Two found dead in home near Hartly

HARTLY — Two people were found dead inside a residence late Tuesday morning, Delaware State Police said later in the day. According to spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe, investigation began after troopers were dispatched to a residence in the 4000 block of Arthursville Road for a check on the welfare of residents at approximately 11:27 […]

Hartly man’s murder conviction upheld by Superior Court judge

DOVER — A former death row inmate’s murder conviction will stand after he was denied relief for a second time in Kent County Superior Court on Thursday. Ambrose L. Sykes, formerly of Hartly, claimed he received ineffective counsel during earlier attempts to contest his guilty finding in the 2004 murder of a 68-year-old woman in […]

Amish buggy driver dies in hit and run

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HARTLY – A fatal hit and run crash involved a Amish horse and buggy south of Hartly on Thursday night, authorities said. The incident occurred around 8:05 p.m. at the intersection of Halltown Road (Del. 8) and Hartly Road (Del. 44) and involved a car and a horse and buggy, according to the Delaware State […]

State fire official faces underage sex abuse charge

  HARTLY — A local and state fire company official was arrested Wednesday after sexual abuse of a minor allegations, the Delaware State Police said. John A. Metheny Sr., 72, of Hartly, was charged with continuous sexual abuse of a child after turning himself in to Troop 3 detectives in Camden, authorities said on Thursday. […]

House in Hartly damaged by fire

  HARTLY — An early afternoon fire swept through a residence on Hartly Road Thursday with no injuries reported but extensive damage to the structure resulting. Less than two hours after the fire was contained an acrid smell of smoke and burned material wafted around the home at 1501 Hartly Road. The fire was reported […]

Hartly woman charged with sixth DUI

HARTLY — Before a 64-year-old Hartly woman was charged with a sixth alleged DUI offense last Friday, police claimed her vehicle was clocked traveling 71 mph in a 40 mph zone, and accelerating at a rate that made a traffic stop difficult. Eventually, police said in an affidavit of probable cause, Marian L. Seward, of […]

Hartly family farm marks century of commitment

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HARTLY — In today’s society, most people can’t keep the same phone for more than two years, let alone the same farmland for more than a century. A four-generation family of farmers in Hartly has done just that. During the Delaware Agriculture Week in January, the Thompson family was honored with the Delaware Century Farm […]

Seven Sisters hosts pioneering musician’s artwork

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HARTLY –– A handful of paintings by music pioneer Genya Ravan are hiding out in an unassuming local spot –– the tiny Seven Sisters gift shop in Hartly. The seasonal shop typically sells locally made art but through a family friend, owner Jennifer Cravens-Wooleyhand was able to get a hold of 10 original works painted […]

Focus on Hartly: Delaware’s smallest town on the mend

  HARTLY — One year ago, Delaware’s smallest town had a dim future. There was no town council, and absent a government, little got done. Things had fallen into disrepair — both figuratively and literally. Dissolving the town was an option, albeit one that would leave the residents part of an unincorporated community in Kent […]

Hartly man charged with indecent exposure near school

HARTLY — Delaware State Police have charged an 18-year old man for exposing himself while at a Hartly day care and the elementary school. The arrest was announced Friday.

On July 7, at about 4:40 p.m., an employee of the Hartly Elementary School was cutting grass on the school property along the roadway when she observed a red two-door vehicle, which had been traveling north on Arthursville Road, pull over onto the shoulder directly across from her. A male suspect in the driver’s seat opened the door. According to police, he wasn’t wearing pants and exposed himself to the employee. The suspect then began to touch himself in an inappropriate manner. The employee called 9-1-1 and the suspect drove away eastbound on Hartly Road.

The school was not in session, and no children were present.