State of Delaware

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: IRSD polls open for referendum again March 2

Local polls will open on Thursday, March 2, for the Indian River School District’s current-expense referendum.

Comparing it to the November 2016 referendum, which failed by 20 votes, IRSD Acting Superintendent Mark Steele said, “We’re still asking you for the same 49 cents,” but the expenses have been restructured.

BREAKING NEWS: Police seek local man in shooting incident

Police are seeking Anthony D. Puglisi, 19, of Selbyville, in connection with a Frankford-area shooting incident on Jan. 17 in which no one was injured.Police are seeking Anthony D. Puglisi, 19, of Selbyville, in connection with a Frankford-area shooting incident on Jan. 17 in which no one was injured.The Delaware State Police on Tuesday, Feb. 21, requested the public’s assistance in locating Anthony D. Puglisi, 19, of Selbyville, who is wanted for two counts of Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited, four counts of Reckless Endangering, Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, Conspiracy 2nd and Criminal Mischief. He is also wanted out of Sussex County Family Court for two capiases, police noted.

Puglisi is wanted in connection with an alleged incident that occurred on Tuesday, Jan. 17, around 9 p.m. when he allegedly fired several rounds at a residence located on Burbage Road near Frankford. None of the victims inside the house at the time were injured, police noted.

If anyone has any information about Anthony Puglisi’s whereabouts, they are being asked to contact Detective K. Archer at (302) 752-3791. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”

Carper: Pruitt confirmation could negatively impact state

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: U.S. Sen. Tom Carper pauses by Williams Pond during his recent visit to a textile plant in Seaford last week.Coastal Point • Maria Counts: U.S. Sen. Tom Carper pauses by Williams Pond during his recent visit to a textile plant in Seaford last week.Last week, U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) paid a visit to Seaford to tour the Invista textile plant and shine a light on his concerns related to the nomination of Scott Pruitt to serve as Secretary of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

In December, President Donald Trump nominated Pruitt, Oklahoma’s attorney-general, to serve as EPA administrator — a nomination that Carper, who serves as ranking member on the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee, opposes. The EPA was reated in 1970 through a proposal by then-President Richard Nixon, with the mission to protect human health and the environment.

Last month, Carper and his colleagues on the committee sent Trump a letter voicing their concerns regarding Pruitt’s nomination. Carper joked in Seaford that he has sent numerous letters to Trump, as part of his effort to save the United States Postal Service.

While standing next to Williams Pond in Seaford on Feb. 3, Carper said that, if Pruitt were confirmed, it could impact Delaware greatly.

“When Donald Trump was running for president, one of the things he promised was to get rid of the EPA and, if he couldn’t get rid of it, to diminish its role and abilities,” said Carper. “One of his people was talking about reducing their headcount by two-thirds.”

DelDOT seeks input on new Route 113 revamp concept

Nearly two years have passed since the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) abandoned the unpopular plan for a Route 113 bypass for Millsboro south to Selbyville. Instead, they now plan to widen the existing highway and build a new road connecting Route 113 to Route 24.

Carney and Pettyjohn talk shop over coffee with constituents

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: A group of Sussex County librarians got an opportunity to meet with Delaware Gov. John Carney last week. Coastal Point • Maria Counts: A group of Sussex County librarians got an opportunity to meet with Delaware Gov. John Carney last week. Sussex Countians had the opportunity to spend time with incoming Delaware Gov. John Carney last week, when he joined state Sen. Brian Pettyjohn for a morning coffee talk, just days before his inauguration as Delaware’s 74th governor.

“It was a privilege to serve all of you and everyone here in Delaware as the low member of Congress,” said the state’s former U.S. Congressman. “It was a very difficult six years, but working together with my colleagues on the other side of the aisle — because, as a Democrat, I was in the minority of the House — we got a lot of work done.”

During the event, the two officials answered questions posed by those in attendance, including about the State’s budget.

Pennsylvania Powerball winners claim $72 million from local ticket

A couple from Pennsylvania started 2017 with a $121.6 million prize after matching all five white balls plus the red Powerball in the Dec. 17 lottery drawing. The man and woman, who wished to remain anonymous, purchased the winning ticket at Selbyville Goose Creek, a subsidiary of Cato Gas & Goose Creek Food Stores, located at 38452 DuPont Boulevard in Selbyville.

Pa. Powerball winners claim $72M from winning local ticket

A couple from Pennsylvania started 2017 with a $121.6 million prize after matching all five white balls plus the red Powerball in the Dec. 17 lottery drawing. The man and woman, who wished to remain anonymous, purchased the winning ticket at Selbyville Goose Creek, a subsidiary of Cato Gas & Goose Creek Food Stores, located at 38452 DuPont Boulevard in Selbyville.

DSP seeking two men after burglary, shooting incident in West Fenwick

UPDATE (Jan. 31, 2017): Tanner C. McElwee and Andrew Mudry have been arrested after being located in Dover. They were charged with Burglary 1st, two counts of Reckless Endangering, Conspiracy 2nd and other charges, including Felony Theft.

IRSD's Bunting tapped to become state's top legislator

Dr. Susan BuntingDr. Susan BuntingThe Indian River School District may be sending another education leader to the state level. This time, it’s for the big chair.

IRSD Superintendent Susan Bunting is to be nominated for Secretary of the Delaware Department of Education. On Dec. 30, Gov.-elect John Carney announced his intent to nominate Bunting for his cabinet to lead Delaware for the next four years.

“It’s been an absolute privilege to be in this district for the length of time that I’ve been here. It’s a very tough decision to go, but I’m hoping to help more people,” Bunting said. Ultimately, the students have been “at the heart of everything” she has done.

Bunting has served as Indian River School District superintendent since 2006, currently responsible for more than 10,000 students and more than 1,300 employees — one of the state’s biggest and fastest-growing school districts.

DNREC approves faster process for aquaculture leases

Delaware can take its next step forward with shellfish aquaculture. The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) has finally approved an expedited process to approve aquaculture leases in the Rehoboth, Indian River and Little Assawoman bays. In 2017, aquaculturalists could begin growing oysters and clams on lease sites in the inland bays.

Election results are in

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Dave Kline was amongst a group of Donald Trump supporters at the intersection of Routes 1 and 26 earlier this week.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Dave Kline was amongst a group of Donald Trump supporters at the intersection of Routes 1 and 26 earlier this week.

Following a long election season, the State of Delaware only saw a statewide voter turnout of 65.34 percent.

Nationally, the State’s popular vote went to presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (53.35 percent), with President-elect Donald Trump receiving 41.92 percent, and third party candidates receiving close to 5 percent of the vote.

“Take a deep breath”

Celebrating Delaware strides in radiology

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: DTCC has a full rad tech set-up, allowing students like Devon Matthews and Katelyn Roberts to practice their X-ray skills.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: DTCC has a full rad tech set-up, allowing students like Devon Matthews and Katelyn Roberts to practice their X-ray skills.Radiology lets doctors look inside the human body to diagnose health problems, most notably with X-rays. Delaware celebrated a handful of anniversaries in radiology and education at a Nov. 3 open house at Delaware Technical Community College.

In the science wing of Georgetown’s Jack F. Owens Campus, Governor Jack Markell signed a proclamation designating Nov. 6 to 12 as Radiation Protection Week, as 17 second-year Radiologic Technology students looked on.

For 30 years of its 50-year history, DTCC has offered a two-year Radiologic Technology associate degree, now at the Owens and Wilmington campuses, which helps students to earn national credentials in rad tech, nuclear medicine technology and dental assisting.

DelDOT lays out transportation plans through 2023 fiscal year

Good planning starts early, so people recently got a look at Delaware’s six-year Capital Transportation Program (CTP) for the 2018-2023 fiscal years.

Just a few finishing touches: Officials celebrate Route 26 improvements

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: State and federal officials cut the ribbon on the Route 26 Mainline Improvements Project, which was designed to improve safety and traffic flow for all.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: State and federal officials cut the ribbon on the Route 26 Mainline Improvements Project, which was designed to improve safety and traffic flow for all.The orange barrels are almost gone.

The Route 26 Mainline Improvements Project is so close to wrapping up that the dignitaries gathered on Sept. 19 to cut the ribbon for the expanded roadway.

Rain moved the Sept. 19 ribbon-cutting off the road and into the Millville fire hall, which DelDOT Secretary Jennifer Cohan joked was perfect for testing the drainage.

Construction officially began in January of 2014, with an aim to improve drainage, traffic flow and safety for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists.

But road crews had started working long before that, since utility lines were moved the preceding winter, and the surrounding side-roads had been renovated to create a smoother alternate route in the preceding years.

Recycling regs to tighten for businesses and multi-family housing

Delawareans are doing well with recycling, and now it’s businesses’ turn to catch up. The Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control plans to update recycling regulations to ensure everyone’s doing their part, including businesses, nonprofits, schools and multi-family-housing neighborhoods.

Primaries take the stage Tuesday

It is officially that time of year, when Americans 18 years or older may exercise their constitutional right to cast their votes for those running for local, state and federal office.

The state’s primary elections will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 13, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Only registered Democrats and Republicans may vote in the state primary.

Woman killed in fall from state park zipline course

Delaware State Police this week were investigating the death of a 59-year-old Felton woman after she fell from a platform on an adventure course at Lums Pond State Park.

SCI investigators intercept contraband Suboxone, arrest nine

Investigators at the Sussex Correctional Institute (SCI) in Georgetown recently initiated a proactive search regarding the introduction of Suboxone into the facility. The investigation, known as “Operation Sunkist,” resulted in the arrest of several sentenced inmates, as well as multiple civilians who were allegedly sending the contraband through the mail.

Millsboro man charged after 8-month human trafficking investigation

On Friday, Aug. 19, the Delaware State Police, along with the U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations division and the Ocean City Police Department, concluded an eight-month investigation into a human trafficking ring allegedly operating in Sussex County with the arrest of two area men.

Death penalty ruled violation of Constitution

The Delaware Supreme Court has ruled that the state code related to the death penalty violates the U.S. Constitution.

Gov. signs boating fee change to enhance waterway maintenance

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Delaware now has a dedicated funding source for waterway management, with a boating fee increase after the July 22 bill-signing, attended by, from left: front row, state Rep. Ron Gray; state Sen. Gerald Hocker; Gov. Jack Markell; and state Rep. Ruth Briggs King; and, back row, Bob Collins, James Hanes and Molly Struble of the Center for the Inland Bays, Rob Whitford of the Delaware Waterway Management & Financing Advisory Committee, DNREC Secretary David Small and Speaker of the House Pete Schwartzkopf.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Delaware now has a dedicated funding source for waterway management, with a boating fee increase after the July 22 bill-signing, attended by, from left: front row, state Rep. Ron Gray; state Sen. Gerald Hocker; Gov. Jack Markell; and state Rep. Ruth Briggs King; and, back row, Bob Collins, James Hanes and Molly Struble of the Center for the Inland Bays, Rob Whitford of the Delaware Waterway Management & Financing Advisory Committee, DNREC Secretary David Small and Speaker of the House Pete Schwartzkopf.As Gov. Jack Markell signed the new waterway management bill on July 22, state officials explained exactly what Senate Bill 261 means for the owners of the nearly 60,000 boats registered in Delaware.

With the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers no longer giving federal money to maintain the nation’s smaller waterways, Delaware needs to step up just to maintain or improve navigation.

The bill allows Delaware boat registration fees to double, starting Jan. 1, 2017 — a move that is expected to raise approximately $1.3 million annually.

“It is a true user-pay, user-benefit scenario,” DNREC Secretary David Small told those gathered for the signing at Indian River Marina.

Boating fees could double to pay for waterway maintenance

Up to $1.3M in revenue expected for new fund

Delaware legislators are trying to keep Delaware waterways open by doubling boater registration fees.

The State could raise more than $1 million for a new waterway management fund, according to Senate Bill 261, sponsored by state Sen. Gerald Hocker Sr. (R-20th) of Ocean View.

Vaughan announces run for Delaware House seat

Barbara W. Vaughan of Lewes recently announced her candidacy for the 20th Representative District seat in the Delaware House.

According to Vaughan’s campaign, for 24 years, Vaughan has served in community, cultural, political and social organizations and activities, aiming to benefit of the citizens of the City of Lewes, the entire District 20 region and Sussex County.

BREAKING NEWS: Police seeking Millsboro man in Long Neck theft cases

Nathan E. Lewandowski

The Delaware State Police on Wednesday asked for the public’s assistance in attempting to locate a Millsboro man wanted for various felonious crimes that were committed in the Long Neck area.

Learn to fish and crab at Delaware Seashore State Park

Some of the most popular things to do in Delaware Seashore State Park are surf-fishing, crabbing and clamming, but many people who did not grow up along the coast are curious about these popular pastimes but just aren’t sure how to get started.

Commercial waterman faces charges for conch violations

DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police arrested a commercial waterman June 3 for nearly 300 fishing violations — most of them for illegal taking of knobbed conch — after boarding his vessel for a no-wake violation near the Lewes public boat ramp on May 31.

BREAKING NEWS: Police seek suspects in robbery of Ocean View package store

Delaware State Police troopers are investigating the robbery of Hickman’s Package Store late on Monday evening.

Police said the incident occurred around 10:10 p.m. Monday, June 20, when two male suspects entered the package store, located at 30447 Cedar Neck Road, with at least one subject armed with an unknown type of handgun.

Watermen, public: Bay not ready for full-scale aquaculture

It’s up for the Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control (DNREC) to decide, but many stakeholders have said that conversation needs to continue before aquaculture begins full-time in Little Assawoman Bay.

Ground broken on new Millville police partnership building

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Dignitaries gathered on Friday, June 10, to break ground on Millville’s future police building.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Dignitaries gathered on Friday, June 10, to break ground on Millville’s future police building.Golden shovels glowed with sunshine at the groundbreaking for Millville’s future police building last Friday, as the Town of Millville begins building a town hall addition that will serve as a Delaware State Police outpost.

Construction should be done in about seven months, Mayor Robert “Bob” Gordon told the assembled crowd on June 10, which included members of the Town of Millville staff and town council, DSP, designers GMB, builders Harkins Contracting Company, representatives of the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce and more.

Delaware Seashore State Park offers summer programs for the whole family

Not everyone realizes that the undeveloped stretch of Route 1 between Bethany Beach and Dewey Beach is a state park, and even those who regularly enjoy Delaware Seashore State Park as an access point to the beach, bay and inlet may not be aware of the wide variety of educational and recreational programs and events that are offered by park staff throughout the summer season.

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