For those of you who desire more transparency in government, particularly locally, two seperate decisions in the past week are making that much more possible.
The Town of Ocean View, while also busying themselves with the little task of hiring a new town manager, also recently held a first reading on an ordinance amending the personnel policy relating to nepotism.
Reader: Hearing a ‘kangaroo court’
There’s really no arguing how significant a holiday Independence Day is every year for this community.
It was a dark couple days for our picturesque community.
Two young women were murdered within a few days of each other, and though they don’t appear to be connected in an way, shape or form, it was still sobering.
These things just don’t happen around here, after all. It was a jolt to our collective psyche.
Sometimes we lose sight of what government is supposed to be doing for the people. Or, to put a fine point to it, sometimes government loses sight of what government is supposed to be doing for the people.
Those of us who were here last year remember watching Hurricane Irene climb the coast and appear to head right to us. The weather broadcasters were predicting several different routes Irene might take as it traveled north, and all of them involved the storm dumping its rain and power right on us. Many of us, particularly in the coastal towns, fled for higher ground, boarded up windows and strapped down anything outside that could be strapped.
There are certain events and circumstances that take place in our community over the course of any given year that we just hate to get involved in, for various reasons. One of the touchiest, and least palatable reasons, is the “he-said, she-said” dynamic.
Times have been tough in recent years — not just here, but everywhere. Real estate has taken a hit, the job market has been strained and people are owing more on college loans than ever before.
Selbyville’s new bar and restaurant law, which states that alcohol may not be served after 11:30 p.m., is one bourne out of both a need to protect the town’s citizens and to re-establish the reputation of the town in general.
The annual Ocean to Bay Bike Tour, which was held on April 21 this year, has increasingly demonstrated its ability to both offer an option to locals looking for something to do outdoors on a spring weekend and to bring people from outside the area — and even the region — to the Quiet Resorts for a good time and to spend a little cash on food, drink, shopping and a nice place to stay.
Ladies and gentlemen, the season is soon upon us.
Anyone with a spectacular Coastal Point calendar (still have some in stock!) can tell you that Memorial Day weekend is only a few short weeks away. And while that used to be the unofficial start to the season, most of us fortunate enough to live here know that spring is really when we start seeing cars on the road.
Once again, the roles of the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office have dominated headlines around the area.
This week has been dubbed “Sussex County Library Week,” and Sussex County Council spent some time at their meeting on Tuesday celebrating the work of the 14 public libraries that call Sussex home.
The Indian River School District (IRSD) and Joshua M. Freeman Foundation will host a special program on Monday, April 16, aimed at parents to discuss bullying and teen suicide prevention. The program, called “The Choice is Yours,” will be held at Sussex Central High School from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
This is a smart idea.
The Town of Selbyville has been discussing water issues in the town for quite some time. From run-off to wastewater to water bills to the quality of the town’s drinking water, Selbyville officials have been dealing with water in some shape or form for years.
It’s probably not surprising to anyone who regularly reads our paper to see that Ocean View is the subject of our editorial this week. After all, the town has seen discord between council members, staff, residents and, yes, newspaper reporters over recent years.
State Sen. George H. Bunting Jr. (D-Bethany Beach) announced his retirement on the floor of the state Senate on Tuesday, March 13. Bunting has served as senator for the 20th District since 1996, and prior to that was a state representative from 1982 to 1984, and 1986 to 1996. It’s fair to say he’s put in his time.
There’s really only so much athletes can control when in the heat of battle, particularly in a sport like basketball. They can control their energy. They can control their effort. They can play good defense. What they can’t always control is whether or not they are making their shots.
State Election Commissioner Elaine Manlove recently dismissed an appeal by Frankford resident and 2012 town council candidate Greg Welch in which he argued that town officials had not acted properly in refusing to delay the town’s recent election “to allow proper voter and candidate registration.”
One of the things we really enjoy about being a community paper is that we can heap a great deal of attention on the young men and women from local schools who excel in athletics. In our case, we focus the vast majority of our coverage on Indian River High School, and the secondary and elementary schools that funnel students into the high school when they advance that far in their studies.
The Millville Town Council voted Tuesday night to hold a farmers’ market this summer, taking place on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Millville joins Bethany Beach, Millsboro, Sea Colony, Selbyville and others in the area as locations where shoppers can get their goods directly from the farmers who grow or produce them.
There are differing opinions on how governments should be run, who should run them and how much responsibility they should have in our day-to-day lives. Those differences in opinion are often linked to political party affiliation or personal experience, and they can either divide us as a people or bring us together in compromise to make the world a better place.
It’s not every day there’s a town council election in Frankford. In fact, it’s not every year there’s a town council election in Frankford. For the first time since 2003, voters in that town will come to the voting booth on Saturday, Feb. 4, to cast their ballots for who will lead the town into the future.
Millville officials have made it pretty well-known that a top priority for the town in their eyes has been to increase police presence.
Attorneys for Derrick Powell, the man convicted of fatally shooting Georgetown police officer Chad Spicer in September 2009, have filed a motion in their client’s appeal to move that trial out of Sussex County. Powell was sentenced to death for his alleged role in the crime.
The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announced earlier this week that soutbound traffic on Route 1 would be routed onto the new Indian River Inlet Bridge on Friday, Jan. 20. Officials said northbound traffic would be moved on to the new bridge shortly thereafter, creating one lane of traffic in each direction for the remainder of winter into spring.
I was going back through my New Year’s resolutions this past weekend, as well as formulating a plan on how I would explain to people how all of them are now officially dead, when a jolt of reality shot through my body.
Last week, we used this space to alert local business owners about a string of armed robberies in the area. We also emphasized that people needed to let the police do their jobs, and not try to take the law into their own hands.