State GOP formally distances itself from House nominee Walker

DOVER — The Delaware Republican Party announced Friday it would take the unprecedented step of disavowing its nominee for the House of Representatives, with the chairman saying he does not represent the values of Delaware Republicans. Scott Walker, who won a primary over Lee Murphy earlier this month with 53 percent of the vote, has […]

Trump Jr. blasts Carper for slapping wife decades ago

DOVER — President Donald Trump’s eldest child fired off an explosive tweet Thursday evening, blasting Delaware’s senior senator, who is up for reelection this year, for striking his ex-wife. Donald Trump Jr. accused Democratic Sen. Tom Carper of hitting his ex-wife “so hard it gave her a black eye.” The post was in response to […]

Delaware’s unemployment rate holds steady at 3.9 percent

DOVER — The state Department of Labor’s monthly report for August showed the unemployment rate holding steady at 3.9 percent for the third consecutive month after a fairly precipitous drop from 4.5 percent in January. The state’s rate continues to track with the national rate, which dropped to 3.9 percent back in July. State economist […]

State Supreme Court upholds Ploof’s life sentence in slaying

DOVER — A 54-year-old former Delaware Death Row inmate’s bid to reconsider a life sentence for first-degree murder was denied in the state Supreme Court on Tuesday. In a four-page order, Delaware’s highest court upheld an earlier Superior Court ruling that denied Gary W. Ploof’s bids for post-conviction relief and a motion to correct the […]

Court rules against Vaughn prisoner in water heating device case

DOVER — A prisoner’s continuing attempt to contest violations resulting from his homemade water heating device was dismissed in the Delaware Supreme Court on Sept. 13 following a monthlong review. Agreeing with an earlier Superior Court ruling in a five-page order, Chief Justice Leo E. Strine Jr. noted the finding that inmate Devin Coleman “possessed […]


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EPA rejects Delaware petitions

DOVER — A federal agency recently denied petitions from Delaware asking for a reduction in emissions by four power plants in nearby states. The Environmental Protection Agency over the weekend notified state officials it had rejected Delaware’s appeal to place stricter limits on three coal-fired power stations in Pennsylvania and one in West Virginia. According […]

Dover man charged with 4th offense DUI

DOVER — A 33-year-old Dover man was charged with felony drunken driving after allegedly seen driving erratically and crashing into a curb in an elementary school parking lot on Sept. 13, city police said in a probable cause affidavit. Elmer A. Garcia was arrested Tuesday, court documents said, and faces a fourth offense driving under […]

Allen Harim permitted to proceed with deboning operation

GEORGETOWN — Allen Harim LLC has the green light from the Sussex County Board of Adjustment to proceed with deboning operation plans at its Millsboro facility. With a 4-0 vote Sept. 17, the board of adjustment supported Dale Callaway’s motion to allow Allen Harim to proceed, contingent upon the poultry firm obtaining “appropriate permits from […]

Fundraiser will benefit youngster fighting rare cancer

DOVER — Monica Sipes’ world changed forever on Aug. 3. That’s when she found out her 5-year-old son, Nicholas, has a rare cancer — Poorly Differentiated Chordoma — that’s typically diagnosed in adults. “When he was first diagnosed, they wouldn’t give us a prognosis because it’s so rare in kids,” said Mrs. Sipes. An effort […]