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Sussex County could offer storage of wills

Sussex County Register of Wills Cindy Green spoke before the county council at its June 26 meeting, regarding Senate Bill 238, relating to the storage of wills.

“What Senate Bill 238 will allow Sussex County to do is to store wills,”...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 3:32pm

Fenwick to celebrate birthday on Sunday

This weekend, the community at large is being invited to celebrate the 65th birthday of the Town of Fenwick Island, which was incorporated in June 1953.

Town Manager Terry Tieman said the idea to host a birthday celebration arose after...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 2:39pm

Jake Tapper will be signing copies of his new book ‘The Hellfire Club’ at Bethany Beach Books on Monday, July 2, at 6:30 p.m.

CNN’s Tapper to sign ‘The Hellfire Club’ at Bethany Beach Books

Jake Tapper, chief Washington correspondent for CNN, will appear at Bethany Beach Books on Monday, July 2, to sign copies of his newest book, “The Hellfire Club.”

Tapper has written three non-fiction books, but “The Hellfire Club” is his...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 2:32pm

Troop 20566 and adult leaders gather on the Mound in Oudolf Meadow Garden, with their DBG hosts.

Pennsylvania Girl Scouts create garden at DBG

On June 18, Girl Scouts from Troop 20566 in York, Pa., created a new garden project at the Delaware Botanic Gardens (DBG) in Dagsboro. The 15 Girl Scouts and nine adults had worked on preparing the project for months. They selected 500 plants and...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 2:30pm

Gina Drago renovated Body Double in Fenwick Island for owner Liz Welsh, pictured.

Body Double gets you in the right suit for you

There are three absolutes in this wacky world of ours:

(1) Death;

(2) Taxes;

(3) Nobody likes how they look in a swimsuit.

“Even if they’re the tiniest little thing you’ve ever seen, everyone is kind of intimidated and...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 2:28pm

All About U organizing trunk show for Kind Beauty Project

When starting a day of events, women are known to set aside a large chunk of time in their mornings, dedicated to getting ready. Hair, makeup and picking out an outfit to conquer the day can take an hour, or even two, as long as they have the...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 2:26pm

State Chamber looking for Superstars in Business

The Delaware State Chamber of Commerce and its Small Business Alliance are looking for exceptional companies to apply for the 2018 Marvin S. Gilman Superstars in Business awards. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the award is considered the...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 2:25pm

Mike and Sean Cummings pose with the Torch Award for marketpace ethics.

MIKEN Builders recognized for business ethics

When Michael Cummings finished trade school post-college, he began working for a construction company. An opportunity arose for him to join in ownership of a general-contracting firm. Now, 25 years later, he is the proud owner and CEO of a multi-...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 2:24pm

State park to reenact shipwreck rescue drill

The staff of Delaware Seashore State Park were set to reenact a 19th century shipwreck rescue drill at the Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum on Thursday, June 28, at 5:30 p.m. Delaware Seashore State Park is just one of three locations in...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 2:22pm

Offshore wind experts to share information, gather feedback

The Center for Carbon-Free Power Integration, Sustainable Coastal Communities Initiative and Delaware Sea Grant at the University of Delaware are sponsoring offshore wind-power workshops as part of their “Focus on the Coast” seminar series.

...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 2:20pm

South Bethany Town Hall will serve as an art gallery for the next three weeks.

Get the picture? South Bethany photography show returns

When she photographs, Kira Kaplinski wants to show people the beauty of coastal Delaware.

“The whole area is inspiration. It’s so beautiful. I just love this town,” said Kaplinski, an IT consultant who bought a South Bethany house about...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 2:19pm

Jeanne Mueller’s ‘Fun in the Surf’ oil painting is just one of the paintings to be featured during Gallery One’s July show, ‘Beach Odyssey.’

Gallery One going on ‘Beach Odyssey’ in July

Gallery One in Ocean View recently announced the theme of its new show, “Beach Odyssey,” which will be open to the public through July 31.

“This is the time of year when many families begin their beach odyssey. It is a time for fun, family...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 2:17pm

Carper blasts EPA decision to abandon new rules on oil and toxic spills

U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), top Democrat on the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee, this week responded to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) decision to abandon a 2017 rule aimed at preventing hazardous spills at...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 2:16pm

Anglers reminded they need fishing license, FIN number

Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police this week reminded recreational anglers that a Delaware fishing license is required for fishing, crabbing and clamming in both tidal and non-tidal waters statewide.

A resident annual Delaware...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 2:03pm

‘Beach Love,’ a book with romance stories with local settings, is now available in large print.

Local romance stories now available in large print

“Beach Love,” a new book that features romance stories with local settings, is now available in large print.

“Beach Love” contains 13 stories by a variety of authors. The stories’ fictional characters find love in local towns, along the...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 2:02pm

Members Tom Spink, Frank Soboyna, Vin Schettino and Leo Renzette get ready to tee off on the new hole No. 9 at Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club.

Cripple Creek debuts revised course, new practice facility

The long-awaited and much-anticipated new short-game practice facility on Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club’s golf course has been completed, and it has gotten nothing but rave reviews from staff and members alike.

The course received...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 1:59pm

The ‘Beach Matters’ to the owners of this Bethany Beach home.

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour Sneak Peek No. 8

(Editor’s note: This is the eighth in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 27th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 25-26, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

After spending the last 15 summers...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 1:54pm

IRSD reluctantly enters the busing business, hires drivers

Delaware’s shortage of school bus drivers has finally left the Indian River School District feeling stranded.

Until now, the IRSD has hired bus contractors to transport thousands children to school, athletic activities and field trips. But...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 3:20pm

Holly Wingate was approved to be the newest member of the Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission.

Wingate appointed to County P&Z

The Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission will have a new face on the dais, as Millville resident Holly Wingate was approved by Sussex County Council this week to serve on the commission.

“I grew up in Sussex County, and I have a...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 3:20pm

Sussex County Council approves budget for 2019 fiscal year

The Sussex County Council unanimously approved its 2019-fiscal-year budget following a public hearing on July 19. The $177.5 million budget will begin on July 1.

Broken down, the budget is made up of $74,142,260 in the General Fund; $16,...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 3:19pm

Beebe drops plan for additional outpatient rooms in Lewes

New Millville campus on track for 2020

Noting rapid changes impacting healthcare nationwide and in the community, Beebe Healthcare announced this week that it is already making some changes to plans for its strategic expansion projects that were announced in 2017.

“Hospitals...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 3:17pm

Indian River school board to discuss club financing

In 2017, taxpayers approved a referendum that gave Indian River School District more money for various needs, including student organizations. Local students are constantly winning state competitions and earning a spot at national’s.

But...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 3:16pm

The FORGE crew celebrated the opening of the program’s new location with an open house on Saturday, June 16.

FORGE academy finds itself a new home in Pittsville

Three months, ago, FORGE Youth & Family Academy was in limbo, having been turned down by the Town of Selbyville in its attempt to move its youth center into a vacant property in the town.

A lot can change in a few weeks.

The...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 3:15pm

Richard Syphard has teaching in his blood — and now he is the Millsboro Middle School Teacher of the Year.

MMS’ Syphard has a history in local schools

Chemical weapons. Syrian President Bashir Al-Assad. Civil Rights. The purpose and power of government. International trade. Information sources. The U.S. Constitution.

Sounds like an average day’s news coverage, right? Well, yes. But it’s...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 3:10pm

Miss Delaware’s 2018 Court included, from left: Riley Slate, Miss Greenville, third runner-up; Rebecca Gasperetti, Miss Hockessin, first runner-up; Miss Delaware 2018 Joanna Wicks; Emily Beale, Miss Blue Gold, second runner-up; and Lauren Haberstroh, Miss Newark, fourth runner-up.

Miss Delaware, Outstanding Teen crowded in Lewes

Sky Knox, Miss Newark’s Outstanding Teen, was named Miss Delaware’s Outstanding Teen 2018 on June 15 evening at Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes. She will represent Delaware at Miss America’s Outstanding Teen in late July, in Orlando, Fla....

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 3:01pm

UD Dean’s List students announced for Spring 2018

A number of local students have been named to the University of Delaware Dean’s List for the Spring 2018 semester.

They include: Mariann Agapito of Millsboro, Madison Bacon of Selbyville, Josh Barrow of Ocean View, Amanda Beam of Fenwick...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 2:59pm

IRHS celebrates Honor Roll students for spring

Indian River High School recently announced its honor roll students for the final marking period of the 2017-2018 school year.

Students receiving High Honors were:

• Seniors Kealey Allison, Peyton Beebe, Delaney Brannon, Mikaela...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 2:03pm

Sergio and Ruben Palazzo in their family-owned shop, Ocean View Jewelers. The shop specializes in custom jewelry and customer service.

Custom jewelry, family ties mark Ocean View shop

Ruben Palazzo has been designing and creating custom jewelry for more than 40 years. And while he’s still surrounded at work by many of his creations, he actually now gets to work alongside two of his most significant creations — his son, Sergio...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 2:01pm

Bennett’s peaches from the inaugural Bethany Beach Farmers’ Market.

Bethany Beach Farmer’s Market open for the 2018 season

On Sunday, June 10, the Bethany Beach Farmers’ Market celebrated the start of its 11th season by hosting a ceremonial ribbon-cutting with the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce. Market vendors, board members and volunteers were present for...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 1:59pm

Architectural lighting accentuates the kitchen of this inland home.

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour Sneak Peek No. 7

(Editor’s note: This is the seventh in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 27th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 25-26 from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.)

As a native Delawarean, the owner of...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 1:58pm

A group of international students pose for a photo during a past picnic at Saint Martha’s Episcopal Church in Bethany Beach.

Bethany church throwing picnic for international student-workers

Each summer, Bethany Beach and many neighboring towns fill the staff of local businesses with international student-workers. The students come from all over for a summer experience in the States, and Martha Fields at Saint Martha’s Episcopal...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 1:57pm

Ocean View Concert in the Park to feature Delmarva Big Band

The Town of Ocean View will be hosting Delmarva Big Band as part of its Concerts in the Park series, on Friday, June 22, at 6 p.m. It is the second consecutive year that the big-band group has performed at John West Park, which is located at 32...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 1:54pm

The Selbyville Post Office mural was installed in 1942, showing a slice of Delmarva life.

Looking up: Mural at Selbyville post office gets new attention

Some people never look up when they enter Selbyville Post Office. But look up, and you’ll see an idyllic mural depicting Delmarva farm life in the 1940s.

The mural shows a girl surrounded by chickens, a man nearby and farmhouse with horses...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 1:53pm

Paddleboarding event benefits veterans with Paddle Second Chance

The 7th Annual Paddle Second Chance (PSC) event will take place Saturday, June 23, at Holt’s Landing State Park near Millville.

Over the past six years, the PSC has raised more than $140,000 with its paddleboarding event for Operation...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 12:39pm

Bob ‘The General’ Knight stopped in at the Millville Volunteer Fire Company to voice his support of Rob Arlett.

‘The General’ stumps for Arlett

A coaching legend made a stop in the area last week, taking the opportunity to offer his support for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rob Arlett.

Former Army, Indiana University and Texas Tech floor boss Bob “The General” Knight spoke to a...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 12:38pm

Supporters, opponents offer comments on wind power

Residents who are opposed to construction of offshore wind turbines, as well as those in favor of them, had a chance to voice their opinions at a workshop in Bethany Beach on May 31.

Currently, the only plans for wind turbines off the...

Sunday, June 17, 2018 - 6:31pm

Ocean View residents get surprise with new tax assessment system

Following the mailing of this year’s property tax bills, the Town of Ocean View has been receiving feedback from some property owners.

For its 2019-fiscal-year budget, the council had previously voted unanimously to increase property tax...

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 4:24pm

Millsboro police attack domestic situations with new program

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, more than 10 million people per year in this country are abused by a domestic partner; 20,000 calls are made each day to domestic violence hotlines; and 276 people have died from gun-...

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 4:23pm

Donato to decorate Millville with mural

Millville’s town hall will get a new vibe when local artist John Donato completes a mural in the meeting room in the coming weeks.

Donato had proposed several potential projects for the Town, which initially included a mural in the outer...

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 4:22pm

There is little left of the historic Blackwater Presbyterian Church, following a bout with termites and years of the Tunnell family trying to keep it maintained.

Historic Blackwater church demolished, artifacts salvaged

The Blackwater Presbyterian Church, built in 1763, has been in deteriorating condition for years. Although efforts have been made to repair and renovate the church over the past 20 years, termites ultimately forced the caretakers of the building...

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 4:19pm

Roadway safety critical at this time of year

With summer having arrived, traffic in coastal Delaware has spiked. While travelers use various modes of transportation to get from Point A to Point B, the Ocean View Police Department is reminding the public to always use caution.

“With...

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 4:15pm

County considers concerns over density and wetland buffers

Sussex County Councilman I.G. Burton gave a brief presentation to fellow council members this week regarding his concerns about to buffers and density.

“For the 11 years I was on Planning & Zoning, we always discussed it… It was just...

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 4:13pm

Frankford firefighters bringing back their Shrimp & Wing Fest

The Frankford Volunteer Fire Company’s Shrimp & Wing Fest was so successful it its first year, it’s back for seconds.

The fire company will host the event on Saturday, June 16, from 6 to 11 p.m. at the fire hall. Hundreds of pounds of...

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 4:03pm

Sector Capt. Scott Anderson offers some insight to the local crew during the change-of-command ceremony at the Coast Guard Auxiliary last week.

Coast Guard honors change of command at IR Inlet ceremony

On the water, the U.S. Coast Guard serves first-responders during natural and man-made disasters. This month, USCG Station Indian River welcomed a new commander to continue leading the service’s mission to be “Semper Paratus” or “Always Ready” in...

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 4:02pm

Classic cars line Main Street in Selbyville during a past Old Timer’s Day event.

Classic cars, family activities on tap for Old Timer’s Day

It’s that time of year again, when local classic enthusiasts gather to commemorate their prized vintage vehicles. The Town of Selbyville and the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce will host the 61st annual Old Timer’s Day Classic Car &...

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 3:47pm

Don Dempsey, Meghan Dempsey and Roger Perry pose for a photo at Gunshooters in Millsboro.

Millsboro shop is a family affair

For Roger Perry, work is just something he does.

The Riverdale/Oak Orchard native joined the United States Army a few days after graduating from Millsboro High School. He thought he was ready to try something else after returning stateside...

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 3:31pm

Bethany hosting a slate of movies, concerts, exercise classes and more

Bethany Beach is known for filling its bandstand with entertainment all through the summer, but this year a new form of entertainment is occupying the bandstand as well: Movies.

For the last seven years, the Town of Bethany Beach has...

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 3:30pm

Ocean View BOA defers vote on Barn Hill Preserve

The Ocean View Board of Adjustment voted this week to defer its decision on an application requesting a special exception that would allow for a wildlife-learning center in a General Business-1 parcel in town.

Barn Hill Preserve co-owners...

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 3:28pm

Kealey Allison and Delaney Brannon represented IRHS in the 2018 U.S. Lacrosse Blue-White All-Star game on the girls’ side, while Ryan Burbridge represented the boys.

Three IRHS lacrosse players are Blue-White All-Stars

For all intents and purposes, Tuesday night’s exhibition games were exactly what they were meant to be — a fun opportunity for graduating Delaware high school seniors competing with and against each other one last time.

The 2018 U.S....

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 3:25pm

Seven Indians receive All-State recognition

While all the games have been played and the seniors have made their final walk as graduates, the accolades for the 2018 spring-season student-athletes of Indian River High School continue to pour in.

Recently, it was announced that seven...

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 3:23pm