Sussex County

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

County council members get a state legislative update

The Sussex County Council received a legislative update from Hal Godwin, deputy county administrator, at this week’s county council meeting.

Godwin spoke to the council about House Bill 85, which would amend Title 30 of the Delaware Code...

Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 12:19pm

Boys and Girls State students take over County chambers

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: High school juniors from across Sussex County filled Sussex County Chambers last week as part of the American Legion's Boys and Girls State program.About 40 high school juniors filled the Sussex County...

Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 10:54am

DNREC? eminds hunters about baiting prohibition

DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers between April 6-12 made 1,254 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 110 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation...

Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 4:59am

Freeman Stage makes presentation to county council

Patti Grimes, executive director of the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation, gave Sussex County Council members an update on the Freeman Stage at Bayside earlier this week. Grimes said “the arts are alive” in Sussex County while sharing the progress the...

Friday, April 17, 2015 - 6:29am

Bridgeville golf tournament to honor fallen Marine

On May 9, golfers can play a round and celebrate a fallen U.S. Marine in the process. The second annual Cory Palmer Memorial Golf Tournament is being hosted by a group of the young man’s best friends that Saturday, at Heritage Shores Golf Club...

Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 4:51am

Farewell to the Blue Route: DelDOT offers new solution to Millsboro traffic woes

From Millsboro to Selbyville, residents worried about plans for the future of Route 113 can breathe a sigh of relief. The Delaware Department of Transportation is scrapping the proposed 16.5-mile Route 113 bypass in favor of smaller road projects...

Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 1:16pm

Coalition takes steps to address drug issues in county

The Sussex County Action Prevention Coalition (SCAPC) met this week to discuss the group’s mission to address the growing drug problem in the state and county.

“In order to conquer addiction in our communities, we need teamwork, we need...

Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 1:04pm

LB Lionesses collecting shoes for water

It’s time to clean out those closets and maybe donate some old shoes to a good cause. The Lord Baltimore Lioness Club will host a used shoe drive Thursday, April 16, at 6:30 p.m. at South Coastal Library. The service club has also invited...

Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 10:01am

County council considers temporary vendors in B-1, seating concerns

The Sussex County Council this week continued its discussion of an ordinance regarding temporary vendor stands, which would create a streamlined process to allow vendors to operate on property zoned as commercial without having to go through the...

Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 10:18am

Seashore State Park finally back, better than ever

Coastal Point • Laura Walter : Dignitaries helped reopen the Delaware Seashore State Park last week.While touring the renovated Delaware Seashore State Park, Ray Bivens marveled at the two-part campground.

“For a park that’s divided by a...

Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 10:11am

Civil War Profiles: Project to honor Delaware’s Civil War veterans

It may come as a surprise to some that not all Delawareans who fought during the Civil War have grave markers indicating their service. To rectify this situation, Glenn Layton and Dan Cowgill have taken on the immense task of identifying everyone...

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 6:11pm

Shore Dems hear from Sussex County Council members

Two Sussex County Council members stopped to chat with the Shore Democrats on March 18. George Cole and Rob Arlett talked about development, as well as County services, at the group’s lunch meeting at NorthEast Seafood Kitchen in Ocean View....

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 12:37pm

Bodenweiser pleas out, no retrial

Eric Bodenweiser, 56, of Georgetown pled no contest on March 18 to two counts of third-degree unlawful sexual contact in Sussex County Superior Court.

In 2012, while he was campaigning as a candidate for the Delaware state senate, a Sussex...

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 11:00am

County looks at streamlining approvals for food vendors

A proposal to amend Sussex County Code could streamline the process for certain vendors, such as food trucks, food carts and produce wagons.

At the March 17 meeting of the Sussex County Council, County Administrator Todd Lawson presented...

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 10:57am

Families invited to free science and engineering activity night

Kids of all ages are being invited to bring family and friends to a night of conducting experiments and participating in activities while exploring the world of science and engineering. They can learn how things work and explore with labs and...

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 9:22am

DNREC seeking volunteers for 2015 Horseshoe Crab Spawning Survey

Volunteer training to be offered April 11 and 16

The Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR) is seeking volunteers to assist with DNREC’s annual bay-wide horseshoe crab spawning survey in May and June on the Ted Harvey...

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 9:16am

County offices' 'fiber ring' could bring high-speed network access for others

Sussex County’s computers are about to get a turbo boost on the information superhighway, and that will mean faster network and Internet speeds — not just for government operations, but potentially for other consumers in the Georgetown area....

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 6:07am

Local brides to get help with weddings

Planning your dream beach wedding? We're here to help.The love of your life has just kneeled on one knee and asked for your hand in marriage… But now what?
Many dream of having a beach wedding, where the vastness of the sea mirrors their...

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 10:49am

NWTF holds annual hunting banquet, focuses on conservation

The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) Lower Delaware Chapter held its 19th Annual Hunting Heritage Banquet this past weekend. The non-profit national organization focuses on upland wildlife habitat conservation in North America. Locally,...

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 4:25am

Troopers seek help to locate mobile home vandals

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Police are seeking the public’s help in locating vandals who recently struck the Bayshore Mobile Home Park.The Delaware State Police are still seeking the public’s assistance in locating a suspect, or suspects,...

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 4:13am

County discusses expansion of Fenwick sewer district

The Sussex County Council this week voted to defer any action following a public hearing for the planned Route 54 expansion of the Fenwick Island Sanitary Sewer District.

John Ashman, division director for the Sussex County Engineering...

Friday, February 13, 2015 - 5:09am

NWTF banquet to support conservation mission

Dedicated to the conservation of the wild turkey and the preservation of our hunting heritage, the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), a non-profit national organization, focuses on upland wildlife habitat conservation in North America....

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 2:42pm

Corps opens public comments for Delaware aquaculture

The moment that many inland bays residents have awaited is here. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened public comments for Delaware shellfish aquaculture on Jan. 21. Comments are due by Wednesday, Feb. 23.

“The public comment period is...

Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 7:14am

Sussex County officials review, discuss 2014 fiscal year

Sussex County Finance Director Gina Jennings presented the county council with a comprehensive annual financial report for the 2014 fiscal year at this week’s council meeting.

The 100-page report was broken down into four sections —...

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 8:08am

Police seek assistance in locating home-invasion suspects

Delaware State Police this week were asking for the public’s assistance after a 66-year-old man was assaulted in his home on Squirrel Run Circle, off of Whites Neck Road, in an unincorporated part of Sussex County north of Millville.


Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 8:09am

BREAKING: Police seek suspects in Millville-area home invasion, assault

Delaware State Police this week were investigating a home invasion that occurred north of Millville on Sunday night.

Police said the incident occurred about 9 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, and a 911 call was placed by a 66-year-old man,...

Monday, January 19, 2015 - 8:59am

Chambers had succesful 2014, look forward to 2015

With 2015 in full swing, local Chambers of Commerce are geared up for a new year and reflecting on a successful 2014.

Last year, the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed a number of new faces, including Executive Director...

Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 8:11am

County officials learn about Downtown Development program

The Sussex County Council this week heard a presentation regarding the Delaware Downtown Development District program.

The Down Town Development District Act was created in 2014 by the state legislature to leverage state resources in a...

Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 8:10am

Proposed legislation will toughen weapons possession penalties

Attorney General Matt Denn, state Sens. Bruce Ennis and Margaret Rose Henry and Rep. Larry Mitchell announced legislation Monday designed to guarantee prison time for offenders caught with guns they are prohibited having by law because of prior...

Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 7:46am