Dover’s first NASCAR race was fit for a king

DOVER — The breezy summer day of July 6, 1969, marked a maiden voyage for both NASCAR drivers and spectators alike as they all descended on Dover Downs International Speedway to see what this new high-banked, one-mile speedway with a horse racing track in the middle was all about. NASCAR drivers hauled their cars to […]

Trio brought life to Dover speedway

DOVER — It was once a farm, a cornfield and a local airstrip for small planes that sat on dozens of acres of land in quiet north Dover in the mid-1960s. However, in the late ’60s, the vision of former Delaware Gov. David Buckson, the funding provided largely by Delaware businessman and former Lt. Gov. […]

Keller has grown along with Dover International Speedway

DOVER — It all started out innocently enough. When George Keller was 6 years old he tagged along with his father to his hometown dirt racetrack in the mountains of Smethport, Pennsylvania. “The track was a quarter-mile track on a Pennsylvania mountainside where the frontstretch was higher in elevation than the backstretch and the bleachers […]

Exhibit, book document Delaware State Fair history

As part of its centennial celebration, the Delaware State Fair has documented its history with a mission to spread the word and share the love. Early this year the fair auctioned special license plates for Delaware vehicles. It released a book by author robin brown, produced a video and hailed the opening of an exhibit […]

Councilman Slavin offers plan for new indoor facility at Dover Park

DOVER — Tim Slavin, a Dover city councilman, believes he might have found a possible way to bring back a long-sought after indoor recreation/meeting facility for Dover Park on the east side of the city. Councilman Slavin revealed his idea during the Council Committee of the Whole’s Parks, Recreation and Community Enhancement Committee meeting inside […]

Downtown Development District program spurs large projects in Milford, Smyrna

DOVER — A trio of downtown revitalization projects in Milford and Smyrna were among a dozen selected throughout the state to receive funding through Delaware’s Downtown Development Districts (DDD) program, Gov. John Carney and the Delaware State Housing Authority (DSHA) announced on Thursday. In Milford, Mispillion Street Partners LLC plans to construct four 12-unit condominium […]

‘A Day in their Boots’: Dover PAL helps kids learn 1st responder roles

DOVER — The impact felt by the participants at “A Day in Their Boots” resonated much deeper than just spending a couple of hours at the Delaware State Fire School Louis J. Amabili Fire Service Training Center walking around and looking at fire apparatus on Wednesday. The program, a youth activity that is organized by […]

Proposed Dover lodging tax takes big step forward

DOVER — Dover Councilman Tanner Polce called it a “call to action and a full-court press.” That’s after he learned the General Assembly had authorized legislation to allow Kent Levy Court to establish a tax on hotels and similar establishments — and to then direct that revenue to the DE Turf sports complex. That bill, […]

Hope stays afloat: Tony DePrima’s dream of seeing a ‘USS Dover’ gets the city’s support

DOVER — The skies have long been home to massive cargo aircraft from Dover Air Force Base, including the current fleet of C-5 Galaxy’s and C-17 Globemaster’s, which have their home city’s name “Dover” emblazoned proudly on their tails. That was one of several things that got Tony DePrima, a Navy veteran and former Dover […]

Duncan Center remains on city’s radar

DOVER — Members of Dover City Council continued to discuss in executive session the city’s possible purchase of the Duncan Center before Monday’s night’s council meeting, voting 5-3 at the end of the session in favor of continuing the discussions. “It’s still being discussed under executive sessions,” Dover City Manager Donna Mitchell said. “We’re working […]