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Delaware's Cape Region Friday, May 2 - Thursday, May 8, 1997 Volume 4, No. 50 Candidates forum set Friday in library By Dennis Forney Four candidates seeking two Lewes Council seats this week presented a variety of views about what's important to their town and why each of them represents a good choice for voters. Those running are incumbents George Cleaver and Elinore Sheehan and challengers Jim lppolito and Ed Zygmonski. The citizens of Lewes have a chance to hear the candidates firsthand at the annual Lewes Homeowners Association candi- Lewes candidates present variety of views to date. What issues do you feel the voters are dates' forum scheduled for Friday, May 2 at 8 p.m. The forum will be held in the upstairs meeting room of Lewes Public Library and the public is invited to attend. Then on Saturday, May I0, voters will go to the polls in Lewes from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. to cast their votes. Peg Stewart, who works for the city, said that 1,096 residents are registered to vote in the election. Registra- tion deadline 1Sassed on Friday, April 25. The relatively quiet campaign heated up this week when incumbent Lewes Council- man Jim Ford issued a letter to local news- papers calling on voters to unseat incum- bent Elinore Sheehan. [See Letters in this edition.] Sheehan said she was astounded by the letter and said she felt this was the "dirtiest" election she had been involved in Japanese peony floods garden with its rare beauty 8adako Davis Igagza proudly at the JapaneN peony tree she has cultivated in the garden at the home of she and her husband Frank in the Pines of Rehoboth Beach on a eleer spring afternoon. While  found in the United States, they are quite prevalent in her homeland. Known for her boisterous and outspoken most concerned about? nature at city council meetings, Sheehan What would you do in the next two said recently that she's the same Elinore years to resolve the current lack of a chief of Sheehan she's always been and continues to police? stand on principle. Why should residents vote for you? The rest of this year's campaign has been The candidates responded as follows: confined to a few other letters from candi- dates and their supporters, a smattering of GEORGE CLEAVER signs on lawns around town, lots of phone Cleaver, a retired golf course adminislra- calls from candidates to residents who show tot, is seeking his second two-year term. up on the official voting list, and house-to- "The most important issue I see, and the. house calls by some of the candidates, most important issue I'm hearing from the The four candidates were contacted by voters, is still the chief of police situation. telephone this week and asked to respond to Every place I go, that's the first thing they the following four questions: ask me. The whole community's divided What do you feel are the most important over this issue and the proposed charter issues facing Lewes? Continued on page 10 State charges bus driver in Lewes student fatality By Kerry Kester The State of Delaware has decided to charge a school bus dri- ver for an accident that claimed the fife of Alison Trout, 14, who died Friday, March 7, after being struck by a car when she was attempting to approach her bus. "We're bringing charges against the school bus driver, Helen Hare, for careless driving - for failure to use her school bus warning lights when she was in the process of picking up a pupil," said Stephauie Tsantes, deputy attor- Drugs Part I: The illegal-drug and pflson connection: is there A national study approximates that 80 percent of the nation's prison population is incarcerated for convictions related to illegal drugs. What drugs are posing the most threat to citizens in Delaware, and how is the state addressing the crime problems associated with drugs? This, the first of a two-part series, will explore national drug trends and how they may impact Sussex County and the state at ney general. "There's no charge being brought against anyone else,', she said. Tsantes said that she filed a Rule 9 Summons, which means Hare will appear in the Court of Common Pleas to answer the charges. Her court appearance has not yet been scheduled. . When she appears in court, Hare will have the opportunity to plead "guilty" or "not guilty." If she should plead not guilty, her case will proceed to trial. "It's not a Cmltinued on page 17 hope for reform? large. The second part of the series will address how the Department of Correction is attempting to reform those whose drug problems lead them to a life behind bars. By Kerry Kester As police throughout Delaware make daily arrests of those opemt- ing in the illegal drug market, as suspects parade daily through Continued on page 15