Delaware fire crew checks in from Idaho

Twenty Delaware firefighters have been in northern Idaho for the past week fighting a 180-acre fire. The blaze, known as the Copper Mountain fire, has been burning since Aug. 2, when it was started by a lightning strike. Only 20 percent of it is contained. “Firefighters are working in rough terrain and completing very long […]

Officials cut ribbon on the new South Frederica Intersection

DOVER — Gov. John Carney and Department of Transportation Secretary Jennifer Cohan were joined by federal, state and local officials Friday to cut the ceremonial ribbon on the South Frederica Grade Separated Intersection (GSI). The project removed the at-grade intersection at Milford Neck Road and Tub Mill Pond Road and provided access to and from […]

Substitute teacher accused of offensive touching in Laurel

LAUREL – A 45-year-old Seaford man employed as a substitute teacher faces an offensive touching charge stemming from a complaint filed by the mother of a Laurel Middle School student in March. Michael Luciano, 45, was hired by the Laurel School District 10 days prior to the incident as a substitute teacher, Laurel Police Department […]

African-American artists draw inspiration at Biggs Museum

DOVER — Ryan Grover had always envisioned having an abundance of African-American artists from Kent County display their work at The Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover. “The museum is community-based and we like to have the walls here reflect our community as best as we possibly can,” said Mr. Grover, curator of the […]

“Hello Dolly!” spreads the love at Polytech High School

WOODSIDE — Filled with energy, playful humor and a romantic touch, “Hello Dolly!” will be performed at Polytech High School in Woodside today and Saturday night at 7 and Sunday at 2 p.m. The classic Broadway musical is about “a matchmaker that has fallen in love with one of her clients and what she does […]

Caesar Rodney High stages ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

(SPECIAL TO THE DELAWARE STATE NEWS PHOTOS BY GARY EMEIGH) CAMDEN — The holiday classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” jumps from the screen to the stage this weekend at Caesar Rodney High School. “We usually don’t pick very well-known performances because we don’t want people to have the movie in the back of their heads the […]

Delaware State University band director putting down baton

DOVER — Randolph Johnson says there are three things a school’s band must do for a student. “First, it has to make you a better person,” he said. “Next, it has to make you a better student. Last, and very low on the totem pole, it has to make you a better performer.” Mr. Johnson, […]

Camden meat cutter aims to make the grade at competition

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CAMDEN — Every Texas Roadhouse restaurant proudly displays their cuts of meat for all of their customers to see. To commend their meat cutters and benefit the organization Give Kids the World, Texas Roadhouse created the National Meat Cutter Challenge in Orlando, Florida. This year’s competition, which starts Tuesday, will mark the second year that […]

A Delawarean’s dogsledding tale

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“Most people go on vacation to somewhere warm in winter,” read a text from a friend after asking where I was. Truth be told, a warm vacation would have been a nice, normal, escape from the bitter chill of the Middle Atlantic, but since when has normal ever been more fun than different? After graduating […]

Hartly family farm marks century of commitment

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HARTLY — In today’s society, most people can’t keep the same phone for more than two years, let alone the same farmland for more than a century. A four-generation family of farmers in Hartly has done just that. During the Delaware Agriculture Week in January, the Thompson family was honored with the Delaware Century Farm […]