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.

Shore Gives More Effort Gearing Up

SALISBURY – A local philanthropic organization is encouraging community members to participate in this year’s Shore Gives More campaign.On Tuesday, Dec. 1, the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore will host its annual Shore Gives More campaign. Each year, the organization provides a one-stop donation website for individuals wishing to support participating nonprofits that serve… Read more »

Wicomico Accepting Restaurant Relief Grant Apps

SALISBURY – A local agency began accepting applications this week for a restaurant relief grant program.On Monday, Salisbury-Wicomico Economic Development, Inc. (SWED) began accepting applications for its new Restaurant Relief Grant Fund. Using $836,000 in funding from the state of Maryland, Wicomico County restaurants significantly and negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic – especially with… Read more »

Wicomico Reviews Virus Metrics; Vaccine Distribution Plan Developed

SALISBURY – A discussion on Wicomico’s positivity rate and the distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine highlighted a county council meeting this week.On Tuesday, Wicomico County Health Officer Lori Brewster presented the Wicomico County Council with a bi-annual report on the health of the county. As to be expected, much of this week’s discussion surrounded the… Read more »

Light Enforcement On Polystyrene Ban

OCEAN CITY – County officials are relying on education and voluntary compliance as part of a new ban on foam food service products.On Wednesday, Worcester County Environmental Programs Director Bob Mitchell briefed the Ocean City Coastal Resources Legislative Committee (Green Team) on efforts to enforce the new polystyrene ban.“Locally, we haven’t seen one complaint, nor… Read more »

Agricultural Tank Moratorium Extension Supported

SALISBURY – A moratorium on the permitting of certain agricultural storage tanks will be extended another year.Following a public hearing on Tuesday, the Wicomico County Council voted unanimously to extend a moratorium on the issuance of building permits for dissolved air flotation (DAF) storage tanks that hold poultry rendering waste.The moratorium, introduced earlier this month,… Read more »

Wicomico Schools To Begin Publishing Positive Cases Next Week

SALISBURY – Information on COVID-19 cases and outbreaks within school buildings will be posted on Wicomico County’s school system website beginning this week.In a meeting of the school board Tuesday, Superintendent Donna Hanlin announced the school system would begin posting two dashboards – one for confirmed COVID cases in each of Wicomico County’s public schools… Read more »

Fenwick Dock Permit Application Meets Opposition

FENWICK ISLAND – Citing navigational and safety concerns, bayside residents in Fenwick Island last week called for the relocation of a proposed dock and pier on North Schulz Road.Last Thursday, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) Wetlands and Subaqueous Lands Section held a virtual public hearing on a permit application to… Read more »