Delaware State News readers: Welcome to your new homepage!

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Sure, we know, it looks different, except, of course, there is the familiar sunrise logo to the left, so rest assured, you are in the right place. (And, just by the way, in one form or another, you will find that same sunrise logo on every page of the site.)

We are thrilled to introduce you to BaytoBayNews.com – our brand-new website, which starting today replaces delawarestatenews.net.

As you explore BaytoBayNews.com, you will soon see the new site sports a lot more than a better presentation, snappy graphics, and a sharper design.

The navigation has been vastly improved so that the news you want most is now readily available by clicking a specific topic or the name of a county. Finding what you want has never been easier.

You will find much more news and information, too – stories from all over the world and nation, along with the same top-quality, hyper-local news, you were used to reading on our old site – there is just more of it now than ever before.

Our combining coverage from our extended network of trusted reporters and correspondents in Delaware and Maryland will allow you to keep up to date on important developments in the county, city, or town where you live and at the same time to follow the important stories in nearby communities that could have profound consequences for you, your family, and neighbors.

All of us here on Delmarva are, after all, interconnected, and when you consider the challenges faced by our region as a whole – namely, water quality, a growing threat from floods, welcoming Spanish speakers to both the schools and the workplace, transportation infrastructure, and so much more – you quickly realize that neither problems nor opportunities end at county or state lines.

We have set a lofty goal for ourselves and for BaytoBayNews.com, because it is our intention to use our new website to provide readers and supporters with a quintessential news source that covers all of Delmarva, from the northern border of Delaware south to Virginia, and from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge east to the Atlantic.

To do this, we will be adding more content from regional news services, local columnists and, most importantly, from you, our readers. We promise to pay special attention to our online opinion pages, where we plan to offer lots more relevant and thoughtful commentary.

If we are to accomplish this goal, the site will require ongoing development and continuous improvement. To oversee this important work, Brooke Schultz has assumed the role as our first-ever web and social media editor.

Since she joined the Delaware State News in November 2019, as our schools and education reporter, Brooke has fully embraced our company’s values and our commitment to non-partisan journalism. She has exercised excellent news judgment and demonstrated the ability to work collaboratively with our other editors, reporters, and photographers.

In her new position, Brooke will not only lead a “digital now” approach to producing and publishing news on BaytoBayNews.com, but she will also lead a new reporting initiative made possible by the launch of the site.

Working with our other editors, Brooke will identify salient “regional” stories that cut across the communities served by BaytoBayNews.com. She will then coordinate the coverage and publishing of these big stories that potentially affect all of Delmarva.

BaytoBayNews.com is a product of INI Delmarva, publishers of the Delaware State News, Salisbury Independent, Crisfield-Somerset County Times, Dorchester Banner, and a long list of specialty publications.

If you have suggestions on how we can improve this website, please contact Brooke at bschultz@newszap.com.