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.

Organizers Gearing Up For First-Ever Jellyfish Festival; Beach Event To Offer Concerts, Sports, Fitness

Organizers Gearing Up For First-Ever Jellyfish Festival; Beach Event To Offer Concerts, Sports, Fitness

OCEAN CITY – With one month remaining, organizers are rallying to put the finishing touches on the inaugural Jellyfish Festival.On June 21-23, the Jellyfish Festival will make its debut on the beaches of Ocean City. Spanning nearly six blocks north of the pier, the event will feature live music from national, regional and local acts,… Read more »

Wicomico Council Ousts Attorney In ‘Unfortunate Set Of Circumstances’

SALISBURY – Officials in Wicomico County this week voted to remove County Attorney Paul Wilber from his position.On Tuesday, the Wicomico County Council voted 6-1, with Councilman Bill McCain opposed, to remove Wilber from the office of county attorney.The decision comes nearly two weeks after Wilber issued a letter outlining disagreements regarding his role in… Read more »

Fenwick Lighthouse Set To Open

Fenwick Lighthouse Set To Open

FENWICK ISLAND – Plans are underway to open the Fenwick Island Lighthouse to the public this month, despite an ongoing restoration project next door.On Saturday, May 25, the Fenwick Island Lighthouse will open for the summer season, according to Winnie Lewis, president of the New Friends of the Fenwick Island Lighthouse. But she said visitors… Read more »

Wicomico Budget Needs Outlined

SALISBURY – County leaders met with several department heads this week to begin the lengthy task of reviewing the proposed budget for fiscal year 2020.On Tuesday, the Wicomico County Council hosted its first of many work sessions to review funding requests outlined in this year’s proposed $148 million budget.This year, the Wicomico County Board of… Read more »

New Stansell Coastal Hospice House Celebrated

New Stansell Coastal Hospice House Celebrated

OCEAN PINES – A ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the region’s first residential hospice house drew a crowd of community members to Ocean Pines this week.On Wednesday, officials with Coastal Hospice, community members and representatives from various boards, businesses and government agencies gathered to celebrate the opening of the Macky & Pam Stansell… Read more »