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.

Fenwick Officials Seek Better Transparency

FENWICK ISLAND – Members of the Fenwick Island Town Council are calling for transparency and open communication after expressing their concerns over the decision-making process used by a resort committee to allow mechanical equipment on the roof of a new hotel to exceed the town’s height limit.In recent months, the developer of the Sands Motel,… Read more »

Wicomico Conducts Audit On Travel, Purchase Cards

SALISBURY – An audit of the county’s purchase and travel card program revealed issues with inactive cards, sales tax and more, according to a report presented this week.On Tuesday, representatives with the Wicomico County Internal Auditor’s Office presented findings of a year-long examination into the county’s purchase and travel card program to the Wicomico County… Read more »

Council Prioritizes Five-Year Transportation Work

SALISBURY – Road improvements, airport renovations and drainage studies topped the county’s list of priority transportation projects in the next five years.In a work session on Tuesday, Public Works Director Dallas Baker presented the Wicomico County Council with a draft priority letter identifying requests for transportation improvements to the Maryland Department of Transportation.Each year, the… Read more »

Fenwick Committee Eyes Height Ordinance Review

FENWICK ISLAND – A resort committee will review town height restrictions after a contentious debate about possible “gray areas” in the town’s code.At the request of the town council, the Fenwick Island Charter and Ordinance Committee will begin its review of the town’s code outlining height restrictions at a meeting scheduled for Sept. 7.Currently, buildings… Read more »

Fenwick Issues Ocean Reminders

FENWICK ISLAND – As the summer season comes to an end, officials with the Fenwick Island Beach Patrol are reminding visitors of unattended lifeguard stands.In last week’s Fenwick Island Town Council meeting, Beach Patrol Captain Tim Ferry announced that some lifeguard stands will remain unoccupied in the weeks following Labor Day.“Due to staff shortage we… Read more »