State of Delaware
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 future construction and homeowner insurance rates.
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 that could be the final word on the issue, as the deadline to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court has passed.
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 transit redesign.
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.
“The judgment of the Superior Court is affirmed,” stated the Superior Court decision filed on Oct. 7.
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.
Lord Baltimore Elementary School got a distinguished visitor Oct. 3 when Lt. Gov. Matt Denn visited to see just what makes a Delaware Recognition School. Denn visited each of the state’s 17 winners, also including John M. Clayton and Phillip C. Showell elementary schools. The honorees were deemed to have made outstanding progress or closed the achievement gap in 2012. Long Neck Elementary was also a School of Continuing Excellence.
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.
"The judgment of the Superior Court is affirmed," stated the Superior Court decision filed earlier today.
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 legislative leaders on the Route 26 Working Group met Oct. 1 to hear updates about the Route 26 Mainline project.
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.
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 southern Sussex County.
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.
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 Town Council on Sept. 9 — one in a series of meetings to inform people of the public hearings.
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 least 13 pedestrian fatalities — several in local beach towns.
Next Wednesday, the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) will hold a full-scale exercise to test its preparedness in the event of a hurricane.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently ruled that same-sex couples legally married in jurisdictions that recognize their marriages will be treated as married for federal tax purposes. The ruling applies regardless of whether the couple lives in a jurisdiction that recognizes same-sex marriage or a jurisdiction that does not recognize same-sex marriage.
The second day of the 2013-2014 school year at Lord Baltimore Elementary School was attended by an unlikely group: representatives from the Delaware Department of Transportation, Ocean View police and state legislators. They met Sept. 4 to discuss the near standstill that occurs each morning and afternoon at LB as parents drop off and pick up their children at the school.
Last week, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell signed House Bill 160, to permit shellfish aquaculture in Delaware’s Inland Bays.
An accident last week outside of George Read Middle School in New Castle in which an 11-year-old girl sustained an injury to her arm “is a tragic but critically important reminder about both ‘back-to-school safety’ and that driving is the most dangerous thing most of us will do each day. Our hearts go out to this young child and her family,” representatives of AAA said.
Wednesday workshop to focus on ‘gateway’ idea
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 Impact Statement (DEIS) on the project for public comment until Oct. 4.
Although the Delaware State Police recently filed a fugitive warrant for 29-year-old Matthew Burton in connection with the murder of 35-year-old Nicole Bennett of Millsboro last year, he may not be returned to Delaware anytime soon.
Based on recent research, University of Minnesota Associate Professor J. David Hacker has determined that the death toll from wounds and illnesses during our nation’s conflict from 1861 to 1865 was upwards of 750,000.
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 start the process of terminating the contract with a certified letter to Safe Haven. The contract will terminate 60 days from receipt of the letter.
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.
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.
There’s good news for Delaware regarding the cancer mortality rate: the states’ ranking has fallen again and it currently sits at 14th in the nation. While that might not sound great in a country with 50 states, it is better than the No. 2 ranking it had in the 1990s. In last year’s report covering the years 2003-2007, Delaware ranked 12th. In this year’s report — the most comprehensive data report in the state, covering the years 2005-2009 — Delaware ranked 14th in the nation.
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 investigation by the Delaware Child Predator Task Force.
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.
One year after creating the Inland Bays Shellfish Aquaculture Tiger Team and naming E.J. Chalabala, restoration coordinator for the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays (CIB), to lead it, the CIB Board of Directors approved the final report from the team at their meeting on March 22.
Windows 8 users can now take advantage of the popular Delaware Fresh farm-market location app from the Delaware Department of Agriculture. The app is now available for all Windows 8 devices, from mobile phones and tablets to Windows 8 desktops, joining existing iPhone and Android versions.