News
DOVER — As Delaware’s COVID-19 levels continue to rise, 80% of new COVID-19 hospitalizations are not fully vaccinated, according to data via the Delaware Division of Public Health. For …
TOWNSEND — Three people died and a 40-year-old man was charged with first-degree murder connected to the incident Friday, New Castle County police said. According to police, at approximately …
GEORGETOWN — For most people, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. But not all, especially senior citizens living in isolation with no close family ties. CHEER Inc.’s …
Coronavirus
WILMINGTON — Gov. John Carney on Friday formally extended the Public Health Emergency order another 30 days to allow the state and medical providers to continue COVID-19 vaccination and testing …
DAGSBORO — The Indian River School District is set to gauge the opinions of its parents and staff regarding the wearing of masks in school.
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Kent
DOVER — State Auditor Kathy McGuiness was mum about the ongoing official misconduct case against her Friday, but quite effusive when praising the ongoing work of her office staff. The …
Sussex
BALTIMORE — Maurice Antonio Bull, 43, of Seaford, Delaware, pleaded guilty Thursday to interstate travel in aid of racketeering and to possession with intent to distribute controlled …
Dorchester
CAMBRIDGE - The 2021 Care and Share Santa Swim will once again be hosted by the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Marina and Spa, this year on Dec. 11. Since 2002, the Hyatt has hosted this …
New Castle
BRIDGEVILLE — A homicide-suicide that left two men dead in the Bridgeville area Thursday night is under investigation, Delaware State Police said. According to spokeswoman Master Cpl. …
Wicomico
On Saturday, Dec. 4 from 1 to 3 p.m. there will be a world premiere of the documentary film Hidden in Full View commemorating the 90-year anniversary of the lynching in Salisbury of 23-year-old …
Somerset
CAMBRIDGE – Mayor Andrew Bradshaw is no longer at the helm of the city. An announcement made at 6 p.m. Thursday said he is on leave and Council President Lajan Cephas has taken over. The …
Opinion
Hurricane Ida hit New Orleans on Aug. 29, 16 years to the day after Hurricane Katrina flooded the city. This time, the levees held. Billions of dollars invested in reinforcing them had paid off — at least for part of the population.
The newest tool to get more farmers in the Chesapeake Bay watershed to inject their manure into, rather than onto, their fields was trotted out this summer with a team of eight draft horses.
As Sussex County Council begins the mandated process of redrawing the district lines based on the 2020 census results, now is the time to expand the council to include two countywide (at-large) …
Fresh off of being named New Artist of the Year at the Country Music Association Awards earlier this month and his first Grammy nomination Tuesday, Jimmie Allen is coming home. The Milton native …
Sports
Abdullah Ahmad-Statts of Lake Forest controls Milford's    Hunter Durham enroute to a 7-2 decision in the 145-pound championship bout..

Middletown to meet Smyrna in Delaware 3A state football finals

Middletown High is headed to a DIAA football state championship game for the third straight year. The second-seeded Cavaliers …
Smyrna’s Devin DeMoe is forced out of bounds after a short pass reception by Dover’s Elijah Sessoms.

Smyrna heads to first title game in four years

SMYRNA — Smyrna High’s football team hasn’t exactly struggled over the last three seasons. But the Eagles also haven’t …
Kenny Newton (left) and Woodbridge teammate Jordan Evans trying to recover a loose kickoff in Friday night's game with Tower Hill.

Woodbridge wins 2A semifinal game over Wilmington Friends

GREENWOOD — The Woodbridge High football players gathered in a circle around midfield and started to dance. That’s when the …
Laurel’s Javier White stiff arms Indian River’s Ashton Stephens in the first quarter during the DIAA Division Class 1A Semifinal football championship game in Laurel on Friday.

Local Roundup: Laurel to play for Class 1A championship title

Five different players scored touchdowns as Laurel High shut out Indian River High, 33-0, in the semifinals of the DIAA Class 1A …

Is former Delaware QB now the Blue Hens' choice?

NEWARK — Delaware apparently isn’t going to land K.C. Keeler as its next head football. But that doesn’t mean the Blue Hens …
Delaware
Downtown Dover celebrated its traditional Capital Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting event on Friday. The First Friday event featured caroling led by local dignitaries at The Plaza in front of …
DOVER — The Downtown Dover Partnership announced Friday that it has created a last-minute opportunity for a small business wanting to try out a brick-and-mortar location to reach customers this …
The town of Georgetown kicked off the holidays with its annual  Christmas on Thursday. The parade is a partnership between the Greater Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and the town of …
Maryland
BALTIMORE (AP) — A trial has begun for a man accused of killing his wife and blaming her death on a Baltimore panhandler. Keith Smith told police that his wife, Jacquelyn, an engineer at an …
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — With rising numbers of COVID-19 cases predicted this winter, President Joe Biden on Thursday appealed for Americans to get their boosters and get behind his plan to tackle the …
Cambridge’s groundbreaking RAR brewery is off to a spirited start as the holiday season launches. The homegrown miracle on Poplar Street is making fresh headway welcoming its third expansion …
Neighbors
Every year, Abbie Lobley scours stores in Lewes and Rehoboth Beach for Hanukkah items, usually leaving empty-handed. The gifts she gives her children are often covered with snowflakes or snowmen — it’s nearly impossible to find paper without Santa Claus, she said.
DOVER — Code Purple Kent County ushered in its 2021-22 overnight program Wednesday, armed with a sufficient volunteer core and precautionary coronavirus testing.
Despite facing a severe shortage of volunteers, five of six Code Purple shelters in Sussex County are committed to opening their doors Wednesday for those seeking overnight refuge from the cold.
Nation
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — The parents of a teen accused of killing four students in a shooting at a Michigan high school were caught early Saturday, several hours after a prosecutor filed involuntary …
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Edward Shames, a World War II veteran who was the last surviving officer of “Easy Company,” which inspired the HBO miniseries and book “Band of Brothers,” has died. He …
New York announced three more cases of the omicron variant of the coronavirus Saturday, bringing the number of state cases linked to the new variant to eight. “The omicron variant is here, and …
Guns used in U.S. school shootings have often come from the homes of young perpetrators, but parents are rarely charged for the violence that occurs, experts say. That's what makes the case …
America’s winter wonderland is starting out this season as anything but traditional. The calendar says December but for much of the country temperatures beckon for sandals. Umbrellas, if not …
World
LUMAJANG, Indonesia (AP) — The highest volcano on Indonesia’s most densely populated island of Java spewed thick columns of ash, searing gas and lava down its slopes in a sudden eruption …
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Pope Francis warned Saturday that the “easy answers” of populism and authoritarianism threaten democracy in Europe and called for fresh dedication to promoting the common …
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — France’s president and Saudi Arabia’s crown prince held a joint phone call with Lebanon’s prime minister during Emmanuel Macron’s visit to the kingdom on …
BERLIN (AP) — Outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday made what is likely her final appeal before leaving office next week for Germans to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Merkel gave what …
Business
WILMINGTON — In 2020, the tourism industry was one of the hardest hit during the country’s battle with a global pandemic, especially in the Northeast. But, while painful, according to the …
The Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce  will host the 34th Annual Southern Delmarva Economic Forecast on Friday, Dec. 3, in the Guerrieri Academic Commons at Salisbury University. The event …
DOVER — Dover Downs Hotel & Casino is getting a new name. On Monday, Bally’s Corp. announced the official kickoff to its rebranding of Dover’s casino to Bally’s Dover Casino Resort.
MILFORD — The story of how i.g. Burton expanded its car business to include Mercedes-Benz is one of perseverance. Fourth-generation i.g. Burton owner David G. Burton was introduced to the …
Things to Do
The 2021 Maryland State Fair hit the jackpot earlier this week when it won nine awards at the International Association of Fairs and Expositions Grow Fair Strong Convention in San Antonio, Texas. From left to right: Maryland State Fair Assistant General Manager David Gordon; MSF Board Member Mary Amoss; MSF President Donna Myers; and MSF General Manager Andy Cashman.

Maryland State Fair earns nine awards

TIMONIUM – The 2021 Maryland State Fair hit the jackpot earlier this week when it won nine awards at the International …
Children’s Theater cast of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”

Best Bets: Children's Theatre brings 'Best Christmas Pageant Ever' to Dover

Art imitates life for The Children’s Theatre this weekend as the troupe presents the musical comedy, “The Best Christmas …
The live Nativity portrayed on The Circle in Georgetown returns for the third holiday season with four performance dates.

Delaware churches mark reason for the season with events

While Santa and the Sugar Plum Fairy are prominent parts of the Christmas season, area churches are bringing home the religious …
CapitalHoilday4-MCleryChildren count down before to turning on the Christmas Tree lights under the direction of Mayor Robin Christiansen during the Capital Holiday Celebration in front of Dover City Hall on Thursday. Delaware State News/Marc Clery

Capital Holiday Celebration kicks off season in Dover

DOVER — Downtown Dover will celebrate the holiday season with several partnering organizations starting with the traditional …
Willow Onderick, 5, picks up pinecones before the Dover Air Force Base Holiday Parade & Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Wednesday evening.

Dover Air Force Base remembers those deployed at tree lighting

DOVER — The holiday season can be a difficult time for military families who may have a spouse, a son or daughter, or a loved …