About The Author: Bethany Hooper

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Bethany Hooper has been with The Dispatch since 2016. She currently covers various general stories. Hooper graduated from Stephen Decatur High School in 2012 and the University of Maryland in 2016, where she completed double majors in journalism and economics.

OC’s Raised Walkway Likely To Stay

OCEAN CITY – Despite a recommendation from town staff, a resort committee this week voted to keep an elevated walkway on St. Louis Avenue.On Monday, the Ocean City Police Commission voted unanimously to keep a raised crosswalk on St. Louis Avenue between 3rd and 4th streets after recognizing it had a deterrent effect on speeding… Read more »

Wicomico’s Public Park Plans Move Ahead

SALISBURY – Less than a month after accepting a $820,000 federal grant to develop a public park, the Wicomico County Council on Tuesday agreed to transfer $254,758 to match funding for the project.In October, County Executive Bob Culver announced the county had received an $820,000 matching grant from the National Park Service through the Land… Read more »

Delmarva Governors To Talk Issues At SU Next Month

SALISBURY – Three governors will convene in Salisbury next month to promote civility and bipartisanship through conversation.On Monday, Feb. 11, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, Delaware Gov. John Carney and Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam will come together at Salisbury University for the third installment in a conversation series featuring elected leaders.The event, entitled “A Conversation with… Read more »

County Libraries Receive Grant

BERLIN – More than $49,000 in unanticipated grant funding will allow the Worcester County Library to reallocate funds to several improvement projects and programs.On Tuesday, the Worcester County Commissioners voted unanimously to reallocate $49,446.37 from the fiscal year 2019 budget after learning the county’s library system had received a grant from the Maryland State Library… Read more »

West Ocean City Bike Path Talks Continue

OCEAN CITY – A representative with the State Highway Administration took time this week to address resort officials concerns regarding a design flaw in the proposed bike-friendly trail along the Route 50 corridor.In December, members of the Mayor and Council questioned the State Highway Administration’s (SHA) plans for a bicycle and pedestrian-friendly trail along the… Read more »

Heiser Sworn In As Worcester County’s First Female State’s Attorney

Heiser Sworn In As Worcester County’s First Female State’s Attorney

SNOW HILL – Veteran prosecutor Kris Heiser was sworn in as the first female state’s attorney for Worcester County this week.On Monday, Heiser was instated as the new Worcester County state’s attorney in front of a standing room-only crowd.Heiser defeated challenger William McDermott with 51 percent of the vote to win her seat in June’s… Read more »

Wicomico Nursing Home Concerns Addressed

SALISBURY – While the future of a county-owned nursing home remains uncertain, officials this week assured community members they would work toward a solution that preserves jobs and services.On Tuesday, members of the community came before the Wicomico County Council once again to make their case for keeping the Wicomico Nursing Home under county ownership.In… Read more »