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Phillis Wheatley School: The story behind the name
The sign with letters in Woodbridge blue and white welcomes students eachmorning: Phillis Wheatley Elementary School. There’s quite a story behind the name on that sign off of Church Street inBridgeville. Of course, it’s the name of a groundbreaking Black woman who earnedrenown for her
A Sussex landmark, Wilson’s Auction is still rolling after 50 years
If there were a bus tour of Sussex County cultural sites, Wilson’s Auction[https://www.wilsonsauction.com/events/list/] in Lincoln would surely be a stop. People have been finding deals – and unloading their old stuff – at the largebuilding just off Route 113 for just over 50 years.
Georgetown Oyster Eat: The world’s weirdest bluegrass concert?
Their stage is a wooden wagon with straw bales piled around it, and theiraudience spends the concert in shouted conversation, while drinking beer andshoveling down oysters. Dean Sapp and the Harford Express have 21 albums to their name and take theirbluegrass music up and down the East

Business

What’s the future of Seaford’s decaying Nylon Capital Shopping Center?
The sign advertises a shopping center, but the shabby buildings don’t appear tobe a center for much and there’s little shopping going on. The Nylon Capital Shopping Center in Seaford used to be a community gatheringplace, but drive past it now on Route 20 on the
Willey Knives: The small-town knife shop with national reach
It would be possible to stumble across Willey Knives accidentally, but it’s notvery likely. Every day, lines of cars flow by not far away, from hordes of tourists headingto the beach on Route 16 to clumps of tractor-trailers and commuters riding eachother’s bumpers up and

Profiles

‘She always stood up for what she believed in’: Remembering Sharon McDowell
Bridgeville’s Sharon McDowell stood up for her family and her neighbors. Those who loved her say she had a heart for people, fought for underdogs andthrew herself into community work. McDowell, a wife, mother, business owner, former Bridgeville commissioner, firecompany volunteer and more, die…
Just a hand up: Evelyn Wilson’s relentless service
Some people move around to try to find a better neighborhood. Evelyn Wilsonstays where she is and tries to make her neighborhood better. Wilson is a bit of a legend in the small Coverdale Crossroads community tuckedaway off Route 404 east of Bridgeville. She serves as a community

Sports

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Humor

How to survive the next snow bomb cyclone
It’s hard to find words for the carnage we just endured. Many snowflakes fell. It was also very cold.

Q & A

‘Lost & Found’: Kathryn Schulz talks about her memoir and upcoming visit to Lewes
A Pulitzer-prize winning Delmarva writer will be at Lewes Public Library in Juneto talk about her new memoir, “Lost & Found.” Kathryn Schulz [https://www.kathrynschulz.com/] is a writer for the New Yorker.In addition to “Lost & Found,” she is the author of “Being Wrong: Adventures inthe Margin

Research

This food lab does things a little differently
Ohio State’s Food Perception and Liking Laboratory shows that where you eat your food has a big impact on how you think it tastes.
What’s in your carpet? You sure about that?
Carpet. It feels great on your feet, but do you know what’s hiding in all those fibers? This researcher is taking a look and finding some disturbing things.

Environment

Solution or hazard? What to know about biogas plants proposed for southern Delaware
What’s all the fuss about biogas? Two companies want to build facilities that would harvest natural gas fromchicken waste to southern Delaware. CleanBay Renewables[https://cleanbayrenewables.com/] aims to build a plant south of Georgetown, and Bioengergy Devco [https://bioenergydevco.com/bioene…
Bad weather? Bad wine.
Making a fine wine depends on a lot of variables going right. Our researchers take a look at the recent weather and what it means for vintners.

History

Apollo 11 space mission: How we reacted to one of the biggest news stories ever
What is there to say when humans set foot on the moon for the first time? Here’s how the News Journal and readers reacted.
The day Greenwood blew up
Dec. 2, 1903 was an unpleasant day to be riding a train on the Philadelphia,Wilmington and Baltimore rail line. As Engine 5160, pulling 50 freight cars,rolled into Greenwood that day around 12:15 p.m., engineer William Shepherd waslikely looking forward to a chance to take a
Why a local development is named for murderer Patty Cannon
Patty Cannon got the bad end coming to her, the stories say: She died in jailafter poisoning herself to avoid getting hanged. She also got a housing development named after her. Nestled along the Nanticoke River near Woodland Ferry, west of Laurel andSeaford, is a quiet community that

Radio

Surveying Southern Delaware news with Delaware Independent
Delaware Public Media’s partnership with Delaware Independent gives us a chance to help highlight more stories in Southern Delaware.Delaware Independent is a website and email newsletter offering a combination of in-depth and hyper-local coverage of Southern Delaware.We feature some of their stories…