Middletown announces retirement of police chief

MIDDLETOWN — Police chief Rob Kracyla retired effective Dec. 31, according to an announcement made at Monday night’s regular Middletown town council meeting. Middletown Mayor Kenneth L. Branner Jr. noted the departure about five minutes into the public meeting. Afterward, he described Mr. Kracyla’s departure as a “mutually agreed upon separation” before declining further comment. […]

Middletown man identified as victim in fatal crash

MIDDLETOWN — Walter Gee, a 90-year-old from Middletown, was identified by Delaware State Police on Monday as the individual who died in a crash Thursday on Marl Pit Road east of Summit Bridge Road, near Middletown, according to Cpl. Jason Hatchell, spokesman for the state police. The crash remains under investigation by the DSP Collision […]

Shooting in Middletown leaves man dead

MIDDLETOWN — A 22-year-old man died after suffering a gunshot wound Sunday, Middletown police said. According to spokesman Lt. Thomas Lancaster, officers were called to the area of East Lake and Jefferson streets at approximately 3:43 a.m. and found a wounded Quentin Rutherford. He was transported to ChristianaCare hospital, where he was pronounced deceased. Police […]

Balancing act for Delaware child-care centers’ schooling needs

On Monday, students in the Appoquinimink School District are heading back to school. Learning Tree Academy, an early childhood education facility in Middletown, is preparing for what it will look like having students in school and at the center during a year shaded by coronavirus. “It’s a little bit nerve-wracking for us on that part […]

Best Bets: Broadway’s Field to perform show for Veterans Watchmaker School

For Broadway performer Grace Field, doing a charity show that benefits veterans is very personal. “(Dave Skocik) approached me about the various charities he’s involved with. He knows I have a huge heart for charity. And it also hits home because both my grandfathers served. My grandfather on my dad’s side served in the Navy. […]

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 […]