Sussex County

Heroin Summit discusses Sussex epidemic

The Communities that Care Summit, cohosted by the Sussex County Health Coalition and the Delaware Department of Substance Abuse & Mental Health, was held at Crossroads Community Church this week, focusing on an open discussion regarding the heroin epidemic in Sussex County.

The summit’s keynote speaker was John Rittenhouse of SHIFTDestiny.

Sign ordinance discussed before Sussex County Council

Signs were a main topic of discussion at this week’s Sussex County Council meeting, as the council held its first public hearing on a proposed ordinance to amend the Code of Sussex County related to signage, as part of what has been a year-long discussion of signage in the county.

Tickets available for Sussex County Prayer Breakfast

On Tuesday, June 14, people will gather together to pray for local communities at the Sussex County Prayer Breakfast. This year, the Sussex County Prayer Breakfast will host Bill Alexson, son of former Brooklyn Dodger baseball player Andrew “Doc” Alexson.

DSP, state agencies bring down large-scale heroin ring

Following a two-year investigation, the Delaware State Police Sussex Drug Unit (SDU), Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) and the Sussex County Attorney General’s Office have charged 13 individuals who were allegedly part of a criminal organization that engaged in large-scale heroin distribution and money laundering.

Sussex County reveals proposed $119 million budget

This week, Sussex County revealed its proposed $119 million budget for the 2017 fiscal year.

In the proposed budget, County staff recommended no change in property taxes or general fund fees. Sewer and water service charges would not increase either, if the budget is approved.

Public hearing on proposed sign ordinance set for May 12

The Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission was set to hold a public hearing on Thursday, May 12, at 6 p.m., related to an ordinance to amend the code of Sussex County regarding signage.

BREAKING NEWS: Suspect in alleged MVFC embezzlement charged

Delaware State Police have arrested a 36-year-old Dagsboro man after an audit of a local fire company’s accounts reveal he allegedly stole more than $190,000 in funds.

Justin K. Oakley turned himself into detectives Tuesday, May 10, after the Troop 4 Financial Crimes Unit received a forensic audit from the State of Delaware Office of Auditor of Accounts.

BREAKING NEWS: State inspection reveals close to $200,000 allegedly embezzled from MVFC

A fiscal inspection report released by the State of Delaware Office of Auditor of Accounts (AOA) on Tuesday, May 10, reported that $190,433.61 was allegedly embezzled from the Millville Volunteer Fire Company (MVFC) by their former treasurer between the years of 2012 and 2015.

The treasurer’s name was not found in the official report.

Waste Management fined by DNREC for recycling violations

One of Delaware’s major waste haulers hasn’t completely done its job, according to Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control officials.

Hudson appointed to County P&Z — replaces Smith

Clarksville resident and former state trooper Douglas B. Hudson was appointed this week to the Sussex County Council Planning & Zoning Commission.

At the May 3 county council meeting, Hudson underwent a public interview before the council.

County sign ordinance introduced

After months of discussions, the Sussex County Council this week introduced an ordinance that would revise the County’s current signage regulations.

For nearly a year, the council has been working to revamp its sign ordinance, after Councilman George Cole raised concerns related to billboards.

Milton shopping center application denied by Sussex County

The Sussex County Council this week denied the controversial application by T.D. Rehoboth LLC for the Overbrook Town Center shopping center, proposed to be built near Milton and strongly opposed by some nearby residents.

With standing room only in County Council Chambers on Tuesday, April 12, the council voted 4-1 to deny the application, which was originally filed in December 2014.

Sing for the rafters: Middle-school honor choir returns

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: The Sussex County Junior Honor Choir performed at Woodbridge Middle School on Friday, April 7.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: The Sussex County Junior Honor Choir performed at Woodbridge Middle School on Friday, April 7.Sussex County has upped the ante for music education, as the Sussex County Junior Honor Choir returned to the stage for 2016.

This year, about 80 students represented Selbyville, Millsboro, Georgetown, Seaford, Beacon, Mariner and Woodbridge middle schools, as well as Sussex Academy and Southern Delaware School of the Arts.

Singers are hand-selected based on behavior, enthusiasm and willingness to learn new music.

“It makes me proud,” said Selbyville Middle School teacher Eric Tsavdar. “[It takes] self-discipline and drive to be part of the program. It gives them the opportunity to sing with a more advanced group.”

They performed April 7 at Woodbridge Middle School, under guest conductor LeeAnn Masters of Harford County, Md., (a teacher and professional musician for more than 40 years) and accompanist Jerry Biri.

Townsend describes potential for statewide clean-water fee

What would it cost to clean Delaware’s waters?

State Sen. Bryan Townsend said an extra $100 million per year would be nice. But Delaware’s Clean Water Task Force is approaching a more realistic recommendation of $20 million per year to start problem-solving.

Aquaculture still open to public comments

Now is the time to submit final comments about the creation of commercial shellfish aquaculture in the inland bays.

Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control announced that it only seeks to include 343 acres as “Shellfish Aquaculture Development Areas” (SADA) in the inland bays, instead of the 442 acres originally proposed.

Veteran services discussed in Sussex presentation

The Sussex County Advisory Committee on Aging & Adults with Physical Disabilities held a presentation on veteran services in Sussex County on March 21.

Laurie Corsa, a veterans’ service officer for the Delaware Commission on Veterans Affairs who presented to those in attendance said the number of veterans in Sussex County have now surpassed that of Kent County.

County BOA denies application for BBPD shooting range

The Sussex County Board of Adjustment this week denied the Bethany Beach Police Department’s application for a special-use exception to operate a shooting range for the department on a piece of Town-property in unincorporated Frankford.

No oil for now: Mid-Atlantic removed from survey/drilling plans

A million comments seem to have done the trick. After receiving that much feedback, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced this week that the Atlantic Ocean has been removed from upcoming plans for oil and gas development.

Corps questions Beach Cove proposed aquaculture sites

It’s been a year since people got to discuss their feelings on proposed commercial oyster-growing in the area. Since then, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has questioned the appropriateness of Delaware’s proposed sites for future shellfish aquaculture.

County Council extends sign application moratorium into June

The Sussex County Council has extended its six-month moratorium on off-premise sign applications. The council voted 4-1 on Tuesday to approve a continued moratorium on off-premise signs, with Councilman Sam Wilson opposed.

Post-storm beach repair not in the cards at present

In the wake of two storms that heavily damaged dunes and beaches in Bethany Beach, South Bethany and Fenwick Island, the potential for funding for shoring up the storm-beaten beaches remains unclear.

Last week, officials announced that there would be no funding this year for replenishment of those beaches in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ working plan for 2016.

Sussex Countians thanked for their generosity from Carols

Community volunteers were recognized at this week’s Sussex County Council meeting for doing their part in the County’s annual Caroling on the Circle food drive.

DART public transit expands to Route 24 and Mountaire

Fares to increase statewide

John J. Williams Highway (Route 24) recently got some attention in the latest DART public transit redesign. A year-round bus route will now make the rounds on Route 24, and the schedule will match the shift changes at the Mountaire poultry processing plant.

County holds public hearing on community development grants

A public hearing regarding the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program was held Tuesday before the Sussex County Council.

Sussex County reveals audit results for 2015 fiscal year

Sussex County Council this week heard a presentation on its audited financial statements for the 2015 fiscal year. Keith Hammond, CPA at BDO USA LLP, a firm of licensed certified public accountants, said the County was given a “clean” opinion and was in compliance with federal programs.

Schools, hospitals targeted in 31 bomb threats (and counting)

Indian River School District schools received two of the many bomb threats that targeted schools and hospitals early this week.

At least 31 bomb threats were telephoned in to schools and hospitals across Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania. That included Indian River High School, Millsboro Middle School and Beebe Healthcare.

Southern Delaware real estate continues modest growth

For the fifth consecutive year, data compiled and released by the Sussex County Association of Realtors (SCAOR) earlier this month indicates a period of modest growth in the region’s real estate markets.

Again led by the coastal market, the numbers indicate nearly $1.52 billion in southern Delaware real estate changed hands in 2015, which is a 1 percent increase over the previous year.

Hike and lecture series planned at state park

Delaware Seashore State Park is offering a series of programs this January to help people get outdoors, stay active and learn about the history and natural wonders of the area.

Health Care Commission upholds psychiatric hospital approval

A 90-bed psychiatric hospital is still coming to Georgetown, after the failed appeal of the project’s initial approval was heard before the Delaware Health Care Commission. The 70,000-square-foot hospital is to be located in Georgetown, adjacent to La Red and Beebe Healthcare facilities. The project is expected to be completed in the summer of 2017, with construction to begin next year.

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