First State Orthopaedics opens $10 million facility in Dover

DOVER — First State Orthopaedics officially unveiled its new 43,000-square-foot facility just outside downtown Dover at a ribbon cutting last Thursday. The new facility, 9 months and 9 days in the making, helps fill out the Enterprise Plaza business park off Del. 15. Several dozen staff members, well-wishers and delegates joined the medical group to […]

Dover Comic Con: For participants, it’s about more than dressing up in costumes

DOVER — Some visitors to the fifth annual Dover Comic Con event that filled the streets of downtown Dover with superheroes, wizards, pirates and just about every other character imaginable didn’t get it at first on a sweltering Saturday afternoon. “When I was a kid we got a couple of hours each fall to dress […]

Challenger takes aim at Carper over PAC money

DOVER — The Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate is a study in contrasts, particularly when it comes to the influence of big money on the American political system and how the candidates view corporations. The Sept. 6 election features three-term incumbent Sen. Tom Carper and challenger Kerri Evelyn Harris, pitting the party’s liberal wing […]

Boy Scouts honor 80-year member

DOVER — For John “Jack” C. Lewis, “scouting” has been an inseparable part of his 92-year life. Mr. Lewis was honored by the Del-Mar-Va Council and National Boy Scouts of America on Thursday when he was inducted into their “Second Century Society” for 70 years of being a registered scouter and a significant donation to […]

State gets help for ailing crops: USDA offers farmers emergency assistance

DOVER — Due to a difficult planting/growing season, the state has been granted an emergency disaster designation by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), according to the Delaware Department of Agriculture (DDA). “With United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue’s granting an emergency disaster designation for Delaware, farmers are able to apply for assistance, […]

Smyrna man kills himself in police chase after abducting his wife to West Virginia

SMYRNA — A 26-year-old Smyrna man died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in West Virginia after reportedly abducting his estranged wife early Thursday morning, Delaware State Police said. Steven R. Smith was found deceased in his wife’s vehicle that crashed at least 225 miles and a 4-1/2 hour drive from Smyrna in Moorfield. A chase […]

DelTech receives $1.97M grant for automotive training center

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GEORGETOWN — On Friday, officials announced a $1.97 million grant awarded to Delaware Technical Community College to build a new automotive training center on its Georgetown campus. Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., top Democrat on the Environment and Public Works Committee, made the announcement with Delaware Tech President Dr. Mark Brainard and Sussex County Economic Development […]

No change in state’s unemployment rate of 3.9 percent

DOVER — According to data released Friday by the Delaware Department of Labor, Delaware’s unemployment rate remained the same from June to July. With just 3.9 percent of Delawareans out of work, the state’s jobless rate is lower than it’s been for any month since January 2008. After rising from 3.8 to 4 percent from […]

Lower minimum age for servers of alcoholic beverages now boosting job opportunities, restaurant group says

DOVER — When it comes to hiring for their soon-to-open Camden location Grotto Pizza will likely be taking into account a recently passed law that lowers the age restriction for wait staffers serving alcohol. “We’re excited about the opportunity it presents for employees to work certain shifts and positions,” said Vinnie DiNatale, Grotto Pizza’s director […]

Sealed and delivered: Plans to move Dover Post Office get the go-ahead

DOVER — The U.S. Postal Service announced on Thursday that it is moving forward with plans to relocate the Dover Post Office from its longtime location at 55 Loockerman Plaza, but would not say where the new facility would be located. “We are still looking at different alternatives,” said Ray Daiutolo Sr., who works at […]