Appoquinimink elementary school libraries open curbside service

MIDDLETOWN — School librarians know their readers: the preferred genres, the topic matters. That — and the hope to get books in the hands of young students during remote learning — was the goal behind opening up curbside library services across five district elementary schools in Appoquinimink. “Although it’s been helpful to have the resources […]

Appoquinimink parent groups rally to reopen schools

ODESSA — Holding a bunch of American flags and a sign, Lucy Hastings, a fifth-grade student in Appoquinimink School District, was among the crowd that gathered outside of the district’s administrative building Thursday afternoon to rally for reopening schools. “I really want to go back to school in person because it’s my last year in […]

Canal edges M.O.T. to force second title game

MIDDLETOWN — As soon as Doron Griffin smacked the ball toward right field, he liked what he saw. “I knew it was fair,” said the Canal Little Leaguer. “I could tell off the bat when I hit it. It felt good. “Ian (Fyfe) was on second. I knew he was to going score as soon […]

Despite no World Series, Little Leaguers still excited for states

MIDDLETOWN — Everybody’s got a lot on their minds right now. But that’s what Chris Short likes about having Little League baseball this summer. The Milford Major League baseball all-star manager said the game gives people something else to think about for just a little bit. “All this COVID stuff — whether it’s your job […]

Appoquinimink schools to start year remotely

ODESSA — Appoquinimink students will begin their school year remotely before transitioning to hybrid learning, the school board decided Tuesday. The board voted unanimously that the district would open remotely for six weeks beginning Sept. 8. Following the remote start, the district will shift into hybrid learning Oct. 19. Parents will be able to keep […]

Vehicle crash leads to weapon, drug charges for Dover man

MIDDLETOWN — A 24-year-old Dover man was arrested on felony weapon, drug and traffic charges following a single-vehicle collision Tuesday night, authorities said. According to Delaware State Police spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe, troopers were called to the Biddle Toll Plaza on Del. 1 at approximately 8:33 p.m. Police determined that Capice Johnson was driving […]

Free COVID-19 testing available in Middletown

MIDDLETOWN — Louis L. Redding Middle School will serve as a COVID-19 testing site Friday. Testing will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school, located at 201 New Street. Participants aren’t required to register beforehand, but they can at The tests are self-administered oral swabs. Participants will swab the inside of […]

Middletown mayor aims to ban police chokeholds

MIDDLETOWN — There’s currently no official stance on Middletown police officers and chokeholds, but that’s likely to change next month. At the town’s regularly scheduled council meeting on July 6, Mayor Kenneth L. Branner Jr. plans to introduce a resolution to ban them completely, with the promise of disciplinary action up to a firing if […]

Appoquinimink School District aims for traditional ceremony with July commencement

MIDDLETOWN — Plans for an Appoquinimink School District graduation come in threes, with hopes for a traditional commencement, but with the possibility of a drive-up ceremony in July. All potential ceremonies are scheduled for July 14 (Appoquinimink High School) or July 15 (Middletown High School), with rain dates for July 16 and 17, respectively. “We […]

Middletown High students start online STEM club

MIDDLETOWN — When classes were canceled, so was everything else — from extracurriculars to clubs to sports. That left students with more time and no outlet. That fact was the driving force behind the STEM Organization of Delaware, a club started — while schools went remote — by three Middletown High School juniors. “When the […]