About The Author: Bethany Hooper

Alternative Text

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.

Health Department Outlines Styrofoam Ban Efforts

OCEAN CITY – Representatives with the local health department outlined efforts to enforce an upcoming ban on polystyrene food service products in a resort committee meeting last week.Earlier this month, the Ocean City Coastal Resources Legislative Committee, or Green Team, invited representatives from the Worcester County Health Department to provide an update on education and… Read more »

Supporters Urge Funds For Mardela School Renovation

SALISBURY – Concerned citizens are calling on officials to restore funding for improvements at Mardela Middle and High School after learning the project had been removed from the county’s proposed Capital Improvement Program.On Tuesday, residents and school officials came before the Wicomico County Council in a public hearing on the proposed capital budget and fiscal… Read more »

Wicomico Tweaking Marijuana Legislation

SALISBURY – Officials in Wicomico County are considering changes to proposed legislation on public marijuana consumption.Earlier this month, officials with the Wicomico County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office came before the Wicomico County Council with proposed legislation that would prohibit the consumption of marijuana in public areas and vehicles.“Just because marijuana… Read more »

Public Marijuana Use Ordinance Eyed In Wicomico

SALISBURY – An effort to prohibit the consumption of marijuana in public areas will move forward in Wicomico County.In a work session Tuesday, Wicomico County State’s Attorney Jamie Dykes, Deputy State’s Attorney Bill McDermott and Sheriff Mike Lewis presented the Wicomico County Council with proposed legislation that would prohibit the consumption of marijuana in public… Read more »

Expanding Butt Hut Sites North Of Boardwalk Discussed

OCEAN CITY – Efforts to make a cigarette disposal program sustainable highlighted a resort committee meeting this week.On Wednesday, members of the Ocean City Coastal Resources Legislative Committee (Green Team) discussed ways to expand and improve its cigarette butt disposal program.Last summer, resort officials implemented a two-pronged initiative to install cigarette butt receptacles – or… Read more »