Sussex County


Markell signs inland bays aquaculture bill into law

Last week, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell signed House Bill 160, to permit shellfish aquaculture in Delaware’s Inland Bays.

“Due to the hard work of Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf, the Center for Inland Bays and its partners, DNREC and the...

Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 7:21am

Public workshop held for Western Sussex Byway

Wednesday workshop to focus on ‘gateway’ idea

Delaware is planning a highway that celebrates the existing towns in the west. As opposed to a purely transportation-focused highway, byways are created to highlight routes of scenic,...

Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 7:14am

DelDOT reveals impact study on controversial Route 113 bypass project

The public can finally see the possible impacts of a proposed Route 113 bypass and make their opinions known, as the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) last week released a Draft Environmental...

Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 7:13am

Powwow getting ready to celebrate 36th year, Sept. 7-8

On Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7 and 8, the Nanticoke Indian Association will hold its 36th Annual Powwow.

“We’ve been having the powwow for years,” said Chief William Daisey. “It originally started as basically a homecoming, and it still...

Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 5:42am

Sussex solid for the South

The political and social complexities within the state of Delaware in the mid-19th century mirrored those within the country at large. Societal trends in the northern county of New Castle bore resemblance to the state of Pennsylvania. Life in the...

Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 5:32am

County votes in support of year-round coyote hunting

Earlier this week, the Sussex County Council voted unanimously to send to state officials a resolution in support of year-round hunting and trapping of Eastern coyotes.

Chip West of the Delaware Department of Fish and Wildlife spoke to the...

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 1:02pm

Kent terminates dog-control contract with Safe Haven

The Kent County Levy Court, at a special meeting on Tuesday, voted 5-2 to terminate the County’s dog control contract with Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary, based in Georgetown. The commissioners instructed County Administrator Mike Petit de Mange to...

Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 7:27am

Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary set to close...or, maybe not

In a statement contradicting their Web site and social media post earlier this week that said they would tentatively close Aug. 30 of this year, Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary has now said that after board and operations restructuring they will “...

Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 9:57am

Local beach replenishment timetable still uncertain

This summer, Delaware is receiving $30 million worth of beach replenishment services from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. But the big question is when.

After losing sand from the dunes and beach to Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the East Coast...

Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 7:54am

USDA grant to help complete new Sussex Academy building

Moving into a new building just got a little easier for Sussex Academy, which was awarded a $6.25 million loan from USDA Rural Development.

Coastal Point • Laura Walter
U.S. Sen. Tom Carper joined Sussex Academy students and...

Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 5:11am

*ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: County presents 2014 budget

Earlier this week, Sussex County officials presented their proposed $117.7 million budget for the 2014 fiscal year. The proposed budget is down by approximately 3 percent, or $3.4 million, from the current year’s $121.1 million budget.

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Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 4:36am

Beaches to be restored with federal funding

Exactly six months after Hurricane Sandy scrubbed the East Coast, replacing basements and roadways with floodwater and debris, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is poised to rebuild Delaware’s Atlantic shoreline.

Coastal Point • Laura...

Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 9:52am

Council grants to help bring nearly 200 jobs to Sussex County

Sussex County Council members voted this week to give two companies an economic development grant in an effort to grow jobs in the county.

Atlantis Industries Corporation of Milton will receive $44,800, or $800 per job, provided the jobs...

Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 9:15am

County looks at potential impacts of proposed healthcare law

Sussex County Council will be keeping an eye on House Bill 74, which relates to health insurance, and how it might affect their employee coverage and their bottom line. Deputy County Administrator Hal Godwin reported on that bill and other...

Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 10:40am

Millsboro men indicted on child pornography charges

Attorney General Beau Biden on Tuesday marked the beginning of Child Abuse Prevention Month, which is recognized nationally each April, by announcing the recent indictments of two Millsboro men on child pornography charges following an...

Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 8:35am

‘Crazy Grannies’ open pet shop in Millsboro

Realizing that the Route 24 area needed a local pet shop, Joan Hall and Ginny Harding last month opened Crazy Grannies’ Pet Supplies.

“We were working up in Pennsylvania,” recalled Hall. “Both of our husbands were disabled, and we both had...

Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 8:25am

Start preparing that résumé — Sussex County job fair scheduled for April 30

Whether they’re a job seeker looking for work after a tough economic period or a business leader hoping to hire fresh faces, Delaware’s U.S. Congressional delegation is aiming to connect people at a job fair on Tuesday, April 30.

The free...

Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 8:20am

Republicans of 38th District to hold supper, straw poll

Republican voters in the 38th District will have a chance to talk with Delaware State Republican Party candidates at their 2nd Annual Covered Dish Supper and Straw Poll on Saturday, April 13, at 5 p.m.at the Roxana Fire Hall.

Delaware...

Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 8:19am

County approves Phase III expansion of Millville sewer district

The Sussex County Council this week approved going ahead with the Phase III portion of the Millville Sanitary Sewer District expansion, including several additional properties in the Wingate Court subdivision. Sussex County had held a public...

Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 9:08am

Services available to those in need of food or shelter

Homelessness may not be an obvious problem in Sussex County, but it is a real one.

“It’s pretty big,” said Michele Stewart, program director for Crisis House in Georgetown, of homelessness in Sussex County. “And I think it’s bigger than...

Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 8:34am

Delaware’s farmers’ market season soon to begin

New markets join in Bellefonte, Dover

The Delaware farmers’ market season launches this month, featuring new markets in Dover and Bellefonte, with farmers and markets fresh off a record-setting sales season of nearly $2 million last year...

Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 7:49am

Superior Court rules sheriff does not have arrest authority

Delaware Superior Court Judge T. Henley Graves on Monday ruled that Delaware sheriffs do not have full constitutional authority to exercise all powers necessary to conserve the peace, such as the power of arrest and the power to enforce motor...

Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 4:32am

WEATHER ALERT: Winter storm expected to impact area Wednesday and Thursday

Officials with the National Weather Service are now predicting that a winter storm will impact the area between Wednesday and Thursday, March 6 and 7. According to the NWS on Tuesday:

• Low Pressure from the Midwest is expected to...

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 4:47am

County approves lease for restaurant at Georgetown airport

The Sussex County Council this week voted to approve a new lease with Deli Days LLC to lease the restaurant at the Sussex County Airpark. The owners of Deli Days LLC bought Arena’s in 2005 and grew the business to four locations, explained Hal...

Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 8:03am

Free performance of Lula Washington Dance Theatre coming to DelTech

Once again, the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation and the Freeman Stage at Bayside are bringing international-caliber dancers to Sussex County, presenting a free live performance of the Lula Washington Dance Theatre.

As part of the 2013 Off...

Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 12:44pm

County to use surplus to fund libraries, housing repairs, police

Sussex County Council voted this week to distribute part of the County’s $854,000 budget surplus for the 2013 fiscal year year among 11 independent libraries and to help low-income county residents with funding for home repairs through the County...

Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 4:58am

Sussex Academy to host 9th-grade open house on Saturday

Sussex Academy of the Arts and Sciences (SAAS) is inviting eighth-grade students, their parents and guardians to an open house for next year’s potential ninth-graders.

On Saturday, Feb. 9, visitors can preview history in the making from 9...

Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 3:34am

WEATHER ALERT: High wind warning issued for tonight, gusts up to 55 mph predicted

A high wind warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for 7 p.m. Wednesday evening to 4 a.m. Thursday. Winds are predicted to be from the south at 25 to 35 mph, with gusts up to 55 mph.

The strongest winds are expected...

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 3:07am

BREAKING NEWS: Referendum public meeting postponed until Monday

The Indian River School District's public referendum meeting originally scheduled for Jan. 24 has been postponed due to inclemenent weather. It has been rescheduled for Monday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. at East Millsboro Elementary School.

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Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 5:19am

Beebe gets another Distinguished Hospital Award for excellence

For the fourth year in a row, Beebe Medical Center has received the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence. Beebe is the only hospital on Delmarva to receive the award four years running, and the distinction puts them...

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 1:50pm

County records $854,000 surplus

Sussex County officials reported this week that the County had “netted a modest $854,000 surplus for County taxpayers,” according to the audit report for the 2012 fiscal year.

Sussex County Council, at its Tuesday, Jan. 22, meeting,...

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 1:49pm

Hocker hosts first 'Coffee's on Me' as state senator

Same-sex marriage? Check. Gun control? Check. IRSD referendum? Check.

“What do you want to talk about?” said state Sen. Gerald Hocker (R-20th), to the audience at his latest “Coffee’s on Me” talk. “Gun control? Video lottery machines at...

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 1:44pm

County to auction off vehicles. generators on Saturday, Jan. 19

In need of a 1974 dump truck with only 19,000 miles? How about a 2003 Chevy Suburban?

Sussex County is auctioning off 15 vehicles and eight generators, along with other pieces of equipment, this Saturday, Jan. 19, at noon. Buyers can come...

Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 4:43am

County approves additional three-year extension on approvals

The Sussex County Council this week approved a blanket three-year extension, retroactive to Jan. 1, 2013, for subdivision, conditional-use and residential planned community approvals, on the recommendation of the Planning & Zoning Commission...

Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 3:42am

WEATHER ALERT: Winter Storm Watch issued, up to 6 inches of snow predicted Thursday

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Thursday afternoon through late Thursday night, Jan. 17, projecting snow accumulations of between 2 and 6 inches.

The NWS is predicting that rain will mix with snow starting...

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 8:40am

BREAKING NEWS: Four men arrested for Plantation Park home-invasion

Delaware State Police detectives have arrested four suspects in a home-invasion robbery that occurred in Plantation Park near Frankford on Thursday evening.

According to police, the incident occurred around 9:05 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10,...

Friday, January 11, 2013 - 6:44am

Sussex GOP chairman Wood remembered

Jerry Wood, chairman of the Sussex County Republican Committee, died in his home in Frankford last Friday, Dec. 28, at the age of 73.

Wood was born in rural Indiana and spent most of his career working for the Department of Defense and in...

Thursday, January 3, 2013 - 3:30am

BREAKING NEWS: Big League Softball World Series relocating to Roxana

The Executive Committee of the Little League International Board of Directors this week approved relocating the Big League Softball World Series tournament to Sussex County.

Currently, the Lower Sussex Little League Complex in Roxana is...

Friday, December 21, 2012 - 1:24am

Commissioners recommend denial for Castaways project

The Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission this week recommended denial of the three applications by Castways LLC that would pave the way for Castaways Bethany, a proposed development consisting of a campground, multi-family duplex...

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 1:24pm

County approves $200,000 economic development loan

The Sussex County Council this week approved a $200,000 economic development loan to TechWorld Medicals Inc. of Milford.

Dr. James Z. Liu of TechWorld Medicals spoke with council and presented them with information about his patent-pending...

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 1:23pm

Sussex County Council to seek new tenant for airport restaurant

Sussex County Council on Dec. 11 agreed to amend a lease for the restaurant at the Sussex County Airport, extending the lease for three months, at $1 per month, so it will stay open until March 31, 2013.

Deputy County Administrator Hal...

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 1:07pm

Sussex County businesswomen honored by Delaware Today

Delaware Today magazine recently honored a dozen local entrepreneurs as its 2012 Downstate Women in Business.

“The women we feature in Delaware Today are leaders,” said Editor Maria Hess at a luncheon last week. “As leaders, they adapt to...

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 1:02pm

County settles HUD complaint over low-income housing

A low-income housing community proposed to be built outside Laurel, near Trap Pond, will get another shot before the Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission after two years, now that the County has reached a $750,000 settlement with...

Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 6:54am

SEDAC appeals for more blanket extensions on expiring projects

The Sussex County Council this week received an annual report from the Sussex Economic Development Action Committee (SEDAC), whose representatives spoke about their statewide broadband initiative and also requested that the County again approve a...

Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 6:52am

Decorating Delmarva drives holiday fun into Delmar

A new holiday experience has come to Delaware, through Decorating Delmarva: A Holiday Festival of Lights.

The 36-night event consists of six major destinations on a two-mile drive on the Delaware International Speedway in Delmar, through...

Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 5:55am

County waives marriage fees for active-duty military, vets

Sussex County Council formalized their amendment of Chapter 62 of the county code this week, waiving fees for licenses and marriage ceremonies within the county for active duty military and veterans regardless of residence. They had waited to...

Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 6:27am

County residents ready to sing for others' suppers

Georgetown’s annual Caroling on the Circle is set for Monday evening, Dec. 3. The 29th annual Caroling on the Circle is part of a tradition hosted each year by Sussex County government, with an eye toward fun, fellowship and a good cause.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 12:28pm

Veterans’ groups fundraising threatened by crackdown

Delaware veterans’ groups and some private organizations got an unpleasant surprise for Veterans Day — one that could severely impact their fundraising. The Department of Homeland Security (DSHS) is eying the unlicensed video slots commonly...

Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 6:55am

County Council discusses proposed wastewater regulations

Sussex County Council members heard from DNREC representatives this week about proposed changes to regulations regarding onsite wastewater and treatment disposal systems. Dave Schepens, program manager for groundwater discharge systems for DNREC...

Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 6:25am

If Sussex County voters ruled...

Delawareans would have a Republican president, lieutenant governor and state insurance commissioner, but otherwise, if Sussex Countians were in charge of outcome of the 2012 elections, things would pretty much have been the same.

While...

Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 6:19am