Frankford News

Town of Frankford, Delaware

Population:

  • 847 (2010 Census)

Town council meetings:

  • First Monday of the month, at 7 p.m.

Elections:

  • First Saturday in February

Town office:

  • 5 Main St., Frankford, DE 19945 (302) 732-9424

Town Council 2013-2014:

  • Jesse Truitt, President
  • Pamela Davis, Vice-President
  • Cheryl Workman, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Joann Bacon
  • Charles Shelton

Town Administrator:

  • Terry Truitt

Emergency:

  • 911

Frankford discusses refreshed bids for water tower care

The Town of Frankford held a workshop earlier this month to discuss the repair of its 125,000-gallon elevated water tower.

“We have to do something,” said Council President Joanne Bacon at a June 15 workshop. “The main thing is how are we going to pay for this? I think that’s going to be a huge question.”

Libraries serving children free meals all summer

This summer, all local children are being invited to eat free meals at the Selbyville and Frankford public libraries, no questions asked.

“It will help to fill the gap with food insecurity throughout the summer,” said Frankford Public Library Director Rachel Wackett.

Frankford teen wins state’s Youth Fishing Tournament

Warm breezes and sun after a light morning shower greeted 175 young anglers and their families who gathered Saturday, June 6, at three Delaware ponds for DNREC’s 29th Annual Youth Fishing Tournament. All fish caught in the tournament were weighed and released, as young anglers got a first-hand lesson in conservation.

FlutterBy House celebrates opening with ribbon-cutting

Coastal Point • Submitted: FlutterBy House held it’s ribbon-cutting event on Friday, May 15. The new store is located at 31854 James Lowe Road.Coastal Point • Submitted: FlutterBy House held it’s ribbon-cutting event on Friday, May 15. The new store is located at 31854 James Lowe Road.Vine’s Creek Nursery is bringing big changes to its Frankford location. Its new building, the FlutterBy House, offers both unique shopping and picturesque views 8 miles west of Bethany Beach, just off of Omar Road. A ribbon-cutting to celebrate the shop’s opening was held on Friday, May 15, with a grand opening ceremony the next day that featured a live butterfly release.

“I’d like to introduce our new home and garden store at Vine’s Creek Nursery: The FlutterBy House,” said owner Tom Lowe, “It’s a unique store with unique gifts and foods. We’re very excited about it.”

The FlutterBy House offers everything from lamps and wreaths to birdhouses, sunhats, wind chimes and other décor. Also in stock are fresh Amish baked goods, including pies, breads, cakes, sticky buns, whoopie pies, fudge, gourmet popcorn, cookies, cream cheese spreads and more.

Frankford discusses water tower, town hall hours

The Frankford Town Council this week discussed painting its water tower. At their June 1 meeting, the council reviewed two estimates for repainting the water tower, with the estimated cost ranging from $113,000 to $195,000.

“Our main concern is how we’re going to pay for this,” said Council President Joanne Bacon.

In case you missed it, there have been some changes here

Plenty has happened around the community over the off-season. In case you’ve been out of town, or have just been too busy to stay on top of things, here are some of the items that could most affect your summer season.

Frankford names Warchol as new police chief

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Frankford’s new police chief, Michael Warchol, started patrolling the town on April 27. Warchol joins the Town after serving as police chief in Ellendale.Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Frankford’s new police chief, Michael Warchol, started patrolling the town on April 27. Warchol joins the Town after serving as police chief in Ellendale.The Frankford Town Council announced at its meeting this week that their vacant police chief position had been filled by Michael Warchol. Chief Warchol’s first day with the Town was April 27. He had previously been chief of police at the Ellendale Police Department.

“I’ve always preferred law enforcement in a small-town setting,” he said on Tuesday. “You’re able to be more personable with people. I like that. I like the fact that last night at the [town council] meeting, the guys were chatting with me and seemed to be excited that the police department opened up.”

After serving in the U.S. Navy, Warchol started his career in law enforcement in 1987, as a prison guard for the Florida Department of Corrections. In 1989, he went to the police academy to become a Florida police officer, and started with the Leesburg (Fla.) Police Department. After three years in that department, he moved on to the Lake County (Fla.) Sherriff’s Office. During his nine years there, he went from road patrol duty to being a detective in 11 months.

Frankford extends offer to candidate for police chief

The Frankford Town Council voted 4-0 on Monday to extend an offer to an applicant for the Town’s chief of police. The position has been vacant since the end of 2014, when former police chief William Dudley retired.

Local brides to get help with weddings

Planning your dream beach wedding? We're here to help.Planning your dream beach wedding? We're here to help.The love of your life has just kneeled on one knee and asked for your hand in marriage… But now what?
Many dream of having a beach wedding, where the vastness of the sea mirrors their love for one and other, but the logistics of planning can be difficult.
Enter Delaware Seaside Bride. With a website — DelawareSeasideBride.com — and yearly print magazine that will launch March 6, 2015, Delaware Seaside Bride will be your guide to planning your dream day, surrounded by the beauty of the Delaware beaches.

Frankford discusses policing, searching for new attorney

The Town of Frankford will be looking to hire two part-time police officers, on temporary loan from the Selbyville and Dagsboro departments. Currently, the Town does not have any officers on its own police force.

Drugs, cash, gun found in local homes

Detectives from the Delaware State Police Sussex Drug Unit, Sussex County Governor’s Task Force, Special Operations Response Team (SORT) and the Georgetown Police Department last week conducted search warrants that led to the arrest of three people in the culmination of an investigation into illegal drug sales.

Frankford elects Bacon and Melson to serve on town council

In the Feb. 7 town council election, the residents of Frankford voted to elect Velicia Melson and re-elect incumbent Joanne Bacon, with 92 votes each.

Residents’ appeals over election practices denied

Following a special meeting of the Frankford Board of Elections related to two complaints, submitted by residents Jerry Smith and Greg Welch, an appeal was held before State Election Commissioner Elaine Manlove last week.

In his complaint, Smith argued that voting in the municipality’s scheduled election could not end before 4 p.m.

Frankford voters to select two council members

Frankford voters will head to the polls on Saturday, Feb. 7, from 1 to 4 p.m. at town hall, to select two council members for new two-year terms. Candidates in the 2015 election include incumbents Joanne Bacon and Cheryl Workman and challengers Dorsey Dear Sr. and Velicia Melson.

Citizens appeal Frankford election rulings

Two Frankford citizens have appealed to Delaware State Election Commissioner Elaine Manlove following two decisions reached by the Town’s Board of Elections after a special meeting was held to address complaints regarding the Town’s upcoming election.

The hearing was held on Jan. 30 before Frankford BOE members Elma Gray, Peggy Schaffer and Pamela Hoban.

Citizenship question, letter another concern in Frankford election

Frankford resident Liz Carpenter spoke to the Town council at its monthly meeting on Feb. 2 about her concern regarding “profiling and discrimination” after hearing that a number of Town residents who filled out voter registration applications were sent a letter regarding their citizenship.

Frankford to advertise for new police officers

Following the resignation letter submitted Jan. 26 by Frankford police officer Nate Hudson, the Frankford Town Council announced earlier this week the Town plans to advertise for police officers.

Multi-vehicle collision critically injures Frankford man

The Delaware State Police this week were investigating a serious motor vehicle crash that occurred north of Frankford.

According to police, around 5:49 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 29, as Maria De Lourdez Rios-Ochoas, 39, of Dagsboro was driving a 2004 GMC Envoy eastbound on Swamp Road and came to a complete stop for a posted stop sign at the intersection of DuPont Boulevard (Route 113).

Frankford election board to hear citizens’ complaints

The Frankford Board of Elections (BOE) will hold a hearing this week to review two citizens’ complaints regarding the Town’s upcoming municipal election.

On Friday, Jan. 30, at 1 p.m. at the Frankford Public Library, a special hearing will take place before board members Pam Hoban, Elma Gray and Peggy Schaffer.

Lone Frankford police officer tenders resignation to Town

The Frankford Police Department’s single remaining police officer, Nate Hudson, submitted his letter of resignation to the Town earlier this week.

“He has put his letter of resignation in, yes,” confirmed Councilwoman Cheryl Workman.

Hudson, who joined the department in April of 2011, had remained the only active officer following the December 2014 retirement of Chief William Dudley.

Frankford election approaches, residents question process

The Town of Frankford will hold its annual election on Feb. 7, with voters to fill two seats, currently held by Council President Joanne Bacon and Secretary/Treasurer Cheryl Workman.

Incumbents Bacon and Workman filed to serve again, as did residents Dorsey Dear, Sr. and Velicia Melson.

Frankford forms committees for policing and healthcare

Following the December retirement of Frankford Police Chief William Dudley, Councilman Charles Shelton addressed residents regarding concerns that the Town’s police department would be disbanded.

‘Miss Dorothy’ bids farewell to Frankford library

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: ‘Miss Dorothy’ Fisch shares The Berenstain Bears with children one last time before retiring as children’s librarian at Frankford Public Library.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: ‘Miss Dorothy’ Fisch shares The Berenstain Bears with children one last time before retiring as children’s librarian at Frankford Public Library.After 15 years, a friendly face is retiring from the Frankford Public Library children’s program. “Miss Dorothy” Fisch led her last preschool storytime for a handful of wiggling children before she retired on Dec. 17.

But these youngsters are just a few of the hundreds of children Fisch read to since she arrived in 1999.

Although she turned 71 this month, Fisch grabbed a box of jingle bells and led a round of Christmas carols at her final storytime session. She and the children jumped up and down to the beat of the bells.

“She has a lot of energy,” parent Crystal Blakeney said. “She’s really joyful, and they love it when she sings.”

Fisch even filled a request for “The Alphabet Song.”

Shelley Stevens has seen her grandchildren cry at the thought of missing storytime. She takes young Bridget to library programs year-round.

Frankford voter registration deadline comes next week

The Town of Frankford will hold its annual election on Feb. 7, with voters to fill two seats, currently held by Council President Joanne Bacon and Secretary/Treasurer Cheryl Workman.

Dudley announces retirement as Frankford police chief

The Town of Frankford’s Police Chief William Dudley, Jr. will be retiring

Earlier this week, Dudley said he officially announced to council that he would be retiring from his position as chief at the end of the year.