Sussex County


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.

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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.

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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

County P&Z recommends approval of yard-waste facility

The Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission has recommended approval for an organic yard waste and composting facility near Millville.

Jeremy W. Smith’s facility is proposed to be located on 17 acres within a 39-acre parcel of land...

Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 7:51am

County honors Indians football team, outgoing administrator

Sussex County Council, at their meeting this week, recognized the Division II state champion, undefeated Indian River High School football team. Todd Lawson, county administrator appointee, joked that, as a “[Sussex Central] Golden Knight, it...

Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 7:49am

Inlet bridge should be open by the end of January

On Dec. 2, Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) officials gave State Senator Tom Carper an update and tour of the Indian River Inlet Bridge as it nears completion.

Coastal Point • Maria Counts
U.S. Sen. Tom Carper gets a...

Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 6:06am

County council attempting to clarify windmill ordinance

Sussex County council amended their windmill ordinance this week to further clarify what is acceptable.

Lawrence Lank, of Planning and Zoning, said that after the council adopted an ordinance in September regarding windmills, wind...

Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 6:05am

County offices to close briefly Dec. 9 for annual employee luncheon

Sussex County offices will close for a two-hour period on Friday, Dec. 9, to allow employees to attend the annual Mildred King Luncheon. County offices will close from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on that date. Members of the public with business to...

Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 5:38am

Local man arrested in string of burglaries

Selbyville police arrested Jeffrey Paddock, 49, of Ocean View on Wednesday, Nov. 23, for his alleged involvement in a string of local burglaries.

Coastal Point: Paddock

According to the Delaware State Police, Paddock “would pry...

Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 3:19am

County adopts policy on business incentives

The Sussex County Council at their meeting this week adopted a policy regarding economic development incentives. Outgoing County Administrator David Baker said that the policy pertains to supplemental economic incentives for businesses, with the...

Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 2:59am

County council extends dog-control contact for final year

The Sussex County Council voted at their meeting Nov. 29 to extend for another year the County’s dog-control contract with the Delaware Animal Care & Control/Kent County SPCA, starting Jan. 1, 2012, and going until Dec. 31, 2012. The county...

Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 2:56am

Georgetown's Caroling on the Circle set for Monday evening

The 28th annual Caroling on the Circle event is set for 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 5, in downtown Georgetown. The kickoff to the event this year started earlier than in year’s past, with a call for canned goods starting more than five weeks ago,...

Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 2:39am

County P&Z defers on yard-waste proposal, again

No decision has been made about a proposed organic/yard waste composting facility near Millville. The Sussex County Council deferred action after a Nov. 15 public hearing on a conditional-use application from Jeremy W. Smith of Ocean View. The...

Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 7:36am

County council adopts new councilmanic districts

The Sussex County Council, at its Tuesday, Nov. 15, meeting, adopted a redistricting ordinance and accompanying maps that establish new council districts through 2021, after last year’s U.S. Census showed significant growth and shifts in the...

Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 4:53am

DelDOT reps speak to Chamber about projects

Representatives from the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) spoke to members of the Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce on Nov. 3 about the progress of both the Indian River Inlet Bridge project and the Route 26 Mainline improvements...

Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 3:12am

BREAKING NEWS: Troopers looking for men suspected of following girls in Keenwick by the Bay

The Delaware State Police are asking the public to be on the lookout for two suspicious male subjects who have reportedly followed several female juveniles in the Keenwick by the Bay development near Fenwick Island.

According to the DSP,...

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 2:24am

First public groups tour completed inlet bridge

Dressed in hardhats, gloves and reflective vests, a group of 20 civilians crossed the new Indian River Inlet Bridge, from end to end, for the first time. They grinned as a DelDOT tour guide led them across the newly completed 10-foot closure pour...

Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 1:53am

ALERT: Nationwide Emergency Alert System test set for 2 p.m. -- THIS IS ONLY A TEST

On Wednesday, Nov. 9, Delaware will join all other states in conducting the first nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS) test. At 2 p.m., radio, television and cable stations will broadcast the familiar alert warning sound. Following the alert...

Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 1:20am

County P&Z defers decision on proposed yard-waste facility

The Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission this week deferred a decision after a public hearing on a conditional-use application from Jeremy W. Smith of Ocean View. Smith’s application is for a yard waste and composting facility, proposed...

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 11:42am