State of Delaware

BREAKING NEWS: Georgetown's Circle area now closed ahead of Biden's Return Day visit

Organizers confirm Biden visit; security measures enhanced and closures move ahead of schedule

Organizers of Sussex County’s annual Return Day festivities in Georgetown confirmed Wednesday, Nov. 5, that Vice-President-Elect and Delaware U.S. Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. will be attending this year’s event.

BREAKING NEWS: Storm causes beach erosion, flooding

An unnamed storm that lashed the area with high winds and heavy rain late last week caused significant beach erosion and flooding along the Delaware coast and inland bays. The late-September storm, despite falling during hurricane season and exhibiting counterclockwise rotation, was not classified as a tropical system but as simply a low-pressure system and therefore was not named.

Pre-construction begins on Inlet Bridge

Gov. Ruth Ann Minner, Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) Secretary Carolann Wicks, state and local officials, residents and others were on hand at a Sept. 17 event to unveil the design for a new bridge over the Indian River Inlet and present the selected design/build team — Skanska USA Civil Southeast — to the public.

New wildlife preserve dedicated on Indian River Bay

On Sept. 19, DNREC Secretary John A. Hughes and Roger L. Jones Jr., Delaware Chapter state director of The Nature Conservancy, joined property donor Austin F. “Pete” Okie of Georgetown to dedicate a property of 118 acres, containing tidal salt marsh, wetlands, coastal forest and fields, on Indian River Bay as the Marian R. Okie Memorial Wildlife Preserve.

Emergency officials urge preparation for looming storm

The Sussex County Emergency Operations Center mid-week was monitoring a developing storm system off the eastern United States that threatened to bring heavy rain, gusty winds, and prolonged higher-than-normal tides to the region for the next several days.

BREAKING NEWS: Markell, Atkins winners in tight primary races

After a competitive start to this year’s election season, the results of Sept. 9’s primary voting are in for the state of Delaware – and, for many candidates, it was a close one.

BREAKING NEWS: Tropical storm leaves minimal impact on Delaware coast

Update, Sept. 6, 7:14 p.m. -- With Tropical Storm Hanna clear of the Delmarva Peninsula as late afternoon and evening arrived on Saturday, residents and visitors alike turned out by the dozens to check out the storm-tossed waves of the Atlantic and see what, if any, damage had been left in the storm's wake. By and large, the answer to that question was none -- a puddle here, a pile of pinecones and twigs there, and mild to moderate erosion to the front sections of the area's reconstructed beaches.

Tropical storm watch in effect; 3 to 5 inches of rain, 40 mph winds expected

Emergency officials tracking Tropical Storm Hanna, advise storm preparation be done now

The Sussex County Emergency Operations Center is continuing to monitor the movement of Tropical Storm Hanna, which is forecast to track along the East Coast this weekend and bring gusty winds and heavy rain to Delaware. Forecasters expect Tropical Storm Hanna to pass just to the east of Delaware’s coast on Saturday. However, as the storm’s center moves northward, the system is expected to reach far enough inland to spread heavy rain and strong winds across Sussex County. Rainfall amounts of 3 to 5 inches, with winds up to 40 mph, are possible. Gusts could reach 50 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

BREAKING NEWS: Police search for injured crash victim

The Delaware State Police are investigating a serious crash that injured a 15-year-old boy early Sunday morning and are now looking for another passenger who was apparently injured.

Millville fire hall to hold poker tournament

The Millville Volunteer Fire Company will be holding a Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Saturday, Aug. 23, at its firehouse on Route 26. Entry fee is $100, with two $25 re-buys available.

Doors open at 6 p.m.

Dealing begins at 7 p.m. You must be 21 or older to attend. Up to $80,00 in prize money paid out depending on player participation.

Illegal dumping complaints on the rise

DNREC’s Environmental Crimes Unit recently released statistics on its investigations into violations of Delaware’s air, waste and water pollution laws for the first six months of 2008. Enforcement officers handled a total of 1,958 complaints statewide, with illegal dumping complaints up 11 percent over the same period last year.

Green Delaware tackles environment

Since 1995, Green Delaware has acted as a grassroots organization concerned with environmental and public health issues in Delaware and surrounding areas.

Bluewater explores options for future bird studies

Ever since the Russell W. Peterson research vessel was grounded on Bethany Beach in May, members of the Bluewater Wind research team have been seeking alternate options to conduct required bird studies in the Atlantic Ocean.

State ramping up for Route 26 projects

The Route 26 roadway improvement project planned for the 4 miles between St. George’s Church in Clarksville and the Assawoman Canal is now expected to begin in 2011 and conclude in 2014, according to the Delaware Department of Transportation’s (DelDOT’s) current schedule and funding, with work slated to be completed in one-mile sections.

Biden opposes off-chore drilling, supports wind farm

U.S. Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.) had harsh words Monday about President George W. Bush’s announcement that morning that he had lifted an executive ban on offshore oil drilling and encouraging Congress to do likewise. Biden, in the backdrop of Cape Henlopen State Park, said lifting the ban would make no difference in gas prices and is a step in the wrong direction as a nation.

State fair still a 4-H tradition

From country and rock concerts to demolition derbies and truck shows, the Delaware State Fair promises excitement and entertainment for everyone, but it’s the long-running traditions that remain the most recognizable events among what the state fair offers today. At the core of those traditions are the area’s farming families and local 4-H clubs.

State's insurance commissioner ready for higher office

Denn aims high as he concludes four years regulating insurance industry

It’s hard to think about health without thinking about health insurance. Besides gas and food, it’s a top priority for most adults. Everything from how to pay for it, to what it covers, to its limitations — health care is a big concern for many Americans and Delawareans. And rightly so — because without your health, what do you have?

Red Cross urges preparedness for hurricanes

There’s no guarantee that this hurricane season will be as quiet for the United States as the past two seasons and the nation needs to be ready, according to the American Red Cross. Fewer than expected U.S. landfalls over the past two years, they said, may have lulled some people into a false sense of security but it is known that being prepared can save lives and property during a disaster.

Bids opened in Indian River Inlet Bridge project

With a contract for the design and construction of the new Indian River Inlet Bridge expected to be awarded in July, Skanska USA Civil Southeast Inc. is the apparent winning design-build team for the project, which could start construction in early fall, to carry traffic no later than December 2011.

Police imposter robs motorist

Troopers seek information on suspect

The Delaware State Police mid-week were investigating a robbery that occurred Monday, June 30, about10:15 p.m., after a person imposing as a police officer allegedly stopped a motorist and took their wallet.

BREAKING NEWS: Bids opened in inlet bridge project

Apparent winning bid comes in just under $150M estimate

With a contract for the design and construction of the new Indian River Inlet Bridge expected to be awarded in July, Skanska USA Civil Southeast Inc. is the apparent winning design-build team for the project, which could start construction in early fall, to carry traffic no later than December 2011.

One step closer to offshore wind power

It had become somewhat doubtful over the past year that Delaware would ever have an offshore wind farm. But, in a compromise reached this week, it appears the wind park could be built about 12 miles off the coast of Rehoboth Beach by 2012.

Salmonella linked to out-of-state tomatoes

Due to the presence of salmonella on some tomatoes, Delaware’s Division of Public Health is advising consumers, retailers and food-service operators to avoid consuming, selling or serving several varieties of raw tomatoes. Federal officials have linked raw red Roma, raw red plum, raw red round tomatoes, or products that contain these types of raw red tomatoes, with recent illnesses from the Saintpaul strain of salmonella.

New veterans clinic opened in Georgetown

U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.) were among the dignitaries at a May 29 ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Georgetown community-based Veterans’ Outpatient Clinics, along with representatives from the state’s Department of Veteran’s Affairs and Georgetown Mayor Edwin Lambden.

Citizens say Burton's Island clean-up plan inadequate

At a May 29 hearing, the public had a chance to hear about the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s (DNREC’s) proposed plan for remedial action for the Burton’s Island Ash Landfill in Millsboro, where ash from the Indian River Power Plant was disposed for many years.

Long-awaited pollution control strategy unveiled

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) Division of Water Resources held a public information meeting on their proposed Inland Bays Pollution Control Strategy, PCS, Tuesday, May 20, at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center.

District to host current-expense referendum on May 22

On Thursday, May 22, the Indian River School District will host a current-expense referendum for the purpose of generating additional local funding for operating expenses, salaries and the implementation of full-day kindergarten.

Organ donation bill tabled in House committee

Delaware legislators have tabled House Bill 302, which would make the state’s organ donation system an opt-out program in an effort to increase organ donations. The bill has been in the House’s Health and Human Development Committee since Jan. 23.

CIB announces grant opportunities

The Center for the Inland Bays (CIB) has announced its 2009 Request for Proposals. During the past decade, the Center for the Inland Bays has awarded more than $1,080,000 for local scientific research, restoration, and education projects through competitive funding.

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