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.

Wrecktangle Grand Opening Set

Wrecktangle Grand Opening Set

OCEAN CITY — With the new WreckTangle obstacle course downtown at 3rd Street nearing its grand opening next week, there will be a wide variety of rates and opportunities for residents and visitors to enjoy Ocean City’s latest attraction.The Mayor and Council this winter approved a one-year lease with an option for subsequent years for… Read more »

OC Bus Strategies Questioned Amid Ridership Swings

OCEAN CITY — Resort transportation officials this week debated the correlation between the number of municipal buses on the highway and ridership numbers, but it appears the true answer is likely related to weather and special events.During an Ocean City Transportation Committee meeting this week, bus ridership numbers for the spring weekends including Springfest were… Read more »

Dramatic Win Sends Seahawks To State Semis

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s girls’ varsity lacrosse team is heading back to familiar territory after a stunning come from behind win over Mt. Hebron on Wednesday in the state 3A-East region championship.The Seahawks battled all evening with Mt. Hebron, which jumped out to a quick early lead, but found themselves behind by four goals late in… Read more »

Reminders Issued For Hurricane Preparedness Week

OCEAN CITY — Hurricane season is quickly approaching, prompting resort officials to urge residents and visitors of the importance of preparedness.During last Monday’s Mayor and Council meeting, Mayor Rick Meehan read into the record a proclamation designating this week as National Hurricane Preparedness Week. Meehan said the town utilizes significant resources to ensure the vulnerable… Read more »

Two-Year Sentence In Brutal OC Assault

Two-Year Sentence In Brutal OC Assault

SNOW HILL — A Selbyville man has been sentenced to five years in jail with all but two suspected for his role in the severe beating of another man in Ocean City last June.Last June 24, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers responded to a reported assault that had already occurred near a resort nightclub…. Read more »

More Scrutiny Sought On Beach Umbrella Safety

OCEAN CITY — With a spike in beach umbrella-related injuries in recent years, including an incident in Ocean City last summer, a group of U.S. Senators from mid-Atlantic states last week called for more scrutiny by a leading product safety authority.With the summer season rapidly approaching and the weather taking a decidedly better turn, beachgoers… Read more »

Weekly Downtown Fireworks Displays Questioned

Weekly Downtown Fireworks Displays Questioned

OCEAN CITY — Resort tourism officials this week waffled somewhat on the idea of weekly fireworks in the future, instead agreeing to explore other special events that will enhance the summer visitor experience.During Monday’s meeting, the Ocean City Tourism Commission continued its piecemeal section-by-section review of the town’s tourism strategic plan with a focus on… Read more »

Heroin Dealer To Serve 10 Years

SNOW HILL — A Dagsboro man, arrested last October on heroin distribution charges after Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers observed him riding as a passenger in a vehicle, was found guilty last week and was sentenced to 15 years, all but 10 of which were then suspended.Last October, OCPD officers observed James Tankard, 29,… Read more »