Wait for the facts before casting aspersions

Late last week we heard word that a member of the Millville Volunteer Fire Company (MVFC) had been suspended by the department while an investigation into alleged misconduct was being conducted.

Obviously, members of the department have...

Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 11:30am

Biden leaves behind him an important legacy

When word first started circulating that former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden had passed away, many of us initially reacted with shock. Then sadness.

Obviously, Biden was the son of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, probably Delaware’...

Friday, June 5, 2015 - 6:01am

Indians carry support of community with them

When the Indian River High School girls’ soccer team heads to Smyrna on Friday, May 29, to play the state championship game against the winner of the Caravel and Wilmington Friends game, they will be bringing along more than just equipment....

Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 11:05am

Route 26 is open for business — we promise

It seems like just yesterday our community was winding down another Jazz Funeral on the Bethany boardwalk, rolling up the sidewalks and turning off the lights on another summer season.

Well, that might have been a bit overly-dramatic, but...

Friday, May 22, 2015 - 1:09pm

Bireley is one constant we can always count on

To hardly anyone’s surprise, Charles M. Bireley won the recent District 4 election to maintain his seat on the Indian River School District Board of Education.

Bireley has served on the board for 38 nonconsecutive years, having sat as...

Friday, May 15, 2015 - 9:57am

Before summer’s fun, a time to focus on education

This week’s summer-like weather is a reminder that it’s nearly time for school to be out, our seasonal businesses to return to full-bore operation and vacationing families to arrive in our little slice of paradise. But we’d be remiss if we gave...

Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 10:48am

Karlie Clutch keeps rolling along in college

We love a good “Local kid done good” story.

There’s a level of pride an entire community can take in seeing someone who grew up here move on to new challenges in life and excel. Here at the paper, we love seeing people we covered when...

Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 5:27pm

Planners are compelled to follow the plans

Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commissioners Bob Wheatley and Rodney Smith met with members of the Shore Democrats organization last week, and Wheatley made a particularly compelling remark during the discussion.

“Everything we do is...

Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 12:10pm

Pyle Center is the place to be this spring

The chill is beginning to leave the air, kayakers are more and more prevalent on our local waterways and seemingly everybody is sniffling and sneezing from allergies.

Yes, spring has certainly arrived.

Of course, nothing marks that...

Friday, April 17, 2015 - 5:58am

Ocean View takes to the polls this Saturday

Ocean View voters will have a decision to make when they head to the polls this Saturday. Four candidates — Carol Bodine, Jon Debuchananne, Kent Liddle and Don Walsh — are all running for the council’s District 4 seat. District 4 largely consists...

Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 9:59am

A season of renewal starts this very weekend

Easter weekend is now upon us, and aside from the obvious religious implications of the holiday, there is also the realization that another busy season is soon upon us.

To say that this has been a trying winter season for much of the...

Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 6:04am

Plea deal leaves us with numerous questions

There has been a lot of discussion throughout the country over the past few decades regarding “The War on Drugs.”

Some argue that it is a useless endeavor that has resulted only in massive spending and overcrowded prisons, while drugs...

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 12:36pm

New team at Indian River filled with pioneers

Who doesn’t love a good pioneer story?

Those tales of people stepping out on the proverbial ledge and facing the great unknown before anybody else should make all of us take notice. It’s been said that it took a very brave person to be...

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 10:42am

Designate a driver if you plan to celebrate

This Saturday marks the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in Ocean City, Md., along with countless other celebrations throughout the region designed around revelers who either wish to make it down to the beach from other locales, or simply need a...

Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 9:19am

Towns, developers can make good partners

Those of us who have been around the area for a while remember when controversy and strong feelings surrounded the proposed Bear Trap Dunes project in Ocean View.

Obviously, that project has turned out well for the entire community, with...

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 10:36am

Valor Awards shine a light on our local heroes

There has been a lot of talk lately about award presentations and the esteemed “red carpet.”

And while that has made for great theater in Hollywood and other locations, this community held perhaps its best awards event of the year last...

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 4:13am

ACTS shows they are much more than a thrift shop

To many, the Atlantic Community Thrift Shop (ACTS) is a great little secret store in Clarksville where great deals can be found. To those who know a little bit more about the shop, ACTS is a tremendous symbol of what can be accomplished when...

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 9:08am

Guest Column: Proposal for Atlantic oil and gas drilling is risky

A couple Sundays ago, I was on the boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach for the Special Olympics Polar Bear Plunge. As usual, there was no escaping the cold. The air was 36 degrees, and the ocean was just barely warmer, at 37 degrees.

Despite the...

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 8:58am

Voters must speak and be heard by elected officials

Frankford will hold its annual town council election this Saturday, Feb. 7, from 1 to 4 p.m. at town hall. Or maybe it won’t.

As of Coastal Point press time on Wednesday, the jury — or, more accurately, Election Commissioner Elaine Manlove...

Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 7:09am

Frankford must maintain safety momentum

When Frankford Police Chief William Dudley formally announced his retirement recently, many in the community became somewhat concerned.

Dudley, and his fellow officer, Nate Hudson, were often seen patrolling the streets of Frankford,...

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 8:05am

Violent home invasion should open up eyes

When we first received word that a 66-year-old man was assaulted with a baseball bat while in the supposed safety of his own home near Millville, we were horrified.

After much deliberation and conversation, we’re even more so.


Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 7:58am

One man’s dream still carries weight today

“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal.’”

On Aug. 28, 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. shared that dream with...

Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 8:06am

Local hacking should open all our eyes

WBOC reported on Tuesday that their website and Twitter page were both hacked late that morning by “CyberCalliphate.”

Hackings are not uncommon, as we have seen them more and more over the years — most notably with Sony.

But this...

Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 8:23am

Temporary struggles will lead to success

There was a time, not so long ago, when our editor broke out the crystal ball each year and made a list of predictions he was sure would come true in the community over the next 12 months. It was fun, somewhat informed and contained some pretty...

Tuesday, December 30, 2014 - 4:53pm

Remember those around you this season

As you are reading this, you are probably either in the final steps of Christmas preparation, winding down another Hannukah with the family or in full-scale recovery mode, finally catching your breath after getting through the holiday rush....

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 4:30pm

We’re in a rush, but there’s a local solution

Hanukkah is now in full swing, and Christmas is only days away. We hope that all of you have holidays filled with family, friends and pure joy and love. This is indeed the season of religious celebration, togetherness and humanity, and despite...

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 7:49am

Dudley has earned a relaxing retirement

Frankford has been going through some things recently.

From arguments over citizens’ privilege at council meetings to debate over a pension plan for Town employees to water bill delays, there has been some tension between officials and...

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 8:58am

Sunday marks a day of remembrance

This Sunday, Dec. 7, many of us will be elbowing people at stores and fighting amongst family members over holiday decorating of the house. And that’s a good thing.

It shows we are living our lives on our terms. Obviously, we all wish for...

Friday, December 5, 2014 - 5:04am

Try to think ‘local’ this holiday season

It’s Thanksgiving week, which means many people across these fruited plains are taking a moment to appreciate what they have around them, families are braving the crowds to get to one another for the holiday and the smart turkeys are all hiding...

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 3:20pm

A season for giving, and giving thanks

The traditional season of giving thanks kicks off this week, and for those looking to pay their good fortune forward, there is no shortage of opportunities right in our back yard.

Volunteers will pack 10,000 Thanksgiving meals for the...

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 8:35am

Beach concessions a local tradition

We’ve received a number of letters and a multitude of phone calls this week about the proposal for the Town of Bethany Beach to end its practice of bidding out beach equipment rental concessions and take over the business for itself.


Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 8:21am

Interesting results abound from local elections

So another election season has come and gone, the voters have had their say and life will go forth for those of us in Sussex County, with a few new faces in new places.

Two of the most-discussed races in this community leading up to the...

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 4:25pm

Once again, we ask for you to cast your ballots

One of the msot anticipated election days we’ve had in quite some time will finally take place next Tuesday, Nov. 4.

No, there’s nothing as glamorous as a presidential or gubernatorial election during the mid-term balloting, but the...

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 11:31am

Banks recognized for selflessness, grand vision

Kami Banks has long been an influential voice in the community, somewhat belying her relatively-young age.

She is known widely throughout the region for her family’s business, Banks Wines & Spirits, and served succesfully as a member...

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 9:48am

South Bethany makes good choice for chief

We are really big fans of community policing.

We love when members of the Ocean View Police Department talk to the Chamber of Commerce about keeping their businesses safe and secure or swing by Lord Baltimore Elementary School to make...

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 10:01am

Area’s heroin problem is only growing worse

The heroin problem has been steadily growing throughout our community over the past year or so.

We have seen more and more families affected by loved ones developing addictions, property crimes committed by people trying to feed their...

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 1:17pm

We all have motivation to preserve our beaches

When Department of Natural Resource’s (DNREC) beach guru Tony Pratt visited the Fenwick Island Town Council last week to discuss dune maintenance, he uttered two words in particular that should carry a lot of weight.

“Sand blows,” he...

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 3:20pm

Celebrating Haley’s amazing life on tap Sunday

The community is preparing to bid a heartfelt farewell to one of its favorite sons.

Matt Haley — restaurateur, philanthropist, speaker and basic humanitarian — passed away on Aug. 19 from injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident in India...

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 6:58am

An ounce of prevention could help when needed

There’s a fire in your home. Or an intruder breaking in the back door. Maybe you’ve been carjacked in your driveway.

Obviously, these are not things we wish on any of you, but, unfortunately, these are things than can happen to any one of...

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 9:48am

This election week is a significant one, indeed

Voters, you are on the clock.

After months of hearing from political candidates and their supporters, it is now officially time for the voters to take center stage in numerous elections that impact our area greatly.

For starters, we...

Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 1:57pm

Bethany Beach the hot spot to be this weekend

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Well, there is plenty on tap as far as entertainment goes, so let’s narrow this down a little bit.

Looking for something to keep you busy from Friday through Monday, without ever leaving...

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 9:18am

Restaurateur left a legacy far beyond his food

When word filtered into our office earlier this week that popular restaurateur/philanthropist Matt Haley had been involved in a motorcycle accident in India, you could hear a collective gasp. When we learned Wednesday morning that he had...

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 9:37am

LSLL, District III pull off another succesful Series

Lower Sussex Little League and District III have now hosted Softball World Series events in Roxana for 11 consecutive years. And for 11 consecutive years, they have done an exemplary job.

For the first nine years, they hosted the Senior...

Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 8:11am

Numbers in Frankford offer sobering dose of reality

Frankford officials recently met with financial mind Marty Presley, a resident of the town, concerning their efforts to put a pension plan in place for Town employees.

Presley apparently offered council members in attendance a list of...

Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 4:02am

Two world series tournaments hit Roxana on Sunday

Roxana, the stage is yours.

Twenty teams from around the world — some of which are from right here in Sussex County — will descend upon the Pyle Center this weekend for the dual-headlined event of the Senior League and Big League Softball...

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 10:52am

Little League prepares for two World Series events

Though the Pyle Center sees plenty of action throughout the spring and early summer, hosting Little League and other games, the lights are about to get a little brighter in Roxana.

For the second consecutive year, the Pyle Center will play...

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 11:02am

Get out and enjoy the rest of this summer season

This has seemingly been a summer that everyone has been waiting for — and that is for a variety of reasons.

For starters, almost all of us were daydreaming of summer weather throughout our long, harsh winter. By the time we got hit with...

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 8:43am

Millsboro officials consider the big and small

The Town of Millsboro has been facing a few challenges.

Not that the town has the major issues or concerns some others do, both locally and nationally — more standard quality-of-life issues, such as revitalizing the downtown area,...

Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 5:46am

Let’s all think safety first this holiday weekend

One of the great traditions this area has to offer is the collection of celebrations that transpire throughout our community to commemorate Independence Day (see page A33 for descriptions). From parades to fireworks, we embrace July 4, and...

Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 10:16am

County races appear to be ones to watch this year

With Bill Carroll deciding to drop out of the Republican primary for the Sussex County Council District 4 race, the picture in that election gets much more clear. It will be local political heavyweights Shirley Price and George Cole battling for...

Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 10:48am