Natural gas prices likely to cause higher heating bills this winter

Charlie Megginson Business, Headlines

Natural gas prices are expected to cause higher heating bills this winter. (Doris Morgan at Unsplash) With overnight temperatures dipping into the 40s, you’ll likely soon be reaching for the thermostat to turn on the heat (if you haven’t already). Just in time for the cooler weather, Delaware’s public advocate is warning the 43% of Delawareans who rely on natural …

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Highmark rebates 5.1% of health insurance premiums

Ken Mammarella Business, Headlines, Health

  (Delaware Live photo) The check from Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware is really in the mail. And it’s for a lot of money. Highmark is rebating $12.1 million to individual Delawareans and those who buy small-group insurance, according to Delaware Insurance Commissioner Trinidad Navarro. The 20,857 individuals will split more than $8.4 million, with an average rebate of …

Hockessin BookShelf closing Dec. 15 as owner moves to California

Ken Mammarella Business, Headlines

    “I am in shock,” Vicki Knotts said. “I went through a box of tissues.” What shocked Knotts – a customer, book club member and event-goer – is the announcement that the Hockessin BookShelf is closing. The store opened in 2002, and employee Rebecca Dowling bought it in 2007. The closure, effective Dec. 15, is “bittersweet news,” she wrote …

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Delaware grants pave way for Siemens expansion in Glasgow

Charles Megginson Business, Headlines

Siemens Healthineers plans to add 29,000 square feet to its existing facility at the Glasgow Business Community.   Medical technologies company Siemens Healthineers is investing $32 million to expand its footprint in Glasgow. The company plans to add 29,000 square feet to its existing facility located at the Glasgow Business Community park off Route 896, according to a Monday press …

Wilmington to pay for 20 teens to take drone, virtual reality classes

Charles Megginson Business, Headlines

The city of Wilmington will pay for 20 students to attend drone and virtual reality classes.   The City of Wilmington will pay for 20 teens to complete aerial drone and virtual reality training programs.  In coordination with Drone Workforce Solutions Drone School, 10 area teens will be selected to participate in a 16-week training course on the operation of …

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Somerville Manning forced to move anniversary show because of flooding

Betsy Price Business, Headlines

Somerville Manning Gallery’s owner and director rushed to ready its temporary location on Kennett Pike for the 40th anniversary show.   When Somerville Manning Gallery sent out invitations to a “surprise exhibition” for its 4oth anniversary show, owner Vickie Manning was hoping to create a little drama to stir patron interest. “Be careful what you ask for, right,” said Rebecca …

Restaurants cut hours as struggle with hiring continues

Betsy Price Business, Headlines

Harry’s Hospitality has been running ads inviting people to work for them for a bit, or a lifetime.   Jeff Hammer, who runs five Delaware beach restaurants, has been running a help-wanted ad in Bethany Beach for more than a month. He’s had two applicants in that time. Hammer and other restaurateurs say they’ve seen no rise in applications since …

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State to invest $110 million in expanding broadband ‘the last mile’

Charles Megginson Business, Headlines

Sussex County legislators gather to look at broadband maps. Clockwise from top, Sen. Brian Pettyjohn, Rep. Jesse Vanderwende, Rep. Ruth Briggs King, Rep. Charlie Postles and Sen. Dave Wilson.   COVID-19 funds will pay for a $110 million Delaware investment aimed at guaranteeing high-speed broadband internet access for every home and business in the state.  The expansion project, announced Thursday …

Case backlog, hope for rent assistance keep Delaware eviction filings low

Charles Megginson Business, Headlines

Landlords may be waiting to see how rental assistance programs can help before filing for eviction.   Two weeks after the federal eviction moratorium ended on Aug. 26, Delaware has not yet seen a significant spike in eviction filings.  Some experts say that could be yet to come.  A backlog of eviction cases and the availability of hundreds of millions …