Local News

Art Festival all set to kick off fall season

With summer ending and storm windows sliding shut, Sussex County will soon settle into autumn’s kaleidoscopic rotunda. The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, however, will not wait for the deciduous trees to beget brilliance along the...

Thursday, September 8, 2005 - 8:00pm

Ocean View ponders tax of its own

Ocean View Town Council has been looking over its shoulder since the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) Transportation Trust Fund came up more than $200 million short, in July.

DelDOT Secretary Nathan Hayward announced the...

Thursday, September 8, 2005 - 8:00pm

Fat Tuna plans to raise funds for Gulf states

Restaurateur Michelle Parrill of Fat Tuna Grill and radio exec Crystal Layton of FM-106.9, “The X,” will hold a charity auction at Fat Tuna on Saturday, Sept. 17, to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina.

“That was supposed to be our ‘...

Thursday, September 8, 2005 - 8:00pm

Two big local builders local to Katrina relief

Two major U.S. builders with local offices — Toll Brothers (Ocean View) and Centex Homes (Dagsboro) — have committed major funding to support disaster relief efforts in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

Centex is contributing $...

Thursday, September 8, 2005 - 8:00pm

Inlet bridge becomes a two-lane road

Motorists may feel a slight pinch driving over the Indian River Inlet these days — the bridge narrowed to one lane in either direction on Sept. 6.

However, Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) representative Bob King said the...

Thursday, September 8, 2005 - 8:00pm

Lumber hikes in Katrina aftermath

Two area lumber companies weighed in last week, following diminished supply from sawmills along the Gulf of Mexico, and a spike in demand for lumber in those areas as people flooded out by Hurricane Katrina prepare to rebuild.

At Dukes...

Thursday, September 8, 2005 - 8:00pm

Gas prices hit another record

While some predicted gasoline prices would reach $4 per gallon or higher nationwide and rumors of looming rationing abounded in the days following damage to oil and gas production from Hurricane Katrina, average prices nationwide and throughout...

Thursday, September 8, 2005 - 8:00pm

Fresh Pond restricted through 2010

Delaware Seashore State Park is mainly the marina and beaches around the Indian River Inlet. However, the park has a stepchild along the north borders of the Salt Pond as well — the approximately 800-acre Fresh Pond area.

The Department of...

Thursday, September 8, 2005 - 8:00pm

Nanticoke ready for annual pow-wow in Millsboro, Sept. 10, 11

The Nanticoke Indian Association will welcome people to the Millsboro area from across the United States and Canada this weekend, Sept. 10-11, for the tribe’s 28th annual powwow.
The yearly celebration delivers two days of Amerindian...

Thursday, September 8, 2005 - 8:00pm

Carter to feature new artwork this weekend

Bethany Beach artist Jennifer Carter has produced a series of new works — all in her usual shore-side theme — in anticipation of a number of artistic events coming in the second season.
Special to the Coastal Point • SUBMITTED:

Thursday, September 8, 2005 - 8:00pm

4-H'ers get a good jump on first day of school

“Blue Birds” 4-H/summer camp participants at Hickory Tree, near Selbyville, started gearing up for their first day back to school after summer vacation with the receipt of backpacks stocked with school supplies on Aug. 29.

Site Coordinator...

Thursday, September 8, 2005 - 8:00pm

Ocean View weighs fate of historic home

Ocean View is trying to build a Department of Public Works (DPW) building, a group of property owners is hoping to establish a historical district, and a 103-year-old house is caught in the middle.

The town purchased the Shores property on...

Thursday, September 8, 2005 - 8:00pm

Second season arrives

September is here again, and residents around the Sussex coast can again collectively exhale, having survived the stress of another summer season. More and more so every year, however, locals are likely taking another deep breath at the end of...

Thursday, September 1, 2005 - 8:00pm

Water and sewer get the vote

The Selbyville electorate, in a referendum Wednesday, Aug. 31, authorized town officials to borrow $2 million for sewer and water distribution projects.

“It’s important for the town because we can expand our water and sewage into our...

Thursday, September 1, 2005 - 8:00pm

Greyhounds leave town

Bethany Beach residents Monte and Cheryl Wisbrock were for many years the local contacts for Greyhound bus tickets in “downtown” Bethany Beach. They gave it up when they moved their business (Bethany & Resort Rental Service) to the Hickman...

Thursday, September 1, 2005 - 8:00pm

Fenwick Island council votes to settle lawsuit

The Fenwick Island Town Council Friday, Aug. 26, voted to allow its insurance carrier, Scottsdale Insurance Company, to resolve the lawsuit brought by former police Maj. William Manning against the town and council members past and present.


Thursday, September 1, 2005 - 8:00pm

Smith looking to keep Frankford rolling

Duncan Smith will be taking over for retiring Principal Sharon Brittingham at Frankford Elementary School this year, and he recognized his predecessors for their efforts.
Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY:
Duncan Smith is the new principal at...

Thursday, September 1, 2005 - 8:00pm

Dagsboro diverts development

Dagsboro Town Council voted unanimously, in consecutive motions, to send two potential residential housing projects back to the drawing board for refinement at the Aug. 26 town council meeting.

Representatives from Riverview Associates...

Thursday, September 1, 2005 - 8:00pm

Hocker draws a good crowd for coffee

Hocker’s Deli — not the place one might expect to find a rather substantial public meeting, but more than 30 area residents turned out for an Aug. 31 meet-your-legislator forum, hosted by Rep. Gerald Hocker (38th District).
Coastal Point •...

Thursday, September 1, 2005 - 8:00pm

Shoulder season arrives

Labor Day marks the beginning of between time bridging one summer and the next. The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce hopes to convince out-of-towners that the September-to-May spell is not the ‘off-season.’ Rather, the chamber wants...

Thursday, September 1, 2005 - 8:00pm

Sussex runners support cancer research

Local members of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training celebrated completed preparations for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half-Marathon with a kickoff party on Aug. 26.
Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY:
Members of the local Leukemia...

Thursday, September 1, 2005 - 8:00pm

Local gallery features Bishopville artist

Constance “Tinsel” Hughes will hold a one-woman exhibit this weekend at the Beach Cottage, Route 26 in Ocean View (83 Atlantic Ave). She specializes in local landscapes and seascapes in a traditional, realist style.
Coastal Point • SAM...

Thursday, September 1, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bethany marks 20th year for Jazz funeral

Every year for the past 20, locals have given summer a proper send-off on Labor Day, with the Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral (Monday, Sept. 5 this year).
Coastal Point • RUSLANA LAMBERT:
Jazz musicians make their way down the boardwalk in...

Thursday, September 1, 2005 - 8:00pm

Ocean View CHEER opening draws crowd

The Aug. 25 ribbon-cutting at the CHEER Coastal Leisure Center was bittersweet, as perhaps all important things are. The Mason-Dixon Post 7234 (Veterans of Foreign Wars) Color Guard hoisted the flag — the first time it had flown over the new...

Thursday, September 1, 2005 - 8:00pm

Fenwick moves forward on makeover

As sand continues pumping into Fenwick Island’s beaches, the town’s streetscape has been chosen for a green makeover. The town council passed a motion Friday, Aug. 26, to approve the twofold Living Fence Project.

Fenwick Island will...

Thursday, September 1, 2005 - 8:00pm

Fall gardening

Okay, summer’s over. It’s time to kick off the flip-flops and put on your gardening gloves. There’s work to be done!

Fall, with its milder temperatures and more plentiful rainfall, is a golden season for gardeners. There are things that...

Thursday, September 1, 2005 - 8:00pm

Moving Sand: Fenwick Island begins process of building new beach

Atlantis is risen in Fenwick Island this week, as dredging outfit Bean Stuyvesant replaces sands lost to the tides over the past 13 years.
Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY:
Contracting company Bean Stuyvesant goes to work on the Fenwick...

Thursday, August 25, 2005 - 8:00pm

County discusses new appeals process

Sussex County Council considered draft legislation that would create a new appeals process for parties aggrieved by county decisions regarding subdivisions, at the Aug. 23 regular council meeting.

County Attorney Jim Griffin worked some...

Thursday, August 25, 2005 - 8:00pm

IRSD reports on accountability ratings

The Indian River School District (IRSD) appears quite “Superior,” to judge from Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) reports at the Aug. 23 School Board meeting.

The IRSD improved to, or held steady at, the top AYP rating of Superior in 10 out...

Thursday, August 25, 2005 - 8:00pm

All steam ahead in Bethany Beach

Friday night was good to incumbents in Bethany Beach. The town council’s three officers — Mayor Jack Walsh, Vice Mayor Carol Olmstead and Secretary-Treasurer Tony McClenny — all won reconfirmation at the 7 p.m. reorganization meeting, which...

Thursday, August 25, 2005 - 8:00pm

Writing minds nurtured at library

As rain clouds took leave of the morning sky overhead the South Coastal Library on Saturday, Aug. 20, a brainstorm took shape inside.
Coastal Point • RUSLANA LAMBERT:
Writers participate in a workshop on poetry and fiction.

Thursday, August 25, 2005 - 8:00pm

Brand new school welcomes new staff

Big changes around the Indian River School District (IRSD) this year — 47 new teachers in all, according to district Superintendent Lois Hobbs, and a new assistant principal at the new Indian River High School.

Mike King has stepped in as...

Thursday, August 25, 2005 - 8:00pm

Ocean View goes commercial

The Ocean View Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) unanimously passed an ordinance Thursday to reclassify 21 properties along Atlantic Avenue (State Route 26) from R-1 Residential to GB General Business.

Dennis Schrader, the town’s...

Thursday, August 25, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bethany planners consider grandfathering tune-up

The Bethany Beach Planning Commission members revisited grandfathering at the Aug. 20 meeting, having discovered a possible loophole. Building Inspector John Eckrich said Town Attorney J. Terence Jaywork was looking into the matter, and they’d...

Thursday, August 25, 2005 - 8:00pm

Fenwick Island studies dwellings, signs

Like newspaper editors cleaning up wire copy, Fenwick Island’s ordinance commissioners pored over pages of town codes, tweaking and tightening.

For the ordinance committee’s Friday, Aug. 19 meeting, Chairman Harry Haon, also vice president...

Thursday, August 25, 2005 - 8:00pm

Combined effort saves 49 cats

Tracy Peoples didn’t know what she was getting into. She was trying to assist her boss, real estate agent Virgil Bullis (Coldwell Banker), but they had some major hurdles to overcome, in preparing one particular house for sale.


Thursday, August 25, 2005 - 8:00pm

Family and friends applaud ironman

It’s getting to be Make-A-Wish Triathlon time again (Sept. 24), and Sea Colony resident Peter O’Dunne will likely run again this year — but not before neighbors and family embarrass him a little for his recent accomplishments in sport.

Thursday, August 25, 2005 - 8:00pm

Lewes professor talks groundwater

Dr. William Ullman treated coastal Sussex residents to a primer on hydrology at the University of Delaware’s College of Marine Studies (CMS) on Aug. 18, with a topic perhaps especially relevant to officials moving toward final draft on sweeping...

Thursday, August 25, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bethany forges committe form at meeting

It took a few hammer strokes, but the Bethany Beach Charter and Ordinance Review Committee (CORC), having studied underlying issues of mission, formation and composition, settled on some bedrock committee guidelines at the Aug. 18 CORC meeting....

Thursday, August 25, 2005 - 8:00pm

Cultures celebrated in Millsboro festival

Under a desiccating August sun, El Centro Cultural served cultural refreshments to thousands of Hispanics from noon to 6 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 21, at Festival Hispano 2005 in Millsboro.
Coastal Point • JOSH MILLER:
Contestants compete in...

Thursday, August 25, 2005 - 8:00pm

Local girls rolling through series

Look out, Kalamazoo, the District III Big League Softball team has won their first three games of the World Series Tournament and are two games away from the world championship.

Head Coach Donna Ward has all the confidence in the world in...

Thursday, August 18, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bethany looks to organize

Before holding its regularly scheduled monthly meeting, the Bethany Beach Town Council will gather at 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 19, to name a mayor, vice mayor and secretary-treasurer.

The appointed officers, nominated and ratified by the...

Thursday, August 18, 2005 - 8:00pm

84 Lumber gets go-ahead from county to expand

It was enough.
Any more than one member of Sussex County Council voting in opposition at the Aug. 16 council meeting, and 84 Lumber’s plans for expansion in Clarksville would have run aground.

Council Member Dale Dukes was out — his...

Thursday, August 18, 2005 - 8:00pm

Former mayor critiques town's proposal

South Bethany Town Council played two on Aug. 12, as architect Alvin French (French & Ryan) hosted a public hearing before the regular council meeting.

In fact, the public hearing itself was a doubleheader — council is preparing to...

Thursday, August 18, 2005 - 8:00pm

County postdates housing ordinance

Sussex County Council enacted an ordinance to permit multisectional manufactured homes (24 feet or wider) on private residential lots (as small as half-acre) at the Aug. 16 meeting.

But the ordinance won’t go into effect probably until...

Thursday, August 18, 2005 - 8:00pm

Fenwick stays course with council

Municipal hall resembled law school in Fenwick Island Thursday morning, Aug. 11, as the town council listened to town attorney Tempe Steen untangle the town’s law books.

After the council reconfirmed its officers — Peter Frederick as mayor...

Thursday, August 18, 2005 - 8:00pm

Ocean View considers public works options

Ocean View Town Council members and staff spent the latter part of an Aug. 16 workshop studying the possibility of a Department of Public Works (DPW) facility on lands near the town hall — but they couldn’t seem to make it fit.

The town...

Thursday, August 18, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bethany girls gets national recognition

Athletics have always been a training ground for youngsters to learn how to conduct themselves throughout their lives. They may not always win or play as much as they like, but sports teach an important lesson: how to work as a team. Physical...

Thursday, August 18, 2005 - 8:00pm

Community tips scales for bus drivers

That yellow school bus pulling up at the end of the block is a sight most parents take for granted, but fuel costs very nearly became just one burden too many for drivers this year.

Less than three weeks before Labor Day, Indian River...

Thursday, August 18, 2005 - 8:00pm

Shining the fashion light

Jeanne Hastings, long-time resident of South Bethany, has continued to satisfy her faithful customers’ demands for interesting and fashionable clothing and accessories at her store, Lighthouse Landing, located in Fenwick Island.

Thursday, August 18, 2005 - 8:00pm