Sussex County


DelDOT Secretary Wicks resigning in wake of investigation

Delaware Department of Transportation Secretary Carolann Wicks will be resigning effective March 18, 2011.

“This has been a difficult decision, but one that has been made with a clear conscience and the best interest of the department at...

Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 5:14am

Saturday festival focuses on fathers, families and fun

Hands-on family fun will be offered at the second annual Winter Fatherhood Carnival at West Seaford Elementary School on Saturday, Feb. 26. Sponsored by non-profit group Parents as Teachers, the carnival will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and focus...

Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 4:54am

County’s 2011 dog licensing deadline looming

It’s that time again – licensing for 2011 for all dogs that are 6 months or older is required by March 1, 2011. This is the second year of licensing by Sussex County, after the State of Delaware transferred responsibility for dog control to its...

Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 4:52am

WEATHER ALERT: Winter weather advisory until 9 a.m. Tuesday -- 2 to 4 inches of snow possible

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MOUNT HOLLY HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW THAT IS IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING TO 9 AM EST TUESDAY.

* LOCATIONS...THE SOUTHERN THIRD OF DELAWARE.

* HAZARD TYPES... SNOW. A LITTLE...

Monday, February 21, 2011 - 9:13am

WEATHER ALERT: High wind and fire warnings Saturday

...HIGH WIND WARNING NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM EST THIS EVENING...

* LOCATIONS...THE HIGH WIND WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR NORTHEASTERN MARYLAND, DELAWARE, EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA AND MUCH OF NEW JERSEY.

* HAZARDS...LOCALLY DAMAGING WINDS...

Saturday, February 19, 2011 - 3:09am

Penalty phase begins in Powell case

“That’s what Chad was always about… love,” said Ruth Ann Spicer, mother of Patrolman Chad Spicer, who was shot and killed in Georgetown on Sept. 1, 2009.

The penalty phase in the trial of his convicted killer – 24- year-old Derrick Powell...

Friday, February 18, 2011 - 7:15am

County looks to reconcile windmill rules with state law

Sussex County Council members this week reviewed a revised draft of ordinances related to wind-energy generating devices – windmills and more – as the county attempts to reconcile the restrictions of county code with the state legislature’s...

Friday, February 18, 2011 - 7:08am

County begins shape-up of BoA process

Sussex County Attorney Everett Moore this week reported to the county council on efforts to reform the county’s Board of Adjustments after complaints about how the board has operated and at least one judicial overturning of the board’s rulings in...

Friday, February 18, 2011 - 6:59am

BREAKING NEWS: Police searching for missing Dagsboro man

The Delaware State Police are asking the public’s help in locating a missing Dagsboro man. Detectives said on Friday, Feb. 11, that they were looking for John D. Wisniewski Sr., 45, of R Farm Lane in Dagsboro.

Police said Wisniewski was...

Saturday, February 12, 2011 - 4:35am

Powell found guilty in Georgetown police officer’s murder

After nine days of testimony and nine hours of deliberations, on Feb. 8 the jury in the trial of Derrick Powell – the man accused of shooting and killing Georgetown Police Officer Chad Spicer on Sept. 1, 2009 – found Powell guilty on 10 of 12...

Thursday, February 10, 2011 - 4:45am

Key witness identifies Powell as shooter--online edition only

When Luis Garza-Flores took the witness stand in Georgetown on Wednesday, Feb. 2, he faced a packed courtroom. Community members and families of both the slain police Patrolman Chad Spicer and his accused killer, Derrick Powell, were there to...

Thursday, February 10, 2011 - 3:16am

State awards contract for bridge approaches, demolition--online edition only

The same week state officials filed a $19 million lawsuit against a consultant on the Indian River Inlet Bridge replacement project over the prior design’s roadway approaches, the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announced that...

Thursday, February 10, 2011 - 3:08am

BREAKING NEWS: Powell found guilty in murder of Georgetown police officer

After nine days of testimony and nine hours of deliberations, on Feb. 8 the jury in the trial of Derrick Powell – the man accused of shooting and killing Georgetown Police Officer Chad Spicer on Sept. 1, 2009 – found Powell guilty on 10 of 12...

Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - 12:52am

Trial under way in killing of Georgetown police officer

“You got to be a straight cold-blooded killer, or crazy,” said Darshon Adkins, 23, who testified on Tuesday that he had been shot at by Derrick Powell at the Georgetown McDonald’s on Sept. 1, 2009.

Powell

The first full week of...

Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 9:19am

DelDOT files suit against Indian River Inlet Bridge consultants

As construction continues on the new Indian River Inlet Bridge, with its long-anticipated completion expected sometime this fall, the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) on Jan. 28 filed suit in the Superior Court for Sussex County...

Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 8:58am

AT&T withdraws application for cell tower

UPDATED -- On Tuesday, Feb. 1, Sussex County issued a notice of violation and cease-and-desist order requiring the removal of AT&T's temporary tower at the proposed site south of Bethany Beach. AT&T has until March 1 to remove the tower....

Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 8:50am

Radio host asks county to look at limiting where sex-offenders live

Sussex County Council heard this week from local radio talk show host Matt Walsh of Georgetown on a subject that he said few people want to talk about, but in the age of information and media, no one can really escape. Walsh was questioning what...

Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 8:48am

County council to draft new ordinance on windmills

Sussex County Council members this week moved to have an ordinance regarding wind turbines drafted. The council, at its Feb. 1 meeting, instructed staff to look at tackling how the county might change its restrictions on energy-generating wind...

Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 8:45am

SEDAC proposes extensions for projects that might be abandoned

After hearing from Patti Grimes, Joe Conoway and Rob Ryder of the Sussex Economic Development Action Committee (SEDAC) at their council meeting this Tuesday, Sussex County Council members agreed that the committee should work with county...

Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 8:36am

County could bring sewer to Tanglewood, Oak Acres

Residents of the Tanglewood and Oak Acres communities near Millville could soon get relief from failing septic systems there.

At their Jan. 25 meeting, Sussex County Council members unanimously approved a public meeting of property owners...

Thursday, January 27, 2011 - 5:29am

County BoA changes beginning to move forward

Sussex County Councilwoman Joan Deaver on Tuesday made another push for the council to move ahead with her nomination for a new member of the county’s Board of Adjustments.

“Where are we with my nomination to the Board of Adjustments?” she...

Thursday, January 27, 2011 - 5:16am

Cole and Phillips tapped to represent county

Two members of Sussex County Council will be representing Delaware’s three counties on the state and national levels in the year ahead.

Councilman George B. Cole of Ocean View and Councilman Vance Phillips of Laurel have been appointed by...

Thursday, January 27, 2011 - 5:09am

WEATHER ALERT: IRSD on two-hour delay; Sussex government offices opening at 10 a.m.

Due to inclement weather, Indian River School District schools will open two hours late, with no morning kindergarten. All 12-month employees should report on time.

Sussex County government offices will be opening 90 minutes late, at 10 a....

Wednesday, January 26, 2011 - 10:30pm

WEATHER ALERT: Winter Storm Advisory through Thursday morning, rain/sleet/snow predicted

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 AM THURSDAY...

* PRECIPITATION TYPE: RAIN AND SLEET IS EXPECTED TODAY...BEFORE THE MIXED PRECIPITATION CHANGES TO SNOW THIS EVENING.

* ACCUMULATIONS: 1 TO 3 INCHES.

* TIMING:...

Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - 10:39pm

DelDOT officials depart in wake of U.S. 113 investigation

In a letter addressed to DelDOT employees that was subsequently forwarded to the Coastal Point, Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) Secretary Carolann Wicks this week laid out ways she said the agency will be “moving on a variety of...

Thursday, January 20, 2011 - 5:32am

Markell sees hope on county's horizon

Beneath the seemingly unending beat of news about the troubled economy, high unemployment and the recession, there lies hope. And, in Sussex County, things are happening that could bring jobs and economic growth to the area – including companies...

Thursday, January 20, 2011 - 5:29am

Baker announces retirement as county administrator

Longtime county employee and current Sussex County Administrator David Baker announced his retirement at this week’s council meeting, after nearly 33 years of service to the county. Baker said he will assist in the transition after his position...

Thursday, January 20, 2011 - 5:27am

Audit shows uptick in county's financial picture

Sussex County government continues to be on a strong financial foundation, reported Finance Director Susan Webb at this week’s Sussex County Council meeting.

Council members on Jan. 18 accepted the Audited Financial Statements for Fiscal...

Thursday, January 20, 2011 - 5:22am

Audit shows uptick in county's financial picture

Sussex County government continues to be on a strong financial foundation, reported Finance Director Susan Webb at this week’s Sussex County Council meeting.

Council members on Jan. 18 accepted the Audited Financial Statements for Fiscal...

Thursday, January 20, 2011 - 5:22am

WEATHER ALERT CANCELED: Winter weather advisory, 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. -- snow and slippery conditions predicted

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MOUNT HOLLY HAS CANCELED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING TO 7 AM EST FRIDAY.

* PRECIPITATION TYPE: SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS: TWO TO THREE INCHES. HIGHEST...

Thursday, January 20, 2011 - 12:58am

Report finds DelDOT lacking in U.S. 113 bypass agreements

Gov. Jack Markell’s chief-of-staff, Thomas P. McGonigle, released to the public on Tuesday his report to Markell regarding the U.S. Route 113 North-South Project and related property reservation agreements entered into by the Delaware Department...

Thursday, January 13, 2011 - 3:39am

Ocean Farm property owners to vote on roadway project

Sussex County Council members voted at their Jan. 11 meeting to approve a date of Feb. 17, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the South Coastal Library, for property owners within the Ocean Farms community to vote to determine if the majority of the property...

Thursday, January 13, 2011 - 3:31am

WEATHER ALERT: Storm warning reduced for Sussex, driving precautions still urged

New Castle and Kent counties on Tuesday afternoon remained under a Winter Storm Warning until 10 a.m., Wednesday morning. Lower predicted snow totals, however, dropped the designation to a Winter Storm Advisory in Sussex County; also in effect...

Tuesday, January 11, 2011 - 8:41am

WEATHER ALERT: Area preparing for potentially hazardous winter storm

As the forecast becomes more focused, crews from the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) were standing ready for the snowstorm predicted to begin Tuesday afternoon and into Wednesday morning. Officials said DelDOT maintenance forces...

Tuesday, January 11, 2011 - 6:42am

WEATHER ALERT: Winter storm could bring 5-8 inches of snow, hazardous driving conditions

A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 10 AM EST WEDNESDAY...  A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 10 AM EST WEDNESDAY.  SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: 5 TO 8 INCHES. 

SNOW...

Monday, January 10, 2011 - 9:55pm

WEATHER ALERT: Storm warning upgraded; 2-6 inches of snow, hazardous driving conditions expected

A Winter Storm Warning in now effect from 2 p.m. Tuesday to 10 a.m. Wednesday. The National Weather Service has issued a warning for snow, sleet and freezing rain, with accumulations of 2 to 6 inches possible. Precipitation is expected to start...

Monday, January 10, 2011 - 9:14am

WEATHER ALERT: Winter storm could bring 4-6 inches of snow, dangerous driving conditions

A Winter Storm Watch in effect from Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 11, about 1 p.m., through Wednesday morning, Jan. 12, about 7 a.m. The National Weather Service is predicting 4 to 6 inches of snow, with low visibility of possibly less than a half-mile...

Monday, January 10, 2011 - 5:23am

BREAKING NEWS: Winter storm warning canceled, possible snow event Tuesday/Wednesday

The National Weather Service has canceled the Winter Storm Warning for the area. The snow has stopped and roadway conditions have improved. Due to winter weather, the Greenwood, Milton and South Coastal libraries are closed on Saturday, Jan. 8....

Saturday, January 8, 2011 - 8:20am

WEATHER ALERT: Weather warning upgraded, road conditions dangerous, libraries closed

The National Weather Service has issued an updated weather report that includes a Winter Storm Warning for Delaware until 8 p.m. Saturday. Up to 4 inches of snow is now forecast, with visibility potentially under a mile, and numerous accidents...

Saturday, January 8, 2011 - 3:20am

WEATHER ALERT: Winter Weather Advisory for area, with snow, bitter temperatures predicted

The National Weather Service has issued an updated weather report that includes a Winter Weather Advisory for Delaware until 8 p.m. Saturday. Although this snow event is not expected to cause great disruption to the state, state officials are...

Saturday, January 8, 2011 - 12:15am

School buses retrofitted for cleaner air through DERA funds

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Department of Natural Resources Secretary Collin O’Mara were on hand in Sussex County this week to applaud Cape Henlopen School District’s use of Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) funds to retrofit old diesel...

Thursday, January 6, 2011 - 7:23am

County Council puts Ocean View property up for sale

Sussex County Council members voted this week to advertise for sealed bids as part of a process to sell a parcel of land the county owns in Ocean View. The parcel is located at the back of the property on Daisy Avenue where the county has its...

Thursday, January 6, 2011 - 7:01am

WEATHER ALERT: Road conditions still treacherous; State offices, employees in Sussex on delayed start

While the limited state of emergency and driving warning was lifted Monday night in all parts of the state, some roads in rural areas remained unplowed or have been covered again by snow, so state officials said that motorists should drive only...

Monday, December 27, 2010 - 11:38pm

WEATHER ALERT: State battles wind, drifting snow in recovery efforts; wind advisory in effect

High winds and continued blowing snow were keeping much of the state in a catch-up mode mid-day on Monday, Dec. 27, as crews tried to clear roads following a day and night of snow. Central and southern Delaware – particularly Sussex County – were...

Monday, December 27, 2010 - 4:04am

WEATHER ALERT: Blowing snow keeps road conditions difficult; Level 1 driving warning remains in effect

With overnight blizzard conditions lifting, most Delaware roads remained difficult in the southern and central portions of the state Monday morning as crews from the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) continued to battle blowing and...

Monday, December 27, 2010 - 1:47am

BREAKING WEATHER ALERT: December 26, 2010 Governor issues limited State of Emergency for Delaware drivers

December 26, 2010

Gov. Jack Markell has issued a limited State of Emergency with a “Level 1 Driving Warning” to begin at 4 p.m. Sunday in Kent and Sussex counties for a storm that is now predicted to dump up to 18 inches of snow on the...

Sunday, December 26, 2010 - 12:58pm

BREAKING WEATHER ALERT: Blizzard Warning until Monday morning -- 12-18 inches of snow now predicted

BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM EST MONDAY... ...WINTER STORM WARNING IS CANCELLED... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MOUNT HOLLY HAS ISSUED A BLIZZARD WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM EST MONDAY. THE WINTER STORM WARNING HAS BEEN...

Sunday, December 26, 2010 - 8:25am

WEATHER ALERT: Snow storm rapidly covering state; driving could be treacherous in all areas

The National Weather Service's Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 1 P.M., Monday, Dec. 27. Snow has been falling throughout the state and will become steadily heavier in the afternoon and evening. Accumulation of 8 to 12 inches is...

Sunday, December 26, 2010 - 8:00am

WEATHER ALERT: Beebe Medical Center announces closings due to snowstorm

Beebe Medical Center has canceled all elective surgeries for Monday, Dec. 27, due to the winter storm. All satellite facilities also will be closed, including Tunnell Cancer Center and Beebe Outpatient Surgery Center on Route 24.
 
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Sunday, December 26, 2010 - 7:52am