Editorial

Route 26 is open for business — we promise

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.

Bireley is one constant we can always count on

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.

Before summer’s fun, a time to focus on 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.

Karlie Clutch keeps rolling along in college

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.

Planners are compelled to follow the plans

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.

Pyle Center is the place to be this spring

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 takes to the polls this Saturday

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.

A season of renewal starts this very weekend

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.

Plea deal leaves us with numerous questions

There has been a lot of discussion throughout the country over the past few decades regarding “The War on Drugs.”

Designate a driver if you plan to celebrate

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.

Towns, developers can make good partners

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.

Valor Awards shine a light on our local heroes

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.

ACTS shows they are much more than a thrift shop

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.

Guest Column: Proposal for Atlantic oil and gas drilling is risky

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.

Voters must speak and be heard by elected officials

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.

Frankford must maintain safety momentum

When Frankford Police Chief William Dudley formally announced his retirement recently, many in the community became somewhat concerned.

Violent home invasion should open up eyes

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.

One man’s dream still carries weight today

“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.’”

Local hacking should open all our eyes

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.

Temporary struggles will lead to success

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.

Remember those around you this season

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.

We’re in a rush, but there’s a local solution

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.

Dudley has earned a relaxing retirement

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.

Sunday marks a day of remembrance

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.

Try to think ‘local’ this holiday season

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.

A season for giving, and giving thanks

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.

Beach concessions a local tradition

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.

Interesting results abound from local elections

So another election season has come and gone, the voters have had their say and life will go forth for those of us in Sussex County, with a few new faces in new places.

Once again, we ask for you to cast your ballots

One of the msot anticipated election days we’ve had in quite some time will finally take place next Tuesday, Nov. 4.

No, there’s nothing as glamorous as a presidential or gubernatorial election during the mid-term balloting, but the ramifications of this year’s elections will be strongly felt, both locally and nationally.

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