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A croquet set, a nail gun, a podcast microphone and a sparkly purple record player. These are some of the objects available to rent through the Newark Library’s new Library of Things. 

  

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New Castle County residents will not see an increase in taxes next fiscal year—but sewer customers will have to pay a new fee. 

New Castle County residents will not see a property tax increase next year. County Executive Matt Meyer proposes a budget without one.

New Castle County released body camera footage Tuesday from a deadly police shooting earlier this year. The footage appears to contradict an earlier statement by County police.

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New Castle County Council resolved to focus future federal coronavirus relief money on underserved communities Tuesday.


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New Castle County started analyzing its sewer water for COVID-19 last spring.

Late last year, it moved that analysis to the University of Delaware’s Center for Environmental and Wastewater-based Epidemiological Research (CEWER).

Delaware Public Media’s Sophia Schmidt talks with CEWER director Kali Kniel about this work.

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New Castle County has agreed to reassess all properties for tax purposes by July 2023 — after decades of not doing so. It’s the latest development in the educational equity lawsuit filed by civil rights advocates.


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New Castle County and Delaware State University cut the ribbon on the new genomics testing lab on the DSU’s Wilmington campus.

 

New Castle County is using federal CARES Act funding to host AmeriCorps members to help with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The new program is called National Health Corps Delaware.

 

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The new hotel-turned-homeless-shelter in New Castle received some necessary items as part of Martin Luther King Day of Service. 

 

Elected officials—both returning and new— are taking oaths of office in New Castle County Tuesday.

 

New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer was sworn in for his second term Tuesday morning. 

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Just weeks after New Castle County settled on the property, the old Sheraton hotel along I-95 in New Castle is open as an emergency shelter. 

New Castle County Council is pressing pause on an effort to expand the county police force. 


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New Castle County now has a roadmap for improving open space preservation.


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New Castle County gets back the money it loaned to a failed attempt to create a Delaware stock exchange.

County Executive Matt Meyer announced Wednesday that Ideanomics, which owns the Delaware Board of Trade, repaid the $3 million loan, along with an annual 180 thousand dollar interest payment.

The New Castle County Council is expected to introduce an ordinance Tuesday night to increase the size of the county police department.

The plan is to expand the force from 400 to 415 officers to address population growth in the county south of the C&D Canal.

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New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer toured the new Delaware Data Innovation Lab created to help fight COVID-19 with the backing  of county CARES Act money.


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New Castle County is expanding its Little Free Libraries program to the whole county.

The pilot version of the program is currently in 20 neighborhoods in one council district.

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New Castle County and Delaware State University announce their plan for a COVID-19 testing facility at DSU’s Kirkwood Highway campus.

 

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Leadership at the Wilmington Housing Authority is again under scrutiny after the agency's Board of Commissioners passed a resolution of no confidence in its executive director this week.


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New Castle County is looking to use its federal coronavirus relief funds to buy a hotel. 


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New Castle County is sharing more than a third of its federal CARES Act funds with the state for various assistance programs. 


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Eligible Delaware nonprofits have until the end of the week to apply to the Delaware Nonprofit Support Fund.


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The Southern New Castle County Library ceremonially broke ground Thursday. 


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New Castle County is directing a portion of its CARES Act funding toward organizations fighting food insecurity. 


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Delawareans struggling to pay rent or mortgage payments because of the COVID-19 pandemic will get some help soon.

 

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Plans to give a former segregated school in Hockessin new life as a center for diversity and inclusion took a step forward Monday. 


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New Castle County is partnering with a local company to promote the wearing of masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


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New Castle County continues to track an estimate of coronavirus activity there based on its sewer. The estimates have varied widely week to week, but County leadership still sees them as useful.


Six current and former New Castle County employees have filed a federal lawsuit alleging serial sexual harassment and assault by a high-ranking county police officer — enabled by inaction on the part of county leaders.

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