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.

OCFD Launches Therapy Dog Program

OCFD Launches Therapy Dog Program

OCEAN CITY – Officials this week welcomed a new therapy dog to the Ocean City Fire Department.On Monday, elected officials, public safety representatives and Worcester County students gathered at the Ocean City Fire Department to welcome Max, a 20-month-old black Labrador, as part of the department’s new therapy dog program. Fire Chief Richie Bowers said… Read more »

Audit Shows Increased Revenues For Fenwick

FENWICK ISLAND – Improvements in the town’s financial statements highlighted a recent audit in Fenwick Island.Last Friday, the Fenwick Island Town Council voted unanimously to accept the fiscal year 2022 audit report from PKS & Company. Councilman Bill Rymer, chair of the town’s audit committee, noted the financial statements revealed no major findings.“The audit committee… Read more »

Fenwick Mayor Expects Beach Replenishment Will Impact Summer

Fenwick Mayor Expects Beach Replenishment Will Impact Summer

FENWICK ISLAND – Officials in Fenwick Island say delays in a beach replenishment project will likely impact the town’s summer season.Last Friday, Mayor Natalie Magdeburger presented the Fenwick Island Town Council with an update on a beach replenishment project along Delaware’s coastline. While work was initially expected to start last fall, she said the timeline… Read more »

Fenwick Committee Reviews Sidewalk Project

Fenwick Committee Reviews Sidewalk Project

FENWICK ISLAND – Officials say easement work continues as the town prepares for a sidewalk construction project along Coastal Highway.Last Thursday, members of the Fenwick Island Pedestrian Safety Committee reviewed ongoing efforts to install sidewalks along five bayside blocks from Dagsboro to Indian streets. Working with the town’s solicitor, Councilman Ed Bishop, committee chair, noted… Read more »

MCBP Receives $1.8M For Restoration Projects

OCEAN CITY – More than $1.8 million in federal funding will allow a local conservation organization to initiate new programs and projects.Last Friday, the Maryland Coastal Bays Program (MCBP) announced it will be the recipient of federal funding in the amount of more than $1.8 million. The money, made available through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law… Read more »

Pines To Explore Surveillance System

OCEAN PINES – Officials in Ocean Pines have tasked General Manager John Viola with establishing best practices for a video surveillance system of all Ocean Pines venues.Last Saturday, the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors voted unanimously to direct Viola to consult with video surveillance experts in establishing a “best practices” video surveillance system that… Read more »

Wicomico Considers Dispensary System Reform

SALISBURY – Discussions on the county’s dispensary system and businesses’ ability to purchase liquor from distributors highlighted this week’s council meeting.In a work session held Tuesday, County Executive Julie Giordano and Director of Administration Bunky Luffman came before the Wicomico County Council with a proposal to reform the county’s liquor dispensary system. Giordano told council… Read more »