Sussex County


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.

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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.

Castaways...

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.

Castaways...

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

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

County council approves DEC solar farm near Georgetown

Sussex County Council on Tuesday approved a conditional use for Delaware Electric Cooperative to build a solar farm on 40 acres near Georgetown. They approved it with a condition that, during the final site-plan phase before Sussex County...

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 4:41pm

County council approves DEC solar farm near Georgetown

Sussex County Council on Tuesday approved a conditional use for Delaware Electric Cooperative to build a solar farm on 40 acres near Georgetown. They approved it with a condition that, during the final site-plan phase before Sussex County...

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 4:41pm

County forges agreement to keep prayer at council meetings

At their meeting on Sept. 11, Sussex County Council members approved an agreement with litigants that will allow the council to say a prayer at the beginning of each meeting. A lawsuit filed in June of 2011 had contended that the council’s...

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 2:58pm

County forges agreement to keep prayer at council meetings

At their meeting on Sept. 11, Sussex County Council members approved an agreement with litigants that will allow the council to say a prayer at the beginning of each meeting. A lawsuit filed in June of 2011 had contended that the council’s...

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 2:58pm

State Supreme Court finds Bradley’s appeal without merit

Last week, the Delaware State Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the appeal by former Lewes pediatrician Earl Bradley of his conviction on charges he abused young patients was without merit.

“Earl Bradley will never walk out of prison,”...

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 2:58pm

State Supreme Court finds Bradley’s appeal without merit

Last week, the Delaware State Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the appeal by former Lewes pediatrician Earl Bradley of his conviction on charges he abused young patients was without merit.

“Earl Bradley will never walk out of prison,”...

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 2:58pm

County council to visit proposed solar-farm site prior to vote

A week after Sussex County Planning & Zoning commissioners recommended approval for a conditional use for Delaware Electric Co-Op to build a solar farm near Georgetown, the county council, which has the final say on such hearings, deferred...

Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 7:48am

Sussex County Council defers on conditional-use requests

The Sussex County Council this week deferred action on two conditional-use requests, both of which had been made to address violations of county code.

In the case involving Fishkiller’s, near Dagsboro, the Planning & Zoning Commission...

Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 7:42am

County to finally add four troopers under contract

The Sussex County Council announced on Aug. 21, that the County would resume terms of their contract with the Delaware State Police and would add four additional troopers in the coming year.

Under a 2007 agreement, Sussex County pays for...

Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 7:40am

County P&Z recommends approval for solar farm near Georgetown

Sussex County Planning & Zoning commissioners on Aug. 9 recommended approval for Delaware Electric Co-Operative for a two-phase 28,000-panel solar farm, to be located about on about 40 acres just west of Georgetown, southeast of Trap Pond...

Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 8:22am

County earns 10th consecutive auditing, budgeting award

Sussex County has earned a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the 10th consecutive year for its auditing and budgeting practices.

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada...

Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 6:32am

County council president offers ‘State of Sussex County’

In just a few weeks, another summer season here in Sussex County will fade away into the history books. Our resort businesses will put the wraps on what has, hopefully, been another successful season. Local farmers will take to the fields to...

Thursday, August 9, 2012 - 4:40am

County council adopts standards for airport-based businesses

The Sussex County Council this week adopted a “minimum standards” policy for commercial activities occurring at the Sussex County Airport.

Airport Director Jim Hicken explained to the council that they had rescinded the policies they had...

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 3:31pm

County aims for transparency with online access to meeting materials

Sussex County Administrator Todd Lawson announced this week that county council meeting packets will be now be available to the public online. Interested constituents will now be able to view the council packets in full — including minutes from...

Thursday, July 19, 2012 - 3:38am

Hospitals launch Healthier Sussex County initiative

Last week, three major healthcare providers in Sussex County — Beebe Medical Center, Nanticoke Health Services and Bayhealth Medical Center — came together to announce they would be teaming up to create an initiative called Healthier Sussex...

Thursday, July 19, 2012 - 1:36am

Local beaches among top in nation for water quality

Delaware’s beaches ranked first in the U.S. in water quality for the year 2011 in a report issued last week by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Out of 30 states ranked, the state had the fewest water quality samples that exceeded...

Thursday, July 5, 2012 - 10:52am