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 Braces For Tax Revenue Impact On Budget

SALISBURY – A discussion on the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and various state mandates highlighted a public hearing on the fiscal year 2021 budget last week.Using a video conferencing program, Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver presented the public with a proposed operating budget of $153,250,029 for fiscal year 2021.“If anything can be said… Read more »

Developer Seeks Liquor License For New Hotel; Some Fenwick Residents Voice Opposition

Developer Seeks Liquor License For New Hotel; Some Fenwick Residents Voice Opposition

FENWICK ISLAND – A local developer is seeking a liquor license for his new hotel, but some Fenwick residents are voicing their opposition to his requests.On March 2, developer Spiro Buas applied with the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Commissioner (ABCC) for a hotel liquor license with a patio permit and a variance to permit live… Read more »

Wicomico Approves Youth Commission

SALISBURY – Officials in Wicomico County agreed to establish a commission on local youth.Last week, the Wicomico County Council voted unanimously to establish a Wicomico County Youth Advisory Commission and to adopt bylaws for the organization.In November, the council held a work session on the proposed commission and sent a letter to the county executive… Read more »

Realtors Push For Earlier Effective Date Of Remote Settlement Legislation

Realtors Push For Earlier Effective Date Of Remote Settlement Legislation

BERLIN – As businesses across the state close or modify operations in the midst of a pandemic, an effort to allow remote transactions and settlements could keep the real estate industry afloat.Last year, the Maryland General Assembly passed Senate Bill 678, which allows for Remote Online Notorization (RON). The electronic notary service permits a notary… Read more »

Wicomico’s Young Heading To Worcester County Government

SALISBURY – A member of Wicomico County’s administration has resigned from his position to assume a similar role in Worcester County.Last week, Assistant Director of Administration Weston Young announced his resignation from Wicomico County government, effective April 3.On April 30, he will step into his new role as Worcester County’s assistant chief administrative officer, taking… Read more »