Mission Accomplished

After years of construction, delay and turbulent waters, the Indian River Inlet Bridge opened to traffic last Friday, with Gov. Jack Markell taking the maiden ride across its span.

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark
State Sen. George H...

Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 8:35am

Millville tables notion of police study

The Millville Town Council this week “shelved” the idea of having a police study conducted. In March 2011, the council had approved spending $650 for an initial study by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), to help determine...

Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 8:24am

Farmer's market discussions continue in Millville

Millville Town Council members continued to discuss farmers’ markets at a workshop this week. David Smith of the Department of Agriculture came to talk to council members and answer questions they had about the proposed market at town hall.


Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 3:39am

Millville considering additional studies on need for police department

The Millville Town Council this week returned to discussion of a town police study. In March 2011, the town council had approved spending $650 for an initial study by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), to help determine the...

Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 6:08am

BREAKING NEWS: Route 54 paving work pushed forward to this weekend

In an effort to move the Route 54 Improvement Project toward completion, the Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announced Thursday, Jan. 5, that contractor Mumford & Miller, will be doing paving operations this weekend.  Unseasonably warm...

Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 5:38am

Arrests made in string of robberies

Delaware State Police and officers from the Ocean View Police Department this week arrested two Ocean View-area residents in connection with a string of armed robberies at businesses throughout the area.

Police said they arrested Tervone...

Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 5:07am

Armed robberies continue at local businesses

An isolated robbery at Fox’s Pizza Den in Millville has snowballed into a string of robberies as Holt’s Liquors and Pomeroy’s, Inc., were hit within the last week.

Holt’s Liquors

Another armed robbery occurred at Holt’s Liquors on...

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 1:55pm

BREAKING NEWS: Local liquor store robbed at gunpoint

Delaware State Police troopers are investigating the armed robbery of Holts Liquors located on Route 26 on Friday evening.
Police said that, about 6:15 p.m. on Dec. 23, a black man entered Holts Liquors located on Atlantic Avenue...

Saturday, December 24, 2011 - 7:30am

Millville aims to have DelDOT right- of-way deal nullified

Last week, the Town of Millville filed a “Complaint of Declaratory Judgment” against the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), regarding an agreement for the Town to donate Town-owned right-of-way interests necessary to the Route 26...

Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 3:41am

Millville pizza shop robbed, suspect sought

Delaware State Police troopers this week were investigating a robbery that occurred at Fox’s Pizza Den that on Monday night, Dec. 19.

According to the DSP, the incident occurred at 7 p.m., when a man entered the shop in the Millville Town...

Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 3:10am

Ocean View church granted variance for sign

The Ocean View Board of Adjustment voted unanimously this week to approve a variance request from Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church seeking to “replace an existing sign to complement the structure by incorporating a number of permissible...

Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 2:40am

AT&T helping out with the environment

Wondering what to do with those rechargeable batteries that live inside laptops, cell phones, power tools, cordless phones and more once they outlive their “chargeableness”? There is no need to dump them in the landfill. Simply take them to the...

Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 3:55am

Local man arrested in string of burglaries

Selbyville police arrested Jeffrey Paddock, 49, of Ocean View on Wednesday, Nov. 23, for his alleged involvement in a string of local burglaries.

Coastal Point: Paddock

According to the Delaware State Police, Paddock “would pry...

Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 3:19am

Millville continues to discuss proposed farmers’ market

Millville Town Manager Debbie Botchie on Nov. 22 presented more information regarding starting a farmers’ market based at the town hall during the spring and summer months.

“I see it as a service to the town,” said Botchie of the town...

Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 2:58am

County P&Z defers on yard-waste proposal, again

No decision has been made about a proposed organic/yard waste composting facility near Millville. The Sussex County Council deferred action after a Nov. 15 public hearing on a conditional-use application from Jeremy W. Smith of Ocean View. The...

Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 7:36am

Millville BoA approves additional Giant signage

The Millville Board of Adjustments met recently to discuss and vote on variances requested by Millville Town Center Associates LLC at their October meeting, to approve four additional signs and an additional 191.4 square feet for signage for the...

Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 6:32am

Millville continues to consider possible farmer's market

Millville’s town council this week discussed the possibility of further researching hosting a farmers’ market at town hall. Councilwoman Joan Bennett reported that she and Town Manager Debbie Botchie had discussed, “conceptually, preliminarily,”...

Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 2:51am

First public groups tour completed inlet bridge

Dressed in hardhats, gloves and reflective vests, a group of 20 civilians crossed the new Indian River Inlet Bridge, from end to end, for the first time. They grinned as a DelDOT tour guide led them across the newly completed 10-foot closure pour...

Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 1:53am

Aquacare Physical Therpay dives into rehabilitation at Millville location

There are new waves being made at Aquacare Physical Therapy. With an extensive, all-inclusive facility, qualified and trained specialists, and an emphasis not only upon rehabilitation and therapy but education, more and more clients are finding...

Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 1:50am

ALERT: Nationwide Emergency Alert System test set for 2 p.m. -- THIS IS ONLY A TEST

On Wednesday, Nov. 9, Delaware will join all other states in conducting the first nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS) test. At 2 p.m., radio, television and cable stations will broadcast the familiar alert warning sound. Following the alert...

Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 1:20am

Millville Board of Adjustment approves welcome signs

The Millville Board of Adjustment held a meeting on Oct. 27 to discuss three variance applications filed by Millville Town Center Associates, LLC.

The applicant requested to be granted additional square footage on directional signage from...

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 11:34am

Millville paints positive fiscal picture for town

Finances in the Town of Millville are “very impressive,” according to Herb Geary of the TGM Group, certified public accountants. Reporting on an audit report for the prior fiscal year at a town council workshop this week, Geary said he had “...

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 9:41am

The Dirt: A tree grows in Millville

Millville is known for a lot of things. Fried chicken at the fire hall and the Great Pumpkin Festival come to mind. But a hotbed of tropical fruit production? Not so much.

Special to the Coastal Point • Ginger Hogan
Ricky Hall, an...

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 7:49am

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

DNREC cleaning up former gas station site west of Millville

Activity on a parcel of land just east of the intersection of Routes 17 and 26, across from Hocker’s SuperCenter, has been drawing curious glances and questions from passersby in recent weeks.

The project isn’t sewer expansion or...

Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 8:41am

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

Fire Prevention Week held at LB

On Oct. 13, Lord Baltimore Elementary School students and staff, along with members of the Bethany Beach and Millville volunteer fire companies, commenced a week of activities highlighting fire safety, in recognition of Fire Prevention Week....

Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 10:30am

Dickens Parlour Theatre to feature comedy murder-mystery

Bethany Beach playwright Bob Davis is returning to the Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville with a staged reading of “Pretty Face, Pretty Lies,” a comedy murder-mystery. It marks Davis’ 12th full-length feature play. Starting at 6 p.m. on...

Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 7:31am

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

Millville council proceeds to bids on wheelchair lift for town hall addition

The Millville Town Council voted 3-1 on Tuesday to send out a draft bid packet for a wheelchair stair lift for the town hall building. After receiving proposals, Town Manager Debbie Botchie said the two rough estimates she received were both...

Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 6:06am

Citizens consider Assawoman Canal Trail at meeting

There is still much planning before the Assawoman Canal Trail can be built – and many concerns to overcome. More than 100 people attended a public meeting on Sept. 30 to review the Assawoman Canal Trail concept plan, which has been in development...

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 4:12pm

Charlie K’s to hold benefit for Friends of the Fallen

On Saturday, Oct. 8, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Charlie K’s BBQ in Ocean View will be hosting a benefit for Friends of the Fallen, a non-profit, community-based organization that provides services and assistance to families who have lost a loved one...

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 3:37pm

Legislators host forum on yard waste disposal and recycling

More than 100 people turned out to discuss yard waste and curbside recycling at the Millville Volunteer Fire Company last week – and they came armed with plenty of questions. State Rep. Gerald Hocker (R-38th) and state Sen. George Bunting (D-20th...

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 3:33pm

Mariner’s Bethel offering free lunches at new soup kitchen

Anyone having some trouble making ends meet can find some relief every Thursday at Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church, thanks to the new Feed My Sheep soup ministry. The weekly soup kitchen will serve a free lunch to anyone from 11 a.m. to...

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 2:36pm

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.

Coastal Point • Submitted
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