Sussex County

County BoA denies AT&T request for permanent tower

The Sussex County Board of Adjustment has once again denied a special-use exception application for a telecommunication tower submitted by AT&T for property on Route 1, just south of Bethany Beach town limits — this time by a vote of 3 to 2...

Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 9:23am

County records $2.4M gain for 2013 fiscal year

According to a report released this week, Sussex County’s finances scored a multi-million-dollar gain in 2013, which officials attributed thanks to ongoing conservative budgeting principles and a strengthening local economy.

The Sussex...

Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 9:05am

Hocker supports restrictions on state regulatory powers

Just a few days into the new state legislative session, state Sen. Gerald Hocker (R-20th) resumed his customary “Coffee’s on Me” events on Jan. 21 to hear citizen concerns.

In conjunction with his focus on job-growth issues, Hocker...

Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 9:39am

New dates announced for state’s para-transit changes

After a delay, the Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC) has announced a new deadline for changes to public transit, allowing riders more time to get used to the transit system redesign. Sussex County’s large para-transit population won’t be...

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 1:37pm

Indoor Winter Golf Clinic to benefit Habitat on Feb. 1

The Walt Jones Memorial Project will offer an indoor Winter Golf Clinic on Saturday, Feb. 1, to benefit Sussex County Habitat for Humanity. Sessions will be offered from 9 to 11 a.m. and from noon to 2 p.m. at Delmarva Christian High School in...

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 12:32pm

Public transit changes, rate increases postponed for now

Breathe easy for a little longer, riders of public transportation. Fare and service changes to DART and paratransit have been postponed from Jan. 19 to a yet-to-be-determined later date.

Operating under Delaware Department of...

Thursday, January 2, 2014 - 6:51am

Sussex County SPCA seeks new volunteers for new year

Last year, the Sussex County SPCA had more than 180 volunteers to help care for the shelter’s animals and, this year, they hope to have more.

“The volunteers are a vital part of our organization,” said Joanne Murphy, volunteer and...

Thursday, January 2, 2014 - 6:50am

Local legislators argue for alternatives to Blue

Delawareans may never fully approve of plans to alleviate congestion on Route 113, acknowledged Secretary Shailen Bhatt of Delaware Department of Transportation at a Dec. 2 meeting. But Millsboro desperately needs a bypass from Route 113 to Route...

Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 8:43am

Civil War Profiles: Sussex County’s ‘Gath’ investigates the real Lincoln

One of the finest literary talents Sussex County has produced over the years is George Alfred Townsend of Georgetown. During the mid- to late 19th century, Townsend — who signed his writings “Gath” — enjoyed celebrity as a political columnist,...

Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 7:23am

No separation for ‘church and skate’

Since 2008, Epworth United Methodist Church in Lewes has been offering local skaters a safe, free place to skateboard. This winter, however, the skate park at Epworth is taking it to the next level, demolishing the old ramps and equipment in the...

Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 4:39am

Sussex Realtors attend national conference in San Francisco

A contingent from the 1,300-member Sussex County Association of Realtors spent several days in the San Francisco area recently, participating in the annual convention of the National Association of Realtors.

SCAOR 2013 President Bob McVey...

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 5:39am

Sussex County to host meeting with FEMA on flood maps

Sussex County will join the Federal Emergency Management Agency in hosting a public meeting in early December for property owners and residents to review proposed changes to federally-mandated flood plain maps that could have implications on...

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 5:06am

No federal appeal for issue of sheriff’s powers by Christopher

Last month, the Delaware Supreme Court ruled to uphold a Delaware Superior Court ruling that Delaware sheriffs do not have full constitutional authority to exercise all powers necessary to conserve the peace, including the power of arrest. And...

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 11:57am

Residents asked to be vigilant against burglaries

In the off-season, many area police departments — including Bethany Beach, Fenwick Island and South Bethany — offer home checks for residents who may be away from their homes.

“Unfortunately, what’s happening with a lot of these burglaries...

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 11:55am

DelDOT receives $5.25M in bridge settlement

It’s been 10 years since the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) first hired Figg Bridge Engineers to design a new bridge to span the Indian River Inlet. And, on Oct. 25, DelDOT announced that it will receive a $5.25 million settlement...

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 11:45am

AT&T tower application heads back before BoA

It will be déjà vu all over again for parties involved in the cell tower controversy near Bethany Beach on Monday, Nov. 18, when the Sussex County Board of Adjustment will once again hold a public hearing on a special-use exception application...

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 2:02pm

Riders wary of proposed DART changes coming down pike

Local paratransit riders are concerned about planned fare increases, while people still want more public transit in Sussex County as a whole. And the Delaware Department of Transportation must juggle these demands while rolling out a public...

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 1:47pm

County kicks off food-drive with carols

A Sussex County tradition is celebrating 30 years of putting festive tunes in the heart and much-needed food on the table for countless families.

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

Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 9:30am

Three arrested in connection with Frankford home invasion

The Delaware State Police have arrested three teens involved in a home invasion-style robbery that occurred last Thursday near Frankford.

Around 2:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24 two masked suspects entered a residence located in Upland...

Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 9:04am

County council considers ordinance on excessive dog barking

Earlier this week the Sussex County Council voted to defer a decision on a proposed ordinance that would define and create enforcement provisions and penalties for failure to control excessive dog barking.

The latest draft, presented at...

Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 9:12am

County looks to cement building height limit

Earlier this week, the Sussex County Council introduced an ordinance to amend Chapter 115 of the county code relating to building height restrictions. The draft ordinance was a result of concerns expressed by Councilman George Cole at last week’s...

Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 7:21am

Supreme Court rules county sheriff has no arrest powers

Earlier this week the Delaware Supreme Court ruled to uphold the Superior Court’s ruling that Delaware sheriffs do not have full constitutional authority to exercise all powers necessary to conserve the peace, including the power of arrest.


Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 7:40am

Gray discusses DelDOT, DNREC at ice cream social

Seeking to better accommodate his constituents’ schedules, State Rep. Ron Gray (R-38th) scheduled an evening ice cream social on Oct. 1, providing community updates and dessert to at least 50 people.

Gray reported on the Route 26 Working...

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 7:24am

County discusses botanic gardens, height restrictions

The Sussex County Council voted 4 to 1 on Tuesday to approve the conditional use of 36.99 acres of land in an AR-1 agricultural-residential district for use as botanic gardens and a related visitor center, conservatory, theater, nature center and...

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 5:16am

Breaking News: Supreme Court rules county sheriff has no arrest powers

On Monday, Oct. 7, the Delaware Supreme Court ruled to uphold the Superior Court's ruling that Delaware sheriffs do not have full constitutional authority to exercise all powers necessary to conserve the peace, including the power of arrest....

Monday, October 7, 2013 - 10:46am

Route 26 Working Group prepares for public meeting

Officials from the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) recently got to test-drive their State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project presentation, before taking the information public in less than two weeks. Community, business and...

Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 10:30am

Sussex paratransit under scrutiny as public transit gets review

State officials are concerned that paratransit costs are getting out of control, leading the Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC) to take a critical look at public transportation.

DTC is a branch under the Delaware Department of...

Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 10:29am

Route 113 bypass route unpopular at DelDOT meetings

A roomful of maps didn’t show the 52 residential, 10 commercial and nine agricultural properties that would be displaced by a Route 113 bypass. But people still had plenty to say about the proposed 16.5-mile highways that would cut through...

Friday, September 27, 2013 - 7:03am

Botanic garden application recommended for approval

The Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission voted unanimously on Sept. 12 to recommend that an application from Southern Delaware Botanic Gardens Inc., for “flagship” botanic gardens and a related visitor center, conservatory, theater,...

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 2:17pm

It’s a green weekend with trees and cleanup

This Saturday, people can give the environment a boost at two events: the Delaware Coastal Cleanup and a tree planting at a Millsboro nature refuge.

Statewide, 2,500 volunteers are expected to help clean 48 shorelines at the Coastal...

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 2:05pm

Beef & Beer event Saturday to benefit Spicer Foundation

This weekend, the Georgetown police and fire company will be hosting a Beef & Beer Benefit for the Chad Spicer Foundation — created in memory of Georgetown police officer Chad Spicer, who was killed in the line of duty on Sept. 1, 2009.


Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 1:40pm

Route 113 bypass public hearings scheduled for Sept. 18-19

The public is being strongly encouraged to share their opinions on the proposed Route 113 bypass that could someday cut a new 16.5-mile highway through Sussex County. Officials with the Delaware Department of Transportation visited the Frankford...

Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 9:37am

State agencies discussing pedestrian safety concerns on Route 1

Pedestrian safety has been a particular point of concern this year. In 2012, there were a total of 30 pedestrian fatalities in the state, according to the Delaware Office of Highway Safety (OHS), and within the last six months, there have been at...

Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 9:29am

MSO announces 2013-2014 ‘Season of Discovery’ schedule

The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Julien Benichou, will return to Sussex County for its 2013-2014 “Season of Discovery,” with a series of five concerts at Mariner’s Bethel Church, at Route 26 and Central Avenue...

Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 8:16am

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.


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