Indian River School District board delays first student day to Sept. 17

SELBYVILLE — Students in the Indian River School District will begin the 2020-21 year a bit later than originally scheduled. The IRSD board of education at its reorganizational meeting Monday, Aug. 3 voted to push the first day of school for 2020-21 back to Thursday, Sept. 17. The first student day originally was scheduled for […]

Union rallies to gain support from Mountaire poultry workers

SELBYVILLE — Mickey Smith, representing the United Food & Commercial Workers Local 27, was banging her drum with purpose on a hot and steamy Monday morning, imploring others to chant “Fired up! Can’t take it no more!” With Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ popular anthem, “I Won’t Back Down,” also playing in the background, UFCW […]

IR to hold virtual board of ed meeting

SELBYVILLE — The Indian River Board of Education’s regular monthly meeting and policy committee meeting on Monday will be conducted online using the Zoom video conferencing platform. The policy committee meeting will begin at 4 p.m., with the full board meeting at 7 p.m..Disregard any previous notice of these June 22 meetings being held at […]

Freeman Stage to present local artists starting in July

SELBYVILLE — The Freeman Stage announced Thursday it is moving forward with a special season of the arts — one which will have reduced capacity to comply with physical distancing guidelines and will primarily showcase local and regional talent. “We’ve decided as an organization the arts need to be present during this time of reopening,” […]

Two arrests made in April Selbyville robbery

SELBYVILLE — Two arrests have been made in an April 22 robbery that left a 25-year-old man hospitalized, Delaware State Police said. Ryan T. Crowson and Tanner C. McElwee, both 22-year-old Millville residents, were charged in connection with an incident in a parking lot of the Hickory Tree Apartments, spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said. […]

Roadwork in Sussex

Railroad work to close portion of Lazy Lagoon Road FRANKFORD — Lazy Lagoon Road in Frankford, between U.S. 113 and Pepper Road, will be closed starting at 5 a.m. on Thursday, May 14, and lasting until 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, May 21, pending weather, while the Maryland and Delaware Railroad replaces, resurfaces and performs general […]

UFCW calls on Governor Carney to help protect food workers

SELBYVILLE – United Food & Commercial Workers Local 27, which represents nearly 2,000 meatpacking and food processing workers across Delaware, sent a letter to Gov. John Carney Thursday calling on him to protect meatpacking and poultry workers during the coronavirus outbreak. The letter was sent in the wake of President Donald Trump’s executive action to […]

Poultry plant employee sues union over fees

SELBYVILLE — A Mountaire Farms employee has filed federal charges against the local union at his plant, claiming the illegal seizure of fees, according to an announcement on Tuesday. Oscar Cruz Sosa also alleged that he was threatened at his home after submitting a petition signed by co-workers to remove the United Food and Commercial […]

Freeman Stage delaying start of season until late June

SELBYVILLE — The “Stay at Home” mandates from the government have impacted a wide range of businesses throughout the nation. Those that are seasonal — like many of the small businesses in the Maryland and Delaware beach resort areas — have been particularly hard hit. Instead of opening their doors this shoulder season, they have […]

Mountaire takes precautions after worker tests positive for COVID-19

SELBYVILLE — Stepped-up sanitation is in place and a special sick leave program is in the offing at Mountaire Farms following confirmation earlier this week that one of its Selbyville processing plant employees tested positive for COVID-19. The poultry company, in a March 31 release, announced that the individual has not been at work at […]