Sussex County


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

BREAKING NEWS: Four-car crash claims life of Ocean View man

Delaware State Police are investigating a four-car crash that killed a 75-year-old man from Ocean View on Thursday, Sept. 3. Police said the crash that killed James McCord occurred about 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, when McCord’s car was hit by two...

Sunday, September 6, 2009 - 7:05am

BREAKING NEWS/TRAFFIC ALERT: Georgetown announces Tuesday’s funeral procession route for slain officer

The Town of Georgetown is inviting the community to pay its final respects to fallen Georgetown Police Officer Chad E. Spicer during a public procession through town on Tuesday, Sept. 8. As many as 100 police agencies from across the United...

Saturday, September 5, 2009 - 2:41am

BREAKING NEWS: Suspects in custody in shooting death of Georgetown police 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 is the third suspect in a Tuesday-night shooting that left one...

Thursday, September 3, 2009 - 9:13am

Free to a good home site: two houses

Two free houses, for anyone who is interested!

Coastal Point • Monica Fleming
Sussex County is willing to let go of these houses in Georgetown to a party or parties interested in moving them.
Desperately in need of some new...

Thursday, September 3, 2009 - 7:57am

Vigil planned for slain Georgetown police officer

The Delaware State Police Homicide Unit has formally charged one of two suspects in the shooting death of a Georgetown police officer on Tuesday, Sept. 1. Derrick J. Powell, 22, of Cumberland, Md., has been charged with Murder 1st degree and...

Wednesday, September 2, 2009 - 4:21am

Route 113 closed near Selbyville for multi-car crash

Delaware State Police, Frankford Police, Selbyville Police and EMS crews were on the scene about 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 1, of a multiple-car crash on U.S. Route 113 in the area of Daisey Road, near Selbyville. According to the DSP, the roadway...

Tuesday, September 1, 2009 - 6:49am

WEATHER ALERT: Coastal flood, rip-tide warning for Delaware beaches

Coastal flood warning for Delaware beaches, until 6 p.m. EDT, Sat., Aug. 29
Issued by the national weather service, Philadelphia, Pa., 8:50 a.m. EDT, Sat., Aug. 29
... High risk of rip currents...

The rip current risk is high...

Saturday, August 29, 2009 - 6:56am

WEATHER/MARINE ALERT: Area under Special Marine Alert, effects of TS Danny expected through weekend

A Small Craft Advisory is now in effect until 8 a.m. on Sunday.

Tropical Storm Danny is forecast to cause waves to increase on the coastal waters of Delaware and New Jersey. Waves are expected to reach 6 to 9 feet on Saturday, before they...

Friday, August 28, 2009 - 3:48am

County could create a park at Salt Pond

Sussex County Council members on Tuesday gave the go-ahead to county staff to begin work on an application for a Delaware Land and Water Conservation Trust Fund grant that could help create a new county park facility at the Salt Pond near Bethany...

Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 4:20pm

Levin: DEDO now putting its focus on tourism

Delaware Economic Development Office Secretary Alan Levin stopped by this week’s Sussex County Council meeting on Tuesday, part of a re-launch of the office as it is reorganized from specializing in types of business to focusing geographically,...

Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 4:16pm

County getting tougher on addressing

Sussex County property owners are already required to properly display their 911-friendly address so that their properties can be easily located by emergency responders and others, but enforcement of the 2005 ordinance has remained only in the...

Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 4:14pm

County ready for first settlement in program

Sussex County is likely to be the first county in the state – and among the first in the region – to hand new home owners the keys to formerly foreclosed properties, under the Neighborhood Stabilization Program.

William Lecates, director...

Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 3:58pm

Economy puts pressure on animal rescue groups

Sussex County Council recently offered grants to two animal rescue groups, in hopes of helping them deal with the financial pressure that the economy is putting on them, both in terms of increased need for rescues and in terms of the donations...

Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 3:26pm

TRAFFIC ALERT: Nighttime road closure Aug. 26-27 in Millsboro area for oversized load

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announced this week that temporary road closures and delays for a short period of time beginning at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 26, and ending at 5 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 27, will be in effect to...

Monday, August 24, 2009 - 4:05am