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.

Faulty Traffic Signal In OC Likely Led To Pedestrian Collision

OCEAN CITY — A malfunctioning traffic signal at 17th Street could have contributed to a pedestrian-vehicle collision on Tuesday afternoon.Around 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers responded to a reported vehicle-pedestrian collision at 17th Street and Philadelphia Avenue. The pedestrian was transported by Ocean City EMS to TidalHealth Peninsula Regional with… Read more »

18th Annual Kids Classic Tourney a Big Success

18th Annual Kids Classic Tourney a Big Success

OCEAN CITY- The Ocean City Marlin Club’s 18th annual Kids Classic last weekend was a huge success with hundreds of young anglers competing for a worthy cause.With the bid summer offshore fishing tournaments on the horizon, the kid’s got a chance in the spotlight last weekend with the club’s 18th annual Kids Classic Tournament. The… Read more »

Eastern Nationals Softball Tourney Continues

OCEAN CITY- Considered a major tourism draw for the resort, the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) Eastern National Championships entered its second week with hundreds of teams from all over the country competing on fields in Worcester and Wicomico counties.This year’s USSSA Eastern Nationals mark the 16th time the event has returned to the… Read more »

Planners Debate Residential, Commercial Growth

OCEAN CITY – Resort planners this week renewed the debate about how much residential growth should be allowed in the town’s dwindling commercially-zoned areas.During a spirited public hearing last month, the Ocean City Planning Commission heard from residents and property owners on both sides of the residential versus commercial growth in the town.Of course, the… Read more »