State of Delaware

Governor has plans to revive downtowns

Lawmakers are considering a new way to wake up downtown districts. To get the lights on and people moving, Gov. Jack Markell has proposed “Downtown Development Districts” (DDDs) — districts within cities or towns that would benefit from development, with State incentives offered to those who move to fulfill that need.

Bill to fight human trafficking introduced in Delaware

New legislation aimed at fighting human trafficking has been introduced in the Delaware General Assembly. The bill, introduced last week, is designed to enhance criminal penalties for those who engage in human trafficking and provide greater protections for victims of human trafficking.

Beach Boys, Barenaked Ladies, Jennifer Nettles to star at Freeman Stage

Big things are on the horizon for the Freeman Stage at Bayside. Whether people want to rock out or relax, they’ll have plenty of options when the Freeman Stage hosts 10 national recording artists among nearly 50 performances this season.

Business resiliency checkup can help avoid disaster

How can people cope with a major business disruption, such as a hurricane or cyber-attack? The nonprofit Delaware Business Resiliency Initiative will host a free workshop to help local businesses stay open when unexpected events disrupt service.

Markell talks water, transportation with Chamber

Gov. Jack Markell spoke to members of the Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce last week about his proposals to improve the state’s transportation and water.

“We got some issues in the state that we’ve got to deal with,” he said.

During the March 20 meeting at Blue Water Grill, Markell said Delaware must invest in its roads and bridges.

DelDOT, Markell discuss Delaware dollars, delays on Route 26

Four miles of roadway have gotten a lot of attention lately, and Gov. Jack Markell and DelDOT Secretary Shailen Bhatt attended the most recent Route 26 Working Group meeting to address the subject.

Flowers announces re-election campaign for treasurer

With a state portfolio returning more than $44 million during his term and showing positive returns 31 out of 38 months, Chip Flowers, Delaware state treasurer and co-chair of the National Democratic State Treasurers, officially launched his re-election campaign — “Standing Up for a Brighter Future” last week.

Delaware Aquaculture regulations, maps taking shape

Fittingly, oyster shells lay across the parking lot, left by seabirds that dropped them to access the soft meat inside, as dozens of people recently walked across the light rubble to attend DNREC’s second public workshop on developing Delaware’s shellfish aquaculture regulations.

State, UD partner to help charge electric vehicles

Charging stations for electric vehicles will be strategically placed at key locations in Delaware to enable long trips in the state by next year, through a new collaborative research agreement between the University of Delaware (UD) and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC).

Food bank asks community for helping hand

This weekend, the Bethany Beach Christian Church & Conference Center will host a Fil-a-Truck event for Vethel Tabernacle Church’s Helping Hands Food Bank. The event, on Saturday, March 8, from 10 a.m. to noon, is designed to help collect food goods for the food bank.

Safety Task Force recommends roadway improvements for Route 1

In July of 2013, the Delaware House of Representatives passed a resolution to create the Route 1 Pedestrian Safety Task Force, with a charge to recommend options to improve pedestrian safety on Route 1 from the Nassau Bridge to the southern town limits of Dewey Beach.

Minimum wage hike a hot topic of discussion

Some Delaware workers will get a raise in the next few years, after the General Assembly and Gov. Jack Markell on Jan. 30 approved a $1 increase to the minimum wage. On June 1, the state’s minimum wage increases to $7.75. By June of 2015, workers will receive a minimum of $8.25 per hour.

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 lane closures for Feb. 10 to Feb. 21

The State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project continues in Clarksville.

On Monday, Feb. 10, to Friday, Feb. 21, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., the eastbound lane of Route 26 will be closed from Irons Lane to Route 17 (Roxana Road) for clearing and grubbing (removing trees, shrubs, stumps, and rubbish).

Detours are not required. Traffic will alternate, as directed by flaggers.

Gray talks taxes, jails and infrastructure projects at meeting

Citizens were invited to sip some coffee and learn about upcoming legislative action on Jan. 30 at a public meeting held by state Rep. Ron Gray’s (R-38th). He started with Delaware’s state budget, which is expected to see a nearly $140 million shortfall this year.

“In the next few weeks, you’re going to see almost all state agencies asking for new fees,” Gray said.

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 lane closures for Jan. 27 to Feb. 7

The State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project has begun in Clarksville.

On Monday, Jan. 27, to Friday, Feb. 7, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., the eastbound lane of Route 26 will be closed from Powell Farm Road to Route 17 (Roxana Road) for clearing and grubbing (removing trees, shrubs, stumps and rubbish).

Detours are not required. Traffic will alternate, as directed by flaggers.

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.

State’s revised wastewater regulations now in effect

After five years of work, plan now active

Delaware’s revised wastewater system regulations became effective Jan. 11, 2014.

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 affected until July and September, and fare increases for all public transit riders will stretch over three years, instead of two.

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.

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 24.

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, novelist, poet and keen observer of the human condition.

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 future construction and homeowner insurance rates.

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 that could be the final word on the issue, as the deadline to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court has passed.

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 transit redesign.

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.

“The judgment of the Superior Court is affirmed,” stated the Superior Court decision filed on Oct. 7.

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.

Denn gets first-hand education at Lord Baltimore

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.

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.

"The judgment of the Superior Court is affirmed," stated the Superior Court decision filed earlier today.

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 legislative leaders on the Route 26 Working Group met Oct. 1 to hear updates about the Route 26 Mainline project.

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