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.

Flurry Of Resignations Submitted As New Fenwick Island Elected Officials Take Office

Flurry Of Resignations Submitted As New Fenwick Island Elected Officials Take Office

FENWICK ISLAND – Four newcomers to the Fenwick Island Town Council will begin their tenure looking for candidates to fill vacant positions after it was announced that two councilmen, the town manager, the town solicitor and several committee members have submitted resignations.In an organizational meeting last Friday, Natalie Magdeburger, Janice Bortner, Jacque Napolitano and Paul… Read more »

Resort Bike Strategic Plan Schedule Outlined

OCEAN CITY – Officials say plans for a bike strategic plan are moving forward.In a meeting of the Ocean City Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) last week, President Paul Mauser announced the project schedule for the development of a resort-wide bike strategic plan.“I announced at the last meeting that Toole Design Group was awarded… Read more »

Surfers Healing — For Some ‘The Best Day Ever’ — Returns To Ocean City For 11th Installment

Surfers Healing — For Some ‘The Best Day Ever’ — Returns To Ocean City For 11th Installment

OCEAN CITY – Surfers Healing returned to the beaches of Ocean City this week for a day-long surf camp for children with autism.On Wednesday, nearly 200 children with autism, their families and surfers from Hawaii and California gathered on the beach in front of the Castle in the Sand Hotel for the 11th annual Surfers… Read more »

Gilmore Honored With Annual Volunteer Award; OPA Unable To Hold Annual Meeting Without Quorum

Gilmore Honored With Annual Volunteer Award; OPA Unable To Hold Annual Meeting Without Quorum

OCEAN PINES – An annual meeting of association members was not held last week for lack of a quorum.Last Saturday, the Ocean Pines Annual Meeting adjourned shortly after introductory remarks because of the lack of a quorum.According to the Ocean Pines Association’s (OPA) governing documents, a quorum constitutes the presence of at least 100 eligible… Read more »

Wicomico To Start With Mask Mandate

SALISBURY – Wicomico County Public Schools will require all students and staff to wear masks indoors while community transmission rates remain high.In a meeting of the Wicomico County Board of Education on Tuesday, Superintendent Dr. Donna Hanlin announced the school system will require all students and staff, regardless of age or vaccination status, to wear… Read more »

Judge Temporarily Halts Ocean Pines Election Process; Court To Evaluate Complaint

OCEAN PINES – A Worcester County Circuit Court judge has granted a temporary restraining order suspending the association’s board election until a decision is reached on the eligibility status of disqualified candidate Rick Farr.On Tuesday, Judge Beau Oglesby signed a temporary restraining order prohibiting the counting of ballots and certification of election results as the… Read more »

Larger Semper Fi Bike Ride Planned

OCEAN CITY – Organizers of a charitable bike ride say plans for a larger Boardwalk event are in the works.On Sunday, Oct. 17, the second annual Semper Fi Bike Ride will return to the Boardwalk to raise funds for Semper Fi & America’s Fund, a national nonprofit dedicated to providing financial assistance and support to… Read more »

Record Turnout Elects Four Newcomers In Fenwick

FENWICK ISLAND – Four newcomers will take the dais after unseating the incumbents in last week’s Fenwick Island Town Council election.Last Saturday, the Town of Fenwick Island held its municipal election for the offices of town council.“It was a very large turnout,” said Town Manager Terry Tieman. “Our voter registration was the highest it’s ever… Read more »

Judge Temporarily Halts Ocean Pines Election Process; Court To Evaluate Complaint

Judge Temporarily Halts Ocean Pines Election Process; Court To Evaluate Complaint

OCEAN PINES – A Worcester County Circuit Court judge has granted a temporary restraining order suspending the association’s board election until a decision is reached on the eligibility status of disqualified candidate Rick Farr.On Tuesday, Judge Beau Oglesby signed a temporary restraining order prohibiting the counting of ballots and certification of election results as the… Read more »