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Human skeletal remains were discovered in a wooded area near Selbyville on March 2.

Breaking News: Human remains discovered in woods near Selbyville

Delaware State Police have opened a death investigation after human skeletal remains were discovered near Polly Branch Road, just outside of Selbyville town limits.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 10:24am

Selbyville council: Development might be inevitable, but at least town benefits

The Selbyville Town Council hosted a public hearing on Feb. 4 for their 10-year Comprehensive Land Use Plan update, just as the public were raising new concerns and questions about housing developments in town.

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Friday, February 28, 2020 - 8:21pm

Lou Riley stands in front of portraits of his grandfather, Jacob Holland; his father, Louis Riley; and himself, at his Dagsboro home.

A proud Sussex County history

Lou Riley, 82, sits at his kitchen table and flips through a stapled document — a history of the Holland family of Lewes. Compiled by his cousin, Wendell Holland, it traces relatives back to the 18th century.

It tells of his ancestors’...

Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 6:51pm

Ocean View budget proposed at $4.6M

No one in the audience of about 20 people on the evening of Tuesday, Feb. 25, commented on the Town of Ocean View’s $4.6 million proposed budget for the 2021 fiscal year, even though Council Vice President Tom Maly, filling in for the vacationing...

Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 6:34pm

Carney explains positions on Wilmington school, wind farm

 

With the recent struggle to get funding to relieve overcrowding at several Sussex County schools, Gov. John Carney says he understands why people downstate might be frustrated at his multi-million-dollar proposal for Wilmington schools,...

Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 6:32pm

The Frankford Public Library is going to host a sleepover for beloved stuffed animals on Wednesday, March 4.

Kids’ stuffed friends invited to library sleepover

Stuffed animals from dotted dogs to pink pigs are likely to receive a stern warning from their diminutive owners at the Frankford Public Library on Wednesday, March 4.

The little ones will be leaving their toy pets for a sleepover, and,...

Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 6:18pm

Fenwick to add flashing pedestrian warnings

In its ongoing efforts to improve pedestrian safety in the town, Fenwick Island’s town council on Feb. 21 approved the installation of “rectangular rapid flashing beacon” (RRFB) systems at pedestrian crosswalks at two particularly dangerous...

Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 6:15pm

Kindergarten student Griffin Deane, 5, reads with Amanda Miller, reading specialist at Lord Baltimore Elementary School, in observance of February being I Love to Read Month.

Local students celebrate I Love to Read Month

On the 100th day of the school year, kindergarten students at Lord Baltimore Elementary School were dressed as centenarians.

Some carried canes. Lines indicating age were drawn on foreheads, and they wore suspenders, checked shirts and...

Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 6:07pm

Climate-change plan public-input sessions planned March 3-5

With public input sessions beginning next week to create Delaware’s plan to mitigate, adapt and respond to climate change, most Delawareans believe climate change and sea-level rise are happening, and a majority say the State should act now to...

Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 6:03pm

Candidates can now file for 2020 school board election

School districts across Sussex County are now inviting candidates to file for the 2020 school board elections. The deadline to file as a candidate is Friday, March 6, at 4:30 p.m.

Four seats are up for election on the Indian River School...

Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 5:57pm

County approves commercial zoning for highway parcel

The Sussex County Council on Tuesday accepted the recommendation of the County’s Planning & Zoning Commission to approve a zoning change from AR-1, agricultural residential district, to C-2 medium commercial district, to develop a vacant lot...

Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 5:50pm

Patrick Miller is surrounded by his family, with his wife, Dana, and daughter, Audrey.

Former military recruiter, cancer survivor awarded Quilt of Valor

“I don’t consider myself a hero, per se,” despite 34 years as a military policeman, Patrick Miller said during a recent interview.

“I never went overseas and fought,” continued Miller, co-owner of Dagsboro Days coffeeshop and vice-mayor of...

Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 5:35pm

Clarification

Clarification: 

The Indian River School District got a few more “yes” votes than the 3,001 reported in our Feb. 21 issue, as results have been finalized. The finally official tally was 7,556 to 4,537, a difference of 3,019 votes in favor...

Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 5:33pm

Frankford Police Chief Larry Corrigan, center, was honored at the Valor Awards for his time with the Fenwick Island Police Department. The Freeman Foundation’s Patti Grimes, left, and the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce’s Lauren Weaver, right, handed out the awards to each recipient.

Valor Awards celebrate those who protect the community

On the worst day of a person’s life, these are the folks who will respond. The 2020 Joshua M. Freeman Valor Awards were presented this week to top police officers, paramedics, EMTs and firefighters who serve the local community.

The...

Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 4:04pm

From left, Avery Bare, Maggie Bare and their grandfather, John Dupont, work on the Little Free Library that will soon be a fixture at Ocean View’s John West Park.

Book exchange hits the park

Little Free Library to go up in John West Park

There’s a new attraction coming to John West Park in Ocean View, to the delight of avid readers.

The park’s first Little Free Library will be positioned in the park after the family of John Dupont of Millville, the carpenter who designed...

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 8:57pm

Maryland to hold new hearings on offshore wind turbine height

Nearly a month after hundreds of people filled the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, Md., to comment on changes in plans for two wind-farm projects off the Delmarva coast, Maryland’s Public Service Commission has agreed to hold...

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 8:53pm

County P&Z approves Old Mill Landing on Dirickson Creek, 4-1

Old Mill Landing is one of many housing developments currently planned in Sussex County, but it had garnered several hours of public comments and many letters of concern.

Some people demanded cautious development of Old Mill Landing North...

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 8:50pm

Millville adds leeway for private walkways to code

The Millville Town Council at its Feb. 11 meeting voted to approve amendments to the town code regarding private walkways, enacting a lodging tax and updating its rental receipt tax regulations.

Previously, homeowners wishing to install...

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 8:48pm

Voters approved latest school referendum by 3,000 votes

Steele: District finances should now be stable for years to come

After three attempts over two years, the residents of Indian River School District finally passed a major capital referendum on Feb. 13.

The Delaware Department of Elections has confirmed the official tally as 7,556 to 4,537 — a difference...

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 8:47pm

Em-ings BBQ, a familiar site at the corner of Routes 113 and 610 in Bishopville, Md., just outside of Selbyville, has closed. The business, which provided its signature barbecued dishes and sides to area gatherings for decades, posted a notice in January on its Facebook page that it would be closing temporarily due to difficulty obtaining its spice mixtures. Shortly after, owners announced that the business would be closing permanently ‘due to health issues and retirement.’

Iconic restaurant closes its doors

Em-ings BBQ, a familiar site at the corner of Routes 113 and 610 in Bishopville, Md., just outside of Selbyville, has closed. The business, which provided its signature barbecued dishes and sides to area gatherings for decades, posted a notice in...

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 8:44pm

Sussex County Family Court Chief Judge Michael Newell, left, and Judge Peter Jones answer questions while leading a tour of the courthouse.

Replacement planned for county’s Family Court building

In 1988, when the Family Court in Georgetown was built, the belief was it would serve the needs of the seat of Delaware’s southernmost county for many years to come, maybe up to 100 years.

But Sussex County growth has been rapid, and the...

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 8:42pm

Selbyville council election set for March 7

Selbyville will once again have a contested election. Three candidates have registered to run in the 2020 town council election, for two seats: incumbents Richard A. Duncan Sr. and Jay C. Murray, and challenger William A. Thompson.

The...

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 8:39pm

Representatives of the Millsboro Police Department accept quilts from the Millsboro Art League to donate to domestic violence victims. Pictured, from left, are: Lt. Robert Legates; quilter Skip Claiborne; Vonshea Wise, who works with those affected by domestic violence; Deb Doucette, director of the art league; and Millsboro Police Chief Brian Calloway.

Handmade quilts donated to support domestic-violence victims

Victims of domestic violence will be given handmade quilts to comfort them, courtesy of the new Arts Warming Hearts program, a collaboration of the Millsboro Art League, Ocean Waves Quilt Guild and the Girl Scouts.

This week, the Millsboro...

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 8:38pm

Public to discuss climate change concerns, questions

Positive change can start with a frank conversation. Delaware is one of the lowest-lying states in the U.S., which means people in Delaware are more likely to see the common flooding, the saltwater inundation and the seemingly worse storms.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 8:33pm

This pipe is providing the American eel passage to Delaware freshwater estuaries.

CIB project results in eel access to estuary

Imagine traveling all the way from the Sargasso Sea — the only sea without land boundaries — drifting along on ocean currents, toward a welcoming Delaware estuary, and when you’re almost there, you hit a wall.

That’s the ironic journey of...

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 8:15pm

Route 1 drainage, pedestrian improvements to begin March 2

Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) officials announced this week that contractor A-Del Construction Company Inc. on March 2 will begin a transportation alternative program (TAP) for water quality improvements to the Anchorage Canal...

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 7:56pm

IRSD administrators were stunned and grateful for the overwhelming voter turnout, including from left, Superintendent Mark Steele, Director of Secondary Education Renee Jerns, Assistant Superintendent Jay Owens and Director of Business Tammy Smith.

BREAKING NEWS: IRSD referendum passes at ‘every single machine’

After three attempts over two years, the residents of Indian River School District have passed the major capital referendum on Feb. 13.

The unofficial tally on Thursday night was 7,536 to 4,535, a...

Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 10:51pm

Dana Mason of the Quilts of Valor Foundation, left, reads a tribute to quilt recipient Charles Marvel at a ceremony on Feb. 9 at the Mason Dixon Post 7234 in Ocean View. Looking on are Marguerite Neimoller of the Foundation, holding his quilt; Marvel’s wife, Irene, and Post 7234 Commander Dean Levering.

Quilts of Valor

The Quilts of Valor Foundation was founded in 2003 by Seaford resident Catherine Roberts, whose son Nat was deployed with the U.S. military in Iraq. Since then, more than 246,000 quilts have been awarded to soldiers and veterans across the...

Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 1:55pm

Referendum vote is here

Residents of the Indian River School District were reminded this week that the district’s major capital referendum will be held on Thursday, Feb. 13 (after Coastal Point press time).

The one-question referendum is a vote “for” or “against...

Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 1:50pm

Wind farm company meets with local contractors

The Skipjack Wind Farm project off the coast of Delmarva is still in the approval process, but its developer — the Danish firm Ørsted — gave local contractors a chance to learn more about obtaining work on the project at a networking event on...

Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 1:49pm

Peninsula Regional looks to annex site into Millsboro

A request from Peninsula Regional Health System to annex into Millsboro town limits about 40 acres of land north of the town, to build an ambulatory health complex, is expected to be approved by the Millsboro Town Council.

The matter will...

Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 1:47pm

Local roofer continues recovery from injuries

The family of Steve Lannon, the Millville roofer who fell about 30 feet while descending a ladder on Dec. 19, suffering severe injuries that will likely result in paraplegia, is expressing gratitude to the community for donations, good wishes and...

Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 1:44pm

MIllsboro's Main Street will soon be getting a new steakhouse, at the site of the former Georgia House restaurant.

Steakhouse to open in former Millsboro Georgia House

A new restaurant is coming to Main Street in Millsboro, aiming to satisfy the appetites of those who enjoyed the Georgia House restaurant before it closed last spring.

Called Surf & Turf Steak House, the establishment will open at 119...

Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 1:43pm

Ocean View schedules budget hearing for Feb. 25

The Ocean View Town Council, at its Tuesday, Feb. 11, meeting, announced that a public hearing on the 2021-fiscal-year budget will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25.

A work session on the budget will follow, at 6 p.m.

Town...

Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 1:33pm

School district warns against suspicious ad campaigns

Recently, the Indian River School District warned the public of a potential scam involving solicitations for an anti-bullying campaign.

It started in mid-January, when a local business owner was asked to purchase $2,000 worth of...

Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 1:31pm

Millville passes ordinance, sets $99, $250 fines for littering

The Millville Town Council, at its Tuesday, Feb. 11, meeting, voted to approve an ordinance “to establish a comprehensive program within the Town to control litter.”

The ordinance was tabled in January at the request of Town Manager...

Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 1:30pm

Courtney Wise

OVPD, DEA make arrests in Millville drug sales

Ocean View police this week announced the arrest of two Millville-area residents in connection with alleged drug sales in the Ocean View and Millville area.

According to the OVPD, on Jan. 14, in a joint investigation with the U.S....

Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 1:27pm

District: One building would ease burden at several schools

Public referendum vote on Thursday, Feb. 13

It’s time for residents of the Indian River School District to vote regarding the district’s future. There will be a major capital referendum on Thursday, Feb. 13, (with a weather date of Feb. 20).

The one-question referendum is a vote “...

Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 12:53pm

Frankford approves sale of water plant to Artesian

Nearly four months after receiving a proposal from Artesian Water Co. for the purchase of the town’s water plant, the Frankford Town Council has voted to approve that proposal.

Artesian offered to pay the town $3.6 million for its water...

Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 12:50pm

School counselors are proactive in the classroom

Describing the role of school counselors, Frank Shockley uses two key words: “proactive” and “triage.” They’ll always respond to whatever issue a child or school is facing. But, more than ever, they’re trying to teach life skills before the...

Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 12:47pm

Millsboro business owner suggests artistic sidewalks

Eric Clarke, owner of the former Ball Theatre in Millsboro, this week suggested an artistic flair for new sidewalks coming to the downtown area.

“Instead of laying bricks or concrete, I wanted to ask if you’d consider adding an element of...

Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 12:45pm

Police advise people to call them over suspicious people, incidents, rather than waiting and even posting to Facebook. Time can be of the essence.

Public encouraged to call 911, not Facebook it

A suspicious car on the street. A possible theft. A person angrily waving a gun from a nearby car.

Those are details to tell police immediately — not two days later, and definitely not via Facebook, police emphasized recently.

“I...

Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 12:44pm

Bryan Denegal

Theft suspect arrested after high-speed pursuit, crash

Delaware State Police this week said they will charge a Dover man with possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, disregarding a police officer’s signal and related charges after a high-speed chase through Ocean View late on...

Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 12:42pm

Millsboro police issue warnings for Plantation Lakes parking woes

For now, Millsboro police will issue only warnings to residents of Plantation Lakes who live on streets dedicated to the town, even if they park illegally.

“We enforce Delaware law. We need to go in and establish all the no-parking zones...

Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 12:41pm

Theresa and Al Casapulla, who worked to get a bill passed so no more dogs die from  being over-vaccinated, cuddle their five dogs, from left, Wheeler, Henry, George, Buddy and Bentley.

Casapulla celebrates passage of Maggie’s Vaccine Protection Act

More than three years later, Al Casapulla still gets teary when he talks about his little Shih Tzu, Maggie.

The casket that cradled her when he buried her in the back yard of his Ocean View home. How it was lined in pink. Her favorite toy...

Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 12:23pm

Hearing set for Feb. 6 on proposed abandonment of part of Pot-Nets Road

The Delaware Department of Transportation announced on Feb. 5 that it would hold a public hearing on Thursday, Feb. 6, from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Pot-Nets Lakeside Community...

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 12:01pm

Granville R. Lawson

BREAKING NEWS: School bus driver charged with reckless endangering, vehicular assault

The Delaware State Police on Tuesday, Feb. 4, arrested 65-year-old Granville R. Lawson of Dagsboro on multiple counts of Reckless Endangering and Vehicular Assault after a Jan...

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - 5:14pm

BREAKING NEWS: Frankford approves sale of water plant to Artesian

Frankford's Town Council voted unanimously at its Monday, Feb. 3, meeting to accept a proposal from the Artesian Water Co. to purchase its water plant and connect Frankford's 350 water customers to Artesian's growing network in Sussex County....

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - 6:27am

Sussex Central students have to go outside to get to the portable classrooms, and then back out to go into the main school again. Some days, the weather cooperates. Others? Not so much.

Students, staff uneasy in trailers

Some say portable classrooms are impacting education

School libraries have been turned into classrooms. So have auditoriums and staff offices. After squeezing even the closets into learning space, Indian River School District is once again using modular outdoor classrooms — trailers — for...

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 11:44am

Ocean View again named safest municipality in state

The town of Ocean View has been named the safest in Delaware by HomeSnacks.net, after data was examined “from dozens of sources … to help you understand what it’s like to live in different places across America.”

Among local towns,...

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 11:40am