Sussex: New housing density calculation proposed

GEORGETOWN — A Sussex County councilman’s pitch to remove designated state wetlands from the equation to calculate density for development has stirred a wave of debate. Since county zoning was established in Sussex nearly five decades ago, total acreage — including wetlands that are unbuildable — is calculated in computing density of residential-zoned districts. Typically, […]

Dover district pivotal in fight to control state Senate

DOVER — On a January day in 1973, two Republican senators conspired with the Democratic minority in the Delaware Senate, stunning their colleagues by flipping control of the chamber. Little did Donald Isaacs and Anthony Cicione know they would be handing it over for the rest of their lives — and then some. While many […]

For safety’s sake: Wheatley Pond Paramedic Station will receive emergency lights

SMYRNA — The volume of traffic on Del. 300 that runs past the Wheatley Pond Paramedic Station in west Smyrna has increased substantially since the 1980s, when the station first opened. That’s why Kent County Levy Court President P. Brooks Banta and Vice President Terry Pepper, along with Chief Colin Faulkner, director of Emergency Management […]

Accused murderer testifies: Denies involvement in 2009 shooting death

DOVER — Choosing to testify against the advice of his attorneys Monday afternoon a 36-year-old man said he was not involved in a downtown Dover shooting death roughly 9 1/2 years ago. Larry J. Pierce did admit to possessing a firearm that prosecutors claim was fatally discharged into the back of the head of Josue […]

State gets more federal funding to fight overdoses

DOVER — The Division of Public Health has been awarded more than half a million dollars per year to support first responders in combating drug overdoses. The state will receive $538,000 a year for four years from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to buy naloxone, a medication that can counteract opioid […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No bad things about Carson

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Politicians — wow, we have seen plenty of them in the past few weeks. Both sides were in their political best trying to convince Americans and each other about their causes. I know of a man who is in politics but is not a politician. I speak of Rep. Bill Carson of the 28th District. […]

The search for safety: Downtown discussion seeks solutions

DOVER — They might not be the type of flowery words that city officials and business owners want to hear, but Victoria Fuentes-Cox said they are the kind that need to be spoken if real change is going to take place in downtown Dover. “I don’t feel safe,” Ms. Fuentes-Cox said. “I don’t feel comfortable. […]

‘Little Library’ book exchange installed at Magnolia Fire Hall

MAGNOLIA — Kent County installed its fifth “Little Library” on Oct. 6. The new free book exchange booth is located behind the Magnolia Fire Co. at 2 North Main St. in Magnolia. County staff and Magnolia Fire Hall personnel turned out for an opening ceremony. Kent County spokeswoman Kelly Pitts said this newest addition is […]

Millsboro PD reviving Business Police Academy

MILLSBORO – Millsboro Police Chief Brian Calloway announced the revival of Millsboro Police Department’s Business Police Academy, which will be commencing this month. The Business Police Academy is based on the same principles as the well-received Citizen’s Police Academy, which transpired in 2016. However, this course has been crafted around the interests of local businesses. […]

Leipsic offers up a pearl of an oyster festival

LEIPSIC — As any fan of the Delaware Bay oyster will tell you it takes a firm hand to pop open their extra thick shells. Shucking at the second annual Leipsic Waterfront Oyster Festival on Saturday, Jim Fox was hard at work cracking oysters open for festival-goers. “I’ll be at this all day long,” he […]