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.

Music Festival Crowd Plans Include Downtown Closure To Vehicles; Major Traffic Lane Adjustments

Music Festival Crowd Plans Include Downtown Closure To Vehicles; Major Traffic Lane Adjustments

OCEAN CITY — Expect major delays, plan ahead and be prepared for significant traffic pattern alterations, including the closure of the downtown area to vehicles, are the biggest takeaways from the resort’s plans for next weekend’s major music festival.The inaugural Oceans Calling, featuring many nationally known and popular acts, is set for next weekend, Sept…. Read more »

Two Fatal Motorcycle Collisions Reported

BERLIN – A motorcycle-vehicle collision late last Thursday afternoon claimed the life of a Virginia man and injured his female passenger, the second fatal motorcycle accident in the area in as many days.Around 4:40 p.m. last Thursday, Maryland State Police (MSP) troopers from the Berlin barrack responded to the area of Route 610 and Route… Read more »

Seahawks Roll Past Indian River, Improve to 2-0

Seahawks Roll Past Indian River, Improve to 2-0

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity football team rolled past visiting Indian River, 42-0, in a non-conference game last Friday to improve to 2-0 on the season.Decatur led 15-0 after one quarter and 27-0 at the half on its way to the 42-0 rout of Indian River. Quarterback Brycen Coleman completed eight passes in12 attempts for 125… Read more »

Oceans Calling Traffic Discussed

Oceans Calling Traffic Discussed

OCEAN CITY—With the highly-anticipated Oceans Calling three-day music festival later this month rapidly approaching, resort officials this week worked on the plan for public transportation alternatives when the throngs of people leave the venues each night.The inaugural Oceans Calling three-day music festival featuring several nationally known and popular acts is set for September 30-October 2… Read more »