Councilman looks to disband Dover’s Bike/Pedestrian Subcommittee

DOVER — Dover City Council members debated at length the usefulness of a subcommittee focused on bicycles and pedestrians after Councilman Matt Lindell sought to disband the group. He said members of Dover’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Subcommittee have been lobbying organizations and allegedly identifying themselves as representatives of the city of Dover. Bringing the matter […]

Eight Delaware organizations awarded $1.1 million in grants to combat opioid crisis

DOVER — As community organizations accepted $1.1 million in grant funds to combat the opioid crisis in Delaware, Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long reminded attendees that this work requires collaboration. “It’s all hands on deck. It is not one entity,” Lt. Gov. Hall-Long said during Thursday’s announcement. “Our government agencies have done some great things to […]

Senate votes to repeal lodging tax authorization, expand absentee voting

DOVER — A lodging tax that was authorized for Kent County last year but never implemented took a step toward being repealed Thursday. By a 21-0 vote, senators passed legislation that would remove from Levy Court the authority to put a tax on hotels and motels of up to 3 percent. That authorization came from […]

Delaware farmers’ markets produce record sales mark

DOVER — Delawareans have shown they have a taste for fresh produce and local treats when it comes to farmers’ markets. Gov. John Carney and the Delaware Department of Agriculture said that was proven again in 2019 when they announced that Delaware farmers’ markets hit an all-time sales record of $3.28 million last year. The […]

Bill would ban untraceable ‘ghost guns’

DOVER — Lawmakers on Thursday filed a bill that would ban “ghost guns,” homemade firearms considered to be untraceable because they lack key identifying markings. House Bill 277 would outlaw firearms that have no serial number, are “constructed in a shape or configuration such that it does not resemble a firearm,” are made “entirely of […]

EDGE Grants awarded to two small businesses in Dover and Milford

WILMINGTON — A music teaching company in Dover and a bakery in Milford were among 10 small businesses recognized Thursday as recipients of the second round of EDGE Grants from the state Division of Small Business. Gov. John Carney, Secretary of State Jeff Bullock and Division of Small Business Director Damian DeStefano announced the grant-winning […]

Dover, Levy Court back resolutions for Wesley state funding

DOVER — Wesley College received support from Kent County Levy Court and Dover City Council this week in the form of resolutions asking the state to continue its financial support of the institution. “With greater than 50 percent of our student body being Delawareans, over 80 percent of our graduates remaining in Delaware following graduation, […]

Kent lodging tax repeal effort begins

DOVER — A Senate committee on Wednesday released to the full chamber legislation that would repeal a lodging tax in Kent County. Although the tax has not taken effect, a bill approved by the General Assembly in June allows Levy Court to set a charge of up to 3 percent for stays at hotels and […]

Dover looks to fill key public library staff positions

DOVER — It takes a full team effort every day, yet somehow the Dover Public Library staff is managing to get along after longtime director Margie Cyr retired on Dec. 12 and assistant director Michelle Hughes left in October. Matt Harline, assistant city manager, said he has tried to fill the void, but his national […]

Five Kent and Sussex communities will receive money for housing projects

CLAYMONT — Dover, Ellendale, Milford, Milton and Seaford were among seven cities and towns in Delaware that received part of $1 million from Delaware’s Housing Development Fund to help spur seven affordable housing projects statewide. Gov. John Carney announced the awards on Wednesday and was joined by Delaware State Housing Authority (DSHA) Director Anas Ben […]