Town of Millsboro, Delaware

  • 3,877 (2010 Census)

Town council meetings:

  • Frist Monday of every month, 7 p.m., Town Council Chambers


  • Second Saturday in June. There are three districts within town limits, with two people from each district and one at-large, for 3-year terms.

Town office:

  • 322 Wilson Highway, Millsboro, DE

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General e-mail inquiries
Town Council 2013-2014:

  • Robert Bryan, Mayor
  • John Thoroughgood, Vice-Mayor
  • Greg Hastings, Secretary
  • Michelle Truitt, Treasurer
  • Tim Hodges
  • Irene Keenan
  • Jim Petruzella

Town Manager:

  • Faye Lingo

Assistant Town Manager:

  • Matt Schifano

Town Clerk:

  • Tammy Phillips

Police Chief:

  • John Murphy


  • 911

Non-Emergency Police Contact:

  • (302) 943-8147

Millsboro Middle School student picked as a top youth volunteer

Millsboro Middle School student Will Kenney, 13, of Delmar and Micah Freer, 18, of Wilmington were recently named Delaware’s top two youth volunteers of 2016 by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism.

Two Millsboro-area residents arrested in meth-lab bust

The Delaware State Police Sussex County Drug Unit this week arrested two people after Probation & Parole officers located precursors for the manufacturing of methamphetamine (meth) at a residence on Hickman Lane near Millsboro.

Millsboro woman killed in crash on Mt. Joy Road

The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit this week was investigating a fatal crash that occurred Tuesday morning east of Millsboro.

New sheriff in town: Calloway sworn in as Millsboro chief

Millsboro Mayor John Thoroughgood told the public on Monday, Jan. 4, that while the Town of Millsboro may be losing their best motorcycle police officer, they’re gaining an excellent chief.

Police ask parents of Handy’s Little Disciples attendees for help

The Delaware State Police are continuing their investigation into the death of a 10-month-old male infant at Handy’s Little Disciples daycare in Millsboro on Jan. 28, 2015, and requesting to speak with parents whose children attended the facility.

Arrest made in Millsboro-area home-improvement fraud case

The Delaware State Police this week arrested a 32-year-old Magnolia man as the result of investigations into multiple home-improvement fraud cases in the Millsboro area.

Christmas parades warm up the season

It’s time to bundle up, grab some hot chocolate and prepare those Christmas lists, and local towns will welcome the holiday season with the annual Christmas parades.

Dagsboro Road to close at Route 113 for two weeks

This December, a two-week road closure will impact traffic south of Millsboro.

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announced this week that Dagsboro Road (Route 20) will be closed between Cricket Street and U.S. Route 113, from 6 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12, until 10 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 24. Poor weather could prolong the closure.

Millsboro Candy Cane Christmas Parade set for Dec. 9

Coastal Point • File Photo: During last year’s Millsboro Candy Cane Parade, a Girl Scout troop are dressed up as candy cane cuties.Coastal Point • File Photo: During last year’s Millsboro Candy Cane Parade, a Girl Scout troop are dressed up as candy cane cuties.The Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce will ring in the Christmas Season with the 65th Annual Candy Cane Christmas Parade on Wednesday, Dec. 9, starting at 7 p.m. The parade is sponsored by D&D Stained Glass of Millsboro.

Line-up will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the M&T parking lot on Mitchell Street. The judges’ reviewing area will be downtown, near Dollar General. The parade will include lighted floats, cars and trucks and fire trucks and the sounds of local high school bands playing Christmas carols, while the kids anticipate the arrival of Santa in Millsboro.

Applications for parade participants are available on the Chamber website at or call the Chamber office at (302) 934-6777. There is no fee to be in the parade.

Native American Day to be celebrated at Indian Museum

The Nanticoke Indian Museum in Millsboro will host Native American Day festivities on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event will feature Native American music, dance and face painting, as well as food and other items for sale, according to June Morning Star Robbins of the Nanticoke Indian Museum. Museum tours will also be available.

Millsboro council to take action on speed limit concerns

When the Millsboro town council meeting got underway on Monday night, Plantation Lakes resident Neil Dickerson got up to talk to the council about an issue that had yet to be addressed, calling for a speed limit reduction on Route 24 headed into town.

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen completed, now open in Millsboro

General contracting and construction management firm Gillis Gilkerson announced this week the completion of the new Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen on Commerce Drive within Peninsula Crossing Shopping Center in Millsboro.

Renaissance residents perk up with pizza party

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Myna Bennett, 102, grins to get a hug from volunteer Cora Burgan.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Myna Bennett, 102, grins to get a hug from volunteer Cora Burgan.Every schoolchild knows that pizza day is the best. Senior citizens at Cadia Rehabilitation Renaissance nursing center still love pizza day, thanks to local volunteers and Grotto Pizza.

On pizza day in Millsboro, Oct. 6, there was excitement in the air, from the morning announcements until lunchtime itself, said nurse Jermel Vanderhorst, LPN.

“It’s something different from their regular [day],” Vanderhorst said. “Who doesn’t like pizza?”

Pizza is actually a rarity at Renaissance, staff said, but almost everyone gets a slice.

“It’s such a special day for them. They get to eat Grotto Pizza,” said Emily McIssac, Renaissance activity director, who sees “more smiles on a day like this.”

New bypass plan gets warmer response

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Engineer Shilpa Mallem of RK&K shows Tom Dolan a depiction of the new, smaller Millsboro bypass that could link Routes 113 and 24.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Engineer Shilpa Mallem of RK&K shows Tom Dolan a depiction of the new, smaller Millsboro bypass that could link Routes 113 and 24.The roads in Millsboro have worse congestion than a housekeeper with a dust allergy. Traffic practically crawls during rush hour and all summer long.

The Delaware Department of Transportation’s first proposal to improve that traffic — a brand new, 16.5-mile highway — was heartily shot down by the public in 2013. But DelDOT’s new ideas produced a more soothing effect at a public workshop on Oct. 14.

“We listened to what the public had to say two years ago at the public hearings, and we’re no longer pursuing the Blue Alternative, which is the eastern bypass,” said DelDOT Project Manager Bryan Behrens. “We’re focusing on on-alignment, which means remaining on where 113 is today and providing a third lane, and also providing” a connector between Routes 113 and 24.”

That proposal is called the “Modified Yellow Alternative,” hearkening back to the original on-alignment option.

It costs 85 percent less. It disturbs fewer bodies of water. It requires a fraction of the original relocations. But it is still expected to alleviate north-south traffic, as well as east-west traffic.

The concept has not changed since it was first introduced at an April public meeting.

State grant adds ‘grandeur’ to Cupola Park

Coastal Point • Submitted: Cupola Park has been dressed up a bit this year, with new paths and more.Coastal Point • Submitted: Cupola Park has been dressed up a bit this year, with new paths and more.Cupola Park is rather stony-faced this year. But that’s a good thing, with new hardscaping to dress up Millsboro’s town park after the Garden Club of Millsboro won a $5,000 community improvement grant through state Rep. Rich G. Collins.

State legislators get a certain amount of money to do community improvement, said club member Jamie Doane. The Millsboro Garden Club wanted to add some gravitas to the park, laying paver paths in two areas of the park.

“We felt the park needed a little facelift, and it’s really perfect timing,” Doane said.

She expressed gratitude to Collins for pushing for Millsboro to get that grant funding.

They expanded the concrete pad around the flagpole and added some pathways, which lead to the existing memorial garden and benches.

“We’ve opened it up now, and it gives the flag more grandeur, I think, and what it deserves,” Doane said.

Temporary golf course clubhouse approved for Plantation Lakes

While residents of Millsboro and the Plantation Lakes community won’t see a permanent clubhouse opening there until the spring of 2018, nine holes and a temporary clubhouse could be up and running soon.

Public workshop planned for Oct. 14 for Route 113 bypass update

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will present to area residents an update on the U.S. Route 113 North/South Study for the Millsboro South area at a public workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Millsboro Town Center, 322 Wilson Highway.

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT closes Route 1 between Bethany and Dewey

Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) officials announced around 4:30 p.m. that, due to high water, Route 1 northbound and southbound was being closed between Bethany and Dewey Beach (including the Charles Cullen Bridge over the Indian River Inlet).

County approves commercial zoning for Route 20 property

Sussex County Council this week approved a change-of-zone application filed by Riverview Associates III LLC, for property located on the southwest side of Dagsboro Road, approximately halfway between Dagsboro and Millsboro. The property was zoned AR-1, but the applicant sought to change the zoning to commercial.

SoDel Fest to feature wine, food and music this fall in Millsboro

The stage is set for an event benefitting Rotary’s Global Polio Eradication Initiative and Meals on Wheels Lewes-Rehoboth. Presented by Schell Brothers, SoDel Fest, a celebration of wine, food and music will take place on Saturday, Oct. 17, from noon to 4:30 p.m. at Independence Hall & Grounds, 23767 Samuel Adams Circle, in Millsboro.

Corn to Run set for Sept. 26 in Millsboro

East Coast Garden Center will host the 4th Annual Corn to Run 5K run/walk on Sept. 26. The event is held in a cornfield across the street from East Coast Garden Center in Millsboro and consists of a 3.1 mile run/walk that meanders through the cornfield.

Boro Bash returning festival atmosphere to Millsboro next month

Coastal Point • File Photo: Above, the radio-controlled cars were a big hit at last year’s event.Coastal Point • File Photo: Above, the radio-controlled cars were a big hit at last year’s event.For the third year in a row, the Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce will host an annual festival — newly dubbed the “Boro Bash” this year.

“The committee felt, with all the bigger-name country music festivals that came into the area since the inception of our event, we were going to be kind of drowned out by that,” explained Executive Director Amy Simmons regarding the former moniker of Millsboro Country Festival. “We always knew we wanted a new name for it. And we thought, we have so many ’boros, with Dagsboro, Gumboro, Millsboro —we felt that fit the theme for a community family party.

“The entire premise for this whole festival was that it was something family-friendly, that it could be a multigenerational day spent with the whole family. Everything we do, we ask, is it family-friendly? Is it fun for everyone? And then we go from there.”

POIR group to appeal to Delaware Supreme Court

The citizens group Protecting Our Indian River (POIR) has announced that it will appeal the decision of Delaware Superior Court Judge Richard Stokes denying their request to overturn a decision by the Sussex County Board of Adjustment that allows the Allen Harim chicken processing plant to move forward near Millsboro.

POIR to host workshop to discuss health impact

Although Judge Richard F. Stokes has upheld a Sussex County Board of Adjustment decision to grant a special-use exception to Allen Harim Foods for the renovation and utilization of the former Pinnacle Foods plant outside of Millsboro as a chicken processing plant, some Millsboro-area residents are still concerned about how the plant could affect their health.

Mountaire to build corporate offices at Millsboro complex

The Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission voted unanimously this week to approve the preliminary site plan for Mountaire Farms’ planned corporate offices near Millsboro.

The company plans to build a 45,248-square-foot corporate headquarters building at Maryland Camp Road and John J. Williams Highway, at its current complex east of Millsboro.