Our Top 25 stories in 2023


Posts on South American burglary gangs hitting northern Delaware, the new Great Wolf Lodge west of Newark and a Delaware company accused of operating a precious metals scam topped the list of most read stories on the Delaware Business Now site during 2023.

The top 10 stories included a look at a failed urban renewal strategy that led to the demise of the once vibrant business and social community on Wilmington’s east side and a My Take analysis column on Wilmington Trust being acquired by M&T under an emergency “take under” due to loans that went south.

Other stories in the top 25 included new airline Avelo cutting flights outside of Florida destinations this winter, Helen’s Sausage House and Del Pez Latin restaurant coming to Newark, and quarterback Joe Flacco joining Ron Jaworski in acquiring Middletown’s Back Creek County Club.

Coming in at 25 was news of a Florida woman becoming the first passenger at Wilmington Airport to be found by the TSA with a loaded gun in her carry-on bag.

Below are links to the top 25.


1. County Police issue advisory on South American burglary gangs

2. Great Wolf Lodge in Perryville will feature company’s largest water park, 700 rooms

3. Delaware company ordered to pay back nearly $113 million in alleged precious metals scam

4. Troopers seek debit card theft suspect

5. Updated My Take: Delaware’s bank failure

6. Clearing the Eastside’s backbone for a new downtown  Wilmington – ‘To lose all that was like having your heart cut out’

7. Florida men jailed after attempted fake credit card purchase of $22,000 in auto parts

8. Police seek potential victims in Facebook Marketplace fraud case

9. Food and Drink: Helen’s Sausage House, Del Pez coming to  Newark; Wawa ramps up catering; new SoDel brand

10. Former State Trooper gets 6 months in prison on charges tied to theft from business

11. Updated: Bidens wind up vacation at home near Greenville

12. Ron Jaworski, Joe Flacco, hotel group acquire Middletown’s Back Creek golf course

13. JPMorgan puts Ogletown building on sales, leasing market

14. Lawsuit filed over past use of PFOA chemicals by Newark-based W.L. Gore

15 Fire causes $1 million in damage to Port Deposit restaurant

16. 3 charged, 2 at large following probe into drug selling at New Castle motel

17. Future of Delaware shops unclear as Amtrak moves forward on new maintenance sites

18. Personnel file: Dec. 24, 2023

19. York, PA contractor low bidder for I-95, Route 896 project

20. Update: Fun City springing into former Kmart store in Bear

21. Multiple arrests after bust of large scale Rosegate drug manufacturing and distribution operation

22. Middletown ranked as fifth best family town in nation

23. Doubletree in downtown Wilmington on auction block

24. Update: Avelo suspending flights to Wilmington, NC, Myrtle Beach, Nashville and Daytona Beach in early 2024

25. Florida woman charged after gun is found in baggage at Wilmington Airport