Sussex County

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

939 AM EDT MON APR 6 2009


Monday, April 6, 2009 - 4:38am

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