‘Continued Tomorrow’: Since 1953, Delaware State News keeps promise

DOVER — Continued Tomorrow. In haste, those two words were placed on the front page of the first daily edition of the Delaware State News on Sept. 14, 1953. Printer Ted Fairess, under deadline pressure to finish up the front page, found that he had run out of space for the end of a story […]

Delaware primary is just four days away

DOVER — Delaware’s primary election is just days away. Democrats and Republicans will vote 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday. If the primary seems to have snuck up quickly this time around, it is because it has. Delaware law says the primary should be the second Tuesday after the first Monday in September, but that […]

Newsprint tariff puts pressure on newspapers

UPDATE, Wednesday, August 29 — The International Trade Commission reached a final, unanimous decision that the U.S. paper industry is not harmed by imports of Canadian uncoated groundwood paper, including newsprint. The decision means that the tariffs levied over the past few months will stop, and the cash deposits from those tariffs will be refunded to […]

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 […]