TRAFFIC ALERT: Route 1 to close near Indian River bridge, in both directions, 7 p.m. Wednesday to noon Thursday

Delaware’s Department of Transportation has announced that beginning this evening, Wednesday, Nov. 2, there will be a shift in traffic patterns on Route 1 just north of the Indian River Inlet Bridge. The shift will be implemented to ensure...

Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 8:05am

TRAFFIC ALERT: Route 1 near Inlet to close at 9 p.m.

Both the northbound and southbound lanes of Route 1, near the Indian River Inlet will close at approximately 9 p.m. tonight, due to high storm tides, report  officials from the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT).

Neither the...

Saturday, October 29, 2011 - 10:33am

Millsboro study to look at origins of cancer cluster near plant

In a chemical-laden world – from the cosmetics women wear and the chemicals in dry cleaning to the more obvious pollutants, such as smoke stacks and cigarettes – it is easy to get exposed to something dangerous. What’s not as easy is knowing if...

Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 8:48am

Suspects linked to five burglaries in Plantation Park

Delaware State Police Troop 4 Property Unit detectives this week charged a Frankford man and woman in connection with five residential burglaries that took place Wednesday evening, Oct. 19, in Plantation Park, west of Ocean View.

The DSP...

Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 4:49am

Indian River Inlet project set to bridge the gap

It’s getting a lot harder for people driving across the Indian River Inlet Bridge to see through the gap between north and south sides of the new bridge as they drive past, with the time for the final concrete pour of the project nearing and just...

Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 7:53am

Frankford’s Community Heart Fair aims to educate, screen on Saturday

Beebe Medical Center will host the Community Heart Fair at the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company’s fire hall on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

There will be activities for adults and...

Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 4:16am

Frankford drafts franchise agreement with utility

The Frankford Town Council approved a draft franchise agreement between the Town and Chesapeake Utilities this week.

Council members and residents first heard from representatives of Chesapeake Utilities in March about a possible franchise...

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 3:40pm

Police Beat-- Frankford

State trooper pleads guilty to harassment

Delaware State Police trooper Ryan J. Mitchell, 36, of Frankford, pled guilty last month to one count each of Harassment and Misuse of a Computer in connection with unwanted and unsolicited contact...

Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 4:31am

Frankford library working to triple its size, and more

At the Frankford Public Library, tons of resources and information is packed into a pretty small space. And while Frankford itself is a small town, the 19945 ZIP code and the number of people who identify their home as Frankford are quite large...

Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 4:57am

State’s first-ever hurricane leaves damage, flooding in its wake

Coastal Delaware began its recovery from Hurricane Irene as torrential rains and gale-force winds cleared on Sunday morning, dealing generally with localized flooding and power outages, as well as downed trees and broken limbs – a considerably...

Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 3:35am

Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - 7:02am

BREAKING NEWS: Area begins recovery from Hurricane Irene, with mostly minor damage reported

Coastal Delaware began its recovery from Hurricane Irene on Sunday, dealing with localized flooding and power outages, as well as downed trees and broken limbs. Gov. Jack Markell lifted a travel ban and evacuation orders for at-risk areas as of...

Sunday, August 28, 2011 - 2:50pm

BREAKING NEWS: Power remains out in Bethany, parts of Ocean View; no damage to boardwalk, OV homes

From Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin (7 a.m. Sunday):

At this time, no damage to property has been reported in Ocean View.  Power outage remains east of West Avenue in Ocean View and throughout Bethany Beach.

Reports from the...

Sunday, August 28, 2011 - 1:33am

BREAKING NEWS: Power outages, flooding continue; police enforcing travel restrictions

From Ocean View Police Department (11:45 p.m.):

Over the past hour, winds and rain subsided.  Police patrols were initiated and all roadways in town are reported to be open.  Power is still out on the east side of West Avenue and in...

Saturday, August 27, 2011 - 6:35pm

BREAKING NEWS: Non-emergency travel prohibited after 6 p.m., Level 2 restrictions go into effect

Level 2 driving restrictions will be in place in Sussex County starting at 6 p.m.; then in Kent County starting from 8 p.m.; and in New Castle County starting from 10 p.m. This means that non-emergency travel will be prohibited.   Those who are...

Saturday, August 27, 2011 - 11:27am

BREAKING NEWS: Indian River Inlet Bridge closing, tornado warning briefly issued, more safety information released

Indian River Inlet Bridge closing, conditions deteriorating as Irene approaches

As conditions across Delmarva have started to deteriorate with the approach of Hurricane Irene, the Delaware Department of Transportation has announced that...

Saturday, August 27, 2011 - 9:47am

BREAKING NEWS: Evacuation-zone residents should be out now; conditions worsening ahead of Irene's arrival

Hurricane Irene begins making its way into Sussex County
Those evacuating at-risk areas should be out; conditions will worsen quickly as day progresses

The first effects of Hurricane Irene are beginning to spiral into Sussex County...

Saturday, August 27, 2011 - 4:32am

WEATHER ALERT: Hurricane warning, flood watch in place as Irene looms

The National Weather Service has issued a Hurricane Warning and Flood Watch for the area, as Hurricane Irene comes ashore and heads toward Delmarva. The storm has been downgraded to a Category 1 storm, but it remains near Category 2 strength,...

Saturday, August 27, 2011 - 3:02am

BREAKING NEWS: Evacuation of Sussex County continues, those within .75 miles of water must leave now

The evacuation of Sussex County’s most vulnerable areas continued Friday evening as Hurricane Irene, now slightly weaker but still a very dangerous storm, remained on a collision course with the eastern United States, including Sussex County and...

Friday, August 26, 2011 - 3:49pm

BREAKING NEWS: Mandatory evacuation for communities within 3/4-mile of water

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell has declared a mandatory evacuation for much of the Coastal Point readership area. Everyone in towns including Fenwick Island, Bethany Beach, North Bethany, Dewey Beach, Rehoboth Beach, Lewes, Long Neck, Oak Orchard,...

Friday, August 26, 2011 - 6:59am

WEATHER ALERT: DEMA -- Review emergency plans, supplies, monitor weather, surf conditions

As of a final update from state emergency officials for Thursday night, the projected path of Hurricane Irene continued to place the powerful storm slightly to the east of Delaware’s Atlantic Coast, however, emergency management officials and...

Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 3:28pm

EMERGENCY ALERT: Delaware orders coastal evacuation, declares state of emergency

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell issued an evacuation order for visitors in Sussex County on Thursday evening as the most significant tropical threat to the region in years continued its march toward the East Coast, expected to bring with it hurricane-...

Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 12:34pm

WEATHER ALERT: Visitors urged to postpone plans, leave area now

Due to the impending and potentially very dangerous Hurricane Irene, all those who planned to visit Delaware the weekend of Aug. 26-28 are being urged to postpone plans immediately. Gov. Jack Markell and emergency management officials stated mid-...

Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 9:23am

St. Ann's ESL classes to begin in Frankford on Sept. 8

Now in their third year, English as a Second Language (ESL) classes through the parish of St. Ann in Bethany Beach will be starting again Sept. 8.

Registration for the free classes was set to take place Thursday, Aug. 25, at Frankford...

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 2:42pm

Products of Frankford woman's 'Spare Time' recognized at state fair

Frankford resident Dawn West-Atkins is always on the run. Whether she’s working one of her two nursing jobs, volunteering at a chicken dinner fundraiser or spending time with her son, she’s a woman who seems to have little spare time. And what...

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 1:55pm

Route 113 project to move forward in the north

Route 113 will get some improvements after all, according to the Delaware Department of Transportation. That announcement came this week, after Sussex County legislators and DelDOT Secretary Shailen Bhatt met recently to discuss future...

Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 7:00am

Bennett's peaches tip the scales

In 1961, Roald Dahl toyed with our imaginations as he took young readers on a journey alongside James Henry Trotter, a young English boy who goes on an adventure within the confines of an overgrown peach, accompanied by a cast of equally larger-...

Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 4:10am

Electrical outage impacts Frankford’s water plant

The Town of Frankford averted disaster last weekend when an underground cable burned and the backup generator at the town’s water plant was affected, as well. Council President Jesse Truitt said that, thanks to Delmarva Power and Tidewater...

Thursday, August 11, 2011 - 6:24am

K-9 officers demonstrate their skills at Unite Sussex Day Camp

Demonstrations of suspect apprehension, narcotics scans and article searches carried out by the K-9 Unit of the Sussex Correctional Institute served as both entertainment and education for children attending the Unite Sussex day-camp in Frankford...

Thursday, August 11, 2011 - 4:06am

Storm brings 'atypical' afternoon for MVFC

Although the rain was not coming down quite as hard as it had on July 4, according to Bob Powell of the Millville Volunteer Fire Company, it was still “raining cats and dogs” on Tuesday afternoon, and the thunder and lightning of the sudden storm...

Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 2:44am

Area prepares for extended heat wave

Emergency officials were preparing mid-week for an anticipated spike in the heat wave that hit the area early this week, with temperatures expected to be at or above 100 degrees Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 21-23. They were urging...

Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 2:29am

Parsons Farm tells customers to get lost -- in new nighttime maze

Parsons Farms Produce is now offering a fun summertime activity on Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. This will be the first year they have had a corn maze and hayride.

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark
Parsons Farms Produce stand...

Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 1:33am

Unite Sussex offers free camp and food to area kids

Unite Sussex, a non-profit organization formed to help bring aid to the community through volunteerism and collaboration, and headed by the Rev. Kim Tephabock of Dagsboro Church of God, recently created a free youth camp for children in Frankford...

Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 3:46pm

Frankford council adopts budget free of tax or water increases

The Frankford Town Council adopted the town’s proposed 2011-2012 budget, effective July 1, at a meeting last week. The meeting ended in record time, and there were no public comments, as no residents from the town attended.

The budget does...

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - 4:03pm

Frankford adopts housekeeping ordinance on bidding process

The Frankford Town Council this week adopted an ordinance to establish a process for the procurement of material and services for the Town of Frankford. Town Clerk Terry Truitt has said in the past that the ordinance was a “housekeeping” measure...

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - 3:44pm

Frankford woman dies in three-vehicle crash on Route 17

A 79-year-old Frankford woman was killed and a 78-year-old Frankford man seriously injured in a three-vehicle crash on June 18, on Route 17 (Roxana Road), north of Burbage Road.

According to the Delaware State Police, a 52-year-old...

Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 4:42am

BREAKING NEWS: Lightning bolt strikes Frankford church

A bolt of lightning  struck the Frankford United Methodist Church steeple around 9 p.m. on Friday, June 18.
The steeple, which is approximately 70 feet high, sustained some damage in the form of a large crack, from which wood, shingles and...

Saturday, June 18, 2011 - 12:37am

Bradley awaits judge's verdict in child sex-abuse case

Following just one day of trial, on June 7, former Lewes pediatrician Earl Bradley on Wednesday awaited the ruling of Delaware Superior Judge William Carpenter Jr. on charges of rape, sexual assault and sexual exploitation of former patients....

Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 7:32am

Unite Sussex plans summer camp in Frankford

The Frankford Town Council on June 6 approved the use of its park for a summer-long camp sponsored by Unite Sussex, an organization that seeks to “foster a collaboration between all groups, churches and organizations that serve those in need in...

Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 6:44am

WEATHER ALERT: Sussex County designates ‘cooling stations’ as extreme heat scorches region

Summer officially begins in two weeks, but already Sussex County is weathering its second blast of extreme heat this year, as daytime temperatures in the upper 90s – and heat indexes above 100 degrees – are expected to send residents and visitors...

Wednesday, June 8, 2011 - 5:37am

New bridge on track to open in December

The new Indian River Inlet Bridge is on track to open to traffic in December, transportation officials reported this week, with the two sides of the bridge expected to meet sometime in October.

According to the Delaware Department of...

Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 4:07pm

Frankford proposed budget offers no tax or water increases

There are no projected water bill or tax increases in the proposed 2011-2012 budget for the Town of Frankford. The town council on May 31 discussed possible cuts to the current budget, to balance it out for the next year, with total revenue and...

Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 3:28pm

St. Ann’s makes the gift of books to students in need

Books can be bought at a dollar-store for as little as what it costs to buy a candy bar. But, for some parents, that extra cash has to stretch into lunch or dinner or rent. As a result, many children simply go without.

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Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 4:45am

Frankford library kicking off fundraising with a party

The Frankford Public Library will be holding a building-fund kick-off party on Friday, May 20, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company’s fire hall. Tickets cost $15 per person or $20 per couple, and the evening will include...

Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 11:10am

Curbside recycling coming to Frankford

Curbside recycling is coming to Frankford. A state-wise mandate requires that trash haulers offer curbside recycling to residents before mid-September – and Frankford and its waste hauler, Chesapeake Waste, are getting caught up with a change...

Thursday, May 5, 2011 - 5:17am

Neighbors oppose Brasure's two-tiered billboard in Roxana

Billboards are a common sight for those traveling to and from the Delaware beaches, but they have sometimes caused controversy when it comes to where they should – or should not – go. This week, the Sussex County Board of Adjustments took up one...

Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 6:19am

Parent Education Center at Carver center holds open house

“The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficult situation.”

That Winston Churchill quote hangs in the hallway of the new Parent Education Center at the G.W. Carver Education Center in Frankford, which is aimed at helping parents do...

Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 4:52am

Multi-cultural Frankford celebrating Cinco de Mayo

The third annual Cinco de Mayo Festival will be held on Sunday, May 1, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Frankford Library, at 8 Main Street in Frankford.

The festival will once again feature live music, crafts, games, traditional Mexican food and...

Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 4:02am

Students fold cranes for kids in Japan

For local students aiming to help Japan after the devastating earthquake and tsunami, origami is the new bake sale.

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark

The OshKosh B’Gosh company will donate one article of clothing to Japanese children...

Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 3:57am

Frankford Moose Family Center welcomes national director

“You are the most outstanding, most generous individuals in the country, and I thank you very much,” Jan Fregulia told a roomful of Moose members on Saturday, Apr. 16.

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Ruth McFall (left) and other Women of...

Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 3:16am