Selbyville News

Town of Selbyville, Delaware

Population:

  • 2167 (2010 Census)

Town council meetings:

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

Elections:

  • First Saturday of March

Town office:

  • 68 West Church St., Selbyville, DE 19975 (302) 436-8314

Web site

General e-mail inquiries

Town Council 2013-2014:

  • Clifton C. Murray, Mayor
  • Richard Duncan, Sr., Council Member
  • Jay Murray, Council Member
  • G. Frank Smith III, Council Member
  • Clarence Tingle, Jr., Council Member

Town Manager:

  • Robert Dickerson

Secretary/Treasurer:

  • Deborah McCabe
  • Sandra Givans (Asst. Secretary Treasurer)

Code Enforcement:

  • Michael Deal
  • William Hoyle

Police:

  • Scott Collins, Chief

Emergency:

  • 911

Non-emergency police contact:

  • (302) 436-5085

From band to Beahan: Principal of the Year is at SDSA

Coastal Point • Submitted: Don’t let this photo fool you. Rather than sit at a desk, Neil Beahan prefers visiting classrooms or working with teachers at Southern Delaware School of the Arts. Beahan was recently recognized as Delaware’s Middle Level Principal of the Year for his efforts.Coastal Point • Submitted: Don’t let this photo fool you. Rather than sit at a desk, Neil Beahan prefers visiting classrooms or working with teachers at Southern Delaware School of the Arts. Beahan was recently recognized as Delaware’s Middle Level Principal of the Year for his efforts.Neil Beahan usually saves paperwork for afternoons or weekends. That’s because the principal of the Southern Delaware School of the Arts wants to be with students as much as he can.

“I try to stay out of the office as much as humanly possible,” said Beahan, visiting classrooms and teacher meetings to know what’s going on. Plus, with “three times as many concerts” as other schools, SDSA families see Beahan afterhours, too.

He doesn’t put in those long hours for an award, but that didn’t stop Beahan from being named Delaware’s Middle Level Principal of the Year for 2014 by the Delaware Association of School Administrators.

“Under Neil Beahan’s guidance, Southern Delaware School of the Arts has become one of the highest-performing schools in the state of Delaware,” wrote Indian River School District Superintendent Susan Bunting.

He has been part of district for 33 years, starting as a teacher.

Mountaire cooling system gets OK from Selbyville BOA

Food safety topped the list of reasons for the Selbyville Board of Adjustment to recommend on May 8 approval for Mountaire to install a massive new cooling unit.

Selbyville approves Head Start preschool

An old doctor’s office in Selbyville will get new life as a preschool this fall. The Selbyville Town Council this week approved a request from the nonprofit Telamon Corporation to open a Head Start program in the empty building near the carwash at the Mason Dixon Shopping Center.

Heroin: Part two of a three-part series

The Heroin Takeover

“My son is addicted to heroin,” said Heather LaRoue (whose name has been changed to protect her identity), an addiction specialist at a Sussex County outpatient counseling facility.

Selbyville council gets updates on water and Mountaire

After much delay, the Town of Selbyville expects to officially close on a loan for the town’s new wells this month. That will clear the way for the Town to receive $2,526,300 to build a water filtration system to filter out gasoline additive methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE).

Police pursue scrap-metal thieves in Selbyville

Duncan, Murray sworn in for new terms

Sticky-fingered thieves have been swiping scrap metal recently, Selbyville Police Chief W. Scott Collins reported to the town council at their March 10 meeting.

One theft occurred inside town limits, and two more outside, usually during the daytime at outdoor heaps, he said.

Kids ART Month rolls into Selbyville this Saturday

Every great artwork should have a place on the fridge, but more than 100 Selbyville students of all ages also have their work on display for Kids ART Month.

Food bank asks community for helping hand

This weekend, the Bethany Beach Christian Church & Conference Center will host a Fil-a-Truck event for Vethel Tabernacle Church’s Helping Hands Food Bank. The event, on Saturday, March 8, from 10 a.m. to noon, is designed to help collect food goods for the food bank.

Selbyville gets update on Mediacom digital switchover

Council also votes to annex land into Town

Mediacom’s Glenn Bisogno continued the company’s recent outreach to local town councils with a visit with Selbyville Town Council members at their Feb. 3 meeting, again explaining the changes that will be involved in the company’s digital changeover and elimination of most analog channels.

Selbyville man killed in vehicle collision east of Frankford

A local man was killed and three other people were injured in a two-vehicle collision east of Frankford this week that was still under investigation mid-week.

Community overwhelms Selbyville fire victims with support

Is it better to give too much than too little? The local community seems to think so. After a Selbyville apartment building caught fire Friday, Jan. 3, displacing eight families, people sprang into action to continue the holiday spirit of giving into the new year.

Selbyville council discusses water, business and buildings

Water quality is improving in Selbyville, thanks to the town’s new well, now in part-time use. Selbyville Town Councilman Rick Duncan reported some of the daily test results for the water at the Jan. 6 council meeting.

Most days, the water’s pH is near neutral, and Duncan read past iron levels that include 0.03, 0.01 and 0.00 parts-per-million.

Selbyville residents approve $2.5M loan for water filtration

Show Selbyville the money. Tired of worrying over gasoline additives in the water supply, residents of the town voted Dec. 4 to borrow $2,526,300 from the Delaware Drinking Water Revolving Fund.

But in twist that truly benefits the Town, the loan has 0 percent interest and will be 100 percent forgiven when the water filtration system it will pay for is complete.

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.

Selbyville council learns about proposed water filtration

Two towers could hold the answer to Selbyville’s water problems. At least, some of them. Plus, Selbyville could receive $2.5 million worth of water filtration for free.

Selbyville man passes away after falling from deer stand

On Oct. 22, 76-year-old Richard Jenkins of Selbyville died after falling from a tree stand while hunting in Bishopville, Md.

According to Candy Thomson, public information officer for the Maryland Natural Resources Police, Jenkins was hunting at a stand located approximately 4 miles from his home.

“It was just over the Maryland-Delaware line,” she said.

Public hearing is next step for fixing Selbyville water woes

Selbyville has long suffered issues with contamination of its groundwater by a gasoline additive, MTBE (methyl tert-butyl ether), and before the next Selbyville Town Council meeting, on Monday, Nov. 4, the Town will host a 7 p.m. public hearing to discuss a $2.5 million water treatment upgrade designed to deal with the problem.

Drug take-back offered at local police departments

On Saturday, Oct. 26, a number of area police departments are participating in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) National Take Back Initiative. According to the DEA’s Web site, “National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.”

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.

Residents of The Refuge concerned about proposal for new apartments

A number of residents have voiced their concerns regarding the possible construction of two apartment buildings behind The Refuge community off of Route 54.

Volunteers sought for Selbyville’s Haunted Library

Spooktacular enthusiasts can help give a scare this month at the Selbyville Public Library’s scariest tradition, the Haunted Library. Volunteers are currently being sought for some very trick-or-treaty community service: to set up, clean up or participate in the Oct. 31 event.

‘Sounds of the Past’ to come alive

A trip down memory lane for some people is also a historical record for others. And Sound United Methodist Church has invited locals to tell their stories at Sounds of the Past II, a Living History event, on Sunday, Oct. 13, at 6 p.m.

“It’s all about remembering Sussex County … years ago,” said organizer Beverly Mattox.

Selbyville teen arrested in shooting

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Selbyville police officers remained on the scene of a shooting on Hosier Street on Tuesday, Oct. 1. Police arrested 18-year-old Devon Gordon, and he was later charged in connection with the shooting a 25-year-old woman in the head, among other offenses.Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Selbyville police officers remained on the scene of a shooting on Hosier Street on Tuesday, Oct. 1. Police arrested 18-year-old Devon Gordon, and he was later charged in connection with the shooting a 25-year-old woman in the head, among other offenses.Devon Gordon, 18, of Selbyville was arrested on Tuesday morning in connection with the shooting of a 25-year-old woman earlier that morning.

According to the Delaware State Police, after a 3:30 a.m. 911 call, police arrived at a home on Hosier Street, at which time the Selbyville officers found the 25-year-old victim sitting outside in a car in front of the house, with a gunshot wound to her head.

Police said the victim was located by her father after he heard the initial gunshot and that he was able to administer first aid until EMS arrived on the scene. She was then flown by state police helicopter to Christiana Medical Center, where she was listed in critical condition mid-week.

Selbyville police have asked the DSP Homicide Unit to take on the investigation of the incident.