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Mountaire hosts gospel talent search

Big cash awards for winners in different categories

Mountaire Farms will be hosting its eighth annual Gospel Talent Search later this month, and there’s some serious prize money on the table again this year.
According to Mountaire’s Roger Marino, “This is something we believe in — just doing the right thing in the community were we live, work, play and pray.

Election time in Ocean View

The Town of Ocean View will hold its annual election on April 9, from noon to 5 p.m., at Town Hall (32 West Ave.).

As it stands, Council Member Norm Amendt (Voting District 3) is running uncontested and incumbent Mayor Gary Meredith is running for reelection against challenger Wally Brown.

In a nutshell …

Welcome reception for writers at bookstore

Town looks at police pensions

South Bethany Town Council hashed out a tentative buy-in to the state’s pension plan on Feb. 25.
The town enrolled its other employees several years ago, with a five-year buy-in.

That automatically vested them in the plan, but it takes police twice as long to reach investiture — 10 years.

Students now being registered for musical theater training

Clear Space Productions is now accepting applications for its Musical Theater Summer Intensive program, which will take place from July 5 to 15, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the 9th Grade Campus of Cape Henlopen High School, 820 Savannah Rd. in Lewes. The cost for the two-week program, serving K-12 students, is $250. For an application call (302) 644-3810.

Suit filed against school district

When the possibility of a lawsuit against the Indian River School District and its school board arose in the fall of 2004, Rutherford Institute President John W. Whitehead told the Coastal Point his organization would in some respects welcome a suit that could go to the U.S. Supreme Court — just to finally have a definitive legal decision on the issue of school board prayer.

Band director lauds IRHS musical stars

More than a dozen Indian River High School students played and sang their way into All-State band and chorus this year, and Department Chair Mark Marvel made no secret of his pride in the talented young musicians.

Ancient tradition lives on in Sussex County

Fox hunting’s heyday has passed. Midnight last Thursday, the practice of hunting with dogs was outlawed in England and Wales.
Some considered the move a triumph for animal rights groups, while some considered it a blow to rural life.

Communication the key

Communications issues inside the town of Bethany Beach — both within town hall and with its citizens — are under the purview of its Communications Committee.
So, it was no coincidence that the committee at its February 22 meeting felt compelled to address complaints from some property owners about how the town had communicated about its draft Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP).

School to seek Ocean View annexation

Members of the Indian River School District’s school board voted 6-0 Tuesday night to pursue annexation of Lord Baltimore Elementary School into the town of Ocean View.

Ocean View Planning and Zoning moves on signs

Ocean View Town Council is cleared to move forward on a new sign ordinance, following a thumbs-up from the Ocean View Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission on Feb. 17.

The ordinance came about as a result of Jeff Clark’s application for a variance before the Board of Adjustment (BOA) back in December.

Snyder property plans revisited in Bethany

At their meeting on Saturday, Feb. 19, members of the Bethany Beach Planning Commission reviewed a new sketch plan submitted by Richard Snider for his property located at 417 Central Boulevard in the town’s R-1 zone.

Lukewarm reception for Fenwick trash

A proposal for a unified front against trash problems met a tepid response from members of the Fenwick Island business community at a Feb. 17 Community Liaison meeting.

CORC tidies up Bethany Beach code

It was déjà vu all over again for the members of the Bethany Beach Charter and Ordinance Committee (CORC) when they met on Friday, Feb. 18.

Ocean View P&Z okays school

Lord Baltimore Elementary School is tricky.
Part of the property lays in Ocean View, part lays in Millville, part in unincorporated Sussex County.

So who approves the renovation project planned for Lord Baltimore?

Apparently, Ocean View.

Bethany comprehensive development plan discussed

Availability of document, church plans debated

Bethany Beach officials might have expected to hear at least a few complaints from those unsatisfied with elements of the final draft of an updated Comprehensive Development Plan for the town. But complaints from those who hadn’t yet seen the plan were something they really hadn’t anticipated.

Bethany meetings enter the digital age

Bethany Beach Town Council meetings are now officially on the record, or rather the computer disc, as the town’s new recording system faced its inaugural use on Friday, Feb. 18. The system was purchased to automatically record meetings in a format that can be more easily accessed and searched.

Sierra Club wraps up Assawoman appeal

The Mid-Atlantic Environmental Law Center (MAELC) had its day in court on Feb. 22, completing the latest chapter in Assawoman Canal re-dredging saga.
Attorney Ken Kristl, representing the Sierra Club, echoed the concerns voiced in last year’s appeal.

Sorority celebrates 25 years of service

The local Beta Sigma Phi recently turned 25, and the social/community outreach club just keeps getting better with age.
While it is a sorority, Beta Sigma Phi isn’t affiliated with any institute of higher learning, and the members don’t have to be students.

Beach projects once again in jeopardy

• Bush budget recommends termination of shoreline protection projects • Castle: ‘Beach replenishment deserves to be a national priority.’

South Bethany has joined with Bethany Beach in contracting with beach-replenishment consulting firm Marlow & Co., and the support may have proven timelier than either town expected.

DelDOT defends outreach

While some locals are still uncertain regarding potential impact on their properties, Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) spokesman Darrell Cole insisted the department was doing its best to keep everyone informed.

Bethany 2006 budget nearing finalization

A meeting of the Bethany Beach Budget and Finance Committee (BFC) kicked off Tuesday, Feb. 15, with discussion of the town’s investment policy. The policy is due to be approved by the town council at a future meeting, and the committee gave some final polish to the draft on Tuesday.

Oral histories focus in Bethany

Members of the Bethany Beach Cultural and Historical Affairs Committee (CHAC) met on Monday, Feb. 14, to discuss a variety of ongoing projects under the group’s oversight.

South Bethany moves fees into schedule

South Bethany Town Council took a first step toward expedited fee adjustments at the Feb. 11 town meeting.

Mayor has his hands full

Technically, Ocean View Mayor Gary Meredith is number one.
Ocean View has been around a while (founded in 1893), but until 2002, no mayor before Meredith had ever been chosen by popular election.

He downplayed any significance, though, calling it “more like the answer to a trivia question.”

County approves sewer Repair

Sussex County Council approved a bid for repairs on Bethany/South Bethany sewer mains at the Feb. 15 council meeting.
While such repairs historically required extensive trenching, new technologies should keep local impacts to a minimum.

Redfin put on the auction block

An auction date has been set for the North Bethany Beach property that is currently home to popular restaurant Redfin Grill. As part of a court decision calling for dissolution of the partnership that owns the property, it will be auctioned Saturday, March 12, by Emmert Auction Associates in Rehoboth Beach.

Tragedy turns to dedication of service

Hurt by the loss of family to a drunk driver, local woman looks to help others

A little over five years ago, Kiley and Royce Purcell were enjoying the Winter Festival of Lights in Ocean City.

Police, firefighters receive Valor awards

Representatives of local towns and public-safety organizations, the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce and its members gathered Friday, Feb. 11, to honor members of area fire companies and police departments for their work in the community.

Ocean View talks land use

Progress, and possible minimum design standards for landscaping, signs and even architecture, dominated the Feb. 15 workshop in Ocean View.

The roundtable discussion on Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) issues attracted the entire town council, the entire Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission, town staff and new hire land use planner Kyle Gulbronson.

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