Editorial

Shady Grove II gets good news, and water

Sometimes in life, those things many of us too often take for granted are the things that can have the most impact.

Millsboro to be the center of attention

Cooter is coming to Millsboro.

Actually, Ben Jones, the former U.S. congressman who played Cooter in the “Dukes of Hazzard,” will be coming along with the famed “General Lee” car to the inaugural Millsboro Country Festival on Saturday, Sept. 21.

Memories still vivid from 12 years ago

It’s one of those generational questions.

“Where were you when the towers were hit?”

It’s up there with asking somebody to remember what they were doing when Pearl Harbor was attacked, John F. Kennedy was assassinated or man walked on the moon. It’s a question with no wrong or right answer, and often makes the most gregarious of personalities turn somber.

Labor Day Weekend is just no longer the end

At one point, Labor Day weekend marked the end of the busy season for our little oasis by the sea.

Attention turns to election in Bethany Beach

As the numbers came in last week on the non-binding referendum in Bethany Beach regarding a commercial lodging zone in the town, and the Bethany Beach Town Council later adopted those ordinances by a 6-1 margin, attention in Bethany is now being focused on the upcoming council election.

Citizens of Bethany Beach have now spoken

When the Town of Bethany Beach decided to issue a non-binding referendum regarding a proposal to rezone the property that the Bethany Arms Motel now sits on, and an adjacent property, to Commercial Lodging (CL-1), there were some raised eyebrows from some.

Facts are facts, except maybe when they are not

If the 1990s was considered the “Age of Technology” and the dawn of this century was dubbed the “Information Age,” we are officially putting our stamp on this decade being dubbed “The Age of Misinformation.”

Safe Haven must have a real solution to survive

Stop us if you have heard this one before.

Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary is set to close. Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary is staying open.

Safe Haven must have a real solution to survive

Stop us if you have heard this one before.

Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary is set to close. Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary is staying open.

Proposed botanic gardens could be huge boost

The Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission held a public hearing last week for a conditional-use application for Southern Delaware Botanic Gardens, a proposed project to be located in an agricultural residential district in Dagsboro.

Dual enrollment offers IR students an opportunity

High schools across the nation have long had programs in place that offered gifted students the opportunity to take college-level courses off-site to both challenge those students with more difficult work, and prepare them for what will be waiting for them when they move on to college.

OVPD doing their part to help alleviate big problem

An epidemic that certainly tore its way through our little oasis by the sea has been the abuse of prescription medication, along with the accompanying burglaries that followed, as those who became addicted became desperate for finding money any way they could.

Is an end now in sight for Route 26 lane closures?

According to officials from Delmarva Power, and seconded by those from the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), as of June 30, there will be no more lane closures on Route 26 due to the Route 26 Mainline Project that has been somewhat strangling traffic flow along the busy road the past few months.

Pedestrian fatalities should be a wake-up call

Two Maryland men were killed just outside Fenwick Island this week. Another man was killed while walking his dogs near Dewey Beach last week. Yet another man was struck while straddling the shoulder and traffic lane just a few weeks ago.

South Bethany dune needs a hand right now

Without a doubt, this is the busy time of year for us.

School district to ramp up security next year

Safety at our schools has been a growing concern in this nation ever since the horrors at Columbine High School in Colorado in 1999.

Letters to the Editor: May 31, 2013

Burbage thanks all for opinions
Editor:

Anyone who reads a local Bethany Beach-area newspaper is probably aware that there is proposal in place to build a new oceanfront hotel in the Quiet Resorts.

County officials report property taxes unchanged

Sussex County officials presented their proposed $117.7 million budget for the 2014 fiscal year on Tuesday. The proposed budget is down approximately 3 percent from this current year’s because of some reductions in sewer assessment rates.

Paddles galore this weekend, for a great cause

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.

Respect, compromise, and cooperation are key

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.

County makes strong push for jobs with grants

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.

Collins showed courage in his big decision

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.

Odyssey of the Mind teams make us all proud

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.

Both major parties reaching out to the citizens

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.

Keep downtown Bethany Beach in mind this spring

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.

Sheriff loses another court battle--time to move on

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.

Entire community has an opportunity to really shine

There has been cautious optimism throughout this community over the coming summer season.

IRSD passes independent audit with flying colors

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.

This might not be a problem -- or it could be a big one

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.

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