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 […]

Move of ‘Shoo Shoo Baby’ may take seven years

DOVER — Some notes and quotes between headlines and deadlines … *** “Shoo Shoo Baby” may be spending quite a few more years in storage. Last week’s column related the story of the World War II-era bomber that was restored by the 512th Airlift Wing in Dover. Shoo Shoo Baby had a home at the […]

Keeping an eyes on the skies in Dover

DOVER — Some notes and quotes between headlines and deadlines … *** As mentioned here before, one of the joys of working at the Delaware State News is our regular chance to watch planes flying in and around Dover Air Force Base. We haven’t had a long string of days with blue skies lately, so […]

Prison coverage among 22 awards for Delaware State News

DOVER — The Delaware State News has received a first place for breaking news, and two related awards, from the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association for its coverage of the February 2017 prison uprising and death of a correctional officer. On Friday, the press association honored newspapers for excellence in journalism at an annual banquet. The theme […]

Does NASCAR owe speedway builder Joseph a win?

  DOVER — Oddly, there is only one NASCAR cup series race without a winner. Only one race with an asterisk and footnote. Only one that remains a bit of a mystery in the sport’s history. But if there was a winner, it would belong to Delaware’s racing legend, Melvin Joseph. The late Mr. Joseph […]

Tulips, Dover Days, race will put spring in your step

DOVER — The tulips across the capital city lead us to believe spring is trying to settle in. And they also signal another Dover Days weekend is almost here. The big day is Saturday, May 5. This editor enjoyed the piece on Mabel Lloyd Ridgely that accompanied festival advertisements in Friday’s Delaware State News. She […]

State News photojournalist looks back on ’68 unrest

DOVER — Gary Emeigh was focused in on a Wilmington Police officer, backed up tight to a wall and holding a rifle close to his chest. This was in the early morning hours of April 9, 1968, in Wilmington. Like many cities across the country, there was rioting, looting and violence erupting in the days […]