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Potnets man arrested in assault, kidnapping of elderly couple

Delaware State Police this week arrested a Millsboro-area man after he allegedly entered a residence while armed, allegedly assaulted a couple in their 80s and then allegedly kidnapped them.

According to the DSP, on Saturday, July 28,...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 4:13pm

County approves poultry waste-recycling and power-generation facility

The Sussex County Council voted unanimously on July 31 to approve a conditional-use application that would allow CleanBay Renewables to construct and operate a renewable-energy facility on 16.71 acres on the west side of Route 113, south of...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 4:01pm

Lion Paul Bolton, left, holds the award after the presentation from Lions President Janet Bauer, right.

Bolton named Lord Baltimore Lion of the Year

At the Lord Baltimore Lions Club’s July meeting, Lions President Janet Bauer recognized Paul Bolton as the LBLC Lion of the Year 2018. Bolton — an 18-year Lion — has been a member of the Lord Baltimore Lions for four years but had previously...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 3:22pm

IRSD fleshes out admin crew as finances improve

When the Indian River School District implemented a challenging budget for 2017-2018, district officials asked for one year to get back on their feet. Now, the clouds are parting and they’re loosening the purse strings.

In addition to...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 3:08pm

Indian River School District announces new administrators for 2018-2019

Indian River School District officials recently announced the district’s annual shakeup in administrator assignments.

Some people have left for other opportunities. The district also decided to fill four more positions this year: one...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 3:05pm

District 3’s Taylor Wroten and Jordan DiFava give high-fives after Wroten struck out another East batter during Game 1 of the Senior League Softball World Series on Monday night.

Local host team going strong in Senior League Softball World Series

It was an exciting first two-plus days of Little League Senior League Softball World Series action at the Pyle Complex early this week, as players, their coaches and fans from 10 different teams from all over the world descended upon lower Sussex...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 1:04pm

 Eric Gulbronson on the field at Randolph College in Lynchburg, Va.

Where are they now?

Gulbronson making history at Randolph College

 This is the first installment in what we hope will be a weekly feature here in the Coastal Point sports pages: “Where Are They Now?” We are looking for former Indian River High School student-athletes who have gone on to continue their...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 12:20pm

Ocean View denies exception for wildlife-learning center

The Ocean View Board of Adjustment voted 4-0, with one abstention, to deny an application for a special exception that would have allowed for a wildlife-learning center on a General Business-1 (GB-1) parcel in town.

Barn Hill Preserve, a...

Friday, July 27, 2018 - 8:00am

Frankford could implement $3.93 water rate increase

The Town of Frankford is set to raise its water rates as it struggles to balance its budget for the new fiscal year.

The town council was set to hold a final special meeting this week to discuss the Town’s budget, on Thursday, July 26, at...

Friday, July 27, 2018 - 7:59am

Millsboro officials believe the site of a new building for the police department could be this blue building next door to the current facility, if soil tests and other conditions are suitable.

Millsboro aims funds at downtown, eyes new police building

Downtown Millsboro might be on the upswing, and town officials are trying to help them get there.

Included in the $8.5 million budget for the 2019 fiscal year, according to Matt Hall, Millsboro’s finance officer, is $275,000 for Main...

Friday, July 27, 2018 - 7:58am

Vehicle crash involving OVPD officer looked at by DSP

The Delaware State Police are investigating a vehicle crash involving an unnamed Ocean View police officer that took place on July 21.

According to the DSP, the incident took place just before 8:30 a.m. last Saturday, involving a civilian-...

Friday, July 27, 2018 - 7:57am

Wind power reality: People learn while government decides

If a Delawarean goes to the beach and sees a line of wind turbines in the distance, what is the impact?

Does he vow to never again visit the eyesore, or does he hire a boat to tour the engineering marvel? When he turns on the air...

Friday, July 27, 2018 - 7:56am

EMS recognized by AHA for quick response time

Sussex County Emergency Medical Services were recognized on July 24 before the Sussex County Council, for receiving the American Heart Association’s Mission LifeLine Gold Award.

“Every day, our paramedics come to work to go out and do a...

Friday, July 27, 2018 - 7:55am

Carney signs bill into law that bans ‘conversion therapy’

Delaware Gov. John Carney on July 23 signed Senate Bill 65 into law. The bill is aimed at protecting LGBTQ youth from “conversion therapy,” which is considered dangerous and has been widely discredited. The legislation was sponsored by state Sen...

Friday, July 27, 2018 - 7:54am

Dagsboro to host its first-ever National Night Out event

For the first time ever, the Dagsboro community will get to enjoy the National Night Out.

According to the event’s website, National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and...

Friday, July 27, 2018 - 7:53am

Shopkeeper and ‘master tinker’ Laurie Melniczek loves art, science and imagination at Craftbox in Fenwick Island.

Craftbox offers chance to get creative, with science

Love art? Love science? Love hand-on projects, whether a kid or an adult?

Craftbox packs big activity into a cozy shop in Fenwick Island but lets people be creative on their own time. Master tinkerer Laurie Melniczek wanted to create “an...

Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 2:53pm

Joe and Blair Parsons are celebrating 10 years in business at Steamers Crab & Seafood Market in Millville.

Steamers celebrates first decade

“It’s hard to believe,” said Joe Parsons, taking a moment on the front porch of his shop to reflect during the hectic summer season. “I didn’t have any of this gray hair back then.”

Steamers Crabs & Seafood Market opened their doors 10...

Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 2:32pm

Greek Festival bringing out the ‘Opa!’ to O.C. this weekend

St. George Greek Orthodox Church will host its 29th annual Greek Festival at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center, located on the bay at 40th Street in Ocean City, Md., from July 27 to July 29. The festivities will begin at noon each day and...

Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 2:18pm

Country star Mary Chapin Carpenter to perform at Freeman Stage

Mary Chapin Carpenter will perform with special guest Emily Barker at Freeman Stage in West Fenwick on July 28 at 7 p.m. This will be her second appearance at the outdoor venue, in two consecutive years.

The five-time Grammy Award-winning...

Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 2:13pm

 Lower Sussex’s Katie McHale slides into home plate for a score against Maine on Tuesday, July 24.

LSLL Major League softball team still alive in regionals

The Lower Sussex Little League Major League softball team was 3-1 in the Eastern Regionals as of Coastal Point press time on Wednesday, July 25, with weather having the four remaining teams in a holding pattern as tournament officials decided the...

Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 1:54pm

Canada’s Emma Rautio-Roe slides into third against West’s Natalie Goodman during last year’s Senior League Softball World Series.

Senior League Softball World Series play returning to Roxana

The eyes of the Little League world will descend upon Sussex County beginning Monday, July 30, as 10 teams will vie for the 2018 Little League Senior League Softball World Series championship at the Pyle Center in Roxana.

This will be the...

Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 1:47pm

Amanda Whaley in her No. 4 car at Georgetown Speedway.

Blue Hen Disposal Night a huge success story for Georgetown Speedway

Dirt-track promoters dream of nights like Georgetown Speedway had last Friday, July 20, for the annual Blue Hen Disposal-All Night — stands packed to capacity, the pit full of race cars and perfect weather helping the track surface evolve from...

Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 12:35pm

Two men die in suspected overdose, another saved by naloxone

Two men in their 20s passed away last week in Ocean View, from an apparent heroin overdose.

“They were living in Ocean View, but both of them are originally from Maryland,” said Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin, noting that the names...

Friday, July 20, 2018 - 12:12pm

South Bethany considers stricter property maintenance code

A broken staircase was the final straw.

In South Bethany, Joe Hinks is responsible for building inspections, permits and penalties. Then he discovered that a faulty outdoor staircase in an oceanfront home had been repaired with no more...

Friday, July 20, 2018 - 12:04pm

Dagsboro’s Connor files for 41st District seat in state legislature

S. Bradley “Brad” Connor announced this week that he has filed to run for the State House seat in the 41st Representative District. The 41st representative district includes Millsboro Dagsboro, Frankford, Selbyville and Gumboro.

Connor has...

Friday, July 20, 2018 - 12:04pm

Trooper Irina Celpan mingles with some international students at a picnic at St. Martha’s Episcopal Church in Bethany Beach earlier this summer.

DSP trooper bridges communication gap with foreign students

Trooper Irina Celpan graduated from the Delaware State Police Training Academy in February of this year and has swiftly put her language skills to use. She is newly assigned to Troop 4 in Georgetown and is fluent in Russian and Romanian, in...

Friday, July 20, 2018 - 12:01pm

Sitework begins on Sandhill Fields sports complex near Georgetown

The Sussex Sports Center Foundation’s Joe Schell on July 17 presented to the Sussex County Council an update on the progress of the group’s new sports complex, Sandhill Fields.

Schell said the excavation and embankment of the facility near...

Friday, July 20, 2018 - 11:58am

Magee files for county council seat

Ellen Magee of Williamsville, a Democrat, filed this week to run for the Sussex County Council seat representing District 5, which is currently held by Republican Robert Arlett.

Magee is a life-time Sussex County resident and is running,...

Friday, July 20, 2018 - 11:55am

Widgeon grass has been discovered in South Bethany canals. Although good for the environment, the grass is causing headaches locally by tangling in boat propellers.

Juggling the unwanted discovery of eco-friendly species

What’s worse than a weed that nobody wants? For South Bethany, it’s a weed that everyone wants.

“We have a presence in our canals in the southern end… It’s the first time we’ve seen it,” Frank Weisgerber told his fellow South Bethany Town...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 4:14pm

DPH issues warning over Dagsboro fox discovered to have rabies

Delaware’s Division of Public Health (DPH) this week warned Dagsboro residents who live in the residential area between Colonial Estates Avenue and Thorogoods Road in Dagsboro of a positive case of rabies in a fox that came into contact with a...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 4:09pm

Sussex County Councilman Rob Arlett speaks with veterans and other audience members at Selbyville Town Hall on Tuesday, July 10.

Arlett invites veterans to discuss mentoring, medical marijuana and more

Veterans discussed the issues and learned more about their benefits at Selbyville Town Hall on July 10.

The free veterans town hall-style meeting was hosted and moderated by outgoing Sussex County Councilman Rob Arlett, who is running for...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 3:38pm

In South Bethany, five generations of women smile at the matriarch’s house .

South Bethany woman, 102, meets great-great-granddaughter

Vinnette Fowler’s family describes her as a social butterfly. She loves having company, and her South Bethany home has been her family’s go-to destination for decades.

This month, the 102-year-old enjoyed the best type of family visit:...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 3:32pm

Frank Conlan, center, stands with Department of Delaware Commandant Chuck Landon and National Vice Commandant Bruce Rakfeldt.

Conlon honored as Delaware Marine of the Year

New York native Frank Conlon joined the Marine Corps in 1952. He served eight years in the Corps, as an air-traffic controller in the Air Wing.

“Like all young guys, you see something in your younger days and say that’s what you want to be...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 3:18pm

Friends ready for 27th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour

The Friends of the South Coastal Library’s major annual fundraiser is the Beach & Bay Cottage Tour. The 27th Annual Tour directly benefits the South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach and is almost here.  The tour will take place Wednesday,...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 3:13pm

Stittmatter home

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour homes for 2018

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Strittmatter home

After spending the last 15 summers vacationing in Bethany Beach with their four kids, Rosanne and John Strittmatter of Potomac, Md., decided it was time to set down roots. They located an older mid-century cottage on...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 3:01pm

MERR volunteers to count dolphins at 37 various locations on Saturday

The Marine Education, Research & Rehabilitation Institute Inc. (MERR) will be conducting its Annual Dolphin Count on Saturday, July 21, from 9 to 11 a.m.

The count helps determine the Atlantic bottlenose dolphin population in the...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 2:27pm

Millsboro Verizon store to give away school supplies

Sixth annual effort takes place Sunday

TCC, the largest authorized Verizon retailer in the U.S., is hosting its sixth annual School Rocks Backpack Giveaway on Sunday, July 22, from 1 to 4 p.m. Local families are being encouraged to visit the Millsboro store, located at 28665 DuPont...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 2:26pm

Athletes Against Alzheimer’s 5K Run/Walk set for Aug. 5

On Aug. 5, the 4th Annual Athletes Against Alzheimer’s 5K Run/Walk, presented by Loftus Wealth Strategies, will take place in Bethany Beach. The 5K run/walk will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter.

Michael Loftus...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 1:49pm

Entering after hours on a state wildlife areas continues to be an issue

DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police announced this week that they are increasing patrols and closely monitoring state wildlife areas, fishing piers, public boat launching facilities and multi-use areas for visitor safety and...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 1:48pm

Ocean View’s Smith graduates from East Carolina University

Karlie Smith of Ocean View graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communication from East Carolina University during spring commencement exercises May 4 in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. Fireworks capped off a new format for ECU’s 109th spring...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 1:47pm

Bethany Beach Books to welcome young-adult fantasy author and artist

Author and artist Dean Kuhta will be signing copies of his book “Silvarum” at Bethany Beach Books on July 28, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

“Silvarum is a fantasy world I have created and centers around five teenagers: Abigail, Penny, Roger,...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 1:43pm

Freeman Stage to host ‘Jedi Academy’ variety show

Recent years have demonstrated that today’s generations have at least one love in common: “Star Wars.”

And now, for the first time ever, the Freeman Stage in West Fenwick will be hosting “Jedi Academy,” a solo comedy variety show designed...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 1:41pm

Year’s first finding of West Nile virus in wild birds reported

The Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control’s Mosquito Control Section, in conjunction with Delaware’s Division of Public Health and Department of Agriculture, this week announced the first detection this year of West Nile...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 12:11pm

The National Garden Clubs organization recently recognized the Delaware Federation of Garden Clubs with an Award of Excellence for the group’s ‘TREE-mendous Delaware’ tree planting at the Delaware Botanic Gardens.

Delaware garden clubs recognized nationally

The Delaware Federation of Garden Clubs was recently recognized nationally by the National Garden Clubs — a not-for-profit educational organization comprising 50 state garden clubs and the National Capital Area, with 5,000-member garden clubs and...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 12:04pm

BREAKING NEWS: Two men found dead of suspected drug overdoses in Ocean View

Victim in suspected June overdose revived by OVPD officers

Ocean View police reported Monday that two men in their 20s had been found deceased in a home on Central Avenue in Ocean View on Thursday, July 12, shortly before noon. Police said the apparent cause of death for both men was a drug overdose....

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 11:54am

BREAKING NEWS: Fox in Dagsboro tests positive for rabies

Delaware's Division of Public Health (DPH) is warning Dagsboro residents who live in the residential area between Colonial Estates Avenue and Thorogoods Road of a positive case of rabies in a fox that came into contact with a human this week. The...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 11:52am

BREAKING: Mountaire Selbyville chemical spill closes road, injures six

A midday chemical spill closed Hosier Street on Thursday, July 12, at Mountaire’s Selbyville poultry processing plant.

The hazmat incident occurred at the main building at 55 Hosier Street, right where live-haul trucks back into the plant, which...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 11:36am

Vote expected on Barn Hill Preserve application next week

The Ocean View Board of Adjustment is expected to vote next week on an application requesting a special-use exception that would allow for a wildlife-learning center in a General Business-1 parcel in town.

The board originally deferred its...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 6:54pm

Candidates abound in 2018 elections, local and beyond

With the July 10 filing deadline now past, the list of candidates for county, state and federal office from Delaware for the 2018 election cycle is now set.

Locally, the District 4 Sussex County Council seat is being sought by Democrat...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 6:53pm

Millville grants site approval for revised Dove Landing community

More than a decade after being mothballed due to adverse economic conditions, the Dove Landing community received final site plan approval from the Millville Town Council on Tuesday, July 10.

The final plans call for 316 homes. That is the...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 6:52pm