Sussex County


Roadway safety critical at this time of year

With summer having arrived, traffic in coastal Delaware has spiked. While travelers use various modes of transportation to get from Point A to Point B, the Ocean View Police Department is reminding the public to always use caution.

“With...

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 4:15pm

County considers concerns over density and wetland buffers

Sussex County Councilman I.G. Burton gave a brief presentation to fellow council members this week regarding his concerns about to buffers and density.

“For the 11 years I was on Planning & Zoning, we always discussed it… It was just...

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 4:13pm

Department of the Interior gets earful on drilling

By Laura Walter
Staff Reporter

 

If Florida gets a special meeting with the federal government, why shouldn’t Delaware?

That was Gov. John Carney’s essential message in January when Florida’s special meeting with the U.S...

Friday, June 8, 2018 - 6:29pm

Sussex County Counclman Rob Arlett is running for U.S. Senate.

Arlett throwing his hat into the U.S. Senate ring

While the end of his term on the Sussex County Council is nearing an end, District 5 Councilman Rob Arlett has no plans to leave public service.

In April, Arlett —a registered Republican — officially announced his bid for U.S. Senate....

Friday, June 8, 2018 - 6:24pm

Sussex County teams with state agencies to address littering

Sussex County will now be working with the Delaware Department of Corrections (DOC) and Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) to ensure that county roadways are cleaner.

In May of 2017, Michael Costello, government affairs manager...

Friday, June 8, 2018 - 6:22pm

Court sets May 30 deadline for Fairway Village plaintiffs to pay bond

Chancery Court Vice-Chancellor Joseph Slights III on Tuesday, May 22, ordered that unless a $354,858 bond was posted within five business days by the Concerned Citizens of Fairway Village and 36 Builders Inc. — plaintiffs in cases seeking to...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 3:43pm

Members of the National Guard set up flags at Lord Baltimore Elementary School for this weekend’s ceremony.

Southern Sussex Rotary honoring fallen heroes

This Monday marks Memorial Day, a day to honor Americans who fell while serving their country in the armed services. To commemorate their ultimate sacrifice, the Southern Sussex Rotary will be holding a ceremony on Saturday, May 26, at 1 p.m. on...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 3:38pm

Coast Guard warns of new boating route at inlet

Boaters beware: Winter storms and ice have re-sculpted the seabed of the Indian River Bay. That means the U.S. Coast Guard has significantly changed the buoy configuration for boaters approaching the Indian River Inlet.

“It is a new...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 3:35pm

High-speed Internet on its way to under-served areas of Sussex

Life may be getting easier for Sussex County residents who have had trouble acquiring Internet service, as the Sussex County Council announced this week a partnership with wireless Internet service providers BridgeMaxx, Bloosurf, Nuvisions/Broad...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 3:08pm

State Rep. Rich Collins speaks with constituents.

Coffee meeting explores legalizing pot, helping non-profit agencies

The future of funding to assist non-profit agencies serving the community was a focus of state Rep. Rich Collins’ latest monthly constituent coffee meeting held at the Indian River Senior Center in Millsboro.

Last year, as part of an...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 2:24pm

Wheatley files to run for 21st district Senate seat

Laurel businessman Bob Wheatley has filed to run for the 21st District Senate seat, which includes the towns of Blades, Delmar, Laurel and Seaford, and surrounding areas.Describing himself as a fiscal conservative, Wheatley is a long-time member...

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 5:12pm

The Delaware Botanical Gardens held a ‘Sip & Saunter’ event on Friday, May 4. Right, DBG designer Piet Oudolf goes over the garden’s plans during the event.

Botanic gardens celebrates Meadow planting with designer, dignitaries

On May 3-4, internationally renowned Dutch garden designer Piet Oudolf landed near Dagsboro, at the new Delaware Botanic Gardens (DBG). He was in Delaware to supervise the gardens’ 100 volunteers planting nearly 18,000 new native perennials in...

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 4:55pm

Bill McGowan, a community development consultant, discusses the vast size and different personalities of Sussex County at South Coastal Library as part of the 38th District Democratic Committee’s ‘Lower Sussex Conversations’ series.

Talking Sussex

Bill McGowan may be a native Delawarean, but having grown up in Wilmington and moved to Sussex County in 1980, he’s still considered a “brung here” — having moved to the areas for a job.

McGowan — now a community development consultant —...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 4:16pm

Cannabis legalization advocates aim to break down stigma

Two women sat with a handful of others in the South Coastal Library on Monday, April 30, listening to pro-cannabis-legalization activists, and their perspectives could not be more different.

Both listened intently to the facts and figures...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 3:59pm

County denies Overbrook Town Center for a second time

The Sussex County Council this week voted to deny a change of zone application for a 114.4-acre parcel of land near Rehoboth Beach from AR-1 to CR-1, for the second time.

The application was filed by T.D. Rehoboth, originally for a...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 3:58pm

DART offering weekend Beach Bus starting May 5

DART is starting its Beach Bus service early this season, providing weekend bus service on two of its popular bus routes for the first three weekends in May.

Starting Saturday, May 5, bus service will be available in the areas of downtown...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 2:32pm

Meghan Kelly has filed to run against Rep. Ron Gray in the 38th Representative District electiom. Kelly resides in Dagsboro.

Kelly files to run for 38th District representative seat

Dagsboro resident Meghan Kelly is hoping to make a difference in her community via the halls of the state legislature, having filed to run in the 38th Representative District election.

Kelly filed in March for the seat, which is currently...

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 3:16pm

County working to expand broadband internet to provide more access

The Sussex County Council this week unanimously approved a tower license agreement for wireless high-speed internet that would be aimed at incentivizing wireless service providers.

“We know to provide internet to our rural areas is not...

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 9:52am

AGH expanding to meet updated community needs

Atlantic General Hospital is keeping its finger on the pulse of the area’s health, and as they embark on a major expansion, those plans aim to meet the area’s changing health needs. The Sussex County Council received its annual update from AGH...

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 11:09am

Highmark donates $325,000 to programs fighting epidemic

Last week, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware announced four grants totalling $325,000 to four community organizations working to fight the opioid epidemic.

“All of us have been touched in some way by this epidemic,” said Tim...

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 9:08am

CIC Ombudsman a landing pad for HOA drama

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Ombudsman Christopher Curtain addresses people at a March 1 meeting in the Roxana fire hall.People sometimes learn the hard way that local government has little interest or oversight in homeowner and condo...

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 9:01am

DelDOT budget highlights Route 113 intersections, Route 24 improvements

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Planning roads is no small task, and the Delaware Department of Transportation is currently working to finalize its six-year budget plan with a number of projects proposed.

This autumn, the public has been invited to review DelDOT’s...

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 8:33am

Public voices support for Sussex sports complex

A slew of individuals attended the Sussex County Council meeting on Oct. 10 to voice their support for a proposed sports complex in Georgetown.

Last month, the Sussex Sports Center Foundation requested that Sussex County financially...

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 8:31am

Neighbors fight against Oakwood Homes applications

More than a dozen residents of Hoot Owl Lane near Dagsboro came out to a Sussex County Board of Adjustment meeting on Oct. 2 to voice their opposition to a special-use exception application filed by Oakwood Homes.

The company was seeking a...

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 8:35am

County introduces update to special-events ordinance

The Sussex County Council at its Tuesday council meeting introduced a draft ordinance related to special events.

Assistant County Attorney Vince Robertson said most of the draft ordinance remains the same as the existing ordinance. Those...

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 8:33am

Sports center asks County for support

Members of the Sussex Sports Center Foundation this week requested that Sussex County financially support their endeavor at the Sussex County Council meeting on Sept. 26, giving a presentation on the project to the council.

The foundation...

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 7:57am

Rt. 54 citizens want a traffic signal, complain of rapid development

The Fire Marshal might have frowned at the number of people squeezed into Roxana Fire Hall on Sept. 19. But Route 54 residents hovered just under the 274 occupancy limit, showing just how concerned they are about traffic issues in their corner of...

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 11:56am

County extends CIB lease for James Farm preserve

The Sussex County Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to extend their lease of the James Farm Ecological Preserve to the Center for the Inland Bays.

The 150-acre property, located on Cedar Neck Road just outside of Ocean View, offers...

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 11:21am

Festival Hispano will be dancing in the streets

Good music, food and fun will fill the streets of Georgetown at the 22nd annual Festival Hispano on Sunday, Sept. 17.

Thousands of people will celebrate Hispanic cultural heritage from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The festival stretches along North...

Monday, September 18, 2017 - 3:23am

Small businesses go front-and-center

State Sen. Gerald Hocker and Gov. John Carney on Aug. 16 invited a small group of local businesspeople to join them for lunch and a roundtable discussion on the state’s economy and their concerns about their individual businesses and beyond....

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 11:15am

Traffic stop leads to meth, heroin and ecstasy arrest

A speeding ticket led to a drug-related arrest earlier this month in Ocean View.

On Aug. 12, around 10 p.m., an Ocean View police officer stopped a motorcycle because the driver was allegedly driving at 76 mph in a posted 45 mph zone on...

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 11:06am

Sussex County drug-trafficking investigation nets 40 arrests

A multi-jurisdictional investigation into an illegal drug trafficking organization, involving multiple subjects, conducted by the Delaware State Police and Delaware Department of Justice, has concluded with the arrest or indictment of 40...

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 10:01am

County found in violation of FOIA in P&Z hire

The Sussex County Council took time at its Tuesday meeting this week to discuss a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) complaint filed by resident and council meeting regular Dan Kramer.

Kramer’s complaint, filed in November of 2016, alleged...

Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 9:37am

Paul F. ‘Pete’ Lynch

Paul F. “Pete” Lynch of Gumboro, Del., passed away peacefully at home on Aug. 1, 2017.

He worked for more than 30 years as a farmer and as an equipment operator for the Delaware Department of Transportation. He was an avid fiddle player...

Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 6:18am

County council discusses special-events ordinance

After County Councilman George Cole said he had received calls regarding concerts at Hudson Fields outside of Milton, he asked staff to review what ordinances were in place to govern such events.

Following a presentation to the council by...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 10:28am

Area police warn people about driveway paving scam

Asphalt is the latest on the list of new scams. Con artists are travelling door-to-door to promise driveway paving services, but they just don’t deliver.

In Selbyville, “Subjects portrayed themselves as contractors for the municipality and...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 8:54am

Wings & Wheels 2017 planning is officially under way

This year’s Wings & Wheels event is set to take place the weekend of Oct. 6-7.

Things will kick off that Friday, with Aviation Education Day, during which 125 high school students will spend the day at the Delaware Coastal Airport,...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 5:22am

New partnership rescues septic systems from despair

When people move into neighborhoods with a new homeowner association, they may not know what they’re in for. It’s not just house colors and mailbox height. Sometimes it’s road maintenance and a neighborhood-wide sewage system.

That has led...

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 2:46pm

Hope for Dirickson Creek means volunteer action

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: U.S. Sen. Tom Carper speaks to the Dirickson Creek Team over the new State of Dirickson Creek report.Having lived along Dirickson Creek for 30 years, Lynn LeBrun wouldn’t let her grandchildren swim its waters anymore...

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 10:38am

Delaware court honors veterans, bailiff raises donations

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Oscar Gonzales, with his children, Diego, Niko and Henry, created a shadow box so veterans could display their awards anonymously.Prior to gaveling in the start of a Veterans Treatment Court session last week,...

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 10:24am

County denies conditional-use application for ‘tiny home’ campus

The Sussex County Council voted unanimously this week to deny a conditional-use application for a “tiny home” campground in the Long Neck area.

Architect and property owner Joy Marshall Ortiz told the council she wanted to create a small,...

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 11:41am

Sussex County Council approves $143M budget for 2018FY

The Sussex County Council this week unanimously approved its proposed $143 million budget for the 2018 fiscal year.

Prior to approving the budget, the council approved a number of ordinances related to the draft budget. Among the changes,...

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 11:26am

County council discusses code on special events

Following up on an inquiry by Councilman George Cole at a May meeting of the Sussex County Council, the council this week discussed the definition of “Special Events” within the Sussex County Code.

Cole was specifically asking about...

Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 11:27am

Mid-Sussex EMS chief charged with sexual assault

Delaware State Police this week charged the chief of emergency medical services for the Mid-Sussex Rescue Squad with both unlawful sexual contact and sexual harassment in connection with an alleged assault on a fellow EMT in early May.

...

Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 11:24am

County gets update on fighting veteran homelessness

The Sussex County Council this week received an update on the Mayors Challenge to end Veteran Homelessness initiative, in which Sussex County, along with the towns of Blades, Bridgeville, Georgetown, Greenwood, Seaford, as well as the State of...

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 10:38am

County reveals proposed $143.8M 2018 budget

Earlier this week, the Sussex County Council reviewed its $143.8 million draft budget for the 2018 fiscal year.

In a presentation by County Administrator Todd Lawson and County Finance Director Gina Jennings at the May 16 council meeting,...

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 9:05am

Long Neck community looks for more police

Residents of Long Neck want to keep their community safe and are taking steps to do so. A group of citizens attended the May 9 Sussex County Council meeting to speak to the council about their safety needs.

John Matyjewicz, president of...

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 9:57am

County discusses trash, illegal dump sites

Trash has been a topic of discussion for some time in Sussex County. Over the years, County Councilman Sam Wilson has voiced his upset with littering, and Councilman Rob Arlett recently focused on illegal dump sites.

At the May 9 council...

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 9:53am

County council gets an update from the Freeman Stage

Patti Grimes, of the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation, gave Sussex County Council an update on The Freeman Stage at Bayside on April 11.

“If you can believe it, this is our 10th year,” said Grimes. “We want to thank Sussex County for being...

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 11:40am

Burton to serve 30 years for Bennett murder

Matthew BurtonOn Wednesday, April 5, Dagsboro resident Matthew Burton admitted to having committed the rape and murder of Nicole Bennett nearly five years ago.

As reported by the Cape Gazette newspaper, Delaware Superior Court Judge E....

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 11:34am