LOOKING FOR CLUES - With the help of two Seaford Volunteer Fire Department members, Fire Marshal Randy Lee sifts in the ruins of the garage of a house destroyed by an afternoon fire on Tuesday. There were a few minor injuries caused by the fire answered by more than 60 firefighters and three companies. The home, located just off Old Meadow Road near Seaford, was owned by the Merritt family. See more on page 11.

Photo by Ronald MacArthur

After retirement, she finds laughs on the comedy circuit



NEW MARKER - Mt. Zion United Methodist Church is the latest church to be honored with a state historical marker. Page 3

PHONE CARDS - A local club joins in to help armed forces serving overseas in the Buck-A-Minute campaign. Page 4

MLK CELEBRATION - Get your tickets for the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration taking place at two locations in Seaford on Jan. 17. Page 4

MYSTERY SOLVED - After some careful detective work, the mystery of the Christmas weed has been solved. Page 5

25 YEARS - A local business involved in glass celebrates its 25th anniversary. Page 6

YOUNG WRITERS - Local 4-H club members take a workshop to learn about journalism. Page 18

YEAR IN REVIEW - It was a busy year in the local sports world. Page 20

HARD WORKER - This Seaford High basketball player works his way from the bench to an all-conference player and team leader. Page 23

PLANS A FIGHT - At least one lawmaker is not happy with the proposed pay increases for the state’s top elected officials. Page 37

A LOOK BACK - Growth is one of the top news items to fill these pages in 2004. See some of the other new items from the past year. Page 38

OFFICE IS CLOSED - The office of Morning Star Publications is closed Friday, Dec. 31, for the holiday.