Dagsboro News

Town of Dagsboro, Delaware

Population:

  • 805 (2010 Census)

Town council meetings:

  • Fourth Monday of the month, 6 p.m., except November (third week) and December (second week)

Planning & Zoning meets:

  • Various Wednesdays, 7 p.m.

Elections:

  • First Saturday of December

Town office:

  • 33134 Main St., Dagsboro, DE 19939 (302) 732-3777

Web site

General e-mail inquiries

Town Council:

  • Brian Baull, Mayor
  • Norwood Truitt, VIce-Mayor
  • Theresa Ulrich, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Patrick Miller
  • William Chandler

Town Administrator:

  • Cynthia Brought

Town Clerk:

  • Megan Thorp

Code Enforcement:

  • Cynthia Brought

Water Department Supervisor:

  • Cynthia Brought

Maintenance:

  • Bob Flowers

P&Z Chairperson:

  • Scott Crater

Police:

  • Floyd Toomey, Jr., Chief
  • Harry Litten, Staff Sergeant
  • Tyler Bare, Patrolman
  • James Jones, Patrolman

Town Solicitor:

  • Rob Witsil

Town Planner:

  • Kyle Gulbronson, AECOM

Emergency:

  • 911

Non-emergency police contact:

  • (302) 732-3777

Lighthouse Christian honors veterans

Students and staff at Lighthouse Christian School in Dagsboro saluted area veterans this past week with a performance from students in each grade and a celebratory lunch afterward. The school puts the program on each year to show their appreciation to the veterans and to let them know their service is not forgotten.

Thanksgiving for Thousands help raise food, hope

For the last 18 years Mountaire Farms, along with food pantries from across the Delmarva Peninsula, work to give hungry families their own Thanksgiving.

New bridge survives Hurricane Sandy

On Oct. 30, Gov. Jack Markell announced that after much concern, it has been determined that the Charles W. Cullen Bridge, also known as the Indian River Inlet Bridge, did not sustain any structural damage during Hurricane Sandy.

Hurricane Sandy swings hard, community still standing

After anticipating Hurricane Sandy for days in advance, expecting the worst and hoping for the best, the area was hit with winds and rain from the brunt of the storm for most of the day and into the night on Monday as she made landfall near Atlantic City, N.J. In our area, there was widespread coastal and inland flooding, downed limbs and trees, but for the most part, the state faired well as a whole.

WEATHER ALERT: Flooding and wind warnings in effect as conditions worsen from looming Sandy

A coastal flood warning is in effect until midnight Monday night, as the eye of Hurricane Sandy is expected to make landfall south of Atlantic City, N.J., according to National Weather Service officials. A flood watch is in effect through Tuesday afternoon. A high wind warning is in effect from 8 a.m. Monday to 9 a.m. Tuesday.

WEATHER ALERT: Electric utilities offer tips for storm preparation

The Edison Electric Institute, the association of U.S. shareholder-owned electric companies, offered the following tips for local residents ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Sandy and the anticipated related power outages:

If a severe storm is approaching:
Visit your local electric company’s Web site for the latest updates and guidance on how to prepare for storms.

BREAKING NEWS: Route 1 between Bethany and Dewey being closed now

High water across Route 1 north of Indian River Inlet Bridge has forced Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) to begin the process of closing Route 1 between Dewey & Bethany Beach. Please share with others who may be affected.

BREAKING NEWS: County offers detailed evacuation zones map, shelter and evacuation plans

Gov. Jack Markell has issued a limited state of emergency and a mandatory evacuation order for flood-prone area within .75 miles of Sussex County’s coastline and major waterways, effective at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, as Hurricane Sandy continues to threaten the Mid-Atlantic region with strong winds, severe tidal flooding and torrential rains that could span Sunday to Tuesday.

BREAKING NEWS: Beebe Medical Center prepares for Hurricane Sandy, cancels elective procedures

Beebe Medical Center has announced Hurricane Sandy-related cancellations, including:
• All elective surgery and elective cardiac catheterizations scheduled for Monday, Oct. 29, will be canceled.
• All Beebe satellite locations, including the Beebe Health Campus and departments that operate Monday-through-Friday schedules, will be closed on Monday, Oct. 29, as well.

BREAKING NEWS: Mandatory evacuation ordered on Delaware coast

Evacuations must be completed by 8 p.m. Sunday

Gov. Jack Markell announced at 5 p.m. on Saturday that Delaware was entering a limited state of emergency to facilitate an evacuation over a 24-hour period. Beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday night, communities within .75 miles of the coast in Sussex and Kent counties, as well as flood areas in western Sussex County, should evacuate their homes.

WEATHER ALERT: Heavy rain, wind and seas expected ahead Sandy’s arrival

A coastal flood watch has been issued for Sussex County, including the beach areas, running through at least Monday afternoon. According to the National Weather Service, the evolution of Hurricane Sandy into a powerful storm currently predicted to cross the New Jersey coast Monday evening will mean at least two tide cycles of potentially moderate to major flooding.

BREAKING NEWS: Emergency officials preparing for storm potentially as strong as Storm of ’62

The Delaware state climatologist and DEMA held a “bridge call” with municipal officials on Friday evening, in anticipation of the arrival of Hurricane Sandy. Officials said that the latest storm track had Sandy making landfall on the Delaware coastline around Cape Henlopen, likely sometime early Tuesday morning.

EOC: Hurricane Sandy poses significant threat to Delaware

Days of hurricane force winds, storm tides as high as 10 feet and up predicted

As of Friday evening, Hurricane Sandy was on track to directly hit Delaware and the Mid-Atlantic in the days ahead, based on forecasts, threatening to lash the region with up to two days’ worth of hurricane-force winds, a 10-foot-high combined surge and tide, and torrential rains that could measure as much as a foot deep in some places.

BREAKING NEWS: Governor urges residents to prepare for Hurricane Sandy

State workers begin their own preparations

Take Saturday to prepare, advised Gov. Jack Markell, in light of expected high winds and heavy rain from Hurricane Sandy from Sunday through the early part of next week.

“It is forecasted to be a long-lasting event,” he said on Friday, noting that rain, wind and flooding likely. “The duration is what we are most concerned about.”

BREAKING NEWS: Events canceled ahead of impending storm (UPDATED)

Local schools closed through Tuesday

UPDATED Sunday, Oct. 28, 11:30 a.m.
Cancellations due to Hurricane Sandy include the following:

Both the Indian River School District and Sussex Technical School District have closed schools and offices on Monday, Oct. 29, and Tuesday, Oct. 31.

All University of Delaware classes are suspended Monday, Oct. 29, and officials were strongly encouraging students to go home.

WEATHER ALERT: Emergency officials urge alert posture as potential hurricane strike looms

State and local emergency officials are urging residents of coastal Delaware to be alert and prepare as Hurricane Sandy tracks up the Atlantic in the coming days and poses a risk of potential severe weather, up to and including possibly making landfall in the immediate area.

Parsons Farm to hold annual Fall Festival

For the past three years, Parsons Farms has been holding an annual Fall Festival, filled with fall fun for the whole family.

Death of junior firefighter shakes Dagsboro department

The Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Company on Friday was mourning the loss of 17-year-old junior firefighter Justin Townsend, who was killed last Thursday night while responding to a fire call.

BREAKING NEWS: Beebe checking visitor IDs in wake of threats to doctors

Beebe Medical Center representatives on Monday afternoon notified the public that visitor IDs were being checked after a former patient allegedly threatened two physicians affiliated with the hospital through a telephone message that was left sometime during the weekend and received on Monday morning.

BREAKING NEWS: Dagsboro fire company out of service after death of junior firefighter

The Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Company on Friday was mourning the loss of 17-year-old junior firefighter Justin Townsend, who was killed Thursday night while responding to a fire call.

Area police participating in Drug Take-Back this weekend

On Saturday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., local law-enforcement agencies will be partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

FIshkiller's granted conditional-use approval by county

The Sussex County Council this week voted to approve a conditional-use request for Fishkiller’s, near Dagsboro, filed on behalf of owner and waterman Chester “Chet” Townsend IV.