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.

Wicomico Council To Consider Increases To Rec Fees

SALISBURY – A recommendation to increase certain recreation fees will move forward for council consideration after a discussion with department leaders last week.Last Tuesday, officials with Wicomico County Recreation, Parks and Tourism came before the Wicomico County Council seeking fee increases to certain recreation programs in fiscal year 2022.Deputy Director Katie Rouse said an increase… Read more »

Downtown Parking Permit Further Discussed

OCEAN CITY – A resort commission is seeking staff recommendations for a proposed residential parking permit in the downtown area.Following last month’s conversation on a proposed downtown residential parking permit, resort staff members were invited to Monday’s Ocean City Police Commission to discuss the feasibility of implementing a new parking district on streets to the… Read more »

Library Branch Renaming Planned

SALISBURY – The downtown branch of Wicomico Public Libraries will be renamed in honor of the late U.S. Sen. Paul Sarbanes.On Tuesday, the Wicomico County Council voted unanimously to rename the downtown library the Wicomico County Public Libraries – Paul S. Sarbanes Branch.Wicomico Public Libraries Board of Trustees Chair Michele Canopii said a suggestion to… Read more »

Wicomico Receives $7.3M Md. Grant

SALISBURY – Up to $7.3 million in grant funding from the state could provide emergency rental and utility assistance to Wicomico County residents.On Tuesday, the Wicomico County Council voted 5-0, with Councilmen Josh Hastings and John Cannon abstaining, to accept up to $7,380,680 in Emergency Rental Assistance Program grant funding from the Maryland Department of… Read more »