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.

Trimble Earns “Tough Guy Of The Week”

Trimble Earns “Tough Guy Of The Week”

This week’s Atlantic Physical Therapy “Tough Guy of the Week” award went to A.J. Trimble for his performance in the season-ending rout against Snow Hill. Pictured above is Trimble (left), ATP’s Charles Curran (center) and Head Coach Jake Coleman (right).Submitted photo

Sports Betting’s Slow Approval Process Disappoints Commission

BERLIN — Although disappointed with the progress of approving licenses for five sports wagering licenses, including the Ocean Downs Casino, state lottery officials on Thursday did take another step in the process.The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Commission (MLGCC) on Thursday approved the sports wagering operator partners for five casinos, including Ocean Downs Casino in Berlin,… Read more »

Ocean City Compost Program Impresses With 40 Tons Of Waste Reported

Ocean City Compost Program Impresses With 40 Tons Of Waste Reported

OCEAN CITY — Ocean City’s private sector food waste composting program is exceeding expectation, resort officials learned this week, but there is still plenty of room to grow.In July, Hobbit Restaurant owner and Ocean Compost LLC representative Garvey Heiderman pitched his pilot food waste composting program to the Mayor and Council. The concept calls for… Read more »

Replenishment Working North To South

OCEAN CITY — The latest beach replenishment project in Ocean City got underway this month with work beginning at the north end of town heading south.The familiar heavy equipment, pipes and offshore equipment seen for decades around the resort about every four years began showing up last week at the north end of Ocean City’s… Read more »

OC Capital Project Bids Reviewed

OCEAN CITY — Bids were opened for several ongoing capital projects, and while there are options in each case that are under what was budgeted, the bids were all over the map.The Mayor and Council on Tuesday opened multiple bids for three capital projects including repainting the municipal water tower at 94th Street, a new… Read more »