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.

Coalition Launches ‘Save A Shore Farmer’ Program

BERLIN – A $19,000 grant is expected to benefit a new outreach program for farmers and their families.This month, the Suicide Prevention Coalition – a consortium of nonprofits, counseling services, health departments, hospitals, school systems and private behavioral health professionals on the lower Eastern Shore of Maryland – launched its inaugural “Save a Shore Farmer”… Read more »

Concerns Raised Over Animal Control Ordinance

SALISBURY – Officials in Wicomico County have agreed to consider changes to a new animal control ordinance after hearing suggestions from the public.Last week, members of the public, including those on a committee tasked with creating an ordinance that would better promote the safety and welfare of domestic animals, came before the Wicomico County Council… Read more »

Jenkins Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award; Annual Chamber Banquet Honors Leading Citizens

Jenkins Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award; Annual Chamber Banquet Honors Leading Citizens

members were recognized for their achievements, leadership and community involvement at this week’s annual awards celebration.On Wednesday, the Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce held its annual Ocean City Chamber Awards Ceremony, which honors business leaders, nonprofits and volunteers who represent the area’s best.Submissions for this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Business Person of the Year,… Read more »

Rock For Recovery Date Announced

WEST OCEAN CITY – An annual event dedicated to raising funds for those seeking treatment is expected to benefit two local groups this year.On Sept. 30, the Worcester County Warriors Against Opiate Addiction will host its third annual Rock for Recovery fundraiser at Trader Lee’s in West Ocean City. Money raised from the event will… Read more »

Salisbury Estimates 60K Attended First Folk Festival

Salisbury Estimates 60K Attended First Folk Festival

SALISBURY – Despite rainy conditions, city officials and event organizers estimate more than 60,000 people attended the inaugural National Folk Festival in Salisbury.From Sept. 7-9, downtown Salisbury hosted its first National Folk Festival – a free, outdoor event produced by the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) that celebrates arts, culture and heritage through… Read more »

Out Of The Darkness Walk Highlights Suicide Prevention Month Events

Out Of The Darkness Walk Highlights Suicide Prevention Month Events

OCEAN CITY – An average of 11.6 deaths in Worcester County were attributed to suicide from 2014 to 2016.In 2016, Worcester, Wicomico and Somerset counties reported a total of 23 suicide deaths, according to most recent data from the Maryland Vital Statistics Administration. That same year, the state reported 9.3 suicide deaths per 100,000 people,… Read more »