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.

Salisbury Estimates 60K Attended First Folk Festival

Salisbury Estimates 60K Attended First Folk Festival

SALISBURY – Despite rainy conditions, city officials and event organizers estimate more than 60,000 people attended the inaugural National Folk Festival in Salisbury.From Sept. 7-9, downtown Salisbury hosted its first National Folk Festival – a free, outdoor event produced by the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) that celebrates arts, culture and heritage through… Read more »

Out Of The Darkness Walk Highlights Suicide Prevention Month Events

Out Of The Darkness Walk Highlights Suicide Prevention Month Events

OCEAN CITY – An average of 11.6 deaths in Worcester County were attributed to suicide from 2014 to 2016.In 2016, Worcester, Wicomico and Somerset counties reported a total of 23 suicide deaths, according to most recent data from the Maryland Vital Statistics Administration. That same year, the state reported 9.3 suicide deaths per 100,000 people,… Read more »

Fenwick Committee Suggests Changes To Height Regs

FENWICK ISLAND – A resort committee is recommending changes to the town’s code on height regulations.At the request of the town council, the Fenwick Island Charter and Ordinance Committee began its review of town height regulations and exceptions last Friday following a contentious debate on possible “gray areas” in the town code.Currently, buildings or structures… Read more »

Weekly Ravens Rap Show Begins 18th Season In OC

Weekly Ravens Rap Show Begins 18th Season In OC

OCEAN CITY – With football season entering its second week, officials with the locally produced Ravens Rap television and radio show are ready for their 18th season.Recorded each Wednesday evening at the Original Greene Turtle in Ocean City, the Ravens Rap television and radio show features in-depth coverage of the Baltimore Ravens and knowledgeable guests.Each… Read more »

Solar-Powered Pilot Program Advances In OC

OCEAN CITY – Officials in Ocean City expect to have solar lighting installed at select bus shelters throughout the resort by next spring as part of a new pilot program.In an Ocean City Transportation Committee meeting Tuesday, resort officials agreed the town would pursue an $11,000 pilot program that would test the effectiveness of different… Read more »

New Cigarette Butt Recycling Program Mulled For Ocean City

New Cigarette Butt Recycling Program Mulled For Ocean City

OCEAN CITY – A resort committee this week agreed to seek help to draft a source reduction plan.After witnessing the success of the Surfrider Foundation’s “Strawless Summer” campaign – an initiative to reduce plastic straw consumption in Ocean City – Councilman Tony DeLuca, chairman for the Coastal Resources Legislative Committee, or Green Team, told committee members… Read more »

Ride Sharing Use Up At Least 68% In OC

OCEAN CITY – A review of bus ridership and how ride-sharing companies impact mass transit was a topic of discussion at a resort committee meeting this week.On Tuesday, Public Works Director Hal Adkins presented the Ocean City Transportation Committee with statistics and the potential impacts of ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft on transit ridership… Read more »