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.

Boardwalk ‘Butt Huts’ Ready

OCEAN CITY – Efforts to install cigarette disposal containers to the west of the Boardwalk will move forward as the town installs barriers and bollards as part of an access control project.Last week, Public Works Director Hal Adkins told the Ocean City Coast-al Resources Legislative Committee, or Green Team, that plans are underway to install… Read more »

Pirate’s Wharf History Lessons Presented

SALISBURY – Wicomico officials are hoping to incorporate the history of a county-owned property into the development of a regional park.Earlier this month, local genealogist and historian Mike Hitch presented the community with his findings on the history of a county-owned property known as Pirate’s Wharf.“It turned out this site is very unique and has… Read more »

Wicomico CIP Approval Tabled Again

SALISBURY – Officials in Wicom-ico County agreed this week to extend the date for adopting the fiscal years 2020-2024 Capital Improvement Program for a second time.On Tuesday, the Wicomico County Council approved a resolution to extend the date for adopting the fiscal years 2020-2024 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) from March 19 to June 4. The… Read more »

Drone Operation Agreement Reached

SALISBURY – Wicomico County officials this week approved a concession agreement with a company to provide unmanned aircraft flight operations at the Salisbury airport.On Tuesday, the Wicomico County Council voted unanimously to accept a concession agreement between the county and Sentinel Robotic Solutions (SRS) LLC.“This is a concession agreement instead of a lease because SRS… Read more »

Public Outreach Planned For Foam Ban

OCEAN CITY – A resort restaurant owner is looking to host educational meetings with local businesses as Maryland moves closer to becoming the first state to ban polystyrene products.Last week, Mother’s Cantina owner Ryan James presented the town’s Coastal Resources Legislative Committee, or Green Team, with a plan to help resort restaurants transition away from… Read more »

OCPD’s Uniform Change To Save Thousands

OCEAN CITY – A subtle change to Ocean City Police Department uniforms is expected to save tens of thousands of dollars.On Monday, Ocean City Police Lt. Glen McIntyre presented the town’s police commission with a new uniform line that will reduce costs and consolidate biking and patrol apparel.“When I took over for Todd Wood downstairs… Read more »