Sussex County

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.


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

Read Aloud Delaware volunteers and staff stock the new Little Free Library on N. Bedford Street in Georgetown with children’s books. Joining in the unveiling are, from left: Bob Kotowski, who built and donated the library; Carol Johnson, a Read Aloud volunteer and team leader; Jeanne Brennan, Sussex County and State Board of Directors member; and Stacy Penaranda, Sussex County coordinator.

Little Free Library unveiled to celebrate World Read Aloud Day

When Todd Bol created the first Little Free Library in 2009, he may have never dreamed that there would eventually be more than 75,000 of the small book exchanges in 88 countries around the world.

The latest in Sussex County was unveiled...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 11:57am

Affordable-housing advocates plead with County

Affordable housing (or the lack thereof), was a topic of discussion at the Feb. 10 Sussex County Council meeting.

A letter submitted to the council by Howard Gorrell was read into the record by County Attorney J. Everett Moore Jr.


Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 10:33am

Punkin Chunkin looking for a new home, hoping to build tradition

“It’s official. We are back — although, we never left or dissolved, despite any rumors,” the organizers of the World Punkin Chunkin Championship announced recently.

The event “may have been dormant for the past two years, but there were...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 10:04am

Inpatient rehabilitation patient Al Lakomyj joins Bayhealth Sussex Campus team members in cutting the ceremonial ribbon.

Bayhealth’s Sussex Campus now open

Bayhealth announced this week the successful move from Bayhealth Milford Memorial to the new Bayhealth Hospital Sussex Campus, located at 100 Wellness Way, Milford. The Bayhealth Hospital & Outpatient Center Sussex Campus is now open to see...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 11:02am

County council votes to support affordable-housing efforts

Sussex County Director of Community Development Brad Whaley on Tuesday, Feb. 5, presented to the Sussex County Council information on affordable housing issues in the county, noting that the County has been using Community Development Block Grant...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 1:09pm

Getting the first look at new H.T. Ennis concept art

Some of Sussex County’s most vulnerable students are on their way to getting a better school building. Although administered by the Indian River School District, the Howard T. Ennis School is a countywide school, serving young people with...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 12:34pm

Polar Bear plungers rush into the Atlantic Ocean in Lewes on Saturday, Feb. 2. Event proceeds will go to support Special Olympics Delaware.

Inland Bays Foundation establishes advocacy program in memorial to Austin, Moyer

The Inland Bays Foundation (IBF) announced this week that it is establishing the Austin-Moyer Citizens Advocacy Program as a memorial to Sussex County residents John Austin and Bill Moyer, to continue their legacy of working to protect the...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 12:03pm

Breaking news: IRSD referendum fails, 55-45 percent

 The 2019 referendum has FAILED in Indian River School District, by roughly 55-45 percent. The unofficial count was 3866-3202 voting against the Major Capital Expense question and 3836-3124 voting against the Current Expense...

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 8:36pm

Ladies and gentlemen, your new Sussex County Council. Top row, from left, John Rieley, Sam Vincent and Doug Hudson. Bottom, from left, I.G. Burton III and Michael Vincent.

County paramedics enter into training MOU with Beebe

The Sussex County Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a memorandum-of-understanding (MOU) between Beebe Healthcare and Sussex County EMS.

While the two entities have had MOUs in the past, EMS Education Coordinator Edward Engdahl Sr....

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 2:11pm

Sussex Tech Raven Nation Marching Band to perform at Peach Bowl Parade

More than 100 members of the Sussex Tech Raven Nation Marching Band were set to march and perform in the Peach Bowl Festival Parade and other events this week in Atlanta.

The band was scheduled to perform at the College Football Hall of...

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 11:15am

Schools audit reports: No news is good news for Districts

It’s not the most dramatic of reports, but the annual audits of local school districts at least show good recordkeeping for construction projects.

The Delaware Office of Auditor of Accounts (AOA) recently released its annual stack of...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 2:28pm

Proposed Sussex Tech policy puts emphasis on transparency

According to Dan Shortridge, public information officer for the Sussex Technical School District, in the interest of greater transparency and openness, the Sussex Technical Board of Education is considering a freshman admissions policy that he...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 1:34pm

Delaware Tech’s Business Honor Society fills stockings for Salvation Army

Delaware Technical Community College’s International Business Honor Society, Alpha Beta Gamma (ABG), recently paired with the Salvation Army to stuff holiday stockings with toys, games and other items to donate to children throughout Sussex...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 1:32pm

Sussex Tech announces honor roll students

A number of Sussex Technical High School students were recently named to the honor roll for the first marking period of the 2018-2019 academic year. In all, 555 students were recognized at the school’s honor roll breakfast, with the local...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 1:30pm

Members of NARFE Coastal Sussex Chapter 1690 survey Christmas gifts gathered at its December holiday luncheon before delivering them to three local nursing facilities in the area. Pictured, from left, are: James Justice, Pat Brady-Rice, Theresa Pitman and Martha Justice.

NARFE donates holiday gifts to nursing facilities

The Coastal Sussex Chapter 1690 of NARFE (National Active & Retired Federal Employees) collected nearly 60 Christmas gifts at its annual Holiday Luncheon, held at 1776 restaurant in Rehoboth Beach, to deliver to residents of three local...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 12:54pm

Cole, Arlett bid farewell to county council

Tuesday, Dec. 11, was the last day on the dais for Sussex County Councilmen George Cole and Rob Arlett.

Cole, a Sussex County native elected to the council in 1986, is its longest-serving member in the modern era. His family has a history...

Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 4:09pm

Sussex County Administrator Todd Lawson celebrates with Beverly Downs her selection as employee of the year for the county government.

Downs named Sussex County employee of the year

Sussex County government recently named Beverly Downs of Selbyville as its 2018 employee of the year. This year’s winner was announced during the annual Mildred King Luncheon for the County’s approximately 500 employees. Downs was selected for...

Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 3:27pm

County approves new density ordinance

The Sussex County Council voted unanimously at its Dec. 4 meeting to approve an ordinance that would change the method of calculation for permitted density in its agricultural and residential districts.

“I introduced this ordinance and,...

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 4:10pm

County holds off on density vote

While there was a quorum on the dais, two members of the Sussex County Council were absent from Tuesday’s meeting due to illness, leading the council to delay a vote on a proposed density ordinance.

Councilman I.G. Burton, who had...

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 1:02pm

County receives ‘Friend of the Bays’ award from CIB

The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays on Friday, Nov. 16, announced that they have awarded Sussex County government its “Friend of the Bays” honor for the County’s work over the past 40 years to promote and build centralized wastewater service...

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 11:36am

County launches annual Caroling on The Circle food drive

Sussex County government this week kicked off its yearly food drive for community food banks and will celebrate that effort during the 35th annual Caroling on The Circle event, set for 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 3, in downtown Georgetown. The food...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 12:49pm

Local men arrested for multiple deer-poaching violations

DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers arrested two Sussex County men in the Frankford area Nov. 16 as the result of an ongoing investigation into illegal nighttime deer-poaching activities, officials reported on Nov. 20....

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 12:11pm

Freeman Foundation looking to expand stage

In just 11 years in the community, the Freeman Stage at Bayside is looking to expand yet again.

Patti Grimes, executive director of the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation told the Sussex County Council on Tuesday, Nov. 13, that its current stage...

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 2:48pm

DelDOT Secretary Jennifer Cohen addressed the crowd at Delaware Tech’s Today & Tomorrow Conference on Halloween in full ‘Princess Leia’ regalia.

Cohen addresses Sussex County transportation, partnerships

“Help me, Sussex County — partnering is our only hope,” said DelDOT Secretary Jennifer Cohen at the Today & Tomorrow Conference, held at Delaware Technical Community College on Oct. 31.

Cohen attended the event dressed as “Star Wars”...

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 2:27pm

Politicians literally bury the hatchet, top, for all to see during this year’s Return Day celebration on The Circle in Georgetown on Thursday, Nov. 8.

Return Day lets politics bury the hatchet

In 1791, Delaware state law moved the Sussex County seat from the town of Lewes to Georgetown, a town that was approximately 16 miles from any other town in the county.

At that time, all votes were required to be cast in the new county...

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 2:08pm

Voters have their say

Democrats top statewide voting, Republicans reign in Sussex

Delaware voters turned out in droves for the midterm general election on Tuesday, Nov. 6, with statewide voter turnout coming in at more than 52 percent — well above the roughly 36 percent of the state’s voters who cast ballots in the 2014...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 1:36pm

Guest Column CIB: Sewers spell success for Sussex County

In Sussex County, more than 29,000 septic systems have been switched to central sewerage over the last 30 years — a change that will improve the long-term health of the county’s waterways.

It’s no secret that the population in Sussex...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 12:53pm