When word first started circulating that former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden had passed away, many of us initially reacted with shock. Then sadness.
When the Indian River High School girls’ soccer team heads to Smyrna on Friday, May 29, to play the state championship game against the winner of the Caravel and Wilmington Friends game, they will be bringing along more than just equipment.
They will be bringing all of us on board for the ride.
It seems like just yesterday our community was winding down another Jazz Funeral on the Bethany boardwalk, rolling up the sidewalks and turning off the lights on another summer season.
To hardly anyone’s surprise, Charles M. Bireley won the recent District 4 election to maintain his seat on the Indian River School District Board of Education.
This week’s summer-like weather is a reminder that it’s nearly time for school to be out, our seasonal businesses to return to full-bore operation and vacationing families to arrive in our little slice of paradise. But we’d be remiss if we gave this last month or so of the school year short shrift, because it’s exactly the time of year when so many important things happen for our kids, their teachers and other school staff, from those final tests to getting in that last bit of knowledge to tide them over the summer to getting outside for some grade-A phys-ed in pleasant weather.
We love a good “Local kid done good” story.
There’s a level of pride an entire community can take in seeing someone who grew up here move on to new challenges in life and excel. Here at the paper, we love seeing people we covered when they were younger excel in whatever endeavor they have taken on as adults or college students.
And we saw a cool story this week.
Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commissioners Bob Wheatley and Rodney Smith met with members of the Shore Democrats organization last week, and Wheatley made a particularly compelling remark during the discussion.
The chill is beginning to leave the air, kayakers are more and more prevalent on our local waterways and seemingly everybody is sniffling and sneezing from allergies.
Yes, spring has certainly arrived.
Ocean View voters will have a decision to make when they head to the polls this Saturday. Four candidates — Carol Bodine, Jon Debuchananne, Kent Liddle and Don Walsh — are all running for the council’s District 4 seat. District 4 largely consists of Wedgefield, Avon Park, Bear Trap and Fairway Village.
Easter weekend is now upon us, and aside from the obvious religious implications of the holiday, there is also the realization that another busy season is soon upon us.
There has been a lot of discussion throughout the country over the past few decades regarding “The War on Drugs.”
Who doesn’t love a good pioneer story?
This Saturday marks the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in Ocean City, Md., along with countless other celebrations throughout the region designed around revelers who either wish to make it down to the beach from other locales, or simply need a day of rest after celebrating before resuming their regular day-to-day schedule.
Those of us who have been around the area for a while remember when controversy and strong feelings surrounded the proposed Bear Trap Dunes project in Ocean View.
There has been a lot of talk lately about award presentations and the esteemed “red carpet.”
And while that has made for great theater in Hollywood and other locations, this community held perhaps its best awards event of the year last week — the 11th Annual Joshua M. Freeman Valor Awards, presented by the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce.
To many, the Atlantic Community Thrift Shop (ACTS) is a great little secret store in Clarksville where great deals can be found. To those who know a little bit more about the shop, ACTS is a tremendous symbol of what can be accomplished when several area churches — of different denominations — work together for the common good of the community they serve.
A couple Sundays ago, I was on the boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach for the Special Olympics Polar Bear Plunge. As usual, there was no escaping the cold. The air was 36 degrees, and the ocean was just barely warmer, at 37 degrees.
Frankford will hold its annual town council election this Saturday, Feb. 7, from 1 to 4 p.m. at town hall. Or maybe it won’t.
When Frankford Police Chief William Dudley formally announced his retirement recently, many in the community became somewhat concerned.
When we first received word that a 66-year-old man was assaulted with a baseball bat while in the supposed safety of his own home near Millville, we were horrified.
After much deliberation and conversation, we’re even more so.
“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal.’”
WBOC reported on Tuesday that their website and Twitter page were both hacked late that morning by “CyberCalliphate.”
Hackings are not uncommon, as we have seen them more and more over the years — most notably with Sony.
There was a time, not so long ago, when our editor broke out the crystal ball each year and made a list of predictions he was sure would come true in the community over the next 12 months. It was fun, somewhat informed and contained some pretty believable prognostications.
But none of them ever happened as he predicted.
As you are reading this, you are probably either in the final steps of Christmas preparation, winding down another Hannukah with the family or in full-scale recovery mode, finally catching your breath after getting through the holiday rush.
Hanukkah is now in full swing, and Christmas is only days away. We hope that all of you have holidays filled with family, friends and pure joy and love. This is indeed the season of religious celebration, togetherness and humanity, and despite all the headaches and pressures affiliated, we trust there will be plenty of smiles along the way.
And, of course, there are gifts.
Frankford has been going through some things recently.
From arguments over citizens’ privilege at council meetings to debate over a pension plan for Town employees to water bill delays, there has been some tension between officials and residents. One topic that hasn’t been hotly debated is the Town’s police force.
Chief William Dudley was in charge. And there were no questions.
This Sunday, Dec. 7, many of us will be elbowing people at stores and fighting amongst family members over holiday decorating of the house. And that’s a good thing.
It’s Thanksgiving week, which means many people across these fruited plains are taking a moment to appreciate what they have around them, families are braving the crowds to get to one another for the holiday and the smart turkeys are all hiding out until the mad rush passes.
And, of course, there’s shopping.
The traditional season of giving thanks kicks off this week, and for those looking to pay their good fortune forward, there is no shortage of opportunities right in our back yard.
We’ve received a number of letters and a multitude of phone calls this week about the proposal for the Town of Bethany Beach to end its practice of bidding out beach equipment rental concessions and take over the business for itself.