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.

Residents Express Support For Wicomico Nursing Home; Financial Issues Plague Facility

SALISBURY –  Community members called on county officials last week to support a county-owned nursing home.Last week, several county residents came before the Wicomico County Council to advocate for the Wicomico Nursing Home after learning the facility was experiencing financial issues.In November, representatives of the Wicomico Nursing Home came before the county council to request… Read more »

Effort Underway To Brighten Holidays For Nursing Home Residents

Effort Underway To Brighten Holidays For Nursing Home Residents

BERLIN – A nursing home resident’s wish to spread holiday cheer has launched a community effort to provide fruit baskets and blankets to senior citizens.Leading up to Dec. 22, organizers of a community-wide effort to provide for residents at the Berlin Nursing and Rehabilitation Center during the holiday season are encouraging individuals to contribute.Organizer Ryan… Read more »

School Calendar Options Presented

SALISBURY – Parents of students in Wicomico County will be asked to comment on two proposed school calendars for the 2019-2020 academic year.On Tuesday, the Wicomico County Board of Education approved the first reading of two proposed school calendars for the coming academic year, and it appears the two versions have very little variation.“I couldn’t… Read more »

Town Will Explore Champions Of Coast Program

FENWICK ISLAND – Officials in Fenwick Island are exploring a program that encourages towns to support coastal conservation efforts.Last week, Mary Ellen Langan, chair of the Fenwick Island Environmental Committee, presented the town council with a program that recognizes towns and communities that become “Champions of the Coast.”As part of the Champions of the Coast… Read more »

Fenwick Council Approves Freeboarding, Height Regs

FENWICK ISLAND – Officials in Fenwick Island last week agreed to several ordinance changes that address freeboarding and residential height restrictions.Last week, the Fenwick Island Town Council approved on second reading ordinance amendments that would require a one-foot freeboard and better define height regulations in the town’s residential zone.The town agreed to reevaluate its ordinance… Read more »

County Library Board Slows Tiered Seating Proposal At Berlin Branch

OCEAN PINES – Discussions on a roof replacement project at the Ocean Pines branch, a tiered seating system at the Berlin branch and a fine forgiveness proposal highlighted this month’s meeting of the Worcester County Library Board of Trustees.On Tuesday, library officials briefed the board on several events and projects happening at various branches through… Read more »

Folk Festival Study Confirms Smaller Crowds Than Hoped, But $20M Economic Impact

Folk Festival Study Confirms Smaller Crowds Than Hoped, But $20M Economic Impact

SALISBURY – A new study on this year’s National Folk Festival is expected to help city officials and event organizers better understand its economic impacts.Last week, the Business, Economic and Community Outreach Network (BEACON) at Salisbury University’s Franklin P. Perdue School of Business released the first phase in an economic impact study of the National… Read more »