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.

What Does County’s Route 589 Rezoning Mean? More Commercial Development Near Casino Most Likely

What Does County’s Route 589 Rezoning Mean? More Commercial Development Near Casino Most Likely

SNOW HILL – Route 589 could see an increase in commercial development following a decision by county leaders to rezone a section of properties near Ocean Downs Casino.The Worcester County Commissioners on Tuesday voted 5-2 to rezone 14 properties along McAllister Road and Route 589 to C-2 commercial. Though the majority of the properties have… Read more »

Berlin Church’s Spirit Kitchen Continuing To Serve; Holiday Lunch Brightens Season For Many In Need

Berlin Church’s Spirit Kitchen Continuing To Serve; Holiday Lunch Brightens Season For Many In Need

BERLIN – Connie Spence was at the old downtown laundromat one day when volunteers from Stevenson United Methodist Church approached and offered her a sandwich. They told her they’d started a lunch program and invited her to visit the new Spirit Kitchen for a hot meal any Wednesday.Eight years later, Spence says she hasn’t missed… Read more »

Local Boy Escorts First Lady To Children’s Hospital Book Reading In ‘Amazing Opportunity’

Local Boy Escorts First Lady To Children’s Hospital Book Reading In ‘Amazing Opportunity’

WEST OCEAN CITY – A local boy had the opportunity of a lifetime last week as he escorted first lady Melania Trump during a visit to Children’s National Health System in Washington D.C.Ocean City Elementary School kindergarten student Nathan Simm held Trump’s hand as she entered the atrium of the hospital to read to its… Read more »

Worcester County Slow To Fill Economic Development Post

Worcester County Slow To Fill Economic Development Post

SNOW HILL – Nearly a year after the departure of the county’s economic development director, the position remains vacant.While the Worcester County Economic Development Department’s deputy director has stepped up in the interim, county leaders say they’ve delayed hiring a replacement for former director Merry Mears in order to reevaluate the position and its goals.“We… Read more »

Local Student Completes First Marathon

Local Student Completes First Marathon

BERLIN – A local middle school student accomplished something many runners only dream of last weekend as he completed the Rehoboth Seashore Marathon.Aryavir Sangwan, a student at Stephen Decatur Middle School, finished the 26.2-mile race with a time of 5:24:28. At 12 years old, he was the youngest runner in the race.“For most people, the… Read more »

Ocean Pines Board Ranks Priorities

Ocean Pines Board Ranks Priorities

BERLIN – The top focus for the Ocean Pines Association going into the new year is a review of the organization’s structure.The Ocean Pines Association (OPA) Board of Directors has agreed that its top priority is addressing organizational structure. Board members want General Manager John Bailey to make whatever changes he needs to improve the… Read more »

Diakonia Receives Grant To Improve Transitional Housing

BERLIN – A Community Development Block Grant will allow Diakonia to improve its Old Bridge Road facility.The Worcester County Commissioners unanimously approved a grant agreement last week that will allow Diakonia to receive $276,128 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding.“We’re really excited about it,” said Claudia Nagle, executive director of Diakonia. “It really will… Read more »