Sussex County


Balloon releases get eliminated by County

By Susan Canfora
Staff Reporter

The Sussex County Council last week passed a resolution designed to eliminate balloon releases at celebratory events.

Proposed by Councilman Irwin G. “I.G.” Burton, the resolution is the result...

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 2:36pm

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

County honors retiring airport manager

Retiring Delaware Coastal Airport Manager Jim Hickin was thanked by the Sussex County Council this week for 14 years of service and presented with a proclamation.

“It’s a great honor to recognize him,” County Administrator Todd Lawson told...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 3:51pm

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

Electric line proposed under Whites Creek; hearing scheduled for Oct. 1

Public comments will be accepted for a few more days regarding Delmarva Power & Light’s request to install electric lines under Whites Creek.

Delmarva Power has requested a State of Delaware...

Friday, September 27, 2019 - 6:06pm

Sussex County staff get trained in fair housing rules

The Sussex County Council, at an informational workshop on fair housing on Tuesday afternoon, discussed what is known as NIMBY— “Not in my back yard.”

NIMBY is illegal, explained Jarrod Elwell, director of civic engagement and fair housing...

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 10:21am

Sussex County begins issuing annual property tax bills

Sussex County taxpayers will have a clear sign in the days ahead that summer is nearing its end, as tax bills for the 2020 fiscal year begin their annual trek to mailboxes and inboxes alike.

Each August, Sussex County government issues...

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 1:38pm

Child-centered nonprofits invited to apply for Moms Club funds

The Moms Club of Coastal Delaware is seeking child-centered certified nonprofit organizations in Sussex County to apply to receive funds from the 14th Annual Children’s Consignment Sale, to be held Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 12 and 13, in the Cape...

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 12:51pm

Sussex Tech seeks replacement of 60-year-old school

The Sussex Technical School District has spent millions of dollars renovating a 60-year-old school building. They have added wings, piecemeal, over the decades, and they still have some students in 20-year-old “temporary” classrooms. Moreover,...

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 1:32pm

Sussex Montessori announces Lisa Coldiron as head of school

Lisa Coldiron of Bethany Beach is serving as the inaugural Head of School for the new Sussex Montessori School, starting Aug. 1.

Represtatives of the school said Coldiron has deep community ties to western Sussex County through her work as...

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 11:32am

Five Sussex businesses to get boost from Economic Gardening

Sussex County officials are inviting businesses that meet certain criteria to apply for an Economic Gardening initiative that will provide capital, information and resources, to help them achieve a higher level of success.

“The overall...

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 12:48pm

Hudson, Rieley offer perspective on county government

For the Sussex County Councilmen Doug Hudson and John Rieley, who both took office in January, life is bustling.

Not only are there council meetings nearly every Tuesday, but preparation for those meetings, events to attend, appointments...

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 12:41pm

New council members keeping eyes on community

People of this community saw a significant change in their representation on Sussex County Council last fall when newcomers Doug Hudson and John Rieley moved into the seats of former councilmembers Rob Arlett and George Cole.

Cole was the...

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 12:40pm

Farmers asked to keep irrigation water off roadways

Motorists advised to be cautious

Even after all the rain this spring, soils in Delaware are dry — particularly sandy soil, which cannot hold the moisture, noted representatives of the Delaware Farm Bureau early this week. With temperatures hovering at the 100-degree mark, water...

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 10:46am

Martin Donovan hands Lauren Weaver, from Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, a plaque of apprectiation for the Chamber’s support of the World Series.

Donovan continues tradition of World Series in Sussex County

 

It’s become an event — a spectacle if you will — on the Sussex County calendar every summer. The last weekend in July is always the start of the Little League Senior Softball World Series, and the eyes of the softball world all lock in...

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 9:59am

Besides 70 miles of paddling trails, the new Coastal Delaware Paddling Map and website shows people where to park, pay and find public restrooms.

Trailblazing: New paddling map a guide for kayakers and SUP

Delaware has countless beautiful spots for paddling a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard. But actually finding the launch site is a little trickier.

The Coastal Delaware Paddling Map debuted on July 30 as a physical map and an online...

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 9:56am

Sussex Tech is the first local school district to use the state-sponsored Rave Panic Button mobile app, shown here during a test in the Sussex County Emergency Operations Center.

Sussex Tech adds safety mobile app for emergency situations

In an emergency, Sussex Technical High School educators can now notify each other and 911 simultaneously. The Sussex Technical School District is one of the first districts to take advantage of a state-wide offering of an emergency-response...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 10:17am

Sussex County wins top bond rating from Moody’s Investors Service

Sussex County has hit a financial home run, scoring a “triple A” bond rating from one of the nation’s leading investment analysis firms.

Moody’s Investors Service on Friday, July 12, upgraded the County’s general obligation bond rating — a...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 9:33am

Sussex County is transforming technical education with a renewed focus on careers

Tabitha Harris has known for years that she wants to work as an auto technician. So she came to Sussex Technical High School, where for three years she studied in our auto tech program and earned top-level certifications.

Over the last...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 9:05am

Two locals racing big block modifieds around the bend; #85 Local racing veteran and legend HJ Bunting of Millsboro leads #8 Norman Short, another local legend from Georgetown.

Whites turn hat trick at 47th Camp Barnes Benefit Race

One of the annual highlights of the Sussex County stock car racing season is the Delaware State Police Camp Barnes Benefit Race. The 47th running of the race was last Wednesday, July 10, hosted by Delaware International Speedway in Delmar, where...

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 10:00am

Southern Delaware Tourism’s new Visitors Guide includes a Sussex County Economic Development insert.

SDT, Sussex County collaborate on new visitors guide

Southern Delaware Tourism (SDT) and Sussex County Economic Development have teamed up to create a new visitors guide that combines comprehensive county tourism information with details about the county’s business-friendly environment.

“‘It...

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 9:18am

Cooling stations open as heat wave sets up over region

Sussex County has four designated “cooling stations” at the ready for anyone who needs a break from what forecasters expected early this week would be the summer’s hottest...

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 4:28pm

Sussex County adopts $185.8M budget for 2020 fiscal year

The Sussex County Council, following a public hearing Tuesday, June 18, voted unanimously to approve the proposed $185.8 million budget for the 2020 fiscal year that begins July 1. By law, Sussex County must adopt a balanced budget by June 30...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 11:16am

Trump 2020 re-election campaign in Sussex

On June 19, in a joint effort between the Delaware Republican Party and the Delaware Trump Team, there were six Trump 2020 re-election campaign kick-off watch parties throughout the state of Delaware. Sussex County Trump supporters gathered at...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 11:07am

Sussex Tech honors employees for service

The Sussex Technical School District recently honored 31 employees for their years of public service, to the state and to the district. The employees honored have worked a combined 510 years for the State of Delaware and 353 years for Sussex Tech...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:33am

Bill Pfaff describes programs to help Sussex County businesses, from low-interest loans to free data from local industries.

Focus on Western Sussex as County aims to help business

Small-business owners looking to grow don’t have to feel alone. They can get support from Sussex County Economic Development Office.

From attracting new industries to helping small businesses grow, Bill Pfaff’s office has a mission to...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 9:27am

Emergency officials focus on preparation as hurricane season gets under way

Forecasters predict ‘near-normal’ storm season

As the six-month-long hurricane season officially got under way June 1, officials with the Sussex County Emergency Operations Center emphasized to the public the need to be ready ahead of the forecast. Preparation is critical to limiting damage...

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 9:35pm

Sussex County proposes $185.8 million budget

Sussex County will provide more financial backup for law enforcement, lend added support to local libraries, and continue planning for expanded and improved wastewater service, among other initiatives, as the 2020 budget year comes into focus....

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 1:54pm

Outgoing chief officer Donald Holland, second from left, is relieved following his year as commanding officer of U.S. Coast Guard Station Indian River.

Familiar face returns to lead Coast Guard

For Nicholas Muskalla, the local Coast Guard station is part of such a special community that, after three years away, he wanted to return. At a May 17 change-of-command ceremony, Chief Boatswain’s Mate Muskalla became the commanding officer of U...

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 1:53pm

Charles Smith, president of the Ocean City Optimist Club, Mike DeFiore, the Zone Lt. Governor from the Salisbury Optimist Club, Tom and Connie Sohnleitner, and David Bowman from the Fort Smallwood, MD Optimist Club)

Optimist Club of Sussex County honors founders

On May 6, the Optimist Club of Sussex County celebrated the past work of its founders, Connie and Tom Sohnleitner. The club was started in the summer of 2017 with a few local citizens interested in a message they had read on the Nextdoor, a free...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 9:43am

DelDOT prepares for Memorial Day traffic

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announced this week that it would be suspending construction-related lane closures at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, May 23, until 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, May 28, for the Memorial Day holiday.

...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 9:36am

Drivers need to be more cautious at the Hudson Crossroads of Route 54, as photographed from the southeast corner of the intersection.

Police chief concerned about Hudson Crossroads

After a recent car collision on Route 54 in broad daylight, Selbyville Police Chief W. Scott Collins is reminding drivers to be careful at the Hudson Crossroads.

In the recent accident, while heading northbound on Hudson Road, the driver...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 10:52am

Women participate in last year’s Womenade Games Day.

Womenade Games Day to support local women in crisis

Guests can eat well and have fun at the third annual Games Day fundraiser, benefiting women’s emergency shelters in Kent and Sussex counties.

Delaware By the Sea Womenade will host its Games Day on Thursday, May 16, from 8:30 to 3 p.m. at...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 9:42am

Referendum results were announced just after 8 p.m. at Indian River Educational Complex.

BREAKING NEWS: IRSD referendum re-do defeated in nearly 50/50 split

Over 9,000 people voted in the May 7 Indian River School District referendum, which was defeated by 65 votes.

The unofficial tally was 4,643 to 4,578. IRSD had proposed a temporary tax increase for new...

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 9:36pm

The new parking lot at the James Farm has a clamshell surface.

County discusses James Farm master plan

County Engineer Hans Medlarz gave an update on the James Farm Ecological Preserve master plan at Sussex County’s April 30 meeting. 

Sussex County first leased the property to the Center for Inland Bays in 1998, and went on to grant a 20-...

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 1:10pm

Zachary Hurley thanks a business partner from Redner’s Warehouse Market.

Ennis students learn life skills, one job at a time

Sometimes the best education comes through experience. Howard T. Ennis School students benefit every day from the work experience that Sussex County employers provide. As they prepare for a more independent future, students paused to thank the...

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 11:31am

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

Sussex County police chiefs discuss opioid problem with County Council

Members of the Sussex County Police Chiefs Association attended Sussex County’s April 2 county council meeting to discuss the growing opioid epidemic in the community, and ask the county for their financial support.

“Our motto is: ‘...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 2:21pm

Homeless advocates urge County to consider tiny-home solution

For the last five weeks, affordable housing has been a topic of conversation at Sussex County Council meetings, but not for the council itself.

A parade of citizens have stood before the council during its Citizens’ Privilege portion of...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 12:53pm

One of the osprey prepares the nest last spring atop Lord Baltimore Elementary School in Ocean View.

Osprey to be diverted from LB rooftop back to original home

Lord Baltimore Elementary School students and staff loved watching a pair of osprey raise their family atop the old building last year. But it’s time to say goodbye, and it’s for the birds’ own good.

Last spring, two ospreys built a nest...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 10:24am

Sussex Tech celebrates honor roll students

Sussex Technical High School students were recently named to the honor roll for the second marking period of the 2018-2019 academic year. In all, 511 students recognized at the school’s honor roll breakfast in February, including local students...

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 10:16am

It might be too cold for us, but this little lady had a pretty successful weekend at the beach, according to personnel at the Marine Education Research & Rehabilitation (MERR) Institute, once they helped her out and got her back on track.

MERR sees busy month with seals, other strandings

Personnel at the Marine Education Research & Rehabilitation (MERR) Institute have been busy lately, wrapping up what they said was a very busy month of February.

On Saturday morning, March 2, the group responded to a 3.5-foot yearling...

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 8:38am

Four Indian River board seats scheduled for election on May 14

Across Sussex County, school board elections will be held Tuesday, May 14. In the Indian River School District, four of 10 positions on the board are up for election in 2019.

In District 4, there are two candidates for one seat. Donald G....

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 4:37pm

Sussex County Council appoints John Williamson to Board of Adjustments

The Sussex County Council this week appointed John Williamson to serve on the County’s Board of Adjustment.

“I have been a lifelong member of Sussex County, and I’ve been active member of my church and community,” said Williamson, noting...

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 4:36pm

Members of Sussex Technical High School’s BPA competition team recently challenged other BPA students from around the state.

Sussex Tech students place at state competitions for business, hospitality

Sussex Technical High School students recently won statewide honors at the Delaware competitions for the Business Professionals of America, or BPA, and the Distributed Education Clubs of America, or DECA.

Among the local students...

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 9:25pm

Delaware a ‘microcosm’ of U.S. slave stats pre-Civil War

Although Sussex County had the largest numbers of slaves of the three Delaware counties during the first century of the United States’ existence, slavery was not a large part of life here, according to a Delaware history interpreter who spoke at...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:13pm

Entries sought for Jim Cresson Memorial Fund scholarship

Applications are currently being accepted for the Jim Cresson Memorial Fund scholarship, administered by the Greater Lewes Foundation.

Each year, the fund provides a $1,000 scholarship to further a student’s interest in journalistic or...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:26am

Race to support ‘Coach Nic’ Scholarship at Sussex Tech

On Saturday, March 9, Sussex Technical High School will host its inaugural 5K Race for Coach Nic.

The proceeds from the race will support the scholarship created in honor of the school’s former social studies and history teacher, who was...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:01am

Sponsors sought for 5 in support of Sussex Tech athlete scholarship

Sussex Technical High School is hosting the first-ever Race for Coach Nic 5K on Saturday, March 9, with proceeds to support the Lou Nicoletti Scholarship for a track-and-field athlete, as well as benefiting the cross-country and track-and-field...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:53am