Sussex County


Public voices opinions on proposed density calculation change

The Sussex County Council on Oct. 9 held a public hearing on an ordinance to amend the County’s zoning density calculation, which would exclude streams, rivers and wetland areas from being included in such calculations.

“I introduced this...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 12:37pm

The Indian River Life-Saving Station museum is transformed into a rustic, but elegant, dining room for a coastal heritage dinner.

Coastal heritage dinner reawakens flavors of 140 years ago

Imagine eating the fresh food caught and grown on the Eastern Shore: roasted shellfish, lemon-baked seabass, fresh venison, duck and local veggies.

These dishes and more took center stage on Oct. 5 at the historic Indian River Life-Saving...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 12:24pm

Open for Business partners with 1 Million Cups for startups

Anyone with plans to open, purchase or expand a business in Sussex County, or who needs assistance with licenses or permits, business-plan writing, marketing or getting ready to apply for financing is being invited to attend Sussex County’s “Open...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 10:04am

Sussex ‘goes Purple’ in recognition of opioid crisis

After hearing a presentation on the opioid epidemic’s impact on the county from Sussex County Health Coalition Executive Director Peggy Geisler last week, Sussex County government has decided to “Go Purple,” approving a resolution to join in the...

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 11:25am

Sussex Tech Teacher of the Year gets students to perform

On a recent weekday afternoon, Anthony Natoli’s English class was outside of the classroom. Instead, students were sitting in a circle in Sussex Technical High School’s commons area, roleplaying the Salem witch trials of the 1690s and simulating...

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 11:08am

SCHS Take Two Drama Club announces its 2018-2019 schedule

The Take Two Drama Club of Sussex Central High School had a banner year in 2017-2018. Rising junior Emily Gutierrez represented Sussex Central as an actress at Delaware’s Governor’s School in July, while graduating seniors James Mangin and Tanaye...

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 11:06am

Feeding & Clothing Our Children Symposium set for Oct. 5 at SCHS

On Oct. 5, Rotary Clubs from Southern Delaware, in conjunction with Delaware State Department of Education, Nutritional Programs, the Harry K Foundation, the Food Bank of Delaware and Clothing our Kids, are presenting the first Feeding &...

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 10:41am

Optimist Club offers opportunities for high school students

The Optimist Club of Sussex County is offering three opportunities for high school students this upcoming school year. The Optimists’ mission is to provide hope and positive vision by bringing out the best in youth, local communities and...

Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 10:16am

County council urged to ‘Go Purple’

The Sussex County Council this week was urged to ride a purple wave, as activists sought to officially add Sussex County to the areas of the state taking part in the “Goes Purple” campaign to address the opioid addiction epidemic.

“There’s...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 3:25pm

Sussex County airport gets $5.5M FAA grant

U.S. Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons, and U.S. Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (all D-Del.) on Sept. 19 announced a $5.5 million Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant award to the Delaware Coastal Airport in Georgetown.

The grant will be...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 11:46am

County responds to Open Government

The Sussex County Council this week responded to an August letter from the Delaware Coalition for Open Government, which sought to bring to their “attention a number of issues about the operation of the Sussex County’s Board of Adjustment.”

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Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 3:15pm

SCHS show an open secret, still making waves

Sworn to secrecy in the press, Sussex Central High School can only publically say that their fall theater production will be a big deal.

But rumblings have made their way around town. More importantly, anyone can just ask.

“It was...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 1:20pm

DART increases year-round bus service in Sussex County

Beginning Monday, Sept. 10, two DART Beach Bus Routes — 201 and 204 — were set to begin year-round service, operating every 30 minutes, Monday through Saturday, from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Route 201 provides service from the Lewes Park &...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 12:39pm

Public weighs in on county’s subdivision buffers

The Sussex County Council held a public hearing on Tuesday, Sept. 11, regarding forested and/or landscaped buffers within the County’s jurisdiction.

“I have introduced this ordinance, so I’ll give my synopsis on why I feel this ordinance...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 12:27pm

Open for Business partners with 1 Million Cups for startups

Anyone with plans to open, purchase or expand a business in Sussex County, or who needs assistance with licenses or permits, business-plan writing, marketing or getting ready to apply for financing is being invited to attend Sussex County’s “Open...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 12:21pm

Optimist Club of Sussex County ‘optimistic’ for Year 2

Last summer, Connie and Tom Sohnleitner sent out a message asking others who were interested in “providing a positive vision to bring out the best in youth,” to join them for a coffee meeting. Little did they know, they said, that the...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 10:04am

Design guidelines developed for neighbors of Historic Lewes Byway

The Sussex County Council last week received an update on the Historic Lewes Byway from committee member Russ Tatman, regarding voluntary design guidelines for properties along the byway.

According to its website, “The Historic Lewes Byway...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 5:48pm

Public demands answers about clean water at Georgetown forum

Sussex County has two sets of drinking-water quality issues, according to Mohammad Akhter: the statewide quality of water and the private well water — especially concerning the Mountaire poultry plant’s recent contamination problem in Millsboro...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 5:04pm

In September, wooden decking and metal fasteners will be repaired on the tiny Millers Neck Road bridge.

Meeting scheduled on repairs to wooden Millers Neck bridge

Driving the tight winding roads near Camp Barnes, people come upon a tiny wooden-topped bridge, less than 30 feet long, that runs over a tiny tributary of Dirickson Creek.

For the past month, the Millers Neck Road bridge — as it is known...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 4:50pm

Sussex County Council moves forward on wetlands

The public will soon have their chance to give input on wetlands and density calculations, as Sussex County Councilman I.G. Burton on Aug. 14 introduced an ordinance related to adjusting the calculation.

“This ordinance… it’s not easy to...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 5:25pm

This Washington Avenue house was boarded up after being officially declared a criminal nuisance property in Selbyville, near Polly Branch Road.

BREAKING: Drug-related 'criminal nuisance' property in Selbyville closed by court order

A house near Selbyville that had been the site of multiple drug crimes and police calls since 2014 was boarded up as a result of work by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Delaware State Police (DSP) to deem it a...

Friday, August 10, 2018 - 4:30pm

County approves poultry waste-recycling and power-generation facility

The Sussex County Council voted unanimously on July 31 to approve a conditional-use application that would allow CleanBay Renewables to construct and operate a renewable-energy facility on 16.71 acres on the west side of Route 113, south of...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 4:01pm

Magee files for county council seat

Ellen Magee of Williamsville, a Democrat, filed this week to run for the Sussex County Council seat representing District 5, which is currently held by Republican Robert Arlett.

Magee is a life-time Sussex County resident and is running,...

Friday, July 20, 2018 - 11:55am

DPH issues warning over Dagsboro fox discovered to have rabies

Delaware’s Division of Public Health (DPH) this week warned Dagsboro residents who live in the residential area between Colonial Estates Avenue and Thorogoods Road in Dagsboro of a positive case of rabies in a fox that came into contact with a...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 4:09pm

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

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

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

County discusses farm use and ag activity in its code

The Sussex County Council is looking to “clarify” farm use and agricultural activity in its code, following a long discussion on June 24.

Assistant County Attorney Vince Robertson presented information on the issue to council at the...

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 2:14pm

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

Sussex County amateur radio clubs conduct joint Field Day event

Sussex Amateur Radio Association and Nanticoke Amateur Radio Club recently participated in a joint ARRL Field Day exercise on the grounds of the Seaford Parks & Recreation office. On-air operations took place between 2 p.m. Saturday, June 23...

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 3:13pm

Sussex County could offer storage of wills

Sussex County Register of Wills Cindy Green spoke before the county council at its June 26 meeting, regarding Senate Bill 238, relating to the storage of wills.

“What Senate Bill 238 will allow Sussex County to do is to store wills,”...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 3:32pm

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

Holly Wingate was approved to be the newest member of the Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission.

Wingate appointed to County P&Z

The Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission will have a new face on the dais, as Millville resident Holly Wingate was approved by Sussex County Council this week to serve on the commission.

“I grew up in Sussex County, and I have a...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 3:20pm

Sussex County Council approves budget for 2019 fiscal year

The Sussex County Council unanimously approved its 2019-fiscal-year budget following a public hearing on July 19. The $177.5 million budget will begin on July 1.

Broken down, the budget is made up of $74,142,260 in the General Fund; $16,...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 3:19pm

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

Roadway safety critical at this time of year

With summer having arrived, traffic in coastal Delaware has spiked. While travelers use various modes of transportation to get from Point A to Point B, the Ocean View Police Department is reminding the public to always use caution.

“With...

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 4:15pm

County considers concerns over density and wetland buffers

Sussex County Councilman I.G. Burton gave a brief presentation to fellow council members this week regarding his concerns about to buffers and density.

“For the 11 years I was on Planning & Zoning, we always discussed it… It was just...

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 4:13pm

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

Court sets May 30 deadline for Fairway Village plaintiffs to pay bond

Chancery Court Vice-Chancellor Joseph Slights III on Tuesday, May 22, ordered that unless a $354,858 bond was posted within five business days by the Concerned Citizens of Fairway Village and 36 Builders Inc. — plaintiffs in cases seeking to...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 3:43pm

Members of the National Guard set up flags at Lord Baltimore Elementary School for this weekend’s ceremony.

Southern Sussex Rotary honoring fallen heroes

This Monday marks Memorial Day, a day to honor Americans who fell while serving their country in the armed services. To commemorate their ultimate sacrifice, the Southern Sussex Rotary will be holding a ceremony on Saturday, May 26, at 1 p.m. on...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 3:38pm

Coast Guard warns of new boating route at inlet

Boaters beware: Winter storms and ice have re-sculpted the seabed of the Indian River Bay. That means the U.S. Coast Guard has significantly changed the buoy configuration for boaters approaching the Indian River Inlet.

“It is a new...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 3:35pm

High-speed Internet on its way to under-served areas of Sussex

Life may be getting easier for Sussex County residents who have had trouble acquiring Internet service, as the Sussex County Council announced this week a partnership with wireless Internet service providers BridgeMaxx, Bloosurf, Nuvisions/Broad...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 3:08pm

State Rep. Rich Collins speaks with constituents.

Coffee meeting explores legalizing pot, helping non-profit agencies

The future of funding to assist non-profit agencies serving the community was a focus of state Rep. Rich Collins’ latest monthly constituent coffee meeting held at the Indian River Senior Center in Millsboro.

Last year, as part of an...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 2:24pm

Wheatley files to run for 21st district Senate seat

Laurel businessman Bob Wheatley has filed to run for the 21st District Senate seat, which includes the towns of Blades, Delmar, Laurel and Seaford, and surrounding areas.Describing himself as a fiscal conservative, Wheatley is a long-time member...

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 5:12pm