Sussex County

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

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

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.


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.


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

Bomb threat shuts down school

Students and staff were evacuated from the Howard T. Ennis School in Georgetown on Tuesday, March 6, when a bomb threat disrupted the school day.

According to police, around 1 p.m., an unknown male suspect made a phone call to the front...

Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 8:13am

Juust Sooup gets preliminary approval from county planners

The Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission voted this week to approve a preliminary site plan for a church on the Jusst Sooup Ministry grounds on Cool Spring Road near Lewes. The 6.05-acre parcel presently includes a two-story dwelling, a...

Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 10:43am

Aquaponics entrepreneur finds food for growth at Sussex resource cluster

Southern Delaware can see the benefit when a dynamic entrepreneur has an advanced idea that fits well into the region’s existing strengths. And Pennsylvanian Robert Weening has exactly that beneficial combination in mind, pairing innovative...

Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 10:27am

County council defers on electronic sign decision

The Sussex County Council this week deferred any action on an ordinance regarding electronic messaging signs. In February, Planning & Zoning commissioners voted to recommend approval of an ordinance creating a process by which off-premise...

Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 10:25am

Science fair to showcase bright young minds

This weekend, more than 100 Sussex County students will strut their scientific stuff at the 20th annual Sussex County Science Fair, to be held at the Biden Center in Cape Henlopen State Park. Many of the students are winners from their own middle...

Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 10:24am

Dozens of IRHS students make County Band

Nearly three dozen students from the Indian River High School Band were set to perform in the junior and senior County Band this week, on March 1 at Cape Henlopen High School.

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Thirty-one of the 34 Indian...

Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 10:16am

County approves rezoning of Route 54 property to CR-1

The Sussex County Council this week approved the rezoning of 2.1185 acres of land at the southwest corner of Route 54 and Road 396 (Westline Road) from a combination of AR-1 (Agricultural-Residential) and C-1 (General Commercial) to being zoned...

Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 5:58am

County planners recommend off-premise sign ordinance

Sussex County Planning & Zoning commissioners this week voted to recommend approval of an ordinance creating a process by which off-premise electronic signs could be approved as special uses and voted to recommend against adoption of a second...

Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 5:29am

DelDOT public meeting tests Route 113 intersection plans

Responding to years of traffic congestion and collisions, the Delaware Department of Transportation has developed a tentative plan to improve two Route 113 intersections in Georgetown.

The Delaware Hazard Elimination Program identified the...

Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 5:19am

Valor awards highlight selfless acts of heroism

Each and every day, members of local law enforcement agencies, fire departments and EMS services put their own lives on the line to ensure welfare of members of the community. Oftentimes their deeds go unnoticed except by those who experience...

Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 2:11am

County approves yard waste facility

The Sussex County Council this week approved an organic yard waste and composting facility near Millville by a vote of 3-1, with Councilman George Cole recusing himself. Councilwoman Joan Deaver was the lone councilperson in opposition.


Thursday, February 9, 2012 - 4:58am

Tech teacher arrested for conduct with student

Last week, Sussex Technical High School special education and sociology teacher Charles Coursey, 38, was arrested for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old female student.

CourseyCoursey was charged with three counts of...

Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 9:23am

Positive economic indicators fuel optimism for Sussex?County’s real estate market

Year-end sales data recently released by the Sussex County Association of Realtors (SCAOR) revealed several positive economic indicators as the county, the state and the nation continue to emerge from a years-long recession.

“While not...

Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 9:13am

Little Miss Georgetown and Junior Miss Georgetown pageants seeking contestants

Applications are now being accepted for the 55th annual Little Miss Georgetown and 7th annual Junior Miss Georgetown Pageant. The program this year will be held on Sunday, March 11.

All participants must be residents of Georgetown. Little...

Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 9:13am

Rock-n-Roll BBQ Fundraiser to benefit Juust Sooup Ministry

An earthquake, Hurricane Irene and her tornados could not keep ABC’s “Extreme Makeover-Home Edition,” Schell Brothers and a few thousand volunteers from building the Jusst Sooup Ranch in only one week last September, yet a lull in contributions...

Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 9:11am

County to apply for $1.1M in block grants

Sussex County Council held a public hearing on the Community Development Block Grant program at their meeting this week. The Community Development and Housing Department of Sussex County applies for the grant funding on behalf of local...

Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 9:10am

County P&Z holds off on off-premise signage ordinances

The Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission at their Jan. 26 meeting once again deferred action on an ordinance to amend Chapter 115 of the county code relating to “off-premise” electronic messaging signs, which are typically in the form...

Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 9:09am

Mission Accomplished

After years of construction, delay and turbulent waters, the Indian River Inlet Bridge opened to traffic last Friday, with Gov. Jack Markell taking the maiden ride across its span.

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark
State Sen. George H...

Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 8:35am

Powell attorneys file 42-page appeal, cite bias against client

Public defenders for Derrick Powell, the 24-year-old Cumberland, Md., man who was found guilty of first-degree murder of Georgetown police officer Chad Spicer, earlier this month filed a 42-page appeal of Powell’s conviction and sentencing to the...

Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 8:02am

Sussex County records $3.48 million surplus from 2011

Sussex County has scored yet another financial gain, recording a $3.48 million surplus for the 2011 fiscal year – the most significant gain for the County government in five years – despite a continued sluggish economy, a new audit shows.


Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 7:50am

Powell attorneys appeal death sentence

An appeals process has begun for 24-year-old Derrick Powell, the man who was convicted in February 2011 of fatally shooting Georgetown police officer Chad Spicer on Sept. 1, 2009.

Last February, a jury found Powell to be guilty of the...

Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 6:59am

County completes transfer of Ocean View property to neighbor

The Sussex County Council completed its transfer of property to an Ocean View man this week. The parcel is located at the back of the property on Daisy Avenue, where the county has its sewer-system pumping station. At the March 22, 2011, county...

Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 6:50am

County P&Z considers off-premises signs

The Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission deferred action at their Jan. 12 meeting on an ordinance to amend Chapter 115 of the county code relating to “off-premises” electronic messaging signs, which are typically in the form of...

Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 6:27am

County approves changes to bonding requirements

Despite the testimony of numerous constituents who spoke in opposition to an ordinance change that allows a property owner to perform site work or construct improvements without posting a bond, Sussex County council on Tuesday decided 4-1 to...

Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 5:53am

BREAKING NEWS: Route 54 paving work pushed forward to this weekend

In an effort to move the Route 54 Improvement Project toward completion, the Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announced Thursday, Jan. 5, that contractor Mumford & Miller, will be doing paving operations this weekend.  Unseasonably warm...

Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 5:38am

County wins battle over DNREC over PCS regs

The Supreme Court of the State of Delaware this week affirmed the March 2011 decision of the Delaware Superior Court that ruled in favor of Sussex County in the case of Sussex County vs. the State of Delaware Department of Natural Resources and...

Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 5:05am

State archives pay tribute to Civil War soldiers

In keeping with the Civil War sesquicentennial commemoration underway since April 2011, the Delaware Public Archives has chosen to honor five men who served in Delaware units with a display that features artifacts and personal narratives....

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 12:34pm

No place like home for Christmas

Sussex County Councilman Vance Phillips is home in Sussex County, just in time for Christmas. He had spent more than a month at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia, where he has been recovering from injuries sustained in an aircraft...

Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 3:39am

Wind-farm project off Delaware coast mothballed by finances

In the age of seemingly unending financial uncertainty, the hits just keep on coming.

NRG Energy announced this week that it is suspending active development of offshore wind projects, citing the fact that Bluewater Wind — lead developer...

Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 7:57am