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.

Spirited Debate Featured At Offshore Wind Public Hearing; City Engineer Fears ‘A Wall of Turbines’ On Horizon

OCEAN CITY — In an often-spirited, three-hour plus virtual public hearing, the Maryland Public Service Commission heard a wide range of opinions on the proposed next phases of two offshore wind energy projects off the coast of Ocean City.The Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) on Tuesday held the first of two virtual public hearings on… Read more »

Police Statistics Confirm Tamer Pop-Up Rally Weekend; Officials Will Not ‘Let Our Guard Down’ In Future Years

OCEAN CITY — While there were still significant hassles at times, the pop-up car rally weekend last week was decidedly tamer then recent years and the statistics bear it out.The Town of Ocean City was bracing for another major unsanctioned pop-up car rally last weekend and officials said going in they were more prepared then… Read more »

OC Capital Projects Move Forward

OCEAN CITY — Resort officials this week got good news on a couple of capital project bids coming in under budget.The Mayor and Council reviewed bid recommendations for ongoing projects in the resort, including canal dredging and the Boardwalk seawall sheet pile recoating. Each year, the town contracts with a private company to dredge various… Read more »

Decatur Boys Suffer First Loss Of Season

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s boys’ varsity soccer team suffered its first loss of the season this week, falling to Parkside on the road.The Seahawks started the season in impressive fashion with three straight wins over Easton, Crisfield and Mardela. On Monday, they traveled to Salisbury for an important early Bayside South rivalry game and fell to… Read more »

Decatur Cross Country Teams Perform Well At Meet

Decatur Cross Country Teams Perform Well At Meet

Decatur’s varsity cross-country teams turned in strong performances last week in a Bayside Conference meet at City Park in Salisbury. The girls’ team finished first among the six schools competing, while the boys’ team finished second. The Decatur girls’ team was led by Amber Marshall, pictured above.Photo by James Cathell