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.

Assateague Announces Closures Effective Immediately

Assateague Announces Closures Effective Immediately

ASSATEAGUE — Assateague Island National Seashore officials have announced the national park’s visitor centers, ranger stations and campgrounds are closed until further notice effective on Tuesday in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.However, many of the open areas of the Assateague Island National Seashore will remain open on a limited basis. For example, public parking areas,… Read more »

OC Firefighters Complete Peer Wellness Training

OCEAN CITY — By definition, firefighters are trained to put others before themselves, but dozens of Ocean City first-responders recently completed training on how to look out for their own.Nearly 30 members of the Ocean City Fire Department recently completed the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) Peer Support training. The class is highly interactive and… Read more »

Three Decatur Wrestlers Win State Titles

Three Decatur Wrestlers Win State Titles

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity wrestling team closed out an unforgettable season last weekend with continued dominance in the state championships with three individual titles and five wrestlers reaching the finals in their respective weight classes.The Seahawks dominated all year in a season that won’t soon be forgotten. Decatur went a perfect 26-0 on the season… Read more »

Big Crowd Expected For Annual St. Pat’s 5K

OCEAN CITY- With cool but clear weather forecasted for the weekend, the St. Patrick’s 5K on the Boardwalk on Saturday is once again expected to be the perfect kickoff for the day’s festivities.The St. Patrick’s Boardwalk 5K is produced by OC Tri-Running and sponsored in large part by Shenanigan’s Irish Pub and Grille. For years,… Read more »

Committee Hears Support Behind Special Event Zone Changes; Officials Seek More Tools For Police This Year

Committee Hears Support Behind Special Event Zone Changes; Officials Seek More Tools For Police This Year

OCEAN CITY — The forum was different, but the message was strong and consistent this week as a local delegation testified in Annapolis on proposed legislation strengthening the resort’s motorized special event laws.Last week, a large contingent from Ocean City testified in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee on Senate Bill 878, which, among other things,… Read more »

Final Leg Of St. Pat’s Tourney On Tap

OCEAN CITY- The final leg of the Ocean City Recreation and Parks Department’s annual St. Patrick’s Soccer tournament gets underway on Friday at Northside Park.For over three decades, the Ocean City Recreation and Parks Department has hosted the annual St. Patrick’s Soccer Tournament at Northside Park. The event for years played out over four weekends… Read more »