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Human skeletal remains were discovered in a wooded area near Selbyville on March 2.

Breaking News: Human remains discovered in woods near Selbyville

Delaware State Police have opened a death investigation after human skeletal remains were discovered near Polly Branch Road, just outside of Selbyville town limits.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 10:24am

Carney explains positions on Wilmington school, wind farm

 

With the recent struggle to get funding to relieve overcrowding at several Sussex County schools, Gov. John Carney says he understands why people downstate might be frustrated at his multi-million-dollar proposal for Wilmington schools,...

Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 6:32pm

Fenwick to add flashing pedestrian warnings

In its ongoing efforts to improve pedestrian safety in the town, Fenwick Island’s town council on Feb. 21 approved the installation of “rectangular rapid flashing beacon” (RRFB) systems at pedestrian crosswalks at two particularly dangerous...

Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 6:15pm

Climate-change plan public-input sessions planned March 3-5

With public input sessions beginning next week to create Delaware’s plan to mitigate, adapt and respond to climate change, most Delawareans believe climate change and sea-level rise are happening, and a majority say the State should act now to...

Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 6:03pm

Maryland to hold new hearings on offshore wind turbine height

Nearly a month after hundreds of people filled the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, Md., to comment on changes in plans for two wind-farm projects off the Delmarva coast, Maryland’s Public Service Commission has agreed to hold...

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 8:53pm

Sussex County Family Court Chief Judge Michael Newell, left, and Judge Peter Jones answer questions while leading a tour of the courthouse.

Replacement planned for county’s Family Court building

In 1988, when the Family Court in Georgetown was built, the belief was it would serve the needs of the seat of Delaware’s southernmost county for many years to come, maybe up to 100 years.

But Sussex County growth has been rapid, and the...

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 8:42pm

Public to discuss climate change concerns, questions

Positive change can start with a frank conversation. Delaware is one of the lowest-lying states in the U.S., which means people in Delaware are more likely to see the common flooding, the saltwater inundation and the seemingly worse storms.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 8:33pm

Gov. John Carney observes as Joan Glasgow’s English-learning students learn the words for technology in the home, such as cell phone, computer and (sometimes) robots.

Governor applauds IRSD’s methods during Opportunity Fund tour

Ever since now-Gov. John Carney first saw East Millsboro Elementary using data to identify and target student needs 20 years ago, he has been impressed with the Indian River School District’s education system.

He was reminded of that...

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 8:19pm

This pipe is providing the American eel passage to Delaware freshwater estuaries.

CIB project results in eel access to estuary

Imagine traveling all the way from the Sargasso Sea — the only sea without land boundaries — drifting along on ocean currents, toward a welcoming Delaware estuary, and when you’re almost there, you hit a wall.

That’s the ironic journey of...

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 8:15pm

Route 1 drainage, pedestrian improvements to begin March 2

Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) officials announced this week that contractor A-Del Construction Company Inc. on March 2 will begin a transportation alternative program (TAP) for water quality improvements to the Anchorage Canal...

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 7:56pm

Camp Barnes applications opening March 1

Applications for Camp Barnes will be available online or at any Delaware State Police troop on March 1. Applications can be downloaded at the camp’s website www.campbarnes.net starting that day. Dates for the camp and camp orientation dates will...

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 7:49pm

Wind farm company meets with local contractors

The Skipjack Wind Farm project off the coast of Delmarva is still in the approval process, but its developer — the Danish firm Ørsted — gave local contractors a chance to learn more about obtaining work on the project at a networking event on...

Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 1:49pm

District: One building would ease burden at several schools

Public referendum vote on Thursday, Feb. 13

It’s time for residents of the Indian River School District to vote regarding the district’s future. There will be a major capital referendum on Thursday, Feb. 13, (with a weather date of Feb. 20).

The one-question referendum is a vote “...

Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 12:53pm

Passing referendum is critical now, and for future

The Indian River School District is holding a major capital referendum on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. Passage of this referendum is absolutely critical to the future of our district. Overcrowding in the northern end of the district is reaching a...

Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 12:37pm

Theresa and Al Casapulla, who worked to get a bill passed so no more dogs die from  being over-vaccinated, cuddle their five dogs, from left, Wheeler, Henry, George, Buddy and Bentley.

Casapulla celebrates passage of Maggie’s Vaccine Protection Act

More than three years later, Al Casapulla still gets teary when he talks about his little Shih Tzu, Maggie.

The casket that cradled her when he buried her in the back yard of his Ocean View home. How it was lined in pink. Her favorite toy...

Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 12:23pm

Hearing set for Feb. 6 on proposed abandonment of part of Pot-Nets Road

The Delaware Department of Transportation announced on Feb. 5 that it would hold a public hearing on Thursday, Feb. 6, from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Pot-Nets Lakeside Community...

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 12:01pm

Granville R. Lawson

BREAKING NEWS: School bus driver charged with reckless endangering, vehicular assault

The Delaware State Police on Tuesday, Feb. 4, arrested 65-year-old Granville R. Lawson of Dagsboro on multiple counts of Reckless Endangering and Vehicular Assault after a Jan...

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - 5:14pm

Sussex Central students have to go outside to get to the portable classrooms, and then back out to go into the main school again. Some days, the weather cooperates. Others? Not so much.

Students, staff uneasy in trailers

Some say portable classrooms are impacting education

School libraries have been turned into classrooms. So have auditoriums and staff offices. After squeezing even the closets into learning space, Indian River School District is once again using modular outdoor classrooms — trailers — for...

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 11:44am

Maggie, a local Shih Tzu that passed away in December 2016 from over-vaccination, is the inspiration behind Maggie’s Vaccine Protection Act.

Maggie’s Vaccine Protection Act passed in legislature

Maggie’s Vaccine Protection Act, formally known as House Bill 214, passed the Delaware General Assembly by unanimous vote this week, leaving its initiator, local businessman Al Casapulla, with a lump in his throat.

His beloved Shih Tzu,...

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 11:34am

Agenda

Bethany Beach

• The Bethany Beach Audit Committee will meet on Friday, Jan. 24, at 10 a.m. at...

Friday, January 24, 2020 - 10:19am

New legislative session could see reduced pet vacc requirements

The 2020 Delaware General Assembly session began last week, with a number of bills filed related to residents of Ocean View and lower Sussex County.

One of those bills is Maggie’s Vaccine Protection Act, initiated by local restaurant owner...

Friday, January 24, 2020 - 8:58am

Pedestrian safety improvements slated for Route 1 in Bethany

With pedestrian and bicycle safety a major topic in the area in the past year, Bethany Beach is slated to get some significant improvements along its Route 1 corridor before the start of the 2020 summer season.

Town Manager Cliff Graviet...

Friday, January 24, 2020 - 8:54am

Traffic-safety improvement ideas for Long Neck area anticipated

Responding to constituents’ concerns about traffic safety in the Long Neck area, state Rep. Ruth Briggs King turned to DelDOT Secretary Jennifer Cohan, “imploring her to go beyond the crash data and look at the near-misses” along roads in that...

Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 1:08pm

DelDOT opts for wintertime closure for Armory Road

People spoke up, and DelDOT listened. After a public outcry over a potential summertime road closure of Armory Road (Route 20) near Dagsboro, the Delaware Department of Transportation announced this week that construction will instead be...

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 2:11pm

Pair of Delaware Republican officials under fire after comments

Plans are in motion to replace Chris Rowe, chairman of the New Castle County Republican Party, who resigned after posting a gay slur on Facebook just before New Year’s Day.

“I’m going to take care of that promptly,” GOP Chairwoman Jane...

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 2:06pm

A rundown on the proposed offshore wind farm

When it comes to discussions of the proposed offshore Skipjack Wind Farm and the related proposals to bring cables carrying the wind-generated power ashore at the Fenwick Island State Park, there seem to be two — maybe three — schools of thought...

Friday, January 3, 2020 - 10:19am

BREAKING NEWS: Suspects sought in armed robbery near Frankford

The Delaware State Police this week were investigating an alleged armed robbery that occurred on Sunday night near Frankford.

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Monday, December 30, 2019 - 8:55am

Public input sought on potential Armory Road summer closure

People can speak up now about a proposed road project that will cause a four-week detour of Armory Road, possibly during the summer of 2020.

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) has set up a “virtual workshop” website for the...

Friday, December 27, 2019 - 12:48pm

Deadline for state park improvements survey extended

DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation has extended the Fenwick Island State Park Proposed Improvements Survey deadline to Jan. 15, 2020. The extension is to allow further input regarding improvements to the park that are...

Friday, December 20, 2019 - 9:45am

IRSD school-choice debates end with a capacity-limit change

With Delaware’s annual school-choice application period closing in a few weeks, the Indian River School District is trying to get their ducks in a row before the school district evaluates the 2020-2021 applications.

After months of debate...

Friday, December 20, 2019 - 8:48am

Delaware could be looking at some radical changes designed to simplify and improve educational funding, according to, from left, Neil Kirschling, Richard Morse and Mark Steele at a League of Women Voters forum.

Experts think it’s time for education funding reform

Lawsuit and legislators could decide what that means

It’s an important issue, and it’s complicated: how to pay for the education of young Delawareans who will make up the generations running the world in the years to come.

Delaware’s system of educational funding isn’t completely broken, but...

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 9:46pm

DNREC, Mountaire enter into agreements to address violations

The Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control announced this week that it had signed an agreement with Mountaire Farms of Delaware on Dec. 13 to resolve violations of spray-irrigation and land-application permits that were cited...

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 9:42pm

Resolution asks that Fenwick be involved in wind-farm talks

The proposed wind farm off the coast of Delaware, and improvements the wind farm developer is offering to make to Fenwick Island State Park in return for access to the park for a transmitting station, were the main focus of the Friday, Dec. 6,...

Friday, December 13, 2019 - 7:55am

BREAKING NEWS: Man assaulted, robbed at gunpoint in Millsboro

The Delaware State Police this week were investigating an armed robbery that occurred Monday in Millsboro, in which a 59-year-old man was assaulted and robbed.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 8:49am

Maxine Meyer of Ocean View examines a rendering of what proposed wind turbines would look like from the Bethany Beach boardwalk following an informational meeting at Indian River High School on Tuesday, Nov. 19.

Public poses questions about proposed wind-farm project

Members of the public filled the auditorium at Indian River High School on Tuesday, Nov. 19, for an informational meeting regarding the proposed Skipjack Wind Farm project and related proposals for a transmission facility and improvements at...

Friday, November 22, 2019 - 11:47am

Delaware State Police issues mystery shopper scam alert

The Delaware State Police this week issued an advisory in response to the recent reappearance of the “mystery shopper scam.” Police offered tips and information to help people avoid falling victim to this specific scam:

 

What is...

Friday, November 22, 2019 - 11:38am

The next leg of the Assawoman Canal Trail is to build an ‘underpass’ of Route 26 on the canal’s west side. The scaffolding will be removed after the conclusion of a bridge painting project.

Assawoman Canal Trail to get Route 26 ‘underpass’

This winter, the Assawoman Canal Trail will get a small, but critical addition. An “underpass” will help pedestrians and bicyclists safely cross Route 26. The trail will hug the shoreline to cross under the Assawoman Canal bridge, connecting the...

Friday, November 22, 2019 - 11:33am

Hocker and Gray hosting wind-farm meeting

In the wake of increasing concerns over plans for a wind farm off the coast of Delaware and a connected project at the Fenwick Island State Park, two state legislators are hosting an informational meeting next week.

State Sen. Gerald...

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 11:48am

BREAKING NEWS: Feral kitten in Ocean View tests positive for rabies

Delaware’s Division of Public Health (DPH) on Nov. 5 advised Ocean View residents who reside in the Plantation Park community of a positive case of rabies in a feral kitten...

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - 5:49pm

Opposition growing to proposed wind farm

Opposition to plans for onshore transmission facilities at Fenwick Island State Park for the proposed Skipjack offshore wind farm project is growing in the weeks following a public presentation on the project and its potential impact on the state...

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 10:51am

County considers a 3 percent lodging tax

A public hearing will be held next month to accept public comment on a proposed Sussex County Council ordinance allowing implementation of a lodging tax of up to 3 percent in unincorporated areas of the county.

Last summer, a bill was...

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 10:48am

Deb Barber, left, asks DNREC's Michael Powell about the Massey's Ditch dredging project.

Public share dredging concerns, learn about Massey’s project

Adults kept reaching for the shiny star-shaped stickers, then placing them firmly on a large map of coastal Delaware. They were marking the most important inland waterways that they believe need dredging or ongoing maintenance.

As Delaware...

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 9:51am

Safe disposal of prescription drugs, vaping devices offered

On Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Delaware State Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) have scheduled their National Take-Back Initiative (NTBI). The event offers an opportunity for people with unwanted, unused and...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 3:53pm

DelDOT announces projects big and small for future

Delawareans can anticipate future road projects and chime in on the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT)’s priority schedule.

The annual Capital Transportation Program (CTP) hearings came to Georgetown on Sept. 25 for the state’s...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 10:54pm

DNREC events to offer answers about dredging, navigability

Sometimes environmental projects can feel like a bit of a mystery. How does Delaware maintain its waterways, and how can the public make their concerns known?

DNREC’s Shoreline & Waterway Management Section will be holding three...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 10:49pm

Open house on FI State Park improvements, partnership set for tonight

The public will have a chance on Wednesday, Oct. 2, to get a look at a proposal for improvements at Fenwick Island State Park — improvements that are tied to plans for a wind farm off the Delaware-Maryland coast.

The project, estimated to...

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 11:40am

Republican Murphy announces U.S. Congressional candidacy

Lee Murphy on Tuesday, June 25, announced his candidacy for Delaware’s lone U.S. Congressional seat Tuesday night. He is the only Republican to file for the seat. He was joined by dozens of supporters at Banks’ Seafood Kitchen & Raw Bar on...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 12:02pm

DelDOT approves re-installation of Dagsboro’s ‘Welcome’ signs

“Welcome to Dagsboro” signs will be going back up to welcome those entering the town’s limits, following several months of questions as to whether the Delaware Department of Transportation would allow the re-installation of the signs.

Town...

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 1:39pm

Governor supports, praises GA’s early voting legislation

Gov. John Carney this week praised the General Assembly’s final passage of House Bill 38, which will allow in-person early voting up to 10 days before an election:

“We should make it easier — not harder — for all Delawareans to participate...

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 1:24pm

Input sought on Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control (DNREC) is seeking public comment and input for the Delaware Draft Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP), the long-range plan for reducing pollutants that enter the...

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 1:15pm