If Senate Democrats have their way, the town of Slaughter Beach could become part of the 16th Senate District - and the mayor is not happy about it.
Democratic leaders in the State Senate published draft maps of Delaware's 21 Senate districts Monday and announced a date for the legislature to consider a final redistricting bill.
The Delaware Senate has been called on by the governor to return to Dover Wednesday for a special session.
Gov. John Carney called the one-day session to have the Senate vote on the confirmation of nine gubernatorial nominees.
It was a hot and humid mid-July day, one of the warmest in the summer up to that point. The tractor I was using on my family's farm had cut out, so I headed back to the farmhouse to get a couple of tools. Oddly, such hurdles don't get under my skin. There was a job to be done, so there was no need - or time - to be annoyed.
To say that many here in Sussex have a deep appreciation for Delaware's agricultural community would be a gross understatement. I come from a family of farmers. In fact, our family is direct descendants of the owners of the land where the Town of Georgetown is now located. While not debating legislation in the Senate, I can often be found working on our family farm. Sometimes, it's even necessary to have to repair broken-down equipment in the middle of the day.
For race fans, Delaware is known for being home of the "Monster Mile." Hosting horse races, NASCAR and even the IndyCar at one point, Dover International Speedway has been a fixture in our state since 1969.
By contrast, Delawareans living in rural areas know the state as home of the "last mile." Slow, unreliable internet is prevalent in Kent and Sussex counties once you leave the more urban settings. In many instances, internet access isn't even available.
Finally, after nearly 78 years, there is closure.
Full military honors, a patriotic flyover and immense outpouring of respect from a caring community punctuated funeral services Saturday for U.S. Army Air Force 2nd Lt. George M. Johnson - one of the long lost souls from World War II.
Delaware will require teachers to be vaccinated or undergo regular testing for COVID-19, Gov. John Carney announced Tuesday.
The requirement, which will be formally issued by emergency regulation, takes effect Nov. 1 and applies to teachers, staff members, contractors and volunteers who work in Delaware's public and private K-12 schools.
With a pledge of openness and transparency, two leaders of the state's Democratic Party - Sen. Dave Sokola of Newark and House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf of Rehoboth Beach - hosted the year's first public hearing on redistricting Tuesday.
The redistricting process is the constitutionally mandated redrawing of legislative areas stemming from the 2020 U.S. census.
Governor John Carney, Lieutenant Governor Bethany Hall-Long, U.S. Senator Tom Carper, U.S. Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester, members of the General Assembly, and the Delaware Department of Technology and Information (DTI) on Thursday announced a $110 million investment to cover every "last mile" of Delaware with high-speed, wireline broadband internet service.
"Many of the local officials have long said that additional investment must be made in broadband connectivity," said State Senator Brian Pettyjohn. "As the events...
The State's MONEY MATCH program automatically returns lost money to Delaware taxpayers without the usual need to file a claim or gather paperwork, Delaware State Escheator, Brenda Mayrack announced today. This is the second time Delaware has completed the Money Match program. In February 2021, Delaware mailed checks to more than 19,000 people, returning over $3 million back to its rightful owners. In September 2021, Delaware will be mailing checks to over 6,500 additional people, and returning over $900,000 back to its rightful owners.
Beebe Healthcare and Tidal Health will temporarily pause elective surgeries due to the spike in COVID-19 hospitalizations, officials said Monday.
Beebe's announcement, which goes into effect Sept. 14, is "out of an abundance of caution," officials said. In the early weeks of the pandemic, nearly all of the Delaware hospitals paused elective procedures, but resumed them months later.
Three years ago, as their daughter was about to enter kindergarten, Megan and Buddy Willey learned young Caroline would no longer qualify for speech therapy through the school district.
The Bridgeville family homeschools their children, two of whom require the services of a speech pathologist.
A bipartisan bill aimed at addressing wastewater and drinking water issues in Delaware's underserved communities was signed into law by Gov. John Carney Thursday after six years in the making.
Delaware has become the eighth state in the country to mandate the statewide use of body cameras by police officers.
Delaware announced its 25th consecutive round of easement selections by the Delaware Agricultural Lands Preservation Foundation. With the preservation of 3,695 acres, Delaware has permanently preserved more than 143,000 acres of farmland for future generations.
The Division of Public Health has announced a new partnership to provide comprehensive COVID-19 testing, processing, and reporting in the state's schools.
The partnership is with the Department of Education and Quidel Corporation to provide on-the-spot results in as little as 10 minutes. Quidel will use its rapid antigen tests for testing.
The Sussex Conservation District (SCD) recently held an open house and dedication ceremony for the Vanderwende-Evans Conservation Center.
Over 100 guests, state and local representatives attended the dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting then toured the facility.
Gov. John Carney and the state's top public health officer on Thursday hailed Delaware hitting the federal goal of 70% of those eligible getting at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine before the Fourth of July.
Delaware residents will soon see the effects of a $1.35 billion spending package authorized by both houses of the General Assembly on Tuesday.
These days, it seems like Democrats and Republicans aren't able to agree on much.
But on Wednesday, a Republican state senator and Democratic state representative combined forces to support each other's bills and help Delaware grow by supporting the tradespeople it desperately needs.
The Joint Finance Committee finished work on the last of the budget bills for next year.
And this is the largest Grant-in-Aid bill in state history.
Lawmakers are appropriating about $63.2 million towards the state's various non-profits, arts organizations and fire companies. That's a little over $9 million more than the FY 2021 allocation.
In these last days of Wesley College, let's take a moment for some context: In July 1873, Jesse James pulled off his first successful train robbery. That August, George Armstrong Custer had his first clash with the Sioux Indians. In Dover, on Sept. 1, the Wilmington Conference Academy - which later became Wesley College - was officially chartered, three weeks before a stock market crash led to a major national depression. I continue to doubt that Wesley's charter had anything to do with the Panic of 1873.
Delaware's vaccination program continues to progress nicely, with one key vaccination rate now at 69.4%, just shy of the initial goal of 70%.
Sussex County's highly acclaimed Emergency Medical Services paramedic program has a new home in the bustling heart of western Sussex County.
Growth in population drives economic growth. A growing population increases demand for goods and services, and a growing working-age population means increased production.
Governor John Carney on Tuesday announced that he intends to lift the COVID-19 State of Emergency Order on July 13.
Governor Carney first signed the emergency order on March 12, 2020 to confront the spread of COVID-19 in Delaware communities.
A task force has laid out a 10-point plan to address the membership crisis among volunteer fire departments threatening fire protection throughout Delaware.
"The decline in new volunteers is alarming, as Delaware's firefighters provide an invaluable service to our communities," Sen. Brian Pettyjohn, a member of that task force and the Senate minority whip.
DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's state Senate approved a bill Thursday requiring more people charged with crimes to pay cash bail in order to be released from custody pending trial.
On Tuesday, Delaware's COVID-19 hospitalizations dropped below 200 for the first time since November.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Health and Human Services (HHS), Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA), Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH), and Dover International Speedway (DIS) have partnered to open a drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination site for six days beginning Saturday, February 20, 2021.
Nine years after the passage of 2011's SB124, Bloom energy continues to cost Delmarva ratepayers more on their energy bill while failing to live up to the company's promises - and their agreement with the state.