Selbyville


Amanda Irwin presents the Selbyville Town Council with a $210,000 check from Mountaire Farms, covering about half of the anticipated cost of Railroad Avenue culvert repairs.

‘Sounds like we’re going to get a culvert replacement’

DNREC, Mountaire share cost of Selbyville’s $395,000 road repair

As a road slowly collapses, the Town of Selbyville finally has a plan and money for repairs.

On Sept. 10, the Selbyville Town Council approved a $395,250 project by Hopkins Construction of Bridgeville. Town staff had made some phone calls...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 1:11pm

SVFC to host annual golf tourney

The Selbyville Volunteer Fire Company will hold its 11th Annual Golf Tournament on Oct. 12 at Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club in Dagsboro, with a shotgun start at 9 a.m.

The tournament has a scramble format and costs $90 per player...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 10:06am

Selbyville officials are accepting bids for construction of a new culvert.

Selbyville culvert bids come in at $395K and $670K

When it comes to repairing a collapsing roadway, the Selbyville Town Hall now has a number to aim for… sort of.

In 2015, Town officials discovered that a galvanized metal culvert where the Sandy Branch tax ditch flows under Railroad Avenue...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 4:42pm

Selbyville plans to lower speed limits on two roads

Selbyville drivers will have to slow their roll — Selbyville plans to reduce speed limits on two roads within town limits.

In the shopping district of Route 113 (Dupont Boulevard), the speed limit is 50 mph. Soon, that will extend farther...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 5:19pm

This Washington Avenue house was boarded up after being officially declared a criminal nuisance property in Selbyville, near Polly Branch Road.

BREAKING: Drug-related 'criminal nuisance' property in Selbyville closed by court order

A house near Selbyville that had been the site of multiple drug crimes and police calls since 2014 was boarded up as a result of work by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Delaware State Police (DSP) to deem it a...

Friday, August 10, 2018 - 4:30pm

Sussex County Councilman Rob Arlett speaks with veterans and other audience members at Selbyville Town Hall on Tuesday, July 10.

Arlett invites veterans to discuss mentoring, medical marijuana and more

Veterans discussed the issues and learned more about their benefits at Selbyville Town Hall on July 10.

The free veterans town hall-style meeting was hosted and moderated by outgoing Sussex County Councilman Rob Arlett, who is running for...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 3:38pm

Freeman Stage to host ‘Jedi Academy’ variety show

Recent years have demonstrated that today’s generations have at least one love in common: “Star Wars.”

And now, for the first time ever, the Freeman Stage in West Fenwick will be hosting “Jedi Academy,” a solo comedy variety show designed...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 1:41pm

Selbyville Towne Village gets first approvals to dig (ditches)

Selbyville Towne Village is the next major housing development revving up along Route 54. The project has changed several times since first proposed over a decade ago, before the “Great Recession.” Now, developers are taking baby steps to at last...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 6:34pm

Author sets spy novel in Ocean View during World War II

On a drive along Coastal Highway, concrete towers can be seen lining the Delaware beaches. The towers were built to protect the Atlantic Coast from German invasion during World War II.

Inspired by the history of the area, Baltimore-native...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 5:53pm

Arlett to host veterans’ town hall forum in Selbyville

All are welcome to attend a free veterans’ town hall-style meeting to discuss current issues, including healthcare and other vet topics. The forum will be held Tuesday, July 10, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) at the Selbyville fire...

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 2:01pm

The Selbyville Post Office mural was installed in 1942, showing a slice of Delmarva life.

Looking up: Mural at Selbyville post office gets new attention

Some people never look up when they enter Selbyville Post Office. But look up, and you’ll see an idyllic mural depicting Delmarva farm life in the 1940s.

The mural shows a girl surrounded by chickens, a man nearby and farmhouse with horses...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 1:53pm

Classic cars line Main Street in Selbyville during a past Old Timer’s Day event.

Classic cars, family activities on tap for Old Timer’s Day

It’s that time of year again, when local classic enthusiasts gather to commemorate their prized vintage vehicles. The Town of Selbyville and the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce will host the 61st annual Old Timer’s Day Classic Car &...

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 3:47pm

Selbyville discusses local health, police and road repair

Just 10 miles south of Selbyville, inside the Maryland border, Atlantic General Hospital is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

At the Selbyville Town Council’s May 7 meeting, Mayor Clifton Murray called the hospital an asset. He said he...

Friday, June 1, 2018 - 2:01pm

No injuries reported in Mountaire roof fire

By Laura Walter

Staff Reporter

 

Although a structure fire is never good for the environment, Selbyville dodged a bullet when the Mountaire poultry processing plant there caught fire on Monday, April 23.

There were no...

Friday, April 27, 2018 - 4:52pm

Selbyville tattoo/barber shop gets green light to reopen

A Selbyville barber and tattoo shop is getting back on track, collecting required permits after being shut down in November.

The Division of Public Health has completed inspections and issued a permit on Jan. 24 for Miguelangel Tattoo Art...

Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 10:31am

Selbyville looks for new Royal Farms, new town hall

In one of Selbyville’s shortest town council meetings in years, residents still learned about two major potential building projects on April 2.

First of all, Royal Farms was granted unanimous approval on preliminary site plans for a gas...

Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 10:22am

Forge academy denied Selbyville location

The Forge Youth Academy is looking for a new home, having been denied a conditional-use request as the organization sought to move into the former Food Rite property on Main Street in Selbyville.

The Selbyville Planning & Zoning...

Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 11:12am

Selbyville fire department volunteer, pastor recognized

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Selbyville Volunteer Fire Company’s Bob Odom has earned the respect of his department and chief for his efforts, garnering him a nomination for the Joshua M. Freeman Valor Award.Selbyville Volunteer Fire Company’s...

Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 10:38am

Selbyville officials: Mountaire wouldn’t dig test well

Selbyville residents recently asked if water is a concern around the town’s Mountaire poultry processing plant. After all, the company’s Millsboro plant’s wastewater treatment irrigation system malfunctioned, spraying untreated nitrates, fecal...

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 10:07am

Students share PCS history mural with their town

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant : School benefactor Phillip C. Showell was remembered kindly by his descendants, from left, Peggy Showell Johnson, Stephanie Showell Haygood and Barbara Marshall.In the closing chapter of the Phillip C. Showell...

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 9:48am

‘It takes community uproar ... to get things done’

Police talk crime and drug prevention

As people nationwide worry more about the impact of heroin on their families and communities, local police held two public meetings to discuss the problem and actions that residents can take.

On Sept. 28, Salem U....

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 8:09am

Muscle cars will be on display at Selbyville luau

A luau in October? Why not?

To celebrate the grand opening of their muscle-car showroom, the Speed Shop in Selbyville will host a luau-themed ribbon-cutting party on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“If you are into classic...

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 5:54am

Selbyville discusses sewage success, County upgrades

Selbyville is a small town with a healthy utilities business. In fact, money from the municipality’s sewer and water customers often pays for other Town operating expenses.

During a positive financial audit report, auditor Leslie Michalik...

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 7:53am

Salem United, Selbyville police team up for crime forum

This year, more than 150 Delaware deaths were suspected overdoses. And 2017 isn’t done.

So, Salem United Methodist Church and Selbyville Police Department partnered to host a community meeting on Thursday, Sept. 28, at 6 p.m. at Salem...

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 11:57am

IRHS student crowned Miss Hispanic Delaware

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Ana Calles’ crown holds dozens of glittering rhinestones that represent the beauty, poise, intelligence and quick thinking she displayed at the 2017 Miss Hispanic Delaware pageant.Selbyville is home to a new pageant...

Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 12:03pm

Humility and a vodka martini: Local centenarian has the answers

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Reine Jesel recently celebrated his 100th birthday, surrounded by friends and family at this favorite morning coffee joint, the Selbyville McDonald’s.On almost any morning in the Selbyville McDonald’s, a group of...

Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 11:58am

Rotary club offers to lead Selbyville Christmas Parade

Those Christmas bells won’t go silent this December. The Southern Sussex Rotary Club has offered to take over organizing the Selbyville Christmas Parade.

“We’re requesting to do that for you guys,” Scott Smith, Rotary vice president, told...

Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 10:31am

Magee Farms to host first Watermelon Festival this Saturday

UPDATE: The festival has been canceled due to weather.

Watermelon — that sweet, juicy, slice of summer goodness — will be celebrated on Saturday, Aug. 12, at Magee Farms in Selbyville, at the farm’s first-ever Watermelon Festival.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 8:35am

Selbyville water report shows no violations, but high numbers

All central water systems are required to produce an annual report under the Safe Drinking Water Act. It’s meant to tell people where water comes from, what it contains and how it stacks up against regulatory standards. The Town of Selbyville’s...

Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 11:07am

Local musicians get their time under the lights

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Mama’s Black Sheep jams out on stage during the first Locals event at the Freeman Stage at Bayside.For the fifth season, the Freeman Stage at Bayside in Selbyville is hosting its Locals under the Lights...

Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 7:52am

Area police warn people about driveway paving scam

Asphalt is the latest on the list of new scams. Con artists are travelling door-to-door to promise driveway paving services, but they just don’t deliver.

In Selbyville, “Subjects portrayed themselves as contractors for the municipality and...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 8:54am

SDSA has openings for eighth-grade students

Southern Delaware School of the Arts in Selbyville has several openings for students in Grade 8 for the 2017-2018 school year, Indian River School District officials announced this week.

Parents interested in enrolling their middle-school...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 7:02am

Oral history project renewed at Selbyville Public Library

In a quiet area of the Selbyville Public Library’s Delaware Room, there exists the oral histories of 22 people with many, sometimes little-known, memories of the town of Selbyville (first known as Sandy Branch as early as 1778). The stories are...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 5:43am

Selbyville council creates stricter rules for grass height

Some local property owners may need to break out their lawn mowers a little more often. The Selbyville Town Council voted this week to reduce the maximum allowable height of grass from 12 inches to 8 inches.

That will let the Town begin...

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 2:41pm

Library invites Old Timer’s Day crowd over for some kickball

The Selbyville Public Library is inviting community members of all ages to join in a game of kickball on June 17 to celebrate the 60th annual Old Timer’s Day.

With the intent of bringing education and entertainment to Selbyville’s yearly...

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 10:54am

Old Timer’s Day marks six decades of family fun

The 60th annual Old Timer’s Day is a family event that will showcase cars, tractors and emergency vehicles from 1985 and older from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 17.

Put on by the Town of Selbyville and the Bethany-Fenwick Area...

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 10:41am

Selbyville passes third water referendum

It’s time to finish the water filtration plant, and Selbyville residents this week approved the latest round of funding for the project. In a special referendum on June 3, residents voted, 62-2, to allow the Town to borrow $500,000 to finish...

Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 11:37am

Selbyville asks for ‘yes’ votes on water referendum

Selbyville is in the homestretch for building a new water treatment system. But the Town needs the public’s help one more time to get the job done.

The Town must go to public referendum to secure $500,000 in what is essentially free money...

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 9:52am

PNC closing downtown Selbyville branch

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant : The PNC Bank branch in Selbyville will close June 16.Selbyville is losing one of its two banks this spring. The PNC Bank at the corner of Church Street and Main Street will permanently close its doors at 3 p.m. on...

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 9:10am

Utilities workers unearth leaky gas tank in Selbyville

A forgotten underground fuel tank in Selbyville was discovered to be leaking gasoline, officials reported this week.

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: One day after an old underground fuel tank was discovered to be leaking petroleum in...

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 11:32am

Hall draws outside the lines as Showell Teacher of the Year

Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Phillip C. Showell Elementary School art teacher Laurie Hall recently received recognition as the school’s 2017 Teacher of the Year.Phillip C. Showell Elementary School art teacher Laurie Hall didn’t always want to...

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 9:01am

Program that rescued Selbyville’s water on chopping block

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: U.S. Sen. Tom Carper discussed the proposed elimination of all USDA water and wastewater loan and grant programs, and said he didn’t ‘think this new drinking water plant (in Selbyville) could be built’ without them....

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 11:08am

Mountaire chemical explosion causes severe injury

A 34-year-old man was severely injured in a minor chemical explosion at Mountaire poultry processing plant in Selbyville earlier this month.

According to officials, in the early morning of Thursday, Feb. 9, a Mountaire employee suffered...

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 8:04am

BREAKING NEWS: Police seek local man in shooting incident

Police are seeking Anthony D. Puglisi, 19, of Selbyville, in connection with a Frankford-area shooting incident on Jan. 17 in which no one was injured.The Delaware State Police on Tuesday, Feb. 21, requested the public’s assistance in locating...

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 4:27am

Bethany and Selbyville recycling centers removed

Across Delaware, public recycling services are significantly improving in some areas, but people may have to drive farther to get there.

The Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA) is currently in the process of removing about two dozen drop...

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 9:03am

Pennsylvania Powerball winners claim $72 million from local ticket

A couple from Pennsylvania started 2017 with a $121.6 million prize after matching all five white balls plus the red Powerball in the Dec. 17 lottery drawing. The man and woman, who wished to remain anonymous, purchased the winning ticket at...

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 9:18am

Catherine’s Quilting offers modern finish for age-old art form

Coastal Point photos • Tyler Valliant: Catherine Peterson grins at her family's new Selbyville quilt shop, where she helps finish new quilts and restore old ones.Quilting may be an old art, but Catherine’s Quilting uses technology to transform...

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 8:25am

Pa. Powerball winners claim $72M from winning local ticket

A couple from Pennsylvania started 2017 with a $121.6 million prize after matching all five white balls plus the red Powerball in the Dec. 17 lottery drawing. The man and woman, who wished to remain anonymous, purchased the winning ticket at...

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 4:01am

DSP seeking two men after burglary, shooting incident in West Fenwick

UPDATE (Jan. 31, 2017): Tanner C. McElwee and Andrew Mudry have been arrested after being located in Dover. They were charged with Burglary 1st, two counts of Reckless Endangering, Conspiracy 2nd and other charges, including Felony Theft.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017 - 2:25am

Selbyville fair is ‘Just for the Health of It!’

Let’s get this new year started right!

That’s the message behind Selbyville Public Library’s upcoming health fair, Just for the Health of It! Scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 14, the event will run like an open house or trade fair. The public...

Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 9:38am