State News’ Walter named Delaware Sportswriter of the Year

DOVER — Some notes and quotes between headlines and deadlines …

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We received some great news from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, this week.

Our sports editor, Andy Walter, has been named Delaware’s Sportswriter of the Year for the fourth time.

The honor comes from National Sports Media Association members.

Mr. Walter is now in his 33rd year with the Delaware State News. No one rivals his experience covering Henlopen Conference sports and University of Delaware football.

In the past year, Mr. Walter’s memorable stories included those on Mike Drass, the Wesley football coach who passed away unexpectedly in May. And, we enjoyed the Super Bowl column he did on Dover’s Frank Markert who finally got to open a bottle of champagne he bought in 1981 in hopes of celebrating a Philadelphia Eagles championship.

Wilmington Blue Rocks announcer Matt Janus is Delaware’s Sportscaster of the Year.

Winners will be honored at an event in June in North Carolina.

NHL announcer Mike “Doc” Emrick, ESPN SportsCenter anchor Bob Ley, Sports Illustrated writer Peter King and Washington Post columnist Tony Kornheiser will be inducted into the National Sports Media Association Hall of Fame this year.

NSMA members voted ESPN basketball announcer Doris Burke as the 2018 National Sportscaster of the Year and ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski as the 2018 National Sportswriter of the Year. Ms. Burke is the first woman to win the honor.

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Cynthia Witt’s real estate statistics are always an interested read in Sunday editions of the Delaware State News.

Ms. Witt, a broker and Realtor with Woodburn Realty in Dover, has been tracking sales trends for years.

Her final numbers for 2018 show that there were 3,318 transactions.

The average sale price was $227,468 – the highest since 2008 when it peaked at $233,486 before the housing bubble burst.

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We’re about to get hit hard with winter weather again today.

On Friday, we learned from forecasters that temperatures will plummet and create icy conditions on roadways tonight. So, we have done our best to prepare for delivery challenges.

As was the case last weekend, we will open up e-edition access at no charge on Monday in case readers do not get home delivery or cannot get to a store. Go to delawarestatenews.net and click on the front page icon.

The storm last weekend was a tricky one for us. We got started early on delivery Saturday night with Sunday editions, but some papers may have been buried under the nighttime snowfall.

And, then early Monday, many of our carriers found it difficult to navigate unplowed rural roads and neighborhood lanes.

Just as the post office reminds homeowners to clear snow from the mailbox, we encourage the same for readers who have the white Delaware State News boxes.

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On Thursday, Delaware Gov. John Carney will unveil his fiscal year 2020 operating budget recommendations.

No doubt, we will hear quite a bit more this spring about budget restraint.

He did not offer details during his State of the State address, but he did say that he hoped to continue for the second consecutive year “investments in state employee pay.”

“I also believe strongly, though, that all of our spending, on state employees and throughout the state budget, needs to be sustainable,” said Gov. Carney in the address Thursday. “We all remember the painful task in 2017 of cutting our way out of a $400 million budget crisis.”

Reach Executive Editor Andrew West at awest@newszap.com

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