Public input requested Friday for Assawoman Canal Trail plan

After two years of planning, the Assawoman Canal Trail Concept Plan is ready for another round of public discussion.

A committee of local citizens and officials partnered with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental...

Thursday, September 29, 2011 - 11:54am

Psychologist brings 30 years’ experience to Millville

When psychologist Margaret J. Kay and her husband, Jeff, found the perfect location for her Delaware practice, they didn’t just rent an office. They bought the whole commercial property.

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Margaret J. Kay,...

Thursday, September 29, 2011 - 6:16am

Great Pumpkin Festival set to return to Millville, Oct. 1

The end of the summer season is approaching, and fall is just around the corner. And with the crisp air and colorful leaves comes all things pumpkin, including the Great Pumpkin Festival.

On Oct. 1, the Town of Millville will be holding...

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 2:28pm

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: Police withdraw to station, power out in Ocean View and Bethany, downed trees reported

UPDATED (8:45 p.m.) Conditions in Ocean View remain the same.  Reports have been received that a tornado touched down in the Lewes area and 15 homes were damaged/destroyed.

The National Guard has assigned a unit to the OV EOC.  National...

Saturday, August 27, 2011 - 1:00pm

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

Millville discusses improvements, supplemental assessments

The Millville Town Council held its monthly workshop on Aug. 23, and the council discussed adding improvements to the town’s Emergency Operations Center on the second floor of the new addition to town hall. The improvements discussed include a...

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 2:43pm

Millville council denies volunteers free access to town hall

Millville Town Council members stood their ground in denying the Millville Volunteer Group 24-hour access into the second floor of the Town Hall for ham radio training in a 5-0 vote on Tuesday, citing liability issues. The council had heard...

Thursday, August 11, 2011 - 6:22am

Millville couple celebrates their 65th wedding anniversary

Back in 1946 – 65 years ago – a gallon of gas cost 15 cents, the United States had just 141 million residents and current Millville residents Jackie and Noble Simpson tied the knot in Washington, D.C. On Saturday, Aug. 6, the pair, ages 85 and 84...

Thursday, August 11, 2011 - 6:09am

Millville P&Z reviews town’s signage code

The Millville Planning & Zoning Commission met Aug. 8 and heard a presentation on signage in the town’s C1 and C2 commercial districts from Town Manager Debbie Botchie and Code and Building Administrator Eric Evans.

“The land-use codes...

Thursday, August 11, 2011 - 4:53am

Christmas-ornament fire truck to visit Patti's Hallmark

On Saturday, Aug. 13, Patti’s Hallmark in the Millville Town Center will be hosting “Hurdy Gurty,” the retired 1957 Chevrolet Fredericksburg Fire Department fire truck that is the inspiration for Hallmark’s 2011 Christmas Keepsake fire brigade-...

Thursday, August 11, 2011 - 3:59am

Woodcrest and M&T granted variances in Millville

The Millville Board of Adjustments on July 28 granted variances to the developers of Woodcrest/The Meadows, for a reduced setback, and to M&T Bank for signage. Board members Andy Lyons and Tim Droney also voted to appoint Mark Reeve as the...

Wednesday, August 3, 2011 - 3:25pm

The DIrt: Give a man a pond …

I have had a lily pond for many years. It’s a modest thing, 5 feet by 7 feet, with a preformed liner surrounded by rock on one side and a deck on the other. The water flowed happily through a simple little gargoyle fountain. But this year, my son...

Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 9:19am

Baltimore staple cools off customers and gives back

One local family is helping both vacationers and locals beat the heat, while bringing a little bit of Baltimore to the beach and offering help to a good cause. On the weekend of the Fourth of July, Glen Shoemaker, his wife, Rosanne, and their...

Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 9:09am

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

Millville begins process to revise signage code

The signage ordinance discussion continued in Millville this week with a Planning and Zoning Commission meeting to discuss the next steps. Commission Chairman Robert Linett asked Eric Evans, building and code enforcement officer – who broached...

Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 4:54pm

Fire destroys Millville family’s home, but not their hope

Anger, despair, confusion and heartbreak are all expected following a devastating house fire, but the most prominent feeling in Dan and Eileen Quigley’s hearts this week was gratitude.

A raging fire broke out just before 3:10 p.m. on...

Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 4:52pm

Pumpkin Festival planners propose pancake kick-off

Planning for Millville’s Great Pumpkin Festival is under way, according to planning committee member Kami Banks. The festival is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 1, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a rain date of Oct. 2.

Banks said during a July...

Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 4:47pm

MVFC chicken dinners to return to the scene this Saturday

Whether they’re on vacation, a lifelong Sussex Countian or a transplant, if and when the time comes when someone needs emergency/medical assistance in and around Millville, Ocean View and Clarksville, chances are the Millville Volunteer Fire...

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - 4:00pm

AfterGlo brings beauty to the beach

The summertime sun and heat can be a burden for the skin, but at AfterGlo Beauty Spa in Millville, clients are finding ways to look and feel relaxed and younger. From custom-designed facials and peels, aimed at purifying the skin’s appearance, to...

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - 3:29pm

Millville P&Z to review signage ordinance for ‘conflicts’

At a workshop this week, after much discussion, the Millville Town Council voted to recommend to the Planning and Zoning Commission that they revisit the town’s current sign ordinance at the request of Millville code and building administrator...

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 3:53pm

Local boy recovering from near-drowning at community pool

A 3-year-old boy was responding to his parents and hospital personnel early this week after a near-drowning incident on Saturday, June 18.

Bob Powell, public information officer, for the Millville Volunteer Fire Company, said it seems...

Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 5:54am

Buss to perform at Dickens Parlour Theatre

A new act is coming to town June 20-26 at the Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville. World-renowned magician Eric Buss will perform nightly at 7 p.m., entertaining audiences with pogo sticks, frozen turkeys and numerous other unconventional props...

Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 3:51am

BREAKING NEWS: Fatal accident closes Routes 26 and 17, Burbage Road in Ocean View area

UPDATE: Police are now reporting that a Frankford woman was killed in the three-vehicle crash that occurred this morning on Roxana Road.
According to the Delaware State Police, the crash occurred about 8:45 a.m. Saturday morning as...

Saturday, June 18, 2011 - 3:57am

Volunteers ready to CRASH for local mission projects

In June of 2012, a passionate local youth group will take community outreach to a new level as they host more than 400 mission workers from across the country for five days of service and fellowship.

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Thursday, June 16, 2011 - 6:44am

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

Millville residents discuss Mediacom franchise renewal

On Thursday, June 2, the Town of Millville held a public hearing to solicit comment concerning the town’s cable franchise renewal.

“This is your opportunity to voice your questions, comments and concerns for Mediacom that we, as a town,...

Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 7:22am

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

School emergency drill planned for Saturday at Lord Baltimore

On Saturday, June 4, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Ocean View Police Department, along with the Millville Volunteer Fire Department, Delaware State Police and other state agencies, will hold a closed School Plan Emergency Action Response (SPEAR)...

Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 3:42pm

Annual Artisans Fair in Millville to welcome dozens of regional crafters

From Salisbury and Berlin, Md., to Bloomsburg, Pa., from Edenton, N.C., to the west side of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, artists hailing from throughout the Mid-Atlantic region will come together this Saturday at the Millville Volunteer Fire...

Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 4:36am

Loftus offers financial management with local touch

For Michael Loftus of Loftus Wealth Strategies, the start of the economic slump in 2008 wasn’t a reason to pack up and go home, it was an opportunity to try new things and take some risks.

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark

Friday, May 20, 2011 - 5:10am

Millville approves final site plan for Beaver Dam

On Monday, May 10, the Town of Millville held a public hearing on the final site plan of the H&D Subdivision – a 57-unit townhouse community on a 10.97 acre piece of property located at the intersection of Beaver Dam and Substation roads....

Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 11:38am

CRASH participates in '30 Hour' famine

From April 29 through 30, 25 youths from the Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church’s Creating Revolution and Saving Hearts (CRASH) Youth Ministries participated in the 30-Hour Famine, a nationwide fast powered by World Vision.


Thursday, May 5, 2011 - 4:57am

Millville council discusses proposed state police arrangement

In March, the Millville Town Council approved spending $650 for an initial study by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) for the Town’s need for police coverage. This week, the council again discussed spending the money at a...

Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 6:36am

Ocean View awards grant to MVFC, swears in new council

On April 26 the town of Ocean View awarded Millville Volunteer Fire Company with a grant of $68,000 from their Emergency Services Enhancement Fund.

“They do an outstanding job,” said Mayor Gordon Wood.

MVFC Chief Richie Walls...

Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 6:34am

Details begin to emerge in Millville-DSP agreement

On April 13, Millville Mayor Gerald “Gerry” Hocker Jr. announced that the town would be “entering into a mutually beneficial arrangement whereby the Delaware State Police personnel from Troop 4 will utilize space in the Millville town hall for a...

Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 6:37am