About The Author: Shawn Soper

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Shawn Soper has been with The Dispatch since 2000. He began as a staff writer covering various local government beats and general stories. His current positions include managing editor and sports editor. Growing up in Baltimore before moving to Ocean City full time three decades ago, Soper graduated from Loch Raven High School in 1981 and from Towson University in 1985 with degrees in mass communications with a journalism concentration and history.

Authorities Looking For Missing Local Man

OCEAN CITY — The Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) is attempting to locate a local man reported missing to the agency on Tuesday.The OCPD is trying to locate Michael Tyrone Taylor, who was reported missing. Taylor, who works at a popular midtown restaurant and nightclub, is 56-years old and around 6’ and 150 pounds. The… Read more »

Alumni Speak To Decatur Students

Alumni Speak To Decatur Students

BERLIN — Stephen Decatur advanced placement biology and bio-med students last week got a rare first-hand glimpse at how their hard work and perseverance could pay dividends when two alumni who are now working medical professionals returned to their alma mater.Dr. Tammy Donoway, who graduated in 1999 and Jordan Braniff, who graduated in 2004, last… Read more »

10th Memorial Day Tourney In The Books

10th Memorial Day Tourney In The Books

OCEAN CITY- The Ocean City Marlin Club’s 10th Annual Memorial Day Tournament last weekend was a big success. In the tuna division, it was the crew on the Primary Search (pictured above) taking first-place with a 40.2-pounder worth $5,085. The Primary Search also took second place with a 39.6-pounder worth $1.462. The crew on the… Read more »

OC Beach Patrol Overcomes Recruitment Challenges

OCEAN CITY — The Ocean City Beach Patrol (OCBP) had a full complement of lifeguards in the stands over the holiday weekend, despite continued challenges in recruiting.During a budget work session in April, long-time OCBP Captain Butch Arbin presented his department’s fiscal year 2020 spending plan and perhaps the biggest takeaway from the presentation were… Read more »

23rd Mako Mania Tournament on Tap Next Week

OCEAN CITY- The 23rd Annual Mako Mania shark tournament gets underway next week with dozens of boats and teams of anglers participating in the annual event that serves as a kickoff of sorts for the summer offshore fishing tournament season.Curiosity seekers will cram into Bahia Marina next weekend for a chance to see a potential… Read more »

2.1M Visited Assateague Last Year

2.1M Visited Assateague Last Year

ASSATEAGUE — A report released last week by the National Park Service revealed over 2.1 million visitors to Assateague Island National Seashore last year contributed nearly $106 million in cumulative economic benefit to the local area.According to the NPS report issued late last week on the eve Memorial Day weekend, 2,136,889 visitors came to Assateague… Read more »

Lax Tourneys Invade Resort Next Week

OCEAN CITY- The resort area will become ground zero of the youth lacrosse world next weekend with dozens of teams from all over the mid-Atlantic region descending on Ocean City and Berlin for a pair of simultaneous tournaments.The 2019 Brine Girls Lacrosse Festival will take place at Northside Park all weekend starting next Friday. Games… Read more »