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Emergency response: Public invited to active shooter trainings

One of the most horrifying “what if” scenarios has been careening through people’s minds for the past few years: what if an armed intruder terrorized my school, church or job?

Local first responders are teaching people how to defend...

Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 10:44am

Dagsboro fire company celebrating 75 years with open house

The Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Department will celebrate 75 years of service to its community with a parade and an open house on Saturday, April 14.

With a signature from Delaware Secretary of State William J. Storey, the fire company was...

Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 10:42am

Business-minded IR students go to nationals in Dallas

Coastal Point • Submitted : Confidence is the name of the game for these BPA state winners from Indian River High School. Pictured, from left, are: front row, Jabes Lopez, Morgan Bartholomew, Elaina Lopez, Josue Lopez, Brooke Weaver, Luke Morgan...

Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 10:37am

Indian River school board to discuss future buildings

It’s time to start building a plan. Indian River School District has scheduled a special meeting to discuss the district’s future building and major capital improvement needs.

The Major Capital Planning Committee meeting will now be held...

Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 10:33am

Selbyville tattoo/barber shop gets green light to reopen

A Selbyville barber and tattoo shop is getting back on track, collecting required permits after being shut down in November.

The Division of Public Health has completed inspections and issued a permit on Jan. 24 for Miguelangel Tattoo Art...

Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 10:31am

Selbyville looks for new Royal Farms, new town hall

In one of Selbyville’s shortest town council meetings in years, residents still learned about two major potential building projects on April 2.

First of all, Royal Farms was granted unanimous approval on preliminary site plans for a gas...

Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 10:22am

Ennis pool to reopen to students, public after spring break

After a winter of maintenance and frustration, the indoor swimming and therapy pool at Howard T. Ennis School should reopen April 9.

It is a public pool, in addition to serving Ennis students and hosting several swim teams for the Indian...

Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 9:35am

Gerken tells local tales in ‘Storied Sussex’

Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Sandie Gerken poses for a photo with her book, ‘Storied Sussex.’ The book is a compilation of columns Gerken wrote for High Tide News.Camp meetings, “Chief Little Owl,” John M. Clayton, the “Giant Dead Boy” of...

Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 9:13am

Ocean View cuts property tax increase proposal in half

The Ocean View Town Council is looking to raise property taxes by 50 percent in its next fiscal budget and maintain that rate for two fiscal years.

The council had originally discussed possibly raising property taxes by 100 percent to fund...

Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 11:14am

Forge academy denied Selbyville location

The Forge Youth Academy is looking for a new home, having been denied a conditional-use request as the organization sought to move into the former Food Rite property on Main Street in Selbyville.

The Selbyville Planning & Zoning...

Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 11:12am

Corps head visits Bethany Beach ahead of replenishment work

Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: From left, R. D. James and U.S. Sen. Tom Carper listen as Tony Pratt, DNREC’s Shoreline and Waterway Management Section chief, discusses beach replenishment at Bethany Beach on Tuesday, March 27. James is the new...

Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 10:56am

Reynolds making a run for District 4 seat in Ocean View

ReynoldsBerton Reynolds has lived in Fairway Village with his wife, Liz, since they moved to Ocean View in June of 2015.

“I had been coming down to the beach area for literally over 30 years,” he said. “We wanted to get south of the...

Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 10:42am

Selbyville fire department volunteer, pastor recognized

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Selbyville Volunteer Fire Company’s Bob Odom has earned the respect of his department and chief for his efforts, garnering him a nomination for the Joshua M. Freeman Valor Award.Selbyville Volunteer Fire Company’s...

Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 10:38am

Local Christians to perform Cross Walk on Good Friday

In a tradition now more than a decade old, dozens of Christians will take part this week in the Good Friday Cross Walk from Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church in Ocean View to Bethany Beach.

Between 100 and 150 people are expected to...

Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 10:36am

SDSA’s Lobo is positive, playful and patient

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Teacher of the Year Nichele Lobo likes a lively atmosphere in her fifth-grade classroom at SDSA.Fifth-grade students enter Nichele Lobo’s classroom each morning to find a positive new quote written on the board....

Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 9:47am

Frankford library invites creativity with Peeps Diorama Contest

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Anybody can make Peeps dioramas pop with handmade details, such as the yarn-knit web in this ‘The Spider & the Fly’ design by librarian Jessica Bowman.Love ’em or hate ’em, there’s no denying that marshmallow...

Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 9:29am

Millsboro shop celebrates town’s Past & Present

Coastal Point photos • Shaun M. Lambert: Judi Thoroughgood, John Thoroughgood and Debbie Lewis pose for a photo with store greeters, Riley and Grace.There are times one can walk into a small business, and it just feels like home. Millsboro’s Past...

Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 9:10am

First-year L.B. team to attend VEX Championship

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Lord Baltimore students practice for their first VEX Robotics World Championship. Pictured, from left, are: Makenzie Truitt, Cassidy White, Demetreus Moutzalias and Mason Haro.


Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 11:22am

Chancery judge orders Fairway Cap to hold off on leasing properties

Court of Chancery Vice Chancellor Joseph Slights III this week provided temporary injunctive relief to the Concerned Citizens of the Estates of Fairway Village and 36 Builders Inc./Insight Homes, preventing Fairway Cap, the developer of The...

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 11:17am

South Bethany looks to increase parking fees, reduce free parking

Paid parking can cause consternation for motorists. But for municipalities, it’s a tool to manage crowding and earn some income.

South Bethany still has roads that do not require parking permits in the summer. With Route 1 splitting the...

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 11:14am

Egg hunt season is now officially in high gear

Spring has sprung, or so the calendar says. And despite a month that’s brought seemingly endless wind and rain, and even some snow, both this weekend and next, bunnies will be hopping and eggs will be dropping across the land.

Easter egg...

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 11:09am

BBPD’s Elliott tracks down suspected scammer

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Bethany Beach Police Department Sgt. Brandon Elliott solved a home-improvement scam. For Elliott’s efforts, he was nominated for a Joshua M. Freeman Valor Award.In June of 2017, Bethany Beach Police Department Sgt...

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 10:57am

Millville welcomes Ron Belinko to town council

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Ronald ‘Ron’ Belinko is sworn in as the newest member of the Millville Town Council earlier this month.A new council member stepped onto Millville Town Council dais this month, as Ronald “Ron” Belinko took the oath...

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 10:47am

Library shows appreciation for long-time Frankford couple

Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted: Albert and Barbara Jean Franklin were recently honored with the dedication of the parking lot at the Frankford Public Library in their names.Albert “Ab” Franklin is a life-long Frankford resident — born...

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 10:38am

Council considering SBPD issues with budget plans

The South Bethany Police Department is the subject of staffing and building discussions as the town prepares its 2019-fiscal-year budget.

Looking to trim a roughly $2.5 million budget, the town council likely will not fill a vacancy left...

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 10:22am

Ocean View to hold Candidates’ Night on Monday night

The Town of Ocean View will host a Candidates’ Night on Monday, March 26, at 6 p.m. to give voters the opportunity to meet the two residents running for the District 4 council seat.

Incumbent Carol Bodine and resident Berton Reynolds are...

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 10:12am

Bodine hoping to win reelection for Ocean View council

BodineFor the last three years, Carol Bodine has served on the Ocean View Town Council, a civic duty she said she enjoys.

“Somebody has to step up and serve,” she said. “Before we go to a council meeting, there’s work where we read up on...

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 9:45am

Guest Column — Ocean View Council: Proposed tax increase needed

At the Town Council meeting on Tuesday, March 13, the Town Council of Ocean View agreed that for the next round of budget preparation, the draft model should show a raise to property taxes of 100 percent. The final determination on the actual...

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 9:08am

Longtime Bethany real estate company now in new hands

Coastal Point photos • Laura Walter: The Connor-Jacobsen building in downtown Bethany Beach now stands empty, with the longtime local realty firm now owned by Joe Maggio Realty and relocated to Starboard Center, at 23892 Coastal Highway, Suite 5...

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 8:49am

Lions host Drug Abuse Awareness forum

Coastal Point photo • Shaun M. Lambert: Kaila Prince speaks about her experiences as a opioid addict.“People aren’t addicts. They are individuals who suffer substance-use disorder,” said Stacy Robinson, of Attack Addiction. “If you want to start...

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 8:23am

Ground broken for Hall’s Store Visitor Center

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: The Ocean View Historical Society broke ground on their new Hall’s Store Visitor Center on Tuesday, Feb. 27. Above, parties with the OVHS and Contractors for a Cause pose for a photo during the ground breaking.The...

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 7:44am

The excitement of a new season is upon us

The start of another spring season is upon us. Many high school teams around the area started their seasons on Thursday, while others start today.

Having been a coach for close to 20 years, the start of a new season was always like...

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 6:46am

IR boys’ tennis coach pinch-serving for girls’ team

Coastal Point • File Photo: IR’s Maddie Galbreath returns a shot during her 6-0, 6-2 third-singles win against Sussex Central last year.The Indian River High School girls’ tennis team will be without their regular head coach for this season, but...

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 6:40am

Spencer steps up to lead IR boys’ lacrosse

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: The Indian River High School Boys’ Lacrosse team scrimmaged against the Cambridge-South Dorchester Vikings on Monday, March 19.A familiar face is taking over the helm for the 2018 Indian River High School boys’...

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 6:32am

Indians’ boys’ volleyball prepping for first season

Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: An Indian River volleyball player goes up for a spike during practice on Thursday, March 15.­Now that they have completed the politics of permitting boys to play spring volleyball at Indian River High...

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 6:13am

Georgetown Speedway marks its place in history

Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: Members of the Joseph family, track officials and representatives from the Delaware Public Archives unveiled a historic plaque on Saturday, March 17, in the rain.With hundreds of cars entered and more...

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 6:02am

Ocean View looks at 100 percent tax increase

The Ocean View Town Council has taken a hard look at its draft budget for the 2019 fiscal year and is now looking to raise the Town’s property taxes 100 percent.

At the Town’s budget workshop last month, council members voiced concerns...

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 11:37am

IRHS honors student walkout with planned moment of silence

Just after 10 a.m. on Wednesday morning, students at Indian River High School stood together, silent. They were invited to fill the hallways and memorialize their peers in Florida who were shot and killed exactly one month prior.

March 14...

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 11:23am

March for Our Lives rally planned for March 24 in Bethany Beach

While many aiming to put an end to mass school shootings will be marching in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, March 24, local advocates will also rally in Sussex County.

The March for Our Lives invites participants to “demand that their...

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 11:17am

Northern Ireland native telling musical ‘Inside Story’

When Gerry Timlin takes the stage at Dickens Parlour Theatre on Thursday, March 22, he aims to bring a bit of perspective, along with some history and music of his Irish homeland.

Timlin, now a resident of Bethany Beach, has been traveling...

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 11:16am

AGH expanding to meet updated community needs

Atlantic General Hospital is keeping its finger on the pulse of the area’s health, and as they embark on a major expansion, those plans aim to meet the area’s changing health needs. The Sussex County Council received its annual update from AGH...

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 11:09am

Freeman Stage reveals first part of summer lineup

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Patti Grimes, left, and Michelle Freeman were in a celebratory mood following the release of the first part of this season’s Freeman Stage schedule.Either the Freeman Stage has too much of a good thing to share it...

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 10:58am

Valor Award nominee Bare recounts dog attack

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Dagsboro Police Department PFC Tyler Bare was recognized last month with a Joshua M. Freeman Valor Award for his efforts in helping to save a Delaware animal-control officer who was being attacked by a dog.On June...

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 10:49am

IRHS has comedy, jazz and a villain in ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: The girls beg ‘Jimmy Smith’ to take them to a speakeasy in ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie.’ Pictured, from left, are: Savannah Padgett, Logan Reese, Peyton Beebe, Logan Smith, Vanesssa Fabela and Giulianna Check-Guzman....

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 10:31am

Selbyville officials: Mountaire wouldn’t dig test well

Selbyville residents recently asked if water is a concern around the town’s Mountaire poultry processing plant. After all, the company’s Millsboro plant’s wastewater treatment irrigation system malfunctioned, spraying untreated nitrates, fecal...

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 10:07am

IRSD honors the best of special educators

Coastal Point • Submitted: For their dedication to students with special needs, IRSD named its 2018 Special Education Ambassadors, including educators, a police officer and an entire cafeteria staff.This year, about one in six students in the...

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 9:31am

Douds helps state park with Eagle Scout project

Coastal Point • Submitted: Indian River High School sophomore Will Douds earned his Eagle Scout rank by working on this project at the Holts Landing State Park. He helped design a sign for the state park, and had trees planted in front of the...

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 9:25am

Council, mayoral candidates sought in South Bethany for May election

Four town council seats are up for election in South Bethany this year, and candidates may now register to run for the three council seats and the mayor’s seat, which has a separate election in the town. The candidate registration deadline is...

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 8:50am

Sussex County native honored at Oscars for civil-rights work

Coastal Point • Submitted: Bryan Stevenson and his sister Christy Taylor appear at a book signing for ‘Just Mercy.’For a brief moment on Sunday, March 4, Bryan Stevenson of Milton could be seen on stage at the Oscars.

He was standing...

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 8:37am

Drug-use disorder awareness panel to be hosted by LB Lions

Last year, 308 people in Delaware lost their lives due to a drug overdose. As of February, there had been 24 overdose deaths already in 2018.

To help bring attention to the epidemic that has swept the nation and affected Delaware greatly,...

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 9:25am