Sussex County Online
Sussex County Online is a multi-faceted computer services business devoted to helping Sussex Countians get more out of their computers.
Through computer repairs and sales, Internet access, web site hosting, and its online news, information and marketing service, Sussex County Online provides the kind of personalized service that only a local company can offer -- and at local prices.
Sussex County Online is headed by publisher Eric Magill of Ocean View.
Eric Magill has 7 years of online publishing experience, starting with Beach-Net!, an online travel guide for the Delaware-Maryland beaches, by Coastal Images Inc. of Fenwick Island, Del.
Magill left Beach-Net! in 1999 to form Cyber Weekly Consulting, an online publishing consulting firm to weekly newspapers. As an outgrowth of the consulting business, he decided to start Sussex County Online for Sussex County residents and visitors.
Since its launch in late 1999, Sussex County Online has grown to approximately 90,000 visitors a month.
A 1978 graduate of Indian River High School in Frankford, Magill attended the University of Delaware and graduated from Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa., with a degree in English-Journalism in 1982. After graduation, he took his first job in newspapers as a sports writer for the Carlsbad Current-Argus in New Mexico.
Magill returned to Delmarva in 1983 as a sports writer for The Daily Times in Salisbury, Md. After a year there, he moved on to the Delaware State News in Dover. Magill was a sports writer at the State News for three years, covering everything from high schools to the University of Delaware to NASCAR and the Washington and Philadelphia pro teams.
In 1987, Magill moved to West Chester, Pa., to take a sports writing position covering West Chester University for the Daily Local News. After a year on that beat, Magill took over the Daily Local's 76ers' beat, covering the Sixers at home and on the road including the playoffs and all-star games.
In 1991, Magill decided to open his own business, first starting Oxford Printing Center in Oxford, Pa., and then buying, with his wife Kerin, the Oxford Tribune weekly newspaper in 1992.
The Magills published the Tribune for 3 1/2 years before selling it to Chesapeake Publishing Inc. in Elkton, Md., in 1996, to move back to the Bethany Beach area, where Eric Magill grew up, to help start Beach-Net!
Magill is a member of the Ocean View Town Council.