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Sussex County murder suspect dead

The suspect accused of murdering a man, whose body was found on the grounds of Baywood Greens golf course, is now dead. The Delaware Department of Corrections (DOC) said 57-year old Michael Klein was found unresponsive in his cell in the medical area of Sussex Correctional Institution (SCI) around 8:15 a.m., Monday, July 4, 2022.
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100 Women Who Care donates to What is Your Voice

Members of 100 Women Who Care Southern Delaware recently gathered with staff of What is Your Voice Inc. to support its mission of addressing domestic violence in Sussex County. Jacqueline Sterbach, What is Your Voice president and founder, and members of her team were presented with the group’s donation of...
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State Farm celebrates centennial with philanthropy

A century ago, George J. Mecherle set out to provide protection for farmers and rural communities, tailoring insurance policies to meet their needs. Continuing in the tradition of looking out for the unique needs of the community, Lewes State Farm agent Jeanine O’Donnell exemplifies what it means to be a good neighbor. For her efforts, and as part of State Farm’s centennial celebration, the company asked O’Donnell to choose two local nonprofits to receive thousands of dollars in donations at a June 30 Customer Appreciation Day. O’Donnell, one of two Delaware agents selected, chose Sussex County Habitat for Humanity and Pathways to Success.
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Townhome project planned along Route 24

The owner of 22 acres of the former Howeth Farm property along Route 24 has plans to build a townhome project. J.G. Townsend Jr. & Company has filed three applications for School Lane, an 84-unit multifamily housing community, including a rezoning from AR-1, agricultural-residential, to MR, medium-density residential, a conditional use for multifamily housing and a requested change to the county's future land-use map designation to include all of the parcel in the coastal area.
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Sussex County awards $7.5 million in ARPA funds

Affordable housing agencies and the three healthcare systems in Sussex County are among those benefiting from county American Rescue Plan Act funds. At its June 28 meeting, Sussex County Council voted to distribute $7.5 million in federal ARPA funds awarded to the county. The funds, as required by the act, are aimed at assisting local healthcare providers, nonprofit groups and others in the ongoing coronavirus recovery.
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Delaware Seashore Parrot Head Club supports Children’s Beach House

The Delaware Seashore Parrot Head Club recently presented a check to Children's Beach House in the amount of $13,500 from the proceeds of its Boat Drinks Bacchanal held May 21 at Northbeach restaurant in Dewey Beach. This was the club’s first big event held since 2019 due to the pandemic...
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Workforce housing fund should be set up

On July 12, public comments will be closed on the Sussex County workforce housing record. Then, county council will make recommendations to approve or change what planning & zoning has approved regarding workforce housing. What is workforce housing? Basically, it is discounted rental apartments for the workforce in the coastal areas. Builders of these apartment complexes have to meet certain criteria and have a percentage of units saved for affordable, discounted rents for the workforce. The map can be found by going to the county website, where you can also find the draft of the proposal approved by planning & zoning. First, this is a dialogue that I believe needs to continue, not close the file on public comments July 12. Next, creating apartments that are at a discounted rent for our workforce in the coastal area will create one thing – lifelong renters. While some residents enjoy living in a rental unit with no maintenance responsibilities and no lawn to maintain, my bet is that there are plenty of folks in the workforce housing market that would dream to become homeowners.
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South Shore Marina plans to build new entrance

South Shore Marina plans to relocate its entrance channel to deeper water, an aggressive step to combat the sand deposits that have blocked boat traffic at the mouth of its existing channel into the Indian River. The project would improve navigation and water quality for the 92-slip boating community and...
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A time when mills powered Sussex’s economy

For the better part of two centuries, grist mills were an important part of Sussex County's economy. Every town, village and crossroads had at least one where farmers would bring their corn, wheat and barley to be milled into flour. There were at least 40 mills in the county from the late 1600s into the 20th century.
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Ground is broken for new Sussex Family Court

The long-awaited groundbreaking ceremony took place June 28 in downtown Georgetown on the site of what will be the new Sussex County Family Court building at the corner of Race and Market streets, across from the Sussex County Courthouse. “This is a great day for the Family Court of the...
GEORGETOWN, DE
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Blue Jean Ball returns Sept. 23 to benefit Autism Delaware

Autism Delaware is bringing back its annual Blue Jean Ball, one of the most popular events of Sussex County’s social scene. After a two-year hiatus necessitated by COVID restrictions, the event is set for 7 to 11 p.m., Friday, Sept. 23, at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center. The fundraiser...
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Dewey Beach Police Chief Sam Mackert to retire after 33 years

After 33 years of service, Dewey Beach Police Chief Sam Mackert is set to retire. Dewey Beach commissioners voted unanimously June 17 to name Lt. Billy Hocker as interim officer in charge of the police department upon Mackert’s retirement until a new chief is selected. Town Manager Bill Zolper...
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