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.

‘Tired Of The Negativity,’ School’s Foreign Language Club Participates In Mural Project

Foreign Language Club members from Stephen Decatur High School are pictured looking over designs for their traveling mural project. Photo by Charlene Sharpe

BERLIN – People need to be kinder. That’s the message a group of Stephen Decatur High School students are hoping to share with a traveling mural project. “They wanted to do something to open people’s eyes,” said Darlene Idoni-McCann, a French teacher at Stephen Decatur. “We are tired of the negativity.” It was more than… Read more »

Worcester Approves New Health Care Zoning District

SNOW HILL – Worcester County officials approved a new floating zoning district designed to give more flexibility to the developers of health care facilities. The Worcester County Commissioners voted Tuesday to approve legislation to create a floating zoning district known as a health care planned unit development (HCPUD). The HCPUD designation, according to attorney Mark… Read more »

Pocomoke Elementary Principal Earns National Honor

Maryland Association of Elementary Schools Executive Director Steve Hagenbuch is pictured recognizing Principal Michael Browne at a surprise event this week. Photo by Charlene Sharpe

POCOMOKE – Blue and gold streamers waving, Pocomoke Elementary School students helped education officials surprise Principal Michael Browne this week with the news that he was named the Maryland Association of Elementary Principals’ National Distinguished Principal for 2017. Less than a month after Pocomoke Elementary School (PES) earned recognition as a National Title I Distinguished… Read more »

Parent Seeks More Computer Classes

NEWARK – Citing the growing technology industry, a local parent encouraged school system officials to expand the availability of computer classes available to students. During Tuesday’s meeting of the Worcester County Board of Education, parent Trisha Kaufman approached the board with concerns regarding the lack of computer programming courses available to Worcester County students. “There… Read more »

Ocean Pines Weighing Country Club Changes

BERLIN – Concerns regarding the need for community feedback highlighted a discussion of changes planned for the Ocean Pines Association Country Club. Brett Hill, acting general manager of the association, presented plans for renovations to the second floor of the country club during a meeting of the Ocean Pines Association (OPA) board of directors Monday…. Read more »

Commissioners Irked Again Over Student Funding Requirements; MOE Change Requires At Least $2.4M Increase In School Funding

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SNOW HILL – County officials responded to news that Worcester County’s Maintenance of Effort calculation would be increasing with candid criticism. During Tuesday’s meeting of the Worcester County Commissioners, Chief Administrative Officer Harold Higgins informed officials that Maintenance of Effort (MOE) funding would increase $2,387,012 in FY2018. The increase is tied to modifications made to… Read more »