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Baby Alana’s life was too short, but still powerful

When word broke on Wednesday, Dec. 14, that Alana Rose Prettyman had passed away, one could feel the oxygen being sucked out of our office. Judging by comments on social media, that feeling enveloped most of our community.

Lifting our spirits with the treasured pasttime of coloring

Whether walking, standing or sitting on the beach, many of us have experienced the indescribable joy that comes from watching a magnificent sunset spread vibrant colors across the sky and onto the water of the Delaware Bay or Atlantic Ocean.

Ocean View to hold election to fill Sheeran’s seat

Ocean View officials are searching for candidates to run for a town council seat in a special election, scheduled to be held on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016.

One little boy can give us all Christmas spirit

Ours is a time that the historians will look back on as complicated, to say the least.

An American in Paris

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: The evening of the terror attacks in Paris, Nov. 13, police and military officers patrolled the streets in the Fourth arrondissement.Coastal Point • Maria Counts: The evening of the terror attacks in Paris, Nov. 13, police and military officers patrolled the streets in the Fourth arrondissement.As I sit, trying to figure out how to begin, I realize that there is no way to begin. It was almost three weeks ago today that there were terrorist attacks in Paris, and my mind has yet to settle, to organize its thoughts, to realize that trying to make sense of something so senseless is futile.

You see, on Friday, Nov. 13, I was in Paris.

My family planned a dream vacation of sorts to Europe this fall, with my mother and I going a week ahead to spend some time in London and Paris together before my brother would join us.

We had arrived in Paris on Thursday. Even though it was lightly misting, the city sparkled. We spent the whole day walking about, almost forgetting to eat dinner.

Friday was spent like many of the days prior — wandering the streets, eating too much food and taking more photos than I have wall space to hang.

Bethany, businesses building Weekend Wonderland

The town of Bethany Beach will have a bit more of an extended celebration of the holidays this year.

Weekend Wonderland in Bethany will be held the first three Saturdays of the month, beginning this week, Dec. 5, with the traditional Holiday Happenings event, organized by the Town, featuring family-friendly activities. There will be horse-drawn carriage rides, trolley rides and caroling.

Enormous donation gives hope for the future

’Tis the season, right?

The season of joy. The season of ugly sweaters and hot chocolate. The season of feel-good music, traditional holiday specials on the television and carolers coming to the door. The season of begging your credit card company for a higher limit and feeling like a worthless bag of dog poo because you can’t wrap a big red ribbon on a new luxury car in your driveway for your perfect wife while your perfect kids behave like little angels sharing the moment like a nauseating cadre of...

Guest Column: Beebe respiratory therapist offers tips for COPD patients

COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a progressive disease that makes it hard to breathe. “Progressive” means the disease gets worse over time.

COPD can cause coughing that produces large amounts of mucus (a slimy substance), wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness and other symptoms.

State champs offer lessons in resiliency, heart

After seven games had been played in their 2015 season, the Indian River High School boys soccer team had two wins. After their last game had been played, they had themselves a state championship.

Guest Column: The Thanksgiving transition

Yeah, that’s right — transition, not tradition.

Fear strikes home, and the problem must end

When shots were fired and bombs exploded in Paris last Friday, the world shook.

Oxford has officially lost its sense of purpose

I’m a bit of a word nerd.

I say that not because I find myself getting wedgies at the water fountain while I’m conjugating verbs, but because I find myself getting a little excited every year when the major dictionaries announce the new words they will be including in their listings. English is a language that began as a conglomeration of others, and has constantly evolved over time to reflect the world in which we live.

Local police departments reach out to citizens

You know, we’re pretty fortunate around here.

Put aside the fact that we live near the beach, have low taxes, can get to numerous major cities with an easy drive and have the roads to ourselves for about eight months a year. That’s all great stuff, to be certain.

Think local this year, for all of our sakes

Starbucks cups aside, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas already.

A year of fear. A year of joy. A year of learning

Monday, Nov. 9, marks one year of me being a father. In a related subject, it will also be my daughter’s first birthday.

Psychiatric hospital a step in right direction

Deficiencies in mental health care have been pointed to as a significant problem, both locally and nationally.

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