Sussex County

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

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