Sussex County

County council considers ordinance on excessive dog barking

Earlier this week the Sussex County Council voted to defer a decision on a proposed ordinance that would define and create enforcement provisions and penalties for failure to control excessive dog barking.

The latest draft, presented at...

Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 9:12am

County looks to cement building height limit

Earlier this week, the Sussex County Council introduced an ordinance to amend Chapter 115 of the county code relating to building height restrictions. The draft ordinance was a result of concerns expressed by Councilman George Cole at last week’s...

Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 7:21am

Supreme Court rules county sheriff has no arrest powers

Earlier this week the Delaware Supreme Court ruled to uphold the Superior Court’s ruling that Delaware sheriffs do not have full constitutional authority to exercise all powers necessary to conserve the peace, including the power of arrest.


Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 7:40am

Gray discusses DelDOT, DNREC at ice cream social

Seeking to better accommodate his constituents’ schedules, State Rep. Ron Gray (R-38th) scheduled an evening ice cream social on Oct. 1, providing community updates and dessert to at least 50 people.

Gray reported on the Route 26 Working...

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 7:24am

County discusses botanic gardens, height restrictions

The Sussex County Council voted 4 to 1 on Tuesday to approve the conditional use of 36.99 acres of land in an AR-1 agricultural-residential district for use as botanic gardens and a related visitor center, conservatory, theater, nature center and...

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 5:16am

Breaking News: Supreme Court rules county sheriff has no arrest powers

On Monday, Oct. 7, the Delaware Supreme Court ruled to uphold the Superior Court's ruling that Delaware sheriffs do not have full constitutional authority to exercise all powers necessary to conserve the peace, including the power of arrest....

Monday, October 7, 2013 - 10:46am

Route 26 Working Group prepares for public meeting

Officials from the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) recently got to test-drive their State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project presentation, before taking the information public in less than two weeks. Community, business and...

Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 10:30am

Sussex paratransit under scrutiny as public transit gets review

State officials are concerned that paratransit costs are getting out of control, leading the Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC) to take a critical look at public transportation.

DTC is a branch under the Delaware Department of...

Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 10:29am

Route 113 bypass route unpopular at DelDOT meetings

A roomful of maps didn’t show the 52 residential, 10 commercial and nine agricultural properties that would be displaced by a Route 113 bypass. But people still had plenty to say about the proposed 16.5-mile highways that would cut through...

Friday, September 27, 2013 - 7:03am

Botanic garden application recommended for approval

The Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission voted unanimously on Sept. 12 to recommend that an application from Southern Delaware Botanic Gardens Inc., for “flagship” botanic gardens and a related visitor center, conservatory, theater,...

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 2:17pm

It’s a green weekend with trees and cleanup

This Saturday, people can give the environment a boost at two events: the Delaware Coastal Cleanup and a tree planting at a Millsboro nature refuge.

Statewide, 2,500 volunteers are expected to help clean 48 shorelines at the Coastal...

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 2:05pm

Beef & Beer event Saturday to benefit Spicer Foundation

This weekend, the Georgetown police and fire company will be hosting a Beef & Beer Benefit for the Chad Spicer Foundation — created in memory of Georgetown police officer Chad Spicer, who was killed in the line of duty on Sept. 1, 2009.


Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 1:40pm

Route 113 bypass public hearings scheduled for Sept. 18-19

The public is being strongly encouraged to share their opinions on the proposed Route 113 bypass that could someday cut a new 16.5-mile highway through Sussex County. Officials with the Delaware Department of Transportation visited the Frankford...

Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 9:37am

State agencies discussing pedestrian safety concerns on Route 1

Pedestrian safety has been a particular point of concern this year. In 2012, there were a total of 30 pedestrian fatalities in the state, according to the Delaware Office of Highway Safety (OHS), and within the last six months, there have been at...

Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 9:29am

MSO announces 2013-2014 ‘Season of Discovery’ schedule

The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Julien Benichou, will return to Sussex County for its 2013-2014 “Season of Discovery,” with a series of five concerts at Mariner’s Bethel Church, at Route 26 and Central Avenue...

Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 8:16am

Markell signs inland bays aquaculture bill into law

Last week, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell signed House Bill 160, to permit shellfish aquaculture in Delaware’s Inland Bays.

“Due to the hard work of Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf, the Center for Inland Bays and its partners, DNREC and the...

Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 7:21am

Public workshop held for Western Sussex Byway

Wednesday workshop to focus on ‘gateway’ idea

Delaware is planning a highway that celebrates the existing towns in the west. As opposed to a purely transportation-focused highway, byways are created to highlight routes of scenic,...

Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 7:14am

DelDOT reveals impact study on controversial Route 113 bypass project

The public can finally see the possible impacts of a proposed Route 113 bypass and make their opinions known, as the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) last week released a Draft Environmental...

Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 7:13am

Powwow getting ready to celebrate 36th year, Sept. 7-8

On Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7 and 8, the Nanticoke Indian Association will hold its 36th Annual Powwow.

“We’ve been having the powwow for years,” said Chief William Daisey. “It originally started as basically a homecoming, and it still...

Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 5:42am

Sussex solid for the South

The political and social complexities within the state of Delaware in the mid-19th century mirrored those within the country at large. Societal trends in the northern county of New Castle bore resemblance to the state of Pennsylvania. Life in the...

Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 5:32am

County votes in support of year-round coyote hunting

Earlier this week, the Sussex County Council voted unanimously to send to state officials a resolution in support of year-round hunting and trapping of Eastern coyotes.

Chip West of the Delaware Department of Fish and Wildlife spoke to the...

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 1:02pm

Kent terminates dog-control contract with Safe Haven

The Kent County Levy Court, at a special meeting on Tuesday, voted 5-2 to terminate the County’s dog control contract with Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary, based in Georgetown. The commissioners instructed County Administrator Mike Petit de Mange to...

Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 7:27am

Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary set to close...or, maybe not

In a statement contradicting their Web site and social media post earlier this week that said they would tentatively close Aug. 30 of this year, Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary has now said that after board and operations restructuring they will “...

Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 9:57am

Local beach replenishment timetable still uncertain

This summer, Delaware is receiving $30 million worth of beach replenishment services from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. But the big question is when.

After losing sand from the dunes and beach to Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the East Coast...

Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 7:54am

USDA grant to help complete new Sussex Academy building

Moving into a new building just got a little easier for Sussex Academy, which was awarded a $6.25 million loan from USDA Rural Development.

Coastal Point • Laura Walter
U.S. Sen. Tom Carper joined Sussex Academy students and...

Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 5:11am

*ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: County presents 2014 budget

Earlier this week, Sussex County officials presented their proposed $117.7 million budget for the 2014 fiscal year. The proposed budget is down by approximately 3 percent, or $3.4 million, from the current year’s $121.1 million budget.


Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 4:36am

Beaches to be restored with federal funding

Exactly six months after Hurricane Sandy scrubbed the East Coast, replacing basements and roadways with floodwater and debris, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is poised to rebuild Delaware’s Atlantic shoreline.

Coastal Point • Laura...

Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 9:52am

Council grants to help bring nearly 200 jobs to Sussex County

Sussex County Council members voted this week to give two companies an economic development grant in an effort to grow jobs in the county.

Atlantis Industries Corporation of Milton will receive $44,800, or $800 per job, provided the jobs...

Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 9:15am

County looks at potential impacts of proposed healthcare law

Sussex County Council will be keeping an eye on House Bill 74, which relates to health insurance, and how it might affect their employee coverage and their bottom line. Deputy County Administrator Hal Godwin reported on that bill and other...

Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 10:40am

Millsboro men indicted on child pornography charges

Attorney General Beau Biden on Tuesday marked the beginning of Child Abuse Prevention Month, which is recognized nationally each April, by announcing the recent indictments of two Millsboro men on child pornography charges following an...

Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 8:35am

‘Crazy Grannies’ open pet shop in Millsboro

Realizing that the Route 24 area needed a local pet shop, Joan Hall and Ginny Harding last month opened Crazy Grannies’ Pet Supplies.

“We were working up in Pennsylvania,” recalled Hall. “Both of our husbands were disabled, and we both had...

Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 8:25am

Start preparing that résumé — Sussex County job fair scheduled for April 30

Whether they’re a job seeker looking for work after a tough economic period or a business leader hoping to hire fresh faces, Delaware’s U.S. Congressional delegation is aiming to connect people at a job fair on Tuesday, April 30.

The free...

Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 8:20am

Republicans of 38th District to hold supper, straw poll

Republican voters in the 38th District will have a chance to talk with Delaware State Republican Party candidates at their 2nd Annual Covered Dish Supper and Straw Poll on Saturday, April 13, at 5 the Roxana Fire Hall.


Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 8:19am

County approves Phase III expansion of Millville sewer district

The Sussex County Council this week approved going ahead with the Phase III portion of the Millville Sanitary Sewer District expansion, including several additional properties in the Wingate Court subdivision. Sussex County had held a public...

Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 9:08am

Services available to those in need of food or shelter

Homelessness may not be an obvious problem in Sussex County, but it is a real one.

“It’s pretty big,” said Michele Stewart, program director for Crisis House in Georgetown, of homelessness in Sussex County. “And I think it’s bigger than...

Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 8:34am

Delaware’s farmers’ market season soon to begin

New markets join in Bellefonte, Dover

The Delaware farmers’ market season launches this month, featuring new markets in Dover and Bellefonte, with farmers and markets fresh off a record-setting sales season of nearly $2 million last year...

Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 7:49am

Superior Court rules sheriff does not have arrest authority

Delaware Superior Court Judge T. Henley Graves on Monday ruled that Delaware sheriffs do not have full constitutional authority to exercise all powers necessary to conserve the peace, such as the power of arrest and the power to enforce motor...

Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 4:32am

WEATHER ALERT: Winter storm expected to impact area Wednesday and Thursday

Officials with the National Weather Service are now predicting that a winter storm will impact the area between Wednesday and Thursday, March 6 and 7. According to the NWS on Tuesday:

• Low Pressure from the Midwest is expected to...

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 4:47am

County approves lease for restaurant at Georgetown airport

The Sussex County Council this week voted to approve a new lease with Deli Days LLC to lease the restaurant at the Sussex County Airpark. The owners of Deli Days LLC bought Arena’s in 2005 and grew the business to four locations, explained Hal...

Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 8:03am

Free performance of Lula Washington Dance Theatre coming to DelTech

Once again, the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation and the Freeman Stage at Bayside are bringing international-caliber dancers to Sussex County, presenting a free live performance of the Lula Washington Dance Theatre.

As part of the 2013 Off...

Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 12:44pm

County to use surplus to fund libraries, housing repairs, police

Sussex County Council voted this week to distribute part of the County’s $854,000 budget surplus for the 2013 fiscal year year among 11 independent libraries and to help low-income county residents with funding for home repairs through the County...

Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 4:58am

Sussex Academy to host 9th-grade open house on Saturday

Sussex Academy of the Arts and Sciences (SAAS) is inviting eighth-grade students, their parents and guardians to an open house for next year’s potential ninth-graders.

On Saturday, Feb. 9, visitors can preview history in the making from 9...

Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 3:34am

WEATHER ALERT: High wind warning issued for tonight, gusts up to 55 mph predicted

A high wind warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for 7 p.m. Wednesday evening to 4 a.m. Thursday. Winds are predicted to be from the south at 25 to 35 mph, with gusts up to 55 mph.

The strongest winds are expected...

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 3:07am

BREAKING NEWS: Referendum public meeting postponed until Monday

The Indian River School District's public referendum meeting originally scheduled for Jan. 24 has been postponed due to inclemenent weather. It has been rescheduled for Monday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. at East Millsboro Elementary School.


Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 5:19am

Beebe gets another Distinguished Hospital Award for excellence

For the fourth year in a row, Beebe Medical Center has received the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence. Beebe is the only hospital on Delmarva to receive the award four years running, and the distinction puts them...

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 1:50pm

County records $854,000 surplus

Sussex County officials reported this week that the County had “netted a modest $854,000 surplus for County taxpayers,” according to the audit report for the 2012 fiscal year.

Sussex County Council, at its Tuesday, Jan. 22, meeting,...

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 1:49pm

Hocker hosts first 'Coffee's on Me' as state senator

Same-sex marriage? Check. Gun control? Check. IRSD referendum? Check.

“What do you want to talk about?” said state Sen. Gerald Hocker (R-20th), to the audience at his latest “Coffee’s on Me” talk. “Gun control? Video lottery machines at...

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 1:44pm

County to auction off vehicles. generators on Saturday, Jan. 19

In need of a 1974 dump truck with only 19,000 miles? How about a 2003 Chevy Suburban?

Sussex County is auctioning off 15 vehicles and eight generators, along with other pieces of equipment, this Saturday, Jan. 19, at noon. Buyers can come...

Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 4:43am

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