Kent County eyes site plan exemption for business expansions

DOVER — An ordinance that would allow site plan exemption for small business expansions up to 5,000 square feet of “impervious cover” was unanimously embraced by Levy Court commissioners at their Tuesday night meeting. The planning department notes that it would save business owners planning a modest expansion on their properties money and time. Being […]

Bill targets maintenance at for-profit cemeteries in Kent County

DOVER — For-profit cemeteries may soon be compelled by law to meet county maintenance regulations or face penalties if they don’t. Backed by a large contingent of Kent County legislators, House Bill 476 will likely be proposed before a House Housing and Community Affairs committee hearing next week and perhaps voted on soon afterward. The […]

Dover councilman Lewis to run for Kent County sheriff

DOVER — Dover City Councilman Brian E. Lewis announced his candidacy for Kent County sheriff in a news release Thursday night. Mr. Lewis, a Democrat, filed for the Row Office position on June 1 at the Board of Elections, a day after incumbent Republican Jason Mollohan filed. A party primary is scheduled for Sept. 6, […]

Parkowski hired to lead Kent Economic Partnership

DOVER — She’s passionate about her home Kent County and ready for a lead role in plotting its business-related future. Linda Parkowski, newly hired executive director of the Kent Economic Partnership, wants to study data and meet with local leaders and organizations with similar interests to determine the best path forward, “I would like to […]

Kent County switches to health insurance trust

DOVER — Kent County Levy Court commissioners voted to switch the health insurance provider for its 302 employees from Highmark to Delaware Valley Health Trust (DVHT). Commissioners and county staff believe the trust will provide long-term stable pricing and a suite of wellness benefits that may end up reducing the number of total claims. DVHT […]

PulsePoint app adopted by Kent County for those in need of CPR

DOVER — The next time a CPR-trained Kent Countian springs into action to help someone in cardiac distress, it may be via an alert from the PulsePoint app on their phones. Kent County Levy Court commissioners unanimously agreed late last month to approve an initial startup investment of more than $14,000 and an annual $8,000 […]

Three suspects with histories of DUIs arrested in Kent County

  DOVER — Three Kent County men were charged with felony DUI after separate traffic stops last week in the Camden and Smyrna areas, according to arrest affidavits. John W. Mereider, 59, of Camden-Wyoming, was allegedly found asleep in the driver’s seat of a Dodge Dakota at 1:15 a.m. Friday, Delaware State Police said in […]

Konowitz, Schafer lauded for commitment to Kent County business community

DOVER — Offering sage business advice in their early 80s, Herb Konowitz and Charles Schafer continue to boost local economic growth one small company at a time. The U.S. Small Business Administration noticed, and presented both Kent County honorees a Lifetime Achievement Award on May 2 at DuPont Country Club in Wilmington for their contributions. […]

Kent ag land preservation funding OK’d

DOVER — Kent County commissioners voted unanimously last week to authorize spending $100,000 this year to preserve farmland under the Delaware Agricultural Lands Foundation program. The funds will go toward preservation easements across 15 properties and ultimately preserve 1,273 acres in the county. According to the county’s planning department, the state program will offer matching […]

Saving the trees: Forest preservation group dedicates 3 tracts

DOVER — The wolves, bears and bison aren’t returning to this forest. However, there’s still plenty to love about the Anne Clements Woods Tract in the Fork Branch Nature Preserve. It’s 200 acres of mature forest and many trees over 140 years old, uncommon beetles, beech trees, coastal plain depression swamps, upland forest, forested wetlands, […]