which later became known as “Operation Z.” It’s been said that planning for this operation began as early as January of that year, and that the Japanese planned to attack on a Sunday because they believed Americans would be more relaxed and less alert for an attack.
It’s Thanksgiving week, which means Black Friday and the subsequent “mad dash to Christmas” is also beginning this week.
Sometimes, criminal cases are solved by investigators chasing down leads or forensics teams finding that microscopic piece of evidence that can link a crime with a suspect. Well, at least, that’s what they tell us on television and in the movies.
Now that we’ve had a little time to register exactly what happened to the area last week during Hurricane Sandy, we can make a little bit more of an informed opinion.
There’s little doubt that Tuesday, Nov. 6, will be a day of note across this nation. Emotions have been high on the Presidential race, obviously, as well as all the other national seats up for grabs. In Delaware, there is a struggle between the parties for political control, and locally, well, we all know how contested the races have been locally.
We’ve all seen someone who does it. Many of us know someone who does it. And at least some of us are the people who do it. Aggressive driving. It’s a term that hasn’t been in the common vernacular that long, even if the behaviors it encompasses have been around as long as automobiles, and maybe longer.
Are you one of those people who just love to get into arguments with your friends and neighbors? Want to know how to get one started in this area pretty quickly?
Mention the proposed Castaways Bethany project. That should do it for you.