Editorial

Mother’s Day weekend is a big one for area

While Memorial Day weekend is circled in red on many area desk calendars as the start of another summer season, it’s also important to note that the unofficial kickoff each year is Mother’s Day weekend.

Bail, even a high one, is a risky proposition

In 2012, members of the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force arrested Dagsboro resident Matthew Burton in connection with the murder of Millsboro’s Nicole Bennett. It was a disturbing crime, both by the nature of the death, and the fact that Bennett and Burton both worked at the Bayshore Community Church in Gumsboro, and were fairly well-known to many in the community.

Haley’s legacy giving a ‘hand up’ to prisoners

As much as restaurateur and philanthropist Matt Haley left the area a legacy of great food, he also left behind him a tremendous legacy of helping people help themselves.

Honoring a familiar voice for more than 67 years

We typically use this space to discuss an important news issue facing the community, or sharing some thoughts we might have on improving the day-to-day lives of the people who live here.

It feels like a good weekend to have a Jamboree

We are in that little “lull” time of our calendar.

An early Easter has left a little gap before the craziness of summer hits, and even in a year where the holiday does fall a little later, this is still a period of many people collectively catching their breaths before the mayhem descends. Add in a schizophrenic spring as far as weather goes, and it results in a bit of a slow time.

Entertainment is at an all-time high here now

The cherry blossoms are blooming, flowers are budding all around us and the golf courses are filling up around us — yes, spring is in the air, and you can feel the energy and excitement all around us.

County BoA listened to opposition, acted on it

The Sussex County Board of Adjustment (BoA) this week denied an application from the Bethany Beach Police Department for a special-use exception to operate a shooting range on a piece of Town property in unincorporated Frankford.

Editorial: Feds are finally getting around to drug problem

There has been a lot of talk about the shortcomings of our federal govenment in terms of acting on issues that effect the day-to-to-day lives of Americans. A lot of that talk has come from the bald gentleman below this editorial.

The shoulder season is now in all our sights

Flowers are beginning to dot our area landscape again, the honking of geese has begun to be replaced by the chirping of songbirds and our clocks spring ahead an hour this weekend. Yes, one and all, it would appear that spring is starting to make its way back to our little oasis by the sea.

New program builds teamwork and confidence

The impressive lists of awards and even-longer list of honors students tells us that the Indian River School Dsitrict does a very admirable job in teaching our children what they are expected to be taught.

But we all know there is more to school than the basics of arithmetic and English.

Overcrowded schools becoming a real problem

Anyone navigating our local roads in the “offseason” can tell that there are simply more cars on the road than before.

New developments we have seen pop up on the local landscape largely means there are more second-home owners than before, but it also translates into more year-round residents. More year-round residents means more students in our schools.

Artillery park is more than just another display

The Fort Miles Historical Association, in conjunction with Delaware State Parks, will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for an artillery park on Saturday, Feb. 20, in the historic section of the park.

Towns, MVFC come to agreements on EMS fees

Both the Millville and Ocean View town councils voted unanimously this week to begin drafting agreements to charge every household in their respective municipalities a $35 ambulance fee, to benefit the Millville Volunteer Fire Company (MVFC).

Though, to be fair, the fees will benefit the people and businesses of those towns, as much as the fire company.

Frankford election the next step in shake-up

If there’s one thing we’ve learned over the years of doing this, it’s that every town — every governmental body, really — goes through cycles.

Storm was rough, but could have been worse

So, yeah, that storm hit us pretty hard.

Many of us have grown a bit skeptical of snow and dangerous weather prognostications for the area over the years, as we have seen dire forecasts turn into little more than some wind and showers time and time again. But every now and then one hits us, and this past weekend was one of those instances.

Police get important training with mental issues

One topic that continues to make its way into both the national and local conversation is the current state of mental health treatment.

After 14 years of service, Hocker steps aside

In March 2002, the son of a prominent local businessman and politician took the oath to serve the Town of Millville as a councilman. And Tuesday night he announced he is taking a step back from handling town business, ending a journey that saw him serve as mayor, vote on the Millville By the Sea and Super G projects and generally see the town grow by leaps and bounds.

Road projects test patience, but run smoothly

We’ve all heard the sentiments before, typically laced with a stream of profanity that we won’t be repeating here.

“Stupid road construction made me late for my meeting.”

“Are they ever going to finish tearing up [Route 54] [Route 26] [my grandma’s road] so we can just get where we need to go?”

“Are you kidding me? Another detour?”

Please, be safe and smart this New Year’s Eve

We’re guessing that many of you, like many of us at the paper, are still deep in the holiday spirit.

That’s a great thing, and we hope people can carry that air of celebration with them throughout the year. However, with New Year’s Day this week, and New Year’s Eve coincidentally enough falling the night before that day, we ask that you celebrate with a level of restraint.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Fear strikes home, and the problem must end

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

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.

Psychiatric hospital a step in right direction

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

Protecting our natural treasures is a must

For an area that is as popular with vacationers as ours is, we still manage to have our fair share of hidden treasures.

Fall’s arrival shouldn’t lessen precautions

Yes, Christmas decorations are already beginning to pop up all around us, but before then, there’s Thanksgiving to worry about. And, before then, there’s Halloween.

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