News
DOVER — Plans are in place for the constitutionally mandated redrawing of state legislative districts — a U.S. Census-based redistricting process that has spurred a call for openness, …
DOVER — Of Delaware’s COVID-19 hospitalizations for the week of Sept. 6 to Sept. 12, 78% were not fully vaccinated, according to the Delaware Division of Public Health. In that time …
GEORGETOWN — Right before Cathy Gorman’s stirring delivery of the national anthem, several handbells rang out 13 times from within The Circle Friday afternoon. Sept. 17 is Constitution …
DOVER, Del. (AP) — A woman who said her father, a former pastor of a Delaware church, sexually abused her as a child and trafficked her to other men, was awarded $1.5 million by a federal jury on …
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Dover
DOVER — The First State’s unemployment rate dropped for the fifth straight month, falling to 5.4% in August. The positive trend stood out to Tom Dougherty as he analyzed the Delaware …
DOVER — A 31-year-old Newark man was arrested in connection with an Aug. 8 shooting inside a Royal Farms, Dover police spokesman Sgt. Mark Hoffman said.
DOVER — The COVID-19 vaccine is coming to barbershops and salons. Janaid’s Salon For Men will host a vaccination event Saturday in partnership with the Kent County Coalition for …
Smyrna
SMYRNA — The Smyrna Police Department will host its National Night Out event Tuesday from 6-8 p.m.
SMYRNA — When it came to beginning a relationship or opening a new restaurant, Lamont and Karyn Spruel could never seem to find the appropriate time — or thyme, as they would …
SMYRNA — A 30-year-old woman suffered an apparent gunshot wound to her upper body Sunday on Howard Street, Smyrna police said.
Milford
On Tuesday, during Rail Safety Week, the Delaware State Police will join Amtrak police and more than 600 local, state, federal and railroad law enforcement departments for “Operation Clear Track,” which will raise awareness and enforce railroad grade crossing and trespassing laws in 48 states.
MILFORD — From the streets of downtown Milford to the shores of the Mispillion River, festival goers will flock to an annual patriotic celebration on Saturday.
MILFORD — Five years ago, Lizzy Howell posted a video of herself performing a pirouette to her Instagram page. That video has since garnered nearly half a million views, words of support …
Sports
PISCATAWAY, N.J. — When Dejoun Lee got to the sidelines, he knew he still had big Bradly Anyanwu out in front of him. “I told him (during the week), ‘If you engage, I’m …
Sussex Central High bounced back from its first loss of the season to down Hodgson, 35-6, in non-conference football on Saturday afternoon. The Golden Knights are 2-1 after avenging a loss to the …
MIDDLETOWN — The Dover High football team defeated a highly-touted tech school for the second straight week by knocking off St. Georges 21-14 on Saturday afternoon. In a game where most of …
SMYRNA — For three quarters, it was either teams’ game to win. But the fourth quarter belonged to Middletown — and thus so did the win. Michael Pearson ran for a pair of …
Business
DOVER — Following a “number of incidents in and outside” of Irish Mike’s Olde Towne Pub, the bar has been indefinitely closed, according to Mayor Robin Christiansen.
DOVER — A steady downward trend over the past five years in the landowner discounts of permanent agricultural conservation easements selected for purchase in Delaware shows it’s a great …
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Justin Maxson, United States Department of Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development, recently announced that USDA will begin accepting applications on Oct. 1 …
Neighbors

Friends of Garrison Lake slate golf tourney in Smyrna

SMYRNA — The Friends of Garrisons Lake Golf Course are having their second annual golf tournament Sept. 24 at Garrisons Lake Golf Club, 101 W. Fairways Circle.

Delaware Office of Highway Safety promotes National Child Passenger Safety Week

DOVER — As part of Child Passenger Safety Week, the Delaware Office of Highway Safety is hosting a free event to make sure children are safely secured in their car seats and booster seats, and …

Dover American Legion plans upcoming fundraisers

DOVER — American Legion Walter L Fox Post 2, at is planning fundraising events at its location at 835 S. Bay Road, Dover. A Steak, Ribs and Shrimp Night will be Sept. 18 from 4-9 p.m. …
Things to Do
Kent County Theatre Guild rehearse for The Red Velvet Cake War, starting on September 24th, under the direction of Michael Polo. First row from left, Patti Gatto (Peaches Verdeen Belrose), Terri Thompson (Gaynelle Verdeen Bodeen), Dede Kingston (Jimmie Wyvette Verdeen). Second row from left, Steven Dow (Newt Blaylock), Melissa Brenner (Elsa Dowdall), Madison Burtner (Cee Cee Windham), Terry Doane (Sheriff Grover Lout & Purvis Verdeen), Pat Musto (Mama Doll Hargis), Bill Sanders (Aubrey Verdeen), Chris Polo (Lamerle Verdeen Minshew) and June Allen (Bitsy Hargis).

Best Bets: Kent County Theatre Guild serves up laughs with 'Red Velvet Cake War'

The war is on at Kent County Theatre Guild’s Patchwork Playhouse. “The Red Velvet Cake War” starts Sept. 24 at …

Exhibit honoring vets coming to Harrington, Middletown

Wreaths Across America announced Thursday that its Mobile Education Exhibit, which has been traveling the country to honor veterans, …

YMCA of Delaware celebrates Welcoming Week

WILMINGTON — This Welcoming Week, the YMCA of Delaware will join Welcoming America, other YMCAs and organizations nationwide to …
Schools
There were 130 in-person contagious cases of COVID-19 among students in Delaware public schools over a seven-day period, accounting for 0.09% of the total population of students in school this year, according to information released by the Delaware Division of Public Health on Thursday.
WILMINGTON — Sept. 19-25, will mark the annual Adult Education and Family Literacy week. In addition to reminding us all that reading, writing, and basic math remain an elusive target for 36 …
LEWES — Coast Day 2021 will feature a combination of online presentations and limited in-person events in all three counties, taking the coastal Delaware tradition statewide. In-person events …
Opinion
Library cards are small enough to fit in your wallet, on your keychain or on your phone — and powerful enough to change your life! A library card is a symbol of lifelong learning and …
The Milford School District is asking that residents consider a referendum Oct. 27 to revitalize the former Milford Middle School site on Lakeview Avenue. The district wishes to build a new school …
Jane Brady, I read your Letter to the Editor in the Delaware State News about the withdrawal from Afghanistan (“Delaware GOP head says recent events in Afghanistan did not need to …
Due to an increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations, Beebe Healthcare is pausing elective surgical procedures that require an overnight hospital stay. In a statement, Beebe said its leaders made the …
Here is the Question of the Day: A bankruptcy judge has conditionally approved a settlement in the suit against Oxy-Contin maker Purdue Pharma in a deal that left many unhappy. If …
Nearly 200 years ago, landowner Col. Benjamin Potter of Milford left the bulk of his wealth to the economically underprivileged in Kent County. Having grown since 1843, the endowed Potter Charity …