Millsboro

Town of Millsboro, Delaware
Population:

  • 3,877 (2010 Census)

Town council meetings:

  • Frist Monday of every month, 7 p.m., Town Council Chambers

Elections:

  • Second Saturday in June. There are three districts within town limits, with two people from each district and one at-large, for 3-year terms.

Town office:

  • 322 Wilson Highway, Millsboro, DE

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General e-mail inquiries
Town Council 2013-2014:

  • Robert Bryan, Mayor
  • John Thoroughgood, Vice-Mayor
  • Greg Hastings, Secretary
  • Michelle Truitt, Treasurer
  • Tim Hodges
  • Irene Keenan
  • Jim Petruzella

Town Manager:

  • Faye Lingo

Assistant Town Manager:

  • Matt Schifano

Town Clerk:

  • Tammy Phillips

Police Chief:

  • John Murphy

Emergency:

  • 911

Non-Emergency Police Contact:

  • (302) 943-8147

Beach towns short on sand but ready for summer

It’s here! The unofficial start of the summer season at the Delaware shore has arrived with Memorial Day weekend, and it’s a time of transition for the area, as the relatively quiet second season of spring sprouts into the hustle and bustle that is the resort area’s high season.

Night work to begin on Route 113 and 26 road projects

To accommodate the holiday traffic, major road projects in the area have been put on hold from Thursday, May 26, to Monday, May 30. After that, lane closures will be prohibited on Route 26 and Route 113 during peak daytime hours.

Community looks to support 10-year-old boy

A community is rallying together after a 10-year-old was struck by a van south of Millsboro last weekend.

According to police, on Saturday, May 14, around 3:33 p.m. Garrett Rogers, 10, was attempting to retrieve two baseballs that apparently went over the fence and crossed over Iron Branch Road.

Hundley comes home to Millsboro to clean up town

Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Tyler Hundley poses with his new powerwashing setup in front of DQ in Millsboro. Hundley is the president of Looks New Powerwashing.Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Tyler Hundley poses with his new powerwashing setup in front of DQ in Millsboro. Hundley is the president of Looks New Powerwashing.It might seem like a long way from pursuing a music career in Nashville, but Tyler Hundley hopes his Millsboro power-washing business will be music to his customers’ ears.

Hundley, 26, is the president of Looks New Powerwashing and the proud owner of a new rig for the business, which he says is state-of-the-art and “the Ferrari of power-washers.”

A 2008 graduate of Sussex Technical High School in Georgetown, Hundley headed to Nashville, a young man with a dream of making it in the music business. While that didn’t pan out the way he had planned, a friendship with a fellow musician led to a business relationship with that same friend, in power-washing. He spent about four years learning the trade alongside his friend, soaking up the tricks of the trade and realizing that it was something he enjoyed — and that he was good at it.

Charges against American Legion theft suspects dropped

Charges have been dropped — for now — in the cases of five men previously accused of embezzling more than $600,000 from American Legion Post 28 in Millsboro.

Two weeks after Delaware Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) made the April 7 arrests and after further investigation, the Delaware Department of Justice decided to drop the charges.

Six suspected of $641K embezzlement at Millsboro Legion

Five leaders within American Legion Post 28 were arrested on Thursday, April 7, for allegedly stealing felonious amounts of money from the Millsboro veterans association.

An investigation by the Department of Safety & Homeland Security, Delaware Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE), began this January, and concluded with the discovery that $641,100 had allegedly been stolen.

Humans helping their habitat at Earth Day events

Earth Day is a 46-year tradition designed to show Mother Earth some love.

People can plan an eco-friendly project of their own (plant a tree and turn off a light bulb), but local towns and groups are also hosting Earth Day events all month, including the Bethany Beach Nature Center, in Fenwick Island, at the Indian River Life-Saving Station, in Millsboro and in South Bethany.

BREAKING NEWS: Five men charged in $641K embezzlement from Millsboro American Legion

The Delaware Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) reported Friday that four Millsboro men and a Georgetown man have been charged with the theft of $641,000 from Millsboro American Legion Post 28 between July of 2012 and January of 2015.

Bridal Show to be held this weekend in Millsboro

Coastal Point • File photo: A wedding gown is modeled during last year’s eventCoastal Point • File photo: A wedding gown is modeled during last year’s eventThis weekend, the 21st Annual Central Sussex Bridal Show will give soon-to-be-wed couples the opportunity to meet with area vendors who hope to make their upcoming nuptials their best day ever.

“We have pretty much every aspect covered,” said Amy Simmons, executive director of the Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce, which hosts the bridal show. “We have a florist, cake bakers, party planners...”

The event, which is sponsored by Chardon Jewelers in Georgetown, will be held on Sunday, March 13, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Millsboro Town Center. Admission costs $5 per person, with brides-to-be enjoying the event free of charge.

Simmons said door prizes will be given throughout the day by attending vendors. One door prize, courtesy of Hampton Inn of Rehoboth Beach is a ”Romance Package,” complete with champagne and $40 worth of dinner coupons for the Rehoboth Beach area. The grand prize will be provided by Atlantic Sands Hotel & Conference Center and includes gift certificates to Oasis Spa, Di Febo’s, Confucius and Lula Brazil. Simmons said a bride-to-be does not need to be present to win.

Along with nearly 30 vendors, attendees may enjoy a bridal fashion show, beginning at 1:30 p.m., courtesy of Candlelight Bridal.

“Fortier Photography will be there with their photo booth. You’ll definitely want to stop by and have fun with the photo booth,” she added.

Millsboro teens injured in Feb. 10 accident on Route 113

The Delaware State Police this week were investigating a serious motor vehicle crash last week that injured five people, including three Millsboro teens.

Millsboro Middle School student picked as a top youth volunteer

Millsboro Middle School student Will Kenney, 13, of Delmar and Micah Freer, 18, of Wilmington were recently named Delaware’s top two youth volunteers of 2016 by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism.

Two Millsboro-area residents arrested in meth-lab bust

The Delaware State Police Sussex County Drug Unit this week arrested two people after Probation & Parole officers located precursors for the manufacturing of methamphetamine (meth) at a residence on Hickman Lane near Millsboro.

Millsboro woman killed in crash on Mt. Joy Road

The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit this week was investigating a fatal crash that occurred Tuesday morning east of Millsboro.

New sheriff in town: Calloway sworn in as Millsboro chief

Millsboro Mayor John Thoroughgood told the public on Monday, Jan. 4, that while the Town of Millsboro may be losing their best motorcycle police officer, they’re gaining an excellent chief.

Police ask parents of Handy’s Little Disciples attendees for help

The Delaware State Police are continuing their investigation into the death of a 10-month-old male infant at Handy’s Little Disciples daycare in Millsboro on Jan. 28, 2015, and requesting to speak with parents whose children attended the facility.

Arrest made in Millsboro-area home-improvement fraud case

The Delaware State Police this week arrested a 32-year-old Magnolia man as the result of investigations into multiple home-improvement fraud cases in the Millsboro area.

Christmas parades warm up the season

It’s time to bundle up, grab some hot chocolate and prepare those Christmas lists, and local towns will welcome the holiday season with the annual Christmas parades.

Dagsboro Road to close at Route 113 for two weeks

This December, a two-week road closure will impact traffic south of Millsboro.

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announced this week that Dagsboro Road (Route 20) will be closed between Cricket Street and U.S. Route 113, from 6 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12, until 10 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 24. Poor weather could prolong the closure.

Millsboro Candy Cane Christmas Parade set for Dec. 9

Coastal Point • File Photo: During last year’s Millsboro Candy Cane Parade, a Girl Scout troop are dressed up as candy cane cuties.Coastal Point • File Photo: During last year’s Millsboro Candy Cane Parade, a Girl Scout troop are dressed up as candy cane cuties.The Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce will ring in the Christmas Season with the 65th Annual Candy Cane Christmas Parade on Wednesday, Dec. 9, starting at 7 p.m. The parade is sponsored by D&D Stained Glass of Millsboro.

Line-up will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the M&T parking lot on Mitchell Street. The judges’ reviewing area will be downtown, near Dollar General. The parade will include lighted floats, cars and trucks and fire trucks and the sounds of local high school bands playing Christmas carols, while the kids anticipate the arrival of Santa in Millsboro.

Applications for parade participants are available on the Chamber website at www.millsborochamber.com or call the Chamber office at (302) 934-6777. There is no fee to be in the parade.

Native American Day to be celebrated at Indian Museum

The Nanticoke Indian Museum in Millsboro will host Native American Day festivities on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event will feature Native American music, dance and face painting, as well as food and other items for sale, according to June Morning Star Robbins of the Nanticoke Indian Museum. Museum tours will also be available.

Millsboro council to take action on speed limit concerns

When the Millsboro town council meeting got underway on Monday night, Plantation Lakes resident Neil Dickerson got up to talk to the council about an issue that had yet to be addressed, calling for a speed limit reduction on Route 24 headed into town.

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen completed, now open in Millsboro

General contracting and construction management firm Gillis Gilkerson announced this week the completion of the new Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen on Commerce Drive within Peninsula Crossing Shopping Center in Millsboro.

Renaissance residents perk up with pizza party

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Myna Bennett, 102, grins to get a hug from volunteer Cora Burgan.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Myna Bennett, 102, grins to get a hug from volunteer Cora Burgan.Every schoolchild knows that pizza day is the best. Senior citizens at Cadia Rehabilitation Renaissance nursing center still love pizza day, thanks to local volunteers and Grotto Pizza.

On pizza day in Millsboro, Oct. 6, there was excitement in the air, from the morning announcements until lunchtime itself, said nurse Jermel Vanderhorst, LPN.

“It’s something different from their regular [day],” Vanderhorst said. “Who doesn’t like pizza?”

Pizza is actually a rarity at Renaissance, staff said, but almost everyone gets a slice.

“It’s such a special day for them. They get to eat Grotto Pizza,” said Emily McIssac, Renaissance activity director, who sees “more smiles on a day like this.”

New bypass plan gets warmer response

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Engineer Shilpa Mallem of RK&K shows Tom Dolan a depiction of the new, smaller Millsboro bypass that could link Routes 113 and 24.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Engineer Shilpa Mallem of RK&K shows Tom Dolan a depiction of the new, smaller Millsboro bypass that could link Routes 113 and 24.The roads in Millsboro have worse congestion than a housekeeper with a dust allergy. Traffic practically crawls during rush hour and all summer long.

The Delaware Department of Transportation’s first proposal to improve that traffic — a brand new, 16.5-mile highway — was heartily shot down by the public in 2013. But DelDOT’s new ideas produced a more soothing effect at a public workshop on Oct. 14.

“We listened to what the public had to say two years ago at the public hearings, and we’re no longer pursuing the Blue Alternative, which is the eastern bypass,” said DelDOT Project Manager Bryan Behrens. “We’re focusing on on-alignment, which means remaining on where 113 is today and providing a third lane, and also providing” a connector between Routes 113 and 24.”

That proposal is called the “Modified Yellow Alternative,” hearkening back to the original on-alignment option.

It costs 85 percent less. It disturbs fewer bodies of water. It requires a fraction of the original relocations. But it is still expected to alleviate north-south traffic, as well as east-west traffic.

The concept has not changed since it was first introduced at an April public meeting.

State grant adds ‘grandeur’ to Cupola Park

Coastal Point • Submitted: Cupola Park has been dressed up a bit this year, with new paths and more.Coastal Point • Submitted: Cupola Park has been dressed up a bit this year, with new paths and more.Cupola Park is rather stony-faced this year. But that’s a good thing, with new hardscaping to dress up Millsboro’s town park after the Garden Club of Millsboro won a $5,000 community improvement grant through state Rep. Rich G. Collins.

State legislators get a certain amount of money to do community improvement, said club member Jamie Doane. The Millsboro Garden Club wanted to add some gravitas to the park, laying paver paths in two areas of the park.

“We felt the park needed a little facelift, and it’s really perfect timing,” Doane said.

She expressed gratitude to Collins for pushing for Millsboro to get that grant funding.

They expanded the concrete pad around the flagpole and added some pathways, which lead to the existing memorial garden and benches.

“We’ve opened it up now, and it gives the flag more grandeur, I think, and what it deserves,” Doane said.