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It’s that time of year again... School starts Tuesday!

The 2018-2019 school year begins on Tuesday, Sept. 4, for kindergarten through 12th-grade students in the Indian River School District and Sussex Technical High School.

Sussex Tech held its freshmen orientation before the start of school,...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 6:06pm

Jazz Funeral set to wish ‘Summer 2018’ a fond farewell

As it has for the past 32 years, Bethany Beach will “celebrate” the end of the summer with a funeral.

It’s not just any funeral — as locals and visitors alike have learned over the years, the Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral is one of the...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 6:04pm

IRSD to loosen funds, plans prelim $158M budget for 2019

School choice will change, lunch prices will not

School budgeting is tricky, since districts won’t know how much money is coming until the official “unit count” of students in September.

But, for now, the Indian River School...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 6:00pm

Design guidelines developed for neighbors of Historic Lewes Byway

The Sussex County Council last week received an update on the Historic Lewes Byway from committee member Russ Tatman, regarding voluntary design guidelines for properties along the byway.

According to its website, “The Historic Lewes Byway...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 5:48pm

Ocean View resident Marie Knox will celebrate her 103rd birthday on Saturday, Sept. 3. Knox was born in the Dagsboro District.

Local woman celebrates more than a century of life

In 1915, Woodrow Wilson was well into his first term as president of the United States, the U.S. House of Representatives rejected a proposal to give women the right to vote, Babe Ruth hit his first career home run, and Ocean View resident Marie...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 4:22pm

Seaford High School students spent three days this summer training to be Botvin LifeSkills Training Peer Mentors to Seaford Middle School students for the upcoming school year.

Herren Project aims to give hope to those dealing with addiction

More than 300 lives were lost to overdose in Delaware in 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Delaware ranks ninth in the country in its overdose death rate.

“It’s pandemic, really,” said Lisa Coldiron, grant manager for the...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 3:49pm

Very Important Families (VIFs) arrive at Operation SEAs the Day’s The Heroes’ Welcome Home parade at the Freeman Stage at Bayside during last year’s event.

Operation SEAs the Day’s Warrior Beach Week set for Sept. 4-9

There are only a few days left until the 2018 Operation SEAs the Day VIFs (Very Important Families) arrive in the area, with the event again hosting wounded military veterans and their families to Bethany Beach and the surrounding area.

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Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 3:01pm

Navarro: Final ACA individual rate increase set at 3 percent

Delaware Insurance Commissioner Trinidad Navarro announced the 2019 Affordable Care Act (ACA) rates on Tuesday, Aug. 21. While...

Monday, August 27, 2018 - 10:42am

Jeffrey Harman of the Becker Morgan Group holds a rendering of the exterior of Beebe Medical Center’s proposed Millville campus at a Friday, Aug. 17, public hearing on the project.

Millville P&Z recommends approvals for Beebe satellite-site

Millville’s Planning & Zoning Committee on Aug. 17 voted to recommend that the Millville Town Council approve two applications on behalf of Beebe Healthcare that move forward plans to build an emergency department and cancer treatment center...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 5:19pm

Beach replenishment tasks linger in Bethany

“Replenishment, for all intents and purposes, has finally wound down on the beach,” Bethany Beach Town Manager Cliff Graviet announced at the Aug. 17 town council meeting, bringing to a close the core of the much-awaited but inconveniently-timed...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 5:13pm

Public demands answers about clean water at Georgetown forum

Sussex County has two sets of drinking-water quality issues, according to Mohammad Akhter: the statewide quality of water and the private well water — especially concerning the Mountaire poultry plant’s recent contamination problem in Millsboro...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 5:04pm

Coastal Point to host Bethany Beach Candidates Night

On Friday, Aug. 24, at 7 p.m. at Bethany Beach Town Hall, the Coastal Point will again host Candidates’ Night for the annual town council elections in Bethany Beach.

We have invited all six candidates for the four council seats up for...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 4:56pm

The McCabe Cottage is located at 701 Bunting Avenue (oceanfront, at Atlantic Street) in Fenwick Island.

McCabe Cottage to be featured on historical tour

The Historic Coastal Towns Cottage & Lighthouse Tour will take place on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at locations in and near Fenwick Island. The tour features historic cottages and the lighthouse, and will benefit the planned...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 4:55pm

In September, wooden decking and metal fasteners will be repaired on the tiny Millers Neck Road bridge.

Meeting scheduled on repairs to wooden Millers Neck bridge

Driving the tight winding roads near Camp Barnes, people come upon a tiny wooden-topped bridge, less than 30 feet long, that runs over a tiny tributary of Dirickson Creek.

For the past month, the Millers Neck Road bridge — as it is known...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 4:50pm

Selbyville officials are accepting bids for construction of a new culvert.

Selbyville culvert bids come in at $395K and $670K

When it comes to repairing a collapsing roadway, the Selbyville Town Hall now has a number to aim for… sort of.

In 2015, Town officials discovered that a galvanized metal culvert where the Sandy Branch tax ditch flows under Railroad Avenue...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 4:42pm

Located northwest of Millsboro, the Godwin School was renovated over many years and finally added to the National Register of Historic Places.

After decades of work, Millsboro schoolhouse a national historic site

“It’s a pretty setting for a school, isn’t it?”

Golden morning sunlight slips through the shadows of tall trees and fresh-cut grass, where Margaret Mitchell stands beside a historic one-room schoolhouse.

Sitting quietly beside the...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 3:16pm

South Bethany canals got some love from residents in the 2018 annual Adopt-a-Canal contest. Here, town officials, volunteers and donors gather at the winning Kent Place location.

South Bethany canals enjoy a peaceful pop of color in beautification contest

Who says gardening has to be on one’s own property? Each year, South Bethany invites people to help beautify the town in the annual Adopt-A-Canal/Road-End Beauty Contest.

What might otherwise be a lump of grass or scraggly trees has become...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 3:11pm

Tour de Sussex bike ride slated for Sept. 22

It’s nearly time for bicyclists near and far to get their rubber to the pavement as the 5th Annual Tour de Sussex is slated to take place on Sept. 22 at Delaware Technical Community College’s Owens Campus, located at 21179 College Drive in...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 1:56pm

Run, White & Blue to support scholarships for vets, first-responders

 Runners and walkers alike have an opportunity to trek across a 5K/1-mile course to help benefit scholarships for military veteran and first-responder students attending the Delaware Technical Community College’s Owens Campus.

On Patriots...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 1:52pm

Zumbathon to benefit Justin's Beach House

Those looking to do something active this weekend while also supporting a good cause need look no further, as Zumba instructors from Maryland and Delaware are looking to raise money for Justin’s Beach House at the First Annual Endless Summer...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 1:45pm

Sandhill Fields held a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, August 22.

Ground broken at Sandhill Fields sports complex near Georgetown

The official launch of construction at the Sandhill Fields sports complex took place on Wednesday morning with a groundbreaking ceremony that had community leaders and dignitaries in attendance.

The sports complex is located along Sand...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 1:40pm

Replenishment complete — some dune work continues

Pack away the ear plugs and walk a little farther. Beach replenishment is just about done on the southern Delaware coast. By widening the beach and raising the sand dunes, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) Philadelphia District hopes to...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 5:49pm

Residents hear about upcoming drainage project

The property owners of Woodland Park gathered at Ocean View Town Hall earlier this week to learn about a drainage project they hope will improve their long-standing flooding issues.

Jim Lober, P.E., director of engineering for Kercher...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 5:44pm

Millville gets stellar, ‘awesome’ audit report from TGM Group

“New world’s record” and “awesome” are not words generally uttered by accountants delivering audit reports to town governments, but that’s what the Millville Town Council was treated to on Tuesday, Aug. 15, when accountant Herb Geary of the TGM...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 5:41pm

Sussex County Council moves forward on wetlands

The public will soon have their chance to give input on wetlands and density calculations, as Sussex County Councilman I.G. Burton on Aug. 14 introduced an ordinance related to adjusting the calculation.

“This ordinance… it’s not easy to...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 5:25pm

DelDOT seeks input on Route 113 rehab that would close lanes

It’s just a typical repair project: a small bridge that most drivers barely notice as they head down the highway, near Hardee’s and La Tonalteca in Millsboro. Here’s when people will notice: when southbound traffic has to use detours around Route...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 5:24pm

Selbyville plans to lower speed limits on two roads

Selbyville drivers will have to slow their roll — Selbyville plans to reduce speed limits on two roads within town limits.

In the shopping district of Route 113 (Dupont Boulevard), the speed limit is 50 mph. Soon, that will extend farther...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 5:19pm

Business skills training on offer at bilingual finance lecture

Many people have great ideas for a business, or skills that they can sell. But what is the next step for financing that business venture?

The Frankford Public Library will host a free lecture, “Access to Capital: Growing Your Business,” on...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 5:17pm

The sun sets over southern Delaware’s inland bays.

Public can comment on CIB’s comp plan for the bays

The public is welcome to suggest actions for the Delaware Center for Inland Bays (CIB) to pursue in improving the local bays, as the CIB is currently updating its Comprehensive Conservation & Management Plan (CCMP), which is a roadmap for the...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 4:31pm

Warren’s Station in Fenwick Island held a dine and donate event to benefit the Easter Seals on Friday, Aug. 10.

Sussex Scavenger Hunt to raise money for Easter Seals 5K team

Easter Seals will be hosting a Sussex Scavenger Hunt on Sunday, Aug. 19, to benefit a team for the 2018 Walk with Me & 5K Fun Run, set for Oct. 21 at Baywood Greens.

The scavenger hunt is designed as a fun opportunity to visit the...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 4:28pm

Louis Pascavage and Damien Wells pull in a white marlin during their fishing trip.

Local boats host veterans for fishing trip

It started as a conversation over beers: “Let’s take some veterans fishing.”

Next came a Facebook post on a page for veterans.

Then came the applications — way more than the organizers expected.

Then came the donations — also...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 3:10pm

Bethany Beach baby tents get bigger ... well, a little bigger

After roughly two months of light-handed enforcement of a new rule limiting shading devices on its beaches to “standard” umbrellas and so-called “baby tents” — banning canopies and tents of all descriptions — Bethany Beach officials have now...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 2:58pm

This Washington Avenue house was boarded up after being officially declared a criminal nuisance property in Selbyville, near Polly Branch Road.

BREAKING: Drug-related 'criminal nuisance' property in Selbyville closed by court order

A house near Selbyville that had been the site of multiple drug crimes and police calls since 2014 was boarded up as a result of work by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Delaware State Police (DSP) to deem it a...

Friday, August 10, 2018 - 4:30pm

Millsboro welcomes future hotel, restaurant into town limits

The Town of Millsboro just grew a little larger — somewhere between 80 and 100 hotel rooms, and one restaurant, larger.

The Millsboro Town Council voted unanimously on Monday, Aug. 6, to incorporate a 3-plus-acre parcel on Route 113 — the...

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 6:13pm

Asia-Pacific players celebrate their win.

Asia-Pacific shuts out Southwest for World Series title

If ever a pitcher was deemed untouchable in the game of softball, Asia-Pacific’s Royevel Palma fit that definition last week in the Little League Senior League World Series softball championships, held at the Pyle Center complex in Roxana.

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Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 6:11pm

Delaware shelves Regulation 225

After two drafts and thousands of public comments, the State of Delaware has scrapped the proposed Regulation 225, originally intended to prevent discrimination against school children based on gender and other protected characteristics.

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Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 6:04pm

Millsboro Middle School is one of many schools scrambling to carve classrooms from other existing spaces, including the library.

School district scrapes classroom space from thin air

Desperate times call for desperate measures, and the Indian River School District is practically clawing at the walls for some breathing room.

At Millsboro Middle School, that means losing the library for a little while.

“We are...

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 6:02pm

Frankford residents concerned about crime, annexation, budget

Less than two weeks after the Frankford Town Council approved a budget that included a 45 percent increase in town water rates, a room full of residents attended August’s regular council meeting — many with questions about how the Town spends its...

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 5:58pm

Ocean View Police Cpl. Justin Hopkins and K-9 Hardy will both attend Ales for Tails — a fundraiser aiming to provide K-9 officers throughout the state with life-saving first aid training for their four-legged partners.

Support sought for first-aid training for K-9 handlers and their pups

The Ocean View Police Department is teaming up with law-enforcement agencies throughout the state to help train K-9 handlers in first aid for their four-legged partners.

“For me, my biggest issue is, if our dog is injured in the line of...

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 5:55pm

Ocean View to hold meeting on Woodland Park drainage

The Town of Ocean View will host an informational meeting on the planned Woodland Park drainage project next week, on Tuesday, Aug. 14, at town hall.

While the presentation regarding the work will begin at 6 p.m., the public is being...

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 5:27pm

MERR dolphin count drops to historic low of 167

The Dolphin Count held on Saturday, July 28, resulted in the lowest number of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins spotted in the 17-year history of the Marine Education Research & Rehabilitation Institute (MERR) count, with a total of 167 dolphins...

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 4:50pm

Lower Sussex Little League District 3 Challenger Division particpants enjoyed a game of ­baseball during the Senior League Softball World Series in Roxana on Thursday, Aug. 2. The Shorebirds’ Sherman was on hand to cheer on the children as they played.

Challenger Division closes season with visit from Sherman

It was the culmination of another wonderful season for the District 3 Challenger Division when they hosted a World Series game of their own last Thursday, Aug. 2.

There were more than 20 athletes who participated in the final game of the...

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 12:57pm

Asia-Pacific’s Diane Pasco throws a pitch during Game 16 of the Senior League Softball World Series on Thursday, Aug. 2.

Softball World Series play on display in Roxana

 

 

Little League Senior League Softball World Series action continued in Roxana this week, as girls ages 13 to 16 from around the world competed for the title, which crowned the 2018 world champions from Asia-Pacific on Sunday, Aug...

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 12:43pm

District 3’s Taylor Wroten gets a solid hit during their 8-4 win over eventual champions Asia-Pacific on Thursday, Aug. 2.

District 3 comes up short of World Series repeat, finishes third

The pressure — whether they showed it or not — was certainly there from the opening pitch.

As the defending champs — in any sport — the bull’s eye is squarely on you. Such was the case with Delaware District 3 in this year’s 2018 Little...

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 12:31pm

Flounder Pounder Open targets flatties, and cancer

The largest flounder tournament in the world is back, and boats are ready to hit the waters as fishermen set their sights on winning their share of over a quarter-million dollars in prize money.

Paradise Marina & Short’s Marine will...

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 12:04pm

Fenwick council discusses hotel height restrictions

Building height restrictions were the hot topic at Fenwick Island’s July 27 town council meeting.

“It is my understanding that there is some gray area in the height-limit ordinance,” said Councilwoman Julie Lee, who went on to ask Bill...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 5:01pm

Frankford approves significant water fee rate increase

The Frankford Town Council on July 26 unanimously approved the Town’s budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year, including a substantial percent increase in the Town’s water fee rate.

The water rate increase was actually approved last year by...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 4:56pm

Picnic in the Park to celebrate local Sierra Club’s mission

The Sussex Section of the Delaware Chapter of the Sierra Club will host a picnic in the park on Sunday, Aug. 5, from 4 to 7 p.m.

The picnic will be held at John West Park, 32 West Avenue in Ocean View, and it is free and open to the public...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 4:53pm

Holding cells, like this one at the Ocean View Police Department, will be used during the Reality Tour program, set to begin this fall.

Reality Tour aims to shed light on drug epidemic

Parents and children will have a unique opportunity this fall to experience how the growing drug epidemic can impact a community, with the offering of the Reality Tour, developed by nonprofit CANDLE (Community Action Network for Drug-free...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 4:51pm

The Del-One Federal Credit will teach high-schoolers how to run their own banking kiosk at Indian River High School..

‘The student-teller will see you now’

Bank coming to IRHS this fall

The Indian River High School cafeteria has all the basics: three serving lines, a ketchup dispenser, vending machines and dozens of tables.

This fall, it’ll also have banking kiosk. Business students will run a satellite location for Del-...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 4:46pm