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Dagsboro man charged with burglary, murder

Ocean View police have been working with the Broward County (Fla.) Sheriff’s Office in the case of a Dagsboro man who is a suspect in local burglaries and thefts and is now in custody in Florida on a felony murder charge.

According to...

Thursday, April 23, 2009 - 7:19am

Fort Miles goes back in time

Cape Henlopen State Park is home to Fort Miles, one of the largest coastal gun batteries on the East Coast. This Saturday, April 25, it will also be home to more than 30 re-enactors as they walk visitors through the day-to-day operations of a...

Thursday, April 23, 2009 - 7:07am

Rendering plant still causing confusion

The Sussex County Board of Adjustments this week again tabled a Mountaire Farms Inc. application for a special-use exception for a “resource recovery plant” off Route 24 near Millsboro, citing the need to go back and listen to the audio of the...

Thursday, April 23, 2009 - 7:04am

Bethany looks at changes to noise ordinance

Bethany Beach council members offered no formal response in March to a request for assistance from the Walsh family, who own a home next door to Captain Jack’s Mini-Golf, at the edge of the town’s downtown commercial district. But at their April...

Thursday, April 23, 2009 - 7:02am

Child Resource Expo set for Saturday in Frankford

Fellowship Health Resources and Tigger’s Toyland Childcare in Dagsboro have partnered to offer a Child Resource Expo on Saturday, April 25, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company in Frankford.

The expo will offer a...

Thursday, April 23, 2009 - 6:52am

New Bethany Blues satisfies sweet tooth, too

The uncanny success of Southern Delaware barbecue hotspot Bethany Blues is anything but a secret. From award-winning sauces to one of the state’s largest bourbon selections, Bethany Blues has become a staple in Bethany Beach, and now owners plan...

Thursday, April 23, 2009 - 6:47am

Native plants series being offered by CIB

One way to go green and stay there is to plant native plants, as opposed to non-native species that can take more water, more energy and more work than their native counterparts. To elaborate on the benefits of going native, the Center for Inland...

Thursday, April 23, 2009 - 6:38am

Bethany beach replenishment delayed until June

Bethany Beach officials announced this week that the anticipated replenishment of the town’s beach to restore it to its engineered design has been delayed until June 1. The project is now slated to be finished around June 12, barring further...

Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 7:54am

Lawless takes seat on Ocean View council

Ocean View town council officially introduced Robert “Bob” Lawless as their new council member on Tuesday night, at their regular April meeting. Lawless replaces Roy Thomas in representing District 4. Thomas did not seek re-election after his...

Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 7:52am

SDSA students staging ‘Beauty and the Beast Junior’

The end of the school year is quickly approaching, with only a few more weeks until summer vacation arrives. Besides the obvious break from school, the end of the school year also means it’s time for students to show off what they have been up to...

Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 7:45am

Fenwick names new town manager

After a months-long search, Fenwick Island this week appointed a new town manager: Wilmer E. “Win”Abbott IV, of Clayton, Del.


Abbot, originally from Wilmington/Newark area, and his wife, originally from the Lewes/Milton area...

Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 7:29am

Ice cream social set for April 17

The Ocean View Presbyterian Church will hold its fifth annual ice cream social on Friday, April 17, at 7 p.m.

The night will feature a local group doing their rendition of the “Soggy Bottom Boys,” with music and comedy.

“It started...

Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 6:47am

Bikers prepare to 'Ride to the Tide' once again

Motorcyclists are revving up their engines this weekend, all for a meaningful purpose. The Delaware Blue Knights – Chapter I are teaming up again with Special Olympics Delaware for the third annual Ride to the Tide event, set to raise funds for...

Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 6:25am

Dagsboro church to celebrate Easter this Sunday

For many, April 12, marked the arrival of the Easter holiday, and all the festivities that come along with the tradition. Many families gathered over delicious feasts they had spent all day cooking, while children scoured yards looking for those...

Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 6:24am

BREAKING NEWS: Coastal flood advisory for Delaware beaches until Thursday morning

Coastal flood advisory for Delaware beaches
Issued by the National Weather Service
Philadelphia, Pa., 2:27 p.m. EDT, Wed., Apr. 15, 2009

... Coastal flood advisory in effect from 10 p.m. this evening to 6 a.m. EDT Thursday......

Wednesday, April 15, 2009 - 9:32am

Lane closed for IRIB construction, through April 24

UPDATED: The Department of Transportation advised motorists on Tuesday, April 14, that sheetpile driving would be occurring on the new Indian River Inlet Bridge this week and would require the closure of the right lane of Route 1 southbound...

Tuesday, April 14, 2009 - 7:45am

County considers upping marriage fees

Sussex County Clerk of the Peace George Parish made his case to county council members on Tuesday, April 7, as to why the council should approve fees charged by his office, as recommended by Parish and other county officials working on the county...

Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 8:44am

Lawless declared councilman-elect in Ocean View

Robert J. “Bob” Lawless was certified councilman-elect for Ocean View’s District 4 seat at the Friday, April 3, meeting of the town’s Board of Supervisors of Elections. Because the number of qualified candidates was equal to the number of seats...

Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 8:41am

Frankford consider two-year trash system

Frankford residents could soon have a new trash service contractor. Town Council members at their April 6 meeting opened the bids for a two-year trash-hauling contract to serve the town, receiving bids ranging from $10.83 per month per property...

Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 8:37am

Points of Interest

An occasional feature in which we here at the Coastal Point multiplex share our thoughts on what we’re reading, watching, listening to and otherwise think you might like. (You’ve been warned.)

What we’re reading:

“Change of Heart”...

Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 7:39am

New ambulances welcomed into Bethany

The Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company, founded in June of 1948, is a volunteer organization with 77 members and a Ladies Auxiliary of almost 30 members. Through their coordinated efforts, the men and women of the company monitor every property...

Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 7:32am

Dagsboro VFC Auxiliary celebrates 50 years

On Saturday, March 21, the Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Company held an anniversary banquet for its Auxiliary.

Formerly called the Ladies Auxiliary, the Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary, as it is now known, has been in existence for 50...

Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 7:30am

Ocean View settling into new digs

Ocean View town staff is settling in to their new digs on the second floor of the Wallace A. Melson Public Safety Building off Central Avenue.

Coastal Point • Monica Fleming
Betty Jane Keen, a longtime employee of the Town of Ocean...

Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 7:23am

Local residents recall area’s past for crowd

On March 12, the Ocean View Historical Society held a presentation on the growth of the Ocean View/Millville/Bethany area over the course of their lifetimes and those of their ancestors. Two speakers – Wanda Powell and Mary Hocker Collins, who...

Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 7:18am

Fenwick moves ahead with changes

The Fenwick Island Town Council on March 27 approved a first reading of a change to Chapter 52-14, Violations and Penalties, to add the language that “any person convicted of violating Article 111 prohibitions shall be fined $250. Each day of a...

Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 7:17am

Crandell follows in parent's footsteps at SMS

Eighth-grade earth science teacher Colin Crandell was recently named Teacher of the Year at Selbyville Middle School.
Crandell, in his sixth year of teaching, is modest in his acceptance of the honor.

Coastal Point • Monica Fleming...

Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 7:08am

Bartow brings habitats — and education — to local schools

It could be called serendipitous that Dr. Dennis Bartow is the schoolyard habitat coordinator for the Center for the Inland Bays.

Coastal Point • Monica Fleming
Dr. Dennis Bartow outside the Center for the Inland Bays new building,...

Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 7:05am

Delaware Bike Summit pulls in peddlers

In two weeks, bicyclists throughout Delaware will come together for a state-wide initiative to promote cycling and safety awareness, with the inaugural Delaware Bike Summit. The summit, scheduled for Friday, April 24, in Dover, is being planned...

Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 6:53am

BREAKING NEWS: Spring storm impacts SMS, school resumes Wednesday

Selbyville Middle School were impacted on Monday, April 6, after lightning struck a transformer near the school in a severe thunderstorm felt across the area and knocked out power to the building.

The school was kept closed on Tuesday due...

Tuesday, April 7, 2009 - 8:34am

BREAKING NEWS: Ocean View election canceled, Lawless certified councilman-elect

Robert "Bob" Lawless was certified councilman-elect for Ocean View's District 4 seat at the Friday, April 3, meeting of the town's Board of Supervisors of Elections. Because the number of qualified candidates is now equal to the number of seats...

Friday, April 3, 2009 - 4:27am

Carper talks stimulus

U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) was in Sussex County on Monday, March 30, and took some time to visit with Millville officials. While he was in Millville, Mayor Don Minyon asked Carper if he could briefly explain the federal stimulus package and...

Thursday, April 2, 2009 - 8:44am

Church to focus on notable women

For those interested in hearing the story of the women who surrounded Jesus and helped him in his ministry, this Easter season, the Millville United Methodist Church is presenting “The Other Twelve Disciples” on Saturday, April 4, at 7 p.m.


Thursday, April 2, 2009 - 8:40am

Changes to ordinances target backlog

Sussex County could give developers more time to get substantially under way with their projects, if the county council adopts two proposed ordinances that were formally introduced at the March 31 council meeting.

Both ordinances would...

Thursday, April 2, 2009 - 8:26am

Professional knowledge for financial curiosity

Understanding personal finances in today’s market is no easy task, but with the help from the right minds, it can be much simpler. For more than 40 years, certified senior advisor Robbin W. Gray has assisted countless clients on their financial...

Thursday, April 2, 2009 - 8:12am

Fenwick’s Keller a star of local environmentalism

Fenwick Island and its residents are no novices when it comes to the environmental movement or the idea of “going green.” The town has had an environmental committee for more than five years now, and they have a successful oyster-gardening...

Thursday, April 2, 2009 - 7:58am

Get green this Earth Day: Go outside!

Much like the grassroots campaign known as Earth Hour (which was celebrated only for the third time on Saturday, March 28 — with a goal of reaching more than 1 billion people — in which people all across the globe turned out the lights in a...

Thursday, April 2, 2009 - 7:55am

It takes a VILLAGE

Mia Smith, now an 11 year-old fifth-grader at Lord Baltimore Elementary School, fondly remembers her days as a Project VILLAGE preschooler.

Coastal Point Monica Fleming
A Project VILLAGE class sits in a circle with Jocelyn Reinke, a...

Thursday, April 2, 2009 - 7:29am

Revel a standout at IRHS

The thought of teaching high school might sound like a thankless task, but Will Revel, Indian River High School’s Teacher of the Year, feels rights at home.

Coastal Point Jesse Pryor
Indian River High School Teacher of the Year, Will...

Thursday, April 2, 2009 - 7:23am

Local radio hosts keep doo-wop rockin’

The Doo-Wop classics from the ’50s and ’60s might have seemingly become a thing of the past, just echoes of the riffs from one of music’s most influential periods; but, thanks to the Majka Man and the Dean of Doo-Wop, they are not forgotten....

Thursday, April 2, 2009 - 7:19am

BREAKING NEWS: OV election board dismisses complaint against Lawless, Candidate's Night canceled

The Ocean View Board of Supervisors of Elections on April 1 dismissed a complaint made by Councilman Perry Mitchell that argued that candidate Robert Lawless had improperly garnered support from local Republicans in his campaign for the Ocean...

Thursday, April 2, 2009 - 6:18am

BREAKING NEWS: Ocean View water system flushing extended through April 10

Officials with Tidewater Utilities posted notices this week that they would be extending the flushing of their water system that serves the town of Ocean View from through April 10, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The flushing period was...

Monday, March 30, 2009 - 4:54am

IRSD to host Pre-School Family Night on March 26

The Indian River School District will host a Pre-School Family Night on Thursday, March 26, at Millsboro Middle School. The event will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Families and daycare providers in the Indian River School District are being...

Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 12:22am

Bethany adopts parking, property tax increases

Bethany Beach Town Council members last Friday voted unanimously to adopt a proposed $4.9 million budget for their 2010 fiscal year, which begins April 1. The budget includes a 3 percent increase in property taxes, from 16 to 16.5 cents per $100...

Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 12:17am

Bethany council drops Collins Avenue project

On a split vote, Bethany Beach Town Council members on March 20 voted not to proceed with a plan to create a pedestrian walkway along the south side of Collins Avenue, as recommended by a pedestrian and bicycle safety study in 2005.


Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 12:14am

County sewer projects to receive federal stimulus money

Projects designed to expand central wastewater service in Sussex County and thereby eliminate failing septic systems, improve water quality and ultimately protect the environment will get a boost from the federal stimulus package, county...

Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 12:11am

Maxwell takes pre-school to the max

If there’s one thing Linda Maxwell wants people to know about preschool, it’s this: It’s a place where a lot of learning goes on.

Coastal Point Monica Fleming
Linda Maxwell was recently named Teach of the Year at Frankford...

Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 12:05am

Ocean View adopts proposed budget

The Ocean View Town Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to adopt the proposed 2010-fiscal-year budget and capital improvement plan.

Highlights of the budget include paying off the loan for the public safety building, at a savings of $82,...

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 3:23am

Local market offers health food for all

Although Good Earth Market has always accepted food stamps, they are just now advertising it on their marquee in front of their store, showing an increasing trend in recognizing the need to bring healthy foods to all people, regardless of income...

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 3:23am

Bethany Beach church to hold prayer vigil for peace

Bethany Beach Christian Church will be holding an Easter Prayer Vigil for Peace from 3 p.m. on Good Friday to 6 a.m. on Easter Sunday.

“Our focus this year for the church has been peace,” said explained organizer Bonnie Rae.


Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 3:23am

CIB stays neutral regarding PCS suit

Citing a desire to stay objective on the matter as a potential technical resource, the board of the Center for Inland Bays will not take a formal stand on Sussex County’s lawsuit against DNREC over buffers.

The lawsuit questions DNREC’s...

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 3:23am