Kent deputy sheriff aims to restart Delaware Law Enforcement for Christ

DOVER — Seeking to better unite the community and area law enforcement, Kent County Deputy Sheriff Kim Warfield aims to revive the Delaware Law Enforcement for Christ organization. While the group, founded three years ago, eventually included eight to 10 active members, Ms. Warfield said attendance eventually dwindled to the point of dormancy. With currently […]

Commentary: An open letter to the citizens of Dover and its environs

By Peter Oldziey Dear sisters and brothers, Our hearts are grieved as we contemplate the death of George Floyd and the suffering and deaths of other Americans of African descent (Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin and others). We are moved to offer the following thoughts and to reach out to connect and […]

Nonjury trial eyed in suit over virus worship restrictions

DOVER — A federal judge has denied a cleric’s request for a preliminary injunction against Democratic Gov. John Carney over restrictions he imposed on church worship to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. U.S. District Court Judge Colm Connolly on Thursday denied the request for an injunction as moot, given changes that Carney made to […]

Carney to back off Delaware religious worship restrictions

DOVER, Del. — Democratic Gov. John Carney plans to back off restrictions he imposed on church worship to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, state attorneys told a federal judge Tuesday. Carney planned to issue new guidance regarding communities of worship either later Tuesday or Wednesday that could narrow, or even resolve, issues raised in […]

Biden meets with black leaders at Wilmington church amid unrest

WILMINGTON— Joe Biden vowed to address “institutional racism” in his first 100 days in office as he met with community leaders at a predominantly African American church in Delaware Monday morning, leaving home for a second consecutive day to address exploding racial tensions that have begun to reshape the upcoming presidential election. Biden, the former […]

District Court judge to decide Friday on expanding religious service limitations

WILMINGTON — After hearing arguments on Delaware’s ongoing religious service limitations for nearly three hours, a federal judge left to further consider whether some traditions can expand by Sunday as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Near the end of Thursday afternoon’s hearing, United States District Court Judge Colm F. Connolly indicated he would review modifications to […]

Trump deems churches ‘essential,’ calls for them to reopen

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday that he has deemed churches and other houses of worship “essential” and called on governors across the country to allow them to reopen this weekend, even as some parts of the nation remain under coronavirus lockdown. “Today I’m identifying houses of worship — churches, synagogues and mosques […]

Lawsuit, rally call for full reopening of houses of worship

DOVER — There’s now more opportunity to worship in person, but it’s still not enough for some. The day after Delaware Gov. John Carney eased some church restrictions on Tuesday, a New Castle area pastor filed a federal lawsuit against him claiming racial discrimination and constitutional rights violations through religious freedom limitations. Other concerns are […]

Delaware allows religious services with strict limits

DOVER — The state on Monday announced houses of worship can conduct in-person services with restrictions, chiefly limited capacity, continued social distancing, face coverings and frequent cleanings. With large gatherings banned due to COVID-19, religious establishments have been unable to meet in person for two months. Many have taken to online services as a result, […]

Group calls for expanding religious worship gathering guidelines

WILMINGTON — In six-page a letter to Gov. John Carney sent Wednesday, the Committee To Save Christmas called for expanding religious worship gathering guidelines while looking ahead to December. “With eight months now remaining before the communal celebration of Christmas, now is the time for Carney to take proper steps to allow religious worship inside […]