Sussex County


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.

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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

Department of Justice creates new Office of Civil Rights & Public Trust

Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn announced last week that the state’s Department of Justice would be restructured to create a new Office of Civil Rights & Public Trust.

The office will be responsible for protecting individual rights...

Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 6:22am

Record night for Winter Founderland event

A record number of women joined the Fund for Women as new founders at the annual Fund for Women Sussex County fundraiser, “Winter Founderland.” Women shopped, had cocktails and appetizers, and participated in the event for the cause of...

Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 4:38am

Elected County officials sworn in this week in Georgetown

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: New Sussex County Councilman Rob Arlett, second from right, is sworn into office by Judge T. Henley Graves, while Arlett is supported by his wife, Lorna, and son, Jared.Friends, family and community members gathered...

Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 8:45am

County alters agenda, public comment offered at start of meetings

Those who attend Sussex County Council meetings will now have the opportunity to speak to council at the beginning of the meeting.

After receiving complaints from citizens, along with a complaint filled by Greenwood resident Dan Kramer...

Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 8:38am

FOIA complaint filed against County over agenda order

In October, Greenwood resident Dan Kramer filed a complaint with the Delaware Attorney General’s Office, contending that the Sussex County Council had violated the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by allegedly listing an agenda item, “Additional...

Tuesday, December 30, 2014 - 4:59pm

Hocker looking at jobs, wages and aquaculture for new legislative session

Jobs and the economy will be at the forefront of the agenda for state Sen. Gerald Hocker (R-20th) this coming year. Additionally, Hocker said he would like to focus on finding a compromise on aquaculture and getting additional police protection...

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 5:09pm

Phillips says farewell to county council

Coastal Point • Maria Counts : County Administrator Todd Lawson presents outgoing Sussex County Councilman Vance Phillips with a plaque in recognition of, and appreciation for, his 16 years of service.Following a 16-year tenure, Sussex County...

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 8:49am

County discusses poultry-house assessments, health insurance

The Sussex County Council this week was given a presentation by Chris Keeler, the County’s director of assessment, at the request of outgoing Councilman Vance Phillips, in response to a petition by a number of poultry growers who said they were...

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 8:45am

County residents speak up during Mediacom public hearing

Residents were able to voice their opinions last week related to Mediacom Delaware LLC’s application to renew its franchise agreement to provide service in areas of Sussex County.

On Oct. 17, Mediacom filed an application with the...

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 9:10am

Massey’s Landing gets boost from county council

The Sussex County Council approved a change of zone and a conditional use of land in an AR-1 Agricultural Residential District for a campground in Long Neck at its Dec. 10 council meeting.

The request was filed on behalf of Ida C. Faucett...

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 9:02am

Sussex County carolers, groups collect nearly 31,000 food items for those in need

Hearts full of joy are helping to fill pantries full with food this holiday season.

Despite a dreary winter’s evening, carolers gathered inside the warm, dry confines of the Georgetown fire hall for a festive, if a bit smaller, 31st annual...

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 8:32am

Sussex County names Pettyjohn employee of the year

Sussex County has named Vanessa B. Pettyjohn of Millsboro the 2014 employee of the year for County government.

County Administrator Todd F. Lawson announced this year’s winner last week during the annual Mildred King Luncheon for the...

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 8:01am

Sussex County announces Election Year Scholarship Contest winners

With one eye on today’s politics and the other on future academics, six Sussex County students have earned some collegiate cash for their political punditry.

Sussex County Council, at its Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, meeting, announced the...

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 7:46am

Bodenweiser retrial now to be held in Kent County

The retrial of former political candidate and local businessman Eric Bodenweiser on sexual abuse charges will be moved to Kent County, following Superior Court Judge E. Scott Bradley granting his attorney’s Motion to Change Venue, “concluding...

Friday, December 5, 2014 - 6:28am

Bethany area outreach hopes to bring Christmas to others

The Bethany Area Community Christmas Gift Giving Outreach was created in hopes of reaching as many lower Sussex County families in need as possible this holiday season.

“We’re going to reach as many as we can. … There’s no reason why...

Friday, December 5, 2014 - 5:17am

Georgetown to hold ‘Simply Christmas’ parade

The Georgetown Christmas Parade will step off on Thursday, Dec. 4, in Georgetown at 7 p.m. Representatives of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce, which is hosting the event, said they are sure the annual parade will satisfy everyone’s idea of...

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 8:03am

Roadside signs must be removed by Dec. 5

With the 2014 elections now history, all roadside signs must be removed by Dec. 5 or those posting them will face fines for each sign, the Delaware Department of Transportation reminded residents this week. According to state law, signs are...

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 9:32am

Hocker coffee serves up discussion of oysters and rent hikes

For the first time since he was elected state representative in 2000, state Sen. Gerald Hocker Sr. enjoyed his first election off. But he was back to work Wednesday morning, with a Nov. 5 “Coffee’s On Me” with constituents.

Regarding the...

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 8:32am

Arlett and Cole win county seats, Collins tops Atkins

Tuesday night was an interesting one for Delaware politics, as there were a few upsets in the state and county elections this week.

“I applaud all of the candidates who worked hard during the 2014 campaign to offer their vision for our...

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 4:38pm

Kammerer discusses the power of selling at annual conference

For the past 21 years, Sussex County community leaders, business people and citizens have been coming together at the Today and Tomorrow Conference to promote economics, partnership and collaboration in the county.

The conference, which...

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 4:29pm

Sussex County kicks off annual food drive for Caroling

Warm up the vocal chords and grab a canned good or two — it’s almost time for carols in the air and hope in the hearts across Sussex County.

Sussex County government is kicking off its yearly food drive for the community’s less fortunate...

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 4:09pm

Coastal Cleanup’s 1,800 volunteers collect 3 tons of trash

This year’s DNREC-sponsored 28th annual Delaware Coastal Cleanup, held on Sept. 20, drew 1,805 volunteers, who collected 3.2 tons of trash from 46 sites along more than 80 miles of Delaware’s waterways and coastline stretching from Wilmington to...

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 3:52pm

Candidates get the final say before next week’s elections

Voters will certainly have plenty to think about during this year’s mid-term elections, taking place next Tuesday, Nov. 4. As is our tradition, we have sent off a few questions to the candidates in our local elections, and here are the responses...

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 11:37am

Return Day a unique Sussex County tradition

As time-honored Delaware traditions go, Return Day may be the most unique of them all.

“The reason why it’s called ‘Return Day’ is, back in the older days, they didn’t have the miracles of radio, TV and all this modern technology,”...

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 11:35am

Banks shows some spirit with Chamber’s Lighthouse Award

Coastal Point • Maria Counts : Kami Banks, second from left, receives the Lighthouse Award at the Chamber’s annual awards celebration. Pictured with Banks, from left, are Dale Bellinger, Todd Hickman and Anne Powell.Just running a business is a...

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 9:49am

Seniors learn to be safe and secure at LIVE Conference

Both seniors and the people who love them spent a rainy Monday pleasantly indoors with the second annual Sussex County LIVE Conference.

“Of course, everyone here wants to learn about living safely and secure,” said organizer Sally Beaumont...

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 9:31am

Protecting Our Indian River group appeals to Superior Court

A courtroom in the Sussex County Superior Court in Georgetown was packed Monday morning, as Superior Court Judge Richard Stokes heard oral arguments for an appeal to overturn a decision by the Sussex County Board of Adjustment that allows the...

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 10:30am

Recent data shows a stable real estate market in Sussex County

The Sussex County Association of Realtors (SCAOR) released third-quarter sales data last week that they said indicates continuing stability in the county’s real estate markets.

“These positive housing trends continue to be fueled by...

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 7:22am

Residents voice feelings on aquaculture

After a recent uproar about the potential impacts of shellfish aquaculture in the Inland Bays, local residents gathered at a massive meeting hosted by state Sen. Gerald Hocker Sr. and state Rep. Ron Gray this week to express their concerns.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 1:31pm

Punkin Chunkin pos’poned to November of nex’ year

Punkin Chunkin organizers recently announced that the event was being moved out of Sussex County, and now, it’s been moved right out of 2014, as well. The pumpkin-flinging festival, which was to begin its first season at Dover International...

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 1:24pm

Federal funding granted to support Delaware aquaculture

Last week, U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) joined local and state officials, and representatives from the University of Delaware and the Center for the Inland Bays to announce two federal grants to support the development of oyster farming in...

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 1:23pm

County hires Booker-Wilkins

Sussex County announced this week that Melody Booker-Wilkins will serve as the economic development director for the County starting in mid-October.

“The County is very lucky to able to hire such a well-qualified and experienced...

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 10:35am

Sussex County Council briefed on 2014 World Series

Earlier this week, Martin Donovan, director of Delaware District III, Senior and Big League Softball World Series, gave Sussex County Council an overview of the 2014 series, which was held in early August.

“By all accounts, it was a...

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 3:32pm

Christopher seeks reelection as write-in candidate for sheriff

Earlier this week, Sussex County Sheriff Jeff Christopher filed as a write-in candidate for that office in the November general election.

Christopher lost the primary race in September to newcomer Robert T. Lee, by 21 votes. An automatic...

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 3:31pm

DNREC struggling to maintain local beach crossings

After another summer of the trek to the ocean being a little too tall of an order for some beachgoers, Tony Pratt of DNREC’s Shoreline & Waterway Management division stopped by Fenwick Island town hall on Sept. 26 to discuss dune maintenance...

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 3:30pm