Sussex County

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.


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

Oyster aquaculture isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, residents argue

After months of new oyster aquaculture regulations being hammered into shape, a group of concerned citizens are hoping to straighten that picture.

Calling themselves the Coalition for Sustainable Aquaculture, a group of homeowners along...

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 2:43pm

DEA to hold National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

The public can clean out their medicine cabinets this weekend and participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, on Saturday, Sept. 24, when they can drop off unwanted and unused prescription or...

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 7:03am

County discusses FEMA’s freeboard requirement

The Sussex County Council this week received an update on the progress of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) flood ordinance.

The County participates in the National Flood Insurance Program, which requires the County to...

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 7:02am

Sussex County sponsoring election contest

Sussex County students can earn a lesson in politics — and pocket a little cash for their education — this election season, as the County is once again is sponsoring its Election Year Scholarship Contest for local students. As in elections past,...

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 6:40am

County officials ask citizens to ‘be smart about safety’

Sussex County launched Smart911 last week, an online service allowing any Sussex County resident the opportunity to create a safety profile for their household.

“Smart911 is a free service which will allow all residents and visitors to...

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 10:07am

County council discusses Capital Transportation, byway

The Sussex County Council was given an overview of the Sussex County 2016-2021 Capital Transportation Program Request earlier this week.

Each year the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) develops a six-year Capital...

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 10:00am

Wheatley, Arlett and Lee win respective primaries

The State of Delaware held primary elections on Tuesday, Sept. 9, in which 40 candidates vied to represent their parties on November’s general election ballot.

Robert Wheatley won the Democratic primary for Sussex County Council District 5...

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 9:51am

EPA scientist to discuss sustainability in face of climate change

In recognition of Sea Level Rise Awareness Week in Delaware, the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) of the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays (CIB) will host Dr. Jonathan D. Essoka of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at its...

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 9:34am

Full slate of primary elections set for Sept. 9

In an unusually busy primary election day for Delawareans, voters on Sept. 9 will decide which candidates will represent their parties in more than a half-dozen races in November, including candidates for U.S. senator, State Treasurer, Delaware...

Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 1:58pm

Application withdrawn from County Council for music festival

For now, concerned Harbeson-area residents can breathe a sigh of relief, as the Sussex County Council approved this week the withdrawal of a conditional-use application that would allow for a music festival on a farmland property near the town....

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 10:00am

State offering cultural and historical events throughout fall

The Delaware Division of Historical & Cultural Affairs will be sponsoring 59 special events between September and December 2014 at the state of Delaware’s six museums (the New Castle Court House Museum, the John Dickinson Plantation, the...

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 9:27am

Lifeguards recognized for their efforts on the sand and in the water

Coastal Point • Maria Counts : Lifeguards pose for a photo at the Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce’s annual Lifeguard Awards ceremony.For the 21st year, the Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce has honored lifeguards from the area’s seven beach...

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 9:23am

Fall weekend getaway packages available at state park

Delaware Seashore State Park, located north of Bethany Beach, is offering two weekend vacation packages this fall: the Fall Fishing Weekend and the Autumn Shores Getaway. Each package will include a variety of programs, several meals and a...

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 9:23am

Film society to screen Polish film for Around the World series kickoff

­The Rehoboth Beach Film Society, Lewes Public Library and Movies at Midway are launching the 2014-2015 Around the World series with the film “In The Name Of.” The Polish drama will be presented on Wednesday, Sept. 3, at 6:30 p.m. in the...

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 9:11am

Moms Club seeking recipient for consignment sale donation

The Moms Club of Coastal Delaware is seeking child-centered certified non-profit organizations located in Sussex County to apply to receive funds from the 9th Annual Children’s Consignment Sale, to be held Oct. 4 and 5 in the Cape Henlopen High...

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 9:06am

World Series brings positive economic impact to Sussex County

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: The 2014 World Series is in the books with yet another successful year that provided a substantial amount of revenue for Sussex County. Here, volunteers working the concession stand pose for a photo.After the...

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 9:01am

Council defers vote on conditional use for music festival

Harbeson-area residents will have to wait another week to find out whether or not a country music festival may be heading their way.

On Tuesday, the Sussex County Council voted 3-2 to defer their decision on a conditional-use application...

Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 8:47am

Seatbelt violation leads to heroin arrest near Dagsboro

Second suspect sought in incident, prior charges

A seatbelt violation led to the arrest of one man for heroin possession while another was being sought early this week after fleeing during the traffic stop near Dagsboro.


Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 8:12am

Tanning beds off-limits to minors in Delaware as of 2015

Teenagers looking for a UV-based golden glow will have to go to the beach starting in 2015, when Delaware’s newest tanning law begins. Beginning at the new year, no one younger than 18 can use UV tanning devices at tanning facilities.


Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 7:52am