Commentary: Fourth of July perspectives on our star-spangled banner

By Dave Skocik On July Fourth, Americans celebrate the birth of the fight for our independence. The 56 influential men who signed the strident Declaration of Independence, affirming the right to be free from foreign rule, were guilty of treason to the king of England. They risked confiscation of all they owned, including their lives. […]

Whipping post removed from old Sussex courthouse grounds

GEORGETOWN — The public punishment chapter in Delaware’s history is no longer in sight. Nearly seven decades after Delaware’s last recorded whipping, a whipping post was removed from state-owned grounds of the Old Sussex County Courthouse in Georgetown late Wednesday morning, bound for storage in Dover. “We don’t want to erase history. We want to […]

Carl Reiner, beloved creator of ‘Dick Van Dyke Show,’ dies

NEW YORK — Carl Reiner, the ingenious and versatile writer, actor and director who broke through as a “second banana” to Sid Caesar and rose to comedy’s front ranks as creator of “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and straight man to Mel Brooks’ “2000 Year Old Man,” has died. He was 98. Reiner’s assistant Judy […]

Whipping post to be removed from grounds of old Sussex courthouse

GEORGETOWN — The whipping post, a symbol of a brutal period cemented in Delaware’s history, will be removed Wednesday morning from public display on the grounds of the Old Sussex County Courthouse and placed in storage in Dover. The Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs’ decision to remove Delaware’s last whipping post – located […]

Trump says he’ll issue executive order to protect monuments

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Tuesday he’ll issue an executive order to protect monuments that are coming under new scrutiny as America wrestles with racism during the unrest sparked by the police killing of George Floyd. Trump has been clear that he opposes the removal of monuments of leaders of the Confederacy or other […]

Commentary: Removing statues, but at what cost?

By Michael Mannering Have we entered an era of self-perceived moral superiority? Surely, living in the most free, prosperous society in the history of humankind must grant us some justification to look down on the backward and horrifying actions of those who came before us. Or perhaps erasing the sins of the past makes our […]

Petition launched to remove Confederate statue, flag in Georgetown

GEORGETOWN — A line in the sand with ties to slavery and Civil War history has been drawn over a Confederate monument and flag on the grounds of the Nutter Marvel Carriage Museum in Georgetown. A petition movement launched late last week on had garnered more than 1,200 supporters calling for the removal of […]

Ceremony honors Milford Korean War vet Garrod

DOVER — A ceremony took place on Flag Day, June 14, in Dover honoring the efforts of Milford resident Charles Garrod, an 86-year-old Korean War veteran doing his best to ask for national recognition of the 70th anniversary of the start of that war on June 25, 1950. Navy veteran Doug DeAngelis and his wife […]

Longtime Seaford fire official, educator Bennett dies

SEAFORD — Carlton Bryan “Spuck” Bennett wore many hats during his life: educator, businessman, family man and member of the Seaford community and volunteer fire service. Mr. Bennett, a 63-year member of the Seaford Volunteer Fire Department and a man who brought the Harley-Davidson motorcycle world to Seaford, passed away Wednesday. He was 90. A […]

Trump: No change at bases named for Confederate officers

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Wednesday said his administration will “not even consider” changing the name of any of the 10 Army bases that are named for Confederate Army officers. Two days earlier, Defense Secretary Mark Esper indicated that he was open to a broad discussion of such changes. “These Monumental and very Powerful […]