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The Sussex County Council has given its blessing to a proposed $143 million budget for the next fiscal year starting July 1st.

The spending plan does not include any increase in the property tax but does provide new dollars from the cash reserves to pay for critical services and infrastructure.

The budget also provides money for additional Delaware State Troopers in Sussex County.

There’s also $8 million for a pilot project to start major upgrade at the wastewater treatment facilities that will double their capacity.

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The staff of the Delaware Auditor’s office gave its assessment of financial irregularities to the Sussex Technical School District.

WBOC reports that these included a Sussex County businessman selling a piece of property to the district for twice what he paid for it two weeks earlier.

In addition, the auditors the businessman then got millions of dollars for construction management without state bidding and purchasing requirements.

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Growth in Sussex County is pushing the population of Delaware towards the 1 million mark.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that of the 61-hundred new residents last year 46-hundred showed up in the southern part of the state.

The paper reports the county’s beaches and inland bays are where most of the recent arrivals decided to live.

Sussex County had an estimated 220-thousand residents.

That’s up by 2.1 percent over 2015.

Overall Delaware’s population grew by only point-6 percent.

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At least two people are dead from a drug overdose during a three day period this weekend that saw another 20 people given the drug naloxone for an overdose.

The Delaware Department of Health and Social Services said of those 20, 15 were in western Sussex County.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the two men who died lived in Seaford were believed to be in their 40’s and 50’s.

Their names have been withheld pending the notification of their relatives.

Authorities are trying to determine the cause of the increase in the overdoses.

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There’s a coastal flood warning in effect for Kent and Sussex Counties until 11 a.m.

In Accomack County it will be in effect until 10 a.m.

While the ocean looked a little bit angry the Salisbury Daily Times reports that Ocean City officials say there was little flooding being reported.

Winds were expected to move north and northwest with speeds of up to 30 mph with some gusts as high as 35 mph.

Most of the damage from the high winds hit trees.

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Snow hit the peninsula this weekend with over a foot in some areas.

Ocean View saw around 13 inches with Lewes, Delaware getting 10 inches.

In Salisbury and Snow Hill there was 9 top 10 inches of snow.

Up in Delaware it ranged from Dover with 3 and a half inches and Smyrna with 6 inches to 9.4 inches in in Selbyville.

Governor Jack Markell lifted the state of emergency after Saturday’s winter storm and the Delaware Department of Transportation made good progress in clearing off the roads.

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Delaware officials have issued a Code Purple opening up shelters in Kent and Sussex Counties as the temperatures begin to drop.

They will remain open until Sunday.

In Sussex County the Avenue United Methodist Church in Milford, the Shepherd’s Office House in Georgetown and the Gateway Fellowship in Bridgeville will be serving as shelters.

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Sussex County now has a monument to those who fought in World War I.

It’s taken 98 years after the end of the great conflict to erect the monument.

And it took three months of fundraising and coming up with $20-thousand.

The monument finally went up in Georgetown Circle on Veterans Day and lists 17 names of those who died in France.

Rowland Scott Commander of American Legion Post 8 told WBOC reports that he said he was awed by finally remember these men.

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The Sussex County affordable housing law could be getting some changes.

There would be a 20 percent density bonus for developers along with expediting a review of the project.

In addition, tenants will be able to stay in their units even after they stop being qualified to stay in such housing even if they pay the market rate.

The county’s Fair Housing Compliance Officer Brandy Nauman told WBOC that the law was enacted at the height of the housing boom and that it was not viable during these tough economic times.

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More than 12 inches of rain hit Sussex County yesterday with a coastal flood watch this morning and a flash flood watch warning.

Areas include include the counties of Worcester, Wicomico, Sussex, Kent Delaware, and Caroline.

The heaviest rains hit the eastern portion of the county with strong winds whipping through the region.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Harbeson received the highest rainfall of just over 12 inches with Stockely coming in at just over 9 inches.

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Led by the Reverend Aaron Appling around 75 to a hundred homeless advocates yesterday urged the Dover City Council to get them help.

Appling urged the council members to use their resources and power to assist them as the weather begins to turn cold this fall.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Sue Harris, co-founder of Port of Hope Delaware Incorporated, said the homeless populations is beginning to overwhelm the area.

She said that homeless organizations serving in Kent County were not able to cope with problem.

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BRIDGEVILLE, Del. (AP) - The pumpkin-hurling competition in Sussex County will feature stricter alcohol regulations this year.

Punkin Chunkin President Frank Payton was quoted by WXDE-FM as saying that event organizers are asking spectators not to bring their own alcohol.

He says beer will be sold at the event, but says that if people want to bring their own alcohol, the event will feature designated camping sites where people will be allowed to drink.

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It’s that time of year to sign up for Punkin Chunkin and let the pumpkins fly.  

It’s been two years since the famous event has been held due to insurance issues.

Yesterday was the first day for contenders to register their devices for this year’s event in November.

It is returning to Sussex County after which was canceled after 2013.

Frank Payton, president of Punkin Chunkin, told WBOC that the even has already secured insurance and that 98 chunkers have come back.

He said that means there are only 17 spots left.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Division of Public Health has announced that three more people have died of flu-related complications.

This brings the total to six flu-related deaths during the 2015-2016 flu season. The DPH says the flu season is ongoing, so the number can still rise.

The deaths include two New Castle residents - a 69-year-old woman with swine flu and a 54-year-old man with influenza B - and a 42-year-old Sussex County woman.

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MILLSBORO, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police have arrested five people in connection with two separate strings of burglaries in Sussex County.

Authorities arrested 36-year-old Matthew Miller and 44-year-old Kimberly Parsons on May 3 in connection with a series of burglaries from December 2015 and March 2016.

After an investigation, police determined that Parsons and Miller broke into sheds and removed items such as chainsaws, generators and power tools, and then sold the items at pawn shops. Police say the burglaries were committed while they worked delivering newspapers.

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There was no shortage of applications for the two medical marijuana dispensaries in Sussex and Kent counties.

Eleven applications were submitted with some seeking to serve both Delaware counties.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that despite the number of applications it’s possible that there will be no winner.

The applicants paid a $5-thousand application fee and would have to put out another $40-thousand for the licensing fee.

The News Journal reports that some of the applicants may have to hold a public meeting to get local input.

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A Cape Henlopen area wastewater treatment plant has violated the state’s water-pollution laws.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that treated wastewater wound up being sprayed on fields that were found to be too wet or frozen to absorb.

The paper reports that the incident took place in early March when the water could be observed as running off the field.

The Wolfe Neck Wastewater Treatment Plant was cited on March 18th for the violation.

The Sussex County will not be fined but will be forced to building a buffer to comply with the law.  

 

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There were more than 8 million tourists who came to Delaware in 2014.

That’s up from 7.5 million in 2013.

A new study found that they contributed $3 billion to the state’s gross domestic product or around 5 percent.

At the beaches the boom saw the rental market pass the $1 billion mark for Sussex County.

Statewide rental revenue went up by 8.8 percent between 2013 and 2014.

Linda Parkowski, director of the Delaware Tourism Office, called tourism an economic engine and a growth industry.

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The 2016 Punkin Chunkin is on.

And there is a possibility that Worcester or Dorchester Counties could witness the pumpkins flying through the air this year.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Frank Payton, president of the World Championship Punkin Chunkin Association, confirmed it was looking at locations in Maryland as well as Sussex County. 

The Worcester County Tourism director Lisa Challenger told the newspaper that there are three locations at the northern end of the county.

All the insurance and liability issues have been taken care of.

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While there was some treacherous road conditions in Delaware yesterday the total number of accidents were lower than expected.

Sussex County police said they saw 50 with damage to the vehicle and only one injury.

WBOC reports that most of these occurred between 8 a.m. and noon.

Delaware State Police say most of this was due to the holiday on Monday.

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There’s been a change of venue for the lawsuit brought by former New Castle County Administrative Officer David Grimaldi for wrongful discharge.

It will now be heard in Sussex County by Judge E. Scott Bradley.

There is no indication about why the change was made.

Grimaldi was fired last October by New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon and the county.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Grimaldi says he was dismissed because he revealed -- what he described as  – the manipulation in county hiring and spending.

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - Some coastal Sussex County towns are concerned about pedestrian safety on Route 1.

The Daily Times of Salisbury reports while 2015 didn't see any pedestrian fatalities, some residents and officials in the towns along the Route 1 corridor are still worried that not enough is being done to prevent them.

Both Dewey Beach and South Bethany town officials are discussing ongoing issues with traffic on Route 1, which becomes one of the most heavily trafficked roads in the county in the summer.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The family of an alcoholic man who died in custody has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Delaware prison officials and medical workers.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday claims that prison workers acted with deliberate indifference toward 48-year-old Ronald Shoup and used unnecessary and unjustified force to restrain him after he became agitated and aggressive.

Shoup was imprisoned in Sussex County in February 2014 after showing up drunk at a hearing regarding his fifth DUI charge.

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With the oncoming snow storm Maryland and Virginia have declared a state of emergency as Delaware Governor Jack Markell urges residents to prepare for the winter blast.

Delaware is expected to be hit the hardest on Delmarva with up to 8 inches in Sussex County while in Salisbury the snow is expected to be 2 to 4 inches deep.

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The National Weather Service has declared a blizzard watch for New Castle and Kent counties, while Sussex County is under a winter storm watch.

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Time may be running out for 15 developments in Sussex County.

They have until July 1st to demonstrate that they have begun major work at the site.

Otherwise their land use permits will expire.

This would affect nearly 16-hundred homes.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the County Council issued extensions this week for these projects -- many of which -- were begun in the mid-2-thousands just before the Great Recession decimated the housing market.

The council denied extension for five projects.

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BRIDGEVILLE, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police say someone shot out a window at a Sussex County home where a man was killed earlier in the day.

Police said in a news release that a woman called 911 on Thursday night after hearing gunfire outside.

Police say a window in a front bedroom was shot out, but no one was in the room at the time and no one was injured. The incident is being investigated by the homicide unit since a man was killed there earlier in the day.

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State officials are soliciting bids for medical marijuana dispensaries in Kent and Sussex Counties.

The state has only one so far First State Compassion Center in Wilmington which opened this past June.

But it’s been four years since law making medical marijuana legal went into effect.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that state officials say there are more than 700 Delaware residents who have received cards to buy medical marijuana.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware animal welfare officials have picked a Pennsylvania-based organization to handle statewide animal shelter services starting in January.

Officials say the Chester County SPCA will provide services at a permanent facility in New Castle County and satellite facilities in Kent and Sussex counties.

Officials say CCSPCA is the only open-admission shelter in Pennsylvania that does not euthanize healthy or treatable animals, and that it will bring the same approach to Delaware.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - The Delaware Division of Public Health has announced that a 61-year-old woman is the first confirmed influenza case in Sussex County.
 
The woman visited the emergency room Nov. 6 and is now recovering at home. She contracted the influenza B/Yamagata virus.
 
Information was not available on whether she had been vaccinated or if she had any underlying conditions that made her more susceptible to infection.
 

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - A New Jersey company has been given approval from a state health board to build a psychiatric hospital in Sussex County.
 
The Delaware Health Resources Board on Thursday unanimously approved the Georgetown facility, which will be built by Red Bank, New Jersey-based SUN Behavioral Health.
 

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