Just as Punkin Chunkin wrapped up its 2013 contest with a record shot of over 46-hundred feet the president of the non-profit group that runs the events is worried that it might have to move out of Delaware after this year.
John Huber, president of the World Championship Punkin Chunkin Association, says he’s concerned about the insurance liability and bills from the state and local government.
OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Delmarva Power will replace 90 wooden utility poles that hold a high-voltage transmission line along Coastal Highway in Ocean City.
The utility says the work began Monday and will affect service in Ocean City and parts of Worcester County, Md. and Sussex County, Del.
WBOC reports that the $10 million project involves a 69,000-volt transmission line. Ninety wooden poles, most of them more than 40 years old, will be replaced with galvanized steel poles. The steel poles need less maintenance and can withstand winds of up to 120 mph.
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The Delaware Supreme Court has upheld a lower court ruling that sheriffs in Delaware do not have police powers.
In a 26-page opinion released Monday, the justices affirmed a March ruling by a Superior Court judge upholding the constitutionality of a bill passed by state lawmakers that bars sheriffs and their deputies from making arrests.
Sussex County sheriff Jeff Christopher argued that lawmakers exceeded their authority and that they could not limit the power of sheriffs in such a drastic fashion without passing a constitutional amendment.
The Sussex County Council wants a greater say in the myriad of individual sewer systems spread out across the county.
The Council voted unanimously early last month to tell that Public Service Commission that it wants all of the unincorporated land in Sussex County to be considered a service territory that would be eligible for a county-run wastewater service.
The Wilmington News Journal reports that Sussex County officials were disturbed by a wastewater utility’s claim of sewer-service rights for several scattered properties.
GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials are proposing new rules to allow hunting and trapping of coyotes.
The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is proposing a change to allow hunters to seek out and kill coyotes from November through February. Coyotes and red fox could be trapped from December to March.
GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - State officials and several large businesses are talking about building a new pipeline to bring natural gas to Sussex County in greater quantities.
Delaware natural resources secretary Colin O'Mara tells The News Journal of Wilmington that state officials and Eastern Shore Natural Gas, a Dover-based pipeline construction company, are talking about building the new line south of Dover.
GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - Thousands of people have lost power after strong storms blew through Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore.
Delmarva Power is reporting about 5,400 customers were still without power in area early Thursday. The outages were the worst in New Castle and Sussex counties in Delaware and Talbot County in Maryland. More than 7,800 customers were without power overnight.
DOVER, Del. (AP)- Delaware public health officials are reporting the state's second flu death in the 2012-2013 flu season.
Officials said Wednesday that a 79-year-old Sussex County woman has died from the flu. They said the woman had several underlying health conditions. Officials announced Tuesday that a 2-month-old girl from New Castle County was the state's first flu death this year.
Health officials are urging residents over the age of 6 months who have not been vaccinated to get a flu shot.
DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Republican who recently dropped out of a state Senate race for personal reasons has been indicted on charges of child sexual abuse.
A Sussex County grand jury indicted Eric Bodenweiser on Monday on 39 counts of unlawful sexual intercourse and 74 counts of unlawful sexual contact.
Authorities said the 53-year-old Bodenweiser turned himself into state police and was committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $250,000 secured bail. It was not immediately clear if he has hired a lawyer.
GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - Sussex County officials have reached an agreement with Delaware State Police on state troopers patrolling unincorporated areas of the county.
Authorities are resuming terms of a 2007 contract that pays for additional troopers to be assigned to Sussex County. Under that agreement, the county pays part of the salaries of 40 additional troopers above the normal complement assigned to the three state police units in Sussex.
In the fight over the powers of the County Sheriff in Delaware, Sussex County has responded to a lawsuit by its Sheriff Jeff Christopher who argues that he has the authority to make arrests and investigate crimes.
But the county countered in a four page filing that the Sheriff has not lined up the necessary parties behind his lawsuit to win noting that Christopher has not gotten the backing of federal state and local governments.
DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Democratic majority leader in the state House has introduced a bill asserting that county sheriffs and their deputies in Delaware do not have arrest authority.
Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf introduced the bill Thursday after the Republican sponsor of a similar measure tabled his own bill last week and introduced a resolution asking the state Supreme Court for guidance on the issue.
Legislation to clarify the powers of Delaware sheriffs was prompted by recent actions by the Sussex County sheriff.
Sussex County needs two psychiatrists to meet the needs of child abuse victims.
That’s the recommendation in an 8 page report by a state panel formed after pediatrician Earl Bradley was convicted in a case that potentially involved over a 100 children.
The Wilmington News Journal reports that the panel also recommends monitoring the demand for mental health services in Kent and Sussex counties in order to property respond in the event of another Bradley like case.