Sussex County


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

WEATHER ALERT: Wind advisory issued for Monday afternoon

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly, N.J., has issued a wind advisory that is in effect from 1 to 6 p.m. Monday, April 4. The advisory covers the southern two-thirds of Delaware, a portion of Maryland’s Eastern Shore and a portion of...

Sunday, April 3, 2011 - 9:15pm

County council clarifies process for administrator search

Sussex County Council members this week canceled scheduled discussion of selecting a replacement for retiring County Administrator David Baker, opting instead to schedule a meeting of the search committee for next Tuesday, April 5, at 9 a.m....

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - 4:59pm

County attorney recovering eyesight after scare

Sussex County government’s attorney, J. Everett Moore, wants people to know that care and quick action could save their eyesight.

Moore, who has been the county attorney for about two years, has been suffering with major eye problems since...

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - 2:53pm

Sussex County tragedy inspires national EMS safety program

Sometimes the best method of coping with tragedy to learn from it.

Glenn Luedtke was director of Sussex County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in 2008 when local paramedic Stephanie Callaway was killed in an ambulance collision. Hers was...

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - 2:23pm

County hears from both sides on controversial AT&T tower

It was déjà-vu all over again on Monday, March 21, as AT&T and opponents of the proposed 100-foot-tall telecommunications tower just south of Bethany Beach came together before the Sussex County Board of Adjustments to plead their cases for...

Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 3:55pm

County moves forward with sale of Ocean View property

Sussex County Council members at their March 22 meeting accepted a $20,500 bid from Robert Witting to purchase a 75-foot-by-242-foot piece of county-owned land at 16 Daisey Avenue in Ocean View.

The completion of the purchase is expected...

Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 3:30pm

Tower opponents prepared for March 21 hearing

It’s a showdown two years in the making, as opponents of the proposed AT&T telecommunications tower east of Route 1 and just south of Bethany Beach town limits prepared this week to finally have their full case heard before the Sussex County...

Thursday, March 17, 2011 - 12:13pm

Controversial Sussex GOP chair announces resignation

With the exception of one out-of-order audience member who was escorted out near the end of the meeting, and the announcement that Sussex County Chair Ron Sams and Vice Chair Bryan Shupe would be resigning, the Sussex County GOP meeting this week...

Thursday, March 17, 2011 - 11:59am

IRIB project moving ahead toward traffic changes

Big changes are coming for those who drive over the Indian River Inlet, and those responsible for them offered more information on those changes to the public at a Feb. 28 construction advisory group meeting on-site near the base of the bridge....

Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 8:35am

For local minister, it’s Jusst Sooup

“‘Keep the focus on me — it’s just soup.’” That was what Dale Dunning, in a voice she attributes to the Holy Spirit, heard more than 10 years ago. She and one of her sons were trying to figure out a name for her new soup-kitchen ministry. With a...

Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 8:06am

WEATHER ALERT: Flood watch for beaches and inland Sussex, up to 2.5 inches of rain predicted

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly, N.J., has expanded a flood watch to include portions of Delaware, Northeast Maryland and New Jersey, including the Delaware beaches and inland Sussex County from Thursday morning through Friday morning...

Wednesday, March 9, 2011 - 7:44am

County wins contentious suit over Pollution Control Strategy

The Delaware Superior Court this week ruled in favor of Sussex County in the case of Sussex County vs. the State of Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), over the agency’s authority to impose its Pollution...

Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 8:26am

Lewes highlighted as part of proposed national park

Delaware: the first state to ratify the constitution and the last state to have a national park.

That’s not exactly a tagline to be proud of, but – if the First State National Park Historical Park Act of 2011 is adopted – it could at least...

Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 8:08am

Officials tout local benefits of proposed aviation legislation

Inside the Aviation Maintenance Education Center at the Sussex County Airport on Feb. 25, with the Delaware Tech hangar as the background, national, state and local legislators sung the praises of the Federal Aviation Administration Air...

Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 7:57am

Delaware Seashore State Park offers spring programs

While you may have missed some of the classes included in the Delaware Seashore State Park’s October 2010 to April 2011 program, many will be repeated in March and April, and new ones, fit for the spring season, are already on the schedule.

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Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 7:51am