State of Delaware

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.

Sussex paratransit under scrutiny as public transit gets review

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.

Route 113 bypass route unpopular at DelDOT meetings

Public comments period ends Oct. 4

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.

It’s a green weekend with trees and cleanup

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.

Route 113 bypass public hearings scheduled for Sept. 18-19

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.

State agencies discussing pedestrian safety concerns on Route 1

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.

DEMA to hold full-scale exercise on hurricane prep

Next Wednesday, the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) will hold a full-scale exercise to test its preparedness in the event of a hurricane.

Same-sex marriages now recognized for fed tax purposes

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.

Police chief: LB school traffic ‘a recipe for disaster’

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.

Markell signs inland bays aquaculture bill into law

Last week, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell signed House Bill 160, to permit shellfish aquaculture in Delaware’s Inland Bays.

Child-pedestrian accident serves as back-to-school reminder

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.

DelDOT reveals impact study on controversial Route 113 bypass project

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.

Burton fights extradition to Delaware — hearing set for September

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.

Civil War Profiles: Tilton General Hospital, a haven for Civil War casualties

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.

Kent terminates dog-control contract with Safe Haven

No-kill sanctuary’s future in doubt

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.

USDA grant to help complete new Sussex Academy building

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.

Beaches to be restored with federal funding

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.

Delaware cancer mortality rate down to 14th in nation

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.

Millsboro men indicted on child pornography charges

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.

Delaware’s farmers’ market season soon to begin

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.

CIB approves aquaculture planning report, launches initiative

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.

State launches Delaware Fresh farmmaket location app for Windows 8

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.

WEATHER ALERT: Winter storm expected to impact area Wednesday and Thursday

Officials with the National Weather Service are now predicting that a winter storm will impact the area between Wednesday and Thursday, March 6 and 7. According to the NWS on Tuesday:

County to apply for $1.1M in grants for housing, infrastructure

The Sussex County Council this week approved a resolution allowing County Administrator Todd Lawson to submit applications through the Delaware State Housing Authority to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as part of the 2013 Delaware Community Development Block Grant program. The grant request would be for $1.1 million earmarked for housing and infrastructure projects throughout the county.

WEATHER ALERT: High wind warning issued for tonight, gusts up to 55 mph predicted

A high wind warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for 7 p.m. Wednesday evening to 4 a.m. Thursday. Winds are predicted to be from the south at 25 to 35 mph, with gusts up to 55 mph.

The strongest winds are expected between 10 p.m. Wednesday and 4 a.m. Thursday, just ahead of a cold front crossing Delaware and southern New Jersey.

Beebe gets another Distinguished Hospital Award for excellence

For the fourth year in a row, Beebe Medical Center has received the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence. Beebe is the only hospital on Delmarva to receive the award four years running, and the distinction puts them in the top 5 percent of hospitals nationwide.

Gun sales boom, while state locks down

Gun sales have increased in the area since the December shooting in Newtown, Conn., according to several local gun retailers, but they also said that sales had already been rising because of the number of home invasions reported in the area in recent months.

WEATHER ALERT: Winter Storm Watch issued, up to 6 inches of snow predicted Thursday

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Thursday afternoon through late Thursday night, Jan. 17, projecting snow accumulations of between 2 and 6 inches.

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