‘Negative partisanship’ evident in pandemic debate

DOVER — Why so many defensive stances, so much defiance and so much distrust? It seems with every issue, there is division. Does anyone stop and take a deep breath, with or without a mask? The latest example relates to the national increase in coronavirus cases and Delaware’s brake tapping when many people want to […]

Absentee votes may create drama, but not in Delaware

DOVER — Two thoughts occurred when reading an Associated Press story about the election night cliffhanger we should anticipate in November. One is the citizens’ desire to know in a timely fashion. The other is our obligation to get news out on hectic election nights. The AP reported that a big shift to mail voting […]

A timeline of coronavirus in Delaware

Updated May 28. Check back regularly on developments covered by the Delaware State News. FROM THE HOME OFFICE – The dateline, as the newspaper business refers to the town in all caps at the start of our stories, was changed today to reflect work in the coronavirus era. Our newsroom has been dark. But our […]

Newshound’s comic con look draws best-in-show honor

DOVER – Some notes and quotes between headlines and deadlines … *** Our beloved mascot Newshound deserves a pat on the head for her comic book superhero persona. Lee Hoover and Heather Cregar earned a “Best in Show” recently in the category of newspaper self-promotion in the annual Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association contest. Artwork of Newshound, […]

Delaware graduations will be special, even with loss of tradition

DOVER — Some notes and quotes between headlines and deadlines… *** Tradition calls on us to celebrate our graduates with “Pomp and Circumstance” – both with the music and the grandeur of commencement. Dover High plans to include a recording of the band’s performance of the song during its virtual graduation ceremony. Seniors are placing […]

‘Normandy is crying, they lost a hero’

DOVER — George A. Shenkle Jr. was special to Normandy. His daughter, Rebecca Shenkle Goff, witnessed it in recent years when the World War II paratrooper returned to France. And, it overwhelmed her when expressions of sympathy poured in after they got word of his death on April 9. The love inspired her to write […]

From the Publisher: We’re here for you in this extraordinary time

In this unique historical moment, when everyone is struggling to understand the definition of “flattening the curve” and how to practice “social distancing,” questions abound and proliferate. Where will you find accurate and credible information about what is happening in our community? Where will you find an explanation of what steps the state health officials […]

Stress ‘skyrocketed’ in at-risk communities, says lieutenant governor

DOVER — This has been an interesting time for Bethany Hall-Long. Most of you know her as Delaware’s lieutenant governor. But she is also a University of Delaware nursing professor, one who specializes in public health. During a conversation Friday, she was thinking about photos of Philadelphia during the 1918 pandemic. “We’re almost reinventing,” she […]

‘Home Bound’ illustrates just how we’re all coping

DOVER — Some notes and quotes between headlines, deadlines and hopefully adequately spaced grocery store lines … *** Winifred Way, a Dover artist, brightened our day with an email a few days ago. She attached the illustration that appears with today’s column. “I was at my drawing table listening to the news about people being […]

Colonial Rotary Club finds way to keep service going

DOVER – Alex Vaughan’s recent social media share was the familiar image of The Brady Bunch, but this one had a black square in the middle. The caption: “Alice, turn your video on. No, it’s the button on the bottom. … Jan, you’re on mute. Unmute yourself.” This is all part of the new world […]