Voter turnout for midterm election highest in over 20 years

DOVER — Slightly more than 52 percent of registered voters cast ballots in the 2018 midterm, blowing past 2014’s participation rate of 37 percent. It was the first midterm to have a majority of voters participate since 1994. While a detailed breakdown of turnout won’t be available for weeks, if not months, it’s clear turnout […]

Prosecution wraps up its case in prison riot trial

WILMINGTON — Presenting a recap of their case to the jury the prosecutors in the Vaughn prison riot criminal trial appeared to be about to rest Friday. Deputy Attorneys General John Downs, Nichole Warner and Brian Robertson indicated to Judge William C. Carpenter Jr., that they will pass the reins over to the defense when […]

After a big election for Democrats, what’s next for GOP?

GEORGETOWN — At Return Day 2014, two days after the most recent midterm election before this year, optimism was in the air among Republicans. The national party had just won back the Senate, while the Delaware GOP had gained a statewide seat and ended a Democratic supermajority in the state Senate. This time around, things […]

Unique Sussex tradition rekindled with successful Return Day

GEORGETOWN — City of Milford Mayor Archie Campbell credits his sharp aim to genetics. Milford’s newly elected mayor on his first of two attempts claimed top honors in the Mayor’s Hatchet Toss — an early-morning spectacle on Sussex County Return Day that preceded festivities and the festive parade that showcased tradition and several marquee attractions. […]

Legislators pick new caucus leaders

DOVER — All four caucuses elected new leadership Wednesday, one day after the election. Combined, the caucuses picked five new members and elevated one to a higher position, replacing lawmakers who retired, were defeated or chose not to seek another term in leadership. The Senate Republican caucus saw a major shakeup with Minority Leader Gary […]

North State Street: Traffic calming measure a couple of years in the works

DOVER — It’s been a couple of years in the making, but traffic is about to get a little “calmer” on North State Street, at least that’s what Delaware Department of Transportation officials and nearby residents are hoping. North State Street will be experiencing both daytime and nighttime closures in both directions from Pennsylvania Avenue […]

Democrats sweep statewide offices

WILMINGTON — Democrats claimed the two open statewide offices and knocked off Treasurer Ken Simpler on Tuesday, dealing a major blow to the Republican Party. Kathy Jennings will be the next attorney general of Delaware, while Kathy McGuiness will be the new state auditor. In the biggest headline among the three races, Colleen Davis defeated […]

As rain falls, Delaware voters pour into polls

This post will be updated throughout the day. Election polls close at 8 p.m. * * * * * * In Leipsic late this afternoon,  Ronnette Brown lamented “all the negative ads coming from the White House, which is destroying our country. Times are so scary with all the hate that are dragging us down. […]

Tuesday’s election could be historic in Delaware

DOVER — When Delaware voters go to the polls Tuesday, they will have a chance to reshape the state’s politics — at least in the short term, Republicans can vote Sen. Tom Carper out of office, ending an eight-year run of an entirely Democratic congressional delegation and can flip the state Senate to the GOP […]

AG report finds officer justified in fatal shooting of teen

DOVER, Del. — Delaware’s attorney general says a state trooper was justified in fatally shooting a 16-year-old boy in Dover last year. Juliun Pitcher of Smyrna was shot in December after Trooper Andrew Osgood stopped a vehicle in which he was riding for a traffic violation around 3 a.m. Authorities say Pitcher had a loaded firearm, […]