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Delmarva Power request rate increase for electric, gas customers

Delmarva Power (DPL) filed a petition with the Delaware Public Service Commission (PSC) last week, requesting it to authorize an electric base rate adjustment of $62.8 million, which the company said is needed to recover the costs of reliability and smart-infrastructure investments that have reduced the frequency and duration of power outages, and a gas base rate adjustment of $21.5 million to imp

Beebe publishes children’s book for 100th anniversary

As part of the 100th anniversary celebrations, Beebe Healthcare has published an illustrated children’s book titled “Beebe’s Big Birthday.”

Beach towns short on sand but ready for summer

It’s here! The unofficial start of the summer season at the Delaware shore has arrived with Memorial Day weekend, and it’s a time of transition for the area, as the relatively quiet second season of spring sprouts into the hustle and bustle that is the resort area’s high season.

Bethany, Sea Colony farmers’ markets ready to start

The Bethany Beach Farmers’ Market and the Farmers’ Market at Sea Colony are set to reopen June 12 and 15, respectively, sharing many of the same growers in a producers-only showcase of local fruits, vegetables and flowers.

IRSD CFO to retire amidst school district audit

Audit began around time of Miller’s administrative leave

After being placed on administrative leave, Indian River School District’s longtime chief financial officer has announced his retirement from the district. That announcement came amidst the news that the IRSD is undergoing a financial audit by the Delaware State Auditor of Accounts, R. Thomas Wagner Jr.

Hockers acquire former Harris Teeter property

Coastal Point • Susan Lyons: The Hocker family has reached an agreement to purchase Salt Pond Plaza, which includes the building that formerly housed Harris Teeter.Coastal Point • Susan Lyons: The Hocker family has reached an agreement to purchase Salt Pond Plaza, which includes the building that formerly housed Harris Teeter.In a mystery that rivaled “Who shot J.R.?” and “Did Lee Harvey Oswald act alone?” the future of the former Harris Teeter building near Salt Pond has finally been answered.

Well, to some extent.

Gerry Hocker, former Millville mayor and one of the owners of Hocker’s Super Center, and G&E Grocery and Hardware stores, told the Coastal Point earlier this week that his family has agreed to terms to purchase the Salt Pond Plaza, including the building that formerly housed Harris Teeter before that store closed its doors in February 2015.

Heroin Summit discusses Sussex epidemic

The Communities that Care Summit, cohosted by the Sussex County Health Coalition and the Delaware Department of Substance Abuse & Mental Health, was held at Crossroads Community Church this week, focusing on an open discussion regarding the heroin epidemic in Sussex County.

The summit’s keynote speaker was John Rittenhouse of SHIFTDestiny.

Faden brings analytical skills to Millville Town Council

Valerie Faden is a Pennsylvania attorney who’s used to talking through big problems. She’s made a career from mediation, and she’s bringing that know-how to her first term on the Millville Town Council.

Supporters nationwide rally for injured 10-year-old boy

Coastal Point • Submitted: Millsboro’s Garrett Rogers is getting plenty of support as he recovers from injuries he suffered after being struck by a van earlier this month.Coastal Point • Submitted: Millsboro’s Garrett Rogers is getting plenty of support as he recovers from injuries he suffered after being struck by a van earlier this month.While a 10-year-old Millsboro boy continues to recover from serious injuries after being struck by a van nearly two weeks ago while retrieving a baseball, his community is rallying behind him and his family in ways they hardly could have imagined.

Photos from all over the country — from Little League teams and Major League teams, from Delaware’s governor, as well as one of Delaware’s most famous athletes — are streaming in to join dozens that have already been posted on Facebook under the hashtag #gmoneystrong, which references the boy’s baseball nickname.

A fundraiser is being planned for Saturday, June 4, at the Millsboro Little League complex, with features being added to the event faster than Garrett Rogers’ Little League Coach Josh Wharton — who has been instrumental in organizing the event — can keep up.

Highlights of the day will be family-friendly games, food from Hocker’s BBQ truck and a musical performance by the Dirt Road Outlawz, Wharton said. A demonstration by Buckle Up Little League will be presented by the Delaware Office of Highway Safety.

Night work to begin on Route 113 and 26 road projects

To accommodate the holiday traffic, major road projects in the area have been put on hold from Thursday, May 26, to Monday, May 30. After that, lane closures will be prohibited on Route 26 and Route 113 during peak daytime hours.

Coastal Point wins industry awards, including Best in Show

Coastal Point newspaper recently received rewards for its writing and photography at the Editorial Contest hosted by the Maryland, Delaware, D.C. Press Association (MDDC), celebrating print and online work completed in 2015.

Save those Box Tops. It’s easy money for schools

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Box Tops like these are an easy way to get money to your favorite local school.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Box Tops like these are an easy way to get money to your favorite local school.Money doesn’t grow on trees, but it’s often found on cereal boxes.

Local schools are making easy money through Box Tops for Education and Labels for Education. People just need to clip the labels from specially-marked grocery products and drop them off at their favorite school. The box tops are redeemable for money or gift vouchers.

“You’d be surprised how much those little box tops help,” said teacher Jennifer Hitchens, who keeps a collection jar on her desk at Selbyville Middle School.

“It’s what we use for everything,” Hitchens said, such as field trips, learning supplies or holiday gift-giving for students in need.

Beyond books: Frankford library wins for innovation

Coastal Point • Laura Walter : Frankford Public Library staffers, from left, Trina Coyle, Cindy Givens, director Rachel Wackett and Jessica Bowman gather to celebrate their recent award.Coastal Point • Laura Walter : Frankford Public Library staffers, from left, Trina Coyle, Cindy Givens, director Rachel Wackett and Jessica Bowman gather to celebrate their recent award.The Frankford Public Library staff is working to reduce adult illiteracy and teach kids technology. On the way, their groundbreaking innovation has earned them the 2016 Library/Institutional Award for 2016 from the Delaware Library Association.

For director Rachel Wackett, the peer-nominated award “recognizes the fact that we’re being very progressive with the types of programming we’re offering … particularly with technology and STEAM.” Wackett has aligned the library programming toward basic literacy, creativity and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics).

The library staff has found new ways to interact with their community, said nominator Sarena Fletcher, an administrative librarian at the Delaware Division of Libraries.

Dietrich finds his calling to become Showell’s Teacher of the Year

Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Corey Dietrich poses in his classroom at Phillip C. Showell Elementary School in Selbyville. Dietrich was named 2015/2016 Teacher of the?Year at the school.Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Corey Dietrich poses in his classroom at Phillip C. Showell Elementary School in Selbyville. Dietrich was named 2015/2016 Teacher of the Year at the school.Corey Dietrich went to Penn State University to study criminal justice.

During the summer of his freshman year, though, his career path took a bit of a turn.

Like many college students, Dietrich took a job at a summer camp, where he worked for his former high school wrestling coach. There, he discovered that he really enjoyed working with children — and his wrestling coach recognized that Dietrich was good at it.

“He was looking at me like, ‘Why are you studying that?’” Dietrich said of his coach’s thoughts on his original major. Dietrich, too, saw that he needed to change his major.

Now 15 years into his teaching career, Dietrich was named Teacher of the Year at Phillip Showell Elementary School in Selbyville last month.

McCabe’s celebrates 30 years in South Bethany

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Pictured, from left: Peter, Rebecca and Richard Mais are ready for the 30th year of serving South Bethany at McCabe’s Gourmet Market.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Pictured, from left: Peter, Rebecca and Richard Mais are ready for the 30th year of serving South Bethany at McCabe’s Gourmet Market.The year is 1985. A young Rebecca Mais has just found out that she didn’t get the job after interviewing for a position at the University of Maryland. The next day, she’ll find out that she’s pregnant.

Mais and her husband, Richard, had already left their posts at the University of South Carolina and were set to relocate in Washington D.C. They were ready for something new. But little did they know then that they’d get more than they’d bargained for when things turned 1986.

Not only was that the year that their first-son, Brandt, was born, in January, but that spring, so was McCabe’s Gourmet Market.

“Rebecca and I laugh — Brandt was born in January, we built an ocean front townhouse that we moved into April 1st, we both left our jobs and then we started the business,” said Richard Mais. “Ten years later, we read a list of the Top 10 reasons people get a divorce, and we had done like seven of them in one year.”

Sign ordinance discussed before Sussex County Council

Signs were a main topic of discussion at this week’s Sussex County Council meeting, as the council held its first public hearing on a proposed ordinance to amend the Code of Sussex County related to signage, as part of what has been a year-long discussion of signage in the county.

Man who made ‘World’s Largest Fry Pan’ celebrated at 95

Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Warren Harding Mumford celebrated his 95th birthday at Doyle’s Restaurant in Selbyville with state Rep. Ronald Gray. Mumford was presented a proclamation from the House of Representatives honoring him.Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Warren Harding Mumford celebrated his 95th birthday at Doyle’s Restaurant in Selbyville with state Rep. Ronald Gray. Mumford was presented a proclamation from the House of Representatives honoring him.On the occasion of Warren Harding Mumford’s 95th birthday, the lifelong Bishopville, Md., resident had some stories to tell.

Stories about making the famous “World’s Largest Fry Pan” with his brother Charlie. Stories about serving in the Army during World War II. And stories about dumplings.

Mumford, who was born May 20, 1921, was the guest of honor on Friday, May 20, as family and friends gathered at Doyle’s Restaurant in Selbyville to celebrate his birthday. State Rep. Ronald Gray made an appearance to present Mumford with a proclamation from the state House of Representatives honoring him.
Gray is actually related to Mumford and grew up sharing holidays and special occasions with Mumford and his family. “I don’t know how many oysters we opened at their house,” Gray said. Gray’s mother, Anna Lee Gray, and Mumford’s wife, Agnes, were first cousins.

Bethany Beach Seaside Craft Show set for June 4

The 12th annual Seaside Craft Show will be held in downtown Bethany Beach on Saturday, June 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tickets available for Sussex County Prayer Breakfast

On Tuesday, June 14, people will gather together to pray for local communities at the Sussex County Prayer Breakfast. This year, the Sussex County Prayer Breakfast will host Bill Alexson, son of former Brooklyn Dodger baseball player Andrew “Doc” Alexson.

State tournament update: Indians advance after downing Tower Hill in PKs

It took 80 minutes, two golden-goal over times, and seven shots after the game went down to penalty kicks. But the Indian River girls’ soccer team finally took down Tower Hill, 4-1, to advance to the DIAA semi-finals.

Classic car show rolling into Selbyville on June 18

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce announced this week that Selbyville’s 59th Annual Old Timer’s Day, presented by Bunting & Murray Construction, will again include a classic car, truck, tractor and military and emergency vehicle show when it returns on June 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Church Street in Selbyville.

Hocker's acquire former Harris Teeter property

Mystery solved!

Speculation has run rampant over what would happen with the Harris Teeter building near Salt Pond since that company announced they were closing their doors there in February 2015.

Bomb threats called in to four Delaware schools

The Delaware State Police are currently investigating bomb threats that they said were called in to four area schools this morning.

Police said the first incident occurred around 11:09 a.m. this morning, Monday, May 23, when an unknown male suspect allegedly called East Millsboro Elementary School, located at 29346 Iron Branch Road, Millsboro, and advised that a bomb was at the school.

DSP, state agencies bring down large-scale heroin ring

Following a two-year investigation, the Delaware State Police Sussex Drug Unit (SDU), Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) and the Sussex County Attorney General’s Office have charged 13 individuals who were allegedly part of a criminal organization that engaged in large-scale heroin distribution and money laundering.

DelDOT: New Route 26 traffic signal soon to light up Clarksville

A new traffic signal was set to be activated at the intersection of Route 26 and Powell Farm Road in Clarksville this week. The new signal was set to begin operation in flashing mode on Thursday, May 19. The signal is set to get the green light to begin a regular stop-and-go operation on Monday, May 23, pending weather.

Signs are posted to inform drivers of the new traffic pattern.

Bethany prevails in settlement of lawsuit over cottage relocation

The Bethany Beach Town Council on May 12 unanimously approved a settlement in the lawsuit against it by neighbors of the Town-owned Maryland Avenue Extension property planned to become the new home to the historic Dinker Cottage.

DelDOT officials to monitor South Bethany traffic patterns

Motorists shouldn’t panic when they see state officials monitoring South Bethany around Memorial Day weekend, said Town Councilman George Junkin at the May 13 council meeting.

Former MVFC treasurer surrenders to MVFC

Justin Oakley, 36, of Dagsboro, the subject of an investigation into the financials at the Millville Volunteer Fire Company (MVFC), turned himself in to police on Tuesday, May 10.

Selbyville starts thinking about 10-year comp plan update

It’s time for Selbyville, among many municipalities, to start putting its future goals on paper again. The Town of Selbyville has begun planning for a 10-year update to its comprehensive plan.

On May 2, a professional municipal planner encouraged the town council to let her apply for grant money to complete the comp plan update.

Sussex Central grad joins Ocean View Police Department

Coastal Point • Shaun Lambert: Patrolman Troy Bowden is the newest addition to the Ocean View Police Department. A member of the Delaware State Police Explorers Program as a youth, Bowden has long had his eye on a career in law enforcement.Coastal Point • Shaun Lambert: Patrolman Troy Bowden is the newest addition to the Ocean View Police Department. A member of the Delaware State Police Explorers Program as a youth, Bowden has long had his eye on a career in law enforcement.If you see a new officer patrolling the streets of Ocean View, chances are it’s patrolman Troy Bowden.

“We’re excited to have him,” said Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin.

Bowden started with the department on May 2 and will be doing field training with other OVPD officers for a total of five weeks before he may patrol on his own. A Georgetown native, Bowden has been interested in law enforcement since he was in high school.

“When I was in high school, I was part of the Delaware State Police Explorers Program,” he said. “It’s for young women and men who have an interest in law enforcement. I was in that my 10th-grade year in high school, and started learning how to do routine patrol, traffic stops, learning the 10 codes — how to communicate over the radio. And I just had the urge to learn more.”

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