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.

Ocean City, Coca-Cola Sign New Five-Year Accord

OCEAN CITY — The resort’s recently renewed beverage contract with Coca-Cola, making it the “official soft drink of Ocean City,” is already triggering a series of potential special events to celebrate the partnership. Recreation and Parks Director Susan Petito told Recreation and Parks Committee members last week the beverage contract between the town and Coca-Cola… Read more »

12 Men Arrested In Ocean City Prostitution Bust

OCEAN CITY — The Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) and its allied agencies conducted a major prostitution sting over the weekend resulting in 12 arrests. The OCPD Narcotics Unit and Special Enforcement Unit conducted a prostitution sting operation from Thursday night through Saturday night with the help of the Worcester County Criminal Enforcement Team, the… Read more »

Candidates Line Up To Fill Worcester Judicial Posts

SNOW HILL — The pool of applicants for two pending Worcester County Circuit Court judgeship vacancies has been released revealing a veritable who’s who among the Lower Shore legal community. Venerable long-time Worcester County Circuit Court Judge Thomas C. Groton officially retired in August, having met the mandatory retirement age of 70, although he continues… Read more »

Seahawks Fall To WiHi In Defensive Battle

BERLIN- After a 42-0 blowout of Arcadia in the season opener, Stephen Decatur’s varsity football team lost a defensive struggle to Bayside South rival Wicomico, 8-3, at home last Friday. The Seahawks’ offense fired on all cylinders in the opener against Arcadia, moving the ball at will in a 42-0 rout. However, defense was the… Read more »

Decatur Boys Edge Washington, 1-0

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s boys’ varsity soccer team edged Washington, 1-0, at home on Tuesday to improve to 2-1 on the young season. The Seahawks got a lone goal by Max Mariner off and assist by Brady Ford for the only goal it would need in the tight, well-played 1—0 win. With the win, the Decatur… Read more »

Mallards Snuff Dragons To Earn First Win

BERLIN- Worcester Prep’s boys’ varsity soccer team got in the win column with a 4-2 win over old Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference (ESIAC) rival Salisbury School on the road last Friday. The Mallards opened the season with a 2-2 tie against Gunston last week in a game shortened by a severe thunderstorm and heavy… Read more »