Sussex County


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

County P&Z recommends approval of multi-family dwelling

Sussex County Planning & Zoning commissioners last week approved a conditional-use application for a three-unit multi-family dwelling to be located at the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and Bennett Road in the development of Sussex Shores near...

Thursday, July 5, 2012 - 9:13am

County Council opts for psalm at meeting

“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of...

Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 8:14am

Phillips optimistic about his recovery, eight months later

A lot has changed since Sussex County Councilman Vance Phillips returned home in time for Christmas in December 2012, following his injury in a plane crash. While still not technically walking on his own, Phillips is getting around with the aid...

Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 7:40am

Workshop offers help for homeowners with failing septic systems

Homeowners in Sussex County are being invited to a free public workshop on June 27 on financial assistance available to replace failing septic systems. The workshop will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, at the First State Community...

Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 8:19am

County approves $121.1M budget, one-time tax credit for property owners

The Sussex County Council, following a public hearing Tuesday, June 19, unanimously approved the proposed $121.1 million budget for their 2013 fiscal year, which begins July 1.

While the adopted budget officially keeps in place the county’...

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 4:31pm

Bradley appeal heard by Supreme Court

The Delaware Supreme Court stood in recess on June 13 after hearing arguments in the appeal of Earl Bradley.

Last August, the former Lewes pediatrician was sentenced to 14 life sentences, plus an additional 164 years in prison, on five...

Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 6:53am

County approves borrow pit in Clarksville amid dissent

The Sussex County Council this week approved a conditional use for a borrow pit east of Irons Lane Road and north of Old Mill Road in the Clarksville/Millville area, on a vote of 3-2, with council members George Cole and Joan Deaver dissenting....

Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 6:12am

County Council offers approval for conditional use request

Sussex County Council members this week approved a conditional use for a farm tractor and auto-repair business to be located in Selbyville on Hudson Road. Sussex County Planning & Zoning commissioners had recommended the approval, and the...

Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 5:57am

BREAKING NEWS: Bradley appeal heard by state Supreme Court

The Delaware Supreme Court stood in recess on June 13 after hearing arguments in the appeal of Earl Bradley.

Last August, the former Lewes pediatrician was sentenced to 14 life sentences, plus an additional 164 years in prison, on five...

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 8:18am

County officials get training in fair-housing regulations

Sussex County Council, Sussex County Board of Adjustment and Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission members all attended a training session on fair housing this week, sponsored by the Delaware State Housing Authority and the State...

Thursday, June 7, 2012 - 7:39am

A bridge for this century: Charles W. Cullen Bridge opens at Indian River Inlet

After months of limited traffic, the Indian River Inlet Bridge appears on track to fully open all four lanes by Memorial Day weekend.

Coastal Point • File Photo
Pedestrians and bicyclists enjoy the trip over the new Charles W. Cullen...

Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 6:35am

County law-enforcement grants to return to pre-recession levels

Local law-enforcement grants for Sussex County municipalities with their own police forces will be back up to $25,000 in the County’s 2013-fiscal-year budget. That takes the grants back up to their 2009 levels. In addition, because of a surplus...

Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 4:27am

Mural seeks to inspire future leaders to do more than overcome

“No turning back from my destiny or greatness. I’ve gone this far so I’ m sure that I’ll make it.”

Coastal Point • Submitted
This mural, painted by foster care youth from around the state now hangs in the Sussex Family Court Room in...

Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 4:15am