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Delaware could be looking at some radical changes designed to simplify and improve educational funding, according to, from left, Neil Kirschling, Richard Morse and Mark Steele at a League of Women Voters forum.

Experts think it’s time for education funding reform

Lawsuit and legislators could decide what that means

It’s an important issue, and it’s complicated: how to pay for the education of young Delawareans who will make up the generations running the world in the years to come.

Delaware’s system of educational funding isn’t completely broken, but...

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 9:46pm

DNREC, Mountaire enter into agreements to address violations

The Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control announced this week that it had signed an agreement with Mountaire Farms of Delaware on Dec. 13 to resolve violations of spray-irrigation and land-application permits that were cited...

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 9:42pm

WEB EXTRA: Volunteers to pack meal boxes for Thanksgiving at Christmas

Volunteers will gather at Mountaire Farms in Selbyville at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17, to pack boxes of food the less fortunate will receive in time for Christmas.

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Monday, December 16, 2019 - 12:01pm

The annual Selbyville Christmas Parade made everyone there feel the holiday spirit on Friday, Dec. 6.

Everyone’s in the spirit

The annual Selbyville Christmas Parade made everyone there feel the holiday spirit on Friday, Dec. 6.

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant

Friday, December 13, 2019 - 8:08am

Resolution asks that Fenwick be involved in wind-farm talks

The proposed wind farm off the coast of Delaware, and improvements the wind farm developer is offering to make to Fenwick Island State Park in return for access to the park for a transmitting station, were the main focus of the Friday, Dec. 6,...

Friday, December 13, 2019 - 7:55am

Record-low turnout for Dagsboro Town Council election

Incumbents retain seats for new two-year terms

There will be no changes to the three Dagsboro Town Council seats that were up for grabs last Saturday, Dec. 7, in the municipal election held at the Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Company’s fire hall.

Incumbent council members Theresa Ulrich,...

Friday, December 13, 2019 - 7:52am

County council defers on Ocean View-area apartments

After hearing objections to a zoning change request that would permit a three-building apartment complex to be built near Ocean View, the Sussex County Council on Dec. 10 unanimously voted to postpone their vote until next week.

They are...

Friday, December 13, 2019 - 7:50am

Millsboro continuing town hall talks

The Millsboro Town Council planned to meet for a special session at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12, to continue discussing plans for a new town hall and relocation of the police department.

Council members also planned to determine the amount...

Friday, December 13, 2019 - 7:47am

Ocean View pedestrian-, bike-safety campaign to kick off in spring

A crab logo and the message “Arrive alive in DE” will be used in Ocean View’s new bicycle and pedestrian safety campaign, beginning in the spring.

The logo and message were finalized when the Town’s Planning, Zoning & Development staff...

Friday, December 13, 2019 - 7:45am

Dumpster situation creates divisions in Bishop’s Landing

In Millville, it seems, one man’s trash receptacle is another man’s nuisance.

On Tuesday, Dec. 10, the Millville Town Council approved a revision to the final site plan for Bishop’s Landing 1 and Bishop’s Landing 2 (formerly called Dove...

Friday, December 13, 2019 - 7:42am

Ocean View council works on draft capital improvement plan

Items considered for the first draft of the Capital Improvement Plan for Ocean View’s 2021-fiscal-year budget were discussed by the town council at their Tuesday, Dec. 10, meeting.

Dawn Mitchell Parks, town finance director, brought...

Friday, December 13, 2019 - 7:40am

Selbyville (and Sussex County) homeowners still eligible for housing help

Everyone wants a home that is safe, warm and fully livable. For anyone having trouble getting over that hump, or who finds themselves putting off truly necessary home repairs, Sussex County continues to offer help.

The entire goal of the...

Friday, December 13, 2019 - 7:34am

BREAKING NEWS: Man assaulted, robbed at gunpoint in Millsboro

The Delaware State Police this week were investigating an armed robbery that occurred Monday in Millsboro, in which a 59-year-old man was assaulted and robbed.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 8:49am

Four candidates vying for three spots on Dagsboro council

Election to be held on Saturday, Dec. 7

There are three seats on the line for the Dagsboro Town Council, and four individuals are looking to fill those chairs when the election is held this Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Department, located at 28331 Clayton Street....

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 11:04am

Ocean View police actively tackling local drug problem

In response to a drug raid in Ocean View involving the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration, and resulting in multiple arrests and the confiscation of more than 1,200 bags of suspected heroin, a local police department is...

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 11:01am

Artesian proposes purchase of Frankford water plant

The Frankford Town Council is planning to hold an informational meeting regarding the response it has received to its request for a proposal from Artesian Water Co.

Town Council President Joanne Bacon said the meeting, which would be open...

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 10:58am

Dine-and-donate to raise funds for Prettyman after fire

In the pre-dawn hours of Oct. 19, a wiring malfunction in Sandy Prettyman’s Dagsboro home started a fire. Before the night was over, her home was gutted, and she, her son and her granddaughter were left with little more than the clothes on their...

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 10:54am

Coastal Point • File Photo The annual tree-lighting in Bethany Beach has become a tradition.

Bethany turning into a Weekend Wonderland on Saturdays

For the next three Saturdays, Bethany Beach is rolling out the holiday carpet for shoppers, with a schedule of activities and special promotions designed to make the season bright.

The fun begins this Saturday, Dec. 7, with Holiday...

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 10:49am

Jersey Mike’s coming to Millsboro

Annexation near

Jersey Mike’s Subs will open in Millsboro this month.

The sign is already up at the future location of the sandwich shop, at 28662 Dupont Boulevard, in the same plaza as Starbucks, which opened several weeks ago.

Based in Manasquan...

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 10:40am

Millsboro to offer citizens’ police academy for local youth

Millsboro Police Chief Brian Calloway plans to offer a police academy for youth, on the heels of the successful adult course that began in October and attracted more than 20 participants.

The Millsboro Town Council, at their Nov. 4 meeting...

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 10:36am

Frankford police chief dives in on drug enforcement

One day after officially starting in his new position, Frankford Police Chief Laurence “Larry” Corrigan left the town council meeting with three approvals in his pocket — two for the sale of surplus equipment and one for equipping the Town’s...

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 10:35am

Plantation Lakes asks Millsboro to OK golf carts on town roads

Community wants approvals before streets are dedicated to Town

Millsboro officials are talking to state legislators about making a charter change to allow golf carts on town roads.

The matter was discussed at the Monday, Dec. 2, Millsboro Town Council meeting because a Lennar Homes representative was...

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 10:25am

Sussex County launches annual food drive for Caroling on The Circle

Sussex County government this week is kicking off its yearly food drive for community food banks, with plans to celebrate that effort during the 36th annual Caroling on The Circle event, set for 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, in downtown Georgetown....

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 9:26am

County urges public to prepare for winter weather hazards

The Sussex County Emergency Operations Center this week reminded the public that hazard preparation is a must before any season, whether it’s ahead of hurricane season, which ended in November, or the nor’easter season that typically runs from...

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 9:23am

Members of the Ocean View Town Council and the community go over the 2020 draft Comprehensive Plan update.

Ocean View offers comp-plan info at Dec. 2 event

The Town of Ocean View held a launch event at town hall on Dec. 2, titled Comp Plan & Cookies. Town officials said the event drew a full house of interested residents who were able to view workboards from the Town’s many outreach events that...

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 9:21am

Redistricting an option if IRSD referendum fails

Vote planned for February 2020

For a school district with two high schools, students and graduates can sometimes be fiercely proud of having attended either the northern or southern schools and to see their children do the same. But it’s not realistic that Sussex Central High...

Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 2:08pm

Volunteers packed the Mountaire Farms location in Selbyville on Monday, Nov. 25, to help families in need for the holidays.

Thanksgiving for Thousands

After welcoming hundreds of volunteers who arrived at Mountaire Farms in Selbyville on Monday morning to pack Thanksgiving boxes for the less fortunate, Roger Marino flashed a smile, raised his arm and said, “Here we go, folks. Start your engines...

Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 2:01pm

Corrections officer David West and Sgt. Barry Wheatley of the Millsboro Police Department man the rotisserie outside the Millsboro Volunteer Fire Company on Monday, Nov. 25, containing 48 chickens that will be part of meals delivered to first-responders throughout Sussex County on Thanksgiving Day. The meals are provided to police officers, corrections officers, firefighters and other first-responders who are working on Thanksgiving Day.

Blessings for Badges brings meals to first-responders

Across Sussex County, as families sit down to Thanksgiving dinner, hundreds of chairs will be empty at their tables — because emergencies don’t take the day off and some first-responders must work during the holiday to keep the community safe....

Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 1:50pm

South Bethany barricade challenged, Town focuses on safety

South Bethany’s traffic barricade may carry the weight of law, but that doesn’t mean everyone likes it. Every summer morning, to control traffic on the narrow residential streets of the Cat Hill neighborhood, cars are forbidden from entering...

Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 1:46pm

Ocean View to host Comp Plan & Cookies event Dec. 2

Ocean View residents can comment on, and ask questions about, the Town’s comprehensive plan, currently being updated, at Comp Plan & Cookies, scheduled for 6 p.m. on...

Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 1:44pm

Millsboro Citizens’ Police Academy class nears graduation

Classmates who completed the Millsboro Police Department’s Citizens’ Police Academy will graduate this week, at a ceremony at town hall.

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Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 1:42pm

The Santa’s Letters mailbox is up at the Malones' home in Dagbsoro. This year there are additional mailboxes at Myriad Toys & Gifts in Dagsboro, Vogue Salon in Fenwick Island and the Selbyville Public Library.

Santa’s Letters kicks off holiday help efforts for second season

The mailbox is up!

Those who followed the story of Santa’s Letters last year will know exactly what that means. A Dagsboro family — Kristina, Sean and Jackson Malone — have again activated their charity, Santa’s Letters, which last year...

Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 12:55pm

Wreaths Across America volunteers place evergreen wreaths at the grave sites of veterans’ back in 2014.

Volunteers to place wreaths at veterans’ cemetery in Millsboro

Veterans laid to rest in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro will be honored with remembrance wreaths placed on their graves and at the end of rows of vaulted cremains during Wreaths Across America, an annual event designed to...

Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 12:52pm

James Showell, 48, of Ocean View

BREAKING NEWS: OVPD, DEA arrest four in Ocean View drug-sales investigation

 

The Ocean View Police Department announced on Tuesday that they had, in a joint effort with the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA),...

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - 6:43pm

The Indian River High School field hockey team received a hero’s sendoff on Saturday, Nov. 16, as they departed to take on Delmar in the program’s first-ever state championship game. Delmar, the defending three-time state champion, topped the Indians, 6-3. Turn to page 73 for more on the game, and some words from a big fan of the team, Point reporter Jason Feather.

Team inspires community

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert

The Indian River High School field hockey team received a hero’s sendoff on Saturday, Nov. 16, as they departed to take on Delmar in the program’s first-ever state championship game. Delmar, the defending...

Friday, November 22, 2019 - 12:11pm

County P&Z gives approval for apartment complex

A 45-unit apartment complex proposed for the Muddy Neck Road area in Ocean View has been recommended for approval by the county’s Planning & Zoning Commission, despite strong objection from neighbors who wrote hundreds of letters of...

Friday, November 22, 2019 - 12:06pm

Selbyville zoning change only sounds complicated

The Selbyville Town Council is trying to close some loopholes with changes to their zoning code.

Every zoning district has uses by right, from the residential district to the historic business  district and the industrial park, and...

Friday, November 22, 2019 - 11:49am

Maxine Meyer of Ocean View examines a rendering of what proposed wind turbines would look like from the Bethany Beach boardwalk following an informational meeting at Indian River High School on Tuesday, Nov. 19.

Public poses questions about proposed wind-farm project

Members of the public filled the auditorium at Indian River High School on Tuesday, Nov. 19, for an informational meeting regarding the proposed Skipjack Wind Farm project and related proposals for a transmission facility and improvements at...

Friday, November 22, 2019 - 11:47am

Fenwick adopts sustainability plan for town’s future

When planning for the future, not everything has to be about growth. In adopting the new Fenwick Island Community Sustainability Plan, the town council is planning for the continued health and vibrancy of Fenwick Island.

According to DNREC...

Friday, November 22, 2019 - 11:44am

Ocean View is paying to repair damage, and to remove and replace siding, on the Wallace A. Melson Municipal Building.

Ocean View approves bid to repair damage on Melson building

The Town of Ocean View will spend $324,000 to repair damage and to remove and replace siding on the Wallace A. Melson Municipal Building.

Because no one oversaw construction and the original siding was nailed to the concrete block with...

Friday, November 22, 2019 - 11:42am

Millsboro council approves design for new town hall

Following months of discussion and special meetings, the Millsboro Town Council has unanimously approved a new, two-story town hall, designed with a barn feel and featuring the symbolic mill wheel outside.

It will be built at what town...

Friday, November 22, 2019 - 11:39am

Dagsboro continues Main Street electrical wiring replacement

Dagsboro is continuing to replace aging electrical wiring throughout the town, approving repairs at its Monday, Nov. 18, town council meeting for what Town Administrator Cynthia Brought called “the worst” section.

The council voted to...

Friday, November 22, 2019 - 11:36am

Millsboro council approves hiring of new police officer

The Millsboro Town Council, at their special meeting on Thursday, Nov. 14, authorized Police Chief Brian Calloway to begin the process of hiring another officer.

“This is to set the stage — depending on what the Indian River School...

Friday, November 22, 2019 - 11:23am

Mark Wong and Jerry Valme, of Hip Hop Fundamentals, interact with kids at Lord Baltimore Elementary School on Thursday, Nov. 7, as part of a drug summit to reach children at a young age.

A summit for our kids

A child’s job, hip hop artist Mark Wong theorized, is to enjoy life.

“Can you do that if you’re on drugs?” he asked an energetic group of youngsters gathered in the gym at Lord Baltimore Elementary School for the Youth Drug Summit last...

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 11:52am

County approves lodging tax

The Sussex County Council this week unanimously approved imposing a 3-percent lodging tax in unincorporated areas of the county, effective in January.

The tax will be on hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts and other lodging accommodations...

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 11:49am

Hocker and Gray hosting wind-farm meeting

In the wake of increasing concerns over plans for a wind farm off the coast of Delaware and a connected project at the Fenwick Island State Park, two state legislators are hosting an informational meeting next week.

State Sen. Gerald...

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 11:48am

Community conversations will discuss why students apply to Tech

By Laura Walter
Staff Reporter

Anyone who attended, applied to or has other ties to Sussex Technical High School is invited to share their perspective.

“The University of Delaware’s Institute for Public Administration is...

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 11:43am

South Bethany gets permission for Route 1 bike racks

By Laura Walter
Staff Reporter

Parking space is at a premium in South Bethany, even for bicycles. After months of researching the topic, the town’s Planning Commission made its first round of recommendations to safely increase bicycle...

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 11:41am

Millsboro continues discussion of municipal building swap

Costs, mobility for police are key talking points

The Millsboro Town Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14, for the fourth session dedicated to the future of Town Hall and the police department.

When the Council met for the third session on Oct. 3, the consensus was building...

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 11:39am

Millville council passes new ‘clean hands’ ordinance

Millville Town Council passed a “clean hands” ordinance at its Tuesday, Nov. 12 meeting — and it has nothing to do with hand sanitizer or washing hands before returning to work.

The ordinance addresses situations where a developer or a...

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 11:38am