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Retiring Public Works Supervisor Don Chrobot was recently honored for his dedication to the Town of South Bethany.

South Bethany bids farewell to Chrobot, welcomes Stiffler

After 13 years of managing all physical aspects of the Town South Bethany, Don Chrobot has retired as public works supervisor.

Both the town council and his coworkers applauded Chrobot as he recently accepted a resolution in honor of his...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 1:00pm

Ocean View to return to private assessments for 2020 taxes

No exemptions to be given for higher taxes this year

The Ocean View Town Council voted unanimously this week to return to having a private company assess property values for property-tax purposes, following an unwelcome switch to using the Sussex County assessed values for taxes in the current,...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 12:57pm

Local supporters rallying for Thank a Police Officer Day

Communities across the nation are joining in on Saturday, Sept. 15, to “Thank a Police Officer,” and local police departments are no exception in getting some special attention.

Founded in 2012 by the Whole Truth Project, Thank a Police...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 12:53pm

DART increases year-round bus service in Sussex County

Beginning Monday, Sept. 10, two DART Beach Bus Routes — 201 and 204 — were set to begin year-round service, operating every 30 minutes, Monday through Saturday, from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Route 201 provides service from the Lewes Park &...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 12:39pm

Public weighs in on county’s subdivision buffers

The Sussex County Council held a public hearing on Tuesday, Sept. 11, regarding forested and/or landscaped buffers within the County’s jurisdiction.

“I have introduced this ordinance, so I’ll give my synopsis on why I feel this ordinance...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 12:27pm

Fenwick to consider mandatory freeboard for discount

Fenwick Island homes are required to have flood insurance, but people can save money when the town government takes extra precautions.

To keep a full 10 percent discount in the National Flood Insurance Program (NIFP), though, Fenwick has...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 12:25pm

Primary results reveal candidates for November general election

Members of the Democratic and Republican parties took to the polls on Sept. 6 to decide which candidates would represent their parties in the 2018 mid-term elections in November.

Only about one in four or five eligible voters showed up to...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 12:22pm

Fenwick gets FOIA lesson

Grievances about public meetings aired

Government works for the people, and Delaware’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is how the law ensures the public gets information.

“You should not try to bypass FOIA. … It doesn’t hurt to discuss things in public,” said William Pepper...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 12:08pm

Operation SEAs the Day brings wounded warrior families to the resort area every year. Macaroni Kids has partnered with Operation SEAs the Day the past two years to offer inexpensive, fun activities for children during the weeklong event.

‘It’s like medicine’

Children of veterans reflect on beach trip’s restorative effect

Ask 4-year-old Liam Klopfenstein what his favorite part of his family’s trip to Bethany Beach is, and you’ll get a typical 4-year-old’s answer.

“Um… the beach, the waves.”

Pressed for more, he’ll mention “the restaurants… building...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 12:06pm

Retired U.S. Marine Greg Gerard, his fiancée, Amber Falck, and family tie the knot at the Edgewater House community room at Sea Colony during Operation SEAs the Day.

Operation SEAs the (wedding) Day

Couple ties the knot in Sea Colony ceremony thanks to quick, dedicated volunteers

When retired U.S. Marine Greg Gerard and his fiancée, Amber Falck, packed their three kids and Gerard’s service dog Infidel in the car for a week at the beach, they had no idea they’d end the week with a wedding, let alone that it would be their...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 11:59am

Five candidates vie for four council seats in Bethany Beach

The 2018 Bethany Beach Town Council election will be held Saturday, Sept. 8, from noon to 6 p.m. at town hall. Candidates who filed to run in 2018 include residents Faith M. Denault, R. Bruce Frye (an incumbent), Rosemary Hardiman (an incumbent...

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 6:55pm

Friends, customers rally for Monroe

 For 24 years, customers at the Ocean View Family Restaurant have been the recipients of Cheryl Monroe’s friendliness as she served them short stacks for breakfast and crabcakes for dinner.

But since Aug. 8, when a brain aneurysm struck...

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 6:46pm

Downtown Millsboro to have more eyes on Main Street

Thanks in part to a $35,000 Fund to Combat Violent Crimes grant, the Millsboro Police Department will soon be able to increase their surveillance capabilities in downtown Millsboro. Millsboro Police Chief Brian Calloway told council members at...

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 6:44pm

The Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival is a prized September tradition.

Boardwalk Arts Festival expands to the brunch scene

Festival date moved to Sunday, Sept. 9 due to weather

Update: The Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival has been rescheduled for Sunday, Sept. 9 due to Saturday's rainy weather forecast.

The Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival has established itself as a popular event, bringing artists and...

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 6:43pm

South Bethany considering farming out canal maintenance

South Bethany’s canals are a public resource, just like the roads or the parks, and Town Council Member Frank Weisgerber suggested recently that the town council consider a maintenance plan (and probably a budget) to actually take care of those 5...

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 6:39pm

Nanticokes to highlight ‘Water is Life’ theme at 41st Powwow

This weekend, Native Americans from all over the country will gather in Millsboro for the Nanticoke Indian tribe’s 41st Annual Powwow, celebrating this year’s theme, “Water is Life.”

“We can’t live without it,” Powwow Chair Kayleigh...

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 5:37pm

Architectural drawings of proposed Fenwick Sands Tapestry Hotel

Fenwick BOA approves height variance for hotel

The Board of Adjustment for the Town of Fenwick Island voted 3-1 this week to approve a height variance request made on behalf of the Fenwick Sands by property owner Spiro Buas.

The Town had received 87 letters in favor of the application...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 6:31pm

Millville By the Sea property owners file suit against developers

Editor's note: This article has been updated with a response from W. Craig Havenner, president of The Christopher Companies. Havenner is one of the parties named in the lawsuit.

A homeowners’ group in the Millville By the Sea development...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 6:27pm

It’s that time of year again... School starts Tuesday!

The 2018-2019 school year begins on Tuesday, Sept. 4, for kindergarten through 12th-grade students in the Indian River School District and Sussex Technical High School.

Sussex Tech held its freshmen orientation before the start of school,...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 6:06pm

Jazz Funeral set to wish ‘Summer 2018’ a fond farewell

As it has for the past 32 years, Bethany Beach will “celebrate” the end of the summer with a funeral.

It’s not just any funeral — as locals and visitors alike have learned over the years, the Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral is one of the...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 6:04pm

IRSD to loosen funds, plans prelim $158M budget for 2019

School choice will change, lunch prices will not

School budgeting is tricky, since districts won’t know how much money is coming until the official “unit count” of students in September.

But, for now, the Indian River School...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 6:00pm

Design guidelines developed for neighbors of Historic Lewes Byway

The Sussex County Council last week received an update on the Historic Lewes Byway from committee member Russ Tatman, regarding voluntary design guidelines for properties along the byway.

According to its website, “The Historic Lewes Byway...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 5:48pm

Ocean View resident Marie Knox will celebrate her 103rd birthday on Saturday, Sept. 3. Knox was born in the Dagsboro District.

Local woman celebrates more than a century of life

In 1915, Woodrow Wilson was well into his first term as president of the United States, the U.S. House of Representatives rejected a proposal to give women the right to vote, Babe Ruth hit his first career home run, and Ocean View resident Marie...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 4:22pm

Seaford High School students spent three days this summer training to be Botvin LifeSkills Training Peer Mentors to Seaford Middle School students for the upcoming school year.

Herren Project aims to give hope to those dealing with addiction

More than 300 lives were lost to overdose in Delaware in 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Delaware ranks ninth in the country in its overdose death rate.

“It’s pandemic, really,” said Lisa Coldiron, grant manager for the...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 3:49pm

Very Important Families (VIFs) arrive at Operation SEAs the Day’s The Heroes’ Welcome Home parade at the Freeman Stage at Bayside during last year’s event.

Operation SEAs the Day’s Warrior Beach Week set for Sept. 4-9

There are only a few days left until the 2018 Operation SEAs the Day VIFs (Very Important Families) arrive in the area, with the event again hosting wounded military veterans and their families to Bethany Beach and the surrounding area.

...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 3:01pm

Navarro: Final ACA individual rate increase set at 3 percent

Delaware Insurance Commissioner Trinidad Navarro announced the 2019 Affordable Care Act (ACA) rates on Tuesday, Aug. 21. While...

Monday, August 27, 2018 - 10:42am

Jeffrey Harman of the Becker Morgan Group holds a rendering of the exterior of Beebe Medical Center’s proposed Millville campus at a Friday, Aug. 17, public hearing on the project.

Millville P&Z recommends approvals for Beebe satellite-site

Millville’s Planning & Zoning Committee on Aug. 17 voted to recommend that the Millville Town Council approve two applications on behalf of Beebe Healthcare that move forward plans to build an emergency department and cancer treatment center...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 5:19pm

Beach replenishment tasks linger in Bethany

“Replenishment, for all intents and purposes, has finally wound down on the beach,” Bethany Beach Town Manager Cliff Graviet announced at the Aug. 17 town council meeting, bringing to a close the core of the much-awaited but inconveniently-timed...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 5:13pm

Public demands answers about clean water at Georgetown forum

Sussex County has two sets of drinking-water quality issues, according to Mohammad Akhter: the statewide quality of water and the private well water — especially concerning the Mountaire poultry plant’s recent contamination problem in Millsboro...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 5:04pm

Coastal Point to host Bethany Beach Candidates Night

On Friday, Aug. 24, at 7 p.m. at Bethany Beach Town Hall, the Coastal Point will again host Candidates’ Night for the annual town council elections in Bethany Beach.

We have invited all six candidates for the four council seats up for...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 4:56pm

The McCabe Cottage is located at 701 Bunting Avenue (oceanfront, at Atlantic Street) in Fenwick Island.

McCabe Cottage to be featured on historical tour

The Historic Coastal Towns Cottage & Lighthouse Tour will take place on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at locations in and near Fenwick Island. The tour features historic cottages and the lighthouse, and will benefit the planned...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 4:55pm

In September, wooden decking and metal fasteners will be repaired on the tiny Millers Neck Road bridge.

Meeting scheduled on repairs to wooden Millers Neck bridge

Driving the tight winding roads near Camp Barnes, people come upon a tiny wooden-topped bridge, less than 30 feet long, that runs over a tiny tributary of Dirickson Creek.

For the past month, the Millers Neck Road bridge — as it is known...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 4:50pm

Selbyville officials are accepting bids for construction of a new culvert.

Selbyville culvert bids come in at $395K and $670K

When it comes to repairing a collapsing roadway, the Selbyville Town Hall now has a number to aim for… sort of.

In 2015, Town officials discovered that a galvanized metal culvert where the Sandy Branch tax ditch flows under Railroad Avenue...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 4:42pm

Located northwest of Millsboro, the Godwin School was renovated over many years and finally added to the National Register of Historic Places.

After decades of work, Millsboro schoolhouse a national historic site

“It’s a pretty setting for a school, isn’t it?”

Golden morning sunlight slips through the shadows of tall trees and fresh-cut grass, where Margaret Mitchell stands beside a historic one-room schoolhouse.

Sitting quietly beside the...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 3:16pm

South Bethany canals got some love from residents in the 2018 annual Adopt-a-Canal contest. Here, town officials, volunteers and donors gather at the winning Kent Place location.

South Bethany canals enjoy a peaceful pop of color in beautification contest

Who says gardening has to be on one’s own property? Each year, South Bethany invites people to help beautify the town in the annual Adopt-A-Canal/Road-End Beauty Contest.

What might otherwise be a lump of grass or scraggly trees has become...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 3:11pm

Tour de Sussex bike ride slated for Sept. 22

It’s nearly time for bicyclists near and far to get their rubber to the pavement as the 5th Annual Tour de Sussex is slated to take place on Sept. 22 at Delaware Technical Community College’s Owens Campus, located at 21179 College Drive in...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 1:56pm

Run, White & Blue to support scholarships for vets, first-responders

 Runners and walkers alike have an opportunity to trek across a 5K/1-mile course to help benefit scholarships for military veteran and first-responder students attending the Delaware Technical Community College’s Owens Campus.

On Patriots...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 1:52pm

Zumbathon to benefit Justin's Beach House

Those looking to do something active this weekend while also supporting a good cause need look no further, as Zumba instructors from Maryland and Delaware are looking to raise money for Justin’s Beach House at the First Annual Endless Summer...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 1:45pm

Sandhill Fields held a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, August 22.

Ground broken at Sandhill Fields sports complex near Georgetown

The official launch of construction at the Sandhill Fields sports complex took place on Wednesday morning with a groundbreaking ceremony that had community leaders and dignitaries in attendance.

The sports complex is located along Sand...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 1:40pm

Replenishment complete — some dune work continues

Pack away the ear plugs and walk a little farther. Beach replenishment is just about done on the southern Delaware coast. By widening the beach and raising the sand dunes, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) Philadelphia District hopes to...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 5:49pm

Residents hear about upcoming drainage project

The property owners of Woodland Park gathered at Ocean View Town Hall earlier this week to learn about a drainage project they hope will improve their long-standing flooding issues.

Jim Lober, P.E., director of engineering for Kercher...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 5:44pm

Millville gets stellar, ‘awesome’ audit report from TGM Group

“New world’s record” and “awesome” are not words generally uttered by accountants delivering audit reports to town governments, but that’s what the Millville Town Council was treated to on Tuesday, Aug. 15, when accountant Herb Geary of the TGM...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 5:41pm

Sussex County Council moves forward on wetlands

The public will soon have their chance to give input on wetlands and density calculations, as Sussex County Councilman I.G. Burton on Aug. 14 introduced an ordinance related to adjusting the calculation.

“This ordinance… it’s not easy to...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 5:25pm

DelDOT seeks input on Route 113 rehab that would close lanes

It’s just a typical repair project: a small bridge that most drivers barely notice as they head down the highway, near Hardee’s and La Tonalteca in Millsboro. Here’s when people will notice: when southbound traffic has to use detours around Route...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 5:24pm

Selbyville plans to lower speed limits on two roads

Selbyville drivers will have to slow their roll — Selbyville plans to reduce speed limits on two roads within town limits.

In the shopping district of Route 113 (Dupont Boulevard), the speed limit is 50 mph. Soon, that will extend farther...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 5:19pm

Business skills training on offer at bilingual finance lecture

Many people have great ideas for a business, or skills that they can sell. But what is the next step for financing that business venture?

The Frankford Public Library will host a free lecture, “Access to Capital: Growing Your Business,” on...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 5:17pm

The sun sets over southern Delaware’s inland bays.

Public can comment on CIB’s comp plan for the bays

The public is welcome to suggest actions for the Delaware Center for Inland Bays (CIB) to pursue in improving the local bays, as the CIB is currently updating its Comprehensive Conservation & Management Plan (CCMP), which is a roadmap for the...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 4:31pm

Warren’s Station in Fenwick Island held a dine and donate event to benefit the Easter Seals on Friday, Aug. 10.

Sussex Scavenger Hunt to raise money for Easter Seals 5K team

Easter Seals will be hosting a Sussex Scavenger Hunt on Sunday, Aug. 19, to benefit a team for the 2018 Walk with Me & 5K Fun Run, set for Oct. 21 at Baywood Greens.

The scavenger hunt is designed as a fun opportunity to visit the...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 4:28pm

Louis Pascavage and Damien Wells pull in a white marlin during their fishing trip.

Local boats host veterans for fishing trip

It started as a conversation over beers: “Let’s take some veterans fishing.”

Next came a Facebook post on a page for veterans.

Then came the applications — way more than the organizers expected.

Then came the donations — also...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 3:10pm

Bethany Beach baby tents get bigger ... well, a little bigger

After roughly two months of light-handed enforcement of a new rule limiting shading devices on its beaches to “standard” umbrellas and so-called “baby tents” — banning canopies and tents of all descriptions — Bethany Beach officials have now...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 2:58pm