Sussex County

Ida leaves mark along Delaware’s coast [PHOTO SLIDESHOW]

Last weekend’s storm may not have impacted the Delaware shore the way the Storm of 1962 rolled up the coast, but restoration and recovery are definitely an eminent part of the weather’s aftermath.

Coastal Point • J. Pryor, S. Lyons, M.P....

Thursday, November 19, 2009 - 9:15am

County seeking damage reports

Sussex County emergency managers are asking property owners and residents affected by last week’s coastal storm to report any damage to homes, businesses, cars or other property so officials can gain a clear picture of the extent of destruction...

Thursday, November 19, 2009 - 9:13am

SEDAST raffle continues to benefit local art students

Next weekend, 18 of the area’s most noted artists and crafters will be opening their doors for the 15th Annual SouthEastern Delaware Artist Studio Tour (SEDAST), one of the area’s most highly anticipated art events each year. Galleries and...

Thursday, November 19, 2009 - 6:47am

Sussex County to host 26th annual Caroling on The Circle event Dec. 7

Sussex County Council next month will host the 26th annual Caroling on The Circle, to be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7, in downtown Georgetown.

Each year, the community singing event doubles as a food drive for the hungry and needy of...

Thursday, November 19, 2009 - 6:25am

Attorney General’s Office indicts Delaware photographer in child predator case

This week, Attorney General Joseph R. “Beau” Biden III announced the indictment of 52-year-old Newark resident Steven Hughes. Hughes is charged with 30 counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Child and 30 counts of Dealing in Child Pornography. He was...

Thursday, November 19, 2009 - 6:23am

Route 1 reopens, most other area roads deemed passable

The Delaware Department of Transportation has updated its list of roadways closed due to this week's storm, announcing that, about 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 15, all lanes of Route 1 in the area of the Indian River Bridge had been reopened.


Sunday, November 15, 2009 - 6:05am

Inland flooding and beach erosion remain after storm [PHOTOS]

Property owners and residents in low-lying areas of coastal Delaware continued this weekend to feel the impact of what many are calling Nor’Ida – former Hurricane Ida, turned nor’easter – despite the scaling back of the storm to a stiff breeze...

Sunday, November 15, 2009 - 4:08am

WEATHER ALERT (UPDATED): Bevy of Sussex roads closed due to high water, storm damage

The Delaware Department of Transportation has issued an extensive list of road closures in Sussex County due to this week's storm. The list was updated on Sunday, Nov. 15.

The closed roadways include: Old Mill Road in Millville, Holts...

Saturday, November 14, 2009 - 1:35am

WEATHER ALERT (UPDATED): Storm breaches dunes at Bethany, South Bethany, Fenwick and Inlet Bridge [PHOTOS]

The remnants of Hurricane Ida continued to wallop the Delaware coastal area on Friday, Nov. 13, with winds expected to continue to average around 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 45 mph. While that is a reduction from Thursday’s 45 mph peak sustained...

Friday, November 13, 2009 - 4:44am

WEATHER ALERT: Delawareans urged to take care of pets, livestock, poultry in tropical storm

Friday’s state of emergency is not a hurricane, but the weather is severe, and Elainea Goldthwaite, Delaware Department of Agriculture (DDA) Delaware Animal Response coordinator, is urging Delawareans to be mindful of their pets and livestock as...

Friday, November 13, 2009 - 2:50am

WEATHER ALERT: Sussex County continues to see storm effects, more flooding expected

Sussex County emergency officials on Friday morning, Nov. 13, were continuing to monitor the major coastal storm affecting the region, but said they were optimistic that once the early morning high-tide cycle was complete, conditions might...

Friday, November 13, 2009 - 12:59am

WEATHER ALERT: State of emergency declared for Sussex, Kent counties

Gov. Jack Markell has declared a state of emergency for Kent County and Sussex County to better enable response to the current storm, effective at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12.

Earlier on Thursday, Markell authorized the Delaware National...

Thursday, November 12, 2009 - 2:06pm

WEATHER ALERT: Coastal storm battering Sussex County (photos) -- IRSD schools closed Friday

Route 1 closed in both directions at IRIB

Delaware Department of Transportation officials have completely closed Route 1 at the Indian River Inlet Bridge as of 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12. The road is closed both northbound and...

Thursday, November 12, 2009 - 11:16am

Hocker’s offers savings of food and gas

Starting Nov. 13, Hocker’s and G&E will be offering customers a gas rewards program. For every $100 spent, customers will receive 10 cents per gallon off of gas purchased at Hocker’s or G&E. Through the Hocker’s G&E Gold Card...

Thursday, November 12, 2009 - 7:26am

Service group looks for members

Those looking to get involved in their community may want to give the Southern Sussex Rotary at try. The world’s first service organization is looking for members in the area.

“It’s a community thing,” explained Southern Sussex member...

Thursday, November 12, 2009 - 7:24am

County BoA confirms use for equipment storage

In a case that details the kinds of conflict that can happen as an area is developed, a 1-acre property near Millville has been the source of discord between the property owner and neighbors in recent years, as they battle over an ongoing use...

Thursday, November 12, 2009 - 7:14am

Bluewater Wind acquired by NRG

In a move that garnered praise from Gov. Jack Markell and Delaware Congressional delegation, NRG Energy Inc. this week announced that it had acquired Bluewater Wind, one of the nation’s leading offshore wind development businesses, from Babcock...

Thursday, November 12, 2009 - 7:08am

WEATHER ALERT: Coastal flood, high wind, high surf warnings for Delaware coast

IRSD schools closing an hour early

Due to inclement weather, Indian River School District schools will close one hour early on Thursday, Nov. 12. There will be no after school or evening activities, including adult education classes....

Thursday, November 12, 2009 - 4:07am

WEATHER ALERT: Ida remnants bring high wind warning, high surf advisory, coastal flood watch for Delaware beaches

Issued by the National Weather Service
Philadelphia, Pa.
9:43 a.m. EST, Wed., Nov. 11, 2009

... High wind warning in effect from 6 p.m. this evening to 6 a.m. EST Friday...

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly, N....

Wednesday, November 11, 2009 - 4:42am

WEB EXCLUSIVE: 'Vietnam Mailbag' book event set for Nov. 12 in Selbyville

The Selbyville Library will host author Nancy Lynch on Thursday, Nov. 12, at 6:30 p.m. Lynch will present the audience with a DVD slideshow presentation and talk about her book “Vietnam Mailbag: Voices From the War, 1968-1972.” She will also be...

Friday, November 6, 2009 - 6:01am

County BoA approves AT&T tower

Sussex County Board of Adjustments members on Monday, Nov. 2, approved a special-use exception for a 100-foot-tall monopole telecommunications tower off Route 1 near Bethany Beach town limits, despite ongoing opposition from some neighboring...

Thursday, November 5, 2009 - 3:45am

County working on dog control ordinance

\With responsibility for dog control inside Sussex County transferring to county officials in January, county council members and staff began work this week on adoption of Chapter 60 of county code, the ordinance setting up the rules for the...

Thursday, November 5, 2009 - 3:42am

Unite Sussex looks to unite Sussex

Unite Sussex will hold its second “town hall”-type meeting on Thursday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. at the CHEER Center in Georgetown. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and the Rev. Kim Tephabock of Dagsboro Church of God spoke about the group at this week’s...

Thursday, November 5, 2009 - 3:41am

DP asks county for support on Mid-Atlantic Power Pathway project

Delmarva Power officials this week asked Sussex County Council members for their support of the planned Mid-Atlantic Power Pathway project (MAPP), which would bring a 500 kilovolt electrical transmission line from southern Maryland across the...

Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 7:24am

Sheriff’s Office could serve state legal documents

The Sussex County Council on Oct. 27 endorsed the Sheriff’s Office’s tentative agreement with the State of Delaware to serve as a legal document delivery service for the State of Delaware for the Family Court and Child Support Enforcement Agency...

Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 7:20am

BREAKING NEWS: Police seeking assistance in locating fugitive

Delaware State Police are seeking the public's assitance in locating a fugitive wanted in connection with the theft of a wallet on Monday from a shopper at a Rehoboth Beach grocery store.

Police are looking for Joseph F. Fulmer, 45, who...

Tuesday, October 27, 2009 - 6:22am

Double nor’easter slams coast

See a slideshow of the damage to Bethany Beach’s dune and shoreline

Local and county officials had already warned residents and emergency services staffs that the impact of a nor’easter that roiled off the Atlantic Coast of Delaware...

Thursday, October 22, 2009 - 8:12am

BOA denies re-hearing, tables tower vote

It wasn’t the approval opponents of the proposed communications tower near Bethany Beach have been fearing, but the Sussex County Board of Adjustments delivered an unwelcome verdict for the group on Monday, Oct. 19, voting unanimously not to re-...

Thursday, October 22, 2009 - 7:48am

Denn speaks to Sussex seniors on health care and more

The Sussex County Chapter of the AARP heard from Lt. Gov. Matt Denn this week on the subjects of the economy, education and health care.

Coastal Point • Monica Fleming
Lt. Gov. Matt Denn gave a speech at the Sussex County Chapter of...

Thursday, October 22, 2009 - 6:16am

Flu shots offered to IRSD students

During the week of October 19, letters and consent forms will be sent to the parents of every Indian River School District student in Grades K-12. Vaccination consent forms must be signed and returned by Friday, October 23. Parents are asked to...

Monday, October 19, 2009 - 8:55am

Indian River Inlet Bridge open house/tour postponed due to weather

Delaware Department of Transportation officials announced Friday, Oct. 16, that the open house and site tour planned for the Indian River Inlet Bridge project on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 1 to 4 p.m., was being postponed until a future date that...

Friday, October 16, 2009 - 6:33am

Could South Coastal Library become independent?

The South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach is one of the county’s oldest and most popular libraries. It enjoys tremendous support from a dedicated Friends of the South Coastal Library group and the community at large, and a combination of that...

Thursday, October 15, 2009 - 7:50am

Workshops aim to help homeowners

The Delaware Attorney General’s Mortgage Fraud Task Force, in conjunction with the Delaware State Housing Authority and the Office of the State Bank Commissioner, on Thursday, Oct. 8, held their second housing workshop aimed at helping homeowners...

Thursday, October 15, 2009 - 7:12am

WEATHER ALERT: Coastal Flood Advisory, Wind Advisory, Coastal Flood Watch issued for Delaware beaches/Sussex

A Coastal Flood Advisory, Wind Advisory and Coastal Flood Watch have been issued for the Delaware beach area and inland Sussex County by the National Weather Service in Mount Holly, N.J. They are as follows:

Coastal Flood Advisory

Thursday, October 15, 2009 - 6:31am

County considers changes to hearing schedule

Sussex County Council members on Oct. 6 discussed whether the county should extend the period of time between public hearings on changes of zone and conditional uses before its Planning & Zoning Commission and the public hearings held on...

Wednesday, October 7, 2009 - 3:48pm

Public to receive info on bridge at open house

As construction continues in the new Indian River Inlet Bridge – right now, specifically the piles that will be erected on either side of the new bridge – passersby should notice rapid progress on the project in the upcoming months. And next...

Wednesday, October 7, 2009 - 3:47pm

Sussex Amber Alert text is a hoax

State Police and local law enforcement said Tuesday, Oct. 6, that they were receiving numerous calls concerning an Amber Alert involving a 3-year-old boy or an infant that was abducted from a Sussex County hospital. Police say that alert is a...

Tuesday, October 6, 2009 - 6:08am

County adds two partners to foreclosed homes program

Sussex County Council members on Sept. 29 voted 4-1 to enter into agreements with the Milford Housing Development Corporation and Diamond State Community Land Trust that will add the two groups to the county’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program (...

Friday, October 2, 2009 - 5:20am

County gets tougher on delinquent taxes

The Sussex County Council, during its meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 22, voted unanimously to put more effort behind the county’s tax-collection activity, approving a set of policy changes for collecting delinquent taxes. The changes include plans to...

Friday, October 2, 2009 - 5:18am

BREAKING NEWS: Opponents of Lewes shopping center to protest in Georgetown tonight

On Tuesday, Sept. 29, from 5 to 5:45 p.m., on the sidewalk of The Circle at Georgetown, a group of Lewes residents plan to protest the re-zoning requested for a regional shopping center at the gateway to Lewes. The public hearing on the request...

Tuesday, September 29, 2009 - 5:13am

County BoA tables decision on AT&T tower

Sussex County Board of Adjustments members got an earful from opponents of a proposed 100-foot-tall communications tower near Bethany Beach on Monday, as well as a lengthy presentation in favor of the required special-use exception from applicant...

Thursday, September 24, 2009 - 8:12am

County council moving back to daytime meetings

After a nine-month trial of afternoon meetings and evening public hearings, the Sussex County Council voted this week to return to a modified version of its prior schedule of morning meetings and afternoon public hearings.

On Sept. 22, the...

Thursday, September 24, 2009 - 8:09am

Hearing Monday on 100-foot tower near Bethany

On Monday, Sept. 21, the public will get a chance to have its say on a proposed communications tower that could rise to 100 feet tall on property very near the town limits of Bethany Beach.

At 7 p.m. on Monday, the Sussex County Board of...

Thursday, September 17, 2009 - 7:32am

County prepares transportation requests for DelDOT

Each fall, Delaware Department of Transportation officials make decisions on the department’s funding and project priorities for the coming year, and, each fall, Sussex County officials prepare their own list of priorities and requests that they...

Thursday, September 17, 2009 - 7:14am

IRIB construction proceeding on schedule

The fall months find Skanska finishing up the design portion of the Indian River Bridge construction contract and moving into the execution of construction activities, which officials say remain on schedule for a projected in-use date in the...

Thursday, September 17, 2009 - 7:11am

WEATHER ALERT: Coastal flood, rip current advisory until 9 p.m. Thursday

Coastal flood advisory remains in effect until 9 p.m. this evening

Coastal hazard message
National Weather Service, Mount Holly, N.J., 2:26 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009

Delaware Beaches-Eastern Monmouth-Atlantic Coastal Cape...

Thursday, September 17, 2009 - 4:21am

Banner plane crashes in Delaware Bay near Dewey

Shortly after 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12, Delaware State Police Troop 7 troopers and Dewey Beach patrol officers were dispatched to the Delaware Bay in the area of Tower Road near Dewey Beach for reports of a plane crash. Police said single-...

Sunday, September 13, 2009 - 4:11am

Community mourns slain officer

They came out in their nursing scrubs, in their UPS uniforms, in their beach gear, and for the Georgetown police department, all of whom are on leave, noticeably in civilian gear. Hundreds of people, perhaps as many as a thousand, from all walks...

Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 7:37am

Suspects in custody in shooting death of officer

A 20-year-old Lincoln, Del., man turned himself in to authorities at 11:15 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 4, after police spent more than two days trying to locate him. Christopher Reeves was the third suspect in a Tuesday-night shooting that left one...

Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 7:28am

WEATHER ALERT: Coastal flood advisory/watch through Thursday afternoon; Rip currents likely

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly, N.J., has issued a coastal flood advisory for the Delaware beaches. The coastal flood advisory remains in effect until 4 p.m. EDT this afternoon. A coastal flood watch in effect from Thursday morning...

Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - 6:01am