WEATHER ALERT: Heavy rain, wind and seas expected ahead Sandy’s arrival

A coastal flood watch has been issued for Sussex County, including the beach areas, running through at least Monday afternoon. According to the National Weather Service, the evolution of Hurricane Sandy into a powerful storm currently predicted to cross the New Jersey coast Monday evening will mean at least two tide cycles of potentially moderate to major flooding.

BREAKING NEWS: Emergency officials preparing for storm potentially as strong as Storm of ’62

The Delaware state climatologist and DEMA held a “bridge call” with municipal officials on Friday evening, in anticipation of the arrival of Hurricane Sandy. Officials said that the latest storm track had Sandy making landfall on the Delaware coastline around Cape Henlopen, likely sometime early Tuesday morning.

EOC: Hurricane Sandy poses significant threat to Delaware

Days of hurricane force winds, storm tides as high as 10 feet and up predicted

As of Friday evening, Hurricane Sandy was on track to directly hit Delaware and the Mid-Atlantic in the days ahead, based on forecasts, threatening to lash the region with up to two days’ worth of hurricane-force winds, a 10-foot-high combined surge and tide, and torrential rains that could measure as much as a foot deep in some places.

BREAKING NEWS: Governor urges residents to prepare for Hurricane Sandy

State workers begin their own preparations

Take Saturday to prepare, advised Gov. Jack Markell, in light of expected high winds and heavy rain from Hurricane Sandy from Sunday through the early part of next week.

“It is forecasted to be a long-lasting event,” he said on Friday, noting that rain, wind and flooding likely. “The duration is what we are most concerned about.”

BREAKING NEWS: Events canceled ahead of impending storm (UPDATED)

Local schools closed through Tuesday

UPDATED Sunday, Oct. 28, 11:30 a.m.
Cancellations due to Hurricane Sandy include the following:

Both the Indian River School District and Sussex Technical School District have closed schools and offices on Monday, Oct. 29, and Tuesday, Oct. 31.

All University of Delaware classes are suspended Monday, Oct. 29, and officials were strongly encouraging students to go home.

BREAKING NEWS: Eakle calls on candidates to help plan assistance for hurricane-threatened residents

Delaware Senate District 20 candidate Rick Eakle (D) on Friday asked his fellow Sussex County candidates in the Nov. 6 elections to put aside their political differences ahead of the anticipated arrival of Hurricane Sandy and gather to plan together ways they can help coastal residents weather the storm.

WEATHER ALERT: Emergency officials urge alert posture as potential hurricane strike looms

State and local emergency officials are urging residents of coastal Delaware to be alert and prepare as Hurricane Sandy tracks up the Atlantic in the coming days and poses a risk of potential severe weather, up to and including possibly making landfall in the immediate area.

BREAKING NEWS: Beebe checking visitor IDs in wake of threats to doctors

Beebe Medical Center representatives on Monday afternoon notified the public that visitor IDs were being checked after a former patient allegedly threatened two physicians affiliated with the hospital through a telephone message that was left sometime during the weekend and received on Monday morning.

Route 26 Working Group gets first look at project

DelDOT has turned its sights on Route 26, but this time, they gave plenty of notice.

Community leaders filled the South Coastal Library meeting room Sept. 24 to discuss the State Route 26 Mainline Improvements Project, slated to begin construction in the fall of 2013.

Farm-to-Table dinner to benefit Global Delaware

Good Earth Market and Organic Farm will again be hosting a Farm-to-Table event on Tuesday, Sept. 18. Cocktails will be available from 6 to 7 p.m. in the herb garden and on the patio, and dinner will start at 7 p.m., outside, in the field behind the market.

BTC children’s ministry offers Bible study that GLLOWs

Bethel Tabernacle Church will be hosting a special children’s service on Wednesday, Aug. 22, featuring GLLOW Ministry. There will be a free dinner starting at 6 p.m., and the service is from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Children, and their parents, from throughout the community are welcome and being encouraged to attend.

Birch Tree Cafe branches out at Good Earth Market

Good Earth Market and Organic Farm in Millville has built up a reputation over the years for providing the community with healthy alternatives when it comes to local produce, natural goods and earth-friendly selections, but there’s something new in store — literally. The Birch Tree Café, located right inside the market, is an exclusively gluten-free restaurant, complete with an espresso bar and bake shop, providing diners with a warm environment or a bite on the go, while offering a healthy alternative from the everyday routine.

Pin Hunting: Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club

Winding through a peaceful housing community just off of Route 26, a few minutes outside of Bethany Beach, Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club brings golfers along the backwaters of the Indian River Bay and Holts Landing State Park.

Workshop offers help for homeowners with failing septic systems

Homeowners in Sussex County are being invited to a free public workshop on June 27 on financial assistance available to replace failing septic systems. The workshop will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, at the First State Community Action Agency, 308 North Railroad Avenue, Georgetown.

Cyclist, 74, struck by van at Route 17, 26 intersection

A 74-year-old man riding a bicycle was struck by a van on June 14, at the intersection of Routes 17 and 26 in Clarksville. The Delaware State Police said the cyclist pulled into the path of the van as it made a turn from Route 26 eastbound onto Route 17.

Beebe officials address concerns about emergency services

About 50 people attended an information session hosted by state Rep. Gerald Hocker and Sen. George Bunting this week to answer any questions people had about Beebe Medical Center’s new walk-in center in Millville, and the fact that there will no longer be a seasonal emergency center in operation at the location.

County approves borrow pit in Clarksville amid dissent

The Sussex County Council this week approved a conditional use for a borrow pit east of Irons Lane Road and north of Old Mill Road in the Clarksville/Millville area, on a vote of 3-2, with council members George Cole and Joan Deaver dissenting.

BREAKING NEWS: Bradley appeal heard by state Supreme Court

The Delaware Supreme Court stood in recess on June 13 after hearing arguments in the appeal of Earl Bradley.

Last August, the former Lewes pediatrician was sentenced to 14 life sentences, plus an additional 164 years in prison, on five counts of assault in the second degree and five counts of sexual exploitation of a child.

Guest Column -- Indian River Inlet Bridge a treasure of the Delaware coast

On Sunday, May 6, more than 2,000 people joined me to celebrate the history and the future of the Charles W. Cullen Bridge at the Indian River Inlet. The history of this location is one of several different bridges, an ever-changing environment and the emergence of Delaware as one of the East Coast’s premier resort locations.

Good Earth to hold Semi Annual Arts and Crafts Show

If you’re looking for a small-scale arts and crafts show, whose artisans will run the gamut, then look no further.

Personal treasures can aid animals through antiques appraisal fundraiser

That old family heirloom could turn out to be a valuable treasure at the annual Lavender and Lace antiques appraisal show on Saturday, April 7.

Inland Bays Foundation seeks members to help in mission

The Inland Bays Foundation is up and running and ready to recruit members. They had their first official meeting as an established 501(c)3 organization in October 2011 and have a mission “to advocate and promote the restoration of the Inland Bays watershed by conducting public outreach and education, tracking restoration efforts, encouraging scientific inquiry and sponsoring needed research, in order to establish a long-term process for the protection and enhancement of the Inland Bays.”

Bunting looks back at 28-year career

Whether one is driving over the new Indian River Inlet Bridge, attending Delaware Tech, visiting the Veterans Home in Milford or kayaking the Assawoman Canal, it is hard not to feel the impact of state Sen. George H. Bunting and his 28 years in public office. Bunting’s tenure will come to an end this November, though, as he is not seeking re-election. And while these accomplishments are just the tip of the iceberg of his time in office, Bunting is particularly proud of them and the collaboration that turned them into reality.

Bethel Tabernacle loads up for fundraisers this month

The congregation at Bethel Tabernacle Church of God in Clarksville is looking to get involved with the community this month, with some highly anticipated fundraisers.