Sussex County

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

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