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When the Columbia, Md., man who died after swimming in the ocean off an unguarded beach in Bethany Beach last Sunday was pulled from the surf, former lifeguard and local businessman Alex Heidenberger knelt beside him, looked into his open eyes, counted as he performed chest compressions and …

Although Sussex County Council primary election results remained unofficial Wednesday morning, Sept. 16, in the tentative tally, candidate Mark Schaeffer received 44 more votes than his opponent, incumbent Councilman I.G. Burton, a fellow Republican representing District 3. The margin of vic…


The incumbents ruled the day in voting for Bethany Beach Town Council on Saturday, Sept. 12, with Rosemary Hardiman, Faith Denault, Lew Killmer and Bruce Frye all winning election to new two-year terms on the council. There were five candidates for the four seats up for election in 2020, wit…

A 72-year-old, Columbia, Md., man died after being pulled out of the ocean at Second Street in Bethany Beach on Sunday, Sept. 13, according to Bethany Beach police.

Frankford Town Council President Greg Welch told the town council at its Wednesday, Sept. 9, meeting that he had attended a meeting with state officials on Aug. 26 regarding the Town’s updated comprehensive plan.

Despite a pandemic that has made it a bit harder to connect with potential volunteers, an organizer of Thank a Police Officer Week on Delmarva says there are plenty of ways anyone can show appreciation for local law enforcement officers this week.

Last month, Virginia became the first state in the nation to launch a COVID-19 tracing app for smartphones. The announcement came with many questions, concerns and reassurances about users’ privacy, as people asked how the app could possibly notify people they might have been exposed to the …

The Millville Planning & Zoning Commission gave its blessing to two proposed projects at its Thursday, Sept. 10, meeting: a rebuild for the Dickens Parlour Theatre and a small new retail complex at the intersection of Route 26 and Railway Avenue.

For a brief moment, students filled the cafeteria once again. They got their new schedules, said hello to their new teachers and walked back out to their cars, passing a few school buses in the parking lot.

The Delmarva Central Railroad, in conjunction with the Delaware Department of Transportation, will replace the railroad crossing at Main and Washington streets in Millsboro next month and complete other upgrades during an 11-day project that will detour traffic on the often-congested streets.

When asked about waiving a few water fees for individual property owners, the Millsboro Town Council decided to look at the bigger picture. Rather than risk setting a precedent of picking and choosing who gets a break, they will offer broader relief to water customers.

Delaware State Police this week were investigating a robbery that occurred at the Dash-In convenience store located at 24851 John J. Williams Highway near Millsboro.

The Indian River School District will begin providing free meals for curbside pickup to all students on Wednesday, Sept. 23, as part of the USDA Summer Food Service Program, which has been extended through Dec. 31 (contingent upon USDA funding).

A team of Mountaire employees went to Lake Charles, La., recently to help prepare meals for people in need in the region hard hit by Hurricane Laura. The company sent 40,000 pounds of chicken to assist Operation BBQ Relief, a non-profit group of competitive barbecue chefs that deploy to disa…

“Thank a Police Officer Day” is a national observance honoring law enforcement on the third Saturday in September. This year marks the fifth year that volunteers will be visiting and thanking agencies across the Delmarva Peninsula, as citizens, businesses and civic organizations come togethe…

Gov. John Carney and New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer joined leaders of Delaware nonprofit and philanthropy organizations on Wednesday, Sept. 9, to announce the $25 million Delaware Nonprofit Support Fund, which will support organizations that have provided critical services to Delawar…

Gov. John Carney this week joined state correctional leaders to open the Department of Correction Intelligence Operations Center (IOC). The statewide facility, operated by the Special Operations Group within the Bureau of Prisons, positions the DOC with new resources to identify security thr…

Peace Week Delaware has planned a week filled with peace-promoting activities, free and open to all. Members of the public can gather virtually with peace-loving people Oct. 3-11, then bring signs promoting peace and justice to the March and Rally on Oct. 11 at 2 p.m. in Georgetown.


The incumbents ruled the day in voting for Bethany Beach Town Council on Saturday, Sept. 12, with Rosemary Hardiman, Faith Denault, Lew Killmer and Bruce Frye all winning election to new two-year terms on the council.

Gov. John Carney on Thursday, Sept. 3, signed the 27th modification to his State of Emergency (https://governor.delaware.gov/health-soe/twenty-seventh-state-of-emergency/), combining all active COVID-19 restrictions into a single order. The modification also formalized the latest restriction…

With summer 2020 in the rear-view mirror, the director of the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce says the business community serving local resort towns, in general, fared well in the face of a season that threw all sorts of obstacles onto the roadway in front of them.

The 2020 Bethany Beach Town Council election is set for Saturday, Sept. 12, from noon to 6 p.m., with four council members to be elected this year to two-year terms and five candidates — four incumbents and one challenger.

Delaware’s primary election will be held across the state on Tuesday, Sept. 15, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Primary voting is only for voters who are registered as Democrats or Republicans, to choose which candidates will represent their respective political parties in the Nov. 3 general election.

Soon after Gov. John Carney, at his weekly press briefing, announced that the State will not enter Phase 3 of reopening until coronavirus statistics flatten, state Sen. Gerald Hocker released a statement saying he is “extremely disappointed” in the decision.

Several people have asked the Town of Millsboro about the possibility of absentee voting in future town council elections. But the council members didn’t show much interest in that suggestion at their monthly meeting on Sept. 8.

Sussex County Councilman Irwin G. “I.G.” Burton III, who is running for a second four-year term representing District 3, has heard all of the comments his opponent has made about him and, disputing them, sighed, “The guy is just confused.”

To enliven the holiday spirit, the Town of Ocean View will get a new, 24-foot, decorative tree.

The Ocean View Town Council, by unanimous vote at their Tuesday, Sept. 8, meeting, renewed the Town’s franchise agreement with Mediacom — a move that will, within the next couple of months, give residents a government-access channel. The channel number has not yet been announced.

Warren’s Mill, a historic, gambrel-roof, water-powered gristmill near Betts Pond in Millsboro, was once a thriving mill, but is now dilapidated and will be demolished. Millsboro town officials are hoping to salvage wood from the interior and incorporate it into the design of the new town hall.

Scott Kammerer, president of SoDel Concepts, recently announced that seasoned event planner Chase Cline will head up the SoDel Concepts catering department. Cline supervises on-site catering at six of the 12 properties, as well as curbside carry-out catering at all locations. He also manages…

The Delaware Department of Correction (DOC) on Monday, Sept. 7, announced that Charles R.J. Patterson of Frankford, a 55 year-old inmate at Sussex Correctional Institution who had underlying health conditions, had died that day at Bayhealth Hospital’s Kent Campus, from complications from COP…