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.

Assault Charges For Stomping Girlfriend

OCEAN CITY – A Seaford, Del., man was charged with first-degree assault last week after allegedly stomping his girlfriend in the head while she laid on the ground during a domestic dispute.Around 9:30 p.m. last Friday, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers were dispatched to a hotel at 25th Street for a reported assault that… Read more »

9th Big Fish Classic Tourney Returns

9th Big Fish Classic Tourney Returns

OCEAN CITY- The 9th annual Big Fish Classic tournament returns to the historic docks at Talbot Street this weekend with plenty of excitement buzzing.The Big Fish Classic returns for the ninth year this weekend at the pier on Talbot Street, which is essentially the epicenter for Ocean City’s rich fishing history. The tournament is a… Read more »

Grant Funds Approved For Two Coastal Bays Projects

BERLIN – The local Maryland Coastal Bays Program this week learned it will be receiving grant funding from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources for two significant climate resiliency projects in Worcester County.The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced on Wednesday the award of over $2 million in grants to 12 climate resiliency projects around… Read more »

More Attempted Murder Charges Filed

OCEAN CITY — A Ridgley, Md. man, charged last month for attempted first-degree murder for his role in the stabbing of an 18-year-old during a triple-stabbing incident on the Boardwalk back on June 20, has now been charged in the stabbing of the other two victims.Shortly before midnight on June 20, Ocean City Police Department… Read more »

OC Mayor Suggests Staggering Planning Comm. Terms

OCEAN CITY — The reworking of the resort’s planning commission makeup continued this week with a recommendation for staggering terms from the mayor.During Tuesday’s work session, Mayor Rick Meehan put forth a recommendation to stagger the terms for the seven appointed members of the Planning Commission. The seven-member commission reviews site plans for project, makes… Read more »

Berlin Little League Seniors Bow Out

BERLIN- It was a great run for the Berlin Little League Senior Division All-Star team, which last week won the Maryland state championship before bowing out of the East Region championship tournament on Monday.With the state championship in the books, the Berlin Little League Seniors advanced to the East Region championships in Bangor, Maine last… Read more »

Heels and Reels Returns Next Week

OCEAN CITY- Before the big boys hit the seas for the 49th White Marlin Open, lady anglers throughout the resort area will have their moment in the sun next weekend with the arrival of the Ocean City Marlin Club’s 14th Annual Heels and Reels Tournament.The ladies-only tournament gets underway next Thursday with registration and a… Read more »

OC Project Estimates Over Budget

OCEAN CITY — Continuing a recent trend, resort officials this week were somewhat sticker-shocked on the bids for a couple of significant public works projects.Two weeks ago, the Mayor and Council reviewed a pair of bids for the first phase of the redevelopment of the downtown recreation complex along the bayside between 3rd Street and… Read more »