Sussex County


Sussex Tech Raven Nation Marching Band to perform at Peach Bowl Parade

More than 100 members of the Sussex Tech Raven Nation Marching Band were set to march and perform in the Peach Bowl Festival Parade and other events this week in Atlanta.

The band was scheduled to perform at the College Football Hall of...

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 11:15am

Schools audit reports: No news is good news for Districts

It’s not the most dramatic of reports, but the annual audits of local school districts at least show good recordkeeping for construction projects.

The Delaware Office of Auditor of Accounts (AOA) recently released its annual stack of...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 2:28pm

Proposed Sussex Tech policy puts emphasis on transparency

According to Dan Shortridge, public information officer for the Sussex Technical School District, in the interest of greater transparency and openness, the Sussex Technical Board of Education is considering a freshman admissions policy that he...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 1:34pm

Delaware Tech’s Business Honor Society fills stockings for Salvation Army

Delaware Technical Community College’s International Business Honor Society, Alpha Beta Gamma (ABG), recently paired with the Salvation Army to stuff holiday stockings with toys, games and other items to donate to children throughout Sussex...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 1:32pm

Sussex Tech announces honor roll students

A number of Sussex Technical High School students were recently named to the honor roll for the first marking period of the 2018-2019 academic year. In all, 555 students were recognized at the school’s honor roll breakfast, with the local...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 1:30pm

Members of NARFE Coastal Sussex Chapter 1690 survey Christmas gifts gathered at its December holiday luncheon before delivering them to three local nursing facilities in the area. Pictured, from left, are: James Justice, Pat Brady-Rice, Theresa Pitman and Martha Justice.

NARFE donates holiday gifts to nursing facilities

The Coastal Sussex Chapter 1690 of NARFE (National Active & Retired Federal Employees) collected nearly 60 Christmas gifts at its annual Holiday Luncheon, held at 1776 restaurant in Rehoboth Beach, to deliver to residents of three local...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 12:54pm

Cole, Arlett bid farewell to county council

Tuesday, Dec. 11, was the last day on the dais for Sussex County Councilmen George Cole and Rob Arlett.

Cole, a Sussex County native elected to the council in 1986, is its longest-serving member in the modern era. His family has a history...

Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 4:09pm

Sussex County Administrator Todd Lawson celebrates with Beverly Downs her selection as employee of the year for the county government.

Downs named Sussex County employee of the year

Sussex County government recently named Beverly Downs of Selbyville as its 2018 employee of the year. This year’s winner was announced during the annual Mildred King Luncheon for the County’s approximately 500 employees. Downs was selected for...

Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 3:27pm

County approves new density ordinance

The Sussex County Council voted unanimously at its Dec. 4 meeting to approve an ordinance that would change the method of calculation for permitted density in its agricultural and residential districts.

“I introduced this ordinance and,...

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 4:10pm

County holds off on density vote

While there was a quorum on the dais, two members of the Sussex County Council were absent from Tuesday’s meeting due to illness, leading the council to delay a vote on a proposed density ordinance.

Councilman I.G. Burton, who had...

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 1:02pm

County receives ‘Friend of the Bays’ award from CIB

The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays on Friday, Nov. 16, announced that they have awarded Sussex County government its “Friend of the Bays” honor for the County’s work over the past 40 years to promote and build centralized wastewater service...

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 11:36am

County launches annual Caroling on The Circle food drive

Sussex County government this week kicked off its yearly food drive for community food banks and will celebrate that effort during the 35th annual Caroling on The Circle event, set for 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 3, in downtown Georgetown. The food...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 12:49pm

Local men arrested for multiple deer-poaching violations

DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers arrested two Sussex County men in the Frankford area Nov. 16 as the result of an ongoing investigation into illegal nighttime deer-poaching activities, officials reported on Nov. 20....

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 12:11pm

Freeman Foundation looking to expand stage

In just 11 years in the community, the Freeman Stage at Bayside is looking to expand yet again.

Patti Grimes, executive director of the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation told the Sussex County Council on Tuesday, Nov. 13, that its current stage...

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 2:48pm

DelDOT Secretary Jennifer Cohen addressed the crowd at Delaware Tech’s Today & Tomorrow Conference on Halloween in full ‘Princess Leia’ regalia.

Cohen addresses Sussex County transportation, partnerships

“Help me, Sussex County — partnering is our only hope,” said DelDOT Secretary Jennifer Cohen at the Today & Tomorrow Conference, held at Delaware Technical Community College on Oct. 31.

Cohen attended the event dressed as “Star Wars”...

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 2:27pm

Politicians literally bury the hatchet, top, for all to see during this year’s Return Day celebration on The Circle in Georgetown on Thursday, Nov. 8.

Return Day lets politics bury the hatchet

In 1791, Delaware state law moved the Sussex County seat from the town of Lewes to Georgetown, a town that was approximately 16 miles from any other town in the county.

At that time, all votes were required to be cast in the new county...

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 2:08pm

Voters have their say

Democrats top statewide voting, Republicans reign in Sussex

Delaware voters turned out in droves for the midterm general election on Tuesday, Nov. 6, with statewide voter turnout coming in at more than 52 percent — well above the roughly 36 percent of the state’s voters who cast ballots in the 2014...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 1:36pm

Guest Column CIB: Sewers spell success for Sussex County

In Sussex County, more than 29,000 septic systems have been switched to central sewerage over the last 30 years — a change that will improve the long-term health of the county’s waterways.

It’s no secret that the population in Sussex...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 12:53pm

Return Day set to grab spotlight after election

As they have since the late 1700s, Sussex Countians will again gather ‘round the Circle in Georgetown two days after Election Day to hear the results, bury the hatchet, and, well, party.

Return Day is a tradition that is unique to Sussex...

Friday, November 2, 2018 - 5:09pm

Public voices opinions on proposed density calculation change

The Sussex County Council on Oct. 9 held a public hearing on an ordinance to amend the County’s zoning density calculation, which would exclude streams, rivers and wetland areas from being included in such calculations.

“I introduced this...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 12:37pm

The Indian River Life-Saving Station museum is transformed into a rustic, but elegant, dining room for a coastal heritage dinner.

Coastal heritage dinner reawakens flavors of 140 years ago

Imagine eating the fresh food caught and grown on the Eastern Shore: roasted shellfish, lemon-baked seabass, fresh venison, duck and local veggies.

These dishes and more took center stage on Oct. 5 at the historic Indian River Life-Saving...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 12:24pm

Open for Business partners with 1 Million Cups for startups

Anyone with plans to open, purchase or expand a business in Sussex County, or who needs assistance with licenses or permits, business-plan writing, marketing or getting ready to apply for financing is being invited to attend Sussex County’s “Open...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 10:04am

Sussex ‘goes Purple’ in recognition of opioid crisis

After hearing a presentation on the opioid epidemic’s impact on the county from Sussex County Health Coalition Executive Director Peggy Geisler last week, Sussex County government has decided to “Go Purple,” approving a resolution to join in the...

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 11:25am

Sussex Tech Teacher of the Year gets students to perform

On a recent weekday afternoon, Anthony Natoli’s English class was outside of the classroom. Instead, students were sitting in a circle in Sussex Technical High School’s commons area, roleplaying the Salem witch trials of the 1690s and simulating...

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 11:08am

SCHS Take Two Drama Club announces its 2018-2019 schedule

The Take Two Drama Club of Sussex Central High School had a banner year in 2017-2018. Rising junior Emily Gutierrez represented Sussex Central as an actress at Delaware’s Governor’s School in July, while graduating seniors James Mangin and Tanaye...

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 11:06am

Feeding & Clothing Our Children Symposium set for Oct. 5 at SCHS

On Oct. 5, Rotary Clubs from Southern Delaware, in conjunction with Delaware State Department of Education, Nutritional Programs, the Harry K Foundation, the Food Bank of Delaware and Clothing our Kids, are presenting the first Feeding &...

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 10:41am

Optimist Club offers opportunities for high school students

The Optimist Club of Sussex County is offering three opportunities for high school students this upcoming school year. The Optimists’ mission is to provide hope and positive vision by bringing out the best in youth, local communities and...

Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 10:16am

County council urged to ‘Go Purple’

The Sussex County Council this week was urged to ride a purple wave, as activists sought to officially add Sussex County to the areas of the state taking part in the “Goes Purple” campaign to address the opioid addiction epidemic.

“There’s...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 3:25pm

Sussex County airport gets $5.5M FAA grant

U.S. Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons, and U.S. Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (all D-Del.) on Sept. 19 announced a $5.5 million Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant award to the Delaware Coastal Airport in Georgetown.

The grant will be...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 11:46am

County responds to Open Government

The Sussex County Council this week responded to an August letter from the Delaware Coalition for Open Government, which sought to bring to their “attention a number of issues about the operation of the Sussex County’s Board of Adjustment.”

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Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 3:15pm

SCHS show an open secret, still making waves

Sworn to secrecy in the press, Sussex Central High School can only publically say that their fall theater production will be a big deal.

But rumblings have made their way around town. More importantly, anyone can just ask.

“It was...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 1:20pm

DART increases year-round bus service in Sussex County

Beginning Monday, Sept. 10, two DART Beach Bus Routes — 201 and 204 — were set to begin year-round service, operating every 30 minutes, Monday through Saturday, from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Route 201 provides service from the Lewes Park &...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 12:39pm

Public weighs in on county’s subdivision buffers

The Sussex County Council held a public hearing on Tuesday, Sept. 11, regarding forested and/or landscaped buffers within the County’s jurisdiction.

“I have introduced this ordinance, so I’ll give my synopsis on why I feel this ordinance...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 12:27pm

Open for Business partners with 1 Million Cups for startups

Anyone with plans to open, purchase or expand a business in Sussex County, or who needs assistance with licenses or permits, business-plan writing, marketing or getting ready to apply for financing is being invited to attend Sussex County’s “Open...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 12:21pm

Optimist Club of Sussex County ‘optimistic’ for Year 2

Last summer, Connie and Tom Sohnleitner sent out a message asking others who were interested in “providing a positive vision to bring out the best in youth,” to join them for a coffee meeting. Little did they know, they said, that the...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 10:04am

Design guidelines developed for neighbors of Historic Lewes Byway

The Sussex County Council last week received an update on the Historic Lewes Byway from committee member Russ Tatman, regarding voluntary design guidelines for properties along the byway.

According to its website, “The Historic Lewes Byway...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 5:48pm

Public demands answers about clean water at Georgetown forum

Sussex County has two sets of drinking-water quality issues, according to Mohammad Akhter: the statewide quality of water and the private well water — especially concerning the Mountaire poultry plant’s recent contamination problem in Millsboro...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 5:04pm

In September, wooden decking and metal fasteners will be repaired on the tiny Millers Neck Road bridge.

Meeting scheduled on repairs to wooden Millers Neck bridge

Driving the tight winding roads near Camp Barnes, people come upon a tiny wooden-topped bridge, less than 30 feet long, that runs over a tiny tributary of Dirickson Creek.

For the past month, the Millers Neck Road bridge — as it is known...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 4:50pm

Sussex County Council moves forward on wetlands

The public will soon have their chance to give input on wetlands and density calculations, as Sussex County Councilman I.G. Burton on Aug. 14 introduced an ordinance related to adjusting the calculation.

“This ordinance… it’s not easy to...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 5:25pm

This Washington Avenue house was boarded up after being officially declared a criminal nuisance property in Selbyville, near Polly Branch Road.

BREAKING: Drug-related 'criminal nuisance' property in Selbyville closed by court order

A house near Selbyville that had been the site of multiple drug crimes and police calls since 2014 was boarded up as a result of work by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Delaware State Police (DSP) to deem it a...

Friday, August 10, 2018 - 4:30pm

County approves poultry waste-recycling and power-generation facility

The Sussex County Council voted unanimously on July 31 to approve a conditional-use application that would allow CleanBay Renewables to construct and operate a renewable-energy facility on 16.71 acres on the west side of Route 113, south of...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 4:01pm

Magee files for county council seat

Ellen Magee of Williamsville, a Democrat, filed this week to run for the Sussex County Council seat representing District 5, which is currently held by Republican Robert Arlett.

Magee is a life-time Sussex County resident and is running,...

Friday, July 20, 2018 - 11:55am

DPH issues warning over Dagsboro fox discovered to have rabies

Delaware’s Division of Public Health (DPH) this week warned Dagsboro residents who live in the residential area between Colonial Estates Avenue and Thorogoods Road in Dagsboro of a positive case of rabies in a fox that came into contact with a...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 4:09pm

Sussex County Councilman Rob Arlett speaks with veterans and other audience members at Selbyville Town Hall on Tuesday, July 10.

Arlett invites veterans to discuss mentoring, medical marijuana and more

Veterans discussed the issues and learned more about their benefits at Selbyville Town Hall on July 10.

The free veterans town hall-style meeting was hosted and moderated by outgoing Sussex County Councilman Rob Arlett, who is running for...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 3:38pm

Entering after hours on a state wildlife areas continues to be an issue

DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police announced this week that they are increasing patrols and closely monitoring state wildlife areas, fishing piers, public boat launching facilities and multi-use areas for visitor safety and...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 1:48pm

Year’s first finding of West Nile virus in wild birds reported

The Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control’s Mosquito Control Section, in conjunction with Delaware’s Division of Public Health and Department of Agriculture, this week announced the first detection this year of West Nile...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 12:11pm

U.S. Senator Tom Carper visits the beach replenishment at Bethany Beach.

Carper visits Bethany Beach to see replenishment project

South Bethany next on the list

Bulldozers headed to South Bethany this week, with that town set as the next stop in this summer’s major beach replenishment project.

After several weeks of pumping sand from offshore borrow sites, the Great Lake Dock & Dredge Company...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 6:33pm

Applications available for low-income heating help

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Wilmington is now taking applications for Delaware households to qualify for a benefit from Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The federally-funded program assists low-income households with...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 5:47pm

Updated Delaware Hunting & Trapping Guide now available

DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced this week that the 2018/2019 Delaware Hunting & Trapping Guide is available now at participating license agents throughout the state, at the Division of Fish & Wildlife’s licensing desk in...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 2:33pm

County discusses farm use and ag activity in its code

The Sussex County Council is looking to “clarify” farm use and agricultural activity in its code, following a long discussion on June 24.

Assistant County Attorney Vince Robertson presented information on the issue to council at the...

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 2:14pm