Coons, Carper help gain permanent funding for HBCUs

WASHINGTON — The Senate passed a bipartisan agreement on Thursday that was brokered by Sen. Chris Coons and several leading Republican and Democratic senators, also supported by Sen. Tom Carper, to make permanent $255 million in annual funding for historically black colleges and universities and minority serving institutions like Delaware State University. The legislation will […]

Two Indian River schools chosen as Delaware finalists in STEM contest

MILLSBORO – Two schools in the Indian River School District are state finalists in a nationwide contest linked to STEM – science, technology, engineering and math. Sussex Central High School and Millsboro Middle School are Delaware finalists in the 10th annual Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest, a $3 million competition that encourages sixth- through 12th-grade […]

Commentary: Polytech decision sends the wrong message to kids

While I was a member of the Sussex Tech board in the 1980s, their football program was achieving the same results Polytech is experiencing, a depressed football program. Our administration wanted to do exactly what Polytech has agreed to do, pull out of the conference and pick and choose their own independent schedule. I argued […]

Letter to the Editor: Legislators: Make our schools safer

The latest chapter in the ongoing massacre of American children occurred on Nov. 14 in Santa Clarita, California, where a young man pulled a pistol from his backpack. Sixteen seconds later, two teenagers had been killed and four others were wounded, including the gunman, who later died. Children all over the U.S. were once again […]

Carper, USDA unveil $7.6M loan for future Sussex Montessori School

SEAFORD – A crucial financial step was taken Monday in making the future Sussex Montessori School a reality. U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del, joined United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development State Director Denise Lovelady, state and local representatives to announce a $7.6 million USDA Rural Development loan to the future Montessori School. USDA’s investment […]

Letter to the Editor: Too many denied vocational education

The Delaware State News reports, “The annual open house at Sussex Tech for potential eighth grade applicants, held Saturday, drew more than 1200 people, that marks a 17% increase over 2016. Last year Sussex Tech had 802 applicants, Only 287 were accepted. This means 515 children were denied the opportunity to receive a vocational education. […]

Appoquinimink School District seeks support of referendum

ODESSA — A possible expansion for Appoquinimink School District looms large next month, as the district prepares to go out for referendum. The referendum, which combines operating and major capital requests, is set for Dec. 17. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. For a full list of voting places, visit If […]

Dramatic sights: Lake Forest High School Drama Club presents ‘The Miracle Worker’

FELTON – Sight and sound are integral parts of theater productions, but students in Lake Forest High School’s Drama Club are preparing a fall play with less of that in mind. “We’re doing ‘The Miracle Worker’ which is a play about Helen Keller. It’s a dramatic story telling of the type of things her and […]

Milford reading sisters going global

MILFORD — Only one word describes sisters Zaria and Hailey Willard’s overnight success. “Phenomenal,” said 13-year-old Zaria. “That’s the only way I can explain it.” The Milford sisters have gained national attention after their nighttime Facebook live shows in which they read bedtime stories to children across the world went viral. “I never imagined this […]

Letter to the Editor: Robinson fine choice for name of new school

I have been fortunate to have wonderful people who had positively impacted my life. One of those individuals whom I admire and forever be grateful is Dave Robinson. When I read about the wonderful news (of a new school named after him), I was elated. Dr. Robinson was my principal and mentor. During my teaching […]