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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, March 24 March 30, 2000 - 17 Biden speaks April 8 at Democratic spring dinner The annual Sussex County De- mocratic Spring Dinner features Sen. Joe Biden as speaker; the dinner is at 6 p.m., Saturday, April 8, in the Carter Partnership Higher Education Building, Delaware Tech College Owens Campus. The annual spring dinner tradi- tionally attracts Sussex County Democratic leaders and candi- dates as well as Gov. Tom Carper, Lt. Gov. Ruth Ann Minner and Treasurer Jack Markell. This year, Carper is challenging Sen. Bill Roth and Minner is running for governor. The evening opens at 6 p.m. with a candidates' reception and is followed by dinner. Tickets are reserved for the first 250 pur- chased; the cost is $25. For reser- vations, contact Petie Adams, 302-349-4060. Minner fundraiser April 9 at Irish Eyes in Lewes The Minner Campaign has scheduled an afternoon buffet at Irish Eyes Restaurant and Pub, Lewes, for 3 to 5 p.m., Sunday, April 9. Lt. Governor Ruth Ann Legislative U 00date Castle, Biden urge census participation Setting an example, Sen. Joe Biden and Congressman Mike Castle recently filled out and signed their own census forms at a ceremony in Wilmington. They encouraged all Delawareans to follow their lead in providing in- formation for the 2000 U.S. Cen- sus. The two elected officials stressed the importance of partici- pating in the census to ensure that Delaware receives proper federal funding for various community programs. They pointed out that the amount of federal money allo- cated for many programs is based on the numbers collected in the census. They also assured the pub- lic of the privacy of answers. Committee nears proposal for ABCC replacement The Joint Sunset Committee is close to drafting legislation that would replace the five-member Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission with a single com- missioner. Committee member Sen. Gary Simpson, R-Milford, said numerous meetings have brought the committee very close to settling on one commissioner and a strengthened Division of Al- coholic Beverage Control. Simp- son said the commissioner would address issues of law, administra- tion of licensing and variance re- quests while the division would be given more time for enforcement. Since the present ABCC will be dissolved at the end of November, Senate mulls House version of accountability By Rosanne Pack specific components of testing Senate leaders elected to give In a caper of cooperation that and its consequences, senators a week to study the bill Minner is seeking the Democratic surprised many lawmakers, the Now, with the education ac- that came back to them early this Party nomination for governor. Delaware House of Representa- countability ball bounced back in- week before taking it back to the Tickets are $25 per person, And tives passed S.B. 260, education to the Senate's court, most sena- floor. It is expected to come up as reservations can be sent to the reform and accountability, with tors feel that passage is assured, early as next week. Minner Campaign, P.O. Box only one day of debate and with- Sen. George Bunting, D- "After hearing of about 40 9669, Wilmington, DE 19809, or out some 40 amendments that had Bethany Beach, said, "That amendments, the amendments we made by calling M.C. Byrd, 302- been proposed, amendment was critical. I never got back don't seem too earth 761-9600. Late Thursday afternoon, liked the proposition of one test shattering," said Sen. Gary Simp- In other campaign events, Min- March 16, Cape Region members determining a student's progress, son, R-Milford. "The amendment ner and Rep. Shirley Price, D- of the House expected to adjourn What most of us realize is that [creating a testing study commit- Millville, are honorees at a 5:30 late that night without voting on school reform is on-going. Pas- tee] made it better. Every com- p.m., Friday, March 24, reception the bill. Most expected to face the sage of this bill, with the knowl- plaint that I had was regarding the hosted by the Sussex Women in bill again Tuesday. However, with edge that we can continue to study testing. I would look for passage Motion at Magnolia's, Ocean the realization that student testing the testing, diploma system and fairly soon." View. Price is seeking re-election was the major stumbling block for student progress, allows us to get Bunting agreed, saying, "If any- to the 38th District seat. almost everyone, the Representa- started." thing's ever been a democratic tires homed in on the problem "I still have some mixed feel- process, developing this bill is it. Jones' county council and approved one sweeping ings on some issues," said Rep. Everyone has weighed in and announcement April 15 amendment that cleared the way Shirley Price, D-Millville, "but most got some of what they want- for approval, we need to move ahead. With the ed. We're almost there for pas- Finley "Butch" Jones will offi- The amendment creates an 1 I- provision that we can study it and sage; I'm proud that it did not die cially announce his candidacy for member committee that will study go back and revisit it, I am basi- in the House." re-election to Sussex County the controversial state testing pro- cally pleased with the passage." The House vote on S.B. 260 Council at I p.m., Saturday, April gram and all the baggage that it Price said many educators have was 33-5 with Price and Rep. 15. The incumbent in the 2nd carries with it. This committee of told her that the tests are not age John Schroeder, D-Lewes voting Councilmanic District will host an legislators and educators must appropriate. She hopes the study in favor of passage. Included in announcement celebration at the complete a study by March 15, committee can reach some con- those voting against it was Rep. Greenwood Fire Hall. Refresh- 2001. The introduction of this clusions on that issue as well as Charles West, D-Gumboro; in- ments will be served and the pub- amendment allowed numerous what other components should be cluded in three not voting were iic is invited. Jones, a Democrat, Representatives to withdraw indi- included in determining a stu- Rep. George Carey, R-Milford, is seeking his second term on vidual amendments that dealt with dent's progress, and Rep. Tina Fallon, R-Seaford. county council. -Compiled by Rosanne Pack King pleads not guilty to murdering children Nancy King, 42, of Louisville, ment and made statements that King's husband, Jerry, asserts Ky., pleaded not guilty Friday, led the police to contact the King's innocence, claiming her March 17, in Superior Court in Delaware State Police Homicide prescription drugs used to treat. Sussex Coun- Unit. mental problems and her alco- the committee must have a re- placement plan ready by June 30. ty, to two That unit worked closely with holism led her to make statements counts of sec- Louisville detectives, who arrest- that were false. At the time of the ond-degree ed King March 2, after learning a babies' deaths, police did not sus- Seniors receive school murder. The Sussex County grand jury indict- pect foul play. Both babies were property tax refunds charges stem ed her Feb. 14, 2000. believed to have died from Sud- The State Department of Fi- from her con- "She confessed to both mur- den Infant Death Syndrome. nance has issued school property fession to a ders," said Louisville Det. Jeremi- The court has assigned public tax refunds to most senior citizens Louisville de- ah Nieves in a recent interview, defender Sam Burke to King's in Sussex and Kent counties. The tective that in He said she was very remorseful case; Melanie Withers, deputy at- refunds come as the result of leg- 1976, she al- KING and cooperative with him during torney general, will represent the islation that substitutes state fund- legedly smothered her 5-month- the investigation process, state. ing for local revenue that districts old baby and an 8-month-old lost in tax cuts. By mid-March, Dewey Beach baby for whom she P/aS/O/ff 30,000 checks went to seniors for babysat. an average amount of $188 per King's ordeal began in May check. 1999, when she allegedly contact- E/fP'S  -Compiled by Rosa nne Pack ed the Ocean View Police Depart- /[/S r--- " ........................... Restored Z13 .,00nVlt'rs 00'aa'd Ct,nT00's remodeled in 1997, this 3 BR, 3 1/2 Fundraiser for is situated on a very ,I $218,0.edgelarge lt at lhe verl/PricedOf ll' i'B00iLee ..... 1 PAULTOWNSF.IO WOLFE POINTE i for Governor 1 CATCHES New Neighborhood ..... .=:, THE south of Lewes, overlooking _. I'lOE L & g canal lS8 single family lots Monday, March 27th * 5:30-7:30 PM FOR with amenities water and sewer Hors d'oeuvres & Open Bar available. Selling fast and furious! YOU! SEE MEt $50 per person . . For Tickets call: Cynda 645-5050 .......... ' .. Ronnie 227-5000 Rr.atrOR Dawn 226-0299 cnw,Y s-2207/0-3sl-4241 PO Box 378, Rehoboth Beach Paid for by Bill Lee for Governor '   William E. Wright, Treast,trer