State of Delaware

Coastal Point launches new app: Explore Coastal Delaware

Digital may be the wave of the future for newspapers, but providing useful information through smartphones and tablets is something the Coastal Point is doing today. We launched our first-ever app this week — Explore Coastal Delaware — with an eye toward informing both visitors and longtime residents about the best the Delaware shore has to offer.

Trap Pond State Park to host Great American Backyard Campout

Thousands of families across the nation and in Delaware will unplug and get outside on June 28 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the National Wildlife Federation’s Great American Backyard Campout. People will participate in the national event by vowing to sleep under the stars, whether they camp in parks, on public lands or even in their own back yards.

Gray files for reelection to 38th District representative seat

Ron Gray this week filed with the Sussex County Board of Elections to run for a second term. Gray, who was elected for the first time in November 2012, followed then-newly elected state Sen. Gerald Hocker as representative for the 38th District in the state House of Representatives.

Collins files to make a run at District 41 representative seat

Last week, Richard Collins filed to serve as the representative of the 41st District in the Delaware House of Representatives.

Collins said he hopes to address the State’s finances, if elected.

DNREC Q&A to cover dredging, navigation, parks

People have a lot of questions about local waterways and parklands, so state legislators have invited officials with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control (DNREC) to give some answers on Tuesday, May 13, at 7:30 p.m. at the Millville fire hall.

MidAtlantic Wine + Food Festival offers tastes, courses for the curious

Calling all foodies: The MidAtlantic Wine + Food Festival is coming to Delaware next week, with four days of events at more than 40 venues stretching from the Main Line of Pennsylvania to the Delaware beaches.

Heroin: Part two of a three-part series

The Heroin Takeover

“My son is addicted to heroin,” said Heather LaRoue (whose name has been changed to protect her identity), an addiction specialist at a Sussex County outpatient counseling facility.

Governor has plans to revive downtowns

Lawmakers are considering a new way to wake up downtown districts. To get the lights on and people moving, Gov. Jack Markell has proposed “Downtown Development Districts” (DDDs) — districts within cities or towns that would benefit from development, with State incentives offered to those who move to fulfill that need.

Bill to fight human trafficking introduced in Delaware

New legislation aimed at fighting human trafficking has been introduced in the Delaware General Assembly. The bill, introduced last week, is designed to enhance criminal penalties for those who engage in human trafficking and provide greater protections for victims of human trafficking.

Beach Boys, Barenaked Ladies, Jennifer Nettles to star at Freeman Stage

Big things are on the horizon for the Freeman Stage at Bayside. Whether people want to rock out or relax, they’ll have plenty of options when the Freeman Stage hosts 10 national recording artists among nearly 50 performances this season.

Business resiliency checkup can help avoid disaster

How can people cope with a major business disruption, such as a hurricane or cyber-attack? The nonprofit Delaware Business Resiliency Initiative will host a free workshop to help local businesses stay open when unexpected events disrupt service.

Markell talks water, transportation with Chamber

Gov. Jack Markell spoke to members of the Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce last week about his proposals to improve the state’s transportation and water.

“We got some issues in the state that we’ve got to deal with,” he said.

During the March 20 meeting at Blue Water Grill, Markell said Delaware must invest in its roads and bridges.

DelDOT, Markell discuss Delaware dollars, delays on Route 26

Four miles of roadway have gotten a lot of attention lately, and Gov. Jack Markell and DelDOT Secretary Shailen Bhatt attended the most recent Route 26 Working Group meeting to address the subject.

Flowers announces re-election campaign for treasurer

With a state portfolio returning more than $44 million during his term and showing positive returns 31 out of 38 months, Chip Flowers, Delaware state treasurer and co-chair of the National Democratic State Treasurers, officially launched his re-election campaign — “Standing Up for a Brighter Future” last week.

Delaware Aquaculture regulations, maps taking shape

Fittingly, oyster shells lay across the parking lot, left by seabirds that dropped them to access the soft meat inside, as dozens of people recently walked across the light rubble to attend DNREC’s second public workshop on developing Delaware’s shellfish aquaculture regulations.

State, UD partner to help charge electric vehicles

Charging stations for electric vehicles will be strategically placed at key locations in Delaware to enable long trips in the state by next year, through a new collaborative research agreement between the University of Delaware (UD) and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC).

Food bank asks community for helping hand

This weekend, the Bethany Beach Christian Church & Conference Center will host a Fil-a-Truck event for Vethel Tabernacle Church’s Helping Hands Food Bank. The event, on Saturday, March 8, from 10 a.m. to noon, is designed to help collect food goods for the food bank.

Safety Task Force recommends roadway improvements for Route 1

In July of 2013, the Delaware House of Representatives passed a resolution to create the Route 1 Pedestrian Safety Task Force, with a charge to recommend options to improve pedestrian safety on Route 1 from the Nassau Bridge to the southern town limits of Dewey Beach.

Minimum wage hike a hot topic of discussion

Some Delaware workers will get a raise in the next few years, after the General Assembly and Gov. Jack Markell on Jan. 30 approved a $1 increase to the minimum wage. On June 1, the state’s minimum wage increases to $7.75. By June of 2015, workers will receive a minimum of $8.25 per hour.

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 lane closures for Feb. 10 to Feb. 21

The State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project continues in Clarksville.

On Monday, Feb. 10, to Friday, Feb. 21, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., the eastbound lane of Route 26 will be closed from Irons Lane to Route 17 (Roxana Road) for clearing and grubbing (removing trees, shrubs, stumps, and rubbish).

Detours are not required. Traffic will alternate, as directed by flaggers.

Gray talks taxes, jails and infrastructure projects at meeting

Citizens were invited to sip some coffee and learn about upcoming legislative action on Jan. 30 at a public meeting held by state Rep. Ron Gray’s (R-38th). He started with Delaware’s state budget, which is expected to see a nearly $140 million shortfall this year.

“In the next few weeks, you’re going to see almost all state agencies asking for new fees,” Gray said.

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 lane closures for Jan. 27 to Feb. 7

The State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project has begun in Clarksville.

On Monday, Jan. 27, to Friday, Feb. 7, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., the eastbound lane of Route 26 will be closed from Powell Farm Road to Route 17 (Roxana Road) for clearing and grubbing (removing trees, shrubs, stumps and rubbish).

Detours are not required. Traffic will alternate, as directed by flaggers.

Hocker supports restrictions on state regulatory powers

Just a few days into the new state legislative session, state Sen. Gerald Hocker (R-20th) resumed his customary “Coffee’s on Me” events on Jan. 21 to hear citizen concerns.

State’s revised wastewater regulations now in effect

After five years of work, plan now active

Delaware’s revised wastewater system regulations became effective Jan. 11, 2014.

New dates announced for state’s para-transit changes

Fare increases to spread over several years

After a delay, the Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC) has announced a new deadline for changes to public transit, allowing riders more time to get used to the transit system redesign. Sussex County’s large para-transit population won’t be affected until July and September, and fare increases for all public transit riders will stretch over three years, instead of two.

Public transit changes, rate increases postponed for now

Breathe easy for a little longer, riders of public transportation. Fare and service changes to DART and paratransit have been postponed from Jan. 19 to a yet-to-be-determined later date.

Local legislators argue for alternatives to Blue

Delawareans may never fully approve of plans to alleviate congestion on Route 113, acknowledged Secretary Shailen Bhatt of Delaware Department of Transportation at a Dec. 2 meeting. But Millsboro desperately needs a bypass from Route 113 to Route 24.

Civil War Profiles: Sussex County’s ‘Gath’ investigates the real Lincoln

One of the finest literary talents Sussex County has produced over the years is George Alfred Townsend of Georgetown. During the mid- to late 19th century, Townsend — who signed his writings “Gath” — enjoyed celebrity as a political columnist, novelist, poet and keen observer of the human condition.

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