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.

Carozza Scores Decisive Win For Shore Senate Seat; Mathias Win Streak Snapped At 10 Elections

BERLIN — With a clear mandate in the district, Republican challenger Mary Beth Carozza beat previously undefeated Democratic incumbent Jim Mathias for the District 38 State Senate seat in one of the most-watched elections across the state.When the final votes were tallied, Carozza had collected 24,441 total votes, or 53 percent, in the district, which… Read more »

Seahawks To Close Out With Rival Snow Hill

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity football team fell to Bennett, 30-6, last weekend for its sixth straight loss, but a visit from county rival Snow Hill in the season finale could provide a tonic for the struggling Seahawks.Decatur hung with Bennett for a while last weekend before the Clippers pulled away for the lopsided win, handing… Read more »

Operation Tourist Boom Saturday

OCEAN CITY — It certainly won’t be a typical Saturday with an estimated 1,000 first-responders dashing around the downtown area, but there is no reason for alarm.The Maryland National Guard and the Town of Ocean City are collaborating on Saturday on Operation Tourist Boom, a multi-agency training exercise aimed at gauging the participating agencies’ ability… Read more »

Vehicles Purchased With Debate

OCEAN CITY — Resort officials this week approved the purchase of four new vehicles funded through the vehicle trust fund, but not before some debate about the process.The Mayor and Council had before them Tuesday a request to approve the purchase of four new vehicles for various departments including risk management, special events, IT and… Read more »

Mallards Claim Title, Complete Perfect Season

BERLIN- Worcester Prep’s girls’ varsity soccer team completed its perfect season last week with a pair of wins culminating in the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference (ESIAC) championship.The Mallards finished the regular season with a perfect 9-0 record and did not give up a single goal during the regular season. The Worcester girls opened the… Read more »