State of Delaware

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.

Sussex County to host meeting with FEMA on flood maps

Sussex County will join the Federal Emergency Management Agency in hosting a public meeting in early December for property owners and residents to review proposed changes to federally-mandated flood plain maps that could have implications on future construction and homeowner insurance rates.

No federal appeal for issue of sheriff’s powers by Christopher

Last month, the Delaware Supreme Court ruled to uphold a Delaware Superior Court ruling that Delaware sheriffs do not have full constitutional authority to exercise all powers necessary to conserve the peace, including the power of arrest. And that could be the final word on the issue, as the deadline to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court has passed.

Riders wary of proposed DART changes coming down pike

DelDOT promises loose grandfather clause

Local paratransit riders are concerned about planned fare increases, while people still want more public transit in Sussex County as a whole. And the Delaware Department of Transportation must juggle these demands while rolling out a public transit redesign.

Supreme Court rules county sheriff has no arrest powers

Earlier this week the Delaware Supreme Court ruled to uphold the Superior Court’s ruling that Delaware sheriffs do not have full constitutional authority to exercise all powers necessary to conserve the peace, including the power of arrest.

“The judgment of the Superior Court is affirmed,” stated the Superior Court decision filed on Oct. 7.

Gray discusses DelDOT, DNREC at ice cream social

Seeking to better accommodate his constituents’ schedules, State Rep. Ron Gray (R-38th) scheduled an evening ice cream social on Oct. 1, providing community updates and dessert to at least 50 people.

Denn gets first-hand education at Lord Baltimore

Lord Baltimore Elementary School got a distinguished visitor Oct. 3 when Lt. Gov. Matt Denn visited to see just what makes a Delaware Recognition School. Denn visited each of the state’s 17 winners, also including John M. Clayton and Phillip C. Showell elementary schools. The honorees were deemed to have made outstanding progress or closed the achievement gap in 2012. Long Neck Elementary was also a School of Continuing Excellence.

Breaking News: Supreme Court rules county sheriff has no arrest powers

On Monday, Oct. 7, the Delaware Supreme Court ruled to uphold the Superior Court's ruling that Delaware sheriffs do not have full constitutional authority to exercise all powers necessary to conserve the peace, including the power of arrest.

"The judgment of the Superior Court is affirmed," stated the Superior Court decision filed earlier today.

Route 26 Working Group prepares for public meeting

Officials from the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) recently got to test-drive their State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project presentation, before taking the information public in less than two weeks. Community, business and legislative leaders on the Route 26 Working Group met Oct. 1 to hear updates about the Route 26 Mainline project.

Sussex paratransit under scrutiny as public transit gets review

State officials are concerned that paratransit costs are getting out of control, leading the Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC) to take a critical look at public transportation.

Route 113 bypass route unpopular at DelDOT meetings

Public comments period ends Oct. 4

A roomful of maps didn’t show the 52 residential, 10 commercial and nine agricultural properties that would be displaced by a Route 113 bypass. But people still had plenty to say about the proposed 16.5-mile highways that would cut through southern Sussex County.

It’s a green weekend with trees and cleanup

This Saturday, people can give the environment a boost at two events: the Delaware Coastal Cleanup and a tree planting at a Millsboro nature refuge.

Route 113 bypass public hearings scheduled for Sept. 18-19

The public is being strongly encouraged to share their opinions on the proposed Route 113 bypass that could someday cut a new 16.5-mile highway through Sussex County. Officials with the Delaware Department of Transportation visited the Frankford Town Council on Sept. 9 — one in a series of meetings to inform people of the public hearings.

State agencies discussing pedestrian safety concerns on Route 1

Pedestrian safety has been a particular point of concern this year. In 2012, there were a total of 30 pedestrian fatalities in the state, according to the Delaware Office of Highway Safety (OHS), and within the last six months, there have been at least 13 pedestrian fatalities — several in local beach towns.

DEMA to hold full-scale exercise on hurricane prep

Next Wednesday, the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) will hold a full-scale exercise to test its preparedness in the event of a hurricane.

Same-sex marriages now recognized for fed tax purposes

The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently ruled that same-sex couples legally married in jurisdictions that recognize their marriages will be treated as married for federal tax purposes. The ruling applies regardless of whether the couple lives in a jurisdiction that recognizes same-sex marriage or a jurisdiction that does not recognize same-sex marriage.

Police chief: LB school traffic ‘a recipe for disaster’

The second day of the 2013-2014 school year at Lord Baltimore Elementary School was attended by an unlikely group: representatives from the Delaware Department of Transportation, Ocean View police and state legislators. They met Sept. 4 to discuss the near standstill that occurs each morning and afternoon at LB as parents drop off and pick up their children at the school.

Markell signs inland bays aquaculture bill into law

Last week, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell signed House Bill 160, to permit shellfish aquaculture in Delaware’s Inland Bays.

Child-pedestrian accident serves as back-to-school reminder

An accident last week outside of George Read Middle School in New Castle in which an 11-year-old girl sustained an injury to her arm “is a tragic but critically important reminder about both ‘back-to-school safety’ and that driving is the most dangerous thing most of us will do each day. Our hearts go out to this young child and her family,” representatives of AAA said.

DelDOT reveals impact study on controversial Route 113 bypass project

The public can finally see the possible impacts of a proposed Route 113 bypass and make their opinions known, as the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) last week released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) on the project for public comment until Oct. 4.

Burton fights extradition to Delaware — hearing set for September

Although the Delaware State Police recently filed a fugitive warrant for 29-year-old Matthew Burton in connection with the murder of 35-year-old Nicole Bennett of Millsboro last year, he may not be returned to Delaware anytime soon.

Civil War Profiles: Tilton General Hospital, a haven for Civil War casualties

Based on recent research, University of Minnesota Associate Professor J. David Hacker has determined that the death toll from wounds and illnesses during our nation’s conflict from 1861 to 1865 was upwards of 750,000.

Kent terminates dog-control contract with Safe Haven

No-kill sanctuary’s future in doubt

The Kent County Levy Court, at a special meeting on Tuesday, voted 5-2 to terminate the County’s dog control contract with Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary, based in Georgetown. The commissioners instructed County Administrator Mike Petit de Mange to start the process of terminating the contract with a certified letter to Safe Haven. The contract will terminate 60 days from receipt of the letter.

USDA grant to help complete new Sussex Academy building

Moving into a new building just got a little easier for Sussex Academy, which was awarded a $6.25 million loan from USDA Rural Development.

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