Sussex County

County approves additional three-year extension on approvals

The Sussex County Council this week approved a blanket three-year extension, retroactive to Jan. 1, 2013, for subdivision, conditional-use and residential planned community approvals, on the recommendation of the Planning & Zoning Commission...

Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 3:42am

WEATHER ALERT: Winter Storm Watch issued, up to 6 inches of snow predicted Thursday

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Thursday afternoon through late Thursday night, Jan. 17, projecting snow accumulations of between 2 and 6 inches.

The NWS is predicting that rain will mix with snow starting...

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 8:40am

BREAKING NEWS: Four men arrested for Plantation Park home-invasion

Delaware State Police detectives have arrested four suspects in a home-invasion robbery that occurred in Plantation Park near Frankford on Thursday evening.

According to police, the incident occurred around 9:05 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10,...

Friday, January 11, 2013 - 6:44am

Sussex GOP chairman Wood remembered

Jerry Wood, chairman of the Sussex County Republican Committee, died in his home in Frankford last Friday, Dec. 28, at the age of 73.

Wood was born in rural Indiana and spent most of his career working for the Department of Defense and in...

Thursday, January 3, 2013 - 3:30am

BREAKING NEWS: Big League Softball World Series relocating to Roxana

The Executive Committee of the Little League International Board of Directors this week approved relocating the Big League Softball World Series tournament to Sussex County.

Currently, the Lower Sussex Little League Complex in Roxana is...

Friday, December 21, 2012 - 1:24am

Commissioners recommend denial for Castaways project

The Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission this week recommended denial of the three applications by Castways LLC that would pave the way for Castaways Bethany, a proposed development consisting of a campground, multi-family duplex...

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 1:24pm

County approves $200,000 economic development loan

The Sussex County Council this week approved a $200,000 economic development loan to TechWorld Medicals Inc. of Milford.

Dr. James Z. Liu of TechWorld Medicals spoke with council and presented them with information about his patent-pending...

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 1:23pm

Sussex County Council to seek new tenant for airport restaurant

Sussex County Council on Dec. 11 agreed to amend a lease for the restaurant at the Sussex County Airport, extending the lease for three months, at $1 per month, so it will stay open until March 31, 2013.

Deputy County Administrator Hal...

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 1:07pm

Sussex County businesswomen honored by Delaware Today

Delaware Today magazine recently honored a dozen local entrepreneurs as its 2012 Downstate Women in Business.

“The women we feature in Delaware Today are leaders,” said Editor Maria Hess at a luncheon last week. “As leaders, they adapt to...

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 1:02pm

County settles HUD complaint over low-income housing

A low-income housing community proposed to be built outside Laurel, near Trap Pond, will get another shot before the Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission after two years, now that the County has reached a $750,000 settlement with...

Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 6:54am

SEDAC appeals for more blanket extensions on expiring projects

The Sussex County Council this week received an annual report from the Sussex Economic Development Action Committee (SEDAC), whose representatives spoke about their statewide broadband initiative and also requested that the County again approve a...

Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 6:52am

Decorating Delmarva drives holiday fun into Delmar

A new holiday experience has come to Delaware, through Decorating Delmarva: A Holiday Festival of Lights.

The 36-night event consists of six major destinations on a two-mile drive on the Delaware International Speedway in Delmar, through...

Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 5:55am

County waives marriage fees for active-duty military, vets

Sussex County Council formalized their amendment of Chapter 62 of the county code this week, waiving fees for licenses and marriage ceremonies within the county for active duty military and veterans regardless of residence. They had waited to...

Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 6:27am

County residents ready to sing for others' suppers

Georgetown’s annual Caroling on the Circle is set for Monday evening, Dec. 3. The 29th annual Caroling on the Circle is part of a tradition hosted each year by Sussex County government, with an eye toward fun, fellowship and a good cause.


Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 12:28pm

Veterans’ groups fundraising threatened by crackdown

Delaware veterans’ groups and some private organizations got an unpleasant surprise for Veterans Day — one that could severely impact their fundraising. The Department of Homeland Security (DSHS) is eying the unlicensed video slots commonly...

Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 6:55am

County Council discusses proposed wastewater regulations

Sussex County Council members heard from DNREC representatives this week about proposed changes to regulations regarding onsite wastewater and treatment disposal systems. Dave Schepens, program manager for groundwater discharge systems for DNREC...

Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 6:25am

If Sussex County voters ruled...

Delawareans would have a Republican president, lieutenant governor and state insurance commissioner, but otherwise, if Sussex Countians were in charge of outcome of the 2012 elections, things would pretty much have been the same.


Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 6:19am

Delmarva Teen Challenge offers faith-based assistance

Sussex County Council heard from Delmarva Teen Challenge this week, as Bob Carey, who has been with the organization for 20 years, offered council members some statistics about their work — locally, nationally and throughout the world. He said...

Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 6:14am

Return Day celebrates the end of election season

Return Day, a long-honored Sussex County tradition, celebrated its 200th anniversary this past week in Georgetown, Del.

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W. Layton Johnson reading returns in Georgetown during the annual Return Day event...

Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 5:56am

Indian River Inlet bridge re-opens after Sandy

Last weekend the Charles W. Cullen Bridge, spanning across the Indian River Inlet, reopened to traffic following its closure due to Hurricane Sandy.

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From left, DelDOT Secretary Shailen Bhatt, U.S. Sen....

Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 6:54am

Return Day celebrates 200 years of unique tradition

Sussex County Return Day celebrated its 200th anniversary on Thursday, Nov. 8. In 1791 state law moved the county seat from the town of Lewes to Georgetown, a town that was approximately 16 miles from any other town in the county.


Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 6:30am

New bridge survives Hurricane Sandy

On Oct. 30, Gov. Jack Markell announced that after much concern, it has been determined that the Charles W. Cullen Bridge, also known as the Indian River Inlet Bridge, did not sustain any structural damage during Hurricane Sandy.

“One of...

Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 7:23am

Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 7:23am

Three candidates vying for Parish's Clerk of Peace seat

There are three candidates running in 2012 for Sussex County Clerk of the Peace, head of the Marriage Bureau in Sussex County. According to the County, the Marriage Bureau issues marriage and civil union licenses, officiates memorable marriage...

Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 7:15am

BREAKING NEWS: Ocean View reports minimal damage from hurricane

Ocean View police are reporting this morning that the Ocean View area suffered very little damage from Hurricane Sandy.

According to Police Chief Ken McLaughlin, several homes in the Cottages and along the White’s Creek did experience...

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 7:00am

WEATHER ALERT: Flooding and wind warnings in effect as conditions worsen from looming Sandy

A coastal flood warning is in effect until midnight Monday night, as the eye of Hurricane Sandy is expected to make landfall south of Atlantic City, N.J., according to National Weather Service officials. A flood watch is in effect through Tuesday...

Sunday, October 28, 2012 - 9:29pm

BREAKING NEWS: Level 2 Driving Restriction starts at 5 a.m.; only essential personnel permitted on roads

Gov. Jack Markell has ordered a Level 2 Driving Restriction begining as of 5 a.m., Monday, October 29,2012. Until further notice, no motor vehicles should be operated on any road in the State of Delaware unless operated by essential personnel: "...

Sunday, October 28, 2012 - 8:27pm

BREAKING NEWS: Delaware National Guard continues preparation

The Delaware National Guard is continuing to position troops and equipment as #SandyDE approaches.

“Within the next 12-18 hours, we will have approximately 250 support personnel in place and ready to assist with the needs of the state and...

Sunday, October 28, 2012 - 10:52am

WEATHER ALERT: Electric utilities offer tips for storm preparation

The Edison Electric Institute, the association of U.S. shareholder-owned electric companies, offered the following tips for local residents ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Sandy and the anticipated related power outages:

If a severe...

Sunday, October 28, 2012 - 3:15am

BREAKING NEWS: Route 1 between Bethany and Dewey being closed now

High water across Route 1 north of Indian River Inlet Bridge has forced Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) to begin the process of closing Route 1 between Dewey & Bethany Beach. Please share with others who may be affected.

Sunday, October 28, 2012 - 1:41am

BREAKING NEWS: County offers detailed evacuation zones map, shelter and evacuation plans

Gov. Jack Markell has issued a limited state of emergency and a mandatory evacuation order for flood-prone area within .75 miles of Sussex County’s coastline and major waterways, effective at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, as Hurricane Sandy continues...

Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 3:29pm

BREAKING NEWS: Beebe Medical Center prepares for Hurricane Sandy, cancels elective procedures

Beebe Medical Center has announced Hurricane Sandy-related cancellations, including:
• All elective surgery and elective cardiac catheterizations scheduled for Monday, Oct. 29, will be canceled.
• All Beebe satellite locations,...

Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 1:13pm

BREAKING NEWS: Mandatory evacuation ordered on Delaware coast

Gov. Jack Markell announced at 5 p.m. on Saturday that Delaware was entering a limited state of emergency to facilitate an evacuation over a 24-hour period. Beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday night, communities within .75 miles of the coast in Sussex...

Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 12:44pm

WEATHER ALERT: Heavy rain, wind and seas expected ahead Sandy’s arrival

A coastal flood watch has been issued for Sussex County, including the beach areas, running through at least Monday afternoon. According to the National Weather Service, the evolution of Hurricane Sandy into a powerful storm currently predicted...

Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 3:02am

BREAKING NEWS: Emergency officials preparing for storm potentially as strong as Storm of ’62

The Delaware state climatologist and DEMA held a “bridge call” with municipal officials on Friday evening, in anticipation of the arrival of Hurricane Sandy. Officials said that the latest storm track had Sandy making landfall on the Delaware...

Friday, October 26, 2012 - 3:54pm

EOC: Hurricane Sandy poses significant threat to Delaware

As of Friday evening, Hurricane Sandy was on track to directly hit Delaware and the Mid-Atlantic in the days ahead, based on forecasts, threatening to lash the region with up to two days’ worth of hurricane-force winds, a 10-foot-high combined...

Friday, October 26, 2012 - 3:34pm

BREAKING NEWS: Governor urges residents to prepare for Hurricane Sandy

Take Saturday to prepare, advised Gov. Jack Markell, in light of expected high winds and heavy rain from Hurricane Sandy from Sunday through the early part of next week.

“It is forecasted to be a long-lasting event,” he said on Friday,...

Friday, October 26, 2012 - 2:24pm

BREAKING NEWS: Events canceled ahead of impending storm (UPDATED)

UPDATED Sunday, Oct. 28, 11:30 a.m.
Cancellations due to Hurricane Sandy include the following:

Both the Indian River School District and Sussex Technical School District have closed schools and offices on Monday, Oct. 29, and...

Friday, October 26, 2012 - 2:16pm

BREAKING NEWS: Eakle calls on candidates to help plan assistance for hurricane-threatened residents

Delaware Senate District 20 candidate Rick Eakle (D) on Friday asked his fellow Sussex County candidates in the Nov. 6 elections to put aside their political differences ahead of the anticipated arrival of Hurricane Sandy and gather to plan...

Friday, October 26, 2012 - 6:05am

WEATHER ALERT: Emergency officials urge alert posture as potential hurricane strike looms

State and local emergency officials are urging residents of coastal Delaware to be alert and prepare as Hurricane Sandy tracks up the Atlantic in the coming days and poses a risk of potential severe weather, up to and including possibly making...

Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 5:19pm

Today & Tomorrow Conference to focus on hiring

The 19th annual Today & Tomorrow Conference will be held this coming Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 7:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Carter Partnership Center at Delaware Technical Community College in Georgetown.

The yearly event puts lawmakers,...

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 1:53pm

Bodenweiser indicted on sex crimes charges

The Sussex County Grand Jury on Monday indicted Georgetown resident Eric Bodenweiser, 53, on multiple sex crimes charges following a criminal investigation conducted by the Delaware State Police. The Oct. 22 indictment consisted of 113 total...

Monday, October 22, 2012 - 10:21am

Reduced-fee weddings for military considered

The Sussex County Council introduced an ordinance this week that could give active military personnel a break on fees for marriages and civil unions in the county.

Sussex County Clerk of the Peace George Parish said that both New Castle...

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 2:47pm

County Council helps former inmates find The Way Home

Sussex County Council heard this week from representatives of The Way Home of Georgetown, an organization that assists men and women who are leaving prison and have nowhere else to turn.

“We grew out of a prison-based Bible study and are...

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - 2:24pm

County gives engineers go-ahead to prep for sewer expansion

The Sussex County Council voted this week to allow the county engineering department to prepare and post notices for the proposed expansion of the Millville Sanitary Sewer District to include an additional 82 parcels located along Route 26 that...

Thursday, October 4, 2012 - 7:02am

County gives engineers go-ahead to prep for sewer expansion

The Sussex County Council voted this week to allow the county engineering department to prepare and post notices for the proposed expansion of the Millville Sanitary Sewer District to include an additional 82 parcels located along Route 26 that...

Thursday, October 4, 2012 - 6:55am

BREAKING NEWS: Beebe checking visitor IDs in wake of threats to doctors

Beebe Medical Center representatives on Monday afternoon notified the public that visitor IDs were being checked after a former patient allegedly threatened two physicians affiliated with the hospital through a telephone message that was left...

Monday, October 1, 2012 - 8:03am

Castaways project decision held up by continuing consideration

No decision has been made yet on the proposed rezoning for the Castaways Bethany project, as the county council deferred action this week while waiting for a recommendation from Sussex County Planning & Zoning commissioners.


Thursday, September 27, 2012 - 8:22am

Castaways project decision held up by continuing consideration

No decision has been made yet on the proposed rezoning for the Castaways Bethany project, as the county council deferred action this week while waiting for a recommendation from Sussex County Planning & Zoning commissioners.


Thursday, September 27, 2012 - 8:22am

County Council kicks off election scholarship contest

The Sussex County Council this week kicked off their biennial Election Year Scholarship Contest for local students.

Children 18 or younger who are residents of Sussex County and attend school (locally or elsewhere) in grades K through 12...

Thursday, September 27, 2012 - 8:18am