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.

Juveniles Assaulted In Underage Club

OCEAN CITY — A Lusby, Md. man was charged with first-degree assault and a sexual assault last weekend after allegedly pulling a knife on a juvenile male and sexually assaulting his sister in a downtown underage nightclub.Around 11:05 p.m. last Friday, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers responded to an underage nightclub downtown for a… Read more »

35th Ocean City Tuna Tourney Underway

OCEAN CITY- The 35th annual Ocean City Tuna Tournament is underway with dozens of boats and hundreds of anglers searching the canyons off the coast of the resort in search of the burly behemoths.The tuna bite has been strong this summer thus far, setting up what should be a memorable Ocean City Tuna Tournament in… Read more »

New Wrinkles Announced for WMO

OCEAN CITY- Just about a month out, White Marlin Open officials this week announced a series of subtle changes aimed at making the 49th event even bigger and better if that is possible.Last year, the White Marlin Open (WMO) attracted 444 boats competing for a world-record $9.2 million payout and the tournament lived up to… Read more »

Fourth of July Solid For Resort Despite Challenges; Record Attendance At North OC Fireworks Event

Fourth of July Solid For Resort Despite Challenges; Record Attendance At North OC Fireworks Event

OCEAN CITY— Despite the lack of fireworks on the actual Fourth of July, and a few weather-related headaches on Tuesday, a pair of bookended last-minute special events contributed to a solid holiday weekend in the resort.While it may not have been one for the record books for most, the extended Fourth of July holiday weekend… Read more »