Grammys take note of Middletown High School band director

MIDDLETOWN — He’s being mentioned in the same sentence as the word “Grammy” lately. For musician Brian Endlein, that sounds great. The 36-year-old Middletown High band director is a quarterfinalist for a 2019 Grammy in the Music Educator Award category after a nomination from his southern New Castle County school. “First and foremost it’s immensely […]

Speakman at home as new head of NCALL

DOVER — There is something about getting the chance to make a difference in people’s lives that makes Karen B. Speakman relish her job with the National Council on Agricultural Life and Labor Research Fund Inc. Ms. Speakman began working for NCALL in Dover back in 1979 when it had just three employees, thinking it […]

Hopes brimming to revitalize Millstone Theatre

MILLSBORO — While the hopeful finish line is at best several years down the road, Eric Clarke and Dr. Julie Hattier are committed to opening the Millstone Theatre. Not as a movie theatre, as it reigned as the historic Ball Theatre in Hollywood’s golden era, but as a performing arts center. “Performing arts; not a […]

DSU alumna credits ‘God grace’ on 104th birthday

DOVER — Courtney Stevenson’s eyes twinkled anew with each arriving birthday congratulation for turning 104. More sparkle emerged as she opened cards from faraway well-wishers who couldn’t join the celebration. On Tuesday afternoon, Delaware State University’s oldest known alumnus was honored with ice cream, cake and a rendition of “Happy Birthday” during a party at […]

Hall making his mark in Delaware preservation

DOVER — Looking out of the window from the top floor of the Delaware State Historic Preservation Office on The Green, Carlton Hall has as good a view on history as anyone in the city. It’s a perfect fit for Mr. Hall, who recently earned a place as the only Delawarean named to the inaugural […]

Delaware Mother of the Year shares compassion with children

BRIDGEVILLE — There are millions of mothers throughout the United States and thousands in Delaware, but only one was named the First State’s Mother of the Year for 2018. Suzanne Farris, a mom of four from Bridgeville, was nominated for the honor by her oldest daughter, Kayleigh Barnes, 19. The Mother of the Year award […]

Dover man discovers hidden woodworking talent

DOVER — Making a career out of creating custom wood furniture and designs was just about the last thing on earth that Richard Harpster thought he would ever do. Yet somehow, at the age of 49, he unexpectedly discovered his hidden talent last year while working on some Christmas presents that he had designed for […]

Caesar Rodney grad earns dual degrees from Delaware State, University of Delaware

DOVER — Maybe it’s been done before, but perhaps not. Juneessa Pressley earned undergraduate degrees simultaneously from both Delaware State University and the University of Delaware in the wide-ranging fields of music and chemistry. After receiving her diploma from DSU on Saturday with over 600 other graduates, the 21-year-old Caesar Rodney High product still has […]

Caesar Rodney student has the write stuff for journalism camp

CAMDEN — If you could interview any person in history, who would it be and why? What would you ask that person? Nonthawan Nirotkonsuk thought long and hard about the question as she filled out her application for JCamp, a six-day intensive, multicultural journalism training program for high school students presented by the Asian American […]

Seaford ventriloquist speaks for himself

SEAFORD — After graduating from Martin Van Buren High School in New York City, Ken Huff spent 20 years as an enlisted member of the United States Air Force. “I was a contract specialist,” said Mr. Huff. “I was stationed at three different places, but I was also in Air Force entertainment, so I got […]