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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State officials are reminding Delaware drivers to share the road with motorcycles.

Officials with the Office of Highway Safety say there been eight motorcycle fatalities on Delaware roads this year, and more than 175 over the past decade.

While the number of fatalities this year is less than the same time last year, officials are reminding motorists and motorcyclists to see and be seen while on the road.

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Residents who challenged the legality of putting a chicken processing plant in Millsboro may have lost the legal battle but they have won the war.

The Delaware State Supreme Court turned back a lawsuit challenging Allen Harim’s plans for the poultry operation upholding a lower court decision.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that despite the win the company announced late last year that it had decided to sell or lease the property instead of building the chicken processing plant.

The plant saw two civil lawsuits that have been ruled to be without merit.

MILLSBORO, Del. (AP) - Natural Resources Police in Delaware say a hunter was shot in the abdomen by an arrow shot by a bow hunter.

It happened about 5:45 p.m. Thursday on the edge of a farm field near Millsboro. Officers say a 54-year-old hunter in a tree stand shot an arrow from his compound bow.

Authorities say the arrow struck a 24-year-old hunter on the ground about 30 yards away.

Investigators say the hunter was flown to a hospital in Maryland, where he underwent surgery on Friday.

No charges have been filed.

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The Indian River School District is seeing an increasing number of students showing up for classes over the last three years -- from 276 to 476.

So far there has been an increase of 245 as of yesterday morning with total enrollment just over 10-thousand.

This year’s rise could mean additional 16 staff positions in the district bringing the potential total to 725.

Seventy-percent of the district staff is funded by the state with the other 30 percent by local taxpayers.

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FRANKFORD, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police are investigating after a bus struck and killed a pedestrian walking on a road near Frankford.
Police say a United Bus Tours bus carrying 47 passengers was traveling north along US-113 near Frankford early Saturday morning. Police say a pedestrian was reported to be walking in the roadway.
The pedestrian was struck and severely injured. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say alcohol use by the pedestrian appears to be a factor. Police identified the pedestrian as 56-year-old Sylvester Bailey of Millsboro.

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Today Delaware State Transportation officials will give the Millsboro town council a look at their plans for a scaled-back bypass around the city.  

It is part of a controversial plan to move much of U.S. 113 in the southern portion of Sussex County.

The project will have two lanes that would connect Route 24 with Route 113.

This would give motorists another route instead of driving through Millsboro’s downtown.

Two years ago the state decided not to fully bypass Millsboro  as  envisioned by an $839 million, nearly 17 mile plan for Route 113.

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MILLSBORO, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police are investigating the death of a 10-month-old baby boy at a Millsboro daycare.

Police say they got a 911 call about the baby on Wednesday afternoon. Police say a daycare worker reported finding the baby unresponsive when trying to wake him from a nap. The baby was pronounced dead at a hospital soon after.

The Delaware Division of Forensic Science is working to determine how the baby died.

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A Sussex County land-use board approval of a chicken processing plant got its day in Superior Court this week.

Challengers of the $100 million facility just outside Millsboro say that county officials allowed Allen Harim Foods to take shortcuts to get approval.

The plant would be capable of handling 2 million chickens a week and employ 700 people.

But opponents say that the industrial sized plant is too close to residential areas and too near already polluted waters.

Rabid Fox Bites Millsboro Resident

Oct 3, 2014

Delaware health officials say that a rabid fox has bitten a Millsboro resident.

The incident occurred in the Hub Court Mobile Home Park off of Route 113 on Friday.

And the fox tested positive for rabies.

Health officials say that they are getting in touch with those who are believed to have come into contact with the fox and are urging that they get post-exposure rabies treatment.  

Officials are telling residents not to feed stray animals and to never handle such creatures as bats, raccoons, skunks or foxes.

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MILLSBORO, Del. (AP) - State police say a man was found dead inside a taxicab parked on the shoulder of a road in Millsboro.

Police have classified the death as suspicious. The man's name hasn't been released.

Police say a passer-by called troopers and reported the suspicious taxicab around 10 p.m. Wednesday. Troopers found the man's body inside the passenger compartment.

An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause and manner of death.

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MILLSBORO, Del. (AP) - State police say someone fired a gunshot at a DART bus in Millsboro.

No passengers were aboard the bus at the time, and the driver wasn't injured. The bullet went through the side of the bus and entered the passenger compartment.

The bus was shot shortly before dawn on Saturday. Police say the bus was heading east on Mount Joy Road when it was hit by a bullet. It's not clear what type of firearm was used.

Police say they are reviewing surveillance footage provided by DART as they investigate the incident.

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Around 5-thousand people showed up for the Festival Hispano in Millsboro yesterday amidst traditional music, dances and food from Latin America.

There were around 80 booths, that featured local sponsors and non-profits that were laid out around the Millsboro Little League complex.

El Centro Cultural began the event two decades ago to highlight the local talent and to celebrate the Hispanic immigrants that have come to Sussex County.



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Millsboro residents opposed to the proposed Allen Harim chicken processing plant went to court yesterday in an Environmental Hearing.

The appeal was filed by Ken Kristl and the Widener Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic, Protecting Our Indian River Citizen’s Group and the Inland Bay Foundation.

The Protecting Our Indian River group argues that the plan by the Department of Natural Resource and Environmental Control to clean up the site is inadequate.

MILLSBORO, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police are investigating the deaths of two men whose bodies were found at a Millsboro home.

Troopers were called to a home on Harmons Hill Road early Tuesday after one man's relative, worried about not being able to reach him, went to the home and found the men's bodies.  Police say 27-year-old William Hopkins and 29-year-old Cletis Nelson were pronounced dead inside the home.

The preliminary investigation found there's no indication of forced entry into the home and police say no suspect information is available.

49 new jobs are expected to come to the Millsboro plant as Mountaire Farms expands its operations.

The jobs are expected to pay around $25,000 a year.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that company was just approved for an $87-thousand grant from the Delaware Strategic Fund tied to the jobs and a $129-thousand grant from the Delaware Strategic Fund Capital Expenditure for capital improvements.

After two days of grueling public testimony plans for the Route 113 around and south of Millsboro could be delayed again if residents and lawmakers can’t agree on a route.

Geogg Sundstrom, spokesman for the Delaware Department of Transportation told the Wilmington News Journal that if there is no the political will put the project out there Governor Jack Markell has made it clear it won’t be built.

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That train derailment near Millsboro earlier this week was caused by an upended pine tree that has fallen across the tracks due to heavy rainfall.

State police say that the Northfolk Southern collision with the tree forced 15 of the freight train’s cars off the tracks spilling their cargo of stones.

No one was injured in the accident but a mile of track was destroyed.

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Last night Allen Harim Foods officials met with local residents who have expressed concerns on the prospect of a major chicken processing plant near Millsboro.

The company is negotiating for another chicken plant in Sussex County with a $100-million investment that could bring 700 jobs to the area.

The concerns heard at the Millsboro Fire Hall ranged from the impact on local water wells and traffic to odors, noise and the disposal of hazardous materials.

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DOVER (AP) - A small-scale study of people living near the NRG Energy powe4r plant near Millsboro suggests that th plant is not a major source of particular air pollution for area residents.

The student released Tuesday instead suggests that the greatest risk of air pollution comes from upwind areas in other states in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast, and from indoor sources, such as tobacco smoke and cleaning products, within residents' own homes.

The study of 35 area residents noted that most of them spend more than 80 percent of their day in their own homes. 


MILLSBORO, Del. (AP) - A Delaware official says there isn't any money in the budget for dredging of smaller inland bay waterways.

David Small, the deputy secretary of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, says that because of attrition of staff and equipment, the state's ability to perform the work has also decreased.

Local representatives met with DNREC officials this month about the issue. Rep. John Adkins says he would like to see a permanent funding source so mud flats and sand bars don't emerge at low tide.