Dagsboro News

Town of Dagsboro, Delaware

Population:

  • 805 (2010 Census)

Town council meetings:

  • Fourth Monday of the month, 7 p.m., except November (third week) and December (second week)

Planning & Zoning meets:

  • First Wednesday of the month, 7 p.m.

Elections:

  • First Saturday of December

Town office:

  • 33134 Main St., Dagsboro, DE 19939 (302) 732-3777

Web site

General e-mail inquiries

Town Council 2013:

  • Patti Adams, Mayor
  • Norwood Truitt, Vice-Mayor
  • Cathy Flowers, Secretary/Treasurer
  • John Hansken
  • Brad Connor

Town Administrator:

  • Stacey Long

Town Clerk:

  • Duane Kenton

Code Enforcement:

  • Stacey Long

P&Z Chairperson:

  • Marjorie Eckerd

Police:

  • Floyd Toomey, Jr., Chief
  • Harry Litten, Sergeant
  • David Ober, Police Officer

Town Solicitor:

  • Rob Whitsil

Emergency:

  • 911

Non-emergency police contact:

  • (302) 732-3777

Dagsboro man killed while fleeing from police

Submitted to Coastal Point • Delaware State Police: Emergency personnel responded to the scene of an accident on Route 113 in Frankford on Monday, July 14. The driver of the vehicle, Charles Campbell, was pronounced dead later at Atlantic General Hospital.Submitted to Coastal Point • Delaware State Police: Emergency personnel responded to the scene of an accident on Route 113 in Frankford on Monday, July 14. The driver of the vehicle, Charles Campbell, was pronounced dead later at Atlantic General Hospital.A 26-year-old Dagsboro man was killed in a crash on Monday south of Frankford, during a police pursuit that sought him as a suspect in a home-invasion robbery earlier that morning in Dagsboro.

Delaware State Police said that both Dagsboro and Frankford officers were actively pursuing a stolen Ford Explorer that was being driven at a high speed southbound on Route 113 by Charles A. Campbell, 26, of Dagsboro around 10 a.m. on July 14.

They said Campbell lost control of the vehicle south of Frankford, near Cat Mans Road, causing it to drive over the concrete island and through the grass median before entering northbound lanes of Route 113. The 42-year-old Harrington man driving a Mack 10-wheel cargo/box truck northbound in the left lane of Route 113 attempted to slow down but was unable to avoid the SUV, police said. The two vehicles met in a nearly head-on collision in the left lane, according to the DSP.

After the impact, police said, the Explorer rotated counterclockwise and overturned multiple times, landing on its roof in the grass median. Campbell, who was not properly restrained, according to police, was ejected from the vehicle and landed in the grass median. They said the truck rotated counterclockwise and slid sideways, coming to rest across both northbound travel lanes.

Clayton Theatre honored with historical marker from state

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Dignitaries and people with history with the Clayton Theatre help Joanne Howe, owner of the Clayton, reveal a historical marker on Monday, June 14. Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Dignitaries and people with history with the Clayton Theatre help Joanne Howe, owner of the Clayton, reveal a historical marker on Monday, June 14. The Dagsboro’s Clayton Theatre this week unveiled its new Delaware Historical Marker, celebrating the theater’s 65 years in business, along with its unique nature and its historical impact on the community.

“It literally started with a question,” said Dagsboro Councilman Brian Baull, who was instrumental in getting the historical marker placed for the theater. “My wife Amy and I decided one day to go out and look at a bunch of historic markers throughout Sussex County. We wound up by Seaford and the Maryland-Delaware line, and looked at a bunch of them along the way.

“On the way back home, I said, ‘Wouldn’t it be neat if we got one of those for the Clayton celebrating its 65th anniversary? I wonder what you have to do.’”

With that thought, Baull sent an email to the Delaware Archives, and, he said, “the stars aligned.”

After providing the theater’s history — courtesy of “Memories of the Clayton Theatre: A Look Back,” written by Sandie Hancock Gerken, the daughter of one of the original owners — Baull said he also contacted state Sen. Gerald Hocker and state Rep. John Atkins to find funding for the marker.

Ramadan brother pleads guilty in 2013 cigarette smuggling case

One of the West Ocean City, Md., brothers indicted last year in a multi-million-dollar cigarette smuggling ring that stored some of its contraband in a Dagsboro location pleaded guilty June 27 to enterprise corruption.

Volunteers needed for Inland Bays Cleanup

The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Section and the Division of Parks & Recreation are seeking volunteers and boats for the 10th annual Inland Bays Cleanup. The Cleanup will start at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 12, and end about 1 p.m.

Keep safety in mind when traveling by car, bike or foot

With the summer season in full swing, it is important to take the time to be extra cautious when traveling on area roads, for the safety of motorists, pedestrians and cyclists alike.

After a number of crashes in the area last year involving cyclists and pedestrians, at least one such accident has already been added to the tally for 2014.

Fireworks and festivities galore on tap for Fourth of July

Those looking for a way to celebrate Independence Day on the Delaware shore with a real bang may have trouble picking where to go to celebrate.

Coastal Point launches new app: Explore Coastal Delaware

Digital may be the wave of the future for newspapers, but providing useful information through smartphones and tablets is something the Coastal Point is doing today. We launched our first-ever app this week — Explore Coastal Delaware — with an eye toward informing both visitors and longtime residents about the best the Delaware shore has to offer.

‘Ping Pong Summer’ premieres in OC, comes to the Clayton

Coastal Point • Submitted: Rad Miracle dances to some ’80s hip-hop in ‘Ping Pong Summer,’ a movie set during an Ocean City summer in the 1980s.Coastal Point • Submitted: Rad Miracle dances to some ’80s hip-hop in ‘Ping Pong Summer,’ a movie set during an Ocean City summer in the 1980s.How do you define a nostalgic summer in Ocean City, Md.? For filmmaker Michael Tully, it’s beach days, arcade nights, getting the girl and defeating the bully. And don’t forget the hip-hop.

Filmed in 2012, in Ocean City, “Ping Pong Summer” has found its day in the sun with a national release date of June 6, after an Ocean City premiere on May 31, and the Clayton Theatre in Dagsboro will begin its second week of screening “Ping Pong Summer” on June 13.

“We’re very excited about it. It’ll kick off right when the kids get off school,” said Clayton owner Joanne Howe.

Her family kept an eye on the film, waiting for this opportunity to screen it, she said.

“I think that it’ll do well in the area, and I think that it shows off Ocean City pretty well,” Howe added.

Attorneys secure settlement in Dagsboro man’s case against Seaford police

Last month, a $270,000 settlement was reached between a Dagsboro man and the Town of Seaford, Del., and a city police officer.

Dagsboro accident a reminder to stay alert

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Road crews and emergency personnel reacted to an accident in Dagsboro on Wednesday morning.Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Road crews and emergency personnel reacted to an accident in Dagsboro on Wednesday morning.A two-car accident slowed traffic in Dagsboro earlier this week, when a pickup truck was struck while trying to turn into the town hall parking lot. The pickup truck left Clayton Street, headed eastbound on Main Street, in an attempt to enter the lot.

“The vehicle that was crossing from Clayton Street, going diagonally across Main Street, into the parking lot, was actually flagged across by another stopped vehicle that was attempting to turn onto Clayton Street,” explained Police Chief Floyd Toomey.

“Because the vehicle doing the flagging was a van, he couldn’t see the other van approaching. When the pickup started to cross the white van that was northbound also, because of the third vehicle’s obstruction, he did not see him until it was too late.”

Maryland-filmed Western to premiere at Clayton

Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted: ‘Day of the Gun’ will be shown at the Clayton Theater in Dagsboro on Saturday, May 24, and Monday, May 26.Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted: ‘Day of the Gun’ will be shown at the Clayton Theater in Dagsboro on Saturday, May 24, and Monday, May 26.Dust off those spurs and don’t forget the popcorn as the Clayton Theatre presents “Day of the Gun,” a Western-style film created next door in Maryland. The Clayton will host the Delaware premiere at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 24, and at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 26, followed by a discussion with the filmmakers.

The live-action movie starts as the tough widowed ranch owner Maggie Carter (LaDon Hall) demands that local cattle baron Cyrus McCall (Jim Osborn) remove a barbed-wire fence he installed to deter rustlers.

She promises, “There will be Hell to pay” if it doesn’t come down, since it blocks her herd from open grazing lands. Complications arise between their sons, who were once best friends, until Maggie’s son ends up dead. Desperate, Maggie brings in a dark stranger (Academy Award nominee Eric Roberts) from her past to even the score.

Legion offers chance to boogie like it’s 1969

Those looking to get down this weekend can boogie over to American Legion Auxiliary Post #24 on Sunday, May 18, to “Party Like it’s 1969.”

TRAFFIC ALERT: Central Ave. re-opens, DelDOT announces Route 26 roadwork for April 28 to May 2

The State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project continues with no closures. Look for flaggers on Route 26. Motorists may see lane closures from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in several areas:

• between Powell Farm Road and Route 17 to relocate underground utilities.
• between Route 17 and Whites Neck Road to begin sanitary sewer installation.

Heroin: Part two of a three-part series

“My son is addicted to heroin,” said Heather LaRoue (whose name has been changed to protect her identity), an addiction specialist at a Sussex County outpatient counseling facility.

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 roadwork for April 14 to April 18

The State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project continues with a road closure in Ocean View.

Due to relocation of the sewer force main, Central Avenue will be closed at Route 26 to through traffic. (Vehicles cannot turn from Central Ave. onto Route 26 and vice versa, but both roads are otherwise passable.) Motorists should follow the posted alternative routes.

Dagsboro, Fenwick, IR Inlet to see road construction

The Delaware Department of Transportation will take advantage of a break between winter weather and the summer season for some housekeeping. Sussex County will have several one-month road construction projects beginning in April, including at the Indian River Inlet, in Fenwick Island and west of Dagsboro.

Bridge inspection planned

Botanical gardens to present sustainable landscaping program

Susan Barton will present “Lessons from the Roadside: Sustainable Landscaping in the Backyard” on Saturday, April 19, from 10 a.m. to noon at the South Coastal Library, at 43 Kent Avenue in Bethany Beach.

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 roadwork for April 7 to April 11

The State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project continues with a road closure in Ocean View for 3 to 5 weeks, weather pending.

Customers can get digital adapters at Mediacom open house April 11-12

Mediacom announced this week that it had distributed more than 22,000 digital adapters to area customers over the past eight weeks in preparation for a phase-out of analog television reception that begins April 8 and will affect viewing for cable channels 18-66.

Connor, Wheatley throw their hats into county council ring

Dagsboro mayor takes ‘the next step’

Last week, Dagsboro Mayor Brad Connor filed to run as a candidate for the District 5 seat on the Sussex County Council.

Food bank asks community for helping hand

This weekend, the Bethany Beach Christian Church & Conference Center will host a Fil-a-Truck event for Vethel Tabernacle Church’s Helping Hands Food Bank. The event, on Saturday, March 8, from 10 a.m. to noon, is designed to help collect food goods for the food bank.

WHYY to air segment on Clayton Theatre

This month, the Clayton Theatre is celebrating 65 years of movie magic. Dagsboro’s single-screen theatre first opened its doors in February of 1949 with a showing of “One Touch of Venus,” starring Ava Gardner.