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.

Worcester School System To Seek Audit Waiver

NEWARK – The Worcester County Board of Education is seeking support from its commissioners and delegates to approve a legislative audit waiver that could save the school system hours of time.Chief Financial Operator Vince Tolbert brought the proposed waiver before the board members in Tuesday’s meeting, where they all agreed to support the request.The county… Read more »

Berlin Hosting Fiddlers Weekend

BERLIN – Berlin will have three new groups at this weekend’s 24th Annual Fiddlers Convention, according to Community Economic Development Director Ivy Wells.The one returning group, Blind Wind, will open the event with a performance Friday night and a second set Saturday.Blind Wind is a local group featuring blind harmonica player Cole Moran and his… Read more »

Progress Made On Bike Routes, But OC Facing Property Easement Issues

OCEAN CITY – Improvements to Ocean City’s northern and midtown bike routes were announced this week, but issues remain at two locations that are slowing down progress.In its midtown location, crews have eliminated one of three landscaping barriers on public property between 51st and 52nd streets, according to Coastal Resources Legislative Committee Chair and Councilman… Read more »

Raising Suicide Awareness A Goal For September; Community Walk Planned In OC

Raising Suicide Awareness A Goal For September; Community Walk Planned In OC

BERLIN – Suicide rates among youth in Worcester and Wicomico counties are higher than the state average, according to recent numbers from the state and local health departments.Suicide rates were 16 percent higher in Worcester County from 2012 to 2014 and 33 percent higher in Wicomico County, compared to Maryland’s average suicide rate.These statistics come… Read more »