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Hodgson grid star Jones picks UD — Hodgson Vo-Tech star Ray Jones has decided to play his college football close to home. The Wilmington resident gave his verbal commitment to University of Delaware coach Dave Brock late Tuesday. Jones plans to sign a national letter of intent in February, then join the Blue Hens next fall.

An end to the stench could finally mean fresh air — Finally, residents living within smelling range of an industrial-scale composting plant got some long overdue sweet news about their neighborhood's atmosphere Tuesday. It will soon be over. The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, prodded by the evidence of the stink pollution and political leaders' advocacy on behalf of frustrated residents, has ordered the doors of the site closed.

UD women 2nd, men 8th in CAA basketball polls — Preseason polls are a direct reflection of returning experience and Tuesday's Colonial Athletic Association basketball assessments accurately measured Delaware's. The defending CAA champion Blue Hen men, having lost their top four scorers, were eighth in the preseason coaches/media prediction, announced during conference media day festivities at the Center Club.

Smith staying at inside linebacker, for now — Marcus Smith wasn't sure where to go, so he approached the coaches before practice Tuesday and asked them if he should stay at inside linebacker or move back to his original position at outside linebacker. He was told stay on the inside, even though Mychal Kendricks returned to practice Tuesday after missing the previous four games with a calf injury.
Oct 22, 2014

#Eagles notes: Marcus Smith staying at ILB for now; Cary Williams feels fresher. via @delawareonline

Oct 21, 2014

#Eagles notes: Marcus Smith staying at inside LB for now; Cary Williams feels fresher. via @delawareonline

Sussex not on path to boost flood-zone height standards — Sussex County Council showed no interest in requiring new homes in flood zones to elevate their ground floors above the minimum height required by the Federal Emergency Management Administration, although some Sussex towns are setting their building codes above the baseline.
Oct 22, 2014

"Meh," said Sussex County Council (I've condensed) to the possibility of stiffening floor-height regs in flood zones

Two Wilmington teens charged in cellphone theft

Police investigate cellphone theft — Wilmington police are investigating the theft of a cellphone Monday from a 36-year-old woman, police said Tuesday. The incident occurred about 4 p.m. in the 1300 block of West Eighth St. where officers were dispatched to investigate a theft, said Sgt. Andrea Janvier.