Editorial: Beebe to stay put, but build for the future

The population of Sussex County continues to grow. Stop us if you’ve heard this before.

And, yes, we have heard this for years, but the reason for this is clear — the population in Sussex County continues to rise, and there is no reason to...

Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 11:04am

The little things can help a lot down the road

Most of the town council meetings in this community — at least those who have an operational police department — include the police chief or another law enforcement official reading off that month’s crime statistics, or giving a general update....

Friday, July 15, 2016 - 7:04am

Tragedy should serve as a somber reminder

Well, it happened. And we are all worse off for it happening.

A young lady, Anastasia Ciolpan, 20, of Moldova, was riding her bicycle southbound on Kent Avenue on June 26, when a vehicle struck her from behind and knocked her to the ground...

Thursday, July 7, 2016 - 10:56am

Monday night incident ups our fear factor

Reality hit a little too close to home again this week.

According to Delaware State Police, Hickman’s Package Store on Cedar Neck Road was the victim of an armed robbery on the evening of Monday, June 20. Police said that two male suspects...

Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 10:07am

Don’t let a mistake ruin the rest of your life

We’re now in that magical time of the year when the schools have closed their doors for the regular school years, and the families have started coming down for their magical vacations by the shore.

Unfortunately, we have also reached that...

Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 1:23pm

Responders train for the unthinkable, for us

We like to think nothing really bad happens in our sleepy community by the shore.

Of course, we all know there are far too many bicyclist and pedestrian accidents during the summer months, and drunk driving seems to take somebody far-too-...

Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 11:11am

One more day of remembrance this week

The flags lining various locales throughout our community and others the past few weeks have been set up to honor those men and women of our armed forces who paid the ultimate price in defense of our freedom. Obviously, that period of remembrance...

Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 10:29am

Fun, sun and safety should all be enjoyed

Game on.

This weekend marks the unofficial start of the summer season around this community, and that means plenty of sunscreen, feasting seagulls, surfing, skimboarding, camping, fishing and more. Unfortunately, it also usually means...

Friday, May 27, 2016 - 10:00am

Viewpoint: Selbyville starts planning with win-win deal – May 20, 2016

It’s all-too-rare that we see a truly win-win situation in any walk of life. In government, that may be an even rarer situation.

However, we might be seeing that very circumstance happening in Selbyville, as officials there have begun...

Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 10:56am

Editorial: Saturday kicks off a series of busy weekends – May 13, 2016

Who’s tired of all this rain?

Yeah, sorry. We can’t do anything about the weather. However, we can tell you about a really full day of activities planned for our community this Saturday, May 14.

The Town of Ocean View will kick off...

Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 11:05am

Mother’s Day weekend is a big one for area

While Memorial Day weekend is circled in red on many area desk calendars as the start of another summer season, it’s also important to note that the unofficial kickoff each year is Mother’s Day weekend.

Yes, we have seen more crowds in...

Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 8:45am

Bail, even a high one, is a risky proposition

In 2012, members of the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force arrested Dagsboro resident Matthew Burton in connection with the murder of Millsboro’s Nicole Bennett. It was a disturbing crime, both by the nature of the death, and the fact that Bennett and...

Friday, April 29, 2016 - 8:59am

Haley’s legacy giving a ‘hand up’ to prisoners

As much as restaurateur and philanthropist Matt Haley left the area a legacy of great food, he also left behind him a tremendous legacy of helping people help themselves.

A former drug addict who spent time in prison himself, Haley not...

Friday, April 22, 2016 - 10:56am

Honoring a familiar voice for more than 67 years

We typically use this space to discuss an important news issue facing the community, or sharing some thoughts we might have on improving the day-to-day lives of the people who live here.

This week, we want to discuss a feature story we...

Friday, April 15, 2016 - 10:14am

It feels like a good weekend to have a Jamboree

We are in that little “lull” time of our calendar.

An early Easter has left a little gap before the craziness of summer hits, and even in a year where the holiday does fall a little later, this is still a period of many people collectively...

Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 11:03am

Entertainment is at an all-time high here now

The cherry blossoms are blooming, flowers are budding all around us and the golf courses are filling up around us — yes, spring is in the air, and you can feel the energy and excitement all around us.

Of course, there’s another sign that...

Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 9:45am

County BoA listened to opposition, acted on it

The Sussex County Board of Adjustment (BoA) this week denied an application from the Bethany Beach Police Department for a special-use exception to operate a shooting range on a piece of Town property in unincorporated Frankford.

We are...

Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 8:41am

Editorial: Feds are finally getting around to drug problem

There has been a lot of talk about the shortcomings of our federal govenment in terms of acting on issues that effect the day-to-to-day lives of Americans. A lot of that talk has come from the bald gentleman below this editorial.


Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 12:06pm

The shoulder season is now in all our sights

Flowers are beginning to dot our area landscape again, the honking of geese has begun to be replaced by the chirping of songbirds and our clocks spring ahead an hour this weekend. Yes, one and all, it would appear that spring is starting to make...

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 5:11pm

New program builds teamwork and confidence

The impressive lists of awards and even-longer list of honors students tells us that the Indian River School Dsitrict does a very admirable job in teaching our children what they are expected to be taught.

But we all know there is more to...

Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 12:23pm

Overcrowded schools becoming a real problem

Anyone navigating our local roads in the “offseason” can tell that there are simply more cars on the road than before.

New developments we have seen pop up on the local landscape largely means there are more second-home owners than before...

Friday, February 26, 2016 - 8:07am

Artillery park is more than just another display

The Fort Miles Historical Association, in conjunction with Delaware State Parks, will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for an artillery park on Saturday, Feb. 20, in the historic section of the park.

The new artillery park is the newest...

Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 9:30am

Towns, MVFC come to agreements on EMS fees

Both the Millville and Ocean View town councils voted unanimously this week to begin drafting agreements to charge every household in their respective municipalities a $35 ambulance fee, to benefit the Millville Volunteer Fire Company (MVFC)....

Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 10:25am

Frankford election the next step in shake-up

If there’s one thing we’ve learned over the years of doing this, it’s that every town — every governmental body, really — goes through cycles.

Sometimes, that cycle simply consists of things sticking to the status quo, and the same people...

Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 12:46pm

Storm was rough, but could have been worse

So, yeah, that storm hit us pretty hard.

Many of us have grown a bit skeptical of snow and dangerous weather prognostications for the area over the years, as we have seen dire forecasts turn into little more than some wind and showers time...

Friday, January 29, 2016 - 8:29am

Police get important training with mental issues

One topic that continues to make its way into both the national and local conversation is the current state of mental health treatment.

Mass shootings, homelessness, veterans struggling to adapt back to civilian society and other issues...

Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 8:34am

After 14 years of service, Hocker steps aside

In March 2002, the son of a prominent local businessman and politician took the oath to serve the Town of Millville as a councilman. And Tuesday night he announced he is taking a step back from handling town business, ending a journey that saw...

Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 8:10am

Road projects test patience, but run smoothly

We’ve all heard the sentiments before, typically laced with a stream of profanity that we won’t be repeating here.

“Stupid road construction made me late for my meeting.”

“Are they ever going to finish tearing up [Route 54] [Route...

Friday, January 8, 2016 - 7:21am

Please, be safe and smart this New Year’s Eve

We’re guessing that many of you, like many of us at the paper, are still deep in the holiday spirit.

That’s a great thing, and we hope people can carry that air of celebration with them throughout the year. However, with New Year’s Day...

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 - 12:54pm

Baby Alana’s life was too short, but still powerful

When word broke on Wednesday, Dec. 14, that Alana Rose Prettyman had passed away, one could feel the oxygen being sucked out of our office. Judging by comments on social media, that feeling enveloped most of our community.

The 15-month...

Wednesday, December 23, 2015 - 8:38am

It’s the annual Christmas rush — shop, think local

And... down the stretch they come!

Yes, the madness of holiday shopping is beginning to hit the final corner and on to the homestretch. Lunch hours at work are becoming a bit lengthier, fingers are getting swollen from clicking on...

Friday, December 18, 2015 - 4:43am

Ocean View to hold election to fill Sheeran’s seat

Ocean View officials are searching for candidates to run for a town council seat in a special election, scheduled to be held on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016.

The position up for grabs will be to fill the chair previously held by Tom Sheeran,...

Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 5:26am

Bethany, businesses building Weekend Wonderland

The town of Bethany Beach will have a bit more of an extended celebration of the holidays this year.

Weekend Wonderland in Bethany will be held the first three Saturdays of the month, beginning this week, Dec. 5, with the traditional...

Friday, December 4, 2015 - 5:46am

State champs offer lessons in resiliency, heart

After seven games had been played in their 2015 season, the Indian River High School boys soccer team had two wins. After their last game had been played, they had themselves a state championship.

Theirs is a story of belief — in...

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 8:58am

Fear strikes home, and the problem must end

When shots were fired and bombs exploded in Paris last Friday, the world shook.

Yes, loss of life was a primary goal of the terrorists behind the attacks, but make no mistake about it — having the entire world shake together as we watched...

Friday, November 20, 2015 - 8:30am

Local police departments reach out to citizens

You know, we’re pretty fortunate around here.

Put aside the fact that we live near the beach, have low taxes, can get to numerous major cities with an easy drive and have the roads to ourselves for about eight months a year. That’s all...

Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 11:52pm

Take a moment and honor a veteran or two

How’d everyone sleep last night?

Forget the heartburn or stress over a work project or test that might have kept you up a little bit, or the dog pushing you to the edge of the bed. Those things just happen sometimes. Were you kept awake...

Friday, November 6, 2015 - 5:27am

Psychiatric hospital a step in right direction

Deficiencies in mental health care have been pointed to as a significant problem, both locally and nationally.

We’ve heard arguments pointing to a general lack of proper mental health care in situations of homelessness, veterans struggling...

Friday, October 30, 2015 - 9:15am

Protecting our natural treasures is a must

For an area that is as popular with vacationers as ours is, we still manage to have our fair share of hidden treasures.

Maybe it’s an off-the-beaten path restaurant you’ve discovered, or a quaint little shop in one of our rural areas....

Friday, October 23, 2015 - 10:43am

Fall’s arrival shouldn’t lessen precautions

Yes, Christmas decorations are already beginning to pop up all around us, but before then, there’s Thanksgiving to worry about. And, before then, there’s Halloween.

We are already seeing Halloween events taking place around us, and they...

Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 9:13am

Team effort during storm helped us all out

Well, that was a bit of weather we had last week, huh?

If you follow us on Facebook, you know we were trying to share information with our readers as fast as it was coming in from every direction. There were road closures, power lines...

Friday, October 9, 2015 - 6:13am

Beebe’s announcement a win for all of us

Walk-in care just got a lot more user-friendly.

Beebe Healthcare announced earlier this week that their Walk-In Care facility in Millville will remain open year-round.For any of us in this community who have had a medical situation pop up...

Friday, October 2, 2015 - 12:23pm

UD was vigilant, thorough in investigation

Word broke early Wednesday morning that University of Delaware police were investigating a hate crime on campus, causing many throughout the state to shudder at the thought.

According to school officials, a student found what he belived...

Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 8:50am

Behold a weekend of massive entertainment

Buckle up. “Shoulder season” is in full effect.

Long considered the best time of the year by many locals, this is the season when the weekdays are filled with open roads and small lines, while weekends return to the crowds with an...

Friday, September 18, 2015 - 5:47am

Local responders get some support, gratitude

The last year or so hasn’t been an easy time nationally for emergency responders — particularly police officers.

High-profile shootings of suspects have garnered headlines and generated protests, and there have been several instances now...

Friday, September 11, 2015 - 8:37am

NFL is a mess. But that doesn’t matter now


I just did a hashtag. Did you see that? All the people saying I’m a dinosaur newspaper man who can’t keep up with the changing times, take that. I am a man of the “now” generation and can make my point through the short-but-...

Friday, September 11, 2015 - 8:34am

Wounded warriors storm the shore next week

This community will be fortunate enough to receive 30 wounded warriors and their families next week, and we all have Operation SEAs the Day to thank for that opportunity.

The group was founded as a means to thank the families for their...

Friday, September 4, 2015 - 5:33am

IRSD school board appears to be in good hands

It has been a while since Charles Bireley was not the president of the Indian River School Board. In fact, Bireley has served that role faithfully for the past 10 years, and has held the seat for 15 of his 38 years helping direct the educational...

Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 11:00am

Patience, relaxation key these next few weeks

Well, we’ve hit that little bubble between the hectic days of summer madness and the hectic days of Labor Day weekend.

Schools through the region have swung back into gear, meaning fewer families are taking their week-long vacations, and...

Friday, August 21, 2015 - 9:09am

It’s a rough patch, but Town can move forward

Not every problem is a permanent one.

Yes, things are somewhat difficult in Frankford right now. Over the past several months we have seen the town solicitor, a popular police chief and two council members resign their positions (the chief...

Friday, August 14, 2015 - 4:40am