State panel updates Delaware revenue forecast

NEW CASTLE — A state panel has added more than $80 million to Delaware’s government revenue estimate as lawmakers prepare to begin drafting a new budget. The Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council on Monday increased this year’s revenue estimate by more than $64 compared to April’s projections, thanks largely to corporate franchise and income […]

Carney’s trip to Super Bowl cost state almost $4,100 for security

DOVER — Gov. John Carney’s trip to Super Bowl 52 in February cost taxpayers $4,087.97. While the governor paid for flights, lodging and tickets for himself and his son Jimmy to attend the game in Minneapolis, he didn’t cover the costs incurred by two state troopers who accompanied him. State records show two members of […]

UD names interim provost Morgan to fill full-time role

DOVER — The University of Delaware announced Monday it has named Robin Morgan provost, making her the first woman to hold the role. Dr. Morgan has been working as interim provost since October. Once she formally assumes the role July 1, she will become the 11th provost in UD’s history. “Over the last seven months, […]

School district to review policies after Middletown High student found with gun

MIDDLETOWN — Appoquinimink School District will evaluate safety procedures after an 18-year-old Middletown High student was allegedly found with a 9mm handgun in school last Friday and subsequently arrested. Superintendent Dr. Matt Burrows sent an email Saturday to Appoquinimink parents and staff announcing a directive to form a district-wide parent/staff/Board Safety Task Force “to review […]

K9 fundraiser: Casualty course trains officers to aid dogs

OCEAN VIEW — Dogs get hurt too, just like people. Especially in sometimes rough law enforcement work, where wound care may be critical to survival. That’s why the Ocean View Police Department and Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 16 are so committed to properly training officers on how to care for their K9 partners in […]

Remembering Mike Drass: Hundreds mourn Wesley College football coach

DOVER — Mike Drass made his living as a football coach but, cliche as it may seem, he was clearly much more. More than a dozen colleagues, family members and friends praised the late Mr. Drass Saturday in a memorial service held at Wesley College, where he worked for 29 years, the last 25 as […]

Townsend: Democrats not supporting clean water bill strongly enough

DOVER — Several lawmakers aired frustrations Thursday over what they see as a lack of investment in clean water by state officials. During a budget hearing involving top environmental officials, a few members of the Joint Committee on Capital Improvement questioned the executive branch’s lack of support for a bill that would create a new […]

Woodcrest residents vexed by nearby wetland site

DOVER — Does the City of Dover own it? Or the Capital School District, perhaps? As summer nears and temperatures rise, a wetland mitigation site located near the old Dover High School campus on Walker Road has some nearby Woodcrest neighborhood residents agitated, confused and holding their noses at times. The locals have circulated a […]

Dover dance instructor, 66, pleads guilty to sex offense involving 17-year-old

DOVER — A 66-year-old dance instructor pleaded guilty Friday afternoon to a sexual offense involving a 17-year-old boy in a Dover dance studio last year. Alexander Boitsov, of Hockessin, had been scheduled for trial Monday in Superior Court before admitting to second-degree unlawful contact for an incident at The Dance Conservatory in June 2017, Delaware […]

Some good news in job data: Del. saw slight gain in 2017

DOVER — Rumors of Delaware’s economic demise have been slightly exaggerated. Revisions in the state’s unemployment data show the state gained 2,900 jobs in 2017, compared to the prior estimate of zero change. For the third month in a row, Delaware’s unemployment rate fell by a tenth of a percent. It now sits at 4.2 […]