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.

BLC Approves Family Entertainment Complex For Old JR’s Site

BLC Approves Family Entertainment Complex For Old JR’s Site

SNOW HILL –  The connections of Ropewalk are moving forward with plans to bring a new family friendly restaurant to north Ocean City.Ropewalk’s Marc McFaul and Chris Reda shared plans for a new restaurant, AlleyOops, with the Worcester County Board of License (BLC) Commissioners this week. The restaurant, which did receive liquor license approval from… Read more »

Early Tax Increase Talk Irks Two County Commissioners

Early Tax Increase Talk Irks Two County Commissioners

SNOW HILL –  A two-cent property tax increase proposed by county staff drew immediate criticism from a pair of Worcester County Commissioners this week.At the start of a budget work session Tuesday, Commissioner Jim Bunting expressed concern about the budget presented by Worcester County staff — which includes a proposed two-cent property tax increase —… Read more »

Commissioner Holds OP Town Hall Meeting

BERLIN – Updates on new development, Route 589 changes and county finances highlighted a community meeting hosted by Worcester County Commissioner Chip Bertino.On Saturday, Bertino hosted his 14th town hall meeting since being elected in 2014 to represent Ocean Pines voters as a commissioner. Bertino kicked off the meeting by addressing the county’s $6.7 million… Read more »

Worcester Tech Students Participate In Signing Day Event

Worcester Tech Students Participate In Signing Day Event

NEWARK –  Worcester Technical High School celebrated students’ career intent with its first ever National Signing Day ceremony.On Wednesday, teachers, community members and employers applauded as dozens of students declared their intent to enter the workforce.“We couldn’t be more excited for the students in this room,” Principal Tom Zimmer said. “The students you will see… Read more »

Worcester Seeks Support Opposing State Sprinkler Mandate

Worcester Seeks Support Opposing State Sprinkler Mandate

SNOW HILL – County officials agreed to seek help in their fight against the state’s fire sprinkler laws.The Worcester County Commissioners on Tuesday voted unanimously to send a packet of information, including draft legislation, to Maryland’s other counties in an effort to drum up support for easing the state’s sprinkler requirements. The commissioners have called… Read more »

Funding Requests Outlined At Annual Budget Public Hearing

Funding Requests Outlined At Annual Budget Public Hearing

BERLIN – Funding requests for education, volunteer fire companies local nonprofits and the arts dominated a public hearing on the county’s proposed fiscal year 2020 budget this week.On Tuesday, the Worcester County Commissioners asked for public comment on the county’s proposed $202.7 million budget. The commissioners will spend the coming weeks working to balance the… Read more »