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.

OCPD Finding More Interest In Seasonal Officer Jobs

OCEAN CITY – A positive report on recruitment and enforcement statistics highlighted a resort commission meeting this week.On Monday, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) Chief Ross Buzzuro presented the Ocean City Police Commission with an update on seasonal recruitment efforts.For decades, the OCPD has enhanced its workforce with seasonal officers and public safety aides (PSA)… Read more »

Street Speed Limit Reduction Sought

OCEAN CITY – Citing consistency and safety concerns, a resort commission this week agreed to reduce the speed limit along an uptown residential street.On Monday, the Ocean City Police Commission voted unanimously, with Council President Matt James absent, to reduce the speed limit on 94th Street from 30 mph to 25 mph.City Engineer Terry McGean… Read more »

Two Worcester Opiate Support Groups Plan To Merge

BERLIN – Two local groups, created to bring awareness to addiction in Worcester County, are merging to form a new organization.This week, the Worcester County Warriors Against Opiate Addiction announced its merger with Worcester Goes Purple. Officials said the new organization, Worcester Goes Purple Warriors Against Addiction, will continue the mission of reducing stigma and… Read more »

Winter Wellness Promotion Planned

OCEAN CITY – A new Winter Wellness promotion is encouraging locals and visitors alike to rest, relax and rejuvenate by the sea.Throughout the months of January and February, local hotels, fitness studios and organizations will offer packages and activities as part of a resort-wide Winter Wellness promotion.Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association (OCHMRA) Executive Director Susan Jones… Read more »

Prosecution Integrity Unit’s Work Underway In Wicomico

SALISBURY – An examination of Wicomico County’s criminal justice system is expected to bring forth measures to promote integrity and instill public confidence.Since August, members of the Prosecution Integrity Unit – a new division within the Wicomico County State’s Attorney’s Office – have been hard at work reviewing misconduct allegations, working through wrongful conviction claims… Read more »