Scenic Delaware: Approaching storm

Jamie Fritchman of Smyrna took this photo in Middletown on June 29 as storm clouds were approaching.

Fire destroys Middletown home

MIDDLETOWN — The Delaware Office of the State Fire Marshal is investigating a Sunday morning fire the destroyed a Middletown residence. The blaze, reported shortly after midnight, occurred in the 700 block of Idlewyld Drive in the Parkside development. The Volunteer Hose Company arrived on the scene and encountered the front of the house engulfed […]

Speak Out: Taking a toll

Citing safety and citizen concerns, the Delaware and Maryland Police Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement Units worked together to target commercial vehicles bypassing the new U.S. 301 toll road, authorities said. The two-day operation was conducted on Feb. 28 and March 1. During the operation, 85 commercial motor vehicles were stopped and found to be bypassing […]

Speak Out: U.S. 301 opens

The new 14-mile U.S. 301 roadway opened late Thursday morning after nearly three years of construction. E-ZPass trips will debut at a maximum $4 for two-axle vehicles (northernmost entry from Del. 1 just south of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal and the southernmost Maryland state line) and $5.60 for other license plates, with less charged […]

Sound Off Delaware: Hummers Parade

After last week’s Hummers Parade triggered local controversy that attracted nationwide attention, a crowd of more than 200 packed Middletown Town Hall Monday night to demand changes. A seven-member commission will be formed to establish guidelines for any gatherings next year and the event will only be permitted upon council’s approval. A public firestorm erupted […]

Middletown Hummers parade put under review

MIDDLETOWN — The look and tenor of the early afternoon march down Broad Street on Jan. 1 may be quite different next year. A seven-member commission will be formed to establish guidelines for any gatherings next year and the event will only be permitted upon council’s approval. After last week’s Hummers parade triggered local controversy […]

SOUND OFF DELAWARE: Campaign literature lift

This is your public forum. We welcome your opinions, which can be emailed to or posted online under the stories at Monique Johns, the Democratic nominee for the 9th Representative District seat, was filmed by a security camera at a Middletown home lifting a handbill left at the door of the house by […]

Police provide details on Appoquinimink schools lockdown

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MIDDLETOWN – Shortly after Middletown High School and the surrounding area was deemed clear of explosives, suspects and/or firearms Thursday afternoon, Delaware State Police released details of the threats and law enforcement’s response as the investigation continued. Earlier in the day, with the sequence beginning at approximately 12:32 p.m., two threatening calls regarding the school […]

Appoquinimink School District on lockdown after bomb threat

MIDDLETOWN — All Appoquinimink School District were placed on lockdown Thursday afternoon as police investigated bomb and firearm threats in the community. By 2:30 p.m., all schools but Middletown High were able to dismiss students on time after district officials received what as a “reassuring update” from Delaware State Police. A “staged” dismissal was conducted […]

Grammys take note of Middletown High School band director

MIDDLETOWN — He’s being mentioned in the same sentence as the word “Grammy” lately. For musician Brian Endlein, that sounds great. The 36-year-old Middletown High band director is a quarterfinalist for a 2019 Grammy in the Music Educator Award category after a nomination from his southern New Castle County school. “First and foremost it’s immensely […]