Editorial

Please, be safe and smart this New Year’s Eve

We’re guessing that many of you, like many of us at the paper, are still deep in the holiday spirit.

That’s a great thing, and we hope people can carry that air of celebration with them throughout the year. However, with New Year’s Day this week, and New Year’s Eve coincidentally enough falling the night before that day, we ask that you celebrate with a level of restraint.

Baby Alana’s life was too short, but still powerful

When word broke on Wednesday, Dec. 14, that Alana Rose Prettyman had passed away, one could feel the oxygen being sucked out of our office. Judging by comments on social media, that feeling enveloped most of our community.

Ocean View to hold election to fill Sheeran’s seat

Ocean View officials are searching for candidates to run for a town council seat in a special election, scheduled to be held on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016.

Bethany, businesses building Weekend Wonderland

The town of Bethany Beach will have a bit more of an extended celebration of the holidays this year.

Weekend Wonderland in Bethany will be held the first three Saturdays of the month, beginning this week, Dec. 5, with the traditional Holiday Happenings event, organized by the Town, featuring family-friendly activities. There will be horse-drawn carriage rides, trolley rides and caroling.

State champs offer lessons in resiliency, heart

After seven games had been played in their 2015 season, the Indian River High School boys soccer team had two wins. After their last game had been played, they had themselves a state championship.

Fear strikes home, and the problem must end

When shots were fired and bombs exploded in Paris last Friday, the world shook.

Local police departments reach out to citizens

You know, we’re pretty fortunate around here.

Put aside the fact that we live near the beach, have low taxes, can get to numerous major cities with an easy drive and have the roads to ourselves for about eight months a year. That’s all great stuff, to be certain.

Psychiatric hospital a step in right direction

Deficiencies in mental health care have been pointed to as a significant problem, both locally and nationally.

Protecting our natural treasures is a must

For an area that is as popular with vacationers as ours is, we still manage to have our fair share of hidden treasures.

Fall’s arrival shouldn’t lessen precautions

Yes, Christmas decorations are already beginning to pop up all around us, but before then, there’s Thanksgiving to worry about. And, before then, there’s Halloween.

Team effort during storm helped us all out

Well, that was a bit of weather we had last week, huh?

Beebe’s announcement a win for all of us

Walk-in care just got a lot more user-friendly.

Beebe Healthcare announced earlier this week that their Walk-In Care facility in Millville will remain open year-round.For any of us in this community who have had a medical situation pop up in the past, and have had to drive to one of the regional hospitals, this is welcomed news.

UD was vigilant, thorough in investigation

Word broke early Wednesday morning that University of Delaware police were investigating a hate crime on campus, causing many throughout the state to shudder at the thought.

Behold a weekend of massive entertainment

Buckle up. “Shoulder season” is in full effect.

Long considered the best time of the year by many locals, this is the season when the weekdays are filled with open roads and small lines, while weekends return to the crowds with an onslaught of festivals and fun activities. This weekend offers up a little bit of everything.

Local responders get some support, gratitude

The last year or so hasn’t been an easy time nationally for emergency responders — particularly police officers.

NFL is a mess. But that doesn’t matter now

#SundaySiege

I just did a hashtag. Did you see that? All the people saying I’m a dinosaur newspaper man who can’t keep up with the changing times, take that. I am a man of the “now” generation and can make my point through the short-but-sweet tool of the hashtag.

Wounded warriors storm the shore next week

This community will be fortunate enough to receive 30 wounded warriors and their families next week, and we all have Operation SEAs the Day to thank for that opportunity.

IRSD school board appears to be in good hands

It has been a while since Charles Bireley was not the president of the Indian River School Board. In fact, Bireley has served that role faithfully for the past 10 years, and has held the seat for 15 of his 38 years helping direct the educational path for generations of students to pass through our local schools.

Patience, relaxation key these next few weeks

Well, we’ve hit that little bubble between the hectic days of summer madness and the hectic days of Labor Day weekend.

Schools through the region have swung back into gear, meaning fewer families are taking their week-long vacations, and more service employees have returned to college. On the bright side, there has been some relief as far as traffic congestion and lines at restaurants. On the dark side, economic realities are starting to bite again, and many local shops and restaurants are finding themselves understaffed, particularly during weekdays.

It’s a rough patch, but Town can move forward

Not every problem is a permanent one.

Yes, things are somewhat difficult in Frankford right now. Over the past several months we have seen the town solicitor, a popular police chief and two council members resign their positions (the chief technically retired, and an able one has replaced him, but it is still a significant loss). Public meetings have turned into confrontational affairs between council members and residents, council members against council members and residents against residents. The Town is owed tens of thousands of dollars from residents, and for a small town, that can be near-crippling in terms of operational functionality.

Good news in beach towns regarding elections

Lost in the attention being paid locally to the recent election in Fenwick Island, two softball World Series taking place down the road and a prominent local town councilman resigning in the middle of a meeting is the fact that Bethany Beach will not have a town council election this year.

Fenwick Four generating lots of conversation

There has been a lot of talk recently about the “Fenwick Four,” and the group’s collective effort to win seats on the Fenwick Island Town Council following the scheduled Aug. 1 election. Some of that talk has been good, while some of it has been not-so-good.

But there’s definitely been talk.

Selbyville reacted in best way possible

Things happen.

That’s just the reality of life. No matter how hard we prepare, plan or maintain something, from our personal lives to our jobs, sometimes bad things just happen. What makes a difference is how we react.

LSLL girls a bright spot for community

We try to play the part of neutral observers here.

It’s our job to relay information to you, the readers, in a clear and concise manner, without prejudice. If we do what we’re supposed to do, our readers can make their own decisions based on the best information available to them at the time.

The greatest weekend of all is upon us

If there is one weekend that stands out above all others for our humble little community by the shore, this would be it.

Accident reminds us all to think safety

State police were investigating a serious crash last Saturday night in Fenwick Island, centered around a 9-year-old pedestrian who reportedly stepped out into Route 1 and was struck by the front bumper of an SUV. The boy was listed in critical condition, and no charges have been filed against the driver.

County council changes name of airport

By a 4-1 vote, Sussex County Council this week voted to change the name of the airport in Georgetown to Delaware Coastal Airport.

What was the name of the airport before, you might ask.

Wait for the facts before casting aspersions

Late last week we heard word that a member of the Millville Volunteer Fire Company (MVFC) had been suspended by the department while an investigation into alleged misconduct was being conducted.

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