Sussex County

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

The Delaware Botanical Gardens held a ‘Sip & Saunter’ event on Friday, May 4. Right, DBG designer Piet Oudolf goes over the garden’s plans during the event.

Botanic gardens celebrates Meadow planting with designer, dignitaries

On May 3-4, internationally renowned Dutch garden designer Piet Oudolf landed near Dagsboro, at the new Delaware Botanic Gardens (DBG). He was in Delaware to supervise the gardens’ 100 volunteers planting nearly 18,000 new native perennials in...

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 4:55pm

Bill McGowan, a community development consultant, discusses the vast size and different personalities of Sussex County at South Coastal Library as part of the 38th District Democratic Committee’s ‘Lower Sussex Conversations’ series.

Talking Sussex

Bill McGowan may be a native Delawarean, but having grown up in Wilmington and moved to Sussex County in 1980, he’s still considered a “brung here” — having moved to the areas for a job.

McGowan — now a community development consultant —...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 4:16pm

Cannabis legalization advocates aim to break down stigma

Two women sat with a handful of others in the South Coastal Library on Monday, April 30, listening to pro-cannabis-legalization activists, and their perspectives could not be more different.

Both listened intently to the facts and figures...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 3:59pm

County denies Overbrook Town Center for a second time

The Sussex County Council this week voted to deny a change of zone application for a 114.4-acre parcel of land near Rehoboth Beach from AR-1 to CR-1, for the second time.

The application was filed by T.D. Rehoboth, originally for a...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 3:58pm

DART offering weekend Beach Bus starting May 5

DART is starting its Beach Bus service early this season, providing weekend bus service on two of its popular bus routes for the first three weekends in May.

Starting Saturday, May 5, bus service will be available in the areas of downtown...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 2:32pm

Meghan Kelly has filed to run against Rep. Ron Gray in the 38th Representative District electiom. Kelly resides in Dagsboro.

Kelly files to run for 38th District representative seat

Dagsboro resident Meghan Kelly is hoping to make a difference in her community via the halls of the state legislature, having filed to run in the 38th Representative District election.

Kelly filed in March for the seat, which is currently...

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 3:16pm

County working to expand broadband internet to provide more access

The Sussex County Council this week unanimously approved a tower license agreement for wireless high-speed internet that would be aimed at incentivizing wireless service providers.

“We know to provide internet to our rural areas is not...

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 9:52am

AGH expanding to meet updated community needs

Atlantic General Hospital is keeping its finger on the pulse of the area’s health, and as they embark on a major expansion, those plans aim to meet the area’s changing health needs. The Sussex County Council received its annual update from AGH...

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 11:09am

Highmark donates $325,000 to programs fighting epidemic

Last week, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware announced four grants totalling $325,000 to four community organizations working to fight the opioid epidemic.

“All of us have been touched in some way by this epidemic,” said Tim...

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 9:08am

CIC Ombudsman a landing pad for HOA drama

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Ombudsman Christopher Curtain addresses people at a March 1 meeting in the Roxana fire hall.People sometimes learn the hard way that local government has little interest or oversight in homeowner and condo...

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 9:01am

DelDOT budget highlights Route 113 intersections, Route 24 improvements

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Planning roads is no small task, and the Delaware Department of Transportation is currently working to finalize its six-year budget plan with a number of projects proposed.

This autumn, the public has been invited to review DelDOT’s...

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 8:33am

Public voices support for Sussex sports complex

A slew of individuals attended the Sussex County Council meeting on Oct. 10 to voice their support for a proposed sports complex in Georgetown.

Last month, the Sussex Sports Center Foundation requested that Sussex County financially...

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 8:31am

Neighbors fight against Oakwood Homes applications

More than a dozen residents of Hoot Owl Lane near Dagsboro came out to a Sussex County Board of Adjustment meeting on Oct. 2 to voice their opposition to a special-use exception application filed by Oakwood Homes.

The company was seeking a...

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 8:35am

County introduces update to special-events ordinance

The Sussex County Council at its Tuesday council meeting introduced a draft ordinance related to special events.

Assistant County Attorney Vince Robertson said most of the draft ordinance remains the same as the existing ordinance. Those...

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 8:33am

Sports center asks County for support

Members of the Sussex Sports Center Foundation this week requested that Sussex County financially support their endeavor at the Sussex County Council meeting on Sept. 26, giving a presentation on the project to the council.

The foundation...

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 7:57am

Rt. 54 citizens want a traffic signal, complain of rapid development

The Fire Marshal might have frowned at the number of people squeezed into Roxana Fire Hall on Sept. 19. But Route 54 residents hovered just under the 274 occupancy limit, showing just how concerned they are about traffic issues in their corner of...

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 11:56am

County extends CIB lease for James Farm preserve

The Sussex County Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to extend their lease of the James Farm Ecological Preserve to the Center for the Inland Bays.

The 150-acre property, located on Cedar Neck Road just outside of Ocean View, offers...

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 11:21am

Festival Hispano will be dancing in the streets

Good music, food and fun will fill the streets of Georgetown at the 22nd annual Festival Hispano on Sunday, Sept. 17.

Thousands of people will celebrate Hispanic cultural heritage from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The festival stretches along North...

Monday, September 18, 2017 - 3:23am

Small businesses go front-and-center

State Sen. Gerald Hocker and Gov. John Carney on Aug. 16 invited a small group of local businesspeople to join them for lunch and a roundtable discussion on the state’s economy and their concerns about their individual businesses and beyond....

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 11:15am