Dover to get a Hobby Lobby

DOVER — Arts-and-crafts chain, Hobby Lobby, “recently” signed a lease for the large retail space on 1001 N. DuPont Highway in Dover. Formerly an ACME Market, the retail space has sat empty since June 2018 when the grocer closed its doors. Brixmor — the firm handling the retail space — confirmed Monday that Hobby Lobby […]

Kent County lodging tax splits public at forum

WOODSIDE — Leaders of DE Turf last week sought to address “concerns and misconceptions” regarding a proposed lodging tax that would benefit their sports complex in Frederica. The proposal would funnel the proceeds of a 3-percent lodging tax imposed on Kent County’s hotels and motels directly to the Kent County Regional Sports Complex Corp., the […]

DE Turf forum on Kent County lodging tax spurs lively debate

DOVER — The public forum held Thursday night by the DE Turf sports complex’s management to discuss the proposed Kent County lodging tax drew several dozen attendees to Polytech High School, where more than 20 attendees voiced support and opposition for the plan. At issue was the recently passed state legislation that allows Kent County […]

Ellendale water district approved

ELLENDALE — The Delaware Public Service Commission (PSC) approved the Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) application for Sussex County to provide water to the Ellendale Water District on Tuesday, the agency said. After three failed attempts, Ellendale residents successfully passed the referendum to create the water district on Sept. 15, 2018, according to […]

Excessive heat warning issued, ‘cooling stations’ opened

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning that will remain in effect till 10 p.m. on Sunday. The warning encompasses the entire state and is part of a larger heatwave sweeping across much of the central and eastern U.S. Widespread excessive heat warnings and heat advisories already cover the Eastern two-thirds of […]

Sentencing date set for inmates convicted in Vaughn riot

WILMINGTON — The three inmates charged and convicted with perpetrating the riot at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on Feb. 1, 2017 will be sentenced on Sept. 13, according to Judge William C. Carpenter Jr. Dwayne Staats, Jarreau Ayers and Royal Downs are already serving life sentences. Originally in October 2017, 18 inmates were charged […]

Dover’s Hollywood Diner shuttered

DOVER — The Southern Grille Hollywood Diner of Dover has shut its doors. As of Friday, the shades were drawn, the parking lot was vacant and the following message was written on the glass front door: “Sorry we’re closed. Please visit us at our Ellendale location. Thank you for your loyalty. We will miss you. […]

Vaughn riot trials: Justice department drops remaining charges

The Delaware Department of Justice announced Wednesday that it will not pursue the pending charges against the remaining inmates accused of perpetrating the deadly riot at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in February 2017. In a statement, officials said: “On the morning of February 2, 2017, a correctional officer was found dead – tragically and […]

Severe storms knock out power for over 4,000 Delawareans

DOVER — Storms and high winds caused damage throughout the state on Wednesday night and many Delawareans — especially in the middle and northern parts of the state — are waking up without power. Though most of the damage was cause by high winds and downed tree limbs, the Delaware Environmental Observing System (DEOS) recorded […]

Capital School District voters approve $115 million expansion plan

DOVER — Three phases of a nearly $115.67 million construction plan were approved by voters in the Capital School District on Tuesday, according to results posted by the Department of Elections. The “Straight A’s for Capital Students” campaign asked voters to approve adding and enhancing two middle schools, shifting Central Middle School into an elementary […]