BREAKING NEWS: County offers detailed evacuation zones map, shelter and evacuation plans

Gov. Jack Markell has issued a limited state of emergency and a mandatory evacuation order for flood-prone area within .75 miles of Sussex County’s coastline and major waterways, effective at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, as Hurricane Sandy continues...

Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 3:29pm

BREAKING NEWS: Beebe Medical Center prepares for Hurricane Sandy, cancels elective procedures

Beebe Medical Center has announced Hurricane Sandy-related cancellations, including:
• All elective surgery and elective cardiac catheterizations scheduled for Monday, Oct. 29, will be canceled.
• All Beebe satellite locations,...

Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 1:13pm

BREAKING NEWS: Mandatory evacuation ordered on Delaware coast

Gov. Jack Markell announced at 5 p.m. on Saturday that Delaware was entering a limited state of emergency to facilitate an evacuation over a 24-hour period. Beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday night, communities within .75 miles of the coast in Sussex...

Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 12:44pm

WEATHER ALERT: Heavy rain, wind and seas expected ahead Sandy’s arrival

A coastal flood watch has been issued for Sussex County, including the beach areas, running through at least Monday afternoon. According to the National Weather Service, the evolution of Hurricane Sandy into a powerful storm currently predicted...

Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 3:02am

BREAKING NEWS: Emergency officials preparing for storm potentially as strong as Storm of ’62

The Delaware state climatologist and DEMA held a “bridge call” with municipal officials on Friday evening, in anticipation of the arrival of Hurricane Sandy. Officials said that the latest storm track had Sandy making landfall on the Delaware...

Friday, October 26, 2012 - 3:54pm

EOC: Hurricane Sandy poses significant threat to Delaware

As of Friday evening, Hurricane Sandy was on track to directly hit Delaware and the Mid-Atlantic in the days ahead, based on forecasts, threatening to lash the region with up to two days’ worth of hurricane-force winds, a 10-foot-high combined...

Friday, October 26, 2012 - 3:34pm

BREAKING NEWS: Governor urges residents to prepare for Hurricane Sandy

Take Saturday to prepare, advised Gov. Jack Markell, in light of expected high winds and heavy rain from Hurricane Sandy from Sunday through the early part of next week.

“It is forecasted to be a long-lasting event,” he said on Friday,...

Friday, October 26, 2012 - 2:24pm

BREAKING NEWS: Events canceled ahead of impending storm (UPDATED)

UPDATED Sunday, Oct. 28, 11:30 a.m.
Cancellations due to Hurricane Sandy include the following:

Both the Indian River School District and Sussex Technical School District have closed schools and offices on Monday, Oct. 29, and...

Friday, October 26, 2012 - 2:16pm

WEATHER ALERT: Emergency officials urge alert posture as potential hurricane strike looms

State and local emergency officials are urging residents of coastal Delaware to be alert and prepare as Hurricane Sandy tracks up the Atlantic in the coming days and poses a risk of potential severe weather, up to and including possibly making...

Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 5:19pm

Campaign sign incident leads to elections complaint

Captain Mac’s Bait & Tackle shop contacted the Delaware Elections Commission early this week, reporting “belligerent, threatening” behavior from a political supporter last week, but others say the incident was blown out of proportion.


Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 2:19pm

Haunted Library makes Selbyville 'spooktacular'

On Halloween night, even the scariest books can’t compare to a scary library. And trick-or-treaters in Selbyville will get a thrill as the Selbyville Public Library presents their annual Haunted Library on Wednesday, Oct. 31.

The library...

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 1:53pm

Free pumpkin-carving event offered at Roots

Those who are looking for some good old-fashioned Halloween fun prior to Wednesday night may want to visit Roots Landscaping and Garden Center in Selbyville this Saturday to take part in a free pumpkin-carving event.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 1:53pm

Selbyville Halloween Parade and sight night keeps growing

After more than 60 years of screaming success, the annual Selbyville Halloween Parade is so popular that the parade route has been extended.

The main action traditionally takes place within two blocks, but on Wednesday, Oct. 24,...

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 2:52pm

Fall fun is all in the family at Johnson's

Johnson’s Country Market will hold their 8th annual Family Fun Day on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Several of the activities will flow into Sunday, as well, and every weekend they offer hayrides and their pallet and corn mazes.


Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 2:27pm

Carper discusses expired Farm Bill with Johnson family

Three generations of farmers got a visit from U.S. Sen. Tom Carper last week at Johnson’s Country Market, with an opportunity to discuss the impact the expiration of the Farm Bill will have on Delaware. On Sept. 30, current 2008 Farm Bill...

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - 2:01pm

Selbyville's Scott Collins named Police Chief of the Year

What do you call someone who ensures public safety, serves the schools, plays well with others and is a go-to guy for technology questions? In Delaware these days, he’s called Police Chief of the Year, a.k.a. W. Scott Collins of the Selbyville...

Thursday, October 4, 2012 - 7:30am

BREAKING NEWS: Beebe checking visitor IDs in wake of threats to doctors

Beebe Medical Center representatives on Monday afternoon notified the public that visitor IDs were being checked after a former patient allegedly threatened two physicians affiliated with the hospital through a telephone message that was left...

Monday, October 1, 2012 - 8:03am

Area police participating in Drug Take-Back this weekend

On Saturday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., local law-enforcement agencies will be partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

“It’s a completely anonymous way of properly...

Thursday, September 27, 2012 - 8:03am

TOPSoccer registration open for children with disabilities

River Soccer Club is leveling the playing field this fall by hosting the TOPSoccer program, designed for young athletes with disabilities. Now in its eighth year, The Outreach Program for Soccer (TOPSoccer) offers an opportunity to learn and play...

Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 4:02am

Selbyville Public Library welcomes Woods as new director

For the past month, visitors at Selbyville Public Library have seen a new face in town. With 34 years of experience and a lot of enthusiasm, Patricia “Trish” Woods is the library’s new director.

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Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 5:11am

Local teacher branches out with book of Christian testimony

For middle-school teacher and reading specialist Carla Zeigler of Selbyville, writing a book about her life has been a long time coming. Always one to document what was going on around her, she would jot things down throughout her life — so much...

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 2:40pm

Free to Breathe event to encourage people to get active

Lung cancer has taken many of Robin Bartell’s friends and family, but it won’t get her down.

In fact, the Selbyville woman is getting up for the third annual Delmarva Free to Breathe 5K run and walk on Sunday, Aug. 12, in Lewes.


Thursday, July 26, 2012 - 7:40am

Selbyville P& Z considers residential zoning option

Housing developers might have more room for creativity as Selbyville considers a new concept for residential planned communities (RPCs).

Selbyville’s Planning & Zoning Commission met July 12 to consider an “overlay” option, or...

Thursday, July 19, 2012 - 3:36am

John Tesh set to swing on Freeman Stage

Audiences often bring their own chairs to the Freeman Stage at Bayside, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be sitting when John Tesh takes the stage this Friday, July 20. While the coastal area is commonly known as the Quiet Resorts, Sussex County...

Thursday, July 19, 2012 - 2:19am

Gray announces candidacy for 38th District representative

“This is it. This is what I have wanted to do my whole life. I am here to officially announce that I am a candidate for state representative for the 38th District.”

Ron E. Gray said those words to a packed house (or tent) at an outside...

Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 8:02am

Selbyville library offers reading, rewards, and recreaction

Reading programs are offering relief from the heat and potential summer boredom at a number of local libraries, including at the Selbyville Public Library.

The Selbyville library’s staff is inviting children and teens to start signing up...

Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 7:37am

Workshop offers help for homeowners with failing septic systems

Homeowners in Sussex County are being invited to a free public workshop on June 27 on financial assistance available to replace failing septic systems. The workshop will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, at the First State Community...

Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 8:19am

Congratulations, Alyssa!

This past Saturday, 21 year-old Selbyville resident Alyssa Murray was crowned Miss Delaware in front of her family and friends, as well as a bevy of other Miss Delaware competitors and their supporters.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 4:38pm

Be a lifeline, donate blood now

Blood donations can mean life for many people, from cancer patients to accident victims. And this summer, the Blood Bank of Delmarva will tour Delaware to make giving quick and easy. The nearest regular donation center is in Salisbury, Md., but...

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 4:12pm

Old Timer's Day set to roll into Selbyville for 56th year

Selbyville celebrates the old and new at the Old Timer’s Day summer street fest. The daylong party kicks off Saturday, June 16, around 9 a.m. on Church Street.

The festival celebrates 56 years this month, which means more than 56 years of...

Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 6:54am

BREAKING NEWS: Bradley appeal heard by state Supreme Court

The Delaware Supreme Court stood in recess on June 13 after hearing arguments in the appeal of Earl Bradley.

Last August, the former Lewes pediatrician was sentenced to 14 life sentences, plus an additional 164 years in prison, on five...

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 8:18am

Selbyville approves natural gas, discusses residential zoning

Natural gas is officially coming to Selbyville. After months of discussion, the Selbyville Town Council this week unanimously approved the Chesapeake Utilities franchise agreement, with a final caveat that had been sent to the company a week...

Thursday, June 7, 2012 - 7:55am

Local resident to compete for Miss Delaware crown

Selbyille resident and Miss Coastal Bay 2012 Alyssa Murray, now 21, didn’t grow up wanting to compete in pageants, but she knew she wanted to go to college, which would be difficult to afford.

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Alyssa Murray...

Thursday, June 7, 2012 - 4:16am

Mid-Coast Gymnastics seals third-place showing at nationals

Last month, members of Mid-Coast Gymnastics in Selbyville jumped, tumbled, danced and flipped into the winner’s circle, earning a third-place showing at a national competition in Virginia Beach, Va.

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The Mid...

Thursday, June 7, 2012 - 3:46am

Postal Service consolidation plans expected to have minimal local impact

While monumental measures are being introduced to cut costs for the United State Postal Service, there will be little or no noticeable change in this area in the immediate future.

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark
The Dagsboro post cut...

Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 7:55am

A bridge for this century: Charles W. Cullen Bridge opens at Indian River Inlet

After months of limited traffic, the Indian River Inlet Bridge appears on track to fully open all four lanes by Memorial Day weekend.

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Pedestrians and bicyclists enjoy the trip over the new Charles W. Cullen...

Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 6:35am

Selbyville seeks to isolate, identify intermittent odor

It’s no secret that Delmarva endures the smell of … money. Warm springtime air can remind the public of the importance of agriculture, poultry, manure and so forth, to the area. But while Selbyville is used to the poultry business and nearby...

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 4:37pm

Guest Column -- Indian River Inlet Bridge a treasure of the Delaware coast

On Sunday, May 6, more than 2,000 people joined me to celebrate the history and the future of the Charles W. Cullen Bridge at the Indian River Inlet. The history of this location is one of several different bridges, an ever-changing environment...

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 4:21pm

Route 113 sign honors trooper killed in 1950

Last week, 62 years after a Delaware State Police trooper was killed in the line of duty, the State erected a memorial to the fallen officer, Cpl. LeRoy L. LeKites.

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Coastal Point • Laura Walter Great-...

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 3:21pm

Freeman Stage requests support from County as milestone nears

Freeman Foundations Executive Director Patti Grimes spoke with Sussex County Council this week about the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation’s progress over the last five years, and the council put a request for $5,000 for transportation funds for the...

Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 7:46am

Hogsten teaches, learns from and has fun with kindergarteners

After 10 years teaching in the Indian River School District, Christine Hogsten has learned to sometimes let her students lead. That kind of flexibility and her passion for teaching led to Hogsten’s 2011-2012 Teacher of the Year award at Phillip C...

Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 5:55am

Teachers’ children bumped up in SDSA admittance priority

The Indian River School Board voted April 17 to amend the School Choice Program regarding Southern Delaware School of the Arts (policy JECC-A).

The school regularly has high numbers of would-be students on waiting lists, especially for...

Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 5:50am

Citizen reports lead to arrests in Selbyville

Selbyville police arrested four people on Monday, April 9, in two drug-related incidents.

About 9 p.m., police officers responded to the report of suspicious people sitting in a vehicle parked near the Mason Dixon Shopping Center on Route...

Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 8:18am

Bona to sing national anthem at Monday Shorebirds game

On April 16, Selbyville resident Veronica Bona will grace Delmarva Shorebirds fans with her rendition of the national anthem before the first pitch is thrown.

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Veronica Bona

“I’m a ham,” said Bona of her decision...

Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 7:54am

Selbyville passes alcohol sales, restaurant guidelines

Selbyville restaurateurs will be reexamining the way they serve alcohol. The Town Council voted unanimously April 2 to pass a Zoning Code amendment, Chapter 200, which serves several purposes: to define bar, restaurant, nightclub and cocktail...

Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 11:57am

County planners approve Water's Run subdivision

The Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission voted this week to approve a final subdivision plan application by Mandarin Homes for Water’s Run subdivision, north of Route 54 and south of Dirickson Creek.

There was some question about...

Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 11:28am

Collins earns special appointment of Olympic proportions

Last year, Selbyville Police Chief W. Scott Collins rappelled down the side of a 17-story building to support Special Olympics Delaware. This year, Collins was nominated for another tall challenge: he is the new vice-chairman for Delaware Law...

Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 10:21am

Inland Bays Foundation seeks members to help in mission

The Inland Bays Foundation is up and running and ready to recruit members. They had their first official meeting as an established 501(c)3 organization in October 2011 and have a mission “to advocate and promote the restoration of the Inland Bays...

Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 6:19am

Bunting looks back at 28-year career

Whether one is driving over the new Indian River Inlet Bridge, attending Delaware Tech, visiting the Veterans Home in Milford or kayaking the Assawoman Canal, it is hard not to feel the impact of state Sen. George H. Bunting and his 28 years in...

Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 6:16am

Selbyville receives $1.4 million in water funding for wells

Selbyville is only a few signatures away from state funding that will revamp the town’s water supply. Town officials met this week with Delaware Division of Public Health officials to sign the last of papers that would grant them $1.4 million...

Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 5:48am