Sussex County

BREAKING NEWS: State braces for major snow storm; driving precautions urged statewide

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning that is in effect from 7 A.M. Sunday, Dec. 26, until 1 P.M. Monday, Dec. 27. There will be heavy, blowing snow throughout Sunday afternoon and evening, and there is the potential for...

Sunday, December 26, 2010 - 2:06am

WEATHER ADVISORY: Winter Storm Warning in effect through Monday; hazardous road conditions reported


Saturday, December 25, 2010 - 1:01pm

WEATHER ADVISORY: Winter Storm Watch in effect -- 6+ inches expected through Monday


Saturday, December 25, 2010 - 8:07am

Legislators: No need for bypass south of Millsboro

State Sen. George H. Bunting (D-20th) and Rep. John Atkins (D-41st), recently met with Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) Secretary Carolann Wicks to discuss their concerns about the proposed Blue Alternative, the “preliminary...

Thursday, December 16, 2010 - 3:38am

County completes updates to manufactured housing code

After months of discussion, the Sussex County Council voted on Tuesday to adopt two ordinances related to manufactured housing. Two other ordinances on the issue were adopted earlier this year, but the remaining two – on conditional uses and...

Thursday, December 16, 2010 - 3:31am

Hocker takes up the Whip in Dover

Coastal Sussex County’s own state Rep. Gerald Hocker (R-38th) was elected Minority Whip by the House Minority Caucus in a meeting Dec. 7 at Legislative Hall in Dover. Hocker will complement the leadership of also-newly-elected state Rep. Greg...

Thursday, December 16, 2010 - 3:15am

Sussex County Council extends dog-control contract

The Sussex County Council voted at their meeting on Dec.14 to extend their contract with the Kent County SPCA for dog control for another year, at the rate of $$669,231 for the calendar year of 2011. The county receives 24/7 dispatch coverage for...

Thursday, December 16, 2010 - 2:07am

County opts for 500-foot expansion of runway

Sussex County Council on Dec. 7 reviewed their options for the planned runway expansion at the county airport near Georgetown, which is intended to expand access for some larger aircraft and thus generate additional revenue for the county and its...

Thursday, December 9, 2010 - 5:35am

Delaware National Bank changes name to Fulton Bank

In an era of bank mergers, acquisitions and buy-outs, it could be a little disheartening to see the name of your bank change on the sign and hear a new greeting when you call on the phone, but fortunately for Delaware National Bank customers, it’...

Thursday, December 9, 2010 - 3:38am

IR power plant to become one of nation's cleanest

Do economic development and good jobs in the energy sector have to come at a cost of environmental degradation? Not in Delaware, said Gov. Jack Markell on Tuesday, along with cabinet members Alan Levin of the Economic Development Office and...

Thursday, December 2, 2010 - 3:54am

Casino moratorium could return

Sussex County Council voted on Tuesday to re-introduce a county-wide moratorium on casinos. The previous six-month moratorium expired on Nov. 18, so they will have to re-introduce the moratorium as an ordinance and go through the regular public-...

Thursday, December 2, 2010 - 3:53am

'Study' could impact hundreds of properties, owners

While Millsboro is the only town that has, to date, held a formal vote on a resolution to support the Route 113 Blue Alternative as-is – the vote passed with only one dissenter, Councilman Greg Hastings – there is plenty of opposition to the plan...

Thursday, December 2, 2010 - 3:35am

Diamond State Community Land Trust suing Sussex County Council

The Diamond State Community Land Suit filed a suit against Sussex County Council over the council’s recent decision to uphold the Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission’s denial of their application for its New Horizons Community near...

Tuesday, November 23, 2010 - 2:25pm

Caroling on the Circle offers holiday spirit in action

For the 27th straight year, Georgetown residents and visitors will be celebrating Caroling on the Circle – a way to get the community together in the midst of the holiday season, as well as a way to give back to those less fortunate. The event be...

Tuesday, November 23, 2010 - 1:54pm

DelDOT: Route 113 bypass project will impact most of our area

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The U.S. Route 113 North/South Study (according to DelDOT Project Manager Monroe Hite, III, the terms “project” and “study” can be used...

Tuesday, November 23, 2010 - 1:38pm

Toys for Tots kick-off 2010 season

Known for bringing holiday cheer to underprivileged children, Toys for Tots has begun its annual gift collection in southern Sussex County. The local U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots is just one of 710 Marine-sponsored branches nationwide...

Tuesday, November 23, 2010 - 12:38pm

County to take sewer expansion under grave site

Sussex County Council voted on Nov. 16 to use a jack-and-bore method to work around, with as little disturbance as possible, a burial site found underneath the planned path for the expansion of the Oak Orchard Sanitary Sewer District near River...

Thursday, November 18, 2010 - 3:09am

Insurance analyst offers organization tips on Medigap

The Sussex County Advisory Committee for the Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities hosted Linda Nemes, senior insurance analyst for the Delaware Department of Insurance, this week for a talk about recent changes made the supplemental...

Thursday, November 18, 2010 - 2:35am

DelDOT: A deep look at the agency people love to hate

Charged with providing Delawareans with a “safe, efficient, and environmentally sensitive transportation network in a variety of convenient and cost-effective choices for the movement of people and goods,” the Delaware Department of...

Thursday, November 18, 2010 - 2:16am

County council talks sewer districts

Sussex County Council held a public hearing and adopted resolutions amending the annual operating budget for this year and establishing annual service charges and assessment rates for transmission and/or treatment for Johnson’s Corner and the...

Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 4:37am

Markell and Mountaire announce creation of new jobs

On Nov. 4, Governor Jack Markell joined Delaware Economic Development Office (DEDO) Secretary Alan Levin, Mountaire Farms President Paul Downes, along with audience members including State Rep. Gerald Hocker and State Sen. George Bunting, to...

Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 3:58am

Return Day celebrated once again

On Nov. 4, Delawareans joined together in Georgetown to celebrate a time-honored tradition of Return Day.

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark
U.S. Senate candidates Christine O’Donnell and Chris Coons prepare to bury the ceremonial...

Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 3:53am

Status quo maintained in Sussex County

Incumbents George Cole, councilman from District 4, and Vance Phillips, current Sussex County Council president and councilman from District 5, will keep their seats for at least another four years.

Phillips beat challenger Denny Cordrey,...

Wednesday, November 3, 2010 - 2:44pm

Court reverses AT&T tower approval

The Superior Court of the State of Delaware on Oct. 28 found in favor of home owners in the Sea Pines Village community near Bethany Beach in their appeal of the Sussex County Board of Adjustments process that permitted AT&T to erect a cell...

Wednesday, November 3, 2010 - 2:42pm

Move that bus! Local family sought for Extreme Makeover

Everybody knows them: the kindergarten teacher that was born to work with children and goes the extra mile to make a child feel special; the single mom struggling to make ends meet while going to school who still makes time to volunteer; the...

Wednesday, November 3, 2010 - 2:17pm

County Council candidates have their say before election

Two Sussex County Council seats are up for election this November: the seat currently held by Council President Vance Phillips in District 5 and the seat currently held by District 4’s George Cole.

Democrat Dennis V. Cordrey of Millsboro,...

Thursday, October 28, 2010 - 4:24am

Atkins and Hastings vie for District 41 representative seat

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To be eligible to vote in the state of Delaware, voters must be United States citizens, residents of Delaware (proof required), 18 or older and mentally competent. The general election is set for Nov. 2. Polls will be...

Thursday, October 28, 2010 - 4:19am

Sussex County Council election contest nears deadline

The time left to enter Sussex County Council’s Election Contest is dwindling. The contest is open until the morning of Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 2, at 7 a.m. County officials at the council’s Oct. 26 meeting urged students to participate in the...

Thursday, October 28, 2010 - 4:02am

Yard waste rules in Kent, Sussex to change in January

Kent and Sussex County residents who take yard waste to the Central and Southern Waste Management centers near Sandtown and Georgetown can no longer co-mingle yard waste with regular trash starting Jan. 1, 2011. The restrictions will join those...

Thursday, October 28, 2010 - 3:30am

Housing advocates challenge affordable-housing denial

Representatives of the Delaware Housing Coalition on Tuesday decried the decision of the Sussex County Council to deny Diamond State Land Trust’s application to construct an affordable-housing community near Laurel.

On a 4-1 vote on Oct....

Friday, October 22, 2010 - 5:08am

Housing advocates challenge affordable-housing denial

Representatives of the Delaware Housing Coalition on Tuesday decried the decision of the Sussex County Council to deny Diamond State Land Trust’s application to construct an affordable-housing community near Laurel.

On a 4-1 vote on Oct....

Friday, October 22, 2010 - 5:08am

Nov. 2 election means déjà vu in 41st

On Nov. 2, residents of Delaware’s 41st Representative District will vote to elect the person who will represent them in Legislative Hall for the next two years. Republican-turned-Democrat and incumbent Rep. John Atkins is again being challenged...

Thursday, October 14, 2010 - 3:57am

County council offers support for Coastal Towns Museum

Sussex County Council voted Tuesday to award a grant of $5,000 to the Ocean View Historical Society for the restoration of the Shores House in Ocean View, which is to become home to the group’s museum.

In addition to hosting two recent “...

Thursday, October 14, 2010 - 3:52am

County to consider changes to windmill turbine ordinance

Sussex County Council has decided to look at the county’s current windmill regulations and possibly consider an update to zoning ordinances regarding renewable energy systems. They asked their land-use consultant, Paul Driscoll, to come up with “...

Wednesday, October 6, 2010 - 3:05pm

Habitat unveils four-year plan for assistance

Sussex County Council heard this week from Sussex County Habitat for Humanity regarding their “four-year plan” for helping families with housing needs.

Kevin Gilmore, executive director of Sussex County Habitat for Humanity, said they...

Wednesday, October 6, 2010 - 2:56pm

Students can win scholarhships by guessing election winners

Sussex County Council this week officially opened up its Election Year Scholarship Contest for students in kindergarten through 12th grade who are residents of Sussex County. In 2000, in an effort to promote interest in local politics, the...

Wednesday, October 6, 2010 - 2:04pm

County approves helicopter landing site near Frankford

Sussex County Council this week approved a conditional use for a private helicopter landing site near Frankford, for use of the property’s owner, who said he would use the helicopter to visit local sites.

The conditional use permits the...

Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 7:49am

County eyes an acre of solar with EOC plans

Sussex County government is one step closer to supplementing some of its power supply with solar power. On Tuesday, county council members voted to authorize the spending of $44,484 – about 6.9 percent of the estimated $644,000 total cost of the...

Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 7:29am

CIB board approves substitute wastewater resolution

The Board of Directors of the Center for the Inland Bays approved a substitute resolution regarding the proposed Wandendale regional wastewater treatment facility near Lewes, choosing to wait on any action until the appeals process was complete...

Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 7:20am

County blocks wind turbines on less than 5 acres

When Greg Menoche of Dagsboro installed his own wind turbine a few years back, it was fairly simple. With plenty of acreage at his home, he fit under Sussex County’s 5-acre minimum for windmills nicely, and after getting the various permits and...

Thursday, September 23, 2010 - 6:12am

County to use budget surplus to restore grant funding

Over the objections of Councilman George Cole, Sussex County Council voted Tuesday – on the condition of a successful auditor’s report expected in the next few months – to use $594,354 of a potential $614,000 general fund surplus to reinstate...

Thursday, September 23, 2010 - 4:04am

Bunting and Mitchell vie for Democrat slot

The Democratic primary for the 20th Senate District will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 14. Incumbent Sen. George H. Bunting will try to stave off a challenge from Ocean View Councilman Perry Mitchell.

The Coastal Point does not endorse...

Thursday, September 9, 2010 - 4:03am

Melrath to challenge Cole in District 4

Russell Melrath of Dagsboro on Wednesday, Sept. 1, filed to run for the District 4 seat on the Sussex County Council. The Sussex County Democratic Party chose the former State Farm executive to face incumbent George Cole, a Republican. While the...

Thursday, September 9, 2010 - 3:54am

Emergency Operations Center: Sussex County 'dodged' storm-Updated 12:45 p.m.. Sat. Sept. 4, 2010

Tropical Storm Earl made landfall near Western Head Nova Scotia around 10 a.m. according to officials. Severe tropical storm conditions are affecting a large part of the province. Meanwhile, coastal Delaware is pleasant with sunny skies.


Thursday, September 2, 2010 - 4:38am

DelDOT: 'Hairline' cracks in new bridge not considered harmful

After receiving multiple inquiries in recent weeks regarding reported work stoppages, false-work settlement and concrete cracking at the new Indian River Bridge, Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) Secretary Carolann Wicks released a...

Thursday, September 2, 2010 - 4:35am

NRG plans rip rap project for ash landfill area

Indian River Power LLC recently filed a permit application with the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) to stabilize 4,863 linear feet of shoreline along Indian River and Island Creek at Burton Island in Millsboro...

Thursday, September 2, 2010 - 4:10am

County council approves Hazardous Mitigation Plan

Sussex County Council at their Aug. 24 meeting voted to approve a Hazardous Mitigation Plan update for the county.

Joseph Thomas, director of the county’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC), explained that FEMA requires an updated plan...

Thursday, August 26, 2010 - 3:48am

State surveying residents, companies, on business climate

The Sussex County Economic Development Office is encouraging all Sussex County residents and businesses to participate in a survey regarding perceptions and concerns about the overall business climate in the state.

According to the county...

Thursday, August 26, 2010 - 3:44am

Schwartzkopf aims for fifth term in House

State Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf will again run for his seat as state representative in the 14th district. He has been elected to the position since four times since 2002 and is currently House Majority Leader.

Born in Philadelphia, Pa.,...

Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 8:18am

County looks at BoA hearing process

Sussex County Council and the county Board of Adjustment met for a workshop this week, to discuss ways to move forward after some residents recently expressed concerns about the BoA and their high approval rate for variances and exceptions to...

Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 8:15am