‘It’s like we have always been family’: 20-year search leads to father in Smyrna

DOVER — Over the last three months, Andrea Boyd has discovered numerous traits she shares with newly found dad Al Kraft. One in particular — perseverance — carried her through a 20-year search that at times sputtered as she chased names just off enough to send her down wrong trails. In May, though, a question […]

Memorial Day has deeper significance for survivor of deadly attack in Afghanistan

DOVER — Memorial Day, when Americans remember those who died while serving in the U.S. military, carries a new significance for Special Agent Jonathan Jackson, his family and friends this year. One of three survivors of a Dec. 21, 2015, attack in Afghanistan, Special Agent Jackson came close to being one of those honored dead. […]

Delaware state librarian tackling a transformation

DOVER — A life with books may have been written in the stars for Dr. Annie Norman. As a child, she was a frequent visitor to the Bowie, Maryland, library where her mother was head of circulation. She relished trips to the bookmobile. “I loved to read,” Delaware’s state librarian said in a recent interview. […]

Delaware author traces final hours of Lincoln

President Abraham Lincoln was carried from Ford’s Theatre where he was shot on April 14, 1865, into the nearby Petersen House. He was taken to a small back bedroom where he died the next morning. (©Maxwell MacKenzie/for Ford’s Theatre)

  DOVER — As a child Kathryn Canavan visited the small bedroom where Abraham Lincoln died. Decades later, she still is drawn to the Petersen House, the boardinghouse where the mortally wounded president was carried on April 14, 1865, after being shot at Ford’s Theatre. She finds herself visiting whenever she’s in Washington, D.C. “There’s […]

Easter lilies shout rebirth, purity

DOVER — “Lilies are absolutely to die for.” Longwood Gardens horticulturist Karl Gercens is not the first person to trumpet the fragrant beauty of Lilium. Nearly 2,000 years ago Jesus told his disciples to “Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his […]

Record-high temperatures melt memories of winter’s cold

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DOVER — Springlike temperatures scampered into Delaware Wednesday, batting at records and luring people away from sweater-draped office chairs. At 2:58 p.m. Dover Air Force Base registered a temperature of 79 degrees, unofficially tying the daily record set in 2000, according to data at www.usclimatedata.com. Farther north, a record was broken in Wilmington. In Georgetown, […]

Record harvest for Delaware deer season

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DOVER — Nature delivered Delaware a hunting sweet spot for the 2015-16 deer season, resulting in a record harvest. “The weather was mild for the most part, right at that happy medium of not too warm and not too cold,” said Joe Rogerson, Division of Fish & Wildlife biologist. Higher temperatures mean less daytime movement […]

Tradition, improvisation sewn together in Dover quilt show

Ellen Harmon of Dover holds her quilt “We Have Not Forgotten” as she sets up her display for the “Quilting Through the Ages: Saluting the Military” quilt show at the Delaware Agricultural Museum. (Delaware State News/Dave Chambers)

DOVER — Time was quilts were a functional way to extend the life of frayed and worn fabric into often colorful bed covers. Worn blankets and scraps of fabric were sewn together to create warm quilts. Today, many see them as fiber art, masterpieces to be displayed in homes and museums with price tags of […]

A Stitch in Time quilt show popular at museum

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DOVER — The annual Black History Quilt Show has been happening at the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village longer than Di Rafter has been director. Count her among those anticipating this year’s A Stitch in Time Quilters’ show. “They change it up every year with different quilts, and everybody is eager to see what the […]

Area recovering from major snowstorm

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  DOVER — Sunday morning found many Kent Countians shoveling snow instead of sitting in pews. Over at North Kitts Hummock, Sam and Pauline Cannan remained in awe over the “amazing” miracle that prevented their waterfront property from flooding. Starting around 6:30 Saturday morning they watched the waves crash onshore. “The water would go flying […]