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Trap Pond Fall Festival to feature carnival fun

CHEER’s 2019 Trap Pond Fall Festival will have a carnival atmosphere. Taking place at Trap Pond State Park, east of Laurel, on Friday, Sept. 6, games and activities will run from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Leading the carnival entertainment at...

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 1:41pm

Sussex County begins issuing annual property tax bills

Sussex County taxpayers will have a clear sign in the days ahead that summer is nearing its end, as tax bills for the 2020 fiscal year begin their annual trek to mailboxes and inboxes alike.

Each August, Sussex County government issues...

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 1:38pm

Coons addresses immigration, healthcare concerns at town-hall meeting

Illegal immigration, the high cost of prescription drugs and gun violence dominated the conversation when U.S. Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) hosted a town hall meeting in Milford last week.

Dressed in navy blue slacks, a blue shirt with...

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 1:00pm

The Freeman Stage will celebrate the end of the summer season with a performance by the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra and fireworks on Saturday, Aug. 31.

Freeman Stage to wrap up 2019 season with MSO, Arts & Jazz Festival


As September nears, the Freeman Stage is preparing to celebrate its final events of the 2019 season.

The annual Labor Day celebration with Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra and fireworks will take place Saturday, Aug. 31. The...

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 12:59pm

Good Earth Market will hold an outdoor art festival on Saturday, Aug. 31, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This photo was taken during the spring festival in 2015.

Outdoor art festival returning to Good Earth Market

Art, food and drink will take center stage at the Good Earth Market’s semi-annual Arts & Crafts Festival during Labor Day weekend.

More than 20 artists and vendors will return to Clarksville on Saturday, Aug. 31, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m...

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 12:55pm

G&E Hocker’s donated $5,000 to representatives of the Alzheimer’s Assocation Delaware Valley Chapter on Monday, Aug. 19.

G&E Hocker’s donates $5,000 to Alzheimer’s Association

Another annual Forget-Me-Not sales campaign hosted by G&E Hocker’s Supermarkets brought in $5,000. Hocker’s donated the proceeds to representatives of the Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter during a check presentation on Aug. 19...

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 12:53pm

Child-centered nonprofits invited to apply for Moms Club funds

The Moms Club of Coastal Delaware is seeking child-centered certified nonprofit organizations in Sussex County to apply to receive funds from the 14th Annual Children’s Consignment Sale, to be held Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 12 and 13, in the Cape...

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 12:51pm

VFW essay contest asks: ‘What the Vietnam Wall means to Me’

It is the legacy of this great country, and its sacred duty to pass on the history and the lessons of America’s story to each new generation. An integral part of that story is the Vietnam Memorial Wall, which honors and will honor into perpetuity...

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 12:49pm

Music School of Delaware Suzuki Academy members to perform with MSO

The Music School of Delaware announced that Southern Delaware members of its Suzuki Academy will join the Mid-Atlantic Symphony in performance at The Freeman Stage on Saturday, Aug. 31.

Organized by Milford Branch Director Amos Fayette,...

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 12:41pm

Carper encourages students, recent grads to apply for fall internship

U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) this week highlighted the Sept. 6 deadline for applications to intern in his Delaware and Washington, D.C., offices.

The paid internship program in Carper’s office is an opportunity for students and recent...

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 12:39pm

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman weekend set for Sept. 20-22

Delaware’s 2019 Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program is set for the weekend of Sept. 20-22 at Lums Pond State Park near Bear, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced this week, with 2019 marking the 21st year the state has hosted...

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 12:38pm

Financial Peace University offered at Salem UMC

Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University (FPU) will start a session at Salem United Methodist Church in Selbyville on Sept. 17, running nine weeks, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. each Tuesday.

“Millions of people have gone through Dave Ramsey’s...

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 12:18pm

Elton John up next for Ocean Pines Players

With an eight-week run of an original play on the Ocean City, Md., boardwalk behind them, where they paid tribute to the women pioneers who they said all but made Ocean City the thriving resort town it is today, the Ocean Pines Players (OPP) will...

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 12:16pm

Children’s book ‘My Name is Aida’ arrives at local stores

“My Name is Aida,” an illustrated children’s book about one of the most controversial issues of the day, has arrived at the Delmarva beaches. The story, about an unaccompanied minor who came to the United States as a young child, is now available...

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 12:15pm

Department of Correction initiates review of correctional healthcare system

Delaware Department of Correction (DOC) Commissioner Claire DeMatteis announced this week that the department had initiated an independent review of its medical and behavioral healthcare systems as it seeks recommendations to strengthen clinical...

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 12:13pm

Town hall meeting to focus on Delmarva immigrants

The Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice (SDARJ) will present “The Immigration Crisis: Stories from the Front Line” at their Sept. 10 town hall meeting. A panel of diverse speakers will describe some of the challenges that immigrants...

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 12:11pm

The Maryland Banking school graduated both Melissa von Bank and Amy Catlin on Aug. 9.

Catlin, von Bank graduate from Maryland Banking School

Reid Tingle, president and CEO of Bank of Ocean City, along with the bank’s Board of Directors, announced this week that Melissa von Bank, branch manager of the Fenwick Island branch, and Amy Catlin, internal auditor, recently graduated from...

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 12:10pm

Delaware District Gov. Kenny Vincent congratulates Linda St. Clair after she is installed as Fenwick Island Lions Club president for 2019-2020.

New FI Lions Club officers installed

An installation ceremony was held on Aug. 19 at Harpoon Hannah’s near Fenwick Island, for incoming officers of the Fenwick Island Lions Club. Delaware District Gov. Kenny Vincent (Dewey Beach Lions Club) installed both the club officers and board...

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 11:24am

Delaware District Gov. Kenny Vincent congratulates Linda St. Clair after she is installed as Fenwick Island Lions Club president for 2019-2020.

New FI Lions Club officers installed

An installation ceremony was held on Aug. 19 at Harpoon Hannah’s near Fenwick Island, for incoming officers of the Fenwick Island Lions Club. Delaware District Gov. Kenny Vincent (Dewey Beach Lions Club) installed both the club officers and board...

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 11:23am

DNREC and other local officials are concerned with boaters ignoring ‘Slow/No Wake’ signs, impacting the local environment and potentially putting people at risk.

Boaters ignore — or are ignorant of — boating rules

There’s a time and place for speeding boats. Sure, it can be fun to zoom along the open water — but ignoring the “Slow/No Wake” signs can cause a wave of trouble.

“Most folks come down, and they go in the boat, they have no regard for the...

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 1:39pm

Maneri aims to retain Millville’s quaintness, get locals involved

Steve Maneri has one Millville Town Council meeting as mayor under his belt, but he’s still getting used to the position.

Maneri was elevated from deputy-mayor to mayor following the departure of former mayor Robert Gordon last month. In...

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 1:37pm

Community gathers to mourn for three kids killed in fire

The 4-year-old twin sisters and their 18-month-old cousin killed in a Long Neck house fire on Aug. 7 were to be honored at a memorial service on Thursday afternoon, Aug. 22.

The service for Skylar Marie Marchuk, her twin sister Veronica...

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 1:34pm

Sussex Tech seeks replacement of 60-year-old school

The Sussex Technical School District has spent millions of dollars renovating a 60-year-old school building. They have added wings, piecemeal, over the decades, and they still have some students in 20-year-old “temporary” classrooms. Moreover,...

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 1:32pm

Daycare employee rescues 1-year-old after fall into septic tank

The 1-year-old girl who fell into an open septic tank at Cozy Critters Child Care near Millville last week, and was rescued by a quick-acting employee, is being described as “very lucky” by the man who assisted in the rescue.

The child was...

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 1:30pm

South Bethany talks parking enforcement, town hall reno

This winter, the South Bethany Town Council hopes to iron out the final details for implementing town-wide parking permits, which will go into effect on all roads in the summer of 2020.

Although the plan was approved in 2018, the Town...

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 1:29pm

Crabalina Beer Mixer to benefit Ball 4 All, local youth

What could be better than crabs and beer on a late summer evening? How about all of that, for the benefit of local children?

The Crabalina Beer Mixer, set for Sept. 14, will benefit the Ball 4 All Foundation, a local organization that...

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 1:28pm

Hardy and his partner, Ocean View Police Cpl. Justin Hopkins, are a crime-fighting tandem in town.

K9 Hardy on the job in Ocean View

There’s a little paw print stamped in Ocean View Police Cpl. Justin Hopkins’ wedding band — a symbol of his affection for his police dog, Hardy.

Of course, the wedding band symbolizes his cherished marriage, and dedication to his wife, but...

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 1:27pm

CHEER grant to help feed pets via Meals on Wheels effort

CHEER Inc. this week announced that it has received a grant for $2,500 from Meals on Wheels’ pet initiative, Meals on Wheels (MOW) Loves Pets.

“This initiative is just another way that Meals on Wheels can deliver so much more than just a...

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 12:03pm

Chocolate Tasting celebrating 13th year, Sept. 7

It has been said that there’s nothing better than a good friend, except a good friend with chocolate. 

Saturday, Sept. 7, is the date of the 13th Annual Chocolate Tasting, sponsored by the Friends of Cape Henlopen State Park, and held at...

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 11:58am

Volunteers and dignitaries celebrate the work already accomplished as they continue pressing toward a community center.

'What we knew in our hearts'

Richard Allen School added to National Register

This summer, when a 96-year-old schoolhouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places, it was a celebration of community, but also a reminder that Delaware long resisted racial equality for schoolchildren.

In Georgetown, the...

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 11:42am

Indian River School District to host open houses

Schools in the Indian River School District will host a series of open houses during the months of August and September.

Open houses are designed to allow students and parents to meet teachers and staff, view class lists and tour school...

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 11:36am

Delaware State police launches annual Operation BACKpack Project

The Delaware State Police Community Outreach Unit has established a program to assist elementary school-aged children in need with the necessities for school. Troopers are asking for help with any donations to fill each child’s back-pack with...

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 11:35am

SoDel Cares, the philanthropic arm of SoDel Concepts, recently donated $2,000 to Surfers Healing, which uses surfing to enrich the lives of people with autism. Lindsey Barry, controller for SoDel Concepts, presents the check to Kelly and Dale Loeser, the owners of Quiet Storm, who help coordinate local Surfers Healing activities.

SoDel Cares donates $2,000 to Surfers Healing

SoDel Cares, the philanthropic arm of the hospitality group SoDel Concepts, recently donated $2,000 to Surfers Healing, which holds volunteer-staffed surf camps for more than 4,500 children with autism.

Organizers noted that children with...

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 11:34am

From October 3rd to the 6th, “The Wall that Heals,” a three-quarter replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, will be on display in Ocean View.  Large-scale replica of Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall coming to VFW Post 7234 in October

Wall that Heals headed to Ocean View

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7234 in Ocean View has been selected to host “The Wall that Heals,” a three-quarter scale travelling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. The exhibit will be on display for the visiting...

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 11:32am

Historic Coastal Towns Cottage & Walking Tour set for Oct. 12

On Saturday, Oct. 12, the public can get a glimpse of early life in South Bethany, as six historic cottages, and the Town’s Walking Tour of historic signs, will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tourgoers can see the oceanfront...

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 11:09am

Jayden Wilkerson shows off of his costume, flanked by Bethany Beach Police Department officers Kenny Haynes, left, and Patrick Foley, right, at a previous Cops & Goblins.

Cops & Goblins to mark fifth year on Oct. 26

Guests attending the fifth annual Cops & Goblins Halloween celebration can masquerade in costume and enjoy free cheeseburgers and slices of pizza, but perhaps most important is the lesson for children — that police officers are their friends...

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 11:07am

In October, ‘The Sky’s the Limit’ at Gallery One

This month’s theme at Gallery One has a sky-high limit! The title of this month’s exhibit, “The Sky’s the Limit,” has as its origin a poker metaphor originating in the 1900s. Yes, according to Gallery One representatives, sky-high stakes poker is...

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 11:04am

At the 2018 G.W. Carver school supply drive, from left, Carver Academy School Counselor Whitney Price, state Sen. Gerald Hocker and Past Rotary Club President Regan Roberts, gather with student volunteers from Lord Baltimore Elementary School.

Rotary Club, Hocker’s to collect school supplies for G.W. Carver Academy

The Southern Sussex Rotary Club and Hocker’s Super Center are once again teaming up to host a school-supply fundraiser for the G.W. Carver Academy in Frankford.

The event will take place on Saturday, Aug. 31, from 10 a.m. to noon at Hocker...

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 10:55am

Nearly 500 runners and walkers competed in the 2018 Run, White & Blue 5K run/1-mile walk. The 2019 Run, White & Blue 5K run/1-mile walk will take place on Thursday, Sept. 5, at Delaware Tech’s Owens Campus in Georgetown, and benefits scholarships for veterans and first-responders.

DelTech’s Annual Run, White & Blue 5K/1-mile walk set for Sept. 5

Event benefits Owens Campus veterans’ and first-responders’ scholarships

The sixth annual Run, White & Blue 5K run and 1-mile walk will be held Thursday, Sept. 5, at Delaware Technical Community College’s Owens Campus in Georgetown, benefitting scholarships for veterans and first-responders.


Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 10:24am

IRSD locks down school choice in nearly all schools

School choice is not a guarantee.

Indian River School District officials made that statement loud and clear in July, when the school board rejected school choice applications to all but three schools.

With that shift, if families...

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 1:40pm

Community supporting family of children killed in Long Neck fire

As the investigation continues to determine the cause of the house fire that killed three children — 4-year-old twins and their 18-month-old cousin — money continues to be donated to help their two young mothers, sisters who lived together in Pot...

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 1:14pm

Parkside community receives site-plan approval in Millville

A new development with 92 single-family homes received final site-plan approval from the Millville Town Council at its Tuesday, Aug. 13, meeting.

The Parkside community will be located off Windmill Drive and, as its name indicates, will be...

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 1:13pm

The River to host Back to School Bash

In anticipation of the first day of classes for local students, The River church is hosting its third annual Back to School Bash.

Planned for 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Wesleyan church near the intersection of Routes 17 and...

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 1:08pm

Steve Maneri is Millville's new mayor.

Millville elevates Maneri to mayoral seat after Gordon departs

Millville has a new mayor. As of Tuesday, Aug. 13, former deputy mayor Steve Maneri has taken over the reins of the town’s government.

The council voted at its regular monthly meeting to elevate Maneri to the post, which became vacant with...

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 1:07pm

Workers dredge the Assawoman Canal in 2006. DNREC is conducting a study to prioritize future dredging projects, and is looking for the public’s help.

Survey says: DNREC wants to know where to dredge

With just a three-minute online survey, people can share their inland bays priorities with the Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control (DNREC).

Money is tight, but demand is high for dredging projects in the...

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 1:06pm

New mini-golf business requests variance

Construction is expected to begin in November on Shipwrecked Mini Golf & Ice Cream, with plans for the mini-golf course to open in the spring of 2020. First, though, a variance has to be approved by the Ocean View Board of Adjustment. The...

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 12:58pm

Millsboro town hall, PD plans still on the drawing board

As plans continue to be developed for a new town hall in Millsboro, and more space for the overcrowded police department, the town council will meet early next month to review revised proposals and reduced costs from two architectural firms....

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 12:56pm

Bethany Beach to hold council election Sept. 7

Bethany Beach town council elections will be held on Saturday, Sept. 7, from noon to 6 p.m., with voting at town hall. There are three council seats up for election this year, each with a two-year term.

The seats up for election in 2019...

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 12:55pm

New program will send paramedics to visit COPD patients at home

The Sussex County Council on Tuesday voted in favor of entering into Delaware’s first “mobile integrated healthcare” program to assist patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD.

The 12-month pilot program, free and...

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 12:54pm

Frankford library to offer ‘Resume Rescue’ workshops on Aug. 22, 29

The Frankford Public Library is partnering with Google and several national organizations to offer a pair of workshops that will give community members a chance to update their résumés.

The “Resume Rescue” workshops will be held on...

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 12:53pm