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.

OC Officials Weigh Pension Plan Assumptions

OCEAN CITY — Despite having a stellar year with the investment returns in the town’s pension plans, a debate ensued this week over lowering the percentage assumptions going forward.During Tuesday’s work session, the Mayor and Council got an update on the town’s recent pension committee meeting. Ocean City has two pension plans, one for general… Read more »

WCEF Receives Donations

Public Education Support: The Worcester County Education Foundation (WCEF) recently received two significant donations to help it meet its mission of ensuring everystudent “has equal access to a world class education, enabling them to function in today’s digital college environment and to compete in a new, emerging job market.”Park Place Jewelers owners Todd and Jill… Read more »

Cigarette Smuggling, False ID Charges

OCEAN CITY — A Delaware man was arrested on a slew of charges last weekend after being found in possession of cartons of unstamped, untaxed cigarettes, a large amount of cash and a false identification.Around 6:30 p.m. last Friday, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers responded to a reported suspicious vehicle on 3rd Street. Upon… Read more »

Tough Guy Of The Week Goes To Luke Scott

Tough Guy Of The Week Goes To Luke Scott

This week’s Atlantic Physical Therapy Tough Guy of the Week award went to Luke Scott for his big performance in the Seahawks’ 65-0 win over Bennett. Pictured is Scott (center) flanked by ATP Clinic Director Charles Curran (left) and Head Coach Jake Coleman (right).Submitted photo

Club’s 63rd Labor Day Tourney In The Books

OCEAN CITY- The Ocean City Marlin Club’s 63rd annual Labor Day Tournament is in the books with plenty of billfish released and no shortage of fish weighed at the scale.The club’s annual Labor Day White Marlin Tournament was held last weekend. While it may lack the glamour and high payouts of the White Marlin Open,… Read more »

Seahawks Blow Out Bennett In Opener

Seahawks Blow Out Bennett In Opener

OCEAN CITY- Stephen Decatur’s varsity football team got off to a hot start last Friday, routing Bennett, 65-0, in the season opener on Senior Night.The Seahawks scored early and often against the Clippers on their way to the 65-0 blowout. Caleb Shockley led the way on the ground with six carries for 47 yards and… Read more »