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.

Wicomico Will Open Schools After Labor Day

SALISBURY – School officials this week approved a post-Labor Day calendar for the 2021-2022 academic year.In a virtual meeting on Tuesday, the Wicomico County Board of Education approved on second reading the 2021-2022 school calendar, which features a start date of Sept. 7 and an end date of June 14.Assistant Superintendent of Student and Family… Read more »

Wicomico Parents Beg School Board To Allow Full In-Person Return

SALISBURY – As hybrid in-person learning continues in Wicomico County, some parents are calling on school system leaders to have students return to the classroom full time.More than 100 people attended a virtual school board meeting Tuesday, where parents of Wicomico County Public Schools (WCPS) students urged officials to return to traditional instruction.“We’re pleading with… Read more »

Officials Discuss Bills To Address Wicomico’s Ongoing Septic Concerns

Officials Discuss Bills To Address Wicomico’s Ongoing Septic Concerns

SALISBURY – It was a lengthy discussion on short- and long-term solutions last week as state, county and municipal representatives convened a virtual town hall to address Wicomico’s septic issues.Last Thursday, the Coastal Association of Realtors (CAR) held a virtual town hall meeting with a panel of state, county and municipal officials to discuss the… Read more »

5G Wireless Service Expected This Summer

FENWICK ISLAND – An update on cell service improvements highlighted a recent Fenwick Island committee meeting.On the agenda for discussion at last month’s Fenwick Island Infrastructure Committee meeting was an update regarding cell service throughout the resort.In 2017, the town began working with Verizon representatives to improve cell service in Fenwick Island. At the time,… Read more »

Efforts To Improve Drainage Continue

FENWICK ISLAND – Officials say efforts are ongoing to improve drainage issues in Fenwick Island.In a meeting of the Fenwick Island Infrastructure Committee last month, Public Works Manager Mike Locke told members a recent inventory of stormwater infrastructure had revealed damaged valves at all of the town’s bayside street ends.“The conclusion we came to is… Read more »

Fenwick Acquires Police Vehicles

FENWICK ISLAND – Citing recent challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Fenwick Island will move forward with the purchase of an additional patrol vehicle.The Fenwick Island Town Council voted last month unanimously to purchase a pre-owned patrol vehicle from Delaware State Fleet at a cost of $10,000. Fenwick Island Police Department Chief John Devlin… Read more »