Sussex County


Registration open for Coastal Cleanup volunteers

Online volunteer registration is now open for the 25th annual Delaware Coastal Cleanup, to be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 25. Sponsored by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), the cleanup...

Friday, August 6, 2010 - 6:45am

County economic group working on 501(c)3 status

The Sussex County Council this week heard from Patti Grimes of the Sussex Economic Development Action Committee (SEDAC) at its council meeting this week, concerning SEDAC’s plans to become a 501(c)3 non-profit group. Grimes explained on Tuesday,...

Friday, July 30, 2010 - 8:29am

NRG to shut down power plant's Unit 3

Bringing to a close discussions dating back to February, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) Secretary Collin O’Mara recently announced that the agency has finalized a consent agreement with NRG Energy Inc....

Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 6:29am

Cordrey to challenge Phillips in District 5

Democrat Dennis V. Cordrey of Millsboro, director of personnel for Sussex County, has filed to run against current Sussex County Council President Vance Phillips, a Republican, for the District 5 seat on the council. Republican George Cole of...

Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 6:24am

CIB offers reports on cleanliness of Inland Bays waters

Whether doing cannonballs off the boat, taking off from the dock on a personal watercraft or swimming in the open bays, it’s nice to know how clean that water really is. And the Center for the Inland Bays’ second Recreational Water Quality...

Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 6:22am

Officials cheer reopening of Russia to U.S. poultry exports

Flanked by members of the poultry industry, at Allen’s Family Foods in Seaford, and joined by Ed Kee, Delaware’s Secretary of Agriculture, U.S. Sen. Tom Carper this week applauded the announcement by President Barack Obama and Russian President...

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - 5:49pm

No Energy Bill Homes

Tapa Homes, based in Dagsboro, Del., will be holding a grand opening and open house for their “No Energy Bill” model home on Saturday, July 17, starting at 11 a.m., and on Sunday, July 18, at their location just east of Milford, Del. Builder...

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - 5:02pm

County opposes loss of revenue-generating offices

Delaware’s current legislative session – the final one of the 145th General Assembly – lasts only through the end of the month, and legislators are currently in the midst of the annual rush to complete work on bills before the June 30 deadline....

Thursday, June 17, 2010 - 9:00am

County council could extend appointment process

Sussex County Council’s process for making appointments to the county Board of Adjustments and Planning & Zoning Commission will be up for discussion on Tuesday, June 15, when the council follows up on a proposed appointment to the BoA by...

Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 6:41am

County eyeing legislation as session end nears

With the remaining days of the 145th Delaware General Assembly dwindling ahead of the June 30 end of the current session, Sussex County Council members this week received a vital update from Deputy County Administrator Hal Godwin as to the status...

Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 6:16am

Mitchell files to run against incumbent Bunting

Ocean View Councilman Perry Mitchell has officially filed to run against incumbent state Sen. George Bunting in this fall’s primary election for the Democratic nomination for the District 20 senate seat.

Mitchell said he started...

Friday, June 4, 2010 - 6:28am

Farmers' market finds niche in Georgetown

Now beachgoers don’t have to wait until they get to Rehoboth Beach or Lewes, or even Bethany Beach or Fenwick Island, to get to a farmers’ market. Or, they can still hit all of them if they want, and one more. The new Georgetown Farmers’ Market...

Friday, June 4, 2010 - 5:04am

WEATHER ALERT: Strong thunderstorms moving into the region

At 3:35 p.m., National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated strong thunderstorms moving into central and southern Delaware. Officials said the storms will be capable of producing small hail and gusty winds. In addition, very heavy rain will...

Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 9:53am

County keeping eye on state legislature

Delaware legislators will return to session on Tuesday, June 1, beginning a final push to pass bills prior to the June 30 end of the 2010 legislative session. A number of those bills could impact Sussex County, and Deputy County Administrator Hal...

Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 6:26am

After 25 years, canal dredging set for completion

DNREC officials said this week that the Assawoman Canal dredging project is “closing in on completion.” An extension has been granted for work to continue through May 28, and if dredging is not complete by that date, DNREC has requested...

Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 6:21am

County present 2011 draft budget at $140 million

Sussex County officials on Tuesday, May 18, unveiled their proposed $139.8 million budget for the 2011 fiscal year. The total budget is up from the 2010 budget, but officials emphasized that the increase is mostly because of a one-time infusion...

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 5:24pm

County institutes moratorium on casino apps

There will be no casinos or gaming venues approved in Sussex County for at least the next six months. The Sussex County Council on Tuesday, May 18, voted 3-2 to approve a six-month moratorium on applications for casinos and gaming or gambling...

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 5:19pm

Report says school funding can approve

Lt. Gov. Matthew Denn released his office’s first annual report on public school district spending on April 16, and the report shows that Delaware school districts could spend an additional $28 million per year on direct educational services to...

Thursday, April 22, 2010 - 6:27am

County council looks to have some say in casino locations

Sussex County Councilwoman Joan Deaver last week inquired as to whether Deputy County Administrator Hal Godwin had been instructed to lobby in favor of a proposed amendment to a bill that could impact how casino proposals are dealt with in Sussex...

Thursday, April 22, 2010 - 6:25am

County monitoring bills in state legislature

With legislators back in session in Dover, Sussex County Deputy Administrator Hal Godwin has been busy tracking legislation and reporting back to the Sussex County Council in recent weeks. Along with a proposed bill that would govern how possible...

Thursday, April 22, 2010 - 6:22am

New Indian River Inlet Bridge halfway done

Public invited to attend open house April 24

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) and Skanska USA Civil Southeast Inc. (Skanska) this week announced that construction on the new Indian River Inlet Bridge is approximately 50...

Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 4:52am

LWV announces forum in quality of life

The League of Women Voters of Sussex County recently announced that the final forum in its series of seven land-use forums will focus on quality of life and smart growth. This “wrap-up” forum, which is open to the public, is scheduled for April...

Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 4:57am

County council looks to help property owners

Sussex County Council members on Tuesday, March 30, approved county staff pursuing a program that would aim to provide assistance to some property owners whose homes have been damaged by flooding. The grant assistance comes from the Federal...

Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 3:40am

County offers use of two houses to Habitat

Two empty houses that had been waiting for a date with the wrecking ball will instead find new life as temporary housing for those in need and those aiming to help them.

The Sussex County Council, at its Tuesday, March 30, meeting,...

Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 3:38am

TRAFFIC ALERT: Motorists asked to avoid East Redden Road, east of Route 113, near Georgetown

The Delaware State Police and the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control about 1:10 p.m. were on the scene of a crash involving a train and a car on East Redden Road, east of U.S. 113, near Georgetown.

Minor injuries...

Monday, March 29, 2010 - 7:55am

'Talk before you walk away'

The message is clear: for homeowners facing foreclosure or even just starting to feel the pinch of not being able to make mortgage payments: don’t give up. And no matter what, don’t just walk away. With the economy and housing industry still...

Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 2:23pm

WEATHER ALERT: Coastal flood warning in effect until Thursday (March 4) morning

A coastal storm, combined with astronomical high tides and a full moon, has resulted in the National Weather Service issuing a coastal flood warning and a hazardous weather outlook for the Bethany Beach area. Minor coastal flooding during...

Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 4:33am

Responding to emerging problems: Flooded roads, potholes replace snow as the travel hazard du jour

Although snowflakes are few and far between in Delaware as of 3:30 p.m., Thursday, the National Weather Service predicts that snowfall will gradually increase over the state and continue through Thursday night into Friday. However, forecasts for...

Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 9:59am

Bradley indictment alleges 103 child victims

This week saw new developments in the case of Earl Bradley, and the pain that has been felt in the community in the wake of allegations of child sexual abuse by the Lewes pediatrician has only become more far-reaching.

Earlier this week,...

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 - 4:37pm

Family, friends hold out hope, offer reward for missing man

Search efforts to find a Selbyville man who went missing from a Fenwick Island condo on Feb. 9 have been scaled back, according to Delaware State Police, but friends and family remain optimistic and hopeful for his safe return. Police said 29-...

Thursday, February 18, 2010 - 7:09am

New dog-control bills could add to county work

On Tuesday, Feb. 16, Sussex County Council members discussed two bills proposed in the Delaware General Assembly relating to the counties’ new dog-control responsibilities.

The first was described as a “housekeeping-type” proposal, to...

Thursday, February 18, 2010 - 7:00am

WEATHER ALERT: Residents encouraged to prepare for more snow; 8 inches possible on Monday

The State of Emergency in Delaware was lifted at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, by Gov. Jack Markell. But even as the state works to clean up and restore services following the back-to-back snow storms of this month, another snow event is threatening....

Saturday, February 13, 2010 - 1:04am

WEATHER ALERT: Officials urge caution as motorists return to roadways

Delaware remains under a State of Emergency on Friday morning, Feb. 12, 2010. The State of Emergency has been in effect since 12 midnight, Feb. 10. The travel bans contained in the original State of Emergency declared by Gov. Jack Markell that...

Friday, February 12, 2010 - 1:03am

BREAKING NEWS: Travel ban lifted in Sussex and Kent counties as of 6 p.m.

State of Emergency remains in effect
 
Gov. Jack Markell has ordered the driving restrictions for Kent and Sussex counties to be lifted as of 6 p.m. tonight.  However, the State of Emergency will remain in effect for the entire state...

Thursday, February 11, 2010 - 12:38pm

State hammered by rare blizzard

After taking a beating from last weekend’s blizzard that dumped as much as 15.6 inches of snow on the area and piled it high with strong winds, early this week residents of coastal Delaware were preparing for the onslaught of a second major...

Thursday, February 11, 2010 - 8:27am

Paramedic funding a concern for county

Reductions in state funding for paramedics are of increasing concern for county officials as the cost of the programs and needed expansion of service have only risen while county coffers have gotten leaner with less real estate transfer tax to...

Thursday, February 11, 2010 - 8:25am

Community pulls together for Haiti

In the wake of one of the worst disasters the Caribbean nation of Haiti has ever experienced, local businesses and organizations are still coming together to help. From sports and games to dinners and haircuts, hundreds of locals are still...

Thursday, February 11, 2010 - 8:07am

County requests nearly $2.5 million in CDBC funding

Sussex County Council members on Tuesday, Feb. 2, approved an application to be sent to the Delaware State Housing Authority (DSHA) in an appeal for funding for the Community Development Block Grant program.

The county routinely submits...

Thursday, February 11, 2010 - 8:04am

County asking for proposals on vacant properties

Sussex County is making available three county-owned properties in Georgetown for lease or purchase to organizations that will provide decent, safe and affordable housing to those in most in need in Sussex County. The county recently released its...

Thursday, February 11, 2010 - 7:58am

Serving with valor

Despite the impending blizzard, members of eight local law enforcement agencies and fire companies, and members of the public, gathered at the Bistro at Bear Trap Dunes on Friday, Feb. 5, for the 2010 Joshua M. Freeman Valor Awards, honoring...

Thursday, February 11, 2010 - 7:44am

BREAKING NEWS: Abandoned and stranded vehicles to be towed; plowing efforts being hampered

Kent and Sussex counties are still removing disabled and abandoned vehicles from roads on their secondary and local back roads, state officials reported Thursday afternoon, noting that the vehicles have been hampering efforts to clear roads and...

Thursday, February 11, 2010 - 7:40am

K-10 offers a step above for proper pet performance

It’s been said, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” but don’t tell that to Nancy LaFontaine, whose local business, K-10 Dog Training, is helping solve behavioral problems in pooches and allowing owners to bond more closely with their pets....

Thursday, February 11, 2010 - 7:34am

BREAKING NEWS: Travel ban and State of Emergency to remain in place Thursday

As of 9 a.m., officials announced Thursday morning, after consultation between the Governor’s Office and state and local emergency management officials, it was decided that the State of Emergency declared by Delaware Gov. Jack Markell will remain...

Thursday, February 11, 2010 - 4:01am

WEATHER ALERT [UPDATED]: Offices, schools closed, events canceled

[UPDATE] Due to inclement weather, all Indian River School District schools will be closed on Friday, Feb. 12. All 12-month employees will be informed of their status at a later time, officials said.

Winds continued to remain gusty early...

Wednesday, February 10, 2010 - 10:32pm

WEATHER ALERT: Farmers asked to assist emergency responders with tractors

The Sussex County Emergency Operations Center late Wednesday night put out the call for additional farmers throughout the county to lend equipment and aid so fire and ambulance crews can reach residents in an emergency.

EOC Director Joseph...

Wednesday, February 10, 2010 - 10:30pm

WEATHER ALERT: Help wild songbirds survive winter

Delaware’s frigid temperatures, high winds and recent snowfalls can be difficult for the more than 40 species of wintering songbirds that share the state’s nature resources, state officials reminded the public mid-week. Their food sources – nuts...

Wednesday, February 10, 2010 - 10:22pm

URGENT WEATHER ALERT: Vehicles blocking roads will be moved, those stranded in cars must clear exhaust to avoid death or injury

State officials sent out an urgent message about 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday, noting that presently there are stranded and abandoned vehicles that are blocking some roads in Sussex County to the point that ambulances cannot proceed to make emergency...

Wednesday, February 10, 2010 - 5:49pm

WEATHER ALERT: Storm updates as of 2:35 p.m. -- Power, road crews temporarily suspend operations

A brief storm update from state officials as of 2:35 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 10:

• Delmarva Power crews in Sussex County have temporarily suspended operations due to visibility problems.

• Delaware Electric Cooperative crews in Kent...

Wednesday, February 10, 2010 - 7:53am

WEATHER ALERT: Vehicles ordered off roads as area again under blizzard warning

Gov. Jack Markell declared a State of Emergency covering the entire state of Delaware effective at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, with all non-emergency vehicles ordered off the roads.

With the second winter storm in five days setting in, snowfall...

Tuesday, February 9, 2010 - 11:01pm

WEATHER ALERT: Power outages persist as area prepares for more snow and wind

State officials were reporting nearly 14,000 electric customers still without power – mostly in Sussex County – on Monday morning, as crews from Delmarva Power and Delaware Electric Cooperative struggled to reach and repair outages from last...

Monday, February 8, 2010 - 3:35am