Sussex County


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

Sussex Smiles keeps on giving

Sussex Smiles recently gave a $7,000 donation to Delmarva Rural Ministries for their dental services at their Kent Community Health Center.

Coastal Point • Submitted
Anne Green, former executive director of Sussex Smiles, hands Dr....

Thursday, June 25, 2009 - 6:30am

County council rejects Double Bridges business

Less than two weeks after Sussex County planning commissioners on Tuesday, June 9, recommended denial of a conditional-use application that would have permitted the sale of barbecue, antiques, beach goods, produce and firewood on an...

Thursday, June 11, 2009 - 8:16am

Increased cap on sheriff's sale fees dropped

Sussex County Sheriff Eric Swanson has dropped his request that the county council approve an increase in the cap on the fee charged for the sale of real estate through sheriff’s sales, such as those on foreclosed properties.

A revised...

Thursday, June 11, 2009 - 8:04am

Steel workers keep inlet bridge local

Assembling the new Indian River Inlet Bridge is a daunting task. But for a handful of local workers, the undertaking is a sigh of relief in a struggling economy.

Coastal Point • Submitted
ES Steel, in Federalsburg, Md., is doing...

Thursday, June 11, 2009 - 7:58am

Deaver urges changes to land-use law

In a letter sent May 31 to state Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf (D-14th), state Sen. Gary Simpson (R-18th) and Milton Planning & Zoning Commissioner Virginia Weeks, Sussex County Councilwoman Joan Deaver appealed for a change in state legislation...

Thursday, June 4, 2009 - 6:17am

County P&Z recommends denial of change

On Wednesday, the Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission voted to recommend denial of an application for a proposed zoning change for a property in an AR-1 Agricultural Residential District to a B-1 Neighborhood Business District. The...

Thursday, May 28, 2009 - 8:14am

County council presents $128 million budget

Sussex County Council capped off its May 19 meeting with what County Administrator David Baker facetiously called “one other small item.” Smaller in size, yes, but small in its impact, certainly not, since that final item was the presentation of...

Thursday, May 28, 2009 - 8:13am

Teachers protest proposed pay cuts

Teachers at Lord Baltimore Elementary School participated in Bell to Bell Week on Tuesday, May 19, and Wednesday, May 20, as a show of solidarity against Gov. Jack Markell’s proposed 8 percent pay cut to state workers, including public school...

Thursday, May 21, 2009 - 12:25pm

Drug manufacturer: Beebe patient deaths result of ‘institution-specific issues’

Two of three patients who suffered cerebral hemorrhages after receiving the drug heparin from premixed IV bags at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes around May 8 died last weekend, and the hospital has since been cooperating with the Food and Drug...

Thursday, May 21, 2009 - 12:17pm

County approves automated CPR devices

Sussex County paramedics will get an extra hand, or two, from new automated devices approved by the Sussex County Council on Tuesday. The council unanimously approved the purchase of 11 LUCAS Chest Compression System devices, an external medical...

Thursday, May 21, 2009 - 12:02pm

County plans major cuts in grants

Sussex County Council heard from County Administrator David Baker about proposed cuts to Grant in Aid funding projects at their meeting on Tuesday, May 12.

Because transfer taxes are down $4 million as compared to the current year’s budget...

Wednesday, May 13, 2009 - 4:55pm

Two Beebe patients die after adverse drug reactions

Two of three patients who were adversely affected after receiving the drug heparin from premixed IV bags at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes around May 8 died. The hospital has since been cooperating with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and...

Wednesday, May 13, 2009 - 11:32am

County approves Mountaire rendering plant

Despite out-of-order opposition, the Sussex County Board of Adjustment approved an application by Mountaire for a ‘resource recovery’ or rendering plant near Millsboro on Monday, May 4.

Millsboro resident Dottie LeCates asked if she could...

Thursday, May 7, 2009 - 7:46am

Rendering plant still causing confusion

The Sussex County Board of Adjustments this week again tabled a Mountaire Farms Inc. application for a special-use exception for a “resource recovery plant” off Route 24 near Millsboro, citing the need to go back and listen to the audio of the...

Thursday, April 23, 2009 - 7:04am

BREAKING NEWS: Coastal flood advisory for Delaware beaches until Thursday morning

Coastal flood advisory for Delaware beaches
Issued by the National Weather Service
Philadelphia, Pa., 2:27 p.m. EDT, Wed., Apr. 15, 2009

... Coastal flood advisory in effect from 10 p.m. this evening to 6 a.m. EDT Thursday......

Wednesday, April 15, 2009 - 9:32am

Lane closed for IRIB construction, through April 24

UPDATED: The Department of Transportation advised motorists on Tuesday, April 14, that sheetpile driving would be occurring on the new Indian River Inlet Bridge this week and would require the closure of the right lane of Route 1 southbound...

Tuesday, April 14, 2009 - 7:45am

County considers upping marriage fees

Sussex County Clerk of the Peace George Parish made his case to county council members on Tuesday, April 7, as to why the council should approve fees charged by his office, as recommended by Parish and other county officials working on the county...

Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 8:44am

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT - Strong thunderstorms affecting area

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOUNT HOLLY NJ
939 AM EDT MON APR 6 2009

ATLANTIC NJ-ATLANTIC COASTAL CAPE MAY NJ-BUCKS PA-CAMDEN NJ-CAPE MAY NJ-CAROLINE MD-CECIL MD-CHESTER PA-COASTAL ATLANTIC NJ-CUMBERLAND...

Monday, April 6, 2009 - 4:38am