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.

Fenwick Island State Park Eyes Partnership With Offshore Wind Farm Developer; Open House Planned For Wednesday

Fenwick Island State Park Eyes Partnership With Offshore Wind Farm Developer; Open House Planned For Wednesday

FENWICK ISLAND – A potential partnership between Fenwick Island State Park and an offshore wind energy developer could bring new amenities to the beach.On Wednesday, Oct. 2, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) Division of Parks & Recreation will host a public open house from 5-7 p.m. to share and review… Read more »

Partners In County’s First Safe Station Recognized

Partners In County’s First Safe Station Recognized

OCEAN CITY – Representatives from nearly a dozen agencies were recognized this week for their efforts in establishing Worcester County’s first Safe Station.At the beginning of August, the Worcester County Health Department, in partnership with the Ocean City Fire Department, quietly launched its Safe Station program, allowing those with addictions to seek immediate help at… Read more »

Fenwick Committee Evaluating Design Guidelines

FENWICK ISLAND – A Fenwick Island committee this week began the process of formulating voluntary design guidelines for the town’s commercial district, which led to a larger discussion on the group’s purpose.Since the Fenwick Island Ad Hoc Commercial District Planning Committee was formed earlier this year, members have worked with consultant Jeff Schoellkopf of The… Read more »

Haunted Trail For Charity Planned In Pittsville

PITTSVILLE – A new haunted trail attraction is expected to raise money for national and local nonprofits.As the Halloween season quickly approaches, Pittsville resident Korey Bratten is rallying locals, businesses and organizations to support the first annual Pittsville Haunted Woods – a haunted trail attraction – that will open to the public on Friday and… Read more »

Wicomico Mulling Ban On Intentional Balloon Releases

SALISBURY – Officials in Wicomico County will consider new legislation that prohibits intentional balloon releases.Late last week, Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver announced he submitted proposed legislation to the Wicomico County Council that prohibits the release of large numbers of non-biodegradable or non-photodegradable balloons into the atmosphere.“The release of balloons poses a danger and nuisance… Read more »

National Merit Semifinalist Named At Decatur

National Merit Semifinalist Named At Decatur

BERLIN – A Stephen Decatur High School student will move on to the next round in a national scholarship competition after being named a semifinalist earlier this month.On Sept. 11, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.Among those listed as a semifinalist… Read more »

Unique Factors In 2018 Result In ‘Incomplete’ Coastal Bays Evaluation

Unique Factors In 2018 Result In ‘Incomplete’ Coastal Bays Evaluation

WEST OCEAN CITY – Citing a lack of data, officials this week announced Maryland’s coastal bays received an incomplete health rating in 2018, but highlighted a decline in water quality.For the first time since 2008, the coastal bays system last year received an “incomplete” grade on its annual Coastal Bays Report Card.Each year, the Maryland… Read more »

Wicomico Executive Denies Sabotage Claim On Folk Festival

Wicomico Executive Denies Sabotage Claim On Folk Festival

SALISBURY – Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver shared his intentions last week for sending a letter to Maryland Senate President Mike Miller outlining his concerns that wine and beer licenses approved by Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot for the National Folk Festival were “illegal” after the comptroller’s chief of staff penned a response lambasting the county… Read more »

‘Everything Just Clicked’ At National Folk Festival; Attendance Estimated At 153K

‘Everything Just Clicked’ At National Folk Festival; Attendance Estimated At 153K

SALISBURY – Salisbury officials estimate that more than 153,000 people attended this year’s National Folk Festival, a significant increase from last year’s inaugural event.In a statement issued last Friday, Salisbury Mayor Jake Day reported that the city’s information services department calculated a total of 153,911 attendees – more than double the previous year’s figures –… Read more »