Sussex County

Legislators unite in opposition to proposed bypass

Sussex County lawmakers were united in their message to Gov. Jack Markell this week regarding a proposed Route 113 north-south bypass: It is not needed south of Route 24 in Millsboro.

The legislators wrote in a letter sent to Markell that...

Friday, May 20, 2011 - 6:42am

County council wants more information on extensions

Sussex County Council members last week gave county Planning Director Lawrence Lank 30 days to put together a report on projects that would be impacted by a proposed extension of approvals for subdivisions, conditional-use applications and...

Friday, May 20, 2011 - 6:23am

BREAKING NEWS: Powell sentenced to death in Spicer killing

Sussex County Superior Court Judge T. Henley Graves has sentenced 24-year-old Derrick Powell to death for the September 2009 killing of Georgetown Police Officer Chad Spicer. As with all such sentences in Delaware, there is an automatic appeal...

Friday, May 20, 2011 - 5:22am

Spicer memorial unveiled in Georgetown

On Thursday, May 5, the Town of Georgetown, along with the Georgetown Police Department, unveiled a black granite memorial on N. Bedford Street at Georgetown’s Circle to honor Officer Chad Spicer, who was killed in the line of duty in September...

Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 11:47am

AT&T still in crosshairs of residents over controversial tower

In yet another development concerning the proposed AT&T cellular tower near Bethany Beach, attorney Robert V. Witsil, Jr., on behalf of the Sea Pines Condominium Association, many of its owners, and several nearby residents, sent a letter to...

Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 6:44am

County council opposes proposed dog-tethering bill

Sussex County Council members on April 12 voted unanimously to state their opposition to proposed state legislation related to dog control, under which – as currently written – dog owners would be prohibited from tethering their dogs outside for...

Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 4:48am

County breaks ground on EOC solar farm

Sussex County Council members, state representatives and federal dignitaries, along with members of the Flexera team, were on hand this week for the groundbreaking for what will be the largest ground-mounted solar farm in Sussex County.


Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 4:26am

BREAKING NEWS: County BoA denies approval for AT&T cell tower near Bethany

The Sussex County Board of Adjustments on Monday, April 18, voted unanimously to deny approval of a special-use exception requested by AT&T for a telecommunications tower just south of Bethany Beach town limits, adjacent to Route 1, ending a...

Monday, April 18, 2011 - 3:02pm

WEATHER ALERT: Wind Advisory and Flood Warning in effect until midnight



Saturday, April 16, 2011 - 12:43pm

County council considers ‘gambling district’ possibility

Sussex County Council members this week considered a draft ordinance that would create rules, restrictions and a process by which casinos could be permitted within county jurisdiction. The move came on the heels of a new six-month moratorium on...

Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 4:42am

WEATHER ALERT: Tornado watch, severe thunderstorm warning and wind advisory in effect

UPDATE: The tornado watch for Sussex County has been dropped as of 7:05 a.m.

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly, N.J., has issued a tornado watch that will remain in effect until 10 a.m. Tuesday morning for all of Delaware and...

Monday, April 4, 2011 - 11:59pm

WEATHER ALERT: Wind advisory issued for Monday afternoon

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly, N.J., has issued a wind advisory that is in effect from 1 to 6 p.m. Monday, April 4. The advisory covers the southern two-thirds of Delaware, a portion of Maryland’s Eastern Shore and a portion of...

Sunday, April 3, 2011 - 9:15pm

County council clarifies process for administrator search

Sussex County Council members this week canceled scheduled discussion of selecting a replacement for retiring County Administrator David Baker, opting instead to schedule a meeting of the search committee for next Tuesday, April 5, at 9 a.m....

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - 4:59pm

County attorney recovering eyesight after scare

Sussex County government’s attorney, J. Everett Moore, wants people to know that care and quick action could save their eyesight.

Moore, who has been the county attorney for about two years, has been suffering with major eye problems since...

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - 2:53pm

Sussex County tragedy inspires national EMS safety program

Sometimes the best method of coping with tragedy to learn from it.

Glenn Luedtke was director of Sussex County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in 2008 when local paramedic Stephanie Callaway was killed in an ambulance collision. Hers was...

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - 2:23pm

County hears from both sides on controversial AT&T tower

It was déjà-vu all over again on Monday, March 21, as AT&T and opponents of the proposed 100-foot-tall telecommunications tower just south of Bethany Beach came together before the Sussex County Board of Adjustments to plead their cases for...

Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 3:55pm

County moves forward with sale of Ocean View property

Sussex County Council members at their March 22 meeting accepted a $20,500 bid from Robert Witting to purchase a 75-foot-by-242-foot piece of county-owned land at 16 Daisey Avenue in Ocean View.

The completion of the purchase is expected...

Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 3:30pm

Tower opponents prepared for March 21 hearing

It’s a showdown two years in the making, as opponents of the proposed AT&T telecommunications tower east of Route 1 and just south of Bethany Beach town limits prepared this week to finally have their full case heard before the Sussex County...

Thursday, March 17, 2011 - 12:13pm

Controversial Sussex GOP chair announces resignation

With the exception of one out-of-order audience member who was escorted out near the end of the meeting, and the announcement that Sussex County Chair Ron Sams and Vice Chair Bryan Shupe would be resigning, the Sussex County GOP meeting this week...

Thursday, March 17, 2011 - 11:59am

IRIB project moving ahead toward traffic changes

Big changes are coming for those who drive over the Indian River Inlet, and those responsible for them offered more information on those changes to the public at a Feb. 28 construction advisory group meeting on-site near the base of the bridge....

Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 8:35am

For local minister, it’s Jusst Sooup

“‘Keep the focus on me — it’s just soup.’” That was what Dale Dunning, in a voice she attributes to the Holy Spirit, heard more than 10 years ago. She and one of her sons were trying to figure out a name for her new soup-kitchen ministry. With a...

Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 8:06am

WEATHER ALERT: Flood watch for beaches and inland Sussex, up to 2.5 inches of rain predicted

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly, N.J., has expanded a flood watch to include portions of Delaware, Northeast Maryland and New Jersey, including the Delaware beaches and inland Sussex County from Thursday morning through Friday morning...

Wednesday, March 9, 2011 - 7:44am

County wins contentious suit over Pollution Control Strategy

The Delaware Superior Court this week ruled in favor of Sussex County in the case of Sussex County vs. the State of Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), over the agency’s authority to impose its Pollution...

Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 8:26am

Lewes highlighted as part of proposed national park

Delaware: the first state to ratify the constitution and the last state to have a national park.

That’s not exactly a tagline to be proud of, but – if the First State National Park Historical Park Act of 2011 is adopted – it could at least...

Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 8:08am

Officials tout local benefits of proposed aviation legislation

Inside the Aviation Maintenance Education Center at the Sussex County Airport on Feb. 25, with the Delaware Tech hangar as the background, national, state and local legislators sung the praises of the Federal Aviation Administration Air...

Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 7:57am

Delaware Seashore State Park offers spring programs

While you may have missed some of the classes included in the Delaware Seashore State Park’s October 2010 to April 2011 program, many will be repeated in March and April, and new ones, fit for the spring season, are already on the schedule.


Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 7:51am

Setting people on the right path

The soon-to-be boot camp graduates sat disciplined and ready.

Coastal Point photos, Sussex Boot Camp, R. Chris Clark
Chaplain Larry Lilly conducts the invocation.

Weather concerns kept them from the parade grounds where...

Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 6:34am

5K run to promote Camp Barnes Summer Camp

A 5K run, 1-mile walk and kids’ fun run are scheduled for Sunday, April 17, in the Assawoman Wildlife Refuge and Camp Barnes to promote the summer camp offered at Camp Barnes.

With the 5K run and 1-mile walk set to begin at 10 a.m. and the...

Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 5:30am

BREAKING NEWS: Assawoman Canal dock owners upset by demolition

For the last few weeks, residents living along the Assawoman Canal have watched as their decades-old docks were removed piece by piece and the debris loaded onto a barge for disposal. The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control...

Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 1:40pm

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Jury recommends death for Powell

Wednesday, after less than three hours of deliberations, jurors voted 7-5 in favor of recommending the death penalty for 24-year-old Derrick Powell, who was found guilty on Feb. 8 in the shooting death of Georgetown patrolman Chad Spicer on Sept...

Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 7:23am

Testimony in Powell sentencing completed

“He didn’t have any respect for authority. He said the teachers would not speak to him in the correct way,” said Tina Durham, the mother of 24-year-old Derrick Powell – who was found guilty on Feb. 8 on 10 charges, including murder in the first...

Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 5:16am

DelDOT Secretary Wicks resigning in wake of investigation

Delaware Department of Transportation Secretary Carolann Wicks will be resigning effective March 18, 2011.

“This has been a difficult decision, but one that has been made with a clear conscience and the best interest of the department at...

Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 5:14am

Saturday festival focuses on fathers, families and fun

Hands-on family fun will be offered at the second annual Winter Fatherhood Carnival at West Seaford Elementary School on Saturday, Feb. 26. Sponsored by non-profit group Parents as Teachers, the carnival will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and focus...

Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 4:54am

County’s 2011 dog licensing deadline looming

It’s that time again – licensing for 2011 for all dogs that are 6 months or older is required by March 1, 2011. This is the second year of licensing by Sussex County, after the State of Delaware transferred responsibility for dog control to its...

Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 4:52am

WEATHER ALERT: Winter weather advisory until 9 a.m. Tuesday -- 2 to 4 inches of snow possible




Monday, February 21, 2011 - 9:13am

WEATHER ALERT: High wind and fire warnings Saturday




Saturday, February 19, 2011 - 3:09am

Penalty phase begins in Powell case

“That’s what Chad was always about… love,” said Ruth Ann Spicer, mother of Patrolman Chad Spicer, who was shot and killed in Georgetown on Sept. 1, 2009.

The penalty phase in the trial of his convicted killer – 24- year-old Derrick Powell...

Friday, February 18, 2011 - 7:15am

County looks to reconcile windmill rules with state law

Sussex County Council members this week reviewed a revised draft of ordinances related to wind-energy generating devices – windmills and more – as the county attempts to reconcile the restrictions of county code with the state legislature’s...

Friday, February 18, 2011 - 7:08am

County begins shape-up of BoA process

Sussex County Attorney Everett Moore this week reported to the county council on efforts to reform the county’s Board of Adjustments after complaints about how the board has operated and at least one judicial overturning of the board’s rulings in...

Friday, February 18, 2011 - 6:59am

BREAKING NEWS: Police searching for missing Dagsboro man

The Delaware State Police are asking the public’s help in locating a missing Dagsboro man. Detectives said on Friday, Feb. 11, that they were looking for John D. Wisniewski Sr., 45, of R Farm Lane in Dagsboro.

Police said Wisniewski was...

Saturday, February 12, 2011 - 4:35am

Powell found guilty in Georgetown police officer’s murder

After nine days of testimony and nine hours of deliberations, on Feb. 8 the jury in the trial of Derrick Powell – the man accused of shooting and killing Georgetown Police Officer Chad Spicer on Sept. 1, 2009 – found Powell guilty on 10 of 12...

Thursday, February 10, 2011 - 4:45am

Key witness identifies Powell as shooter--online edition only

When Luis Garza-Flores took the witness stand in Georgetown on Wednesday, Feb. 2, he faced a packed courtroom. Community members and families of both the slain police Patrolman Chad Spicer and his accused killer, Derrick Powell, were there to...

Thursday, February 10, 2011 - 3:16am

State awards contract for bridge approaches, demolition--online edition only

The same week state officials filed a $19 million lawsuit against a consultant on the Indian River Inlet Bridge replacement project over the prior design’s roadway approaches, the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announced that...

Thursday, February 10, 2011 - 3:08am

BREAKING NEWS: Powell found guilty in murder of Georgetown police officer

After nine days of testimony and nine hours of deliberations, on Feb. 8 the jury in the trial of Derrick Powell – the man accused of shooting and killing Georgetown Police Officer Chad Spicer on Sept. 1, 2009 – found Powell guilty on 10 of 12...

Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - 12:52am

Trial under way in killing of Georgetown police officer

“You got to be a straight cold-blooded killer, or crazy,” said Darshon Adkins, 23, who testified on Tuesday that he had been shot at by Derrick Powell at the Georgetown McDonald’s on Sept. 1, 2009.


The first full week of...

Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 9:19am

DelDOT files suit against Indian River Inlet Bridge consultants

As construction continues on the new Indian River Inlet Bridge, with its long-anticipated completion expected sometime this fall, the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) on Jan. 28 filed suit in the Superior Court for Sussex County...

Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 8:58am

AT&T withdraws application for cell tower

UPDATED -- On Tuesday, Feb. 1, Sussex County issued a notice of violation and cease-and-desist order requiring the removal of AT&T's temporary tower at the proposed site south of Bethany Beach. AT&T has until March 1 to remove the tower....

Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 8:50am

Radio host asks county to look at limiting where sex-offenders live

Sussex County Council heard this week from local radio talk show host Matt Walsh of Georgetown on a subject that he said few people want to talk about, but in the age of information and media, no one can really escape. Walsh was questioning what...

Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 8:48am

County council to draft new ordinance on windmills

Sussex County Council members this week moved to have an ordinance regarding wind turbines drafted. The council, at its Feb. 1 meeting, instructed staff to look at tackling how the county might change its restrictions on energy-generating wind...

Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 8:45am

SEDAC proposes extensions for projects that might be abandoned

After hearing from Patti Grimes, Joe Conoway and Rob Ryder of the Sussex Economic Development Action Committee (SEDAC) at their council meeting this Tuesday, Sussex County Council members agreed that the committee should work with county...

Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 8:36am