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.

Governor Allows Restaurants To Offer Carryout, Delivery Alcohol

Governor Allows Restaurants To Offer Carryout, Delivery Alcohol

BERLIN — With many restaurants and bars in the area hoping to augment carryout food sales with the carryout sale or delivery of alcoholic beverages, the rules have been relaxed somewhat although many restrictions remain in place.Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Thursday issued an executive order allowing certain restaurants, bars, breweries, wineries, distilleries and other… Read more »

Worcester Hands Out Winter Sports Awards

Worcester Hands Out Winter Sports Awards

Worcester Prep recently doled out its winter sports awards to players on the varsity and junior varsity basketball teams and cheerleading teams. Pictured above are the winners from the girls’ junior varsity teams including, from left, Kathy Zhang (Most Improved), Annie Carter (Coach’s Award), and Ava Nally (Most Valuable Player.)Submitted photo

Mayor Advises Against OC Trips; Weekend Visitor Reports Positive Test

OCEAN CITY – The resort’s mayor is encouraging potential visitors to Ocean City to delay their plans amid the current pandemic.“To further protect our residents, visitors and town employees we request that visitors postpone trips to Ocean City beginning immediately,” said Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan. “This action is necessary to ensure compliance with social distancing… Read more »

Rescued Seal Set Free On Assateague

Rescued Seal Set Free On Assateague

ASSATEAGUE — A tiny harp seal rescued from the beach in Ocean City late last month was quietly released from Assateague this week, while two other seals rescued recently from area beaches remain on the mend.On Sunday, Feb. 23, a juvenile female harp seal hauled out on the beach at 67th Street and appeared to… Read more »

Approved Bill Allows Restaurants To Carry EpiPens

ANNAPOLIS — A bill allowing certain food-service operations to administer auto-injectable epinephrine, or EpiPens, in an emergency breezed through the General Assembly this week as the abbreviated session expired.After a tragedy last October that claimed the life of a popular local man and business owner, some questioned if the outcome could have been different if… Read more »

First Flounder of Season Caught Off OC

First Flounder of Season Caught Off OC

OCEAN CITY- While not much is going on in the local sports world onshore, an unseasonably warm late winter is causing action to start to heat up offshore including the first flounder of the year last weekend.Local angler Butch Walter and his wife Pam were trolling in the Thorofare last Saturday when they hooked up… Read more »

Tougher Special Event Bill Passed

OCEAN CITY — Legislation strengthening the resort’s motorized special event zone prohibitions, including arrestable offenses, was passed by state lawmakers late Wednesday before the abbreviated General Assembly session ended.Law enforcement will have a new hammer in the toolbox when the next motorized event requiring the implementation of a special event zone rolls around. State lawmakers… Read more »

Pines Swimmers Set Records In State Meet

Pines Swimmers Set Records In State Meet

OCEAN PINES- The Ocean Pines Swim Team (OPST) sent five swimmers to the Maryland State Championships recently and several came back with club and personal bests.OPST swimmers Adam Diehl and Gavin Stearn each qualified for the Maryland Senior Championships in late February, while Trista Harner, Daniel Karcheuski and Breyden Wright each qualified for the Maryland… Read more »