Sussex County

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

Heat-related alerts issued for Sussex County

The first official heat wave of summer 2008 continued Tuesday to sizzle the mid-Atlantic region, where temperatures were expected to top 100 degrees and could lead to a variety of health and safety issues, from heat exhaustion to power...

Tuesday, June 10, 2008 - 11:49am

BREAKING NEWS PHOTOS: Storm causes flooding, damage, road closures, boat beaching

Photos from the May 12-13 storm are shown in slideshow format below, with newer photos toward the end. All photos are copyright © Coastal Point, LLC, and may not be used without express permission of the Coastal Point.

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Monday, May 12, 2008 - 10:44am

BREAKING NEWS: Inlet Bridge, Route 1 reopen

The Delaware State Police and Department of Transportation reopened Route 1 between Dewey Beach and Fred Hudson Road/Road 360 north of Bethany Beach and the Indian River Inlet Bridge late Tuesday afternoon, following a detailed inspection of the...

Monday, May 12, 2008 - 9:17am

District to host current-expense referendum on May 22

On Thursday, May 22, the Indian River School District will host a current-expense referendum for the purpose of generating additional local funding for operating expenses, salaries and the implementation of full-day kindergarten.


Thursday, April 10, 2008 - 8:00am

MHDC acquires Interfaith Mission organization

MHDC, southern Delaware’s largest non-profit provider of affordable housing, has agreed to take on assets and program responsibilities of Interfaith Mission of Sussex County.

“In this time of crisis for affordable housing in Sussex County...

Thursday, March 13, 2008 - 7:15am

Sussex County goes ‘green’ with new recycling policy for government offices

Sussex County is going green this March, but it’s not on account of St. Patty’s Day. County Administrator David B. Baker announced Tuesday, March 11, that all County operations this month will begin recycling office waste, from copier paper and...

Thursday, March 13, 2008 - 5:30am

Sewer project having only minor impacts on Route 26 businesses

Though the prospect of partial road closures raised deep concerns in area businesspeople when the project was announced last year, it has been business pretty much as usual along Route 26 since the start of the Millville sewer project on Jan. 2....

Thursday, March 6, 2008 - 10:48am

Agenda – February 2, 2016

Bethany Beach

• The Bethany Beach Town Council will hold a public hearing at 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17, at town hall, to receive comments on an ordinance to amend Section 425-105 of the Bethany Beach Town Code, to allow the Bethany Beach building...

Thursday, February 28, 2008 - 6:41am 2.0 unveiled

Welcome to 2.0! If you’ve visited our Web site in the last few weeks, you’ll already have noticed the appearance of the first phase of months of behind-the-scenes work by our staff on The Point’s Web presence.


Thursday, February 28, 2008 - 2:28am

Council nears decision on Streetscape plan

Bethany Beach officials are one step closer to officially endorsing a plan to make over their downtown area, with discussion and possibly a vote now on the agenda for their March 20 meeting on whether to pay costs associated with removing utility...

Friday, February 15, 2008 - 3:51am

Phillips introduces density-for-dollars

Sussex County Councilman Vance Phillips (R-4th) introduced a long-awaited ordinance Tuesday that would allow county officials to trade density requirements in multi-family development plans on agricultural and sensitive county land for money....

Wednesday, February 13, 2008 - 8:13am

County to ask for development district power

Despite no actual plans yet to employ the power, Sussex County Council members on Jan. 8 voted 3-2 to ask the state’s General Assembly to pass legislation that would enable the county to create special development districts (SDDs) to help pay for...

Friday, January 11, 2008 - 8:19am

County Council favors expansion to seven

The Sussex County Council on Tuesday reversed its previous position of opposition to House Bill 42, which was passed in the state’s House of Representatives last year but is still pending in the state Senate.
The bill would increase the...

Friday, January 11, 2008 - 8:08am

Transfer tax take-away still opposed

During a review of pending legislation from the 2007 General Assembly session, Sussex County Council members on Tuesday continued their unanimous opposition to House Bill 111, which county officials said they’d been opposing “strongly and...

Friday, January 11, 2008 - 5:42am

Jones takes over county council leadership

Democrat Finley Jones of Sussex County’s second district took over the reins as president of the county council on Tuesday, Jan. 8, succeeding outgoing Council President Dale Dukes (D-1st) with the first vote of the council in 2008.

Friday, January 11, 2008 - 4:37am

County officials watching bottom line closely

Sussex County officials presented an interim financial report on the county’s 2008 fiscal-year budget at the county council’s Dec. 4 meeting, noting concerns over drops in development-related revenues and expectations of a $2.7 million operating...

Friday, December 14, 2007 - 9:01am

Counties looking to cement overlay power

The Sussex County Council is considering asking for state legislation that would clarify the county’s ability to establish overlay zones.

Recommendations for that legislation were presented to council members at their Tuesday, Oct. 2,...

Friday, October 5, 2007 - 10:47am

Lot maintenance, 'Clean Hands' to hearing

The Sussex County Council moved forward on two pieces of proposed legislation this week, at their Tuesday, Sept. 25, meeting. Council President Dale Dukes introduced final drafts of the county’s new proposed lot maintenance ordinance and on a new...

Friday, September 28, 2007 - 3:41am

County’s buffer ordinance moves forward

Sussex County Councilman George Cole (R-4th) wants to protect the views of major subdivisions neighboring lands developed across the county in the future.

But discussion at the council’s Sept. 18 meeting made it clear that he faces...

Friday, September 21, 2007 - 4:53am