Tax filings down but unemployment claims up in Delaware

DOVER — On average, state tax refunds are currently being returned in 15 days, Director of Revenue Jennifer Hudson said during a public call Friday. Some have been issued in seven days, she said. The deadline to file was moved back is July 15 due to fallout from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Ms. Hudson urged […]

Delaware sees record-shattering 14.3 percent unemployment rate for April

DOVER — Delaware set an ignominious new record last month courtesy of the coronavirus, as the state’s unemployment rate skyrocketed to 14.3 percent. Out of the estimated civilian labor force of 465,000 Delawareans, nearly 67,000 were not employed in April, according to data from the Delaware Department of Labor and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. […]

Delaware Electric Co-op votes to decrease rates

DOVER — Customers who receive their electricity from Delaware Electric Cooperative got some good news on Wednesday night. The cooperative’s board of directors approved a rate decrease for all 102,000 of its members as, beginning on June 1, rates for those served by DEC will fall by 4 percent, a reduction that will save its […]

Sussex State Farm agents partner for CHEER

GEORGETOWN — Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there. To assist the needs of the community during the challenging Covid-19 pandemic, local State Farm Insurance agents and sales executive Kelly Brion recently teamed to bring additional cheer to CHEER Inc. and its Meals On Wheels program. They donated $10,250 so CHEER could continue to […]

Millsboro council’s final approval paves way for Grotto Pizza groundbreaking

MILLSBORO — If all goes well, a new Grotto Pizza restaurant in Millsboro will open sometime this fall. With a few minor tweaks to parking scheme and a second cross access easement added to preliminary plans unveiled in January, Millsboro town council May 4 approved final site plans for the new Grotto Pizza sports bar/restaurant […]

Historic Lewes Farmers Market to open May 30

LEWES — The Historic Lewes Farmers Market announced Friday that it will open May 30 at 8 a.m. at George H.P. Smith Park in LewesHelaine Harris, president of the market, said, “Safety is the top priority of the Historic Lewes Farmers Market. We need a little more time to get additional supplies in order to […]

Kent County Levy Court establishes COVID-19 Business Relief Fund

DOVER – Levy Court Commissioners voted in solidarity at their combined business and committee meetings on Tuesday to establish the COVID-19 Business Relief Fund, which will help small business owners as they re-open their businesses during the coronavirus outbreak. The business relief fund grew out of a request for assistance from the Central Delaware Chamber […]

Delaware reports sixth straight drop in unemployment filings

DOVER — The pace at which Delawareans are filing unemployment claims amid the coronavirus epidemic is continuing its weeks-long decline but is still higher than it has ever been. The Delaware Department of Labor reported Thursday that roughly 5,200 initial unemployment claims were filed for the week ending May 9. That’s down from about 6,180 […]

Essential business: Laundromats provide public health service

DOVER — During the COVID-19 pandemic, local laundromats are available for families looking to find a safe place to wash and dry their clothes. Laundromats were declared an essential business in Gov. John Carney’s state of emergency order. It was vital to many families who do not have a washer and dryer in their home […]

Chambers discuss reopening businesses with governor

DOVER — Chambers of commerce representatives statewide met with Gov. John Carney as discussion to further reopen businesses continues during the COVID-19 pandemic. Following a roughly hourlong conversation Wednesday afternoon, more is planned. The chambers will now meet with Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Albert Shields and Division of Small Business Director Damian DeStefano, […]