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Fire devastates Bunting & Bertrand

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Numerous local fire companies battle a fire at Bunting & Bertrand in Frankford on Monday, May 15.

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Heavy smoke bellowed across Frankford for hours on Monday, May 15, as firefighters brought a...

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 9:20am

More sand coming to storm-ravaged local beaches

Officials in Delaware’s southernmost beach towns could breathe a sigh of relieve early this week, after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced on Monday, May 15, that it had allocated between $15 million and $22 million for replenishment of...

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 9:14am

Parents ready to fight for Spanish Immersion

[Editor's Note: This article was amended May 19 to reflect the addition of "Spanish Immersion" to the school board's May 22 meeting agenda.]

Parents are lining up to defend the Spanish Immersion program against potential budget cuts in the...

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 9:12am

County reveals proposed $143.8M 2018 budget

Earlier this week, the Sussex County Council reviewed its $143.8 million draft budget for the 2018 fiscal year.

In a presentation by County Administrator Todd Lawson and County Finance Director Gina Jennings at the May 16 council meeting,...

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 9:05am

OVHS offers lecture on Civilian Conservation Corps

Coastal Point • Submitted: The Ocean View Historical Society will present a public lecture on the Civilian Conservation Corps on Wednesday, May 24.While many know Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, less well known is the Emergency Conservation...

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 8:59am

Public invited to Fenwick Island comp plan workshop

Every municipality in the state of Delaware is required to write a comprehensive plan, and Fenwick Island is now preparing its 10-year plan update.

The public is being invited to a comprehensive plan workshop on Saturday, May 20, from 9 to...

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 8:57am

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour Sneak Peek No. 3 — Bethany home sits on historic Loop Canal

Coastal Point • Submitted: An architectural window is a key detail in a bathroom in this Loop Canal home.(Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 26th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage...

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 8:24am

Teachers, secretaries change contracts to help IRSD

Some Indian River School District staff won’t make as much money this year as they were originally entitled to. They’ve reduced their next three years of raises to help the district deal with budget shortfalls and impending state budget cuts....

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 10:00am

Ocean View makes appointment to BOA

The Town of Ocean View had received a letter of resignation from Board of Adjustment Member James LeGates, who stated that he and his wife are planning to return to Pennsylvania.

Special to the Coastal Point • Jill Oliver: Ocean View...

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 9:59am

Millville approves 2018 budget with $230,000 cushion

Selbyville is trying to finish building a drinking-water plant. South Bethany needs to micro-surface its roads. The Indian River School District can’t afford to hire enough teachers.

In Millville, the biggest 2018-fiscal-year budget...

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 9:58am

Long Neck community looks for more police

Residents of Long Neck want to keep their community safe and are taking steps to do so. A group of citizens attended the May 9 Sussex County Council meeting to speak to the council about their safety needs.

John Matyjewicz, president of...

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 9:57am

Frankford youth ask for help on skatepark

Five boys were skateboarding in the Frankford fire hall parking lot in the minutes before the Frankford Town Council’s meeting was to begin just down the street on May 1.

By the time the meeting began, the boys were seated in the back row...

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 9:56am

Bluegrass festival to celebrate music, swamplands

Coastal Point • Submitted: New & Spare Fools will be performing at the Baldcypress Bluegrass Festival on Saturday, May 20.The Baldcypress Bluegrass Festival, set for Saturday, May 20, celebrates not only a classic American musical...

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 9:55am

Millville to get its own holiday lights, GMB to build park

Millville Town Manager Debbie Botchie sighed and said, quietly, “It’s been 12 long years.”

Botchie finally got her Christmas wish — of more than a decade — on Tuesday, May 9, when the Millville Town Council approved a contract for the...

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 9:54am

County discusses trash, illegal dump sites

Trash has been a topic of discussion for some time in Sussex County. Over the years, County Councilman Sam Wilson has voiced his upset with littering, and Councilman Rob Arlett recently focused on illegal dump sites.

At the May 9 council...

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 9:53am

Selbyville asks for ‘yes’ votes on water referendum

Selbyville is in the homestretch for building a new water treatment system. But the Town needs the public’s help one more time to get the job done.

The Town must go to public referendum to secure $500,000 in what is essentially free money...

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 9:52am

Service offering guided tours of ‘off the beaten path’ attractions

Delmarva Board Sports is adding a new tour division of the company for land-lovers, called Delmarva Discovery Tours. After seven years of offering eco-tours on the water and achieving the Trip Advisor Circle of Excellence, the company is...

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 9:51am

Millsboro man, Niblett, wins $10,000 in Delaware lottery

Millsboro native George Niblett, 61, got a lesson in reinvestment this week when he went to Bodie’s Market in Millsboro on Saturday, May 6, to purchase a $10 Instant Game and his usual Play 3 and Play 4 day tickets from the Delaware Lottery....

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 9:47am

Candidate bows out from South Bethany council race

By Laura Walter
Staff Reporter

As South Bethany’s town council election approaches on May 27, part-time South Bethany resident and current Councilman Wayne Schrader has decided to exit the race.

Schrader is an attorney in...

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 3:16am

Assault complaint in Dewey Beach leads to drug arrests

The Delaware State Police Sussex County Drug Unit this week arrested four people following an investigation into an assault complaint.

On Friday, May 5, police said, troopers were dispatched to an assault complaint at the Sea Esta Motel IV...

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 11:04am

Barefoot Gardeners’ Plant Sale sprouting up this weekend

Coastal Point • File Photo: These are just some of the plants that were available during a past Barefoot Gardeners Plant Sale.Fenwick Island’s Barefoot Gardeners will hold their annual Plant Sale on Saturday, May 13, kicking off a summertime...

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 10:59am

Made By Hand to host 15th annual Fair Trade Day

Coastal Point • File Photo: Itzel Aguilar, Edgar Lopez and Chris Clark show off wood-burning art during a past World Fair Trade Day at Made By Hand in South Bethany.South Bethany business Made By Hand will be hosting its 15th annual World Fair...

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 10:54am

Carper talk sea-level rise on Climate Change Tour

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: From left, Dewey Beach Town Councilman Mike Dunmyer, U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, Chris Bason of the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays and Karen McGrath, Carper’s Sussex County regional director, gather on the Rehoboth...

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 10:25am

Sussex Academy announces Honor Roll

Third Marking Period

2016-2017 School Year

6th Grade

Distinguished (A Honor Roll)

Brady Thompson

B Honor Roll

Noa Aboutboul, Kinsey Bellerose, Stella Caldwell, Alodie Elliott, Olivia Farro, Timothy...

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 9:59am

Views of White Creek highlight this cedar plank home

Coastal Point • Submitted : This home’s design brings the outside in with these views of White Creek.

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 26th Annual Beach & Bay...

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 9:34am

Community mourns the loss of DSP trooper Ballard

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Candles are held up during the vigil on the Circle in Georgetown held in honor of Delaware State Police Cpl. Stephen J. Ballard on Monday, May 1. The trooper was killed in the line of duty in Bear.

The entire...

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 9:21am

Beach towns say they feel targeted by proposed rental tax

Anyone who owns a vacation rental property in Delaware might be facing a new occupancy tax. The Delaware State Legislature is considering a new 8 percent tax on short-term vacation rental units.

The issue is a particular concern for some...

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 9:18am

Community warned to be wary of phone scams

Local law-enforcement officials this week reminded residents to stay wary, as the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office has been informed of numerous fictitious calls being made in the county, supposedly on behalf of the Sheriff’s Office, and several...

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 9:15am

PNC closing downtown Selbyville branch

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant : The PNC Bank branch in Selbyville will close June 16.Selbyville is losing one of its two banks this spring. The PNC Bank at the corner of Church Street and Main Street will permanently close its doors at 3 p.m. on...

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 9:10am

Richardson wins IRSD Teacher of the Year award

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: The 2017-2018 Indian River School District Teachers of the Year pose in the Indian River High School auditorium.“I love to read,” said Lisa Richardson, reading intervention specialist at Millsboro Middle School....

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 9:03am

Wag, Wine and Whiskers fundraiser to feature famous puppy pair

Rescued bulldog puppies Oslo and Ivar will appear at a fundraiser May 6 to support Grass Roots Rescue, which rescued the dogs from a breeder who was selling them at a reduced price due to deformities in their legs. The pair have since had...

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 7:18am

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour Sneak Peek No. 1

Coastal Point • Submitted : Expansive ocean-to-bay views await visitors to this home, which will be featured as part of the 26th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to benefit the South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach.

North Bethany...

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 7:18am

Native Plant Sale to help with ‘Planting for Pollinators’ on Saturday

Anyone who wants to learn how to attract birds and bees and butterflies to their garden and then take home some plants that can help will find all that and more at the Center for the Inland Bays’ Native Plant Sale at the James Farm Ecological...

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 6:58am

‘Life by the slice’

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert Rose and Brian Conte hold up a white spinach with ricotta, fresh garlic and olive oil pizza in their new pizzeria in Bethany Beach.It was an offer that they couldn’t refuse.

After purchasing a home in...

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 6:36am

ACTS supports Camp Barnes community

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Cpl./3 Shawn Hatfield of the Delaware State Police poses for a photo with the ladies at ACTS, after ACTS donated $20,000 to Camp Barnes.The Atlantic Community Thrift Shop (ACTS) has supported the community...

Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 5:36am

Murray stepping away from IRHS for family

After four years, Bennett Murray has announced that he will leave the position of Indian River High School principal.

Starting this autumn, he’ll be assigned as an assistant principal in the district, spending half his time at Georgetown...

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 11:42am

IRSD unions to vote on new contracts

When the Indian River School District went to referendum in March, administrators said one potential way to save money was to renegotiate staff contracts.

More recently, within the Indian River Education Association, the teachers and the...

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 11:33am

Peck joins Ocean View as finance director

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Sandra Peck is the new finance director for the Town of Ocean View.There’s a new face in Ocean View town hall, with Sandra Peck having joined the Town staff as finance director.

Peck took the position as...

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 11:04am

Community celebrates donation of Evans-West house

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Carolyn Brunner was the hit of the party last weekend, as she and her son, Daniel McCann donated the Evans-West house to the Ocean View Historical Society.The weekend’s gray weather did not keep people from...

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 10:53am

Local AAUW chapter celebrates 60 years, visit from Hall-Long

Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: From left, Coastal-Georgetown AAUW president Kathleen Thompson, Delaware AAUW president Penny Deiner, Delaware Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall Long and incoming Coastal-Georgetown AAUW president Christine Gillean pose together...

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 10:44am

Hike down memory lane: South Bethany opens history trail

South Bethany is mapping a history trail for all to see.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: South Bethany Historical Society President Bob McCarthy displays a historical photo of South bethany at the dedication of the Town’s new Trail of History....

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 10:11am

Ocean View holds reorganizational meeting

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Ocean View Mayor Walter Curran is sworn is for a second term in office.The Ocean View Town Council held a brief reorganizational meeting on Tuesday, April 25.

At that time, Mayor Walter Curran and Councilman...

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 9:58am

Springtime Jamboree to support River Soccer

This weekend, a gathering of local talent will grace the stage at Indian River High School for the 35th Annual Springtime Jamboree.

The Jamboree was created by local businessman and now-state Sen. Gerald Hocker Sr. as a way to raise funds...

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 9:40am

DEA offers a safe way to dispose of those old medications

Coastal Point photos • Shaun M. Lambert: Ocean View Police Department's Capt. Heath Hall poses at the department's drug drop-off location, provided by CVS Pharmacy.This Saturday, community members are being encouraged to clean out their medicine...

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 8:18am

Operation SEAs the Day to celebrate fifth anniversary

This summer, Operation SEAs the Day, a nonprofit organization created to support veteran families, will celebrate its fifth year of bringing wounded warriors and their families to Bethany Beach for a week-long beach vacation.

“We’re very...

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 12:04pm

SB’s new town manager and clerk announced

South Bethany will welcome two new employees to Town Hall, announcing a new town manager and town clerk.

Town Manager Maureen Hartman will arrive on May 8. She’ll oversee all daily operations and report directly to town council.

She...

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 12:00pm

Woman rescued from human trafficking in Georgetown

After a lengthy investigation in Georgetown, a 55-year-old man was arrested for an alleged prostitution operation that included human trafficking and sexual servitude of a 25-year-old woman.

Jorge Arcinieja was arrested April 6 for an...

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 11:48am

South Bethany sees six nominees for three council seats

It’s a race! Six candidates have registered for the town of South Bethany’s municipal election, scheduled for May 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Three challengers and three incumbents are on the slate.

Joseph Mormando, Sharon Polansky...

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 11:43am

County council gets an update from the Freeman Stage

Patti Grimes, of the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation, gave Sussex County Council an update on The Freeman Stage at Bayside on April 11.

“If you can believe it, this is our 10th year,” said Grimes. “We want to thank Sussex County for being...

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 11:40am

Walking forward after 1960s heartbreak

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: After losing two babies to a genetic disease, the Martel family continues to support research for spinal muscular atrophy. Pictured here are parents, Pat (front) and Ken (right), and their adult children, Brian and...

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 11:20am