General Assembly wraps up second week

DOVER — A House committee released to the full chamber legislation that would allow no-excuse absentee voting, replacing the current list of specified reasons. House Bill 75 would strike the circumstances that allow a resident to request an absentee ballot, such as due to an illness, work or vacation, instead adding a line stating simply, […]

Kent County residents can apply for elderly/disability tax exemption

DOVER — Kent County residents who are 65 or older (or 65 by May 31) and individuals who are 100% disabled are encouraged to apply or reapply for the annual elderly/disability tax exemption. To qualify, besides the age requirement, income and residency requirements must be met. Disabled applicants must be able to document total disability. […]

Dover aims to reopen city offices to public March 8

DOVER — While the number of COVID-19 deaths and cases remain elevated throughout Delaware, city officials are eyeing the future a little more optimistically. Matt Harline, Dover’s acting city manager, informed City Council members last week that he and his staff plan to have Dover’s offices open for business March 8. “My plan is to […]

Legislative Hall sits quiet as Biden sworn in as president

DOVER — Security forces walked the rooftops near the cupola on Legislative Hall and at the Margaret O’Neill state building nearby. Meanwhile, police cars with flashing lights blocked roads near the capitol complex, and a 6-foot-high fence surrounded the building. It was all in anticipation of possible unrest following the uprising that occurred at the […]

State legislature takes up minor business on eve of inauguration

DOVER — The General Assembly will not meet Wednesday due to the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, a proud Delawarean. While this inauguration will have a drastically different appearance than past presidential swearing-ins due to COVID-19 and Jan. 6’s insurrectionist attack on the U.S. Capitol, top Democrats in the Delaware legislature are giving the body […]

Biden salutes Delaware in farewell

NEW CASTLE — Prior to traveling to Washington for his inauguration, President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday bid farewell to his adopted home state of Delaware from a National Guard training center named after his late son, Beau, who died in 2015. At points, the president-elect could be seen wiping tears from his eyes.“When (this facility) […]

‘Morale is high’: Del. National Guard protects Capitol as inauguration nears

WASHINGTON — Joined by his Delaware National Guard comrades, Sgt. Kyler Saxon knows he’s on a critical mission. He and about 450 DNG citizen soldiers and airmen are part of a 25,000-member force deployed to protect the U.S. Capitol and its nearby surroundings as the presidential inauguration approaches. For Sgt. Saxon, a Dagsboro resident and […]

Kent County to participate in tonight’s COVID-19 Memorial to Lives Lost

DOVER — Kent County will light the County Administrative Complex amber this evening as part of the first nationwide COVID-19 Memorial to Lives Lost. Starting at 5:30, cities and towns across the country will participate in the memorial, in conjunction with the Presidential Inaugural Committee, to honor lives lost to COVID-19. At the same time, […]

Carney sworn in for second term

DOVER — Four years ago, Gov. John Carney was sworn in outside Legislative Hall on a gray and wet day. Tuesday, in contrast, saw the sun shining — but it’s still safe to say plenty of people were nostalgic for the first ceremony. In a history-making occasion, Delaware’s governor and lieutenant governor were sworn in […]

Fears including COVID prison outbreaks spark proposed task force

DOVER — After hearing from “dozens” of inmates and advocates, a state lawmaker hopes to file a resolution this week that would establish a task force to study how the Delaware Department of Correction is handling COVID-19. Rep. Sean Lynn, a Dover Democrat, said Monday he plans to officially introduce the measure soon in hopes […]

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