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.

Pines Residents Speak Out On Proposed Assessment Hike

OCEAN PINES – Concerns about proposed spending dominated a public hearing on the Ocean Pines Association’s recommended budget.On Saturday, the Ocean Pines Association (OPA) hosted a public hearing for the proposed budget, which would increase dues by $127, setting the coming year’s assessment at $1,078. Residents asked board members to reconsider unnecessary expenses.“I think we… Read more »

County Discusses Casino Revenues

SNOW HILL –  While the county’s share of casino revenues has increased with the addition of table games, officials say it’s too early to determine the long-term impact.Finance Officer Phil Thompson presented the Worcester County Commissioners with an update on the local impact grant revenue the county has received from the Ocean Downs Casino at… Read more »

County Satisfied With Existing Animal Control Law

SNOW HILL –  The Worcester County Commissioners opted to make no changes to the county’s animal control ordinance this week.While recent cold weather has prompted calls for Worcester County to strengthen its animal control ordinance, the commissioners on Tuesday voted to make no changes at this time. The current ordinance was updated in October.“It’s working,”… Read more »

County Committed To Testing State On Sprinkler Mandate

County Committed To Testing State On Sprinkler Mandate

SNOW HILL – The Worcester County Commissioners’ plans to not enforce residential sprinkler requirements are drawing criticism from fire safety officials.State Fire Marshal Brian Geraci said this week the county would be in violation of state law if it permitted those building single family homes to opt out of installing sprinklers. He said the commissioners… Read more »

Berlin Approves Nonprofit Grant Policy Change

BERLIN – Town officials approved revisions to Berlin’s new nonprofit grant policy this week.On Monday, the Berlin Town Council approved a resolution revising the nonprofit grant policy adopted last year.“All of these recommendations came after this year’s first cycle under our current nonprofit grant policy,” Mayor Gee Williams said. “These are things that you learn… Read more »

Council Questions BFC On Old Library Building’s Future

BERLIN – Town officials encouraged the Berlin Fire Company to consider leasing the former library building to generate additional revenue.As Berlin Fire Company (BFC) leaders presented the organization’s quarterly report to the Berlin Town Council this week, the now vacant library building was a key point of discussion. Municipal officials said the building, which is… Read more »

Council Questions BFC On Old Library Building’s Future

Council Questions BFC On Old Library Building’s Future

BERLIN – Town officials encouraged the Berlin Fire Company to consider leasing the former library building to generate additional revenue.As Berlin Fire Company (BFC) leaders presented the organization’s quarterly report to the Berlin Town Council this week, the now vacant library building was a key point of discussion. Municipal officials said the building, which is… Read more »

Pines GM’s Proposed Budget Calls For Assessment Increase

OCEAN PINES – Ocean Pines residents could see a substantial increase in their annual assessments if the recommended budget is approved.The budget proposed by Ocean Pines Association (OPA) General Manager John Bailey for the coming fiscal year includes a recommended $127 assessment increase for property owners. The increase would bring the annual assessment to $1,078.Residents… Read more »