Sussex County


WEATHER ALERT: Road clearing and power restoration under way, up to 2 feet of snow in Sussex

With the National Weather Service reporting snow totals of 20 to 25 inches with drifts in Sussex County, 25 inches in New Castle County and 22 inches in Kent County from this weekend’s blizzard, a State of Emergency remained in effect at 9 a.m....

Sunday, February 7, 2010 - 2:34am

WEATHER ALERT: Travel ban lifted as blizzard conditions end with more than 15 inches of snowfall

Snow from this weekend’s blizzard had begun to taper off around 8 p.m. on Saturday night, leaving much of the state paralyzed and snowbound, and tens of thousands without power, with as many as 39,000 homes and businesses left in the dark at peak...

Saturday, February 6, 2010 - 1:01pm

WEATHER ALERT: Snowfall tops 14 inches in Selbyville; whiteout conditions, power outages, travel prohibitions continue

A winter storm warning is in effect in the area until 7 p.m. on Saturday evening. Light to moderate snow with embedded areas of heavy snow near the Atlantic coast was occurring across the area late this afternoon, adding about 6 inches of snow in...

Saturday, February 6, 2010 - 10:18am

WEATHER ALERT: Snowfall tops 8 inches in coastal Sussex; non-emegency vehicles still prohibited from travel

With snow totals statewide topping 15 inches in some locations and more than 8 inches of snow in the local area, Delaware emergency officials on Saturday morning were reminding the public of the State of Emergency currently in force and the...

Saturday, February 6, 2010 - 2:45am

WEATHER ALERT: Snow accumulating and winds beginning to build

Snow is beginning to accumulate, the plows are out, and residents everywhere are settling in for a long weekend, state officials reported Friday evening as blizzard conditions hit Delaware. As of 9:30 p.m. on Friday Delaware State Police reported...

Friday, February 5, 2010 - 7:08pm

WEATHER ALERT: Governor declares state of emergency as area braces for 1 to 2 feet of snow, strong winds

State of Emergency declared for state as of 8 p.m., vehicles ordered off roads as of 10 p.m.

Gov. Jack Markell declared a State of Emergency covering the entire state of Delaware effective at 8 p.m. Friday, with vehicles ordered off the...

Friday, February 5, 2010 - 12:21pm

WEATHER ALERT: Blizzard warning in effect Friday and Saturday, up to 18 inches of snow, strong winds forecast

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly has issued a blizzard warning, which is in effect from 4 p.m. Friday to 7 p.m. Saturday. The previous winter storm watch is no longer in effect.

A storm system developing over the Gulf of Mexico...

Thursday, February 4, 2010 - 1:43pm

Possible shutdown of third unit at power plant on the table

Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) Secretary Collin O’Mara announced on Wednesday, Feb. 3, that DNREC was evaluating a potential agreement with NRG that would shut down a third coal-fired electrical...

Thursday, February 4, 2010 - 6:57am

WEATHER ALERT: Winter storm watch in effect from Friday afternoon to Saturday evening

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly, N.J., has issued a winter storm watch that is in effect from Friday afternoon through Saturday evening.

A storm system developing over the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday will pass off the Carolina...

Wednesday, February 3, 2010 - 11:29pm

WEATHER ALERT: IRSD schools closed on Wednesday

Due to inclement weather, all Indian River School District schools will be closed on Wednesday, Feb. 3. All 12-month employees should report two hours late.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010 - 11:17pm

WEATHER ALERT: Delaware readies for more snowfall with 1 to 3 inches forecast and possible weekend storm

With a weather advisory from the National Weather Service in effect, state agencies on Tuesday were preparing to meet the challenge of yet more snow.

The National Weather Service Mt. Holly office issued a winter weather advisory for...

Tuesday, February 2, 2010 - 8:58am

WEATHER ALERT: Schools closed Monday, additional closures expected

Due to inclement weather, all Indian River School District schools will be closed on Monday, Feb. 1. All 12-month employees are not required to report.

Other Monday closures, as they are reported to Coastal Point:
Cape Henlopen...

Sunday, January 31, 2010 - 8:18am

WEATHER ALERT: Road conditions remain dangerous; 8-13 inches of snow on the ground, below-freezing temps continue

National Weather Service officials are warning of icy roads on Sunday morning. With very cold temperatures in place, any snow from the storm Saturday night that melts on Sunday will freeze on roadways and other untreated surfaces. Caution was...

Saturday, January 30, 2010 - 11:56pm

WEATHER ALERT [UPDATED]: Winter storm warning in effect through Sunday morning, 5-8 inches of snow predicted

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly, N.J., has issued a winter storm warning for snow, which is in effect from 9 a.m. Saturday morning to 4 a.m. Sunday. The previous winter weather advisory is no longer in effect.

An area of low...

Saturday, January 30, 2010 - 1:35am

WEATHER ALERT: Winter weather advisory issued for Saturday snow of 2-4 inches

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly, N.J., has issued a winter weather advisory for snow, which is in effect from 7 a.m. Saturday to midnight Saturday night.

Low pressure developing along the Texas Gulf Coast on Friday afternoon...

Friday, January 29, 2010 - 11:59am

Country trims projected deficit by 75 percent

Budget cuts enacted early last year left Sussex County in better financial shape than originally expected, an independent audit of the county’s 2009 fiscal year showed, according to a report delivered to the county council on Tuesday, Jan. 26....

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 - 5:36pm

Council gives cool reception to tax district legislation

After their predecessors asked county staff and state legislators to give serious consideration in 2009 to authorizing Sussex County to create special development tax districts designed to help pay for improvements in or near developments, the...

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 - 5:33pm

Sussex County grants $5,000 for Haiti relief

Sussex County is extending a helping hand to those affected by the earthquake in Haiti.

The county council, at its Tuesday, Jan. 26, meeting, approved a $5,000 grant for disaster relief efforts in the earthquake-stricken nation, where...

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 - 5:18pm

County to offer 30-day tax amnesty period

Sussex County officials recently announced plans to offer a 30-day tax amnesty program designed to get delinquent taxpayers caught up, with the incentive of a 50 percent cut in interest penalties due on the taxes owed to county and school...

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 - 5:12pm

County rejects controversial commercial project

Years of work designed to bring a 360,000-square-foot commercial center to King’s Highway near Lewes this week came to an abrupt halt as Sussex County Council members voted 3-2 not to approve change of zoning needed for the project to move...

Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 7:09am

BREAKING NEWS: County council rejects controversial Lingo-Townsend commercial project near Lewes

Sussex County Council members on Tuesday, Jan. 19, rejected a proposed 320,000-square-foot commercial project near Lewes, adjacent to Cape Henlopen High School, on a 3-2 vote, citing concerns about traffic, lot coverage in an environmentally...

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 - 4:18am

County council plans Jan. 19 workshop on land use

The Sussex County Council will hold a workshop on the afternoon of Tuesday, Jan. 19, to discuss zoning ordinances in the context of the county’s most recent update to the comprehensive land-use plan.

County Administrator David Baker said...

Thursday, January 14, 2010 - 6:16am

WEATHER ALERT [UPDATED]: Schools closed and caution advised, with winter weather advisory in effect until noon

Due to snow, all Indian River School District schools are now closed on Friday, Jan. 8. Officials had previously announced a two-hour delay. All 12-month employees should report at their regular time. The Cape Henlopen School District is also...

Thursday, January 7, 2010 - 11:31pm

BREAKING NEWS: Possible re-hearing on tower case on Monday BoA agenda [UPDATED]

UPDATE: The Sussex County Board of Adjustments this week again rejected a request for a rehearing from opponents of a planned AT&T communications tower near Bethany Beach. Pick up next week's issue of the Coastal Point for more on this story...

Monday, January 4, 2010 - 4:56am

Economy, tourism focus for legislators

The biggest battle in the Delaware General Assembly this year will be the economy, according to state Rep. Gerald Hocker (R-38th) and Sen. George H. Bunting (D-20th).

Both small-businessmen, the local legislators said they will continue to...

Tuesday, December 29, 2009 - 1:31pm

Abuse victims, parents urged to contact state hotlines immediately

On Dec. 23, Attorney General Joseph R. “Beau” Biden III held a press conference to update the public on the investigation of Lewes pediatrician Dr. Earl B. Bradley. In addition, Biden provided information about victim services that are available...

Tuesday, December 29, 2009 - 1:28pm

County dog licensing to begin Jan. 1

Starting today, owners of dogs in Sussex County will need to deal with county officials instead of state agencies when it comes time to license their dogs. Beginning Jan. 1, 2010, responsibility for dog control and licensing has transferred to...

Tuesday, December 29, 2009 - 1:26pm

WEATHER ALERT: Wind advisory in effect until 6 p.m. Tuesday

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly, N.J., has issued a wind advisory, which is in effect until 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Strong gusty winds will accompany an Arctic cold front that will move through the region late Monday night. The strong...

Monday, December 28, 2009 - 8:52am

Carper, officials examine storm damage to dunes

Recent storms that pummeled the Delaware coastline have sent town officials and organization chairs back to the drawing boards and back to their wallets. Although the money invested in building the dunes and reconstructed beaches two years ago...

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 - 11:15am

Internal struggles dominate CIB board meeting

After an almost year-long power struggle between the Center for the Inland Bays Board and the CIB Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) – one of its standing committees – regarding a proposed diversity plan for members, things came to a head at last...

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 - 11:09am

Students training for green jobs at Tech

When the going gets tough, the tough get green.

This past week, U.S. Sen. Tom Carper was in Georgetown to meet with students, administration and guests at the Career Training Center at Sussex Technical High School. Often mentioned in...

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 - 11:08am

Health of area's wetlands get a mixed report

The health of the flat wetlands in Sussex County have been graded at a fair B+, but the health of the area’s riverine wetlands and tidal wetlands came in at a less-than-satisfactory D and D+, respectively, according to a new report card on the...

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 - 11:05am

Phillips highlights council's 2009 achievements

As 2009 draws to a close, it’s only natural to reflect on the year gone by. For the Sussex County Council, 2009 was historic. In January, three new members took their seats on the five-member body, only to be greeted with news that record...

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 - 10:59am

Charges filed against Lewes doctor

Lewes pediatrician Dr. Earl B. Bradley was charged with an additional 24 charges on Friday, Dec. 18, after turning himself in to Delaware State Police Troop 4 detectives on that morning. Police said more alleged victims have been identified in...

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 - 10:49am

EDU requests raise concerns over capacity

A request for additional sewer capacity for a proposed project near Lewes on Dec. 8 revealed continuing divides on the Sussex County Council over how to deal with the impact of growth on the county’s sewer system, as the council considered...

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 - 10:42am

WEATHER ALERT: Snow/rain mix across eastern Sussex, State of Emergency in Kent, New Castle counties

As heavy snow continued to blanket the entire state on Dec. 19, state officials said agencies were working hard to keep the primary roads passable and tending to stranded motorists. Additionally, Gov. Jack Markell declared a State of Emergency...

Saturday, December 19, 2009 - 8:48am

BREAKING NEWS: Bethany council to hold special meeting Tuesday on AT&T tower suit

The Bethany Beach Town Council will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 22, at 2 p.m. at the town hall. The meeting will include discussion and a vote on moving forward with the Sea Pines Village homeowners association with litigation to halt...

Saturday, December 19, 2009 - 12:45am

BREAKING NEWS: Additional 24 charges filed against Lewes pediatrician in rape, exploitation cases

Lewes pediatrician Dr. Earl B. Bradley was charged with an additional 24 charges on Friday, Dec. 18, after turning himself in to Delaware State Police Troop 4 detectives on Friday morning. Police said more alleged victims have been identified in...

Friday, December 18, 2009 - 11:36am

WEATHER ALERT: Snow/rain mix across eastern Sussex, State of Emergency in Kent, New Castle counties [UPDATED, 3:45 p.m.]

WEATHER ALERT: Snow/rain mix across eastern Sussex, State of Emergency in Kent, New Castle counties [UPDATED, 3:45 p.m.]

As heavy snow continued to blanket the entire state on Dec. 19, state officials said agencies were working hard to...

Friday, December 18, 2009 - 11:15am

WEATHER ALERT: Winter storm watch issued

National Weather Service, Mount Holly, N.J., 3:30 p.m. EST Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009

A winter storm watch will be in effect from late Friday night through late Saturday night. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch....

Thursday, December 17, 2009 - 9:24am

County council looking at potential transitional housing

Three vacant Georgetown-area homes purchased by Sussex County as part of its airport expansion could be transformed into transitional housing for one or more groups of people in need of a roof over their heads.

Sussex County Council...

Thursday, December 17, 2009 - 5:11am

BREAKING NEWS: Lewes pediatrician arrested on rape, sexual contact charges [UPDATED]

The Delaware State Police on Wednesday, Dec. 16, reported that DSP Troop 4 detectives were investigating Dr. Earl B. Bradley – a pediatrician with an office in Lewes, Del. – in reference to charges of unlawful sexual contact.

Police said...

Wednesday, December 16, 2009 - 8:19am

Work continues on historic preservation ordinance

The Sussex County Council was split on Tuesday, Dec. 8, over the issue of a possible historic preservation ordinance that county officials have been discussing since the drafting of the county’s most recent comprehensive land-use plan.

As...

Wednesday, December 9, 2009 - 2:15pm

WEATHER ALERT: Caution advised as flash-flood, wind advisories continue [UPDATED, 5 p.m.]

A wind advisory is in effect from 6 p.m. Wednesday evening to 6 p.m. Thursday. A deep low pressure system to the north will cause a cold front to cross the area early Wednesday evening. Strong and gusty winds from the west or southwest will...

Wednesday, December 9, 2009 - 3:22am

County falls short of mark for federal storm aid

With a strong coastal storm headed into the area mid-week and a second expected on Saturday, Dec. 5, Sussex County officials offered the unwelcome news at the county council’s Dec. 1 meeting that the county had not qualified to be eligible for...

Wednesday, December 2, 2009 - 12:48pm

Sussex County adopts dog-control ordinance

Dog owners in Sussex County will notice a few changes when it comes time to tag their dogs next year. The Sussex County Council, at its Tuesday, Dec. 1, meeting, adopted a new ordinance that defines the county’s authority when it comes to dogs,...

Wednesday, December 2, 2009 - 12:31pm

WEATHER ALERT: Wind, surf and flood advisories issued for Delaware coast

A stormy 12- to 18-hour period is being forecast at the Delaware shore, with the National Weather Service having issued wind, high-surf and coastal flood advisories for the area through Thursday morning, Dec. 3.

NWS forecasters predicted...

Wednesday, December 2, 2009 - 7:58am

WEATHER ALERT: Tidal flooding anticipated ahead of Dec. 2-3 storm

Sussex County emergency officials are urging coastal residents and property owners to be alert to weather conditions for the next several days.

Joseph L. Thomas, director of the Sussex County Emergency Operations Center, warned Sussex...

Tuesday, December 1, 2009 - 8:52am

Grand jury returns indictments for murder of Spicer

“Today, the Sussex County Grand Jury returned a 14-count indictment charging Derrick Powell with 1st Degree Murder, among other charges, for the Sept. 1 shooting that killed Georgetown police officer Ptl. Chad Spicer and injured Georgetown police...

Wednesday, November 25, 2009 - 7:27am

Grand Jury returns indictments for murder of Georgetown police officer Chad Spicer

“Today, the Sussex County Grand Jury returned a 14-count indictment charging Derrick Powell with 1st Degree Murder, among other charges, for the Sept. 1 shooting that killed Georgetown police officer Ptl. Chad Spicer and injured Georgetown police...

Monday, November 23, 2009 - 9:56am