About The Author: Charlene Sharpe

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Charlene Sharpe has been with The Dispatch since 2014. A graduate of Stephen Decatur High School and the University of Richmond, she spent seven years with the Delmarva Media Group before joining the team at The Dispatch.

State Officials Discuss Inlet’s Future With ‘More Permanent’ Shoaling Solution Sought

State Officials Discuss Inlet’s Future With ‘More Permanent’ Shoaling Solution Sought

BERLIN –  Construction of a permanent solution to the shoaling problems in the Ocean City Inlet is expected to begin in 2021, federal officials said at a public meeting last week.Representatives of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) shared information about planned improvements to the Inlet and a scour hole near Homer Gudelsky Park… Read more »

Commissioners Approve Property, Income Tax Increases

Commissioners Approve Property, Income Tax Increases

SNOW HILL –  The Worcester County Commissioners approved a $201 million budget Tuesday that includes slight property and income tax rate increases.The commissioners voted 6-1, with Commissioner Joe Mitrecic opposed, to approve a fiscal year 2020 budget that includes a one-cent property tax increase and a half-a-percent income tax increase.“I would like to thank the… Read more »

Berlin OKs Water, Sewer Fee Hikes

Berlin OKs Water, Sewer Fee Hikes

BERLIN –  Town officials formally approved the increases in water and sewer rates discussed at this spring’s budget work sessions at a meeting this week.On Tuesday, the Berlin Town Council approved a resolution increasing water rates 5% and sewer rates 25%. A rate study by Davis, Bowen and Friedel (DBF) indicated that those increases should… Read more »

County Eyes Campaign To Target Illegal Dumping

SNOW HILL – County officials agreed to launch an educational campaign in an effort to curb illegal dumping throughout Worcester County.The Worcester County Commissioners last week told staff to move forward with plans to begin a public education campaign to discourage illegal dumping and littering along county roads and at local recycling stations. The county… Read more »

Worcester Frustrated Over Escalating Expenses With Waste Centers

Worcester Frustrated Over Escalating Expenses With Waste Centers

SNOW HILL – Elected officials continue to express concerns regarding the cost of the county’s recycling program and homeowner convenience centers.Though there were no major changes approved last week, the Worcester County Commissioners once again voiced frustration over the $2 million cost of operating the recycling and homeowner convenience centers.“Sooner or later it’s going to… Read more »

UPDATED: Annexation Expected To Bring ‘New Concept’ 7-Eleven To Berlin

UPDATED: Annexation Expected To Bring ‘New Concept’ 7-Eleven To Berlin

BERLIN –  Town officials approved the annexation of six acres near the intersection of Route 50 and Route 818 this week.On Tuesday, the Berlin Town Council voted 4-1, with Councilman Zack Tyndall opposed, to approve an annexation agreement with Athena Properties. The approval is expected to allow plans for a 7-Eleven gas station and convenience… Read more »