Vance Phillips

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The rape and abuse charges filed in a lawsuit against former Sussex County Council member Vance Phillips has been dismissed by the agreement of both parties.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that 20 year old Katelynn Dunlap claimed that the events took place just after she turned 18.

Kurt Heyman, the attorney for Phillips, told the paper that there was no admission of liability or payments.

When asked if this was a vindication for his client Heyman said people would have to draw their own conclusions.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Attorneys for a young woman who claims in a lawsuit that she was sexually abused by former Sussex County councilman Vance Phillips are asking a judge to find Phillips liable because he has not explicitly denied the allegations.

Citing his 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination, Phillips has refused to address the allegations by the 21-year-old woman, who was once his political protege.

Her attorneys argued Monday that the judge should rule in her favor regarding liability because Phillips has not disputed the allegations.

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The results from the Delaware primary are in with a couple of upsets in Sussex County.

Ken Simpler Wins GOP Treasurer Primary

NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Financial executive Ken Simpler has won Delaware's Republican primary for state treasurer.

Simpler defeated Milford businesswoman Sher Valenzuela in Tuesday's primary.

He advances to take on Democrat Sean Barney in November.

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The recent decision by two members of the Sussex County Council not to provide a grant of $100 each to a youth program by the NAACP has caused an uproar. Council members Sam Wilson and Vance Phillips decided not to provide the grant because the organization's name included the phrase for the advancement of colored people, which they felt was discriminatory. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Richard Smith, president of the state NAACP, who said after he appeared before the council this week to protest the vote Phillips did reach out to him in an email.

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Supporters of the NAACP blasted two members of the Sussex County Council yesterday when they withheld a $100 grant each for the civil rights organization calling it’s a discriminatory group.

Council member Sam Wilson took offense at the phrase colored people in the organization’s name and he was joined by fellow council member Vance Phillips.

Jane Hovington, president of the local NAACP chapter whose grant was turned down told the council members they owned the renowned organization an apology not just to the civil rights group but the people of Sussex County.

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With a recent federal court decisions to allow the recitation of Christian prayer by clergy at local government meetings some on the Sussex County Council want to bring back the offering of the Lord’s Prayer.

Under a settlement agreement the County Council agreed to end the practice and merely recite the less sectarian 23rd Psalm.

During a 25-minute discussion yesterday Council member Sam Wilson urged his fellow council members to move back to the practice.


The NAACP Youth Council will not be getting $100 grants each from Sussex County Council members Vance Phillips and Sam Wilson because they object to word colored people in the name of the civil rights organization.

Wilson told the county finance director to take his name off when it came to providing the grant to the NAACP Youth council asking someone to tell him what the letters NAACP stand for.

When told Council member Vance Phillips joined Wilson who added that sounded like discrimination to him.

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The Sussex County Council voted 4-to-0 to close a loophole in its building code that allowed some commercial and residential buildings to be higher than the 42 foot height restriction.

Council member Vance Phillips who has opposed the change was not present for Tuesday’s vote.

A public or semi-public clause in the code had allowed projects like the Marriott Fairfield Inn & Suites to be constructed on Delaware Route 1.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that only government owned buildings will now be allowed to use the 60-foot exception.

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16 year veteran of the Sussex County Council Vance Phillips is being urged not to run for another term by the county republican chairman John Reilly.

But Phillips says he will run anyway.

In an email Reilly wrote that vote by the local GOP was unanimous.

Phillips is facing a lawsuit which charged him with sexual misconduct including rape.

Phillips denies the charges.

But Reiley wrote that the lawsuit which is set to be heard next year…promises to be “an ugly political battle” that would hurt the GOP.

Two Sussex County Council members are expressing their doubts about the interest by a state committee in regulating development of 4-thousand acres of privately owned wetlands.

Council members Sam Wilson from Georgetown and Vance Phillips  both fear this interest by the Wetland Advisory Committee set up by the state could hamper farming.

But, the Wilmington News Journal reports that yesterday Council member George Cole told his colleagues that he did not believe this was an attack on farming.