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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

Shoppers Sandy Stewart (right) and Yolanda Nock (center) shop for toiletries while Maya Maine (far left) checks out lip balm at the 2015 Holiday Expo.

Frankford fire hall hosting annual Holiday Expo event

The annual Holiday Expo at the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company is “our biggest one yet,” according to one of its organizers, offering more than 30 vendors and crafters as well as baked goods and of course, the Ladies’ Auxiliary’s famous chicken...

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 11:27am

Selbyville businesses to meet Nov. 12 to form coalition

Selbyville’s downtown used to be a bustling hub of clothing stores, strawberry auctions, railroad and more. Today, business owners want to make Selbyville a destination once again.

There will be a public meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 4 p...

Monday, November 11, 2019 - 2:23pm

Veterans honor colors at the Mason-Dixon VFW Post 7234 in Ocean View at a past Veterans Day celebration.

Honoring our veterans

Veterans Day gratitude, from fellow vets to public transit

It’s been a century since the U.S. created a holiday to honor military veterans.

When World War I was nearing an end, a 1918 truce began “at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.” From then on, the U.S. has honored veterans with...

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 2:51pm

Selbyville librarylooking at $3.68M in state building funds

It’s a picturesque, historically-significant building, but how long can the Selbyville Public Library operate from a house that wasn’t designed to be a 21st-century public library?

The library has passed its first hurdle toward getting...

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 2:48pm

Route 113 southbound rerouted in Millsboro

As DelDOT repair work continues on the Iron Branch Bridge in Millsboro, drivers on southbound Route 113 are being detoured, and Millsboro police are directing traffic at least until the end of this week.

Millsboro Police Chief Brian...

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 2:47pm

Bethany delves into renovation and rehab projects

Despite coming up short on bidders on a planned renovation to the Town’s beachside comfort station, Bethany Beach officials will proceed with a limited set of improvement to the structure, which also houses the beach patrol headquarters.

...

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 2:45pm

Millsboro officials declare Halloween event a success

Millsboro Police Chief Brian Calloway, at the Millsboro Town Council meeting on Monday, Nov. 4, pronounced the Oct. 31 town Halloween event at town hall a success.

He thanked Mayor Michelle Truitt for attending and helping officers as they...

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 2:44pm

Balloon releases get eliminated by County

By Susan Canfora
Staff Reporter

The Sussex County Council last week passed a resolution designed to eliminate balloon releases at celebratory events.

Proposed by Councilman Irwin G. “I.G.” Burton, the resolution is the result...

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 2:36pm

Ocean View plans scaled-up holiday event

By Susan Canfora
Staff Reporter

Like Santa’s scurrying elves, Ocean View town officials have been busy planning the first Old Town Holiday Market & Tree Lighting, a larger and more festive celebration than events of past years....

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 2:31pm

Feral kitten in Ocean View tests positive for rabies

Delaware’s Division of Public Health (DPH) on Nov. 5 advised Ocean View residents who reside in the Plantation Park community of a positive case of rabies in a feral kitten that came into contact with a human.

According to DPH, the...

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 2:17pm

Race to Find Ace expands statewide

Every Sunday, Ace’s loving owners invited him to share in the family breakfast and cooked scrambled eggs for him.

“He’s slightly spoiled,” said Nicole Peterdozzi, co-owner of the 5-year-old Labrador retriever who darted out of his Ocean...

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 1:43pm

A delicate rain fell over the IRHS parking lot as students met their local fire companies.

Local companies bring fire recruitment to Indian River

Almost everyone’s local fire companies rolled into Indian River High School this week. Six volunteer fire companies visited IR to describe the job and encourage volunteerism in the community.

Weather permitting, every IR student would...

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 1:41pm

BREAKING NEWS: Feral kitten in Ocean View tests positive for rabies

Delaware’s Division of Public Health (DPH) on Nov. 5 advised Ocean View residents who reside in the Plantation Park community of a positive case of rabies in a feral kitten...

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - 5:49pm

The Ocean View Police Department hosted training last week to help officers tend to injured K-9 companions. Pictured, from left, are Sally Dickinson of the Veterinary Tactical Group, Raushan Rich of the University of Delaware Police Department and Troy Bowden of the Ocean View Police Department. Also pictured is a stuffed dog for them to train with — so, no animals were harmed in the process of taking this photo, or conducting training.

K-9 caregiving

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant

The Ocean View Police Department hosted training last week to help officers tend to injured K-9 companions. Pictured, from left, are Sally Dickinson of the Veterinary Tactical Group, Raushan Rich of the...

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 11:04am

Opposition growing to proposed wind farm

Opposition to plans for onshore transmission facilities at Fenwick Island State Park for the proposed Skipjack offshore wind farm project is growing in the weeks following a public presentation on the project and its potential impact on the state...

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 10:51am

County considers a 3 percent lodging tax

A public hearing will be held next month to accept public comment on a proposed Sussex County Council ordinance allowing implementation of a lodging tax of up to 3 percent in unincorporated areas of the county.

Last summer, a bill was...

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 10:48am

IRSD again given preliminary approval to build new school

Government funding is tight, which means the Delaware Department of Education is only willing to sponsor the most pressing of construction projects.

For the second consecutive year, the DOE acknowledged Indian River School District’s rapid...

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 10:44am

Elementary-school students to participate in drug summit

About 200 students in fourth and fifth grades at Lord Baltimore Elementary School in Ocean View will participate in a day-long Youth Drug Summit on Thursday, Nov. 7.

Topics during the event, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., will include health...

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 10:30am

The newest face on the Frankford Town Council is Jimmy Sample, right, who took the oath of office in September, joining the council after the resignation of Velicia Melson.

Sample brings lifelong love of his town to Frankford council

The newest face on the Frankford Town Council is anything but new to anyone who’s been around town for more than five minutes.

Jimmy Sample took the oath of office in September, joining the council after the resignation of Velicia Melson...

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 9:55am

Deb Barber, left, asks DNREC's Michael Powell about the Massey's Ditch dredging project.

Public share dredging concerns, learn about Massey’s project

Adults kept reaching for the shiny star-shaped stickers, then placing them firmly on a large map of coastal Delaware. They were marking the most important inland waterways that they believe need dredging or ongoing maintenance.

As Delaware...

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 9:51am

South Bethany mulls speed limit reduction, wireless antennas, town hall renovation

Over the course of two days, Oct. 10 and 11, the South Bethany Town Council met for a total of 5.5 hours, and they covered major ground.

To enhance road safety, Police Chief Jason Lovins has suggested lowering the speed limit on all town-...

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 9:47am

Rainy Halloween forecast splits local trick-or-treat times

It’s a holiday where people freely give candy to whomever knocks on their door. As local residents prepared for Halloween 2019 this week, the Delaware State Police reminded families, drivers and those handing out treats to...

Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 2:04pm

Web Extra: Bethany to purchase Walcek property for $1.4M

Wetland-containing parcel to be ‘maintained in its natural state’

The Bethany Beach Town Council voted unanimously at its Oct. 18 meeting to purchase a 12.53-acre parcel of land — described as the last large parcel of open space remaining in...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 4:20pm

Garfield Parkway in Bethany Beach has been taken over by some bony-looking maintenance folks. Don’t worry — they’re just helping to prepare the town for the Wags, Witches & Warlocks event, set for Saturday, Oct. 26.

Gather the Ghouls

Coastal Point • Kerin Magill

Garfield Parkway in Bethany Beach has been taken over by some bony-looking maintenance folks. Don’t worry — they’re just helping to prepare the town for the Wags, Witches & Warlocks event, set for Saturday...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 4:13pm