Sussex: New housing density calculation proposed

GEORGETOWN — A Sussex County councilman’s pitch to remove designated state wetlands from the equation to calculate density for development has stirred a wave of debate. Since county zoning was established in Sussex nearly five decades ago, total acreage — including wetlands that are unbuildable — is calculated in computing density of residential-zoned districts. Typically, […]

Former NASCAR star Gant at breast cancer event

GEORGETOWN — A unified effort to support the fight against breast cancer is gearing up for a big deal in the heart of Sussex County. The sixth annual Georgetown Breast Cancer Awareness Car, Truck, Motorcycle and Tractor Show will be held Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Marvel Carriage Museum on South Bedford Street in Georgetown. […]

3 Delaware Schools among National Blue Ribbon honorees

DOVER — The National Blue Ribbon Schools’ honor roll was unveiled this week and three schools from Delaware have made the grade. Lake Forest South Elementary School (Lake Forest School District), Selbyville Middle School (Indian River School District) and Cedar Lane Elementary School (Appoquinimink School District) are among the schools that will be honored at […]

Referendum OK sets wheels for Ellendale Water District in motion

GEORGETOWN — Sussex County Council’s official adoption of the recent passage of a referendum creating the Ellendale Water District ignited applause and set in motion the next steps to be taken by the county to bring central water to approximately 100 Ellendale-area residences. After three defeats, eligible voters cast approval by an 81-21 margin on […]

Sussex County Council grants support to ‘Purple’ effort

GEORGETOWN — From a governmental standpoint, it’s now official: Sussex County is a “Goes Purple” community. A community-driven, grass-roots effort to combat the national substance abuse and opioid epidemic that last year in Delaware claimed more than 300 lives and has devastated countless families has officially garnered Sussex County Council’s blessing and financial support. One […]

Here comes the SUN: New psychiatric hospital christened in Georgetown

GEORGETOWN — Behavioral healthcare becomes localized in Sussex County this week as the SUN is set to rise. Local and state officials gathered Monday to christen the official arrival of SUN Behavioral Delaware — a 90-bed behavioral health hospital that will provide needed treatment in lower Delaware. High noon on Tuesday marked the admission process […]

Giant pumpkin a winner for Georgetown’s Givens

GEORGETOWN — First and foremost, Ed Givens is no longer “Second-place Ed.” Mr. Givens’ green thumb and passion for growing gigantic pumpkins finally paid off in victory. Saturday, his monster orange pumpkin named “Cindy” earned first place at a regional pumpkin weigh-off held at Grims Orchard and Family Farm in Brenigsville, Pennsylvania, sandwiched between Allentown […]

Indian River School District board approves administrative salary scale

DAGSBORO — Indian River School District’s board of education this week approved salary scales for principal, director and supervisor positions. Following executive session at its Sept. 24 meeting, the school board by two-thirds majority supported an administrative salary scale effective for fiscal year 2019. Seven of 11 position categories have salaries of $100,000 or higher […]

Dagsboro police have 24/7 mobile access for bloodwork

DAGSBORO — When police are out for blood, time often is of the essence. With town council’s blessing, town of Dagsboro police now have one-hour, 24/7 mobile service when bloodwork is needed in processing driving under the influence and related incidents. The service will be provided by Lab at Seascape of Milford through a phlebotomy […]

DPH: Dozens at Georgetown Elementary may have been exposed to TB

GEORGETOWN — Indian River School District and Delaware’s Division of Public Health are sounding public awareness with word that approximately 50 individuals at Georgetown Elementary School may have been exposed to someone with active tuberculosis. DPH is contacting those individuals, offering free screenings, as well as treatment if needed. Letters with information on testing and […]