The majority of state sports championships this season were won by private schools.

GA mulls separate public, private school sports titles

Jarek RutzGovernment, Headlines

On the heels of the state championships for many high school sports, the Delaware legislature is considering distinct title games for public and private schools.  Senate Bill 328, sponsored by Sen. Eric Buckson, R-Dover, directs the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association to separate all public and private school team championship sanctioned events. “The bill in and of itself is somewhat offensive …

Ruth Briggs King

Ruth Briggs King launches campaign for lieutenant governor

Betsy PriceGovernment, Headlines

Ruth Briggs King, a former state legislator from Georgetown, formally announced Friday she is running for lieutenant governor. If elected, she said, she will continue to work as a public servant, just as she did in the House of Representatives. “I realized that I was elected by Republicans, Democrats and Independents,” she said. “This is a campaign for the people, …

Rehoboth Boulevard changes proposed to council

Terry RogersGovernment, Headlines, Milford Headline Story

At a recent meeting, Milford City Council heard a presentation from Dover/Kent County MPO, a planning organization that partners with municipalities and DelDOT with transportation infrastructure planning. Marilyn Smith, Executive Director, of the organization provided new council members with a brief explanation of what Dover/Kent County MPO’s responsibilities were. “The MPO does transportation planning in all of Kent County. We …

The bill would impose fines on people whose dogs bark excessively.

Homeowners could be soon be fined for their barking dogs 

Jarek RutzGovernment, Headlines

  A bill that would shift the burden away from police while also establishing monetary fines for homeowners with excessively barking dogs was unanimously supported in the House Appropriations Committee Wednesday. House Bill 124, sponsored by Rep. Eric Morrison, D-Glasgow, eliminates animal noise and noise disturbances from the Noise Control and Abatement Chapter in Delaware Code.  It clarifies that the …

Council approves 2022 audit

Terry RogersGovernment, Headlines, Milford Headline Story

After several delays, many due to a short-staffed finance office and technology challenges, Milford City Council approved the 2022 Audit Report submitted by Zelenkofske Axelrod (ZA). The city was found to be in good financial shape with no issues in their financial reporting. “I’d like to thank Mark and all his help as well as Lou and his team as …

Ellendale

State audit: Ellendale finances, records, payroll a mess

Betsy PriceGovernment, Headlines

A state auditor’s report posted Tuesday on the department’s website says, in essence, that the town of Ellendale’s financial records, handling of cash, payroll and even basic operational details and practices are a mess. In a lot of cases, they look like growing pains in a small town experiencing rapid growth typical of Sussex County. It had 400-plus residents in 2020 …

City budget contains funds for sidewalk repair

Terry RogersGovernment, Headlines, Milford Headline Story

During budget discussions at a recent meeting, Milford City Councilman Dan Marabello questioned a fund set aside for sidewalk repairs as he was under the impression property owners were still required to repair their sidewalks and had the option to pay over time. According to information provided by City Manager Mark Whitfield in the packet, the capital budget included funds …

A bill moving through the General Assembly would protect those who provide fertility treatment in Delaware. (Photo by iLexx/iStock Getty Images)

Medics in Delaware giving IVF services could gain legal protection

Jarek RutzGovernment, Headlines

A new bill would dispel the fears of potential repercussions for medics providing in vitro fertilization, commonly known as IVF, which takes mature eggs from ovaries and fertilizes them with sperm in a lab. About 90,000 babies are conceived through this process each year in the U.S.  House Bill 374, sponsored by Rep. Kendra Johnson, D-Bear, would legally protect medical …

Delaware state budget tops $1.5 billion

City passes budget with 8.1% tax increase

Terry RogersGovernment, Headlines, Milford Headline Story

At their regular meeting, Milford City Council approved the 2025 operating budget totaling $60,592,347 which included capital expenses approved in the Capital Improvement Plan  (CIP) also adopted that evening. Before voting on the CIP, Councilman Jason James reminded those in attendance that the CIP covered wish list items over the next five years, but only those designated for 2025 were …

Tax refund delays frustrate taxpayers

Terry RogersGovernment, Headlines, Milford Headline Story

Over the past few weeks, social media has seen an uptick in Delawareans complaining that they have yet to receive their tax refunds from the State of Delaware despite filing electronically several months ago. According to the state, the Division of Revenue has received over 560,000 tax returns with over 349,000 requesting refunds. “Over 260,000, 74.5 percent of all 2023 …