Frankford News

Town of Frankford, Delaware

Population:

  • 847 (2010 Census)

Town council meetings:

  • First Monday of the month, at 7 p.m.

Elections:

  • First Saturday in February

Town office:

  • 5 Main St., Frankford, DE 19945 (302) 732-9424

Web site

Town Council:

  • Joanne Bacon, President
  • Pamela Davis, Vice-President
  • Skip Ash
  • Greg Welch
  • Marty Presley

Town Administrator:

  • Cheryl Lynch

Police Chief:

  • Michael Warchol

Emergency:

  • 911

Frankford’s Welch again ruled ineligible as voter and candidate

The Frankford Town Council held a hearing last Thursday, Jan. 16, regarding would-be town council candidate Greg Welch’s voter registration status — again coming to the conclusion that the Frankford resident has not gone through the proper steps to register to vote in the Feb. 1 election, which also makes him ineligible to run for council.

New director to lead Frankford library as ‘community center’

Rachel Wackett has just completed her first month as the director at the Frankford Public Library, and she is excited to return to the town.

Frankford annexation hearing scheduled for Monday

The Town of Frankford will hold a public hearing next Monday, Jan. 13, after which the town council could vote on a developer’s proposal to bring a large-scale retail business to the area. While rumors have circulated about exactly what business might be making its way to the town, none have been confirmed.

Frankford prepares for town council election on Feb. 1

Jesse Truitt, Skip Ash, Pam Davis, Greg Welch and Jerry Smith are among the five candidates running for three open seats on the Frankford town council next month.

Clayton Theatre ready to go digital as fundraising goal nears

In just 12 months, Dagsboro’s Clayton Theatre has received an outpouring of support from the community that has shown that, even in the digital age, they want to see the Clayton’s marquee remain glowing.

“It has been a great year for the theater — everybody’s generosity, coming together and helping us to raise the money,” said Joanne Howe, who owns the theater.

Mr. Banana’s brings late-night food and fun to Dagsboro

Dagsboro finally has a home for late-night entertainment: Mr. Banana’s Lounge and Bar, a live entertainment venue. Located in Route 113’s Savannah Square Shopping Center, the 10,000-square-foot lounge has room to dance, drink and eat until 1 a.m. daily.

Frankford cancels holiday decorating contest due to expense

Town also decides to switch to Artesian

The Frankford Town Council met on Monday, Nov. 18, after a six-week hiatus focusing much of its discussion on holiday decorating — both that done by the Town and by its residents. That included a decision to cancel the Town’s annual holiday decorating competition.

“You’ve got a lot of expenses,” said Town Administrator Terry Truitt. “[The issue] is going to go on every year.”

Residents asked to be vigilant against burglaries

In the off-season, many area police departments — including Bethany Beach, Fenwick Island and South Bethany — offer home checks for residents who may be away from their homes.

Frankford celebrates ‘the new Frankford Public Library’

Volunteers, officials, dignitaries show up to unveil new building

“Welcome to the new Frankford Public Library,” director Liz Hamilton told dozens of well-wishers at the sunny Nov. 2 ribbon cutting of the new library building.

Three arrested in connection with Frankford home invasion

The Delaware State Police have arrested three teens involved in a home invasion-style robbery that occurred last Thursday near Frankford.

Around 2:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24 two masked suspects entered a residence located in Upland Court where they confronted a 35-year-old male victim in the bathroom.

Roots to hold 10th annual pumpkin-carving event Saturday

This weekend, Roots Landscaping & Garden Center near Selbyville will be celebrating its 10th year offering a free pumpkin-carving event to the community.

Welcome back, Frankford Library, now tripled in size

Upgrades to Frankford Public Library can probably be described in one word: “Space,” said director Liz Hamilton. “Wide open spaces.”

Frankford moves trick-or-treating to Halloween

The Frankford Town Council at their meeting on Monday, Oct. 7, voted to move the town’s official trick-or-treating hours to Halloween itself this year.

Police arrest Frankford man in connection with burglaries

Last week, the Ocean View Police Department, along with the Delaware State Police, executed a search warrant for a home on Burton Farm Road, the residence of 27-year-old Zachary E. Hammond.

Route 113 bypass route unpopular at DelDOT meetings

Public comments period ends Oct. 4

A roomful of maps didn’t show the 52 residential, 10 commercial and nine agricultural properties that would be displaced by a Route 113 bypass. But people still had plenty to say about the proposed 16.5-mile highways that would cut through southern Sussex County.

Frankford health fair offers free food, facts and fun

A special focus on good health will return to Frankford at the free annual community health fair on Saturday, Oct. 5. Beebe Medical Center will come to the Frankford Fire Hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. that day to serve free food and offer health screenings for everyone.

Services include flu shots, HIV testing, and bone density, blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol and body mass index readings.

Davis appointed to Frankford council as Atherton steps down

Frankford Town Council Vice-President Ron Atherton stepped down from his position on the council at their Sept. 9 meeting.

“The time has come for me to step aside,” Atherton said. “I’ll be 80 years old at my next birthday. It’s time for me to go fishing!”

The former council president thanked the residents for reelecting him and the council for serving with him.

Frankford residents silenced under new citizen privilege rules

Frankford citizens are still straining under the restrictions of the revised town council protocol of “citizen’s privilege” that now only allows them to speak on issues already appearing on the official meeting agenda. Residents Jerry Smith and Dora Bell both asked the council at their Aug.

Delaware Burn Camp to return to Camp Barnes, Aug. 12-17

In less than two weeks, 15 children between the ages of 6 and 18, from Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania, all of whom have sustained serious burns, will travel to Camp Barnes to participate in the Delaware Burn Camp.

Special Olympics athletes enjoy summer at Camp Barnes

More than 50 athletes recently attended the 13th Annual Special Olympics Delaware Summer Camp at Camp Barnes in Frankford.

Bennett Orchards offering fruits of sixth generation of farmers

For many locals and visitors, it’s not truly summer at the beach unless they’ve headed out to Bennett Orchards to pick their own peaches straight from the tree.

Children welcome to free church day camp

Kids can stay busy for at least one week this summer as Community Lutheran Church in Frankford offers a free day camp from Monday to Friday, July 29 to Aug. 2. Spots are still available.

Gajdos family returns home

On July 10, after 140 days of hospitalization, Adley Paige Gajdos was finally able to come home to Frankford with her parents.

Police still looking for suspect in home invasion

Delaware State Police this week were still looking for the suspect in a June 27 home-invasion robbery near Frankford.

Creativity is key for JMC Teacher of the Year

During the school year, Molly Abbott doesn’t just teach. She helps to build a sense of community at John M. Clayton Elementary School, where she was named the school’s Teacher of the Year for 2013-2014.