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.

Resort’s July Police Activity Down Considerably, Chief Reports; Smoking Citations Up

Resort’s July Police Activity Down Considerably, Chief Reports; Smoking Citations Up

OCEAN CITY – A decrease in police activity for the month of July highlighted a report presented to resort leaders this week.On Monday, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) Chief Ross Buzzuro presented the Ocean City Police Commission with an update on police activity for the month of July.Last month, Buzzuro said, calls for service dropped… Read more »

Committee Finds No Misconduct In Fenwick Election

FENWICK ISLAND – After reviewing a complaint from four candidates, the Fenwick Island Board of Elections last week found no unlawful actions regarding pre-election activity in town.Last Friday, the town’s board of elections held a special meeting to consider the legality of certain pre-election activities in Fenwick Island after receiving a written complaint from candidates… Read more »

Wicomico Introduces $51M Bond Bill

SALISBURY – Officials in Wicomico County this week voted to introduce a $51 million bond bill.On Tuesday, the Wicomico County Council agreed to introduce a legislative bill that will allow the county to borrow more than $51 million for eight capital projects.“This is generally called a parameters bill to permit borrowing,” council attorney Andy Mitchell… Read more »

Ocean City Investigating What Injured Girl In Ocean; Statement: ‘Marine Life Has Not Been Ruled Out’

Ocean City Investigating What Injured Girl In Ocean; Statement: ‘Marine Life Has Not Been Ruled Out’

OCEAN CITY – The Ocean City Beach Patrol continues to investigate the cause of a reported bite in the waters off 119th Street this week.On Monday, Ocean City Beach Patrol surf rescue technicians (SRTs) responded to a 12-year-old girl with a leg injury on the beach at 119th Street. According to a statement issued by… Read more »

Worcester Health Agency Marks 200th Vaccine Clinic; 56% Of Residents Fully Vaccinated

Worcester Health Agency Marks 200th Vaccine Clinic; 56% Of Residents Fully Vaccinated

SNOW HILL – The Worcester County Health Department is recognizing residents, staff and community partners as it celebrates its 200th COVID-19 vaccine clinic.On Monday, the local health department celebrated its 200th vaccine clinic with concurrent events at the Berlin and Pocomoke health centers.Public Affairs Officer Travis Brown said the milestone highlights the efforts of clinic… Read more »

OPA Candidate Deemed Ineligible For Election; Votes Will Not Count For Farr

OPA Candidate Deemed Ineligible For Election; Votes Will Not Count For Farr

OCEAN PINES – Three board members are calling for a special meeting to discuss this year’s election after it was announced votes for board candidate Rick Farr would be invalidated.In an interview this week, Ocean Pines Association (OPA) Director Doug Parks said he and fellow board members Tom Janasek and Camilla Rogers have requested a… Read more »

Ground Broken On Recovery Campus In Berlin

Ground Broken On Recovery Campus In Berlin

BERLIN – The connections of a local nonprofit broke ground last week on a 2,500-square-foot recovery campus in Berlin.On Thursday, elected leaders and representatives from various local agencies joined Hope4Recovery board members for a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of a future recovery campus.Hope4Recovery founder Tish Ottey said the facility will complement the organization’s recovery… Read more »