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.

OC’s $158M Budget Moves Forward

OCEAN CITY — Ocean City officials this week approved on first reading the proposed fiscal year 2022 budget at around $158 million, which will hold the property tax rate at the constant yield.The total budget for all funds is approximately $158 million, with the general fund making up around $91 million. The proposed fiscal year… Read more »

Roofed Dining Area Plans Approved

OCEAN CITY — In yet another example of something borne out of COVID-19 becoming permanent, resort planners this week signed off on an unenclosed, roofed deck adjacent to a popular midtown restaurant.During the pandemic, the town has allowed businesses to create temporary outdoor seating areas to meet state restrictions on capacity, social distancing and indoor… Read more »

Mallards Top Sussex Academy, 13-6

BERLIN- Worcester Prep’s boys’ varsity team improved to 6-2 on the season this week with a 13-6 win over Sussex Academy on the road on Monday.After suffering a loss the Cape Henlopen back on April 24, the Mallards have responded with two straight including a 12-11 double-overtime win over Tower Hill last week and the… Read more »

Worcester Girls Split Pair of Games

BERLIN- Worcester Prep’s girls’ varsity lacrosse team split a pair of games this week, edging Salisbury School, 9-8, on Monday before falling to Saints Peter and Paul on Tuesday.The Mallards ended a two-game skid with the win over Salisbury School. On Tuesday they hung with the Sabres through much of the first half and trailed,… Read more »

Former Mallard Named Athlete of Year

Former Mallard Named Athlete of Year

BERLIN- Former Worcester Prep lacrosse standout Ross Dickerson last week was named the University of Tampa Male Athlete of the Year for the 2020-2021 season.Dickerson, who was outstanding as a faceoff specialist during his career at Worcester, was a three-time captain at the University of Tampa, where he set the NCAA record for faceoff winning… Read more »

No Major Injuries For Ejected Child

OCEAN CITY — The good news is the 2-year-child ejected into the bay during Sunday’s multi-vehicle accident was released from the hospital on Tuesday, but the incident could trigger a renewed effort to dualize the dangerous highway.Around 2:47 p.m. last Sunday, multiple vehicles collided on the Route 90 bridge, leaving eight total injured, including a… Read more »