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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

One of Col. D. Lyle Hohnstine’s daughters and a tournament organizer Ashley Reimer appears here with her children Mackenzie and Axel Reimer during the 10th Annual Salute to Heroes golf tournament held at Bear Trap Dunes Golf Course last Friday.

Golf tournament offers support, Salute to Heroes

The 10th Annual Salute to Heroes Open Golf Tournament was held last Friday, June 8, at the Bear Trap Dunes Golf Course in Ocean View.

The tournament, which was originally started to honor Col. D. Lyle Hohnstine of the U.S. Army, had a name...

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 3:10pm

Department of the Interior gets earful on drilling

By Laura Walter
Staff Reporter

 

If Florida gets a special meeting with the federal government, why shouldn’t Delaware?

That was Gov. John Carney’s essential message in January when Florida’s special meeting with the U.S...

Friday, June 8, 2018 - 6:29pm

Millsboro starts approval process to add Taco Bell to the menu

Add another option for the fast-food connoisseur dining in Millsboro.

Millsboro Town Council members voted unanimously on Monday, June 4, to approve preliminary site plans for a new Taco Bell restaurant in the Peninsula Crossing Shopping...

Friday, June 8, 2018 - 6:28pm

Frankford council cuts ties with town solicitor

The Frankford Town Council confirmed at its Monday, June 4, meeting that it has terminated the employment of its town solicitor.

Responding to a question from resident Jerry Smith, Council President Joanne Bacon said the council had voted...

Friday, June 8, 2018 - 6:26pm

Sussex County Counclman Rob Arlett is running for U.S. Senate.

Arlett throwing his hat into the U.S. Senate ring

While the end of his term on the Sussex County Council is nearing an end, District 5 Councilman Rob Arlett has no plans to leave public service.

In April, Arlett —a registered Republican — officially announced his bid for U.S. Senate....

Friday, June 8, 2018 - 6:24pm

Sussex County teams with state agencies to address littering

Sussex County will now be working with the Delaware Department of Corrections (DOC) and Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) to ensure that county roadways are cleaner.

In May of 2017, Michael Costello, government affairs manager...

Friday, June 8, 2018 - 6:22pm

State hears parent concerns in new anti-discrimination Reg. 225

After receiving more than 11,000 public comments on a proposed anti-discrimination Regulation 225 in late 2017, the Delaware Department of Education has rewritten and shortened the proposal to include more parental notice and fewer school...

Friday, June 8, 2018 - 6:21pm

Indian River High School graduate Helen Davis will be attending the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy starting later this summer.

Davis training for a life on the sea

By Maria Counts
Staff Reporter

 

While many 18-year-olds are spending their summer vacation working in local businesses, in between trips to the beach, Helen Davis is spending precious time with family… and working out.

...

Friday, June 8, 2018 - 6:14pm

Kelly Namorato is the fourth- and fifth-grade ILC teacher at Phillip C. Showell Elementary. Showell’s Teacher of the Year for 2018, she starts each day with a morning meeting in which she passes around this giant ‘knot ball’ signifying that the holder can say whatever is on his or her mind.

Namorato gets the ball rolling for ILC students

Kelly Namorato starts each school day with her 14 students by allowing the fourth- and fifth-graders in her class to check in with each other. The tool she uses to “get the ball rolling” for the school day is, literally, a ball.

She uses a...

Friday, June 8, 2018 - 6:10pm

Sam Riggins and Thomas Blackiston sit in front of all the items donated to Kind to Kids.

IR students get free ride with Give Back scholarship

Thomas Blackiston is a rising senior at Indian River High School, and Sam Riggins is a rising junior at Indian River High School. When each was in the ninth grade, they and about five other Indian River students learned they were the lucky...

Friday, June 8, 2018 - 6:08pm

With comp plan update on tap, Millville encourages involvement

If people are concerned or unsure about how Millville Town Hall is run, “Come in here, folks, and talk to us,” said Town Manager Debbie Botchie.

The Millville Town Council spent most of their May 22 workshop discussing the broad subject of...

Friday, June 8, 2018 - 6:06pm

Students from the Indian River High School Class of 2018 enjoy the happenings at their graduation ceremony on Tuesday, May 29.

‘Don’t stop here, Class of 2018’

Graduation sends 180 IRHS students into the world

Look out, world. The Class of 2018 is coming for you.

A weekend of torrential thunderstorms, followed by a morning fog and power outages cleared into a perfect spring night, just in time for Indian River High School’s graduation on Tuesday...

Friday, June 1, 2018 - 3:32pm

Public reminded to stay vigilant on roads after tragedies

On Saturday, May 26, a little after 10 a.m., 76-year-old Alfred Yergey III of Ocean View was riding his bicycle eastbound in the bike lane on Atlantic Avenue (Route 26), approaching Central Avenue in Ocean View.

At the same time, 65-year-...

Friday, June 1, 2018 - 3:31pm

South Bethany voters pick Saxton for mayor

Callaway, Boteler, Schrader win council seats

Although they’re all familiar faces, South Bethany’s town council got a shake-up in the 2018 elections held on Saturday, May 26.

Councilman Tim Saxton defeated incumbent Mayor Patricia “Pat” Voveris, 388-238, to claim the mayor’s seat....

Friday, June 1, 2018 - 3:29pm

Civilians taught how to respond in life-threatening situations

In the hopes of having community members better prepared if a “God-forbid”-type of scenario was to one day become a reality, the Ocean View Police Department held CRASE — Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events — training last month, with the...

Friday, June 1, 2018 - 2:27pm

Strawberry Festival returning to Indian River Senior Center

Strawberries have always been a big crop in the area, and tipping their hats to that agricultural history, the Indian River Senior Center will be hosting its annual Strawberry Festival next weekend.

The festival on Saturday, June 2, from 8...

Friday, June 1, 2018 - 2:04pm

Ocean View seeking new director of planning, zoning, development

The Town of Ocean View is currently seeking applicants for its newly reconfigured position of director of planning, zoning and development. The Town has not had an administrative official filling a similar position since the resignation of the...

Friday, June 1, 2018 - 2:02pm

Selbyville discusses local health, police and road repair

Just 10 miles south of Selbyville, inside the Maryland border, Atlantic General Hospital is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

At the Selbyville Town Council’s May 7 meeting, Mayor Clifton Murray called the hospital an asset. He said he...

Friday, June 1, 2018 - 2:01pm

Court sets May 30 deadline for Fairway Village plaintiffs to pay bond

Chancery Court Vice-Chancellor Joseph Slights III on Tuesday, May 22, ordered that unless a $354,858 bond was posted within five business days by the Concerned Citizens of Fairway Village and 36 Builders Inc. — plaintiffs in cases seeking to...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 3:43pm

S. Bethany candidates address the voters before election

South Bethany voters will get to choose their leadership in the town council and mayoral elections set for Saturday, May 26. Polls will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. as the people choose their mayor and fill three council seats.

All six...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 3:41pm

Members of the National Guard set up flags at Lord Baltimore Elementary School for this weekend’s ceremony.

Southern Sussex Rotary honoring fallen heroes

This Monday marks Memorial Day, a day to honor Americans who fell while serving their country in the armed services. To commemorate their ultimate sacrifice, the Southern Sussex Rotary will be holding a ceremony on Saturday, May 26, at 1 p.m. on...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 3:38pm

Coast Guard warns of new boating route at inlet

Boaters beware: Winter storms and ice have re-sculpted the seabed of the Indian River Bay. That means the U.S. Coast Guard has significantly changed the buoy configuration for boaters approaching the Indian River Inlet.

“It is a new...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 3:35pm

National company looks to acquire Route 54 mobile-home park

Private property owners generally have the right to sell their land. But what happens when hundreds of homes are located there?

After half a century, the Gray family is looking to sell the Shady Park mobile home park, just west of Fenwick...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 3:34pm

Professor bringing tales of WWII female spies to Bethany Beach

Women were long prevented from holding combat roles in the U.S. armed forces. But they’ve long helped in military affairs, even behind enemy lines. Audiences will hear the story of “The Lady Was a Spy: Female Operatives in World War II” on...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 3:26pm

A day of honor brings with it a weekend of fun

Memorial Day weekend is here, and with it comes a chance to honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Of course, it has also become the unofficial start to summer, which in these parts means getting some beach time in,...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 3:25pm

Boy Scout Troop 281 did some clean-up work at Ocean View Historical Society’s Hall’s Store Visitors Center earlier this month.

Fun & Feasting in the Garden to benefit OVHS

With Memorial Day weekend having arrived, the Ocean View Historical Society will be hosting a garden party to kick off the start of summer.

“I really felt as though the historical society needed some exposure,” said Anne Powell, an OVHS...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 3:24pm

This rolling pin by Tall Oaks Trading Co., owned and operated by woodworker Gary Stewart, is representative of the kinds of items he will sell at the Artisan’s Fair on May 28.

Artisan’s Fair to kick off summer season at Lord Balitmore Elementary

Gary Stewart, a Millsboro woodworker, will be at the Artisan’s Fair Saturday, May 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. On a recent afternoon, however, he was out working in his Tall Oaks Trading Co. wood shop.

Stewart, who taught carpentry at Sussex...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 3:22pm

Radishes fresh from the farm are on display at a local farmers’ markets.

Savor the flavor of Delmarva

Farmers’ markets rev up for the 2018 season

With the Delmarva Peninsula bursting into bloom, it’s time to start thinking about the fresh produce local farmers will be selling.

Besides shopping the roadside stands, people can browse weekly farmers’ markets across rural Delaware,...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 3:12pm

High-speed Internet on its way to under-served areas of Sussex

Life may be getting easier for Sussex County residents who have had trouble acquiring Internet service, as the Sussex County Council announced this week a partnership with wireless Internet service providers BridgeMaxx, Bloosurf, Nuvisions/Broad...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 3:08pm

Poseidon Festival ushering in summer season in Bethany

Memorial Day ceremony set for Monday on the boardwalk

With a new timeframe and new events, the Town of Bethany Beach is bringing a fresh perspective to its annual Poseidon Festival.

This year’s festival will be held over the Memorial Day weekend, starting Friday, May 25, with a concert on the...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 2:29pm

Fenwick officials excited for sidewalks, town anniversary

A town known for its beaches, Fenwick Island will celebrate its blue sapphire anniversary this year. The municipality was incorporated on July 8, 1953, so a major celebration is being planned for its 65th anniversary.

Everyone is being...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 2:28pm

State Rep. Rich Collins speaks with constituents.

Coffee meeting explores legalizing pot, helping non-profit agencies

The future of funding to assist non-profit agencies serving the community was a focus of state Rep. Rich Collins’ latest monthly constituent coffee meeting held at the Indian River Senior Center in Millsboro.

Last year, as part of an...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 2:24pm