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.

Convenience Store Opening Raises Safety Concerns; School Will Not Allow Students To Cross Route 50 By Foot

Vehicle and pedestrian traffic at the intersection of Route 50 and Seahawk Road to the south and Friendship Road to the north is expected to increase when the new Royal Farms store opens next month. Photo by Shawn Soper

BERLIN — Each day the new Royal Farms store and Arby’s restaurant on the north side of Route 50 across from Stephen Decatur High School inch closer to completion, the potential for students attempting to cross the busy dual highway grows nearer, but there have been discussions about a possible pedestrian crossing at the intersection…. Read more »

Two Fatal Accidents In Worcester Tuesday

BERLIN — Tuesday was a deadly day on Worcester roadways with two fatal accidents at opposite ends of the county claiming the lives of two motorists, including an elderly Berlin man. Around 11:20 a.m. on Tuesday, Worcester County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a reported single-vehicle accident on Racetrack Rd. in Showell. The investigation revealed a… Read more »

‘Tremendous’ Support For Union Petition Effort, Although Not Enough Signatures For Referendum Yet

File photo by Bethany Hooper

OCEAN CITY — With Ocean City’s municipal election now under two weeks away, the local firefighter and paramedic union’s effort to get a referendum question seeking binding interest arbitration on this year’s ballot has fallen short, but the signature collection process will continue. In late February, the clock expired on negotiations between the town and… Read more »

Fishing Industry Voices Concern With Possible Offshore Sanctuary Idea; Official Provisions Sought Before Designation Considered

Photo courtesy of the National Aquarium

OCEAN CITY — On the same day the National Aquarium announced it was seeking an Urban National Marine Sanctuary designation for the Baltimore Canyon off the coast of Ocean City, aquarium officials attempted to reassure the sportfishing community a successful designation would not impact the fertile fishing grounds. When the National Aquarium announced on Monday… Read more »

Worcester State’s Attorney Seeking Attorney General’s Opinion On Topless Women; ‘Equal Protection’ At Root Of Claim

File photo by Chris Parypa

OCEAN CITY — The Worcester County State’s Attorney’s Office has requested an opinion from the Maryland Attorney General on the legality of women going topless in the same areas where men are allowed to go shirtless under the Equal Protection Act, an opinion that could have serious repercussions in the resort area. At the request… Read more »

Marlin Club Hands Out Seasonal Awards

OCEAN CITY- With another successful summer season in the books, the Ocean City Marlin Club last weekend handed out its annual seasonal awards to the winners in several categories. Club members released a total of 2,838 white marlin during the summer season, along with 138 blue marlin. The award for the very first white marlin… Read more »