Commentary: Change versus inconvenience in Lewes

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way”. He also said, “Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability but come through continuous struggle.” It has always been understood that change never comes without pressure or opposition. Nevertheless, change […]

2019 Front Pages of the Delaware State News

DOVER – Every day is a new day in the newspaper business. Here’s a look back at the front pages of every edition of the Delaware State News in 2019. We hope you have a safe and prosperous 2020. -Andrew WestExecutive Editor

Stayton driving force in birth of Delaware rock ‘n’ roll

It began on a day in late 1954 when Jimmy Stayton, of Felton, still a teenager, took a trip on the Norfolk Ferry across the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. It was not today’s relatively short trip on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. To while away the time, he perused the ferry’s jukebox and found […]

Impeachment, prison trials top 2019 headlines

DOVER — The Feb. 19 front page of the Delaware State News may be the year’s most memorable. The headline: “Jury returns no convictions.” After almost five days of deliberations, a jury returned two full acquittals and two partial acquittals of four inmates charged with perpetrating the February 2017 Vaughn prison riot and hostage situation […]

WWII allies, Germany mark 75 yrs since Battle of the Bulge

BASTOGNE, Belgium — Side by side, the Allies and former enemy Germany togethermarked the 75th anniversary of one of the most important battles in World War II — the Battle of the Bulge, which stopped Adolf Hitler’s last-ditch offensive to turn the tide of the war. At dawn on Dec. 16, 1944, over 200,000 German […]

Letter to the Editor: Battle of the Bulge remembered

Do you remember ’44? The high school grads went straight to war. Last year’s class had hit the beach. War’s end now seemed in reach. Some even hoped to “end the war in ’44.” But that was in the early Fall. The race through France then hit a stall. October and November came. And war […]

Delaware honors 100 years of women’s suffrage

DOVER — Believe it or not, women have had the right to vote for less than half of the United States’ history. By 1919, the issue had come to a head after decades of intense lobbying around the country. Amidst much protest, Congress approved a constitutional amendment providing suffrage — the right to vote — […]

Caesar Rodney senior penning historical play

CAMDEN — It’s not every day that one brings history to life. But in the spring, when Caesar Rodney High School senior Audree Wells’ production goes up at First State Heritage Park, she’ll be doing just that. “I’m excited to see people that I’ve written about,” Audree said last week at the high school. “It’s […]

Caesar Rodney’s Thanksgiving declaration dazzles researcher

DOVER — Some notes and quotes between headlines and deadlines… *** Quite often, the Delaware Public Archives team will wow its followers with an item from long, long ago. Last Sunday, the archives’ social media pages featured an image of a Revolutionary War-era proclamation from then-Delaware President Caesar Rodney. The proclamation appointed Dec. 30, 1778, […]

Veteran resolve: Military goes from war to career for Smyrna’s Richardson

DOVER — It was an autumn day in November of 1950 when William Richardson’s life changed forever. That was when he discovered that Selective Service had made him one of more than 1.5 million men who were drafted into the Korean War, which lasted from June 1950 until the armistice agreement in 1953. Many might […]