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Guests can tour Delaware Botanic Gardens with famed designer

The future is growing in Dagsboro as the Delaware Botanic Gardens takes bloom.

People are being invited to a rare opportunity to visit the garden and meet world-renowned garden designer Piet Oudolf at a “Sip & Saunter” through the DBG’...

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 3:25pm


Ocean View voters choose Reynolds

The Ocean View Town Council will have a new face on its dais, as Fairway Village resident Berton Reynolds won the town’s annual council election. Reynolds beat out incumbent Carol Bodine for the Town’s District 4 council seat, with 237 votes to...

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 3:23pm

Two Millsboro women compete for school board seat

With Indian River School District School Board elections around the corner, two Millsboro women have thrown their hats into the ring to represent IRSD’s District 3.

Dana Probert and Leolga T. Wright are competing to serve the voting...

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 3:22pm

Meghan Kelly has filed to run against Rep. Ron Gray in the 38th Representative District electiom. Kelly resides in Dagsboro.

Kelly files to run for 38th District representative seat

Dagsboro resident Meghan Kelly is hoping to make a difference in her community via the halls of the state legislature, having filed to run in the 38th Representative District election.

Kelly filed in March for the seat, which is currently...

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 3:16pm

Bethany looks to regulate wireless antenna installation

It’s a topic with interest spreading across the state and the nation: How will municipalities deal with the coming proliferation of new wireless technology, including small-cell and 5G antennas. Will they turn streets into forests of antenna...

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 3:13pm

South Bethany to have election contests for mayor and council

South Bethany’s 2018 election could be a kind of musical chairs, as six candidates have filed for four seats, but everyone running is a familiar face.

Tim Saxton could cut his current town council term in half, having entered the mayoral...

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 3:12pm

Ocean View approves budget for upcoming fiscal year

The Ocean View Town Council this week approved a budget for the Town’s 2019 fiscal year that includes a 50 percent property tax increase.

During the monthly council meeting, council members noted that, as previously discussed, assessed...

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 10:42am

Ocean View to hold election on Saturday

The Town of Ocean View will hold its annual council election this Saturday, April 14, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at town hall.

Two candidates have registered for the District 4 position: incumbent Carol Bodine and resident Berton Reynolds....

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 10:40am

Springtime Jamboree supporting Millville fire company this weekend

Coastal Point • File Photo: Beth Ann Cahall and George Keen share a moment, and a laugh, at a previous Springtime Jamboree.For 36 years, the Hocker family has been organizing the Springtime Jamboree — two nights of country, Western and gospel...

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 10:34am

Freeman Stage announces more big names in second reveal

It’s time to play the music, it’s time to light the lights. The Freeman Stage has released “Volume 2” of their summer season lineup.

“This is going to be our biggest season yet. Get ready, because we are going to have 67 performances,”...

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 10:30am

Verizon considers new and replacement poles

Verizon Wireless is looking for public comments as it works to improve wireless service in coastal Sussex County. Both residents and police have lamented the at-times poor service near the Atlantic Ocean.

At this point, it appears that...

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 10:27am

Nate Mohler.

‘I want good music to keep going’

Mohler named IRHS Teacher of the Year

Nathan Mohler says the band was great when he came to Indian River High School. In the past four years, he has built upon that strong foundation, now being named IRHS Teacher of the Year for 2018-2019.

He considers himself a director and...

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 10:06am

CIB accuses agencies of poor enforcement on Mountaire violations

Coastal Point photo • Laura Walter: Delaware Center for the Inland Bays Executive Director Chris Bason shows Mountaire's proximity to Swan Creek, a tributary of the Indian River.Delaware may have lots of environmental regulations, but whether...

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 9:54am

County working to expand broadband internet to provide more access

The Sussex County Council this week unanimously approved a tower license agreement for wireless high-speed internet that would be aimed at incentivizing wireless service providers.

“We know to provide internet to our rural areas is not...

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 9:52am

IRHS Alumni hosting annual Beef ’n’ Brew

Wondering where all the cool kids will be this weekend? Apparently, quite a few of them will be at the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company fire hall for the Indian River Alumni Association’s Sixth Annual Beef ’n’ Brew event on Saturday, April 14,...

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 9:24am

Aerial applicators

Allen and Jeff Chorman“It is a generational thing — my dad sprayed for their dads, and now I am spraying for them,” explained Jeff Chorman. “It’s their livelihood out there in the fields, and we take care of it. I get satisfaction from that.”...

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 9:13am

Public swarms for $2 private well-water tests from DPH

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Residents who own private wells can purchase $2 water test kits from the state, as U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (left) learned from Kim Hicks, a unit manager of Community Health Services.Around the new year, many people in...

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 7:54am

Opening day for Lower Sussex Little League set for Saturday

Coastal Point • File Photo: The Tigers get their group photo taken during last year’s event.“Play ball!”

That’s what players, coaches, parents, and just about anyone associated with the Lower Sussex Little League program, will be hearing...

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 7:47am

Indian River baseball defeats Seaford 5-0

Coastal Point photos • Tyler Valliant: Mitch Megee sends a pitch to homeplate.Indian River High School used three pitchers to combine on a 5-0 shutout win against visiting Seaford on Tuesday afternoon, April 10. After two straight losses, the...

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 7:27am

Indians softball splits doubleheader, goes to 7-1

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Kayler Townsend and Savannah O’Shields high-five after a play in IR’s doubleheader vs. Wilmington Charter School and Smyrna. IR split the day, with a loss to Charter and a win over Smyrna.The Indian River High...

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 7:07am

Cordrey, Parks to play lacrosse for college teams

Coastal Point photos • Jason Feather: Indian River senior Mya Parks with family and coaches.It was a milestone occasion for two Indian River High School field hockey players Wednesday morning, as Kaleigh Cordrey and Mya Parks on April 11 signed...

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 6:47am

Indian River track-and-field topped at tri-meet

Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls Two Indians run a relay race during a unified tri-meet versus Caesar Rodney and Polytech. CR beat IR 52-5.On Tuesday, April 10, the Indian River High School varsity track-and-field teams invited Caesar...

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 6:26am

Troop 4 shares crime trends, protection from scams

Delaware State Police are trying to interact with their communities more often, and not just when something goes wrong.

Troop 4 officers chatted with neighbors at a casual “Community Café” event on March 27 at the Frankford Family Diner....

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 6:03am

Ocean View cuts costs, maintains proposed tax increase

The Town of Ocean View held a budget workshop earlier this week to review a fourth draft of its proposed Fiscal Year 2019 budget, at which time the council came to the consensus it would keep the proposed 50-percent tax increase in the proposed...

Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 10:46am

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