Thoughts From the Publisher’s Desk

Thoughts From the Publisher’s Desk
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Ocean City could find itself in the next edition of Guinness World Records. Yesterday morning, a group of nine brave souls stepped out of the Quality Inn on 16th Street in search of a new record for barhopping. The nine-member group needed to hit 102 bars in a 24-hour period. News Editor Shawn Soper was there for the first stop and seemed tempted to request a day in the field. Fortunately, he made it back to the office to file the story, and we look forward to hearing how the group fared throughout the day and night.

Organizer John Egan is not concerned about the drinking aspect of the task that requires at least one four-ounce drink be consumed by one team member at each stop along the journey. “Knowing this crew, I think we should be fine on the consumption end,” he said. “We’re pretty sure we’ll get it done without worrying about the clock or closing time,” said Egan. “There are enough spots to hit and, according to my plan, we should be able to do about half of it by this afternoon.” Stay tuned next week to see how the group ended up.

It’s official – County Commissioner Bud Church has secured his third term in office. With the deadline for local central committees to nominate an opposing party candidate passing Wednesday, Church was officially elected late Wednesday night. Church, a Republican, is the only commissioner not to be challenged. All this essentially means at this point is there will be at least one familiar face returning to Snow Hill and at least one new face joining the board because Commissioner Bobby Cowger decided not to seek re-election. It’s going to be interesting to see come November the make up of the new board and whether voters are pleased with their current representation or want wholesale change.

The results of Worcester County Board of Education’s annual survey of graduating seniors typically prove interesting. It’s essentially a snapshot of what the students plan to do after graduation as well as gets the graduates’ viewpoints on numerous other issues reviewing their years in public school. According to the survey, 60 percent of students have plans to be enrolled in a four-year college come September, while 23 percent will be looking to a two-year college. Five percent of the students surveyed planned to get to work, and 5 percent planned to enter the military after graduation.

Usually this is not the place for press releases, but one came through this week that caught my attention. Ocean City is planning a public hearing on Monday, Aug. 16 at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

According to the release from the town, topics to be addressed include “reducing the number of buses servicing the Coastal Highway fixed route, November through March annually; reducing the number of buses, and or modifying service hours applied, on all shifts; and service reduction impacts on patrons.” This is not a new issue as the Mayor and Council flirted with eliminating the nightshift bus altogether last year or at a minimum decreasing the buses working the roads that time of year.

While I applaud the effort, the timing of the hearing is questionable. It’s going to be shocking if there’s a solid turnout. It’s the summer and folks are not thinking about winter bus service. In all likelihood, this issue will merit another hearing in the fall. Regardless, it’s a topic worthy of serious thought.

In other news, the latest issue of Worcester County’s SandPapers, a quarterly newsletter distributed by the county’s tourism department, contained lots interesting tidbits, including word ESPN2 crews will be coming to Ocean City. According to the newsletter, a production team will be coming to Ocean City at some point to film and episode for George Poveromo’s World of Saltwater Fishing. The show reportedly focuses on educating viewers on a gamefish and the Ocean City episode is rumored to focus on white marlin.

About The Author: Steven Green

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The writer has been with The Dispatch in various capacities since 1995, including serving as editor and publisher since 2004. His previous titles were managing editor, staff writer, sports editor, sales account manager and copy editor. Growing up in Salisbury before moving to Berlin, Green graduated from Worcester Preparatory School in 1993 and graduated from Loyola University Baltimore in 1997 with degrees in Communications (journalism concentration) and Political Science.