Delaware State News survey closed

Editor’s note: The survey closed on Oct. 15 Thank you for your participation. DOVER — The Delaware State News marked its 66th anniversary as the first daily newspaper in the capital of the First State on Saturday. As you’ll read later in this column, we started with a pledge that we would make this your […]

Piece of State News history brings Christmas joy

DOVER — Some notes and quotes between headlines and deadlines … *** It was Christmas Eve 2017 that this editor wrote a piece on a former Delaware State News editor with a legendary Christmas spirit. James C. Wickes, the editor of the then-weekly in the early half of the 20th century, wowed local readers and […]

Dover celebrates pop culture with Comic Con

DOVER — Don’t be surprised if you bump into Captain Marvel or some other character out of a comic or show next weekend in Dover. The streets will be filled with people with a passion for pop culture at Dover Comic Con from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. About 10,000 people are anticipated for […]

It’s easy to spot a four-leaf clover at Delaware State Fair

HARRINGTON — For most anyone who has recited the 4-H pledge, it pretty much sticks with you for life. Doug Crouse, the state’s 4-H program leader, reviewed the words and the hand movements with this editor Friday. “Head to clearer thinking, heart to greater loyalty, hands to larger service — and they added health to […]

Rotarian Vaughan helps promote polio awareness

DOVER — A social media post from Alex Vaughan about the Dover Mile prompted this week’s column. “I’m about to become president of the Dover Colonial Rotary Club and I want you to know the money we raise at this event is what we will use to give back to our community through donations and […]

Harrington pays tribute to gutsy World War II glider pilot

HARRINGTON — The words in the diary of Second Lt. John Butler provide some insight into the days leading up to his death on June 6, 1944. He wrote about the challenges and concerns of the daring stealth mission into Normandy on D-Day that he and other glider pilots were facing. “This is the day […]

Grads: A handwritten note, not an emoji, is appropriate

DOVER — Some notes and quotes between headlines and deadlines … *** Terry Murphy, president and CEO of Bayhealth, Inc., mixed doses of humor with sage advice Monday night at the Delaware Technical Community College Terry Campus commencement ceremony. To prepare for his speech, he met with six graduating students, asking them why this was […]

Delaware State News, sister papers collect MDDC Press honors

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Delaware State News won two best-in-show awards and collected several other honors Friday at the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association’s annual awards luncheon Friday in Annapolis, Maryland. The Delaware State News advertising and graphics team won the two best-in-show awards in advertising categories. Sue Short and Heather Cregar were honored for a small […]

Looking back on memorable Monster Mile moments

DOVER — The memories just keep racing back. Dover International Speedway is celebrating its 50th anniversary year and it has many of us in a nostalgic mood. A few nights ago, this editor thumbed through a stack of his NASCAR stories and came across a favorite. “Track builder says he has been blessed” was the […]

Does 50th anniversary evoke Monster Mile memories?

DOVER — Some notes and quotes between headlines and deadlines … *** Where were you on July 6, 1969? We’re hoping you will say you were among the 22,000 people at Dover Downs International Speedway watching the Mason-Dixon 300. It was NASCAR’s debut at the speedway. Richard Petty won that first race around Dover’s high-banked […]