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.

Decatur Eyes Female Wrestling Team

BERLIN – Officials at Stephen Decatur High School say efforts are underway to establish a girls’ wrestling program.In recent years, the sport of wrestling has witnessed a boom in female participation at both the high school and collegiate level.Since 1994, the number of girls who wrestle in high school has grown from 804 to 16,562,… Read more »

AARP Program Seeks Tax Aide Volunteers

BERLIN – Officials with a free tax preparation program are seeking compassionate and friendly individuals to join its volunteer team this upcoming tax season.Throughout the months of December and January, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide will offer training at the Ocean Pines Library for community members wishing to volunteer for the upcoming tax season.“You don’t have to… Read more »

$700K Awarded To Local Agencies

BERLIN – Nearly $700,000 in neighborhood revitalization grants will benefit agencies in Worcester and Wicomico counties.Last week, Gov. Larry Hogan announced more than $30 million in fiscal year 2020 neighborhood revitalization program awards.Grants from the Community Legacy program, the Strategic Demolition Fund, the Baltimore Regional Neighborhood Initiative, the National Capital Strategic Economic Development Fund, and… Read more »

Education Efforts Underway On Carryout Changes

OCEAN CITY – Officials in Ocean City are looking to prepare resort businesses for a polystyrene ban that goes into effect next July.Last week, the Ocean City Coastal Resources Legislative Committee, or Green Team, revisited efforts to prepare resort businesses for a statewide ban on certain polystyrene products.In March, both the state Senate and House… Read more »

More Cigarette Butt Huts Discussed In Resort

OCEAN CITY – Following the success of a cigarette disposal initiative near the Boardwalk this summer, a resort committee began a discussion this month on expanding efforts to the Maryland-Delaware line.Earlier this summer, the town installed cigarette butt receptacles – or butt huts – along with signage stating, “smoking prohibited beyond this point,” on the… Read more »

Decatur, Church Aim To Help Hungry Students

BERLIN – A new food pantry at Stephen Decatur High School is expected to help hungry students.Each week, food items will be distributed to students who are referred by teachers or who enroll through the program’s online registration.Lauren Sharkey, a guidance counselor at Stephen Decatur, said she and teacher Nicole Billetdeaux began exploring the idea… Read more »

Wicomico Approves Key Funds For MAC

SALISBURY – Officials in Wicomico County agreed this week to provide nearly $36,000 in funding to maintain a senior nutrition program.On Tuesday, the Wicomico County Council voted unanimously to transfer $35,566 from the county’s contingency fund to MAC Inc. Area Agency on Aging to maintain funding for its Senior Nutrition Services program.“They represent four counties,… Read more »

Council Reviewing Balloon Release Ban

SALISBURY – Elected leaders last week introduced legislation that would ban the intentional release of helium balloons in Wicomico County.After meeting last month with representatives spearheading an initiative to pass legislation on the Lower Shore, the Wicomico County Council last week voted to introduce a bill that would amend the county code to prohibit the… Read more »