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Gardening group puts down roots with Life Saving Station project

Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Members of the Salt Air Gardeners recently began a landscaping project at the Indian River Life Saving Station.When Indian River Life Saving Station site manager Laura Scharle got back work recently after a day away...

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 9:21am

‘Fins fam’ finds home in Bethany with Fins Ale House & Raw Bar

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Head chef Celaso Morales, left, owner Jeff Hamer, second from right, and Director of Operations Briana Roviske gather with the crew during their opening-night celebration last Thursday, May 25.It’s what Jeff Hamer...

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 9:12am

South Bethany council: Don’t feed stray or feral cats

Most beach towns don’t want anyone to feed the seagulls, since the birds will harass humans for more food. Now, in South Bethany, people may no longer feed stray and feral cats.

Residents originally complained that some properties appeared...

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 9:04am

OVHS offering trunkfuls of the past at History Mix

This weekend, visitors and residents will have the unique opportunity to tour a local workshop where antique trunks are restored. The Ocean View Historical Society will host a History Mix on Saturday, June 3, at 1 p.m. at Norman Justice’s...

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 9:01am

Gano receives rank of Eagle

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Trip Jorss, Robert Gano, Grant Gano, Lord Baltimore Principal Pam Webb and Assistant Principal Matthew Keller pose for a photo at Gano’s Eagle Scout project at LB.Although he left Lord Baltimore Elementary school...

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 8:15am

Fictional book highlights Sussex County over the centuries

With Memorial Day arriving and bringing the start of the summer season with it, many people are searching for that perfect beach read. “Settlin’ In: Love, Death & Deception” is a compilation of short stories by Joseph Scott spanning four...

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 8:08am

Summer season comes with changes

Coastal Point • File Photo: Heavy equipment on the beach will be a familiar sight again, as the beaches of Bethany Beach, South Bethany and Fenwick Island will get replenished this fall. This is not all that’s new this season.

Summer at...

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 11:26am

Spanish Immersion safe for now

Some local elementary school parents rejoiced this week to learn that the Indian River School District isn’t canceling Spanish Immersion classes.

The school board made no movement May 22 to change the program and then approved 117...

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 11:23am

S. Bethany candidates have their say before Saturday’s election

It’s time for voters to make their call, as the South Bethany town council election allows them to choose this week from five candidates vying for three seats. Polls will be open Saturday, May 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at town hall.

The...

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 11:09am

Point staff recognized by MDDC press association

‘Journalism can never be silent: that is its greatest virtue and its greatest fault. It must speak, and speak immediately, while the echoes of wonder, the claims of triumph and the signs of horror are still in the air.’

— Henry Anatole...

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 11:01am

New fees coming to wildlife areas, increased hunter fees

Approved last summer by state legislators, new entrance fees are coming soon to all state wildlife areas, including the Assawoman Wildlife Area near Bethany Beach. Hunters and trappers will also see license fees jump by at least 50 percent, and...

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 10:40am

County gets update on fighting veteran homelessness

The Sussex County Council this week received an update on the Mayors Challenge to end Veteran Homelessness initiative, in which Sussex County, along with the towns of Blades, Bridgeville, Georgetown, Greenwood, Seaford, as well as the State of...

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 10:38am

Big Chill Beach Club breaks out umbrella room with a view

Coastal Point • Submitted: Big Chill Beach Club has a view of the Indian River Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.Like a summer sun rising above the Atlantic Ocean, the large yellow umbrella atop the concession building at Delaware Seashore State Parks...

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 10:32am

S. Bethany police project gets sky-high bids

Construction costs are already vexing the proposed expansion of the South Bethany Police Department building, and the project has barely been approved.

The Town opened construction bids recently, only to find that the base bids were around...

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 10:30am

'Gatsby' gets green light for IR premiere this weekend

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: The cast of Indian River High School’s ‘The Great Gatsby’ takes time from rehearsal to mug for the camera. They will perform both Friday, May 26, and Saturday, May 27.Whether they’re coming in from East Egg, West...

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 10:23am

LB Artisans Fair adds farmers’ market in its 10th year

Coastal Point • Submitted : Some of the painted rock creations from Carol Gentes on display at this year's Artisans Fair.The Artisans Fair at Lord Baltimore Elementary School in Ocean View will celebrate its 10th anniversary when the fair gets...

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 10:10am

IR’s Clark takes first at BPA nationals in presentation management

Coastal Point • Submitted: IR senior David Clark took first place for presentation management at the BPA National Leadership Conference held in Orlando, Fla. from May 10 to May 14.David Clark knows a thing or two about management.

The soon...

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 10:02am

SMS reading teacher gives it her all

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Meredith Wallace was recently named Selbyville Middle School’s Teacher of the Year.Meredith Wallace would rather do headstands in front of a classroom than give a newspaper interview.

Then again, she would do...

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 9:50am

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