Governor Markell Honors Wilmington Mayor for Decades of Public Service

WILMINGTON – Acknowledging his extensive service to the State of Delaware and unwavering dedication to the City of Wilmington, Governor Markell presented Mayor James Baker with an Order of the First State, the highest honor the governor can grant.

“Mayor Baker’s service to the City of Wilmington and the State of Delaware spans several decades and includes many notable accomplishments,” said Governor Markell. “He has established quite a legacy, not just of service, but of achievement.”

Mayor Baker’s political career began when he was elected to serve on Wilmington’s City Council in 1972 and made history in 1984 as the first African-American elected council President, serving in that capacity until his election as Mayor in 2001. He was the longest serving Council President in the City of Wilmington’s history.

Governor Markell presented the Order to Mayor Baker in a surprise meeting with friends, family and colleagues as he entered his final days of a historic three-term career as Mayor for the City of Wilmington.

A video from the meeting can be seen on the Governor’s YouTube Channel.

Wilmington Area Man Faces Child Pornography Charges

Media Release
January 4, 2013

Wilmington – A proactive online undercover Child Predator Task Force investigation into the distribution of child pornography has led to the arrest of a Wilmington area man on multiple counts, Attorney General Beau Biden announced today.

“Every day our Child Predator Task Force is using the latest cutting-edge technology to identify and track down those who would harm our kids,” Biden stated.

The investigation led to the execution of a search warrant on January 3 by Task Force personnel, along with support from Delaware State Police, at a residence in the 200 block of Spruce Avenue in Newport.  While executing the search warrant, detectives identified resident Leon D. Smallwood, III, age 21, as a person of interest and took him to Troop #6 for questioning.  Detectives also seized several computers and other digital evidence.  A forensic preview of the seized evidence revealed multiple videos of child pornography. 
Based on the evidence, Smallwood was arrested and charged with 25 counts of Dealing in Child Pornography.  He was arraigned via videophone by JP Court #2 and was taken to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in lieu of $187,500 secured bail.
The investigation continues.

A booking image of Smallwood follows:

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Governor’s Weekly Message: Promoting Good Health in 2013

Wilmington – In his weekly message, taped at the Central YMCA in Wilmington, the Governor discusses a new, statewide social media focused on promoting good health in the New Year.

“Just like we promised smoke-free state properties and a more walkable, bikeable Delaware in the new year, we are also committed to promoting healthy lifestyles and supporting your path to a healthier you,” said Governor Markell. “It’s not about starting a daily three-hour grueling workout, or signing up for fitness classes that you can’t keep up with, it’s about small, sustainable changes that will add up over time.”

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Transcript of Governor Markell’s Weekly Message: Promoting Good Health in 2013.

Governor’s Weekly Message Transcript: Promoting Good Health in 2013

This week we launched a campaign to promote good health among Delawareans – called “31 Days to a Healthier You.” It’s about small steps we can all take that lead to big rewards for our health.

Every New Year, we collectively think about the healthier habits we can embrace and as we launch this campaign here at the Central YMCA in Wilmington, it’s great to see so many people committed to the cause of good health.

Just like we promised smoke-free state properties and a more walkable, bikeable Delaware in the New Year, we’re also committed to promoting health lifestyles and supporting your path to a healthier you.

It’s not about starting a daily three-hour grueling workout, or signing up for fitness classes that you can’t keep up with. It’s about small, sustainable changes that will add up over time, like a healthier lunch or a switch from whole-milk to one-percent milk, or from a piece of candy to an apple, or making the effort to take a 15-minute walk every day.

It’s about a healthier you. Our Health and Social Services Secretary and Public Health Director are working with us to help get us all motivated and moving, so we can move our state from a sick-care system to a true health care system. So, you’ll start seeing messages on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and other social media channels. We hope you’ll do something for yourself and encourage others who don’t think that they can do it to adapt a healthier change as we work together to live healthier, longer and better lives, keeping one another and Delaware moving forward.

Sussex County Residents Eligible for SBA Loans for “Sandy” Repairs

(Smyrna) – The United States Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced that because Sussex County, Delaware is contiguous to Worcester County, Maryland, which was the primary Maryland county adversely affected by Hurricane Sandy, homeowners, businesses, and non-profit organization in Sussex County can apply for special SBA loans.  Two counties in Maryland (Somerset and Wicomico) and one in Virginia (Accomack) also qualify because they are contiguous to Worcester County, Maryland.

The loans for physical damage repairs or to compensate for economic injury have special low interest rates.  Applicant categories and specific interest rates for each category are shown below:


Homeowners with credit available elsewhere                                                                           3.375

Homeowners without credit available elsewhere                                                                      1.688

Businesses with credit available elsewhere                                                                              6.000

Businesses without credit available elsewhere                                                                         4.000

Non-Profit organizations with credit available elsewhere                                                          3.125

Non-Profit organizations without credit available elsewhere                                                     3.000


Businesses & Small Agricultural Cooperatives without credit available elsewhere                   4.000

Non-Profit organizations without credit available elsewhere                                                      3.000

The deadline for Physical Damage Loan applications is March 4, 2013.  Economic Injury Loan applications must be submitted by the October 2, 2013 deadline.  Applications can be filed by using the Electronic Loan Application available at the SBA’s secure website (  Loan forms and information can also be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for hearing impaired callers), or by sending an email to

Applicants can also download an application from the Small Business Administration website (  Completed applications submitted via mail should be sent to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX  76155.