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.

Balloon Release Ban Now In Effect

OCEAN CITY — A new state law with its roots in Ocean City prohibiting the celebratory release of plastic and mylar balloons that often end up in the ocean or other waterways went into effect this month.Introduced in the House last session by Delegate Wayne Hartman (R-38C), who represents Worcester County and Ocean City, House… Read more »

Spartan Race Set For Resort Return

OCEAN CITY — With little discussion or fanfare, resort officials last week approved a one-day franchise agreement for food, drink and merchandise for the Spartan Race, which returns to Ocean City this weekend.The Mayor and Council reviewed a resolution to grant a franchise to Spartan Race, Inc. for the sale of food, beverages, including non-alcoholic… Read more »

State’s Attorney General Urged To Probe OC Police Incidents

OCEAN CITY — Over three months after two incidents on the Boardwalk involving alleged police brutality, a coalition of African-American leaders on Tuesday held a press conference at City Hall seeking an independent investigation.The Caucus of African-American Leaders (CAAL) held the conference on Tuesday after the arrests of four African-American men in June. During those… Read more »

OC Vacant Lot Options Discussed

OCEAN CITY — Resort officials this week winnowed down the options for a seldom-used, city owned parking lot that could be the catalyst for a major redevelopment project.Off and on for decades, there have been attempts to redevelop the old Holt’s Landing property at the base of the town at South Philadelphia Avenue to no… Read more »

Seahawks Edge North Caroline, Improve To 4-2

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity football team edged North Caroline, 29-22, last Friday to improve to 4-2 on the season.Decatur scored 15 unanswered points in the third quarter to take a 22-7 lead heading into the fourth. North Caroline battled back in the fourth with 15 points, while Decatur added another score to close out the… Read more »

Decatur Golfers Claim Bayside Title

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity golf team won last week at Queenstown to claim the Bayside Conference title. Evan Oglesby and Kole Kohut led the way with rounds of 78, while Jacob Bauer shot an 88 and Abby Wesche finished with a 94.

Martinek Headed To National Hall Of Fame

Martinek Headed To National Hall Of Fame

BERLIN- Decatur varsity wrestling coach Todd Martinek next month with be inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame-Maryland Chapter for his lifetime of service to the sport.Martinek shares a distinction with two other Marylanders in the National Hall of Fame who each wrestled, coached and refereed in the Maryland State Finals. He won the… Read more »