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.

Wicomico Schools To Begin Publishing Positive Cases Next Week

SALISBURY – Information on COVID-19 cases and outbreaks within school buildings will be posted on Wicomico County’s school system website beginning this week.In a meeting of the school board Tuesday, Superintendent Donna Hanlin announced the school system would begin posting two dashboards – one for confirmed COVID cases in each of Wicomico County’s public schools… Read more »

Master Plan Will Study Options For County-Run Infrastructure System

SALISBURY – As the development of a master plan continues, Wicomico officials discussed the implementation of countywide water and sewer.Late last month, the Wicomico County Council met with George, Miles & Buhr representatives Peter Bozick and Katherine McAllister to discuss an ongoing master plan for implementing a countywide water and sewer infrastructure system.“This goes far… Read more »

Town Moves Ahead With New Server

FENWICK ISLAND – A server replacement is expected to cost the town $8,300.Last week, the Fenwick Island Town Council voted unanimously to replace its server at a cost of $8,300. Town Manager Terry Tieman told council members the replacement would give the town more time to explore the possibility of moving data and business applications… Read more »

College Student Starts Online Volunteer Platform

BERLIN – A local student is using her passion for community service to connect individuals with local organizations through the use of a new website.Last week, Salisbury University sophomore and Stephen Decatur High School alumna Jude Al-Hamad launched Community & Me, an online database for students and community members seeking volunteer opportunities.“It makes it easier… Read more »

Acle Prevails In Wicomico Special Election

SALISBURY – Wicomico County Councilwoman Nicole Acle overcame Democratic challenger Alex Scott in this week’s special election for District 2, according to preliminary results posted Wednesday.Acle, a Republican, received 5,380 votes, while Scott received 4,240 votes. However, local election officials will continue to count ballots in the coming days.Last year, the Wicomico County Council appointed… Read more »

Emergency Declaration Timeline Discussed

SALISBURY – County officials are exploring a code amendment extending the time period for emergency declarations.In a work session on Tuesday, the Wicomico County Council met with David Shipley, the county’s emergency services director, to discuss a code revision that would extend any emergency declaration from seven days to 22 days.Currently, the county executive can… Read more »

Airport Water Main Extension Breaks Ground

Airport Water Main Extension Breaks Ground

SALISBURY – State and local leaders this week broke ground on the construction of a water main extension near the Salisbury airport.In a groundbreaking ceremony Monday, local leaders gathered together to celebrate the start of construction on the Ocean City-Salisbury-Wicomico Regional Airport water main extension project.“When completed, this project will extend for the first time… Read more »