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Road crews work on the damage from a truck striking a fire hydrant in Ocean View on Tuesday, Oct. 16.

Ocean View homes without water after truck hits hydrant

A portion of Woodland and Central Avenues in Ocean View were closed for several hours on Tuesday, Oct. 16, as a result of a large construction vehicle striking a mounted fire hydrant, and lifting it from its pedestal, according to police. 


Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 12:16pm

Candidate forum planned for County Council race

Candidates for Sussex County Council District 5 Ellen Magee and John Rieley will field questions from the audience at a public forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Sussex County on Thursday, Oct. 25, 6 to 7:30 p.m., at the Laurel...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 12:13pm

Pink Ribbon Open House to celebrate survivors of breast cancer

Beebe Healthcare’s Robert & Eolyne Tunnell Cancer Center will host its inaugural Pink Ribbon Open House for survivors of breast cancer on Monday, Oct. 22, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Tunnell Cancer Center, located at 18947 J. Williams Highway,...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 12:03pm

Selbyville Halloween Parade-goers think outside the box

Creativity is the name of the game at Selbyville Halloween Parade. People can have a frightfully good time showing off their costumes, cars and floats on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m.

The parade is co-sponsored by the Fenwick Island Lions...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 11:07am

A map of the Assawoman Wildlife Area  showing the exact location for the planting and parking.

CIB to host Trick or Tree-t Planting Party

Fall is traditionally a time to appreciate the harvest that the land has provided, and this year, there’s a way for local ghosts, goblins, princesses and pirates to give something back to the Earth.

The Center for the Inland Bays will host...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 11:05am

Noeh Rayne won a free book at the Family Reading & Math Night at the Phillip C Showell Elementary School.

The school that reads together…

Phillip C. Showell Elementary School invited parents into the classroom for the Title I Family Reading & Math Night on Oct. 10.

After pizza and the book fair, PCS staff revealed the “One School, One Book” novel of the year: “The World...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 11:02am

CATS to raise funds with Oct. 19 bake sale

The Cats Around Town Society (CATS), an Ocean View-based 501(c) charity, is honoring Global Cat Day — Oct. 16 — by holding a fundraising bake sale Friday, Oct. 19, from 9 to 3 p.m. at Giant Foods in Millville and Hocker’s in Clarksville.


Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 10:42am

Pianist Awadagin Pratt to inaugurate Coastal Concerts’ 20th anniversary season

On Oct. 20, pianist Awadagin (pronounced “ah-wah-dodge-in”) Pratt will return to the Coastal Concerts stage to inaugurate CoCo’s 20th anniversary season. Pratt appeared previously in a 2015 performance. On Oct. 20 at 7 p.m., Pratt will appear at...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 10:40am

Emergency physicians provide Halloween safety tips

It is estimated that more than 41 million children will trick-or-treat nationwide this Halloween. The nation’s emergency physicians recently offered a few tips to make sure that children stay safe and that any fright is the fun kind — one that...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 10:10am

A Quilt of Valor was presented to John Roman at Aquacare Physical Therapy on Monday, Oct. 15. Pictured are: (back row) Bob Clemens, Pat Clemens, Diane Cowell, Barbara Voit, Dan Cowell, Janet Thomas, Ellen Neumann, Eric Neumann and Pat Holleran. (Front row) Jacquie and John Romanand Lenny Truitt.

Community coming together for Quilts of Valor ‘sew day’

Lenny Truitt calls herself a product of the Vietnam era, and as such, she said, she has a keen awareness of the struggles faced by military service members returning from that war.

“I saw how poorly our military were treated when they came...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 10:08am

Mediacom offers scholarships to high school seniors

Mediacom Communications is offering $55,000 in scholarship support for high school seniors who plan to obtain further education. The scholarship program is in its 18th consecutive year, and Mediacom’s investment will award $1,000 World Class...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 10:00am

Local custom-home designer wins international awards

Erik Kampmann, owner of EMK Designs Residential Design Studio, was recently honored at the USA Property Awards, now in its 25th year, in association with Salice, at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel for his project, Ovcharenko...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 9:59am

Chamber holds ribbon-cutting at Juan Johnson State Farm office

The Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce welcomed Juan Johnson State Farm Insurance to their membership with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 11. Johnson’s office is located at 31038 Country Gardens, Suite D2, in Dagsboro. He is a...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 9:58am

Carl M. Freeman Companies establishes permanent residence

On Thursday, Oct. 11, the Carl M. Freeman Companies hosted a ribbon-cutting with the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the opening of the Delaware division’s new office space located in the Bear Trap Dunes Marketplace in Ocean...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 9:57am

An entry in last year’s Boo-B-Que contest is shown to the judges. The annual event includes fun for the kids, food-for-all and adult beverages. The barbecue event is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society, just one of 450 contests worldwide.

Boo-B-Que returns with food, brews, music and more

Whoever decided that Halloween is better with smoke, seasoning and marinade may have had the right idea, as the fourth annual Boo-B-Que: Barbecue & Brews Festival will return to Delaware Seashore State Park on Oct. 19 and 20.


Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 9:41am

Left to right: Ann Gorrin, of Volunteer Delaware 50+ program Sussex County; Joanne Spink, a member of the Advisory Council of Volunteer Delaware 50+ Sussex County and member of Lord Baltimore Women’s Club; are joined by LWBC president Barbara Sundlin at the group’s October meeting.

LB Women’s Club learns about volunteer opportunities

Connecting with the community through volunteering was the focus of the October meeting of the Lord Baltimore Women’s Club, held at Cripple Creek Country Club. The keynote speaker, Ann Gorrin head of the Volunteer Delaware 50+ program in Sussex...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 9:07am

Public voices opinions on proposed density calculation change

The Sussex County Council on Oct. 9 held a public hearing on an ordinance to amend the County’s zoning density calculation, which would exclude streams, rivers and wetland areas from being included in such calculations.

“I introduced this...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 12:37pm

Millville grants final approvals for Beebe expansion

Beebe Healthcare’s proposed South Coastal Campus Emergency Department and Cancer Center got a final nod from the Millville Town Council this week.

Although the final site plan approved by the town council at its Tuesday, Oct. 9, meeting...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 12:36pm

From left, Paulette Rappa and Doug Hudson speak to voters during a forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of Sussex County in Rehoboth Beach on Tuesday, Oct. 9

Candidates Hudson and Rappa contend for County Council D4

With the 2018 elections ramping up, the public is learning more about local candidates, thanks to the League of Women Voters of Sussex County.

Candidates Doug Hudson of Dagsboro and Paulette Rappa of Long Neck discussed the issues...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 12:35pm

Mini-golf now allowed by special exception in Ocean View

The Ocean View Town Council this week voted to approve an ordinance that would allow through the granting of a special exception, miniature-golf courses in the Town’s General Business-1 district. Prior to the vote, mini-golf courses were not an...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 12:33pm

Responders perform trauma training at a previous Rescue Task Force exercise.

Emergency services to hold drill in Ocean View on Sunday

For those who work in emergency services, preparing for the worst is part of the job. This Sunday, area emergency responders will be training for the unimaginable.

On Sunday, Oct. 14, from 1-4 p.m., emergency services personnel will be...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 12:31pm

Frankford health fair offers fun, food and fitness

The Frankford Community Health Fair has been a popular event for the past decade and organizers keep adding fun and educational activities each year to make it even better.

This year is no exception. The health fair, set for Saturday, Oct...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 12:27pm

Family Fun Day to raise funds for Parkinson’s cause

A group of local businesspeople with a love for good causes and a knack for fundraising is holding its second annual Family Fun Day this weekend, again focusing on those fighting Parkinson’s disease as the recipients of the event’s proceeds....

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 12:26pm

The Indian River Life-Saving Station museum is transformed into a rustic, but elegant, dining room for a coastal heritage dinner.

Coastal heritage dinner reawakens flavors of 140 years ago

Imagine eating the fresh food caught and grown on the Eastern Shore: roasted shellfish, lemon-baked seabass, fresh venison, duck and local veggies.

These dishes and more took center stage on Oct. 5 at the historic Indian River Life-Saving...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 12:24pm

Delaware Seashore State Park to host Boo-Que on Oct. 19-20

DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation will host the fourth annual “Boo-Que By the Sea,” a two-day barbecue cook-off competition and family festival beginning 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 19, and continuing Saturday, Oct. 20, at Delaware Seashore...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 11:58am

Spirits of Halloween to raise funds for Cocktails Curing Cancer

Karen Kampmann, creator of I Love Bethany Beach, said she wanted a cool inaugural fundraising event with a Halloween theme (her favorite holiday) for the Bethany Beach area and approached Lisa Condon, president of Cocktails Curing Cancer, about...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 10:42am

IRHS band to host Bands on the River festival


The Indian River Marching Band takes to their home field for 2018. In addition to weekly football games, the band will host the first annual ‘Bands on the River’ festival on Saturday, Oct. 13. Local marching bands have been invited to...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 10:40am

Damon Pla working on a pair of pears.

SouthEastern Delaware Artist Studio Tour set for 24th year

The artists of the SouthEastern Delaware Artist Studio Tour (SEDAST) are getting ready for their 24th Annual Tour, in which they will open their studios and give the public the opportunity to talk to them and watch them create their art. The two-...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 10:36am

VFW offering scholarships, hosting contests for students

VFW Auxiliary 7234 in Ocean View is holding a number of contests and scholarship competitions for students.

The Patriot’s Pen essay contest, for students in Grades 6-8, has entries due Oct. 31. The Voice of Democracy audio essay contest,...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 10:28am

Historical Coastal Town Cottages & Lighthouse Tour

The Ocean View Historical Society held its second Historic Coastal Towns Cottages & Lighthouse Tour, featuring cottages and the lighthouse in Fenwick Island. Cottage included were: The Wilgus Cottage; The McCabe Cottage; The Outten Cottage;...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 10:17am

A panel comprising local business owners shared their stories of what it takes to adapt for survival in today’s economy and markets during an event held by the Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce and SCORE at the Den at Bear Trap Dunes on Thursday, Oct. 4.

Local businesses adapt to survive changing times

“How many of you have heard the phrase, ‘This area has changed so much’?” asked Lauren Weaver, director of the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, to a roomful of entrepreneurs.

A panel of local business owners shared their success...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 10:11am

Open for Business partners with 1 Million Cups for startups

Anyone with plans to open, purchase or expand a business in Sussex County, or who needs assistance with licenses or permits, business-plan writing, marketing or getting ready to apply for financing is being invited to attend Sussex County’s “Open...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 10:04am

Passport ‘Happy Hours’ planned at special-after-hours events

Due to the popularity of past passport fairs, the Ocean View Post Office is hosting several special passport sessions — this time, after regular passport acceptance hours.

“The recent passport fairs were so successful that many patrons...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 10:02am

Scrabble at the Beach to support Literacy Delaware

Last November, the First Annual Happy Hour Scrabble at the Beach was a tremendously successful and fun event, organizers noted this week. “Participants left saying, ‘Let us know when the next event is! We had a great time.’”

Of the 17...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 9:57am

Children line up for their race during last year’s Mariner’s Trail Run event.

Annual Mariners Trail Run set for Oct. 21

Mariners Bethel United Methodist Church will be hosting its 17th annual Trail Run on Sunday, Oct. 21, at the Assawoman Wildlife Refuge at Camp Barnes in Bayard, near Bethany Beach.

For the past 16 years, Bill Lord has been organizing and...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 9:25am

SVFC to host annual golf tournament

The Selbyville Volunteer Fire Company will hold its 11th Annual Golf Tournament on Oct. 12 at Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club in Dagsboro, with a shotgun start at 9 a.m.

The tournament has a scramble format and costs $90 per player...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 9:18am

Selbyville Middle School earns Blue Ribbon School honors

Selbyville Middle School was recognized nationally for academic excellence this week. SMS was one of three Delaware schools to earn the National Blue Ribbon School honor for 2018. It was named an “Exemplary High Performing School.”


Friday, October 5, 2018 - 11:37am

Selbyville annexes 10 acres on way to 695-home development

Plans are slowly rolling forward for a new housing development in Selbyville — one of many currently proposed in Sussex County. On Oct. 1, the Selbyville Town Council approved annexation of 10.16 acres into town, which developers hope will be...

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 11:35am

A sign that Ocean View Church of Christ had hoped to erect outside the church received negative feedback from the Town’s Board of Adjustment, so the church withdrew their application.

Church of Christ withdraws request for much larger sign

The Ocean View Church of Christ has withdrawn its application seeking a signage variance from the Town of Ocean View, following its initial hearing.

George Keen presented the request on behalf of the church, which wished to erect a free-...

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 11:30am

Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company hosting Artisans’ Fair

This weekend, the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company will hold its 11th annual Artisans’ Fair, on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the fire house at Hollywood Street and Route 1.

Not only is the fair an opportunity to pick up...

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 11:27am

Sussex ‘goes Purple’ in recognition of opioid crisis

After hearing a presentation on the opioid epidemic’s impact on the county from Sussex County Health Coalition Executive Director Peggy Geisler last week, Sussex County government has decided to “Go Purple,” approving a resolution to join in the...

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 11:25am

Picnic-goers and children got a scary surprise when a woman drove her vehicle into the fence at the Frankford Town Park.

Frankford Town Park fence damaged in crash

A Frankford woman has been charged with DUI and endangering the welfare of a child after police said she struck a fence at Frankford Town Park on Sunday, Sept. 30.

According to Cpl. Melissa Jaffe of the Delaware State Police, at 5:08 p.m....

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 11:22am

To improve traffic flow of Routes 113 and 18, DelDOT’s ‘preferred alternative’ for a Georgetown overpass would feature ramps built on the northeast and southwest corners of the existing intersection.

Route 113/24 changes among DelDOT plans for next five years

Each year, the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announces its proposed road projects for the next six years. This autumn, DelDOT showed off their plans and sought public input on the proposed Capital Transportation Program (CTP) for...

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 11:17am

Sussex Tech Teacher of the Year gets students to perform

On a recent weekday afternoon, Anthony Natoli’s English class was outside of the classroom. Instead, students were sitting in a circle in Sussex Technical High School’s commons area, roleplaying the Salem witch trials of the 1690s and simulating...

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 11:08am

Feeding & Clothing Our Children Symposium set for Oct. 5 at SCHS

On Oct. 5, Rotary Clubs from Southern Delaware, in conjunction with Delaware State Department of Education, Nutritional Programs, the Harry K Foundation, the Food Bank of Delaware and Clothing our Kids, are presenting the first Feeding &...

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 10:41am

Delaware’s coastal and natural resources on display at Coast Day

Delaware’s coastal and natural resources will be showcased Sunday, Oct. 7, at DNREC’s Coast Day education tent on the campus of the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean & Environment in Lewes.

Coast Day, which runs from 11...

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 10:39am

The Historic Coastal Towns Cottage & Lighthouse Tour in Fenwick Island on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature the Georgetown House duplex at 2 West Georgetown, behind Seaside Country Store

Mid-century duplex to be featured on Historic Coastal Towns tour

The Historic Coastal Towns Cottage & Lighthouse Tour will take place on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at locations in and near Fenwick Island. The tour features historic cottages and the lighthouse, and will benefit the planned...

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 10:16am

The cover of this year's edition of Delaware Seaside Bride.

Delaware Seaside Bride releases fourth edition

“Beautiful beaches, family farms galore, and everything in between — Delmarva is the perfect location for your ‘I do’s,’” according to Delaware Seaside Bride magazine editor Maria Counts. “Delaware Seaside Bride wants to make planning your big...

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 10:08am

Godwin School’s national historic marker to be unveiled

One century ago, children walked several miles on dirt roads to the one-room schoolhouse in western Millsboro. Now, the students are long gone, but the picturesque Godwin School on Route 20 is joining the respected ranks of the National Register...

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 10:03am

Rae Tribbet prepares to paint a perfectly puny pumpkin... or perhaps pepper it with paste and paper... either way, this little lady is about to decorate a gourd.

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 9:52am