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Delaware's Cape Region Friday, April 5 - Thursday, April 11, 1996 Volume 3, No. 46 Sussex, state join forces in shaping Rt. 1 development By Miclul Short Sussex County Council agreed on April 2 to not accept preliminary site plans or rezoning requests for additional projects on Rt. 1 unless they have received entrance approvals from the Delaware Department of Transportation. That's the latest development in a sim- meting Rt. 1 development controversy. It follows an announcement last week by the Department of Transportation that it can no longer issue entrance permits for large pro- jects like outlet malls on Rt. 1 between the Five Points area and Rehoboth Beach. Transportation officials said that this doesn't mean such projects can't be devel- Batten third to file for at large Cape Board seat By Kerry Kester Reverend Grace Ruth Batten filed candidacy for the Cape Hen- lopen Board-of Election race on Thursday, April 4. She is running for the At-large seat and faces Milton "Butch" Archer, current board president, and Estie Class in the May 11 election. "I think I have something to offer the educational arena," said Batten. "I taught adult education for 10 years. I've always been involved in education." Batten said she taught adult edu- cation in the James Groves pro- gram from 1979 to 1990. "I ran a satellite program for Groves [in Milton]," she said. "A lot of peo- ple got their degrees - GEDs (Graduate Equivalency Diplo- mas). "I'm looking for better teaching conditions," she said. What's most important to her is manage- able class sizes. "If you want quality education, you've got to have the right class size." Batten said she is also interested I I in seeing more contri- butions to school deci- sions from teachers, something that would be managed through care- ful selection BATTEN of administra- tors. "I would like to see, in administration, somebody who is going to get more input from the teachers. "You want the kind of people [in administration] who are really tuned into what is really going on and what is really needed. You need the kind of leadership that is going to listen to the public." Batten said another of her con- cerns is school discipline. "I think that just [discipline in] the kids' homes is not the answer," Batten said. She said she believes pro- grams in schools can also be very Continued on page 11 oped. It only means that developers must work with them to develop plans that have less impact on traffic and highway safety. County Administrator Bob Stickels said "what we want to avoid is having an appli- cant go through the whole process and then have the application sit out there for a year or more [with everything but DelDOT approval]." Two major projects in the Rt. 1 area, a Wal-Mart and a I_owe's, are already await- ing the go ahead from DelDOT. "Based on a directive issued by Delaware Department of Transportation Secretary Anne Canby, the Sussex County Council Continued on page 10 Angle Moon photo Hippity, hop! Easter's on its way Debbie Marsch of Rehoboth Beach takes a break from her job at Franklin Hardware to dance in the streets of Lewes with the Easter Bunny, better known as Julie Thomas. The East- er Bunny was making a special appearance at Kids Ketch Saturday afternoon, March 30. Everyone is ready for spring to bust loose, although the weekend weather isn't promising. By Dennis Forney Frank H. Buck Jr., who ran unsuccessful- ly against George H.P. Smith for the Lewes mayor's post in 1994, decided shortly before deadline on Thursday, April 4 to try again. Buck, 75, issued a brief statement after he filed at city hall: "In a recent past election," reads Buck's statement, "the voters of Lewes were out- raged by the prospect of no choice in the selection of a mayor. In an effort to avoid a repetition of that situation, and hopefully to put an end to the out-of-control machine politics, I am announc- ing my candidacy for mayor of Lewes. My candidacy is not in opposition to George Smith as an individual, but rather George Smith as mayor." Buck declined to comment further on his candidacy at this time. "I will have BUCK plenty to say in the weeks to come on a number of different issues." A resident of Drake Knoll with his wife, Carol, Buck retired a number of years back from the DuPont Company where he worked as manager of industrial trade shows. Smith out-polled Buck.583-288 to win FORD his first term as mayor in the 1994 election. Smith filed a few weeks back for his second term as mayor. Incumbents Jim Ford and Tony Pratt also filed this week for a third term on Lewes Council. Their filings bring to four the num- ber of candidates seek- ing two council seats to be decided by voters in the Saturday, May 11 election. The terms are PRATT for two years. Continued on page 11 Buck files for mayor's post; Ford, Pratt seek re.election