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.

More Frustration Expressed By Employers At Overtime Seminar; Law Change Viewed As Harsh For Seasonal Businesses

OCEAN CITY – Agitation among local business owners is growing in regards to new overtime laws that take effect Dec. 1.In a meeting with the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation attorney David Stevens Wednesday morning, a large crowd of business owners and officials voiced questions and concerns about the local economy’s ability to shoulder… Read more »

Artists Giving Back Event Eyed

BERLIN – It all started with a mural.Now, committee members of the Berlin Maryland Arts and Entertainment District are working with members of St. Paul United Methodist Church to provide underprivileged residents with a hot, holiday meal in an event titled Artists Giving Back.Earlier this year, members of the group partnered with second and third-graders… Read more »

OCPD Partners With Worcester G.O.L.D. For Holiday Drive

OCEAN CITY – The Ocean City Police Department is collecting new, unwrapped toys for this year’s holiday season to benefit Worcester G.O.L.D., a non-profit organization that provides financial support to county citizens.In previous decades, the department’s prior benefactor, the Santa House, has helped 20,244 children, 8,275 families and 779 elderly citizens with contributions gathered from… Read more »

OCDC Honored For Impactful Use Of Grant Dollars

OCDC Honored For Impactful Use Of Grant Dollars

OCEAN CITY – The Ocean City Development Corporation (OCDC) received its first Impact Award at a meeting for the Community Development Network of Maryland (CDN) last month.The non-profit organization was honored for maximizing the potential of its grant money and working with community members to revitalize the resort’s downtown area.Since its inception in 2000, OCDC… Read more »

Wicomico Council Votes 6-1 To Repeal Impact Fees

SALISBURY – Members of the Wicomico County Council voted 6-1 to repeal impact fees in a meeting Tuesday evening.This vote came after months of discussion among the county’s elected officials, who debated the effects of impact fees on the county’s residents and businesses, and its annual revenue budget.Currently, those building new homes in Wicomico County… Read more »