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Farmers advised to watch for soybean fungus

Sussex County may be renowned for poultry, but farmers grow a hill of beans here, too.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) statistical survey for the state (found at www.nass.usda.gov/de), soybeans are planted to more acres in Delaware each year than any other field crop.

Boesch takes over as planning chair

The Bethany Beach Planning Commission saw a number of changes at its meeting Saturday, Jan. 22. First, resident Jerry Dorfman joined the commission, appointed to the seat vacated by Lew Killmer upon his selection to the town council.

CORC establishes new procedures

Bethany Beach’s Charter and Ordinance Review Committee (CORC) has a new way of doing business, and that’s thanks — at least in part — to the committee’s recent efforts to develop a mission statement.

Hocker outlines his path to legislature

Rep. Gerald Hocker knows the 38th District — he was born and raised in Millville, and he hasn’t strayed too far over the years.
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County council reviews 2004 audit

Sussex County Council hosted accounting firm Jefferson, Urian, Doane & Sterner at the Jan. 25 council meeting for a review of the 2004 fiscal year.

County finance director David Baker presented the report, but acknowledged Elaine Graves and Sheldon Forney (associates), Jean Schmidt and Kerry Rahe (accountants) for their work on the project.

Bethany renews contract with lobbyist

The Bethany Beach Town Council unanimously voted to renew the town’s contract with beach replenishment consultants Marlowe & Co. at the council’s Jan. 21 meeting. The contract pays the firm $3,500 per month, from January to December 2005, with a maximum of $350 per month in out-of-pocket expenses.

Bethany dam project creates concern

“We will not cause flooding in other areas to solve problems in Bethany Beach.”

It was important enough of a statement that Bethany Beach Town Council Member and Drainage Committee Chairman Harold Steele felt compelled to reiterate it on numerous occasions and in numerous ways in recent weeks, including at the town council meeting Jan. 21.

License revocation ordinance approved

Bethany Beach Town Council members unanimously approved two pieces of legislation at their meeting Friday, Jan. 21.

On second reading, the council agreed to add more teeth to the enforcement of town codes and fees by beefing up its ability to revoke business licenses.

Ocean View checks on street quality

Ocean View Town Council held a work session on Jan. 18, hosting engineer Alan Kercher for questions about the recent street resurfacing in Savannah’s Landing.
Residents raised questions about the quality of the micro-surfacing job several weeks ago.
Joe McCourt represented the homeowners.

State legislators head back to work

The Delaware General Assembly opened session in Dover last week (Jan. 11), amidst ceremonial swearings-in and a musical offering from Southern Delaware School of the Arts (SDSA) students.

Shelter group undeterred by initial rebuff

Sanctuary looks for new piece of land for shelter

The Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary of Sussex County suffered a setback last month, but that has not dampened the board members’ resolve to find some centrally located real estate.

Communication committee brainstorms

The future was on the minds of members of the Bethany Beach Communications Committee when they met Tuesday, Jan. 18. Having made substantial progress on a number of communications-related issues, members of the committee had been asked by Mayor and committee Chairman Jack Walsh to consider what new areas they might need to focus on in coming months.

Forecasters predict gentle storm season

How do you determine nor’easter activity on the east coast by monitoring the western Pacific Ocean?

Not very easily.

However, National Weather Service meteorologists have concluded that this year’s weak El Niño failed to produce “persistent enhanced convection,” and hasn’t stirred the global precipitation patterns very much.

Mission statement becomes town template

The primary item on the agenda for the Bethany Beach Traffic and Parking Committee on Saturday, Jan. 15, was the creation of the committee’s mission statement.

Family starting over

The Lewis family — Robert and Terri, and their son, Robert — met singular misfortune on Jan. 3, as they lost their dog, Snowball, and all of their possessions to a house fire.

The Lewis home was completely destroyed.

According to Terri Lewis, the family has already begun clearing the lot.

County appoints new commissioner

Sussex County Council reported a father’s retirement, then nominated and appointed his son to the County Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission at the Jan. 18 county council meeting.
Commissioner W. Layton Johnson cut short his term, citing personal and family health issues, according to County Administrator Bob Stickels.

Seaside theme presented for Bethany Beach

A vision of the Bethany Beach of the future was presented to interested townsfolk Wednesday, Jan. 19, in a public hearing on motifs and themes that could be incorporated into the town code or a future architectural standard.

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