OXFORD, Md. (AP) - The ferry between Oxford and Bellevue will begin operating again this year in time for the Easter weekend.
The Easton Star Democrat reports the nation's oldest privately operated ferry service will start its 2014 season on Friday. The ferry was founded in 1683 and will commemorate its 331st birthday in November. It crosses an inlet on the Chesapeake Bay near Easton.
Captains Tom and Judy Bixler of Oxford have owned the ferry for the past 13 years. The crew is mostly made up of students and retirees.
CAPE HENLOPEN, Del. (AP) - The start of Easter weekend means it's time for the annual high-flying Great Delaware Kite Festival at Cape Henlopen State Park.
The 46th edition of the annual Good Friday event is free and open to the public, but normal park entrance fees apply. The competition includes various age categories and both homemade and manufactured kites. No advance registration is required, and entrants can buy kites on site if they haven't brought their own.
In Salisbury, 72-year old Donald Mariner who lived on Pemberton Drive was found dead at his home yesterday while another man who police did not identify for safety reasons was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center.
Police say the injured man told authorizes that he was hit with a blunt object but the Salisbury Daily Times reports that it is unclear what was used in to cause Mariner’s death.
In what appears to be a home invasion authorities say they are seeking a suspect described as a black male who was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.
DOVER, Del. (AP) - Three men who worked as detectives in the Delaware attorney general's office have filed a lawsuit claiming that the justice agency and Attorney General Beau Biden have refused to pay them overtime.
Robert Durnan, Gerald Christian and Mark Forbes also allege in a federal lawsuit filed Monday that they were subjected to retaliatory reassignments or duty restrictions last year after their attorney sought payment for overtime accrued since November 2010. Payroll records show no overtime payments to the men in that period.
DOVER, Del. (AP) - Charter schools promise to be a major topic of discussion at this month's meeting of Delaware's state board of education.
Action items for Thursday's school board meeting in Dover include several new charter school applications, a request for modification of an existing charter and decisions on formal reviews of three existing schools.
The five new charter applications up for approval all involve proposed schools in New Castle County. A Department of Education committee is recommending approval of four of the five applications.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Del. Heather Mizeur, who is running for Maryland governor, has proposed a state-run retirement savings program to help workers who don't have retirement plans from their employers.
Mizeur, a Democrat, announced plans Wednesday for promoting the health, safety and security of Maryland's elderly population. She also wants to seek more funds for Alzheimer's research and create a registry of long-term care workers found guilty of abuse.
DOVER, Del. (AP) - Members of a panel that advises lawmakers and officials on drinking water and wastewater issues in Delaware are concerned that a clean-water initiative proposed by Gov. Jack Markell has failed to win much support in the legislature.
The chairman of Delaware's Water Infrastructure Advisory Council said Tuesday that he is disappointed with how Markell's plan has been received by state lawmakers. He encouraged members to contact legislators and urge them to support the plan.
The weather was warm as hundreds showed up in Berlin this past weekend to celebrate the city being named the coolest small town in America by Budget Travel. Delmarva Public Radio's Erin McKibben prepared this report:
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Fisker Automotive's unsecured creditors will get $35 million in cash and stock under a new bankruptcy settlement.
But the News Journal reports that Gov. Jack Markell's office warned Monday that despite last week's settlement, Delaware won't see much for the $21.5 million in economic development incentives it awarded Fisker in 2010.
Markell spokeswoman Kelly Bachman says in a statement that the state is not expecting a substantial recovery of its investment.
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - State officials are joining with the Dow chemical company and Junior Achievement to strengthen science, technology, engineering and math instruction in Delaware's middle schools.
Gov. Jack Markell planned to join members of Delaware's STEM Council on Tuesday to announce a partnership with businesses to give middle school students more exposure to learning in the four STEM fields.
The STEM Council was established as part of Delaware's Race to the Top education reform effort.