Laurel teen’s persistence helps recovery from paralysis

LAUREL — Seventeen-year-old Phillip Hartman of Laurel is a Bulldog in more ways than one. Perseverance and tenacity are part of the body chemistry of the 17-year-old Laurel High School senior, whose sophomore and junior years were anything but normal. As he faced surgery for thoracic scoliosis, he was ready. When he emerged from surgery […]

Delaware Agricultural Museum renovating 1850s Millsboro church

DOVER — The Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village in Dover recently announced that a massive historic preservation project is underway at the museum. The focus of the project is the restoration of St. Thomas Methodist Episcopal Church (circa 1857). The church, originally situated approximately seven miles west of Millsboro, was moved to the museum grounds […]

Low-digit license plates sought for photo project

DOVER — For the past 12 years, Jordan Irazabal has been working to photograph the 3,000 lowest active Delaware license plate numbers. “I snapped my first tag photo while attending the University of Delaware,” Mr. Irazabal said. “I was driving to class and there was an SUV in front of me with a dealer number […]

Area Girl Scout shares STEM story with Congress

DOVER — Last month, the nation celebrated a monumental anniversary — the first lunar landing. At a congressional briefing celebrating the anniversary, “Ready for Take Off,” led by the Girl Scouts of the USA, Caesar Rodney rising junior Sydne Jenkins had the opportunity to speak. At the briefing, Sydne was the only Girl Scout to […]

Dover mother, son martial arts champions

DOVER — When 12-year-old Kole Turner, of Dover, heard his name called during the 2019 World Tang Soo Do Association U.S. National Championships, he was lost for words. Not because he was named Youth Black Belt Grand Champion, but because his mother Stephanie Preece’s name was called right after as the Female Black Belt Grand […]

Sussex athlete using bikes to ‘bridge the gap’ with special needs kids

BRIDGEVILLE — He was hooked almost immediately. Before he even got on a bike, Harrison Barnes knew BMX racing was something he wanted to be doing. “The first time I ever went to a BMX track I was 12,” he said. “I just watched the first night and then I went back home, and I […]

Milford’s Kenton reflects on lifelong love of Delaware State Fair

HARRINGTON — After watching daredevil stunts with his father at the Delaware State Fair, a little boy around the age of 5 soon found himself wandering around without a parent. It would be the first fair he would distinctly remember. “I looked away at something. I walked away and got lost,” the little boy recalled […]

Magnolia man spins his wheels for cause

MAGNOLIA — David Udoff loves the idea of exploring the world by bike. “No matter where I am, whether it’s out doing errands or on a road trip, if I see someone on their bicycle, I get a little jealous. Like, I want to be that guy,” the Magnolia resident said. “Anytime I pass what […]

Organizing Delaware State Fair is a team effort

Founded on the ideals of promoting the “betterment of the inhabitants of rural communities” and the “development of a higher degree of efficiency in these occupations (agriculture and horticulture),” the iconic Delaware State Fair has, over the course of 100 years, matured into a traditional and time-honored event. In celebration of the Delaware State Fair’s […]

Dover native involved in Baltic exercise

KIEL, Germany — Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark London, a native of Dover, is participating in the Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) exercise with 18 other nations. “I’ll be standing watch as the fleet’s Track Data Coordinator during BALTOPS,” said Officer London. “In other words, I’ll be managing data links throughout the fleet. I’ve never done BALTOPS […]