Human Service Grant Program in Sussex doles out $225,000

GEORGETOWN — Youth, low-income individuals and the elderly again serve as top-level beneficiaries of Sussex County’s Human Service Grant Program — a $225,000 initiative that will assist more than 80 nonprofits countywide. At its meeting Tuesday, Sussex County Council unanimously approved the program for fiscal year 2021, as presented by Gina Jennings, the county’s finance […]

Election 2020: 20th Representative District

Editor’s note: Rep. Smyk is unopposed. Name: Steve Smyk Party: Republican Age: 55 Family: Wife, Judy; children Leah, Sydney and Gabriel Residence: Milton Occupation: Full-time legislator, retired Delaware State Police trooper Why are you running for this seat? SS: I am the eight-year incumbent representing the 20th Representative District. I would like to continue to […]

Election 2020: 37th Representative District

Editor’s note: Rep. Briggs King is unopposed. Name: Ruth Briggs King Party: Republican Age: 64 Family: Married to Stanley with two adult sons and six grandchildren Residence: Georgetown Occupation: Human Resources and Strategic Leadership Consultant Why are you running for this seat? RK: It is an honor to serve and work in our district and […]

Election 2020: 41st Representative District

Editor’s note: Rep. Collins is unopposed. Name: Rich Collins Party: Republican Age: 72 Family: Married, with three children and five grandchildren Residence: Millsboro Occupation: Retired insurance agency owner, small acreage farmer, state legislator Why are you running for this seat? RC: To keep taxes low, regulations fair, protect individual rights, promote private enterprise, and seek […]

Election 2020: U.S. Senate candidates

The Delaware State News presents profiles on the candidates for U.S. Senate. Name: Christopher A. Coons Party: Democratic Age: 56 Family: Annie Coons (wife); Mike, Jack and Maggie Coons (children) Residence: Wilmington Occupation: Senator Name: Lauren E. Witzke Party: Republican Age: 32 Family: Single Residence: Delmar Relevant experience: Candidate Name: Mark Turley Party: Independent Party […]

Democratic Party files complaint over GOP-centered contributions

DOVER — The Delaware Democratic Party has filed a complaint with the Department of Elections alleging that “anti-worker dark money is trying to buy” state Senate seats. In a release this week, the party accused businessman Chris Kenny of illegally coordinating with three Republican state senators and “single-handedly trying to buy the Delaware State Senate” […]

Georgetown laundromat celebrates opening, thanks to downtown development program

GEORGETOWN — Mother Nature’s drizzly splash Friday did not dampen the celebration in the Kimmeytown section of Georgetown. Numerous state and local officials joined Enrique and Veronica Nunez for the grand opening/ribbon-cutting of their Splash Laundromat — a festive event punctuated by the presentation of a substantial rebate check to the couple as large-scale project […]

Veterans among those who could be affected by ACA repeal

DOVER — Tens of millions of Americans could soon lose their health care or be forced to pay more for coverage if the Supreme Court rules against the Affordable Care Act, and millions of veterans would be among those hit hard, participants in a virtual forum emphasized today. Hosted by, which describes itself as […]

Millsboro mulls police station relocation

MILLSBORO — Signs remain, but plans are not etched in stone. A year ago, town leaders were giving serious consideration to a swap plan that would have the police department move into the Millsboro Town Center and the current police headquarters and adjacent town-owned land in the downtown district be the site for a new […]

Blunt Rochester and Murphy go head-to-head in virtual debate

Republican House nominee Lee Murphy aligned himself with President Donald Trump and the GOP orthodoxy on a range of issues Wednesday night, standing diametrically opposed to Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester. The two candidates squared off virtually for an hour in the University of Delaware’s biennial election debate, fielding questions from a moderator about key issues […]