Editorial


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

Happy Birthday South Bethany

It’s almost hard to believe that the town of South Bethany will be celebrating 40 years of incorporation on Saturday. Has it only been 40 years?

The town has seen substantial growth over that period of time — both in houses and businesses...

Thursday, September 24, 2009 - 8:01am

Homeowners could have help

Like him or not, you have to give Gov. Jack Markell and his administration credit for trying to spur the state’s economy.

Last Thursday, Sept. 10, Markell, Superior Court President Judge James Vaughn Jr. and members of the Mediation...

Thursday, September 17, 2009 - 7:57am

State bets on financial boost

Delaware officials were recently denied the opportunity by a federal court to present single-game wagers on various sporting events. But that’s not stopping the state from pushing forward on a plan to generate more revenue for our cash-strapped...

Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 7:24am

Incident highlights police bravery

Most of us have done it.

You’re driving down the street, lost in your thoughts and perhaps unaware that your speedometer has crept up a little bit, and you see that police cruiser on the side of the road, pointing a radar gun in your...

Thursday, September 3, 2009 - 8:51am

Expansion of VA cemetery needed

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced this week that it had awarded $1.8 million to the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery to expand its facility.
“This cemetery is a vital part of our state’s history and a tribute to all...

Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 4:12pm

Cooperative effort is a good sign

It’s easy to support the annual Coastal Clean-up event. Volunteers arrive at nearly 50 Delaware locations, 10 sites in Maryland and four in New Jersey to clean the beaches and restore some order to the destination spots that have seen wear-and-...

Thursday, August 20, 2009 - 6:55am

Registry changes good for many

We are almost always in favor of the public gaining access to as much information as possible, and the recent announcement by the Delaware Department of Justice and the Delaware State Police regarding upgrades to the state’s Sex Offender Web site...

Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 6:35am

World's eye turned toward Roxana

In what’s become an annual affair, the softball world will be looking to Roxana for the Senior League Softball World Series next week.
Teams from around the country, as well as Europe, Latin America and Asia will be descending onto our...

Thursday, August 6, 2009 - 6:12am

County program gets its start

Sussex County Council last week approved the first project being developed under its Moderately Priced Rental Program — a program designed to stimulate affordable rental housing for the county’s working citizens.

“I see a rental market...

Thursday, July 30, 2009 - 12:43pm

Voter eligibility gets a look

Voter eligibility has been a rather constant, if understated, subject in this community for some time.

While Fenwick Island, South Bethany and Bethany Beach allow non-resident property owners to vote, the preponderance of towns not...

Thursday, July 23, 2009 - 7:31am

Internet not a private world

While there’s no doubt that the Internet has provided us with access to instant information, a venue in which to communicate with people from distances and a source of social networking, there is also little doubt that it does come with some...

Thursday, July 16, 2009 - 8:20am

County gets major shot of help

Sussex County received a much-needed shot in the arm last week with the receipt of $19.2 million from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help finance wastewater projects. The money was provided by the American Recovery and...

Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 9:07am

Community steps up yet again

Tough economy? Check. Busiest time of the year? Check. Community stepping up and taking care of others?

Check.

When Contractors for a Cause held their 5th Annual Springtime Gala at Cripple Creek Country Club on Friday, June 19,...

Thursday, July 2, 2009 - 9:18am

Bluewater gets approval to star

Bluewater Wind announced Wednesday that they have received leases by the Minerals Management Service (MMS) to construct meteorological towers in the Atlantic Ocean — an important first step in determining the feasability of offshore wind projects...

Thursday, June 25, 2009 - 6:53am

SEDAST deserves our thanks

We’ve all heard over recent years about schools cutting their art and music programs to allocate that money more to the “traditional” classes. While reading, math and writing skills are certainly important tools to acquire, children’s abilities...

Thursday, June 18, 2009 - 6:40am

National Guard might lead way

The Army National Guard Station in Bethany Beach is setting its sights on wind power as a way to fulfill executive orders and federal mandates of using more renewable resources.

As part of the Department of Defense’s Energy Conservation...

Thursday, June 11, 2009 - 7:30am