Report: DOC health record system needs overhaul

DOVER — Implementing an upgraded electronic health record system is critical to providing health care services to approximately 5,100 inmates, Delaware Department of Correction Commissioner Claire DeMatteis said Thursday morning. The agency’s leader spoke with the media at headquarters following the release of an independent review of medical and behavioral health care services within state […]

Middletown parade future remains in doubt

MIDDLETOWN – Proposed permit guidelines would violate federal law, Mayor Kenneth L. Branner Jr. announced, and the future of the traditional Hummers Parade remained uncertain after Monday night’s town council meeting. A citizen’s committee’s recommendations for all parades in town didn’t pass constitutional muster regarding freedom of speech, Middletown’s solicitor determined. The decision to table […]

Update: DSU cancels classes, events after lockdown

DOVER – Remaining classes were canceled Tuesday after investigation a possible shooter on campus put Delaware State University into lockdown mode for nearly two hours. Via email and text at 10:03 a.m., the school sent an emergency alert to its community regarding anonymous texts received by students about a potential shooter on campus. The campus […]

Dover to get a Hobby Lobby

DOVER — Arts-and-crafts chain, Hobby Lobby, “recently” signed a lease for the large retail space on 1001 N. DuPont Highway in Dover. Formerly an ACME Market, the retail space has sat empty since June 2018 when the grocer closed its doors. Brixmor — the firm handling the retail space — confirmed Monday that Hobby Lobby […]

Kent County lodging tax splits public at forum

WOODSIDE — Leaders of DE Turf last week sought to address “concerns and misconceptions” regarding a proposed lodging tax that would benefit their sports complex in Frederica. The proposal would funnel the proceeds of a 3-percent lodging tax imposed on Kent County’s hotels and motels directly to the Kent County Regional Sports Complex Corp., the […]

Ellendale water district approved

ELLENDALE — The Delaware Public Service Commission (PSC) approved the Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) application for Sussex County to provide water to the Ellendale Water District on Tuesday, the agency said. After three failed attempts, Ellendale residents successfully passed the referendum to create the water district on Sept. 15, 2018, according to […]

Excessive heat warning issued, ‘cooling stations’ opened

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning that will remain in effect till 10 p.m. on Sunday. The warning encompasses the entire state and is part of a larger heatwave sweeping across much of the central and eastern U.S. Widespread excessive heat warnings and heat advisories already cover the Eastern two-thirds of […]

Sentencing date set for inmates convicted in Vaughn riot

WILMINGTON — The three inmates charged and convicted with perpetrating the riot at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on Feb. 1, 2017 will be sentenced on Sept. 13, according to Judge William C. Carpenter Jr. Dwayne Staats, Jarreau Ayers and Royal Downs are already serving life sentences. Originally in October 2017, 18 inmates were charged […]

DelDOT suspends construction projects around July 4th holiday

DOVER – The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) will suspend planned lane closures on construction-related projects in anticipation of heavy Independence Day traffic next week. The lane closures will be suspended starting at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, July 3, and they will remain closed until 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 5. At any given time, […]