About The Author: Bethany Hooper

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Bethany Hooper has been with The Dispatch since 2016. She currently covers various general stories. Hooper graduated from Stephen Decatur High School in 2012 and the University of Maryland in 2016, where she completed double majors in journalism and economics.

Conservation Summit Planned

BERLIN – A public summit to discuss state and federal wildlife conservation goals and issues will gather concerned bird enthusiasts and environmental warriors alike in Laurel, Md., next week. The event, entitled “I Bird, I Vote Conservation Summit” is hosted by the Maryland-DC chapter of Audubon – an organization with a mission to restore the… Read more »

43rd Annual Trade Expo Returns To OC Next Weekend

OCEAN CITY – More than 400 exhibits catering to the hospitality industry will overtake the Ocean City Convention Center next Sunday and Monday for the 43rd Annual Ocean City Spring Trade Expo. Susan Jones, executive director for the Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association (OCHMRA), said new and returning vendors will introduce industry members to new products,… Read more »

Klump Group Eyes New Volunteer Program

BERLIN – Officials with the Jesse Klump Suicide Awareness and Prevention Program have announced plans to start a volunteer liaison effort in schools across Worcester County. Dina Jones, outreach coordinator for the non-profit, said the program is looking for volunteers to visit each public middle and high school in the county once every two or… Read more »

Report Indicates Nearly One-Third Of Worcester Households Struggling Financially

SALISBURY – Approximately 31 percent of households in Worcester County are struggling to afford basic needs, according to a recent United Way report on Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed (ALICE) individuals. But statistics show these percentages are higher in half of the county’s municipalities identified in the data. In a snapshot of six municipalities –… Read more »

Q&A With Speaker Coming To OC To Talk About Addiction ‘Pandemic’

“It’s no longer an epidemic. It’s a pandemic. It’s the worst public social health crisis America has ever seen. We are losing more people to an overdose in every state in America than we are to a car accident. You are more likely to die of an accidental overdose than you are likely to die in a car accident.”
Michael DeLeon

BERLIN – Michael DeLeon, a national public speaker from New Jersey, spends most of his year visiting schools and community organizations around the country, speaking to kids and adults about the growing drug epidemic. Next week local nonprofit Growing Hope will bring DeLeon, founder of the national addiction education and prevention organization Steered Straight, to… Read more »