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.

County Postpones Pay Plan Adoption

SALISBURY – Citing the need for amendments, county officials this week agreed to postpone the adoption of a new classification and pay plan for Wicomico employees.On Tuesday, the Wicomico County Council held a public hearing on the adoption of a new county classification and pay plan, which will provide certain changes to pay grades and… Read more »

Wicomico Postpones Budget Adoption

SALISBURY – County leaders this week voted to postpone the adoption of Wicomico’s annual budget.On Tuesday, the Wicomico County Council voted to extend the date for the adoption of the annual budget and appropriation bull from June 1 to June 15.While the county charter calls for the council to adopt a budget and appropriation bill… Read more »

County Scores $616K In Grant Funds

SALISBURY – More than $600,000 in federal grant awards is expected to help the county fund two major projects.On Tuesday, Finance Director Pam Oland came before the Wicomico County Council seeking approval to accept $116,000 from the Congressionally Directed Spending Grants to purchase body-worn cameras for the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office.“Congressionally Directed Spending is also… Read more »

Town Infrastructure Projects Ongoing

FENWICK ISLAND – Updates on two ongoing studies highlighted a Fenwick Island committee meeting this week.On Tuesday, the Fenwick Island Infrastructure Committee received an update on two studies being completed in town – a resiliency study and a street assessment.Late last year, the committee began working alongside officials to develop the scope of work for… Read more »

Green Team Survey Deadline Nears

OCEAN CITY – Officials say community members have until Sunday to complete an environmental survey, which will be used to develop a resort action plan.In April, the Ocean City Coastal Resources Legislative Committee, also known as the Green Team, released a survey for both residents and visitors to gauge the community’s environmental interests, behaviors and… Read more »

Rack Dedication Concept Advances

OCEAN CITY – A plan to create a bike rack dedication program on the Boardwalk will advance to the Mayor and Council after discussions at the committee level this week.On Wednesday, the Ocean City Bike and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) resumed its discussions on a proposed Boardwalk bike rack dedication program.In January, Council Secretary Tony… Read more »