Georgetown controlled burn spreads to structure

GEORGETOWN — A controlled burn spread to an unoccupied dwelling structure Tuesday morning, causing approximately $40,000 in damage, the Fire Marshal’s Office said. According to spokesman Chief Deputy John Galaska, the fire in the 22000 block of Simpler Branch Road was reported shortly after 10:30 a.m. The Millsboro Fire Company arrived on the scene and […]

Drive-in church service offers brief, peaceful return to normalcy

GEORGETOWN — No pews. No altar. No organist. No communion. An open field basking in radiant morning sunshine was the backdrop Sunday for a drive-in church service that brought several hundred people facing the uncertain world of COVID-19 and quarantine to the Nutter Marvel Carriage Museum grounds. Bruce Rogers, pastor of Long Neck United Methodist […]

Del Tech Georgetown Campus to host medical supply collection

GEORGETOWN – Sussex County agencies and lawmakers have collaborated to facilitate a drop-off location for donated personal protective equipment (PPE) and medical supply items. Beginning Thursday, April 2, persons interested in donating PPEs and medical supplies will be able to drop them off at the Delaware Technical Community College’s Georgetown Campus.). Located in the parking […]

Trash talk in Sussex may focus on increased promotion, awareness

GEORGETOWN — Trash talk in Sussex County may precipitate discussion during the county’s annual budgetary process in an effort to boost promotion and awareness of partnerships to collect roadside litter. “It’s good program,” said Sussex County Councilman John Rieley. “It troubles me to see all the litter on the roadside.” Mr. Rieley asked if the […]

Sussex County Family Court Courthouse employee does not have coronavirus

GEORGETOWN — A court employee sickened by an illness believed to possibly be coronavirus has been found not to have the virus. The courts said the individual, who was transported to a medical facility in an ambulance Friday morning after feeling ill, was affected by an unrelated medical issue. The fear of coronavirus prompted the […]

Georgetown referendum seeks approval for water line upgrade

GEORGETOWN – The town of Georgetown’s interest in completing a townwide water line upgrade is headed to referendum. The town is seeking approval to cover the interest generated in a $1.2 million upgrade – a project that would precede repaving of state-maintained roadways in the heart of the town. The referendum, set for Monday, April […]

Unfinished business: Georgetown’s West seeks 4th mayoral term

GEORGETOWN — Three-term town of Georgetown Mayor Bill West is seeking a fourth, saying there is unfinished business he wants to see to fruition. He officially filed for re-election March 10. “I still feel my job is not done,” said Mayor West. “I’ve got a few things that I am working on and I want […]

CHEER takes steps to protect senior clientele, staff, volunteers

GEORGETOWN — In efforts to curb potential spread of COVID-19 to a potentially at-risk senior population, CHEER Inc. has taken steps to restrict congregational gatherings, reduce outside contact and tweak its massive homebound meal delivery during the growing coronavirus crisis. In the aftermath of conference calls Friday amid Gov. John Carney’s state of emergency declaration, […]

Towns, state of Delaware prepare for sick leave

Local municipalities and state government are focusing on the welfare of their employees with relaxed policies governing time off and potential quarantine implementation amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns. In Delaware, both full-time and casual/seasonal state employees may receive up to 30 days of special emergency leave if they are directly impacted by the virus. Direct […]

Commentary: Sussex Tech: JROTC issue is out of our control


By Stephen Guthrie Mr. Tim Shaffer’s letter to the editor regarding Sussex Technical High School’s JROTC program (“Sussex Tech learning should involve ROTC,” March 12) contained several errors of fact and misunderstanding. As Sussex Tech’s superintendent, I need to correct the record. As the State News has reported, Sussex Tech is regretfully ending its U.S. […]

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