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State retirees sue to stop Medicare Advantage plan

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

A group of Delaware state government retirees and pensioners has filed suit against two government officials tasked with implementing a change in their health insurance coverage. RISE Delaware, an organization formed after state officials announced a plan to transition retirees to a Medicare Advantage program, filed the lawsuit in the Delaware Superior Court. RISE hopes to stop the transition to …

After a string of chaotic and confusing events at high school football games, Appo and Howard are changing their policies.

Appo, Howard change football admissions policies

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

Sports fans shouldn’t just assume that incidents like the ones that rocked recent Howard and Appoquinimink high school football games are inevitable, says the superintendent of New Castle Vo-Tech. “As a lifetime educator, most of the kids we interact with every day are doing wonderful, and even in these incidents, you discover it’s only a few kids,” said Dr. Joseph …

Ocean View woman sent to prison for $1.1 million embezzlement

Ocean View woman embezzled $1.1 million from Bethany company

Betsy Price Headlines, Police & Fire

An Ocean View woman who embezzled $1.1 million from the business she worked for is headed to federal prison for more than four years. Joan Donald, 55, was sentenced to 51 months on federal wire fraud and evasion charges stemming from embezzlement at high-end interior design and construction company Dovetail Inc. in Bethany Beach. According to court documents and court …

Christina School District is looking for a new model to evaluate Superintendent Dan Shelton.

Christina board looking for new model to evaluate superintendent

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

Christina School District’s school board explored a new model to evaluate its superintendent and other administrators during a board workshop Tuesday night.  Dr. John Marrinuci, executive director of the Delaware School Boards Association, showed a new plan to the board that was created by a different district’s board member as part of her doctoral dissertation.  It’s more in-depth than the …

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Rehoboth’s offshore wind primer aired all sides of issue

Betsy Price Government, Headlines

Whether you are a big fan of offshore wind power or you want all those turbines gone with the wind, a special meeting held by Rehoboth Beach officials offered insight into the projects and processes to create them. The four-hour meeting revolved around the three projects proposed off Delaware’s coast and ultimately functioned as an illuminating primer on the issue. …

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Lawmaker hosts conference aimed at ending human trafficking

Charlie Megginson Headlines, Government

Lawmakers, state employees and law enforcement officers gathered at Legislative Hall Tuesday to learn how Delaware can better address the scourge of human trafficking. Delaware is one of 39 states to receive an ‘F’ on the Shared Hope International Child and Youth Sex Trafficking Report Card, attendees learned Tuesday. Areas the state performed the worst in include identification and response …

Delaware is investing in career readiness and many other areas with their more than $600 million in COVID relief ESSER funds.

Delaware investing in career readiness with COVID money

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

Delaware is spending more of its education COVID relief funds on postsecondary and career readiness than other states.  “Overall, Delaware’s state spending aligns with national trends, but we are seeing more of a priority in those areas in Delaware than in other states, so that’s one thing that really stands out,” said Austin Estes, project director for the COVID Relief …

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Multiple hunting seasons to open in October

Staff Writer Culture, Headlines

Additional Delaware hunting seasons are set to open in October, including various deer firearm seasons, duck, snow goose and other migratory game birds – as well as the one-day youth-only waterfowl hunt. The youth-only waterfowl hunt will occur on Saturday, Oct. 15, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control announced Tuesday.  Deer hunting is allowed on all Sundays …

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Dogfish, Dewey Beer, Fifer Orchards team up on autumn ale

Charlie Megginson Culture, Headlines

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery will host its second-annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 8 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at its Milton Tasting Room and Kitchen. The free event will feature food, music, art, entertainment, and off-centered ales, including a brand-new fall beer brewed in collaboration with Dewey Beer Co. and Fifer Orchards. “I am always pumped for this …