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There’s been a month’s delay in plans by Allen Harim for a deboning operation in Millsboro.

The company has put forward plans for the former Vlasic pickle plant to turn a 50-thousand square feet of space into a small deboning facility.

The Sussex County Board of Adjustment decided to postpone a decision again yesterday after members of the community expressed their concern about the operation.

WBOC reports that local resident Keith Steck said he was worried about the health impact but added that postponing the vote on the project was the best outcome for the moment.

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MILLSBORO, Del. (AP) - A Delaware poultry farm facing a potential lawsuit over contaminated water says it's not to blame.

Mountaire Farms in Millsboro issued a statement Wednesday that groundwater problems around its plant in Millsboro are not the fault of its processing plant. In the statement, they say 20 percent of drinking-water wells in Sussex County suffer from increased nitrate levels and that the problem predates the plant's existence.

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Mountaire Farms and elected officials told a gathering last night that they do not believe the poultry company is responsible for high levels of nitrates in wells near Millsboro.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Mountaire Executive Vice President Michael Tirrell told the audience that he believe science will back up that claim.

He added that the company is willing to pay for drilling deep wells for property owners affected by groundwater contamination.

Meanwhile, Mountaire is designing a new wastewater facility with additional tanks to handle the flow.

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MILLSBORO, Del. (AP) - A poultry processing company in southern Delaware has agreed to provide bottled water to local residents after elevated nitrate levels were found in private wells.

State officials say Mountaire Farms began providing bottled water to residents Thursday after sampling of wells at homes neighboring the company's Milford processing plant and its spray irrigation fields found high levels of nitrates.

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Those who travel on Route 113 should expect to see 17 projects along the corridor.

The Delaware Department of Transportation said they will stretch from Ellendale to Selbyville and are expected to cost over a half billion dollars in the next 20 years.

At the announcement Governor John Carney said that getting a grip on traffic flow was a key to economic development and quality of life in the state.

WBOC reports that topping the plan’s priorities are projects involving Routes 9 and 404 intersections in Georgetown as well as adding a bypass for Route 24 in Millsboro.

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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.

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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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