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.

Hundreds Attend Offshore Wind Hearing In Ocean City

Hundreds Attend Offshore Wind Hearing In Ocean City

OCEAN CITY — The detriments and merits of super-sized wind turbines offshore were the subject of Saturday’s five-hour-plus public hearing, which ended with state officials mulling a re-opening of an evidentiary hearing on the proposed projects.In December, the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) issued an order opining the proposed changes in wind turbine heights for… Read more »

Wind Farm Hearing Set For Saturday

OCEAN CITY — On the eve of the highly-anticipated public hearing on the increased height of the proposed offshore wind turbines off the resort coast, the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) this week approved the town’s petition to intervene and also changed the hearing’s site within the convention center to accommodate the expected crowd.Late last… Read more »

Small Water Rate Hike To Fund Big Projects

OCEAN CITY — Resort residents can expect a water usage rate increase over the next five years, but the modest hike will offset the cost of major infrastructure improvements.The Mayor and Council this week got a review of the town’s five-year comprehensive water and wastewater rate study prepared and presented by consultant NewGen Strategies and… Read more »

Engine Failure Blamed In Crash

BERLIN — Engine failure was to blame for a small plane crash in a cornfield near Berlin last September, according to a preliminary report released this week by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).According to the NTSB report, the Grumman G-164 aircraft piloted by Robert Bunting, Jr., 62, of Berlin, left Bunting’s Field airport around… Read more »

Woman Killed Riding Bike In Stockton; Her Child Uninjured; GoFundMe Page Created To Help Family

STOCKTON — A Worcester County woman was struck by a vehicle and killed while riding bicycles with her child on Sunday near Stockton.Around 5:15 p.m. on Sunday, Maryland State Police troopers and Worcester County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the area of Wesley Road in Stockton near the Stockton Fire Department for a reported serious… Read more »