Editorial

Is an end now in sight for Route 26 lane closures?

According to officials from Delmarva Power, and seconded by those from the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), as of June 30, there will be no more lane closures on Route 26 due to the Route 26 Mainline Project that has been somewhat strangling traffic flow along the busy road the past few months.

Pedestrian fatalities should be a wake-up call

Two Maryland men were killed just outside Fenwick Island this week. Another man was killed while walking his dogs near Dewey Beach last week. Yet another man was struck while straddling the shoulder and traffic lane just a few weeks ago.

South Bethany dune needs a hand right now

Without a doubt, this is the busy time of year for us.

School district to ramp up security next year

Safety at our schools has been a growing concern in this nation ever since the horrors at Columbine High School in Colorado in 1999.

Letters to the Editor: May 31, 2013

Burbage thanks all for opinions
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Anyone who reads a local Bethany Beach-area newspaper is probably aware that there is proposal in place to build a new oceanfront hotel in the Quiet Resorts.

County officials report property taxes unchanged

Sussex County officials presented their proposed $117.7 million budget for the 2014 fiscal year on Tuesday. The proposed budget is down approximately 3 percent from this current year’s because of some reductions in sewer assessment rates.

Paddles galore this weekend, for a great cause

You might have heard something about a zoning issue in Bethany Beach that could get voted on Friday afternoon. While that has gotten a lot of attention locally, there is something else happening this weekend that might be of interest to you.

Respect, compromise, and cooperation are key

It’s rarely quiet in our little world of small-town politics here at the Delaware shore. If it’s not election rhetoric or budget debates, it’s controversy over taxes, utility service, the internal power struggles of municipal or county government, debates between the merits of growth and an existing way of life... The list goes on and on.

County makes strong push for jobs with grants

We have seen signs of an improving economy as of late. Real estate is starting to see some good trends, the summer rentals appear to be strong this summer and some businesses have reported that things are looking up so far. However, what is needed is jobs.

And they might be coming.

Collins showed courage in his big decision

When news leaked earlier this week that NBA player Jason Collins had “come out of the closet” in a Sports Illustrated article, talking heads across these fruited plains nearly exploded.

Odyssey of the Mind teams make us all proud

Perhaps we have gotten to the point of taking the Indian River School District’s Odyssey of the Mind teams for granted.

This year, the district sent five teams to the state finals on March 23 at Smyrna High School. Two of those teams, the high school squad and one formed of elementary school students, qualified for the world championships May 22 to 25 at Michigan State University.

Both major parties reaching out to the citizens

We notice that the attention on politics tends to wane, especially around here, as the weather begins to change and we move a little further away from last November’s elections. And that’s fine, as the rhetoric meter hit exceedingly high in those elections, and it is nice to see people turn to other interests.

Keep downtown Bethany Beach in mind this spring

For those of you who haven’t been to downtown Bethany Beach recently, you might be surprised if you find yourself there because of all the construction. The town’s long-awaited beautification effort is now under way, and the long-term prospects for downtown appear positive.

However, the present is a little iffy.

Sheriff loses another court battle--time to move on

Delaware Superior Court Judge T. Henley Graves issued a ruling on Tuesday that sided with Sussex County government in their ongoing battle with Sussex County Sheriff Jeffrey Christopher regarding Christopher’s office having constitutional authority to make arrests.

Entire community has an opportunity to really shine

There has been cautious optimism throughout this community over the coming summer season.

IRSD passes independent audit with flying colors

The last Indian River School District referendum passed by about a 2-1 vote, but it was met with more vocal opposition than any we can remember in the past.

This might not be a problem -- or it could be a big one

The Town of Ocean View is taking a walk down memory lane. Their hope, we suspect, is that it goes much smoother this time around.

First responders valor is deserving of awards, and more

There’s no question that, when it’s your home, your money, your child, your life being threatened by an emergency, you appreciate the efforts put into catching a criminal, putting out a fire, restarting a heart.

BeebeCAREs offers optimism for healthcare

One of the trickiest puzzles this country has been trying to solve focuses on healthcare. How can the most amount of people get the best available care without bankrupting our nation, closing hospitals and putting insurance companies at risk?

Solve that, and you are going places.

County helps as many as possible with surplus

Sussex County Council recently found itself staring at a budget surplus of $854,000 — a situation many governmental and private entities would like to find themselves in, we imagine. The good news for those of us who happen to reside in Sussex County is that it appears they are putting that money to good use.

Letters to the Editor: February 1, 2013

CRI denies continuing connection with Fink
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County taking right steps in proposed hearing

Sussex County will be holding an additional hearing on the proposed expansion of the Millville Sanitary Sewer District, and we are big fans on how they are going about it.

Referendum important, but it's up to you to vote

Voters in the Indian River School District (IRSD) will have the opportunity to make their voices heard at the booths next week regarding a major capital improvement and current expense referendum.

Community has the chance to shine two more times

When word came down last month that the Big League Softball World Series would be coming to Roxana this summer, the general reaction of the community was one of pride.

Clayton more than just a movie theater around here

The idea of citizens helping fund a private corporation has typically raised eyebrows — just look at the controversy swirling around the bank and auto industry bailouts of the past few years, for instance. Those bailouts focused on the infamous concept of “too big to fail,” and the government felt that these companies going under would simply cripple the economy.

Selbyville woman a strong inspiration, role model

Weather permitting, Selbyville’s own Alyssa Murray is in Las Vegas right now, performing public appearances and preparing for the Miss America competition on Saturday, Jan. 12.

In addition to making a name for herself outside of Delaware on a public stage, Murray will use the opportunity to promote a cause that is near and dear to her — skin cancer awareness.

Roxana to double its world exposure this August

They must be doing something right over in Roxana.

The Executive Committee of the Little League International Board of Directors last week approved relocating the Big League Softball World Series to the Pyle Center. This will take place at the same time as the Senior League Softball World Series, which has been run by District III for the past several years.

This community is always in ‘the season of giving’

Presents wrapped? Menu set? Travel itinerary locked in firmly?

There is no day during the year that surpasses the dramatic build-up of Christmas, and hopefully all of you have gotten yourselves in a position where you can just relax and enjoy the big day. If not, hopefully you can knock out what needs to be done over the next few days so you can put your brain on vacation at the holiday.

Planners vote against Castaways project

After months of hearing arguments concerning a proposed campground and water park on Cedar Neck Road, the Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission (P&Z) voted last Thursday night to recommend denial to the three applications submitted by Castaways LLC.

We must never forget the horrors of Pearl Harbor

On Dec. 7, 1941, the Japanese put into motion “Operation Hawaii,” which later became known as “Operation Z.” It’s been said that planning for this operation began as early as January of that year, and that the Japanese planned to attack on a Sunday because they believed Americans would be more relaxed and less alert for an attack.

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