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.

Ban On Year-Round Campground Occupancy Questioned; Proposed Amendment Would Permit It

Ban On Year-Round Campground Occupancy Questioned; Proposed Amendment Would Permit It

BERLIN –  Permanent residents of White Horse Park are fighting the county’s plans to enforce the campground regulations that currently govern the community.A group made up of full-time residents of White Horse Park is seeking approval of a text amendment that would allow 25% of the park to be inhabited year-round by residents over the… Read more »

Berlin Bathtub Races Turn 30 Years Old; Deeley Insurance Knocks Off Two-Time Champs

Berlin Bathtub Races Turn 30 Years Old; Deeley Insurance Knocks Off Two-Time Champs

BERLIN –  Hundreds of excited onlookers lined the sidewalks along Main Street Friday as they cheered on their favorites during the 30th rendition of the Berlin Bathtub Races.Nine local organizations showed off their best attempts at modified bathtubs Friday as they raced down Main Street at the much-loved annual event. After multiple heats, the team… Read more »

County Observes Elder Abuse Awareness Month

County Observes Elder Abuse Awareness Month

SNOW HILL –  The Worcester County Commissioners presented a proclamation declaring June Elder Abuse Awareness Month at a meeting last week.Commissioner Diana Purnell recognized Jamie Manning, assistant director of services for the Worcester County Department of Social Services (DSS) as well as her staff.“This proclamation touches all of us,” Purnell said. “I’d like to thank… Read more »

Berlin Apartment Complex Plans Pass Planning Commission In 4-3 Vote

Berlin Apartment Complex Plans Pass Planning Commission In 4-3 Vote

BERLIN –  A controversial apartment project is expected to move forward on Route 346 after receiving approval from the Berlin Planning Commission.After multiple meetings and lengthy discussion, the commission voted 4-3 Wednesday to approve changes to the Purnell Crossing planned unit development (PUD). The split vote came after several citizens voiced opposition to the project.“This… Read more »

Henry-Gordy Retiring After 40 Years In Public Education; She Plans To Become Methodist Pastor

Henry-Gordy Retiring After 40 Years In Public Education; She Plans To Become Methodist Pastor

NEWARK –  A local educator will retire this month after more than four decades of working to meet the needs of local students.Eloise Henry-Gordy, student services supervisor for Worcester County Public Schools, will officially end her 43-year career in education June 30.“There are two things people tell you about retirement,” Henry-Gordy said. “You know when… Read more »

Berlin Council Approves Budget With Tax, Fee Increases In 4-1 Vote

Berlin Council Approves Budget With Tax, Fee Increases In 4-1 Vote

BERLIN — Berlin officials approved a $15.2 million budget, highlighted by tax and rate increases for citizens, for the coming fiscal year.On Monday, the Berlin Town Council voted 4-1, with Councilman Zack Tyndall opposed, to approve the fiscal year 2020 budget. Mayor Gee Williams said the approved budget and the 18% percent property tax increase… Read more »

Safety Concerns Close Berlin Sidewalk

Safety Concerns Close Berlin Sidewalk

BERLIN –  A portion of the sidewalk on William Street is closed as structural issues at the adjacent building are addressed.On Tuesday, town staff cordoned off the sidewalk in front of the rear portion of the building that houses Burley Inn Tavern.“The property owner is investigating possible structural issues with the building and we closed… Read more »

Diakonia Project Bid Questioned

SNOW HILL –  Repairs at Diakonia will move forward in spite of concerns regarding the selected bid.On Tuesday, the Worcester County Commissioners approved roofing and siding bids from Robert’s Coastal Construction as part of Diakonia renovations being funded through a Community Development Block Grant. While they approved the bids, the commissioners expressed concern about the… Read more »