About The Author: Shawn Soper

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Shawn Soper has been with The Dispatch since 2000. He began as a staff writer covering various local government beats and general stories. His current positions include managing editor and sports editor. Growing up in Baltimore before moving to Ocean City full time three decades ago, Soper graduated from Loch Raven High School in 1981 and from Towson University in 1985 with degrees in mass communications with a journalism concentration and history.

Governor Signs Bill Protecting Boardwalk Arcades

OCEAN CITY — Bringing closure to a long-debated and often fiercely battled issue, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan last week signed into a law a bill that protects previously- threatened traditional Boardwalk arcades and other family-owned entertainment centers in the resort. In 2012, state lawmakers passed legislation putting coin-operated amusement equipment under the auspices of the… Read more »

UPDATE: More Details Emerge In Fatal Accident; Chief Issues Safety Message With Busy Weekend On Tap

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OCEAN CITY — More details emerged on Friday on the horrific collision involving a motorcycle and a pick-up truck on Thursday afternoon that claimed the life of a Montgomery County man. At 12:08 p.m. on Thursday, a motorcycle traveling north on Coastal Highway at speeds estimated at around 100 mph collided with a Ford F-350… Read more »