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 Tables Impact Fee Talks, But Council Plans To Revisit Issue Soon

SALISBURY – Wicomico County Council members did not vote to repeal development impact fees in Tuesday’s meeting, but instead have tabled discussions until other proposed options are reviewed.Councilman Ernest Davis suggested altering portions of the current code that would eliminate the fees, but not the legislation, allowing the county to re-add fees in the future… Read more »

Key Overtime Changes Raise Seasonal Business Concerns; Exemption Raised From $23K Annual Salary To $47K

OCEAN CITY – New overtime rules set by the U.S. Department of Labor took center stage Tuesday at a seminar hosted by the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce and the Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association (OCHMRA).Attorney and guest speaker Doug Desmarais of Smith & Downey, P.A. addressed questions and concerns from nearly 80 local business owners… Read more »

Assateague Island Sees Minimal Storm Impact

ASSATEAGUE ISLAND – A barrage of rain and wind pounded the Maryland coastline last weekend in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, causing officials in Assateague to close certain areas of the park, according to Liz Davis, chief of interpretation and education for Assateague Island National Seashore.Beaches in both the Maryland and Virginia districts of the… Read more »

State Official Stresses Tourism’s Economic Importance

OCEAN CITY – Officials with the state’s Tourism Development Office spoke with members of the Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association at an economic development committee meeting this month about the importance of tourism dollars.Within the presentation, members were able to see the impact of Ocean City’s tourism on economic development.Liz Fitzsimmons, managing director of Tourism, Film… Read more »