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 Public Safety Complex Eyed

SALISBURY – Plans to build a new public safety complex are well underway, according to a report from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office this week.On Tuesday, Capt. Todd Richardson with the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office provided the Wicomico County Council with an update on plans to build a new public safety complex on a nine-acre… Read more »

‘More Questions Than Answers’ On Proposed Treatment Center In Wicomico

SALISBURY – Despite a looming deadline to accept grant funding and proposed legislation that could derail efforts, officials in Wicomico County said this week they wanted more concrete plans for converting a vacant correctional facility into a drug treatment center before moving forward.On Tuesday, officials with the Wicomico County Executive’s Office, the health department and… Read more »

Probe Continues As Wicomico School Leaders Shuffled

SALISBURY – School Superintendent Donna Hanlin announced several staffing changes at James M. Bennett High School this week as law enforcement continues its investigation involving a guidance counselor.In a statement released Thursday, Hanlin announced Bennett High’s assistant principal, Erin Nathan, has been named acting principal.“Mrs. Erin Nathan, who has been serving as an assistant principal… Read more »

County Sheriff Offers Active Shooter Training

BERLIN – The Worcester County Sheriff’s Office is now offering citizens, businesses, churches and public organizations a chance to participate in active shooter training seminars.Beginning this month, the Worcester County Sheriff’s office will offer Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) training, free of charge, to the public.The training sessions – built around the “Avoid,… Read more »

Wicomico School Officials Address Student Conduct

SALISBURY – School system officials highlighted efforts this week to address concerns regarding student conduct at a Wicomico County middle school.Superintendent of Schools Donna Hanlin released a statement on school safety this week after recent media coverage and comments on social media highlighted parents’ concerns regarding student conduct at Salisbury Middle School.“Wicomico County Public Schools… Read more »

Wicomico Reviews Capital Projects

SALISBURY – Officials in Wicomico County agreed this week to extend the date for adopting the Capital Improvement Program for fiscal years 2020-2024 to next month.On Tuesday, the Wicomico County Council voted unanimously to extend the adoption date for the fiscal years 2020-2024 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) from the third Tuesday in February to March… Read more »