TOWNE Fair tops attendance despite rain. Karen Bongard, event coordinator for the 9th annual Towne & Country Fair, said that this year’s event was the best ever. “When you have vendors running out of food early, that’s a good sign attendance is up,” she said. Bongard said at least 10,000 attended this year, and the crowd could have been much higher. The fireworks were cancelled because of the rain, but will return next year. “We are planning a two-day event for the 10th anniversary next year to include a circus,” Bongard said. Clockwise from top left are: Civil War battle reenactment; Little Miss Towne & Country Fair 2002 Kaitlyn Ward; one of the cannons that used in the reenactment, one of Ed Banning’s Clydesdale teams. More photos on pages 20 and 30.

Photos by Bryant Richardson

Primary Election is this Saturday - A number of choices await decisions of the voters this Saturday in Delaware. Pages 12-14

Virus found in Seaford area bird - Seaford Police have received notification that a dead bird has been found in Seaford with a confirmed case of West Nile Virus. DNREC was notified and tested the bird, which resulted in the positive identification of the virus. Those who come across dead birds are asked to notify DNREC, 1-800-523-3336. The number of infected birds found this year in New Castle County is 55, with four in Kent County, and one in Sussex County.

Public hearing on transportation - The Delaware Dept. of Transportation will hold a public hearing on the Capital Transportation Program for 2004 - 2009 on Thursday, Sept. 12, at the DelDOT Georgetown Administration Building. A workshop will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. with public comments accepted at 7 p.m.

Seaford has a building for sale - The City of Seaford is gearing up to market a building in the city’s industrial park and during a recent Mayor and Council meeting a price was agreed on. Page 3

Get ready to smile for the camera - It may not be too long before motorists traveling along US 13 in Seaford who fail to stop for a traffic signal, could find themselves caught on camera. Page 11

Community Concerts member drive - The Seaford Community Concert Association will kick off its membership drive for its new concert series, on Saturday. Page 39