‘Turtleman’ rescues turtles from roadway danger

DAGSBORO — Delmarva roadways can pose grave danger to people and animals. Imagine the plight of turtles, which aren’t the speediest creatures on earth. Fortunately, they have a superhero: Ed Shockley. The 58-year-old Frankford-area man has earned the nickname “Turtleman” for his heroic efforts to help turtles safely cross roadways. On his way to or […]

Federal money secured for fixes at U.S. 9 intersection in Sussex

GEORGETOWN — Optimism became reality in efforts to secure major funding to relieve a traffic-flow pressure point on Georgetown’s eastern town limits. Local, county, state and federal officials gathered Tuesday for the long-awaited announcement: the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a $7 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant to the Delaware Department […]

Sussex County budget keeps property taxes unchanged

GEORGETOWN — Sussex County will do more to preserve land, expand broadband Internet, and fund more fire and EMS services in a budget plan that county leaders will weigh in the weeks ahead, spokesman Chip Guy said Tuesday. County officials unveiled the proposed $177 million budget for Fiscal Year 2019. The proposed budget limits fee […]

Sussex eateries part of McDonald’s global ‘green’ effort

SUSSEX COUNTY — Those famous Golden Arches are pledging to become environmentally greener. Eighteen McDonald’s restaurants on Delmarva owned by Michael Meoli are among the 37,000 worldwide in a global corporate effort to greatly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Cardboard recycling remains paramount as well as energy-saving initiatives such as LED lighting. Foam cups and serving […]

Brandywine Valley SPCA to bid on Safe Haven animal shelter

GEORGETOWN — The Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary in Georgetown, vacant since 2013, may be about to get a new lease on life. The long shuttered 11,500 square-foot facility, set on 13 acres off Shingle Point Road, is going to auction on June 9. The Brandywine Valley SPCA (BVSPCA) just threw its hat in the ring. […]

Sussex County Council denies rezoning application for large-scale retail center

GEORGETOWN — Request denied – again. For the second time in just over two years, Sussex County Council on Tuesday denied a rezoning application that would potentially pave the way for the largest retail shopping center in Sussex County history. By a 3-2 vote, council rejected the application filed by TD Rehoboth LLC of Maryland […]

Springtime Jamboree set for this weekend

DAGSBORO — A sign of spring, the annual Springtime Jamboree, takes center stage at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Indian River High School. Hope, expectation and the mission have not changed over the past three and a half decades, says State Sen. Gerald Hocker Sr., who launched the jamboree as a parent and business […]

Audit alleges $120,000 misappropriated at Mid Sussex Rescue Squad

Tom Wagner

DOVER — Nearly $120,000 was misappropriated by the Mid Sussex Rescue Squad Inc., from 2011 to 2016, much of it by a former treasurer, a state auditor’s report determined. According to Auditor of Accounts R. Thomas Wagner Jr. in a 12-page release Wednesday: • The former Treasurer or the Squad initiated a total of $112,645 […]

6 female work crew inmates hospitalized in suspected overdose in Sussex

  GEORGETOWN — Six female inmates were administered Narcan and transported to the hospital after suspected drug overdoses while on a work crew Thursday afternoon. The incident began at 2:45 p.m. when the Sussex Community Corrections Center inmates were discovered suffering from potential overdoses while doing community service, according to the Delaware Department of Correction. […]

Sussex council OKs $1.5M loan support for Sports Center Foundation

  GEORGETOWN — It’s official: Sussex County’s $1.5 million loan support for a projected $4 million multi-faceted public sports complex on the outskirts of Georgetown has the green light. By 3-2 vote, county council on Tuesday, Feb. 27, approved the construction loan agreement with the Sussex Sports Center Foundation. To be located on 56 acres […]