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 […]

Coronavirus concerns in Italy offer a preview of impact here

DOVER — “Hello from Italy,” reads one of the headlines making the rounds on the internet. “Your future is grimmer than you think.” It has been said that Italy’s battle with coronavirus is a preview of what we’ll experience here. Life has changed here quickly over the last week and a half and there remain […]

Coronavirus concerns have kept our reporters and editors busy

DOVER — Some notes and quotes between headlines and deadlines … *** News from the past week certainly seems unprecedented. Indeed, our staff was challenged to keep up with so many coronavirus-related developments and precautions. On Thursday, we experienced a whirlwind of updates and cancellations. We’re doing our best to post content at as […]

Only Sanders, Biden left in Delaware Democratic primary

Clarification for readers In last Sunday’s Delaware State News, we stated that subscription rates would be increasing. The intent was to show we planned to increase home delivery rates, but the rates printed were the existing rates instead of the adjusted rates. We apologize for the confusion we caused our readers. We are now taking […]

Flowers for Drew: Remembering the life of an editor, writer and friend

DOVER — The first few words of a David Allen Coe country song was all it took. Drew Ostroski joined a co-worker in song, growing louder as the chorus neared. “But you don’t have to call me darlin’ … darlin’ You never even called me by my name“ Music crossed over cubicles and smiles filled […]