Delaware Electric Cooperative meeting has unique country feel

HARRINGTON — For those of you who are not members of the Delaware Electric Cooperative, you may not readily understand the unique traditions of the not-for-profit utility’s annual dinner and meeting. There is fried chicken for dinner, country music for entertainment, and lots of serious discussion about energy rates and conservation. And, yes, for a […]

‘8 across’ prompts crossword resizing

DOVER ­— Some notes and quotes between headlines and deadlines … *** There is a well-timed clue in today’s Sunday Crossword. It is 8 Across: Text for a promo. Thanks to a six-letter answer to that, we made a significant change to the Sunday puzzle. It’s now about 25 percent larger! That’s good news for […]

Filly had gem of a victory for Bachrad

HARRINGTON ­— For those close to the sport of harness racing, Star Sapphire — the little filly that won the fifth race Thursday at the Delaware State Fair — was a sentimental favorite. Star Sapphire’s well-known owner, Marv Bachrad, has been sidelined with some serious health issues, so he couldn’t be there to see his […]

Future of farming evident at Delaware State Fair

HARRINGTON ­— Move away from the flashing lights and raucous carnival and stage shows and you’ll see, hear and smell the heart of the Delaware State Fair. There is the laughter of a young child making a “snow angel” in a golden bed of corn. Nearby, you’ll hear the baa of sheep to newcomers of […]

What is the current state of the First Amendment?

DOVER — Some notes and quotes between headlines and deadlines … *** Name one right the First Amendment guarantees … Hopefully, you did better than many of the respondents in the recent Freedom Forum Institutes’s “State of the First Amendment” survey. Would you believe 40 percent of more than 1,000 people surveyed couldn’t come up […]

Senior center’s state funding not taken for granted

DOVER — Some notes and quotes between headlines, deadlines, and an interesting day at the Modern Maturity Center Thursday … *** There seems to be a sigh of relief ahead for Delaware’s nonprofits, including Kent County’s Modern Maturity Center. Funds lost in the legislative budget battle last June appear to be returning. Lawmakers took 20 […]

Are we in pursuit of truths, or reinforcement of beliefs?

DOVER — The title of the presentation immediately grabbed this editor’s interest: “Fake News, Fraud, and Honest Error: The Psychology of Belief.” Joan DelFattore, whose bio says she is professor emerita of English and legal studies at the University of Delaware and holds a doctorate in English and master’s in clinical psychology from Penn State […]

Move of ‘Shoo Shoo Baby’ may take seven years

DOVER — Some notes and quotes between headlines and deadlines … *** “Shoo Shoo Baby” may be spending quite a few more years in storage. Last week’s column related the story of the World War II-era bomber that was restored by the 512th Airlift Wing in Dover. Shoo Shoo Baby had a home at the […]

Keeping an eyes on the skies in Dover

DOVER — Some notes and quotes between headlines and deadlines … *** As mentioned here before, one of the joys of working at the Delaware State News is our regular chance to watch planes flying in and around Dover Air Force Base. We haven’t had a long string of days with blue skies lately, so […]

Prison coverage among 22 awards for Delaware State News

DOVER — The Delaware State News has received a first place for breaking news, and two related awards, from the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association for its coverage of the February 2017 prison uprising and death of a correctional officer. On Friday, the press association honored newspapers for excellence in journalism at an annual banquet. The theme […]