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Beach construction project nears finish

An initial delay of several weeks on the start of Fenwick Island’s beach reconstruction project may have worked to the town’s favor. Sand lost in the recent nor’easter might just get put back in place before the project is complete.

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Thursday, November 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Fishing tourney supports youth and area

Is big-purse tournament fishing establishing a foothold along the Sussex coast?

In spite of the rain and wind — even a morning lightning storm — more than 150 boats registered for last weekend’s second annual Rocktober Fishing Tournament...

Thursday, November 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Today and Tomorrow forecasts county trends

Entrepreneurs and employees, political leaders and policy-makers, average Joes and Josephines gathered at Delaware Technical & Community College (DTCC), Owens Campus, on Oct. 26 for the 12th annual Sussex County Today & Tomorrow...

Thursday, November 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Popular New Year's event set to return to Fenwick Island

After a roaring success with the inaugural edition of the Fenwick Freeze New Year’s ocean plunge, members of the town’s Beach Committee are already planning the second annual event, with a theme of “Dive Into 2006.”

Set, naturally, on Jan...

Thursday, November 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Fenwick gets serious about flooding woes

In the wake of severe tidal flooding caused by the recent nor’easter, the Fenwick Island Town Council voted unanimously (5-0, with Mayor Peter Frederick and Council Member Martha Keller absent) Oct. 28 to put a focus on the town’s flooding...

Thursday, November 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Water treatment en route to Dagsboro

Dagsboro town residents might be able to drink their tap water sooner than originally estimated, according to Millsboro Town Manager Faye Lingo.

“We’re hoping to start bringing in equipment this week, and have it installed within a week,”...

Thursday, November 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Firefighters install officers for year

The Sussex County Volunteer Firemen’s Association (SCFA) held its seventh annual joint installation dinner on Oct. 25, establishing leadership for the SCFA and three affiliated fire services and bidding President Rich Toulson happy trails.

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Thursday, November 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Dagsboro goes to bottled water

Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) staff was surprised to discover unusually high levels of trichloroethylene (TCE) in drinking water at a local Boys and Girls Club last week, and promptly advised Millsboro and Dagsboro town residents to...

Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bethany Beach's water to be fluoridated

Bethany Beach residents will get something new in their water this week: a small amount of fluoride.

Despite a decided lack of support from town council members for fluoridation of the town’s water supply, the town makes the move this week...

Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 8:00pm

Town stresses need for registration

There are no off years in Dagsboro. Elections are a-coming, Saturday, Dec. 3, and town residents will need to pick their top three. Mayor S. Brad Connor and Council Member Jamie Kollock will seek to retain seats this year, and Council Member Clay...

Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bethany suggests increased off-street parking spaces

Only eight days after the first meeting of the Bethany Beach Planning Commission’s ad hoc committee, commission members gave the go-ahead for one of the concepts put forward by the new committee: a requirement for four off-street parking spaces...

Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bethany slip-ramp plan not endorsed

Bethany Beach officials have — at least for now — rebuffed efforts by the Sea Colony Recreation Association (SCRA) to obtain their endorsement for a major alteration of the intersection between Route 1 and Pennsylvania Avenue.

They not...

Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 8:00pm

Ocean View continues commercial design

Ocean View has created a business district along the Route 26 (Atlantic Avenue) corridor — but until the town adopts some design criteria, it’s anyone’s guess what that district might look like 20 years from now.

Per the town’s long-...

Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 8:00pm

Dagsboro approves big residential project

Final count: 134 single-family homes, 98 single-family detached condominiums, 178 townhouses and 20 apartments. Net density: 3.7 units per acre.

With the project thus configured, Dagsboro Town Council members saw their way to unanimous...

Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 8:00pm

Streetscape project revived in Bethany

Bethany Beach Town Manager Cliff Graviet raised hopes once again for the town’s planned “Streetscape” project at the Oct. 21 town council meeting, citing information that Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) officials were optimistic...

Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bethany debates antennas, guidelines

Presented with a revised set of guidelines for the formation of committees in Bethany Beach at their Oct. 21 meeting, town council members were quick to notice one particular change: an increase from two to three in the maximum number of council...

Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bethany CORC addresses driveways, fences

Bethany Beach Charter and Ordinance Review Committee members on Oct. 20 tackled the section of town code dealing with the registration and enforcement of driveway designations, with the input of Public Safety Officer Ralph Mitchell.

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Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 8:00pm

Committee revamps membership limits

Members of the Bethany Beach Charter and Ordinance Review Committee (CORC) made a last-minute change in their recommended guidelines for committee membership in the town Oct. 20 before forwarding those recommendations to the town council.

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Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 8:00pm

Ocean View scrutinizes Kool Bean cafe

The recent arrival of a new 8- by 10-foot refrigerator at the Kool Bean café proved perhaps the most complex application before the Ocean View Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission at the Oct. 20 P&Z meeting. Other applications involved:...

Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bethany Beach goes keyless

Bethany Beach Town Council members approved a new keyless card entry system for town hall at their Oct. 21 meeting.

The $15,715 contract with Security Services and Technology was recommended among three bids obtained on the project. The...

Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 8:00pm

Local firefighters provide free smoke detectors

“Wake Up Delaware” coordinator Tom Mitten wants a working smoke detector in every single household in the state. If giving away free smoke detectors and replacement batteries is what it takes, so be it.

Every volunteer fire company in the...

Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 8:00pm

Selbyville notches 17th straight win

Selbyville Middle School football is on a roll following their 40-6 defeat of Laurel Middle School on Oct. 20. Selbyville’s record improved to 5-0, which marks their 17th game won in a row.
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Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 8:00pm

District introduces mentor coordinator

Indian River School District (IRSD) Superintendent Lois Hobbs and School Board President Charles Bireley took time out to publicly welcome Mentor Delaware Coordinator Ryan Farrell to the district and let him know his efforts were appreciated at...

Thursday, October 20, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bethany zoning committee begins work

Kathleen Mink emphasized that the meeting she was chairing Oct. 14 was not a formal workshop or a public meeting. Nothing decided by those on the committee will be set in stone anytime soon.

The results of the Bethany Beach Planning...

Thursday, October 20, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bethany mayor seeks feedback on project

Bethany Beach Mayor Jack Walsh is looking for some feedback on one of the biggest projects his Communication Committee worked on this year: the informational brochure and magnets distributed throughout the community.

The committee featured...

Thursday, October 20, 2005 - 8:00pm

DelDOT narrows north/south alternatives

Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) personnel are closing on a final design for a limited access Route 113 and presented a more digestible list of alternatives for the Millsboro/South area on Oct. 18.
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Thursday, October 20, 2005 - 8:00pm

County council funds soil conservation

Ditches may overflow after 6 or 7 inches of rain, no matter how good a job the Sussex Conservation District is doing. But as of the Oct. 18 Sussex County Council meeting, the conservation staff has some bankroll to match contributions from the...

Thursday, October 20, 2005 - 8:00pm

South Bethany catches up on central gas

Residents of South Bethany expressed an interest in central gas utility a couple years back, but time has passed, and Sharp Energy hasn’t run any new lines recently. And along some streets, they never did run any lines.
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Thursday, October 20, 2005 - 8:00pm

Memories of war don't fade away with time

Don Hanning is going on 93 years of age, but he’s still strong in body and mind. Certainly stronger than when the American troops rescued him from Santo Tomas University, Manila, Luzon, in the Philippines, in early 1945.
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Thursday, October 20, 2005 - 8:00pm

Rural design efforts continue in Fenwick

Do you like where Sussex County’s headed, or fear something’s maybe getting lost along the way? And is yours a majority — or a minority — view regarding what a plan for the county’s future should include?

There’s been some discussion along...

Thursday, October 20, 2005 - 8:00pm

DCOG prepares for Gulf Coast arrivals

Dagsboro Church of God (DCOG) parishioners and staff are moving into the second phase of their assistance efforts for folks left homeless in the wake of Hurricane Katrina — and they’re looking for some storage space.
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Thursday, October 20, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bethany museum's future displays discussed

Information and artifacts related to the history of Bethany Beach have finally found their place once again in the cases and on the display panels of the town’s historical museum, after the $50,000 renovation project that set a revamped museum in...

Thursday, October 20, 2005 - 8:00pm

IRHS boosters ready to play long ball

Wanted: Baseball sluggers, high-school age and younger, to participate in the Indian River Baseball Boosters’ long-distance hitting contest at the new high school on Nov. 11.
Twenty bucks gets hitters in the door, but more money generated...

Thursday, October 20, 2005 - 8:00pm

Halloween parade set for October 26 in Selbyville

One of the highlights of the year in Selbyville will arrive Wednesday, Oct. 26, when the annual Halloween parade steps off on its brief route through the streets of the town at 7 p.m.
Organized by the town’s Lions Club, the parade is one of...

Thursday, October 20, 2005 - 8:00pm

Work starts on 2006 craft show

The committee organizing the Seaside Craft Show in Bethany Beach is already planning for the second edition of the event, set for June 3, 2006.

Committee members met Oct. 15 to continue efforts for marketing the event and to send out...

Thursday, October 20, 2005 - 8:00pm

Chamber membership reaches 800

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce has announced that it recently signed up its 800th member, Lynch Publishing Inc. of Ocean City, Md.
Other new members helping the Chamber reach the milestone include Temple Bat Yam, Geri Dibiase...

Thursday, October 20, 2005 - 8:00pm

Fenwick Island officials quash robbery rumors

Rumors that Fenwick Island police were slow to respond to a Sept. 14 bank robbery in the town due to staffing and communication problems are unfounded, according to town council members.

At the Oct. 8 workshop-without-agenda, the council...

Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 8:00pm

Millville by the sea one step closer

The Millville Town Council has given the second of three required approvals for the Millville by the Sea development (formerly named Millville Township).

Council members at their Oct. 11 meeting granted unanimous approval for the more...

Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 8:00pm

Millville invests in future police department

Millville Town Council members looked into the future at their Oct. 11 meeting and decided that they should take a positive step toward the eventual formation of a police department in the town.

Mayor Gary Willey reported that he had met...

Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 8:00pm

Local senator requests public-private primer

Unclear just what financiers are talking about, when they refer to Public Private Partnerships (PPPs)? You’re not alone.

Toward learning a little more, local Sen. George Howard Bunting (20th District) has asked colleagues and Gov. Ruth Ann...

Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 8:00pm

County holds off on housing issue

By all accounts, the committee studying a moderately-priced housing initiative has taken a major step in the right direction, but Sussex County Council reached consensus at the Oct. 11 council meeting that the program still needs work.

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Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 8:00pm

Ocean View seniors manage to connect

Not a week goes by that Ocean View Senior Singles Mingle hasn’t scheduled one activity or another. But just what it is they do is a little harder to pinpoint.
Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY:
The Ocean View Senior Singles Mingle members get...

Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 8:00pm

Local Democrats host Insurance Commissioner

Delaware Insurance Commissioner Matt Denn stopped near Bethany Beach area on Oct. 11, to share from his area of expertise, before members of the Southeastern Sussex Democratic Club, at the Cottage Café.
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Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 8:00pm

Truck parking, commercial area discussed

It was a time for revisiting a number of old issues at the Oct. 8 workshop-without-agenda (WWA) in Fenwick Island.

Resident Gail Warburton again raised the issue of delivery truck parking on Farmington and other residential side streets....

Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 8:00pm

Mississippi town beneficiary of local funds

Funds donated by local towns will be going to aid the residents of storm-devastated Waveland, Miss.

With the decision made by members of a Sussex County Association of Towns (SCAT) committee last week, a total of $53,000 in cash donations...

Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 8:00pm

DelDOT talks Inlet Bridge redesign

The Indian River Inlet Bridge is safe, for now. And, devastating impact on local economies notwithstanding, the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) will certainly close it down if that ever changes.
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Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 8:00pm

Old Tymers heading toward goals

Some seniors move south when winter comes to the Delaware coast, seeking to live more comfortably. But a handful of area elders have made the cross-country trek to St. George, Utah, for the Huntsman games to see if they are worthy to move onto...

Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 8:00pm

Ocean View leases interim police building

Ocean View Town Council voted unanimously to move forward into lease negotiations, in an effort to move the Ocean View Police Department out of its roughly 20-by-30 foot present home, and into a more spacious triple-wide trailer near Bear Trap,...

Thursday, October 6, 2005 - 8:00pm

Frankford creeps toward water fix

Yet again, the main topic of discussion around Frankford remained the problems with central water, at the Oct. 3 town council meeting.

Crystal Holland, a regular at council meetings but a rare speaker, broke silence. “We keep hearing about...

Thursday, October 6, 2005 - 8:00pm

Dagsboro council offers reminder

Dagsboro’s new central water system is ready to go, and town residents are starting to hire plumbers to come install the hookups. They will need to do so before the one-year grace period expires, or incur the rather hefty impact fee (nearly $3,...

Thursday, October 6, 2005 - 8:00pm