Kent Economic Profile unveiled with peek at future

Delaware State University professor Dr. Noureddine Melikechi, director of the Optical Science Center for Applied Research, says the center wants to use its research to help business in Kent County. (Delaware State News/Dave Chambers)

  DOVER — The release of the 2016 Kent County Profile brought together almost 90 people at the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village on U.S. 13 Tuesday to celebrate economic gains in 2015 and take a peek at the future. It also put the spotlight on what Bill Andrew, chairman of the Kent Economic Partnership, said is […]

Harrington’s Gustafson goes to Washington

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DOVER — Not everybody gets to witness history in the making so when the opportunity to do so presented itself, Samantha Gustafson made the most of it. The Harrington mom of two was a guest of U.S. Rep. John Carney Jr., D-Del., at Tuesday’s St ate of the Union address and on Wednesday still bubbled […]

Samantha Gustafson writes a story of hope

Samantha Gustafson found writing therapeutic in the months after losing her husband. For the first six months she paced the house while Brett’s dog, Rascal, slept under his clothes in the closet. (Delaware State News/K.I. White)

DOVER — In the days, weeks and months following her husband Brett’s death, Samantha Gustafson embraced Jeremiah 29:11 and held on for dear life. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Two years […]

A sign of Christmas

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FREDERICA — Angels delivered the first Christmas message. Two millennia later, Bishop Peggy Johnson, of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, delivered her eighth sermon at Thursday’s annual Christmas Eve Candlelight and Communion Service at Barratt’s Chapel and instead of an angelic host for help, she spoke in harmony with a nearby pair of hands to make sure everybody […]

Scene set for Christmas Eve at Barratt’s Chapel

Among the questions often asked by people interested in attending the Christmas Eve service at Barratt’s Chapel is whether it is heated. The chapel is heated and not by potbellied stoves. (Delaware State News/K.I. White)

FREDERICA — If the weatherman is right, it won’t be a cold winter’s night Thursday. But even if it was, the potbellied stoves wouldn’t be drafted into service for Barratt’s Chapel’s annual Christmas Eve Candlelight and Communion Service. Built in 1780 by local landowner Philip Barratt, the chapel today relies on a furnace and heat […]

Reunited with pets, veteran rejoices in ‘miracle’

James Pack of Newark had been separated from Bailey, left, and Blaze for 90 days. They were reunited Thursday at the First State Animal Center and SPCA adoption center at PetSmart in Dover. (Submitted/Lindsay Carrothers)

DOVER — Tails wagged, tongues licked and tears fell. Amid the barks and excitement on Thursday, James Pack struggled to comprehend that his dearest wish had been granted. He was about to be reunited with his “babies.” The two Labrador-pit bull mix dogs ended up in the care of the First State Animal Center and […]

Christmas tree farmers expect big weekend

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DOVER — The leftover turkey is a memory. Advent is underway. Christmas is a-comin’ and Delaware’s Christmas tree farmers expect to be busy this weekend. “Most growers open Thanksgiving weekend,” said Roseann Conlon. “But the biggest weekend is the first weekend in December.” The owner of Turning Pointe farm west of Dover is ready for […]

Kent County Tourism honors track historian

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DOVER — The man never at a loss for words when it comes to sharing his love of Dover International Speedway kept it short Friday afternoon when he was named Kent County Tourism’s Person of the Year. “Thank all of you very much,” said George Keller. “I appreciate it. “Have a great afternoon.” The announcement […]

Kraft Heinz to close Federalsburg plant; Dover facility survives

Kraft Heinz announced Wednesday it would close seven factories in North America. While the Dover factory on West North Street will remain open, the factory in Federalsburg, Maryland, will shut down in one to two years. (Delaware State News file)

DOVER — A manufacturing plant that has been a key component in Dover’s economic well-being for more than 50 years appears to have survived just-announced closures by Kraft Heinz. The factory in nearby Federalsburg, Maryland, however, did not. It was one of seven that Kraft Heinz will close in North America over the next two […]

Delaware State University breaks ground to honor Holland

DOVER — Dr. Jerome Holland might well be considered the indispensable man in the history of Delaware State University. When he arrived in Dover in 1953 to take the helm of what was then Delaware State College, the institution was adrift in turbulent waters. The Middle States Commission of Higher Education had revoked the college’s […]