Sussex County


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.

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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.”

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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

County council discusses buffers, dog control enforcement

“The time has come for the county to accept responsibility and take action,” Harry Haon, of the newly formed Inland Bays Foundation, said this week in a presentation to Sussex County Council.

Haon said that he was speaking on behalf of...

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 4:39pm

Children explore, learn at emergency center open house

It’s no secret that emergency rescue operations are exciting. Throw in 450 elementary-school students, K-9 units, obstacle courses and a bunch of emergency vehicles, and that’s an incredible field trip.

Coastal Point • Laura Walter
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Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 4:35pm

Guest Column -- Indian River Inlet Bridge a treasure of the Delaware coast

On Sunday, May 6, more than 2,000 people joined me to celebrate the history and the future of the Charles W. Cullen Bridge at the Indian River Inlet. The history of this location is one of several different bridges, an ever-changing environment...

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 4:21pm

Lawson: Cell phones make bulk of county’s emergency calls

Continuing the march into the wireless age, the Sussex County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) continues to receive most of their emergency calls from cell phones. County Administrator Todd Lawson reported that, of the 15,264 calls that came in...

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 4:15pm

County rezones Zion Church Road parcel to commercial

Sussex County Council agreed with Planning and Zoning that a one acre parcel north of Zion Church Road should be amended from AR-1 Agricultural Residential to a CR-1 Commercial Residential district on the Comprehensive Zoning Map.

Gene...

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 3:54pm

County finances in ‘good shape’ this fiscal year

Sussex County’s budget is looking good nine months into the year, reported Finance Director Susan Webb this week. She explained to the county council that the County is 3 percent over budget in revenues and in “pretty good shape” overall.

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Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 7:41am

Georgetown church screens doc on illegal-immigration issue

When a blogger and president of what he claims is the “largest grassroots advocacy organization concerned with the illegal alien issue in Virginia” started a “conversation” about illegal immigration in Prince William County, Va., the result was...

Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 5:59am

Sussex County volunteers earn recognition locally

Last week, 13 Sussex County volunteer organizations were recognized for their work by Rita Landgraf, Delaware’s Secretary of Health and Social Services, at a luncheon at Cripple Creek Golf and Country Club.

“We honor these selfless...

Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 4:56am

Cole, council members defend their position on sheriff’s duties

The discussion of the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office continued this week, with County Councilman George Cole taking some time at the end of the council meeting to discuss his thoughts.

Cole explained that, in his 26 years on the council...

Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 8:27am

Hocker, Price announce candidacies in November elections

Familiar faces could continue representing the area if Gerald Hocker and Shirley Price are successful in their recently announced ventures. Hocker, who currently serves as representative of the state’s 38th District, recently announced he intends...

Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 6:05am

Stimulus funding saved sewer-district residents $424 per year

Residents of the Oak Orchard Sanitary Sewer District Expansion area No. 1 expressed gratitude to Sussex County Council this week after sewer costs for the expansion were finalized.

County Finance Director Susan Webb reported that, while...

Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 6:00am

County council gets an update on pending state legislation

The Sussex County Council at their meeting this week received a legislative update from Deputy County Administrator Hal Godwin, offering them the chance to determine which, if any, of the prospective laws being discussed in the state legislature...

Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 11:29am

County planners approve Water's Run subdivision

The Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission voted this week to approve a final subdivision plan application by Mandarin Homes for Water’s Run subdivision, north of Route 54 and south of Dirickson Creek.

There was some question about...

Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 11:28am

Experts support rebirth of state aquaculture industry

“Shellfish Aquaculture in Delaware’s Inland Bays: Status, Opportunities, and Constraints” was a topic at the Center for the Inland Bays’ board meeting this past week, in the form of a presentation offered by Ed Lewandowski, past executive...

Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 10:57am

Inland Bays Foundation seeks members to help in mission

The Inland Bays Foundation is up and running and ready to recruit members. They had their first official meeting as an established 501(c)3 organization in October 2011 and have a mission “to advocate and promote the restoration of the Inland Bays...

Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 6:19am

Bunting looks back at 28-year career

Whether one is driving over the new Indian River Inlet Bridge, attending Delaware Tech, visiting the Veterans Home in Milford or kayaking the Assawoman Canal, it is hard not to feel the impact of state Sen. George H. Bunting and his 28 years in...

Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 6:16am

County residents voice opposition to council’s stance on sheriffs

The Sussex County Council heard the displeasure of many residents this week after having sent to the State last week a statement of their support for the proposed House Bill 290, an act to amend the Delaware code relating to sheriffs and sheriff...

Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 6:13am

Sussex County Council discusses county's drainage issues

The Sussex County Council heard this week from Jessica Watson, program manager for the Sediment and Stormwater Element of the Sussex Conservation District, about common concerns about drainage in Sussex County. Watson said common issues include...

Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 5:49am

BREAKING NEWS: Body of missing Maryland man found in Assawoman Bay

The body of missing Maryland man Nicholas R. Townsend, 23, of Ocean City,  was found about 12:30 p.m. on March 17 in the Assawoman Bay off Ocean City.

Townsend was last seen about 4 a.m. March 2 as he and Matthew Bullen were canoeing in...

Sunday, March 18, 2012 - 7:28am

IR Inlet Bridge complete; touch-up work continues

Many motorists were excited to begin driving over the new Indian River Inlet Bridge in late January when it initially opened to limited traffic, but roadwork will continue throughout spring, and locals got a progress report from Delaware...

Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 8:20am