Sussex County


BREAKING NEWS: Mandatory evacuation for communities within 3/4-mile of water

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell has declared a mandatory evacuation for much of the Coastal Point readership area. Everyone in towns including Fenwick Island, Bethany Beach, North Bethany, Dewey Beach, Rehoboth Beach, Lewes, Long Neck, Oak Orchard,...

Friday, August 26, 2011 - 6:59am

WEATHER ALERT: DEMA -- Review emergency plans, supplies, monitor weather, surf conditions

As of a final update from state emergency officials for Thursday night, the projected path of Hurricane Irene continued to place the powerful storm slightly to the east of Delaware’s Atlantic Coast, however, emergency management officials and...

Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 3:28pm

EMERGENCY ALERT: Delaware orders coastal evacuation, declares state of emergency

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell issued an evacuation order for visitors in Sussex County on Thursday evening as the most significant tropical threat to the region in years continued its march toward the East Coast, expected to bring with it hurricane-...

Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 12:34pm

WEATHER ALERT: Visitors urged to postpone plans, leave area now

Due to the impending and potentially very dangerous Hurricane Irene, all those who planned to visit Delaware the weekend of Aug. 26-28 are being urged to postpone plans immediately. Gov. Jack Markell and emergency management officials stated mid-...

Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 9:23am

Jusst Extreme

The newest family on “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” is a family who has already given everything to serve Sussex County.

Television host Ty Pennington rolled into Delaware on an extremely orange bus Monday, Aug. 22, to surprise the Rev....

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 3:09pm

Sentencing phase in Bradley trial scheduled to begin Friday

The sentencing of former Lewes pediatrician Earl Bradley on child sex-abuse charges is scheduled to begin this Friday, Aug. 26, at the Sussex County Superior Courthouse in Georgetown.

On June 23, Delaware Superior Court Judge William C....

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 3:06pm

Preparations underway for Sept. 17 Coastal Cleanup event

Don’t know what to do with that ugly old bridesmaid dress? How about that old VCR? Here’s a thought — throw it in the ocean!

Coastal Point • Monica Scott
Matt Likovich of Delmarva Power shows off this year’s t-shirt design for...

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 3:03pm

Route 113 project to move forward in the north

Route 113 will get some improvements after all, according to the Delaware Department of Transportation. That announcement came this week, after Sussex County legislators and DelDOT Secretary Shailen Bhatt met recently to discuss future...

Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 7:00am

BREAKING NEWS: IR Inlet to be closed overnight

The Delaware Department of Transportation is reminding the public — and  especially mariners — of an impending work activity associated with the ongoing Indian River Inlet Bridge construction, which will mean an 8-hour closure for the inlet...

Sunday, August 14, 2011 - 2:13am

County grants blanket extension for approvals from 2009 to present

Months after Sussex County officials first began to consider whether to grant across-the-board extensions to approvals the county had granted during the recession, the county council this week voted narrowly to adopt the extensions, with the...

Thursday, August 11, 2011 - 6:19am

Wind-power entrepeneur appeals for reduction in requirements

It’s not often that a business entrepreneur coming before Sussex County Council to request an ordinance change gets a round of applause from those attending the council meeting, but Michael Panco got just that this week after he asked the council...

Thursday, August 11, 2011 - 4:52am

County program aims to get kids healthy and outdoors

Sussex County is getting national attention for a program designed to improve the health of its children, and plans are to expand the program with a focus on active living in the outdoors.

On Aug. 9, John Hollis of Sussex Outdoors and...

Thursday, August 11, 2011 - 4:48am

County to require more extensive approvals for law-enforcement grants

With some concerns about the approval process for applications for local law-enforcement grants from Sussex County having been aired recently, Sussex County Council members voted unanimously on Tuesday to change the grant application requirements...

Wednesday, August 3, 2011 - 3:26pm

County council selects SCHS alum Lawson as administrator

Sussex County residents now know who the next county administrator will be, after six months of consideration of the candidates and qualifications for the job. And he’s a hometown boy.

The Sussex County Administrator Search Committee voted...

Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 10:18am

Storm brings 'atypical' afternoon for MVFC

Although the rain was not coming down quite as hard as it had on July 4, according to Bob Powell of the Millville Volunteer Fire Company, it was still “raining cats and dogs” on Tuesday afternoon, and the thunder and lightning of the sudden storm...

Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 2:44am

Area prepares for extended heat wave

Emergency officials were preparing mid-week for an anticipated spike in the heat wave that hit the area early this week, with temperatures expected to be at or above 100 degrees Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 21-23. They were urging...

Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 2:29am

County could reduce BoA fees to $150

Sussex County Councilman Vance Phillips plans to introduce an ordinance on July 26 that would significantly reduce the rates the County charges for applying for a variance from the Sussex County Board of Adjustments.

“I do believe the...

Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 2:26am

County considers changes to BoA app fee

As the Sussex County Council continues its review and potential overhauls of aspects of the planning approval processes, the issue of Board of Adjustments fees has been one of the areas where the council has been considering making some changes...

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - 4:18pm

Blanket extension for approvals still on county agenda

With the Sussex County Council on a two-week break, county planning staff have some additional time to work on compiling a report intended to give the council a better idea of the potential impacts of a proposed ordinance that would provide a...

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - 4:05pm

County deals with redistricting and public comment

The Sussex County Council this week addressed two issues dealing with the inner workings of county government – both of which could prove controversial. The council adopted an amendment to its Rules of Procedure that address conduct during...

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - 3:36pm

Court accepts Sierra Club brief in PCS authority appeal

The Delaware Supreme Court has accepted an amicus brief filed recently by the Delaware chapter of the Sierra Club in support of a recent appeal by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), over the agency’s authority...

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 4:11pm

Bradley found guilty; scheduled to be sentenced in August

On June 23, Delaware Superior Court Judge William C. Carpenter Jr. found former Lewes pediatrician Earl Bradley guilty on all 24 counts against him — 14 counts of rape in the first-degree, five counts of assault in the second degree and five...

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 4:09pm

County council members debate plans to issue tax rebate

Sussex County Council members on June 21 voted 3-2 to approve the rebate of roughly $1.06 million in unexpected transfer tax revenue to taxpayers, but resistance to the idea persisted among the council minority this week, as Councilman George...

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 3:42pm

Replenish program completes circle of life for the restaurant fare

Every night, thousands of people dine at restaurants in Sussex County, Del., particularly in the summer. And every night, thousands of plates with food waste get scraped into garbage cans, where they are hauled away and added to the landfill – a...

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 1:41pm

UD wind turbine still energetic at one year old

Last June, the University of Delaware commissioned a 256-foot Gamesa wind turbine at its Lewes campus. Since then the university has been doing various studies involving the turbine, including studying the impact of turbines on avian and bat...

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 1:40pm

Bluewater, Delmarva Power extend windfarm agreement

U.S. Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons, and Rep. John Carney (all D-Del.) this week welcomed an announcement that NRG/Bluewater Wind had extended the deadline in their agreement with Delmarva Power for an additional three months.

“We look...

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 1:38pm

BREAKING NEWS: Bradley found guilty on all counts

Former Lewes pediatrician Earl Bradley has been found guilty on all 24 counts against him — 14 counts of rape in the first-degree, five counts of assault in the second degree and five counts of sexual exploitation of a child.

Pick up the...

Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 9:38am

County approves 2012 budget amidst crime concerns

With a backdrop of complaints about increasing crime in the county, Sussex County Council members on June 14 unanimously approved the county’s $139.2 million 2012-fiscal-year budget.

Public comments on the proposed budget during and ahead...

Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 6:02am

Sussex sees some snakes in the grass

Southern Delaware is no stranger to wildlife. There are thousands of varieties of birds, mammals, insects and sea creatures found in the waters, marshes, fields and woods of Sussex County. But perhaps one variety sparks more fear among humans...

Thursday, June 16, 2011 - 7:38am

Bradley awaits judge's verdict in child sex-abuse case

Following just one day of trial, on June 7, former Lewes pediatrician Earl Bradley on Wednesday awaited the ruling of Delaware Superior Judge William Carpenter Jr. on charges of rape, sexual assault and sexual exploitation of former patients....

Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 7:32am

County talks geothermal system failure at EOC

With a four-year-old geothermal heating and air conditioning system at the county’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) close to failure, Sussex County Council members this week asked county staff to review the potential remedies for the problem...

Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 7:26am

County puts brakes on Beaver Dam sewer expansion plans

Sussex County Council members voted this week to defer on possible approval of the proposed Beaver Dam Road expansion of the Millville sewer district, after Councilman George Cole questioned whether enough property owners in the proposed district...

Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 7:21am

WEATHER ALERT: Sussex County designates ‘cooling stations’ as extreme heat scorches region

Summer officially begins in two weeks, but already Sussex County is weathering its second blast of extreme heat this year, as daytime temperatures in the upper 90s – and heat indexes above 100 degrees – are expected to send residents and visitors...

Wednesday, June 8, 2011 - 5:37am

Economic outlook rosier as county proposes $139.2M budget

It’s not quite unicorns and rainbows, but the economic news for Sussex County government was somewhat rosier this year, as county officials on May 17 proposed a $139.2 million budget for their 2012 fiscal year, which begins July 1, with no...

Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 3:58pm

Grant supports non-profits’ visits to Freeman Stage

The Freeman Stage at Bayside recently received a grant from the Sussex County Council to assist in their outreach program and their mission of providing a quality arts experience and education for all.

Patti Grimes, executive director of...

Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 3:07pm

County council alert for power grabs by state agencies

Sussex County Deputy Administrator Hal Godwin on May 24 offered county council members an update on pending and recent legislation before state legislators in the 2011 legislative session, asking for their guidance on some items before the...

Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 3:04pm

Powell sentenced to death in Spicer killing

On Friday, May 20, Delaware Superior Court Judge T. Henley Graves sentenced 24-year-old Derrick Powell to death, nearly three months after Powell was found guilty of the first-degree murder of Georgetown police officer Chad Spicer on Sept. 1,...

Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 11:34am

Sierra Club looks to support DNREC on PCS appeal

The Delaware chapter of the Sierra Club has asked to file a brief with the Supreme Court of Delaware in support of a recent appeal by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), over the agency’s authority to impose its...

Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 11:20am

Judge set to hand down sentence on Powell in Spicer killing--UPDATE: Powell sentenced to death

On May 20, Superior Court Judge T. Henley Graves is expected deliver his verdict as to whether 24-year-old Derrick Powell will be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole or to death for the killing of Georgetown police...

Friday, May 20, 2011 - 6:43am

Legislators unite in opposition to proposed bypass

Sussex County lawmakers were united in their message to Gov. Jack Markell this week regarding a proposed Route 113 north-south bypass: It is not needed south of Route 24 in Millsboro.

The legislators wrote in a letter sent to Markell that...

Friday, May 20, 2011 - 6:42am

County council wants more information on extensions

Sussex County Council members last week gave county Planning Director Lawrence Lank 30 days to put together a report on projects that would be impacted by a proposed extension of approvals for subdivisions, conditional-use applications and...

Friday, May 20, 2011 - 6:23am

BREAKING NEWS: Powell sentenced to death in Spicer killing

Sussex County Superior Court Judge T. Henley Graves has sentenced 24-year-old Derrick Powell to death for the September 2009 killing of Georgetown Police Officer Chad Spicer. As with all such sentences in Delaware, there is an automatic appeal...

Friday, May 20, 2011 - 5:22am

Spicer memorial unveiled in Georgetown

On Thursday, May 5, the Town of Georgetown, along with the Georgetown Police Department, unveiled a black granite memorial on N. Bedford Street at Georgetown’s Circle to honor Officer Chad Spicer, who was killed in the line of duty in September...

Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 11:47am

AT&T still in crosshairs of residents over controversial tower

In yet another development concerning the proposed AT&T cellular tower near Bethany Beach, attorney Robert V. Witsil, Jr., on behalf of the Sea Pines Condominium Association, many of its owners, and several nearby residents, sent a letter to...

Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 6:44am

County council opposes proposed dog-tethering bill

Sussex County Council members on April 12 voted unanimously to state their opposition to proposed state legislation related to dog control, under which – as currently written – dog owners would be prohibited from tethering their dogs outside for...

Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 4:48am

County breaks ground on EOC solar farm

Sussex County Council members, state representatives and federal dignitaries, along with members of the Flexera team, were on hand this week for the groundbreaking for what will be the largest ground-mounted solar farm in Sussex County.

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Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 4:26am

BREAKING NEWS: County BoA denies approval for AT&T cell tower near Bethany

The Sussex County Board of Adjustments on Monday, April 18, voted unanimously to deny approval of a special-use exception requested by AT&T for a telecommunications tower just south of Bethany Beach town limits, adjacent to Route 1, ending a...

Monday, April 18, 2011 - 3:02pm

WEATHER ALERT: Wind Advisory and Flood Warning in effect until midnight

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A COASTAL FLOOD WARNING AND WIND ADVISORY FOE THE AREA UNTIL AROUND MIDNIGHT. A TORNADO WATCH WAS IN EFFECT FOR AREAS NORTH AND WEST DUE TO THE SAME STORM SYSTEM.

RAIN AND EMBEDDED THUNDERSTORMS WERE...

Saturday, April 16, 2011 - 12:43pm

County council considers ‘gambling district’ possibility

Sussex County Council members this week considered a draft ordinance that would create rules, restrictions and a process by which casinos could be permitted within county jurisdiction. The move came on the heels of a new six-month moratorium on...

Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 4:42am

WEATHER ALERT: Tornado watch, severe thunderstorm warning and wind advisory in effect

UPDATE: The tornado watch for Sussex County has been dropped as of 7:05 a.m.

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly, N.J., has issued a tornado watch that will remain in effect until 10 a.m. Tuesday morning for all of Delaware and...

Monday, April 4, 2011 - 11:59pm