Editorial


Millville closer to streetscape

To many who visit the area, Millville is that little town on Route 26 that has some grocery stores, several banks and an enormous liquor store. It appears to be based solely on the retail of Route 26, just like many people from other areas...

Thursday, August 26, 2010 - 3:40am

Local laws apply to all of us

It seems this summer that we’ve had more complaints about the enforcement of parking regulations in Bethany Beach than at any other time. Two different people who contacted us suggested that the town specifically targets out-of-state license...

Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 8:30am

Jazz Funeral a sight to see

Though summer is still in full swing, the realities of Labor Day weekend are fast approaching.

That is the weekend that marks the unofficial close of the summer season every year. Young children and many of the seasonal employees go back...

Thursday, August 12, 2010 - 8:56am

Great family week ahead for area

We love to consider this area the “family beaches” of the Delmarva coast.

There isn’t the congestion and fraternity atmosphere of Ocean City to our immediate south, or the party and rock-and-roll scene of Dewey Beach directly to the north...

Friday, August 6, 2010 - 6:41am

Crime hits even our little home

The Delaware State Police reported earlier this week that there are additional charges facing the five teenagers arrested last week in connection with the July 16 burglary of a Bethany Beach home. The police state that these charges stem from...

Friday, July 30, 2010 - 8:13am

Fall elections now taking shape

It was beginning to look as if there would be very little excitement locally in the November elections. True, Ocean View Town Council Member Perry Mitchell announced his intent to run for Sen. George H. Bunting’s state senate seat in the...

Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 6:15am

Fall elections now taking shape

It was beginning to look as if there would be very little excitement locally in the November elections. True, Ocean View Town Council Member Perry Mitchell announced his intent to run for Sen. George H. Bunting’s state senate seat in the...

Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 6:15am

Ocean View the site of harmony?

Ocean View Town Council met Tuesday night for a public hearing regarding its 2010 comprehensive land-use plan. A touchy subject, to be sure, particularly regarding the increase in commercial lots compared to the past.

Touchy subjects in...

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 - 4:16pm

Hands-free law could save laws

Can you hear us now?
Starting Jan. 2, 2011, motorists on Delaware roads will need to use hands-free technology to talk on their cell phones. The new law, signed by Gov. Jack Markell on Tuesday, also bans drivers from texting, reading or...

Thursday, July 8, 2010 - 4:28am

A step back in time for the holiday

America is a changing and changed place.

What began as a collection of ragtag colonies inhabited by European immigrants is now a thriving superpower with immigrants from all corners of the globe. Our technological and industrial...

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - 5:48pm

Letter nice -- but might not be enough

Many of us have closely followed the events regarding the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. We have been collectively aghast at the lack of an efficient response as far as stopping the leak and cleaning up the damage it is leaving in its wake, and...

Thursday, June 24, 2010 - 4:51am

A good weekend of events ahead

For those looking for something entertaining to do this weekend, without doing battle with regular beach traffic, let us offer an inland alternative.

The Town of Selbyville will be holding its 54th annual Old Timer’s Day celebration on...

Thursday, June 17, 2010 - 8:52am

AAA has picked the right battles

As the summer season approaches each year to this area, a great amount of thought for many individuals turns to traffic. There are concerns about over-stressed roads, getting behind that person who seemingly wanders down the road aimlessly and,...

Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 6:36am

Neighborly policing could be a help

The topic of a regional police force has been one that’s picked up steam several times over the years, only to go back down into obscurity a short time later. However, there seems to be real momentum right now for some form of arrangement between...

Friday, June 4, 2010 - 6:23am

Neighborly policing could be a help

The topic of a regional police force has been one that’s picked up steam several times over the years, only to go back down into obscurity a short time later. However, there seems to be real momentum right now for some form of arrangement between...

Friday, June 4, 2010 - 6:23am

Weekend kicks off summer season

For many of us in the area, Memorial Day weekend signifies the beginning of the “real year.”

Oh, make no mistake. Those of us fortunate enough to live here full-time love the off-season. We enjoy driving unabated up and down Route 26. We...

Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 8:29am

State making right call on cell phones

By all indications, it will soon be illegal to talk on your hand-held cell phone while driving in Delaware, as well as texting or accessing e-mail or the Internet while behind the wheel.

The State House of Representatives voted 33-5 to...

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 5:13pm

Independent review leaves bad taste

Law Dean Linda L. Ammons, of Widener University, was tasked by Gov. Jack Markell in January to conduct an independent review after the arrest of Dr. Early Bradley, the Lewes pediatrician accused of more than 100 sexual assaults. On Tuesday, May...

Thursday, May 13, 2010 - 4:41am

Parents should make voices heard

Elections for the school board of the Indian River School District are this week. Residents of District 2 — the areas outside of Millsboro and Georgetown — will go to the polls on Tuesday, May 11, voting from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. as to who they’d...

Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 5:24pm

Roxana Fire Department turns 50

There are certain things in society and life we just naturally take for granted. We often don’t appreciate enough our family members or friends, our jobs, our homes or, locally, that beautiful body of water over to the east. And we are never...

Wednesday, April 28, 2010 - 2:10pm

Biden continues to attack case

Reality continued to slap the collective face of our community earlier this week when Delaware Attorney General Joseph “Beau” Biden III announced that the Sussex County Grand Jury has indicted Dr. Earl Bradley on 58 counts of rape and other...

Thursday, April 22, 2010 - 6:13am

Bidding adieu to council members

The Ocean View Town Council election came and went on Saturday, and Michelle Steffens and Geoff Christ will now be sworn in next week to serve the people of Ocean View.

We certainly congratulate the two of them on their succesful campaigns...

Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 9:29am

Issues on the table in Ocean View

As voters in Ocean View prepare to go to the polls on Saturday for the town council election, we ask them to consider one thing above all others: Which candidate would best serve the town?

And, that’s it.

Attempt to ignore...

Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 6:59am

Project closer to becoming a reality

This has long been a community that gives.

Just take a quick peek at our “Calendar” and “Continuing Events” sections each week and you will find an unbelievable number of organizations that were created solely to help others, through the...

Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 3:27am

Ocean View election nears

Ocean View is holding an election on Saturday, April 10. You might want to buckle up. This could be a bumpy ride.

Councilman Bill Wichmann, who has been somewhat of a lightning rod for controversy, is leaving his seat in District II...

Thursday, March 25, 2010 - 7:48am

Memorial effort a good cause

The loss of a police officer, particularly in the line of duty, can wound an entire community. They are our protectors. The men and women who move toward trouble, while the vast majority of us are moving away from it as fast as our legs or cars...

Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 3:32pm

Local students conquer Odyssey

Two teams of Indian River School District (IRSD) students earned state championships last weekend at the Delaware Odyssey of the Mind competition at the University of Delaware. And we should be proud of their efforts.

A team coached by...

Thursday, March 11, 2010 - 5:05am

Realtors hope to help families

According to numbers provided by the Sussex County Association of Realtors (SCAOR), Sussex County saw a 44 percent jump in foreclosures between 2008 and 2009. That represents the largest jump in terms of percentage of any county in the state,...

Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 2:56pm

Wichmann deserves his voice back

Ocean View Town Council members recently considered a letter from former mayor Gary Meredith that encouraged the current council to rescind the censure order on Councilman Bill Wichmann. That orginal censure came in July 2006 after Wichmann...

Thursday, February 18, 2010 - 6:44am

State's doing fine with snow

If there’s a common thread amongst complaints we’ve heard about the recent weather, it’s the notion that the snow removal has been slow and that the state, county and municipalities have not done nearly enough to make the roads safe quickly....

Thursday, February 11, 2010 - 8:18am

Pulling together in winter's grip

A snowstorm can bring out the worst in drivers, especially those who aren’t used to driving in the white stuff and its harder, more slippery cousin. But this week’s unusually big hit from Mother Nature’s winter coat seemed to bring out the best...

Thursday, February 4, 2010 - 6:17am

Biden serious about children

Many Democrats around the state were upset when Delaware Attorney General Joseph R. “Beau” Biden III announced recently that he would not be pursuing the U.S. Senate seat previously held by his father, now-Vice President Joe Biden. However, the...

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 - 5:28pm

TIme to embrace a real hero

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
— Martin Luther King Jr.

Our nation celebrated the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, and it’s our sincere hope that people appreciate the...

Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 6:42am

IRSD vote will cost no money

The Indian River School District (IRSD) will have a special referendum on Tuesday, Feb. 9. At issue is transfering $137,000 from the district’s major capital improvement funding to construct additional classrooms at North Georgetown Elementary...

Thursday, January 14, 2010 - 6:09am

Town has interesting decision

Ocean View officials have a bit of a pickle on their hands.

The proposal to change three lots in the town to commercial use has ramifications for the future of the town, and has stirred up a hornet’s nest of controversy amongst residents....

Thursday, January 7, 2010 - 3:58am

Delmarva bands together for girl

If there is one certainty regarding the people of this area, it is that they care.

Though we’re in a rough economic climate, and fundraising is a bit more difficult because of that reality, charitable organizations are still making a big...

Tuesday, December 29, 2009 - 1:15pm

Happy Holidays to all of you

As Christmas comes to the area, we wanted to take a second away from local politics and issues in this space to wish all of you a Merry Christmas. Actually, we want to wish all of you happy holidays this season, regardless your faith or beliefs,...

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 - 11:04am

Patience is wise in this case

South Bethany officials are discussing the merits of letting the town’s residents vote on building a park on a parcel of donated land.

A resident, Pat VanCleve, approached the South Bethany Town Council during its Dec. 11 meeting, and...

Thursday, December 17, 2009 - 5:04am

Local crime continues to rise

During Tuesday night’s Ocean View Town Council meeting, Mayor Gordon Wood made an interesting comment. He warned citizens to contact Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin if they were approached by somebody who flashed a badge. He continued to...

Wednesday, December 9, 2009 - 2:13pm

Ocean View turns to residents

We’ve all been inundated with stories on state or federal government officials struggling with replacing lost revenue since the economy first started taking a hit. And many of us have been personally affected by the economic tide, either through...

Wednesday, December 2, 2009 - 12:38pm

Try to keep that shopping local

Thanksgiving officially marks the start of the holiday season for many in this country. It’s that five-week slice of time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s that fills the airlines, boosts the sales at grocery stores and gives retail stores the...

Wednesday, November 25, 2009 - 8:04am

County hopes to get federal aid

Last week’s coastal storm did a number on the area, causing havoc on local roads and beaches, and hitting people’s homes with force. Now, officials in Sussex County want to hear from the residents regarding damage to their homes and property....

Thursday, November 19, 2009 - 9:10am

Recent crime spike no surprise

Delaware State Police arrested a 16-year-old Millsboro teen on Monday after he allegedly broke into the Frankford home of a state trooper and stole jewelry and the trooper’s personal handgun. This is another example of a disturbing trend hitting...

Thursday, November 12, 2009 - 7:27am

A time to remember their efforts

Earlier this week, the U.S.S. New York cruised into the harbor of its namesake city and paused beside the infamous Ground Zero site for a 21-gun salute. On Saturday, Nov. 7, the ship’s commissioning will take place in the Hudson Bay.

The U...

Thursday, November 5, 2009 - 3:38am

Hybrid maker gives lift to state

A recent announcement that Fisker Automotive of California was buying the former General Motors plant in Wilmington to develop plug-in hybrid electric cars should bring a collective round of applause from those who live in Delaware.

The...

Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 7:17am

A whole world is a big theatre

As a person who easily gets sidetracked, I often find myself clicking on a link to a story on the Internet, only to get off course as I click on 50 more stories that are teased on my original article. The main causes of my high-tech digressions...

Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 7:14am

It’s time to respect James Farm

For dog owners in this community, one of the real joys of living here is walking our dogs at the James Farm Ecological Preserve. It’s a peaceful trek that cuts through unmolested woods and ends at the Indian River Bay, adorned with one of the...

Thursday, October 22, 2009 - 7:33am

Local hospitals make the grade

A recent independent study of health care facilities gave very high marks to the three hospitals closest to this region — Beebe Medical Center, Atlantic General Hospital and Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC).

The report, provided by...

Thursday, October 15, 2009 - 7:44am

Castle's decision a major one

The announcement on Tuesday that longtime U.S. Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del) would run for the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by Vice-President Joseph R. Biden Jr. could send shockwaves through both the state and the nation.

Nationally, the...

Wednesday, October 7, 2009 - 3:46pm

An important month, to be sure

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM), and the program has grown in leaps and bounds as awareness of the disease has grown along with it.

According to the the American Cancer Society’s Web site (www.cancer.org), NBCAM...

Friday, October 2, 2009 - 5:09am