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.

Ocean Pines Swim Team Reaching New Heights; Members To Compete In State Championships

Ocean Pines Swim Team Reaching New Heights; Members To Compete In State Championships

OCEAN PINES – Nearly 40 swimmers will represent the Ocean Pines Swim Team in state championship meets beginning next week.Throughout the month of March, 39 registered swimmers with the Ocean Pines Swim Team (OPST) will conclude their season in a series of championship meets throughout Maryland.“This year is definitely the most we’ve had going to… Read more »

‘We Want Resolution … As Badly as Students And Staff and Parents Do’

SALISBURY – School system officials are asking for the community’s patience and support following the criminal indictment of a James M. Bennett High School guidance counselor.At the start of last week’s Wicomico County Board of Education meeting, Superintendent of Schools Donna Hanlin addressed the public’s concerns regarding charges against James M. Bennett High School guidance… Read more »

Plans Outlined For Proposed Drug Treatment Center In Wicomico

Plans Outlined For Proposed Drug Treatment Center In Wicomico

QUANTICO – With plans to open a drug treatment center in a vacant correctional facility, officials in Wicomico County presented last week their visions of what could become of the space.Since last July, Wicomico County has spearheaded efforts to convert the shuttered Poplar Hill Pre-Release Unit, a state-owned correctional facility in Quantico, into a residential… Read more »

Fenwick Island Property Revaluation Effort Underway

FENWICK ISLAND – A months-long revaluation project is now underway in Fenwick Island.On Monday, officials with Pearson’s Appraisal Services began conducting a revaluation of all properties within the town’s corporate limits.The project begins less than a month after the Fenwick Island Town Council selected the appraisal firm to reassess the value of all town properties.In… Read more »

Wicomico County Executive, Council At Odds

SALISBURY – Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver is calling on Council President John Cannon to step down from his position, highlighting the discord between the two branches and a letter from the council critical of the county’s chief elected official.Culver sent a letter to Cannon on Monday requesting he step down as council president, citing… Read more »

Solution Reached For OC Bike Path Issue

OCEAN CITY – With a solution in hand, officials with the State Highway Administration will soon proceed with plans to address a break in the bike route along Coastal Highway.In its current form, Ocean City’s bike route shares the bus lane along both sides of Coastal Highway, but abruptly disappears from 60th Street to 64th… Read more »