Business owner combines best of two stores

DOVER — Erin Thwaites always wanted to provide an exceptional experience to customers who visited her two stores, The Bel Boutique and The Loocke in Downtown Dover. But when the retail landscape changed and Ms. Thwaites wasn’t able to provide that feeling any more at The Loocke she knew it was time for a change. […]

As focus expands, Hope Medical Dental Clinic seeks volunteers

DOVER — When Tanya Krestian’s mother’s health took a turn for the worse 10 years ago, they didn’t know where to go to for help. “She had no medical coverage and was being denied on the grounds of preexisting conditions and other reasons, and was not eligible for any governmental support,” Ms. Krestian said. “Financially, […]

Dover parade highlights weekend of area holiday spirit

It’s starting to feel a lot like Christmas. This weekend’s holiday celebrations taking place throughout Kent and Sussex counties should get residents in the spirit. Saturday will see Dover’s Light Up For the Holidays Parade and Holiday Marketplace from 5 to 9 p.m., rain or shine. “It’s a wonderful time of the year,” said Brynn […]

Dover author paints picture of ‘Blue’s River’

DOVER — Growing up, Dover resident Kathleen Doyle has always had a great appreciation for the environment. “My first political action was as a fifth-grader, when I wrote a letter to the editor of my hometown newspaper in Boston asking people to stop littering the brook where I liked to play,” Ms. Doyle said. “I […]

Milford reading sisters going global

MILFORD — Only one word describes sisters Zaria and Hailey Willard’s overnight success. “Phenomenal,” said 13-year-old Zaria. “That’s the only way I can explain it.” The Milford sisters have gained national attention after their nighttime Facebook live shows in which they read bedtime stories to children across the world went viral. “I never imagined this […]

18th Century Market Fair takes attendees back in time

DOVER — Delaware is a state full of history. In the 1700s, The Green in Dover was the site of annual autumn market fairs. But instead of reading about that history through books or lectures, attendees can take a step back in time during the First State Heritage Park 18th Century Market Fair on Saturday. […]

Float-building competition marches on at Smyrna High

SMYRNA — Homecoming is a major event for most high school students. But at Smyrna High School, the float-building competition is like no other, with bragging rights carried on years after graduation. It’s a homecoming tradition that each high school class design and build a float for the parade that precedes the homecoming football game. […]

Downstate men fly to Delaware Aviation Hall of Fame

During World War II, as a young U.S. Army Air Force officer, Lt. George Schofield was a member of the Air Transport Command’s 2nd Ferrying Group stationed at New Castle County Airport. He served in World War II as an aircraft navigator, using celestial navigation and ferried aircraft, such as the B-17, B-25 and B-26 […]

Low-digit license plates sought for photo project

DOVER — For the past 12 years, Jordan Irazabal has been working to photograph the 3,000 lowest active Delaware license plate numbers. “I snapped my first tag photo while attending the University of Delaware,” Mr. Irazabal said. “I was driving to class and there was an SUV in front of me with a dealer number […]

Dover mother, son martial arts champions

DOVER — When 12-year-old Kole Turner, of Dover, heard his name called during the 2019 World Tang Soo Do Association U.S. National Championships, he was lost for words. Not because he was named Youth Black Belt Grand Champion, but because his mother Stephanie Preece’s name was called right after as the Female Black Belt Grand […]