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.

Pines Considers Electronic Signage

OCEAN PINES – Discussions on the purchase of an electronic sign for the north gate entrance highlighted a list of new business items at last week’s Ocean Pines board meeting.Last Saturday, the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors agreed to consider a proposal to retrofit the north gate sign and make it electronic. The project,… Read more »

Pines Hand Count Reveals Vote Discrepancies

OCEAN PINES – A hand count of votes from the 2022 board election revealed significant discrepancies in vote totals for the six candidates, but the Ocean Pines Elections Committee reports more information is needed to identify what went wrong during the tabulation process.Last Friday, members of the elections committee met to hand count paper ballot… Read more »

Reserve Fund Expense Discussed

OCEAN PINES – Discussion over the county’s use of service area reserve funds to pay a $540,000 Bay Restoration Fee highlighted a recent meeting of the Ocean Pines Association (OPA) Board of Directors.Last month, the Worcester County Commissioners voted 5-2, with Commissioners Chip Bertino and Jim Bunting opposed, to use the Ocean Pines service area… Read more »

Inaugural Worcester County History Month Planned

Staff WriterOCEAN CITY – Community members are invited to take part in special events, exhibits and workshops in celebration of the inaugural Worcester County History Month.Throughout the month of October, the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum, Ocean Pines Association, Calvin B. Taylor House Museum, Germantown School Community Heritage Center and the Delmarva Discovery Museum will… Read more »

Wicomico Approves $23M Bond Bills

SALISBURY – County officials this month voted to approve the issuance of two bond bills totaling more than $23 million.The Wicomico County Council last Tuesday voted unanimously to approve two public improvement bonds totaling $23,378,386 for nine capital projects.“This is the next step in the process to issue our fiscal year 2023, fall 2022 bonds,”… Read more »

Pines Eyes Capital Campaign Study

OCEAN PINES – Officials say a feasibility study will allow Ocean Pines to better gauge community support for a fire station capital campaign.Last Saturday, General Manager John Viola presented the Ocean Pines Association (OPA) Board of Directors with an update on the Ocean Pines Volunteer Fire Department (OPVFD) workgroup, which will assist the association in… Read more »