Kent sheriff deputies will not transport inmates, court confirms

DOVER — The Kent County Sheriff ’s Office hasn’t transported prisoners in nearly 10 years, and that’s set to continue after a recent good faith commitment. In a memorandum of understanding, Superior Court assured that “Kent County … judges would not now, or in the future, request that the Kent County Sheriff transport a prisoner. […]

Scenic Delaware: Golden fields

Ronald Roseborough of Dover photographed this view of golden fields in eastern Kent County April 26.

Starter kits designed to help Kent County businesses get back to work

DOVER — The Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with the Kent Economic Partnership and the Greater Kent Committee, are ready to get Kent County businesses closed by the coronavirus pandemic back to work. That is the primary reason they have created, and recently distributed, 100 “Getting Back to Business Starter Kits.” The starter […]

Kent County tightens already thrifty budget outlook

DOVER — Since the Great Recession more than a decade ago, Kent County government has operated frugally and responsibly, officials say. Following the staggering downturn, Levy Court instituted cost containment measures to limit expenses in relationship to revenue streams, according to leadership. “That remains in our culture today,” County Administrator Michael Petit de Mange conveyed […]

Central Delaware chamber pushing for more businesses to reopen Monday

DOVER — The Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce is pushing to reopen more businesses by Monday, and will make a pitch to Gov. John Carney during a teleconference this afternoon. CDCC President Judy Diogo said the organization’s letter to the governor on Monday emphasized “well thought-out plans” to provide a healthy environment for arriving patrons […]

Kent County-focused virtual Recovery Town Hall draws hundreds

DOVER — Reopening Delaware businesses with caution, unemployment concerns and maintaining healthy practices during the coronavirus pandemic were all discussed during a Recovery Town Hall virtual session on Wednesday night. Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long was joined by Department of Labor Secretary Cerron Cade, Division of Public Health State Medical Director Dr. Rick Hong and Division […]

Speak Out: Levy Court caps essential employee emergency pay

Kent County Levy Court commissioners revised a 30-year-old policy Tuesday night to limit extra pay for essential employees during an emergency event. Officials said it was originally intended for short-term events such as a snowstorm, tornado or other emergency. The policy was amended to cap time and a half and/or compensation time at 80 hours […]

Kent County buildings will remain closed to public

DOVER — Kent County buildings, which were originally expected to be closed from March 22 until Saturday, will remain closed to public access until further notice. The announcement comes in compliance with the state of emergency and its stay-at-home order that was issued by Gov. John Carney last week. While the Kent County Administrative Complex […]

Sheriff’s monition sale postponed

DOVER — The monition sale scheduled for April 28 at 10 a.m. has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Sheriff Brian Lewis said the sale will be rescheduled at a later date, and notice will be posted online. Additionally, the sheriff’s office in the Levy Court Administration Building will be closed to the public […]

Counties, municipalities take precautionary steps

Sussex County Council will hold its regularly scheduled meeting this week, but the session will be condensed, and in-person public access will be limited, steps the county government is taking in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In Kent County, officials closed the Administrative Complex at 555 South Bay Road in Dover to the public until […]

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