Sussex County

Sussex looks at ‘homestead tax’ as option

Sussex County Council members are asking staff to look into the idea of adding a “homestead tax” to help fund dwindling county coffers.

Though the term “homestead tax” most often refers to the exemption of state-resident owners from all or...

Thursday, April 2, 2009 - 8:46am

Changes to ordinances target backlog

Sussex County could give developers more time to get substantially under way with their projects, if the county council adopts two proposed ordinances that were formally introduced at the March 31 council meeting.

Both ordinances would...

Thursday, April 2, 2009 - 8:26am

IRSD to host Pre-School Family Night on March 26

The Indian River School District will host a Pre-School Family Night on Thursday, March 26, at Millsboro Middle School. The event will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Families and daycare providers in the Indian River School District are being...

Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 12:22am

County sewer projects to receive federal stimulus money

Projects designed to expand central wastewater service in Sussex County and thereby eliminate failing septic systems, improve water quality and ultimately protect the environment will get a boost from the federal stimulus package, county...

Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 12:12am

County sewer projects to receive federal stimulus money

Projects designed to expand central wastewater service in Sussex County and thereby eliminate failing septic systems, improve water quality and ultimately protect the environment will get a boost from the federal stimulus package, county...

Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 12:11am

CIB stays neutral regarding PCS suit

Citing a desire to stay objective on the matter as a potential technical resource, the board of the Center for Inland Bays will not take a formal stand on Sussex County’s lawsuit against DNREC over buffers.

The lawsuit questions DNREC’s...

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 3:23am

BREAKING NEWS: DSP says alarming text message is a hoax

The Delaware State Police announced Thursday, March 26, that they are being inundated with telephone calls regarding a text message that has been circulating throughout Central and Southern Delaware and portions of Maryland.

Police said...

Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 6:24am

County opposes adding two at-large members

Sussex County Council members were asked to take a position this week on what has been a hot-button issue in the county in recent years: proposed expansion of the council’s number by the addition of two at-large members. A vote at the council’s...

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 - 5:13pm

Reduced revenue pushes changes to county employees’ benefits

As county officials try to cut expenses for the upcoming 2010 fiscal year under the force of waning revenues – along with an anticipated $7.7 million shortfall in the current year’s $54 million county general-fund budget, which runs through June...

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 - 5:10pm

County council opposes proposed windmill bill

County staffer Hal Godwin asked the Sussex County Council on Tuesday to take a position on proposed state legislation dealing with how county and local governments, and homeowners associations, control the placement of wind-powered energy systems...

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 - 5:09pm

BREAKING NEWS: Winter storm warning for area until 2 p.m., schools closed

Issued by the National Weather Service, Philadelphia, Pa., 5:40 a.m.:

A winter storm warning remains in effect until 2 p.m.

Additional snow will build up into our region this morning. The snow is then expected to taper to scattered...

Monday, March 2, 2009 - 12:23am

New inlet bridge appears to be on fast track

The project has been long delayed and even longer anticipated, but the construction phase for the new Indian River Inlet Bridge officially kicked into gear this week with formal announcement of a timetable for the $150 million project, slated to...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 4:14pm

County offers employees voluntary furlough option

As part of their effort to cut an anticipated $7.7 million shortfall in the current year’s $54 million county general-fund budget, which runs through June 30, Sussex County Council members recently approved a voluntary furlough policy for county...

Wednesday, February 4, 2009 - 3:52pm

BREAKING NEWS: Police looking for Millville man

The Delaware State Police are seeking the public’s help in locating a 41-year-old Millville man wanted in connection to a Failure to Stop at the Command incident and home-improvement fraud.


According to the DSP, on Jan. 28,...

Tuesday, February 3, 2009 - 8:42am

BREAKING NEWS: Dense Fog Advisory until 8 p.m.

Issued by the National Weather Service, Philadelphia, Pa., 3:35 p.m. EST, Wed., Jan. 28, 2009
... Dense fog advisory now in effect until 8 p.m. EST this evening...

Warmer air over the cold ground covered with snow and sleet,...

Wednesday, January 28, 2009 - 3:18am

Phillips named Sussex County Council President

With the swearing in of a new Republican-dominated Sussex County Council on Tuesday, Jan. 6, chances were good that the presidency of the council would fall on a Republican. And, with just a hint of opposition from the council’s lone Democrat,...

Thursday, January 8, 2009 - 8:39am

County asked for committment to conservation program

The demand for land for development – and, subsequently, the value of the land itself – may be in a slump, but for the Delaware Agricultural Lands Preservation Foundation (DALPF) that could mean it’s time to strike while the iron’s hot.


Thursday, January 8, 2009 - 8:37am

Deaver set to join county council

When Joan Deaver takes her oath of office next Tuesday, Jan. 5, she will officially become the first woman ever to sit on the Sussex County Council, as well as a big change for a body she has frequently criticized.

Democrat Deaver, a...

Thursday, January 1, 2009 - 11:30am

County kicks off SuperGreen initiative

With state officials currently in the process of creating an environmental incentive program labeled “SuperGreen,” Sussex County officials have also taken up the cause, this week voting to implement a pilot program of their own, on a trial basis...

Thursday, December 18, 2008 - 6:38am

Outgoing county councilman end era

County staff and local officials offered accolades and personal recollections for three outgoing Sussex County Councilmen on Tuesday, Dec. 16, as the current council met for its final session before a new council will be sworn in this January....

Thursday, December 18, 2008 - 6:34am

County urges pause for changes to dog control

With legislation pending in the state’s General Assembly that would reassign responsibility for dog-control operations from the state to its three counties, Sussex County Council on Dec. 9 discussed whether, when and how, the county would take on...

Thursday, December 11, 2008 - 4:10am

Planners recommend passage of open-space ordinance

After years of pursuing ordinances that would help preserve open space in Sussex County while still allowing developers and property owners to maximize the value of their land, county officials took a big step in that direction on Nov. 13, when...

Tuesday, November 25, 2008 - 4:46pm

BREAKING NEWS: Sunday morning motorists may be delayed on Route 1

The Department of Transportation is advising motorists that Delaware Electric Cooperative (DEC) will be replacing electric lines on Route 1/Coastal Highway south of Five Points in the area of Shady Road and Marsh Road near Rehoboth Beach on...

Friday, November 21, 2008 - 5:12am

BREAKING NEWS: Georgetown's Circle area now closed ahead of Biden's Return Day visit

Organizers of Sussex County’s annual Return Day festivities in Georgetown confirmed Wednesday, Nov. 5, that Vice-President-Elect and Delaware U.S. Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. will be attending this year’s event. The news confirmed rumors that have...

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 - 5:25am

BREAKING NEWS: Obama, Biden, Castle, Markell, Denn, Stewart, Parish, Hocker and Atkins top vote-getters in elections

The votes are in!

In a historic election year, Americans have elected the first-ever African-American president and the first-ever vice-president from Delaware, and Delawareans overall contributed to that victory with their own votes,...

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 - 4:47am

County comprehensive plan approved by state

Sussex County officials received word this week that their update to the county’s comprehensive land-use plan (CLUP) had been officially approved and signed-off on by Gov. Ruth Ann Minner.

Minner’s signing statement to the county noted...

Thursday, October 30, 2008 - 8:22am

Hocker running on record of achievement

For state Rep. Gerald Hocker (R-38th), running for re-election to his state House of Representatives seat is as much about what he has done already as it is about his vision for the future.

“My first time running [against Shirley Price], I...

Thursday, October 23, 2008 - 8:19am

Inland Bays PCS signed into law

Closing in on the end of her term of office, Gov. Ruth Ann Minner signed into affect Delaware’s Pollution Control Strategy on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at the Center for Inland Bays.

The process to come up with the Pollution Control Strategy has...

Thursday, October 23, 2008 - 8:07am

BREAKING NEWS: Storm causes beach erosion, flooding

An unnamed storm that lashed the area with high winds and heavy rain late last week caused significant beach erosion and flooding along the Delaware coast and inland bays. The late-September storm, despite falling during hurricane season and...

Monday, September 29, 2008 - 4:37am

DelDOT asking for public input on plan

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), along with the citizen-member Council on Transportation (COT), the Dover/Kent Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), the Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO) and Sussex County held...

Thursday, September 25, 2008 - 9:50am

DPH & DNREC monitoring chemical levels at Sussex County Airpark

Delaware’s Division of Public Health (DPH) and Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) announced this week that they have increased monitoring of water samples at the Sussex County Industrial Airpark.


Thursday, September 25, 2008 - 8:00am

Emergency officials urge preparation for looming storm

The Sussex County Emergency Operations Center mid-week was monitoring a developing storm system off the eastern United States that threatened to bring heavy rain, gusty winds, and prolonged higher-than-normal tides to the region for the next...

Wednesday, September 24, 2008 - 8:21am

BREAKING NEWS: Markell, Atkins winners in tight primary races

After a competitive start to this year’s election season, the results of Sept. 9’s primary voting are in for the state of Delaware – and, for many candidates, it was a close one.

State Treasurer Jack Markell beat out Lt. Gov. John Carney...

Wednesday, September 10, 2008 - 4:26am

BREAKING NEWS: Tropical storm leaves minimal impact on Delaware coast

Update, Sept. 6, 7:14 p.m. -- With Tropical Storm Hanna clear of the Delmarva Peninsula as late afternoon and evening arrived on Saturday, residents and visitors alike turned out by the dozens to check out the storm-tossed waves of the Atlantic...

Friday, September 5, 2008 - 11:54pm

Tropical storm watch in effect; 3 to 5 inches of rain, 40 mph winds expected

The Sussex County Emergency Operations Center is continuing to monitor the movement of Tropical Storm Hanna, which is forecast to track along the East Coast this weekend and bring gusty winds and heavy rain to Delaware. Forecasters expect...

Friday, September 5, 2008 - 10:12am

Sussex County EOC monitoring tropical storms

Officials at the Sussex County Emergency Operations Center announced Wednesday that they were closely monitoring Tropical Storms Hanna, Ike and Josephine in the Atlantic Ocean.

Tropical Storm Hanna was expected to pass off the coast of...

Wednesday, September 3, 2008 - 10:03am

BREAKING NEWS: Delaware Electric Co-op issues peak alert for Wednesday, Thursday

Delaware Electric Cooperative is asking all Delaware Electric Co-op members to voluntarily conserve or limit energy usage between the hours of 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, when its membership is expected to be using the greatest...

Tuesday, September 2, 2008 - 10:06am

Bayside Chapel and Samaritan Thrift Shop a reality

“This whole thing has been one miracle after another” said the Rev. Rich Evans of the new Bayside Chapel and the Samaritan Thrift Shop near Fenwick Island. “In the past two years, this church has gone from a dream to a reality by the power of God...

Thursday, August 28, 2008 - 9:23am

Millville fire hall to hold poker tournament

The Millville Volunteer Fire Company will be holding a Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Saturday, Aug. 23, at its firehouse on Route 26. Entry fee is $100, with two $25 re-buys available.

Doors open at 6 p.m.

Dealing begins at 7 p...

Thursday, August 14, 2008 - 9:29am

Shikan to perform at Festival Hispano

El Centro Cultural is inviting the public once again to attend Festival Hispano. This year, the community event will be held on Sunday, Aug. 24, in Millsboro. Festival Hispano will start at noon and last until 6 p.m. The event is free for the...

Thursday, August 14, 2008 - 9:25am

Illegal dumping complaints on the rise

DNREC’s Environmental Crimes Unit recently released statistics on its investigations into violations of Delaware’s air, waste and water pollution laws for the first six months of 2008. Enforcement officers handled a total of 1,958 complaints...

Thursday, August 14, 2008 - 7:46am

County adopts stronger buffer ordinances to protect land uses

The lines between properties and what features can separate them are far less blurry than before, thanks to Sussex County Council’s adoption of a new buffer ordinance amendment.

County Council, at its Tuesday, July 29, 2008, meeting,...

Thursday, July 31, 2008 - 7:02am

Open race for county council

In a surprising move, three incumbent Sussex County councilmen announced this week that they would not seek reelection.

The announcement came on Tuesday, July 22, just prior to their regularly scheduled council meeting in Georgetown.


Thursday, July 24, 2008 - 7:35am

State ramping up for Route 26 projects

The Route 26 roadway improvement project planned for the 4 miles between St. George’s Church in Clarksville and the Assawoman Canal is now expected to begin in 2011 and conclude in 2014, according to the Delaware Department of Transportation’s (...

Thursday, July 24, 2008 - 6:49am

Biden opposes off-chore drilling, supports wind farm

U.S. Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.) had harsh words Monday about President George W. Bush’s announcement that morning that he had lifted an executive ban on offshore oil drilling and encouraging Congress to do likewise. Biden, in the backdrop...

Thursday, July 17, 2008 - 9:15am

Red Cross urges preparedness for hurricanes

There’s no guarantee that this hurricane season will be as quiet for the United States as the past two seasons and the nation needs to be ready, according to the American Red Cross. Fewer than expected U.S. landfalls over the past two years, they...

Thursday, July 17, 2008 - 6:07am

Bids opened in Indian River Inlet Bridge project

With a contract for the design and construction of the new Indian River Inlet Bridge expected to be awarded in July, Skanska USA Civil Southeast Inc. is the apparent winning design-build team for the project, which could start construction in...

Wednesday, July 2, 2008 - 3:45pm

BREAKING NEWS: Bids opened in inlet bridge project

With a contract for the design and construction of the new Indian River Inlet Bridge expected to be awarded in July, Skanska USA Civil Southeast Inc. is the apparent winning design-build team for the project, which could start construction in...

Friday, June 27, 2008 - 3:22am

Paramedic, patient dead after ambulance crash

An ambulance crash early Tuesday morning claimed two lives, including that of 31-year-old Sussex County paramedic Stephanie L. Callaway, the first line-of-duty death the Sussex County Medical Service has seen since the program’s start nearly two...

Thursday, June 19, 2008 - 10:21am

BREAKING NEWS: Ambulance crash kills patient, paramedic

UPDATED: A paramedic and her patient were killed in a single-vehicle crash on Route 24 near Rehoboth Beach in the early hours of Tuesday morning, June 17, after the ambulance swerved to avoid a deer.

According to Delaware State Police,...

Tuesday, June 17, 2008 - 3:28am