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.

State Surfing Championships Moved To October

OCEAN CITY- The Eastern Surfing Association (ESA) Delmarva District Maryland State Championships scheduled for last weekend were postponed because of a lingering nor-easter off the coast and have been rescheduled for October 13.The state championships were set for last Saturday on the beach at 35th Street, but heavy surf, rain and high winds forced the… Read more »

Mallards Snuff Dragons In Season Opener

Mallards Snuff Dragons In Season Opener

BERLIN- Worcester Prep’s boys’ varsity soccer team got off to a fast start this week, beating Salisbury School, 4-0, at home to open the season with an 1-0 mark.The first half ended in a scoreless tie as the two familiar rivals opened the season on Monday. Worcester’s Ryan Cronin broke the ice and got the… Read more »

More Route 50 Bridge Repairs Needed

More Route 50 Bridge Repairs Needed

OCEAN CITY — The potential threats associated with Hurricane Florence this week briefly halted a State Highway Administration (SHA) project to repair failing sections of concrete on the underside of the Route 50 Bridge, but the project is expected to resume next week.Earlier this week, SHA crews began repairing and replacing sections of failing concrete… Read more »

Golf Ball Water Tower Cost Gives Council Sticker Shock; Bids Reviewed For New 64th Street Tower Look

Golf Ball Water Tower Cost Gives Council Sticker Shock; Bids Reviewed For New 64th Street Tower Look

OCEAN CITY — It appears there won’t be an Eagle’s Landing golf ball design when the water tower at 64th Street is repainted after town officials this week reviewed bids for the paint job, but not before a fairly intense debate about the process in general.Earlier this year, a divided Mayor and Council nixed the… Read more »

State Surfing Championships Set For Saturday

OCEAN CITY- The Eastern Surfing Association (ESA) Delmarva District this weekend will host the Maryland State Surfing Championships, the fifth a summer-long contest series, on the beach at 35th Street.The Delmarva ESA holds four amateur surfing competitions throughout the summer at different locations around the resort area. Participants in various age, gender and surfing style… Read more »

OC’s Aircraft Landing Ordinance Passed

OCEAN CITY – The City Council approved on final reading this week an ordinance aimed at prohibiting aircraft landings within town limits, but not before handling a few questions on the law change from a private citizen.On July 3, a private helicopter landed on a church parking lot at 17th Street and Philadelphia Avenue, discharged… Read more »

Hot Billfish Bite Continues In Club Tourney

Hot Billfish Bite Continues In Club Tourney

OCEAN CITY- The continued red-hot billfish bite off the coast of Ocean City continued last weekend, making the Ocean City Marlin Club’s 60th Annual Labor Day White Marlin Tournament one of the most memorable in recent years.While it may lack the glamour and high payouts of the White Marlin Open, the Ocean City Marlin Club’s… Read more »