Letter to the Editor: Saluting the Vietnam veteran

Letters to the Editor

Sunday is Vietnam Veterans Day, and events have been cancelled throughout the nation for coronavirus safety reasons. Our Kent County Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 850 is combining this day with Memorial Day on May 25 at 2 p.m. at the Kent County Veterans Memorial Park. Hopefully, we will all be out of the deepest […]

Love of music opens doors for Junior Wilson

MILFORD — Even after playing music for the last seven decades, Junior Wilson still loves it. In fact, if you don’t like it, that’s your problem. “I never get bored of music in any way. If you’re into music and you get bored with it, you’re just a boring person,” the 70-year-old musician said last […]

Coronavirus concerns have kept our reporters and editors busy

DOVER — Some notes and quotes between headlines and deadlines … *** News from the past week certainly seems unprecedented. Indeed, our staff was challenged to keep up with so many coronavirus-related developments and precautions. On Thursday, we experienced a whirlwind of updates and cancellations. We’re doing our best to post content at delawarestatenews.net as […]

Harriet Tubman focus of Dover program

DOVER — In celebration of National Harriet Tubman Day, actress Millicent Sparks will bring to life the noted Underground Railroad conductor who helped dozens of enslaved African Americans escape to freedom prior to the American Civil War. The program will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at The Old State House, located at […]

At 101 years old, Milford’s Banning has seen a century of change

MILFORD — At 101 years old, Thurman Banning is a born-and-raised Delawarean, but the Delaware he was born in — just over a century ago — has seen a lot of change. “It’s everything,” he said, sitting in the living room of the home he has lived in for more than 50 years. “It’s not […]

Mubarak, Egypt’s autocrat ousted in uprising, dies at 91

CAIRO — Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian leader who was the autocratic face of stability in the Middle East for nearly 30 years before being forced from power in an Arab Spring uprising, died Tuesday, state-run TV announced. He was 91. Mubarak was a stalwart U.S. ally, a bulwark against Islamic militancy and guardian of Egypt’s […]

Pioneering black NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson dies

Katherine Johnson, a mathematician who calculated rocket trajectories and earth orbits for NASA’s early space missions and was later portrayed in the 2016 hit film “Hidden Figures,” about pioneering black female aerospace workers, has died. She was 101. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said on Twitter that she died Monday morning. No cause was given. Bridenstine […]

Commentary: Washington’s Cabinet mirrored his own traits

By Dr. Samuel B. Hoff The recent History Channel series depicting his life and legacy, combined with the proximity to the tricentennial of his birth and present focus on the views of the Framers in creating the American presidency, all point to the continuing relevance of George Washington. On his birthday, it is appropriate to […]

Washington’s ‘top men’ focus of Old State House program

DOVER — George Washington seemingly had a sixth sense when it came to picking the men to serve alongside him. “Some historians will say that’s why the less qualified, less well-equipped, less well-trained army won the war,” noted Tom Welch, a historic interpreter for the Division of Historic and Cultural Affairs. “Because Washington picked better […]

Flowers for Drew: Remembering the life of an editor, writer and friend

DOVER — The first few words of a David Allen Coe country song was all it took. Drew Ostroski joined a co-worker in song, growing louder as the chorus neared. “But you don’t have to call me darlin’ … darlin’ You never even called me by my name“ Music crossed over cubicles and smiles filled […]