Two painful losses shake our community

It was a dark couple days for our picturesque community.

Two young women were murdered within a few days of each other, and though they don’t appear to be connected in an way, shape or form, it was still sobering.

These things just...

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 4:29pm

Frankford offering great service to residents

Sometimes we lose sight of what government is supposed to be doing for the people. Or, to put a fine point to it, sometimes government loses sight of what government is supposed to be doing for the people.

Governments are established to...

Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 6:36am

Now is the right time to prepare for hurricanes

Those of us who were here last year remember watching Hurricane Irene climb the coast and appear to head right to us. The weather broadcasters were predicting several different routes Irene might take as it traveled north, and all of them...

Thursday, June 7, 2012 - 7:52am

Memorial Day not the same without the Legion

There are certain events and circumstances that take place in our community over the course of any given year that we just hate to get involved in, for various reasons. One of the touchiest, and least palatable reasons, is the “he-said, she-said...

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 3:26pm

Despite extended recession, County looks good

Times have been tough in recent years — not just here, but everywhere. Real estate has taken a hit, the job market has been strained and people are owing more on college loans than ever before.

We have all read or seen stories on rising...

Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 7:42am

Selbyville law may not be the right answer

Selbyville’s new bar and restaurant law, which states that alcohol may not be served after 11:30 p.m., is one bourne out of both a need to protect the town’s citizens and to re-establish the reputation of the town in general.

There have...

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 4:32pm

Bike tour demonstrates Quiet Resorts’ appeal

The annual Ocean to Bay Bike Tour, which was held on April 21 this year, has increasingly demonstrated its ability to both offer an option to locals looking for something to do outdoors on a spring weekend and to bring people from outside the...

Friday, May 11, 2012 - 6:07am

This weekend starts the busy season

Ladies and gentlemen, the season is soon upon us.

Anyone with a spectacular Coastal Point calendar (still have some in stock!) can tell you that Memorial Day weekend is only a few short weeks away. And while that used to be the unofficial...

Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 8:12am

County police coverage a difficult issue

Once again, the roles of the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office have dominated headlines around the area.

The proposed HB 290 would make the law perfectly clear in Delaware that county sheriffs and their deputies would not have arrest...

Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 8:09am

County recognizes, appreciates libraries

This week has been dubbed “Sussex County Library Week,” and Sussex County Council spent some time at their meeting on Tuesday celebrating the work of the 14 public libraries that call Sussex home.

According to county officials, more than 1...

Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 4:52am

Combined effort could actually save lives

The Indian River School District (IRSD) and Joshua M. Freeman Foundation will host a special program on Monday, April 16, aimed at parents to discuss bullying and teen suicide prevention. The program, called “The Choice is Yours,” will be held at...

Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 8:10am

Republican event in Roxana a good idea

This is a smart idea.

It’s no secret that our little corner of Delaware is a bit of a conservative bastion. The beach towns house many of the affluent fiscal conservatives who often support the Republican party, and the inland towns...

Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 11:48am

Selbyville locks down funds for new wells

The Town of Selbyville has been discussing water issues in the town for quite some time. From run-off to wastewater to water bills to the quality of the town’s drinking water, Selbyville officials have been dealing with water in some shape or...

Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 6:02am

No election in Ocean View this year, but why?

It’s probably not surprising to anyone who regularly reads our paper to see that Ocean View is the subject of our editorial this week. After all, the town has seen discord between council members, staff, residents and, yes, newspaper reporters...

Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 6:19am

Bunting will leave reputation, strong legacy

State Sen. George H. Bunting Jr. (D-Bethany Beach) announced his retirement on the floor of the state Senate on Tuesday, March 13. Bunting has served as senator for the 20th District since 1996, and prior to that was a state representative from...

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 3:29pm

Lady Indians left it all on the court this year

There’s really only so much athletes can control when in the heat of battle, particularly in a sport like basketball. They can control their energy. They can control their effort. They can play good defense. What they can’t always control is...

Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 8:30am

Local disputes must be handled better by all

State Election Commissioner Elaine Manlove recently dismissed an appeal by Frankford resident and 2012 town council candidate Greg Welch in which he argued that town officials had not acted properly in refusing to delay the town’s recent election...

Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 10:36am

Searching for hidden gold in local schools

One of the things we really enjoy about being a community paper is that we can heap a great deal of attention on the young men and women from local schools who excel in athletics. In our case, we focus the vast majority of our coverage on Indian...

Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 6:09am

Farmer's markets continuing to sprout up in the area

The Millville Town Council voted Tuesday night to hold a farmers’ market this summer, taking place on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Millville joins Bethany Beach, Millsboro, Sea Colony, Selbyville and others in the area as locations where...

Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 5:53am

DelDOT gets out the word--now it's our turn

There are differing opinions on how governments should be run, who should run them and how much responsibility they should have in our day-to-day lives. Those differences in opinion are often linked to political party affiliation or personal...

Thursday, February 9, 2012 - 3:58am

Frankford election is somewhat rare. Go vote

It’s not every day there’s a town council election in Frankford. In fact, it’s not every year there’s a town council election in Frankford. For the first time since 2003, voters in that town will come to the voting booth on Saturday, Feb. 4, to...

Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 9:48am

Millville puts police department talk on hold

Millville officials have made it pretty well-known that a top priority for the town in their eyes has been to increase police presence.

With no department of their own, the town has contracted out the Delaware State Police for several...

Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 8:19am

Appeal process another hurdle for family

Attorneys for Derrick Powell, the man convicted of fatally shooting Georgetown police officer Chad Spicer in September 2009, have filed a motion in their client’s appeal to move that trial out of Sussex County. Powell was sentenced to death for...

Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 6:43am

New Indian River Inlet Bridge to open soon

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announced earlier this week that soutbound traffic on Route 1 would be routed onto the new Indian River Inlet Bridge on Friday, Jan. 20. Officials said northbound traffic would be moved on to the...

Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 5:42am

That bucket list might have to be accelerated

I was going back through my New Year’s resolutions this past weekend, as well as formulating a plan on how I would explain to people how all of them are now officially dead, when a jolt of reality shot through my body.

Who needs...

Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 5:36am

Teamwork, citizen's help lead to arrest

Last week, we used this space to alert local business owners about a string of armed robberies in the area. We also emphasized that people needed to let the police do their jobs, and not try to take the law into their own hands.

As is so...

Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 3:35am

Police investigating series of robberies

When word got out that Fox’s Pizza Den in Millville was robbed at gunpoint on Monday, Dec. 19, much of the community was stunned. That simply isn’t the type of crime we are used to here. Oh, we’re not naive enough to believe that there is no...

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 1:40pm

'Tis the season to be jolly and generous

This week, as we huddle around our fireplaces, Christmas trees, menorahs, Yule logs, or just an oven filled with treats cooked on our vacations, it’s also an opportune time to think about those who don’t have family to gather with them around a...

Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 2:58am

The time is right to lift Wichmann's censure

The Ocean View Town Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to lift the five-year censure of former councilman Bill Wichmann, and that sounds about right to us.

For those of you who either don’t remember, or weren’t living here at the time...

Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 7:43am

Day of infamy fades further and further away

On Dec. 7, 1787, Delaware became the first state to ratify the United States Constitution. Nine years later on that date, John Adams was elected to be the second president of the United States. Lethal injection was used in an execution for the...

Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 5:54am

Day of infamy fades further and further away

On Dec. 7, 1787, Delaware became the first state to ratify the United States Constitution. Nine years later on that date, John Adams was elected to be the second president of the United States. Lethal injection was used in an execution for the...

Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 5:54am

Entire community behind this Indians team

It’s been said that a succesful sports team can galvanize a community. Lines of race, religion, gender and socio-economic status can be erased as people can unite in getting behind the home team and either reveling together over its success, or...

Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 3:13am

Local shops and restaurants offer unique goods

The power-shopping time of the year is now officially upon us. Clear up those charge cards, roll up the coins in the giant jar in the hallway and pull together those coupons and gift cards you have been holding on to throughout the year.


Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 7:20am

Lack of insight, planning, hurts whole county

Well, it will certainly be interesting to watch ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” Friday night.

The popular show will be airing a special two-hour Thanksgiving special on the Jusst Sooup Ranch building project starting at 8 p.m. That...

Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 4:39am

Gregory's ouster a gutsy call by council members

What has been expected for several months took place in Ocean View Town Hall on Tuesday night, as the town council voted 5-0 to terminate the contract of Town Manager Conway Gregory without cause.
Gregory has been somewhat of a lightning...

Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 3:38am

Phillips endures a tough week — more work ahead

It was a turbulent few days for Sussex County Councilman Vance Phillips last week.

Things began with an alleged dispute between Phillips and Sussex County Sheriff Jeff Christopher at the county’s GOP headquarters in Georgetown last...

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 11:33am

DEA, local agencies making effort to protect us

According to the Delaware State Police, two men forced their way into a home on John J. Williams Highway in Millsboro last Thursday night and confronted the 41-year-old male and 33-year-old female residents of the home with handguns. The men...

Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 8:26am

Ocean View officials doing this the right way

People in Ocean View just don’t trust each other very much.

Now, we don’t mean that neighbors are hanging outside their windows with binoculars at night to spy on what the people next door are up to, though we have heard of a few similar...

Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 10:25am

Movement is getting some real legs to it now

The economy has been a basic staple of conversation for the past several years. More specifically, our awful economy has been the major topic of discussion for people of all economic levels.

There is frustration and anger amongst many...

Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 7:30am

Sometimes, the exciting story is not so much fun

Before I moved back to our little coastal oasis of Delaware in 2003, I was the editor of two weekly newspapers in the Atlanta area — the Rockdale Neighbor and the DeKalb Neighbor.
Coastal Point

The Rockdale paper was in a more rural...

Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 6:27am

Grimes a great choice for Lighthouse Award

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce recently awarded its prestigious Lighthouse Award to Patti Grimes, the executive director of the Carl M. Freeman and Joshua M. Freeman foundations, and we couldn’t think of a better recipient.


Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 4:26pm

The celebrity exposure in this world is too high

I. Don’t. Get. It.

Why do we have this ridiculous fascination with celebrities? Why do we care who Alec Baldwin supports in a national election? Why do we dedicate thousands of inches of copy in newspapers and on Web sites to the...

Thursday, September 29, 2011 - 11:59am

Fenwick Cottage tour a nod to town's history

There’s no secret that many of the people who call this area home have moved here from somewhere else. It’s part of the very fabric of this community that makes it such a tremendous place to live. There are the longtime locals who are set in the...

Thursday, September 29, 2011 - 11:59am

Local Legion chipping in to help troops

There have been so many efforts to help our troops overseas. Republican or Democrat, the one thing most Americans agree on is that it is our troops who are in harm’s way on a day-to-day basis in service of this nation, and groups and...

Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 4:44am

County finally gets in step with state law

The winds of change are alive in Sussex County.

Under state law adopted last year, local governments and community associations were no longer allowed to require special approvals in order to allow installations such as windmills or wind...

Thursday, September 15, 2011 - 4:34am

Bethany council election a pretty big deal

The first-ever Coastal Point Candidates Forum was held in Bethany Beach Town Hall last Friday night for the town’s coming town council election, and the results had to provide optimism for anybody with strong ties to Bethany Beach.


Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 2:57pm

Jazz funeral and end-of-season tradition

Labor Day weekend has long been considered the end of the summer season around here, and no event better captures that feeling than the Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral. The event started more than 25 years ago, as Bethany Beach entrepreneur Moss...

Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 6:14am

Plenty of information for Bethany voters

The Town of Bethany Beach will be holding a town council election on Saturday, Sept. 10. There will be five candidates vying for three seats — with challengers Tony Carmen and Tom Lennon battling incumbents Jerry Dorfman, Joe Healy and Carol...

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 2:58pm

Route 113 bypass project back in focus

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell put the brakes on the proposed Route 113 bypass project last year following extensive news coverage by this paper and The News Journal — but that doesn’t mean improvements for Route 113 are dead.

The Delaware...

Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 6:47am

Governor's emphasis on jobs is impressive

Gov. Jack Markell has been consistently on the front lines regarding getting employers into Delaware, as well as trying to keep the ones we already have.

When Allen Family Foods declared bankruptcy in July, there were some real fears in...

Thursday, August 11, 2011 - 6:08am