Sussex County

Sheriff sales on the decrease in Sussex, Lee tells council

At this week’s Sussex County Council meeting, Sheriff Robert Lee offered the council an update on his office. Stating the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office has taken a “team approach,” Lee said, noting that he and his staff were focusing on...

Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 9:33am

DNREC workshop reviews proposed beach regulations

The Delaware State Legislature has made a number of changes to the Beach Preservation Act in past decades, and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) is now trying to put those changes into action by...

Friday, October 9, 2015 - 10:00am

DelDOT welcomes input from public on plans

Millsboro bypass included in forecast

Each year, the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) develops a six-year Capital Transportation Plan (CTP) that identifies future projects and costs.

The Council on Transportation, which is...

Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 9:00am

Today & Tomorrow Conference to highlight ‘Innovation’

Coastal Point • Submitted: Community leaders, educators, businesspeople and elected officials will come together to raise public awareness on current economic issues at the 22nd Annual Sussex County Today & Tomorrow Conference on Wednesday,...

Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 7:59am

Delmarva Power washing off salt-coated North Bethany lines again

Delmarva Power crews are resuming their efforts today to pressure-wash utility lines and equipment along Route 1 between the Indian River Inlet and an area just north of Bethany Beach to remove sea salt carried inland by winds from the weekend...

Monday, October 5, 2015 - 7:23am

Public hearing held for proposed Sussex psychiatric hospital

The Delaware Health Care Commission held a public hearing earlier this week for a proposed 90-bed psychiatric hospital to be located in Georgetown.

At the hearing, SUN (Solving Unmet Needs) Behavioral Health President Steve Page stated the...

Friday, October 2, 2015 - 12:36pm

Sign workshop kicks off Sussex County ordinance review

Sussex County held a workshop to review its signage ordinance earlier this week, following the approval of a six-month moratorium on applications for off-premises signs.

The workshop was attended by members of the Sussex County Council,...

Friday, October 2, 2015 - 12:26pm

Public workshop planned for Oct. 14 for Route 113 bypass update

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will present to area residents an update on the U.S. Route 113 North/South Study for the Millsboro South area at a public workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 14...

Friday, October 2, 2015 - 12:24pm

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT closes Route 1 between Bethany and Dewey

Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) officials announced around 4:30 p.m. that, due to high water, Route 1 northbound and southbound was being closed between Bethany and Dewey Beach (including the Charles Cullen Bridge over the Indian...

Friday, October 2, 2015 - 10:51am

Governor Issues limited state of emergency in Sussex County

With moderate to major coastal flooding expected at high tides today and tomorrow, along with high wind warnings along the coast, Gov. Jack Markell at noon on Oct. 2 issued a Limited State of Emergency for Sussex County, effective immediately....

Friday, October 2, 2015 - 8:25am

Sussex County approves moratorium on off-premise signs

The Sussex County Council voted 4-1 on Tuesday to approve a moratorium on off-premise signs, with Councilman Sam Wilson opposed.

The ordinance, which was introduced by Councilman George Cole on July 28, states that the Sussex County...

Friday, September 18, 2015 - 9:11am

Delaware State Police still investigating OV accidental shooting

The Delaware State Police this week were continuing to investigate an incident in which a 2-year-old child was believed to have been accidentally shot by her father at their home just outside of Ocean View over the weekend.

Around 1 a.m....

Friday, September 4, 2015 - 6:01am

SCAPC continues to address local addiction issues

The Seaford Chapter of Sussex County Action Prevention Coalition (SCAPC) held its monthly meeting this week, continuing to try to attack the area’s drug problems from various angles.

SCAPC is a nonprofit organization with the mission “to...

Friday, September 4, 2015 - 5:55am

Sussex P&Z recommends against signage moratorium

The Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission met last week to review and discuss their recommendation regarding a proposed moratorium on the County’s acceptance of special-use exception applications for off-premises signs.

The draft...

Friday, September 4, 2015 - 5:25am

Deer, dove, resident Canada goose and teal seasons set to open

Delaware’s hunting seasons kicked off Tuesday, Sept. 1, with the opening of the archery and crossbow deer season and mourning dove and resident Canada goose seasons on private lands and state wildlife areas.

Hunters can start adding teal...

Thursday, September 3, 2015 - 9:05am

Best of Milton Auction & Party set for Sept. 12

A celebration is planned for the 10th Annual Best of Milton Auction & Party on Saturday, Sept. 12, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Milton Fire Hall, 116 Front Street in Milton. The party will aim for an atmosphere of cool elegance, in pale blue and...

Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 8:38am

County defers vote on moratorium for off-premise signs

The Sussex County Council this week deferred voting on a proposed moratorium on off-premise signs, following a public hearing.

“Typically, what you’d consider off-premise is more of a billboard-type application, but there are small...

Friday, August 21, 2015 - 5:36am

Sussex County seniors offered new transportation options

At Tuesday’s Sussex County Council meeting, Nancy Feichtl, who formed the Senior Transportation Cooperative in Sussex County, gave a presentation on ITNSouthernDelaware — a nonprofit organization offering affordable rides to senior...

Friday, August 14, 2015 - 6:00am

Public hearing held for signage moratorium

The Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission was set to take the next step toward a possible moratorium on off-premise signage on Thursday, Aug. 13, with a public hearing at 6 p.m. for an ordinance that would establish the...

Friday, August 14, 2015 - 5:56am

County introduces draft moratorium on signs

An ordinance that would establish a moratorium for off-premisess sign applications in Sussex County was introduced before the Sussex County Council earlier this week.

The draft ordinance, which was introduced by Councilman George Cole on...

Friday, July 31, 2015 - 10:32am

Paramedics move a little closer to the beach with new base

Coastal Point • Laura Walter : With offices and comfortable living space behind these garage bays, Sussex County paramedics have a new base near Ocean View and Bethany Beach.
As the local population goes, so go Sussex County paramedics —...

Friday, July 31, 2015 - 10:05am

Lower Sussex clinches two state softball championships

Last July, Lower Sussex Little League had never won a state championship for softball. Less than a year later, they’ve won three — and they’re in the running for a fourth.

Most of the Major League squad that made LSLL history last year...

Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 6:24am

County looks to place hold on new signage

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Sussex County Council voted this week to draft an ordinance for a moratorium on off-premise billboards and electric signs.The Sussex County Council is considering placing a moratorium on off-premise billboards and...

Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 6:20am

Work camp builds fellowship, as well as new roofs

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Kids from across the country came to participate in the First State Work Camp at Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church.More than 400 youths from across the country traveled to Sussex County last month. Although...

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 8:30pm

Hooverville ready to rock the house across Delmarva

Delmarva classic-rock band Hooverville is headed south this summer, making their debut at Brew River Restaurant & Bar in Salisbury, Md., on July 25 and taking their sound to the beach at Locals Under the Lights at the Freeman Stage at...

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 7:47pm

Citizens bring science to the table in effort to Save Beach Cove

Several months and thousands of dollars later, the people who oppose oyster aquaculture in Beach Cove finally have some hard data to support their claims.

As resident James P. Bond said, “The scientific reasons as to why this is a poor...

Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 10:29am

Organizations come together to discuss addiction epidemic

Connections Community Support Programs made a presentation to the Sussex County Action Prevention Coalition’s (SCAPC’s) Seaford Chapter at its monthly meeting last week.

SCAPC is a nonprofit organization with the mission “to help...

Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 10:04am

Dozens arrested after months-long operation

Delaware State Police this week revealed the results of a months-long operation designed to proactively impact violent crime in Sussex and Kent counties.

The effort, dubbed “Operation In the House,” entered the planning stages in February...

Thursday, July 9, 2015 - 9:35am

Delaware State Police honor those who’ve given to Camp Barnes

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Harry and Linda Kent of Millville were honored by the Delaware State Police for their dedication to improving the conditions at Camp Barnes over the past four years, as well as contributing new mattresses to the camp...

Thursday, July 9, 2015 - 9:30am

New law creates driving privilege for undocumented

After a year of statewide deliberation, Senate Bill 59 has been adopted, creating a driving privilege card option for undocumented residents of the state.

The sponsor of the bill was state Sen. Bryan Townsend. The additional bi-partisan...

Thursday, July 9, 2015 - 7:40am

Volunteers sought to report sightings of wild turkeys

DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife is looking for wildlife watchers and outdoor enthusiasts to assist with its sixth annual wild turkey reproduction survey, helping to identify locations where the big birds are successfully reproducing in...

Thursday, July 9, 2015 - 5:05am

Fourth of July festivities galore this weekend

Coastal Point • File Photo: Young paraders carry the Bethany Beach sign at the front of a past annual Fourth of July Celebration parade.To commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Americans gather together each year to...

Friday, July 3, 2015 - 10:44am

ACTION group upset with County not appealing AT&T decision

Ocean View resident Kathy Vengazo recently spoke before the Sussex County Council on behalf of the Allied Communities to Improve our Neighborhoods (ACTION) to voice their upset at the council regarding the council’s decision to not appeal the...

Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 1:15pm

Holts Landing celebrating 50 years with Family Fun Night

Coastal Point • Submitted: Holts Landing State Park offers the area a boat ramp, pier, hiking trails and so much more. The state park will celebrate 50 years with a Outdoor Family Fun Night on Tuesday, June 30, from 6:30 to 9 p.m.Holts Landing...

Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 12:31pm

Lewes Farmers Market moves to Shields this Saturday

Because the Sea Glass Festival will be held at the Lewes Historical Society this Saturday, June 27, the Historic Lewes Farmers Market will move to the Richard Shields Elementary School parking lot, just off the corner of Savannah Road and Sussex...

Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 12:16pm

Former Ravens cheerleader pleads guilty to rape charge

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Molly Shattuck, center, walks out of the Sussex County Courthouse behind her attorney, Eugene Maurer.Former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader Molly Shattuck, 48, pled guilty to one count of Rape in the Fourth Degree...

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 10:20am

Human trafficking isn’t just a big-city problem

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Yolanda Schlabach talks about the ugly truth of human trafficking in Delaware.Christine McCoy was completely shocked the first time she heard Yolanda Schlabach speak about the ugly truth of human trafficking in...

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 10:02am

Sussex County rebrands airport with new name, logo

Coastal Point • Submitted: The new logo for the Delaware Coastal Airport was created by Ben Muldrow of Milford, and his firm, Arnett Muldrow & Associates.With a majority vote, Sussex County Council this week approved the rebranding of...

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 9:59am

Holts Landing to celebrate anniversary facelift with Family Fun Nights

As Holts Landing State Park on the Indian River Bay gets ready to celebrate its 50th anniversary this month, it is receiving a facelift thanks to the efforts of the newly-established Friends of Holts Landing State Park. In just a little more...

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 9:36am

County opposes EPA’s rule relating to ‘Waters of the U.S.’

Sussex County Administrator Todd Lawson this week provided an update regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s rule related to the “Waters of the United States” at the request of Councilman George Cole.

Lawson said the rule was...

Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 11:31am

DNREC helping property owners remove old underground fuel tanks

When property owners switch from oil heat to gas or electric for home use, their underground storage tanks (USTs) are sometimes left in the ground — many times with fuel oil still inside them. Over time, the tanks rust and begin leaking their...

Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 7:20am

Boaters on local waterways arrested for OUI

DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers between May 18 and 24 made 2,784 contacts with anglers, boaters and the general public, including 667 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance...

Thursday, June 4, 2015 - 9:43am

Sportsmen Against Hunger distributes 18,000 pounds of venison to those in need

During the 2014/2015 deer season, Delaware hunters donated 604 deer to DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Sportsmen Against Hunger program. The donations were processed into 18,016 pounds of venison, which will provide more than 72,000...

Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 6:52am

In case you missed it, there have been some changes here

Plenty has happened around the community over the off-season. In case you’ve been out of town, or have just been too busy to stay on top of things, here are some of the items that could most affect your summer season.

Bethany Beach parking...

Friday, May 22, 2015 - 1:31pm

Time to consider the ‘Climate Framework for Delaware’

It’s time to see what Delaware has come up with to become more resilient to climate change.

The Governor’s Cabinet Committee on Climate & Resiliency (CCoCAR) has written 159 recommendations for reducing greenhouse gases, minimizing...

Friday, May 22, 2015 - 10:12am

Memorial Day event planned on The Circle this Sunday, May 24

The traditional Sussex County Memorial Day Service will be held on the Circle in Georgetown on Sunday, May 24, at 1:30 p.m. The co-sponsors are the Georgetown Kiwanis Club and the Korean War Veterans Association.

The keynote speech will...

Friday, May 22, 2015 - 10:09am

Route 26 moves to nighttime lane closures — for summer

Late-night work is getting a little later this summer on Route 26. The Delaware Department of Transportation was already scheduled to begin a second year of overnight work on the road construction project, from May 15 to Sept. 30, in a schedule...

Friday, May 15, 2015 - 10:34am

County council reviews budget for 2016 fiscal year

This week, the Sussex County Council was presented with a proposed budget for the fiscal year 2016, at $128.6 million.

As it stands, there is no change in the County property tax rate or general fund fees in the proposed budget.


Friday, May 15, 2015 - 10:20am

Turkey hunters reminded about regulations

DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers between April 20 and 26 made 729 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 115 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation...

Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 4:55am

County P&Z commissioners visit Shore Democrats

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commissioner Rodney Smith, left, and Chairman Bob Wheatley addressed members of the Shore Democrats last week.The Shore Democrats last week got some inside information as...

Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 12:22pm