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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

State park to host maritime-themed ‘paint nights’ beginning May 11

DNREC Division of Parks & Recreation’s park interpreters at Delaware Seashore State Park are combining recycling and maritime heritage in an “upcycling” craft program this spring and summer, beginning at 6:30 p.m., Saturday May 11.

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Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 12:14pm

Waterfowl Stamp and Trout Stamp winners announced

The results are in, and two artists have won top honors in Delaware’s Waterfowl Stamp and Trout Stamp art contests. A painting of an American wigeon and a chocolate Labrador retriever by Guy Crittenden of Richmond, Va., will grace the 2020-2021...

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 12:13pm

Delaware shelves Regulation 225

After two drafts and thousands of public comments, the State of Delaware has scrapped the proposed Regulation 225, originally intended to prevent discrimination against school children based on gender and other protected characteristics.

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Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 6:04pm

Carney signs bill into law that bans ‘conversion therapy’

Delaware Gov. John Carney on July 23 signed Senate Bill 65 into law. The bill is aimed at protecting LGBTQ youth from “conversion therapy,” which is considered dangerous and has been widely discredited. The legislation was sponsored by state Sen...

Friday, July 27, 2018 - 7:54am

Dagsboro’s Connor files for 41st District seat in state legislature

S. Bradley “Brad” Connor announced this week that he has filed to run for the State House seat in the 41st Representative District. The 41st representative district includes Millsboro Dagsboro, Frankford, Selbyville and Gumboro.

Connor has...

Friday, July 20, 2018 - 12:04pm

Sussex County Councilman Rob Arlett speaks with veterans and other audience members at Selbyville Town Hall on Tuesday, July 10.

Arlett invites veterans to discuss mentoring, medical marijuana and more

Veterans discussed the issues and learned more about their benefits at Selbyville Town Hall on July 10.

The free veterans town hall-style meeting was hosted and moderated by outgoing Sussex County Councilman Rob Arlett, who is running for...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 3:38pm

Entering after hours on a state wildlife areas continues to be an issue

DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police announced this week that they are increasing patrols and closely monitoring state wildlife areas, fishing piers, public boat launching facilities and multi-use areas for visitor safety and...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 1:48pm

Year’s first finding of West Nile virus in wild birds reported

The Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control’s Mosquito Control Section, in conjunction with Delaware’s Division of Public Health and Department of Agriculture, this week announced the first detection this year of West Nile...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 12:11pm

U.S. Senator Tom Carper visits the beach replenishment at Bethany Beach.

Carper visits Bethany Beach to see replenishment project

South Bethany next on the list

Bulldozers headed to South Bethany this week, with that town set as the next stop in this summer’s major beach replenishment project.

After several weeks of pumping sand from offshore borrow sites, the Great Lake Dock & Dredge Company...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 6:33pm

Carney signs 12-week paid parental leave into law

Gov. John Carney on Saturday, June 30, signed House Bill 3 into law, surrounded by members of the General Assembly, educators and advocates. The legislation offers State workers 12 weeks of paid parental leave after the birth or adoption of a...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 5:48pm

Applications available for low-income heating help

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Wilmington is now taking applications for Delaware households to qualify for a benefit from Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The federally-funded program assists low-income households with...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 5:47pm

Delaware State Fire School to host girls’ emergency services camp

On Aug. 10-12, the Delaware State Fire School will host 60 teenage girls, ages 13 to 17, from around the region who will gear up for the second annual Camp Fury Delaware. Camp Fury began 10 years ago in Tucson, Ariz., and was adopted last summer...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 5:41pm

Updated Delaware Hunting & Trapping Guide now available

DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced this week that the 2018/2019 Delaware Hunting & Trapping Guide is available now at participating license agents throughout the state, at the Division of Fish & Wildlife’s licensing desk in...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 2:33pm

Arlett to host veterans’ town hall forum in Selbyville

All are welcome to attend a free veterans’ town hall-style meeting to discuss current issues, including healthcare and other vet topics. The forum will be held Tuesday, July 10, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) at the Selbyville fire...

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 2:01pm

Fireworks fanatics can celebrate

When is a firework not a firework?

Let’s take that question apart, shall we? Things may have gotten a bit murky in the past month, with the newly legalized sale of some types of pyrotechnic devices in Delaware.

Those colorful...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 3:38pm

State Chamber looking for Superstars in Business

The Delaware State Chamber of Commerce and its Small Business Alliance are looking for exceptional companies to apply for the 2018 Marvin S. Gilman Superstars in Business awards. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the award is considered the...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 2:25pm

State park to reenact shipwreck rescue drill

The staff of Delaware Seashore State Park were set to reenact a 19th century shipwreck rescue drill at the Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum on Thursday, June 28, at 5:30 p.m. Delaware Seashore State Park is just one of three locations in...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 2:22pm

Carper blasts EPA decision to abandon new rules on oil and toxic spills

U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), top Democrat on the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee, this week responded to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) decision to abandon a 2017 rule aimed at preventing hazardous spills at...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 2:16pm

Anglers reminded they need fishing license, FIN number

Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police this week reminded recreational anglers that a Delaware fishing license is required for fishing, crabbing and clamming in both tidal and non-tidal waters statewide.

A resident annual Delaware...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 2:03pm

Supporters, opponents offer comments on wind power

Residents who are opposed to construction of offshore wind turbines, as well as those in favor of them, had a chance to voice their opinions at a workshop in Bethany Beach on May 31.

Currently, the only plans for wind turbines off the...

Sunday, June 17, 2018 - 6:31pm

Department of the Interior gets earful on drilling

By Laura Walter
Staff Reporter

 

If Florida gets a special meeting with the federal government, why shouldn’t Delaware?

That was Gov. John Carney’s essential message in January when Florida’s special meeting with the U.S...

Friday, June 8, 2018 - 6:29pm

Sussex County Counclman Rob Arlett is running for U.S. Senate.

Arlett throwing his hat into the U.S. Senate ring

While the end of his term on the Sussex County Council is nearing an end, District 5 Councilman Rob Arlett has no plans to leave public service.

In April, Arlett —a registered Republican — officially announced his bid for U.S. Senate....

Friday, June 8, 2018 - 6:24pm

Sussex County teams with state agencies to address littering

Sussex County will now be working with the Delaware Department of Corrections (DOC) and Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) to ensure that county roadways are cleaner.

In May of 2017, Michael Costello, government affairs manager...

Friday, June 8, 2018 - 6:22pm