Sussex County


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
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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

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

Sussex County EOC warns Hurricane Bill could cause rough surf, strong rip currents

Warning issued by the National Weather Service, Philadelphia, Pa.
6:11 a.m. EDT, Friday, Aug. 21, 2009:

Long-period ocean swells, generated by...

Friday, August 21, 2009 - 4:00am

County awarded federal energy grant

Sussex County this week became one of the first 20 government entities in the nation to be awarded a U.S. Department of Energy grant for energy strategies.

The $40,000 grant will be used to hire a consultant to help develop an energy...

Thursday, August 20, 2009 - 6:36am

BREAKING NEWS: Southwest takes Senior League Softball World Championship

The USA Southwest team from Louisiana defeated host team District III from Laurel, Del., 3-2, on Saturday, Aug. 15, in a back-and-forth match-up where scoring came off both stolen bases and an out-of-the-park homerun. After dramatically taking a...

Saturday, August 15, 2009 - 7:58am

County considering inspection rules for turbines

With recently adopted state legislation removing much of local and county governments’ and home owners’ associations’ ability to prohibit the installation of wind turbines for power generation, even those who support wind power have been left...

Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 7:22am

County to make property deeds available online

Sussex County is about to take the centuries-old practice of recording property deeds into the digital age.

The County Council, at its Tuesday, Aug. 11, meeting, approved the final element of the plan – a contract with the service provider...

Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 6:39am

State, county team up to help businesses

Sussex County officials entered into an agreement last week to work with state agencies to expedite the process by which new businesses can come into the county and existing ones can expand their facilities.

Sussex County Council members...

Thursday, August 6, 2009 - 5:03am

County approves first project in rental program

The Sussex County Council on July 21 approved 4-1 the first project being developed under its Moderately Priced Rental Program, at 36-month pilot program approved in December 2008 that aims to stimulate affordable rental housing for the county’s...

Thursday, August 6, 2009 - 4:27am

Accident causes ash cloud release at IR power plant

On Tuesday, July 28, just after 8 a.m., an inspection port on a silo at the NRG-owned Indian River Generating Station (power plant) near Millsboro malfunctioned while employees were performing routine maintenance, allowing fly ash to escape while...

Thursday, July 30, 2009 - 12:57pm

More arrests in prison contraband case

State troopers and correctional officials continued this week to clear up the prison contraband scandal that they say has plagued the Sussex Correctional Institute in Georgetown.

Four inmates who were housed at the facility were arrested...

Thursday, July 30, 2009 - 12:55pm

County begins discussion of historic preservation

Sussex County officials included in the county’s most recent comprehensive land-use plan a recommendation to consider ordinances related to historic preservation, and they got started on fulfilling that promise this week, with discussion of a...

Thursday, July 30, 2009 - 12:45pm

County program offers funding for businesses

The Sussex County Council declared almost the entire county a “recovery zone” this week, as part of its participation in a new federal program that will lend millions of dollars in bonds to businesses expanding or adding jobs, all in the hope of...

Thursday, July 30, 2009 - 12:20pm

County funds farmland preservation program

Sussex County once again will pool money with a local land trust and the federal government to preserve some of the area’s farmland. The County Council at its Tuesday, July 21, meeting approved using $300,000 in agriculture preservation money not...

Thursday, July 30, 2009 - 12:19pm

County property records headed online

Attorneys, title searchers and the general public could soon have more convenient access to Sussex County property records, thanks to a new online system proposed this week by Sussex County Recorder of Deeds John Brady.

Brady, at the July...

Thursday, July 30, 2009 - 12:17pm

Help coming for private roads in need of improvement

Sussex County is ready to put its monetary muscle behind efforts to improve streets in the county’s private communities. County council members voted 5-0 on July 21 to approve an ordinance that codifies the county’s previously implemented program...

Thursday, July 30, 2009 - 11:48am

District 19 candidates speak to SCCOR group

Three candidates are officially running for Delaware’s District 19 Senate seat, which was left vacant by the recent death of the late Sen. Thurman Adams of Bridgeville. The special election to fill the seat will be held Aug. 3.

The three...

Thursday, July 16, 2009 - 8:43am

Dog control expected to tap county coffers

State legislators last week voted to fundamentally change dog-control operations in Delaware, shifting responsibility for the licensing of dogs, oversight of kennels, retail dog outlets and animal shelters and of dog care, to the state’s three...

Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 4:26am

County approves increase to sheriff fees

The Sussex County Council unanimously on June 23 approved a slate of fee increases requested by county Sheriff Eric D. Swanson to help offset increasing costs incurred by the office for its work reclaiming property and selling foreclosed real...

Thursday, July 2, 2009 - 9:20am

County planning process leaves room for confusion

For someone not well-versed in county politics, the Sussex County Council’s recent decisions to deny both a conditional-use application for a parcel near Double Bridges Road and a change of zone for a parcel near Muddy Neck Road might have seemed...

Thursday, June 25, 2009 - 6:58am