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 …
DEWEY BEACH – One step remains, but it looks like the tiny town of Dewey Beach has won the battle in the war against telecom Goliaths and towering beachfront eyesores. Settlement has been …
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 …
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
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 …
Dorchester
The divisive task of taking statues down has been occupying many communities. But in Cambridge, a unifying yearlong movement has centered around putting one up. The grassroots community …
New Castle
WILMINGTON — Weeknight closures on Interstate 95 will begin Monday to start the shift to Phase Two of Delaware Department of Transportation’s Restore the Corridor project. DelDOT …
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
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 …
Opinion
As the days grow shorter and cooler, the skies fill with birds migrating to warmer climates for the winter. The Chesapeake Bay watershed lies in a major migration path known as the Atlantic Flyway. Mountain chains to the west and the Atlantic Coast to the east channel millions of migrating birds through the Bay region. Among these fall travelers are eagles, hawks and falcons, commonly known as raptors.
In 2018, Jose Antonio Vargas wrote, “Most Americans are trapped in a history that they do not understand.” I used to consider myself so trapped, but I am on a journey to grow my …
The mission of the Plantation Stories project is to share the stories of the people who lived, worked and died at the site of the John Dickinson Plantation, with emphasis on the stories of people who …
U.S. Small Business Administration and Delaware Small Business Development Center officials traveled the state to highlight businesses prior to Small Business Saturday. And Democrat business …
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
DOVER — Crowds observed at the Dover Mall were among nearly 180 million Americans that shopped during the traditional five-day holiday purchasing period from Thanksgiving Day through Cyber …
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 …
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
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Norwegian Cruise Line ship with at least 10 passengers and crew members infected with COVID-19 docked Sunday in New Orleans, where health officials said they were trying to …
DENVER (AP) — It was lunchtime on a mild day in the sprawling Denver suburb of Aurora when a truck full of teens pulled into a high school parking lot where students were gathered, and gunfire rang …
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A third party will investigate events at Oxford High School that occurred before a school shooting that left four students dead and six other students and a teacher wounded, …
CHICAGO (AP) — After two brothers spent hours telling a jury how Jussie Smollett paid them to carry out a fake racist and anti-gay attack on himself in downtown Chicago, the big question when the …
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — They practiced in secret and struggled to get to an international tournament in Europe. Now, members of the Afghan national boxing team are seeking refuge in the West, …
World
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Sunday urged world powers to take a hard line against Iran in negotiations aimed at reviving an international nuclear deal, as his …
DAJABON, Dominican Republic (AP) — Bien-Aimé St. Clair frowned as the stream of older Haitian migrants pushed past him. Accused of living in the Dominican Republic illegally, they knew they had no …
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's pro-business Free Democrats on Sunday approved a deal to form a new government with two center-left parties, moving Chancellor-designate Olaf Scholz a step closer to taking …
LUMAJANG, Indonesia (AP) — Rescuers were searching for survivors Sunday on the slopes of the highest volcano on Indonesia’s island of Java after it was rocked by an eruption that killed at least …
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
With front row seats on The Circle, Ann Taylor and Janet Hutchins enjoy the Dec. 2 Georgetown Christmas Parade, which featured 95 entries and drew one of the largest crowds ever.

Photo gallery: Georgetown Christmas Parade

The town of Georgetown kicked off the holidays with its annual  Christmas on Thursday. The parade is a partnership between the …
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 20th Annual Care and Share Fund Santa Swim is set for Dec. 11 this year, to raise money for the county's needy families. Brave participants are seen above heading into the Choptank during the 2018 event.

Cambridge Hyatt to host 20th Annual Santa Swim

CAMBRIDGE - The 2021 Care and Share Santa Swim will once again be hosted by the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Marina and …
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 …