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Published On: 3/30/20
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Stay At Home, Maryland Governor Orders

OCEAN CITY — Maryland Governor Larry Hogan on Monday issued a stay-at-home directive for state citizens effective at 8 p.m. and vowed stronger enforcement for those who continue to ignore presc...
Published On: 3/30/20
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OC Extends Beach, Boardwalk Restrictions, Closes Inlet Lot, Urges Out-Of-State Visitors To Stay Put

OCEAN CITY — Resort officials late Sunday evening reinforced the strong message advising out-of-town visitors to stay away from Ocean City until further notice and extended the closure of the be...
Published On: 3/30/20
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Worcester County Encourages People To Follow Stay At Home Order

(Editor’s Note: The following is a press release dated March 30 from Worcester County Public Information Officer Kim Moses.)SNOW HILL — The Worcester County Commissioners urge visito...
Published On: 3/28/20
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Assateague Island Shut Down

WOW!!  That’s really all I can think to start off by saying.  COVID-19 has truly got us in unprecedented times and decisions from elected officials have reached further and effected mo...
Published On: 3/27/20
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Assateague Island Welcomes Foal

ASSATEAGUE — Amid the gloom and anxiety of the continuing pandemic, a little hope and a positive ray of sunshine appeared in the form of a new foal born on Assateague this week.Images of the ne...
Published On: 3/27/20
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Mayor’s weekly report says no tax increase

(March 26, 2020) Berlin Mayor Gee Williams issued a statement on Monday with updates regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and the town. To the citizens and guests of Berlin: This is the second public stat...
Published On: 3/26/20
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Kiwanis Club Supports Student Leadership Programs

The Kiwanis Club of Greater Ocean Pines-Ocean City supports the Student Leadership Program (SLP) clubs in the local schools to teach children and young adults how to be leaders. Pictured are SLP...
Published On: 3/26/20
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Things I Like – March 27, 2020

The days before anyone knew what COVID-19 wasSeeing restaurants adapt in this dayLegendary football game rerunsOptimismTaking time away from my phoneMy family’s Harry Potter movie binge over the...
Published On: 3/26/20
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Wicomico Approves Youth Commission

SALISBURY – Officials in Wicomico County agreed to establish a commission on local youth.Last week, the Wicomico County Council voted unanimously to establish a Wicomico County Youth Advisory Co...
Published On: 3/26/20
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Community Seeks County Water Service

SNOW HILL –  Residents of the St. Martins by the Bay community are asking the county to connect them to public water.The Worcester County Commissioners have agreed to schedule a public hear...
Published On: 3/26/20
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Ocean City To Hold Budget Sessions In Virtual Format

OCEAN CITY — Next week marks the time resort officials head into crucial budget deliberations for the coming fiscal year and that won’t change despite the ongoing crisis, but the process c...
Published On: 3/26/20
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Wicomico Inmates Creating Masks To Help Health Care Workers

SALISBURY – Efforts to sew face masks for health care workers began this week in both Wicomico and Worcester counties.As hospitals and care facilities across the nation contend with shortages of...
Published On: 3/26/20
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Officials Encourage Census Participation

SNOW HILL –  Officials continue to urge citizens to complete this year’s Census.While coronavirus concerns dominate the news, officials are reminding citizens that the 2020 Census is ...
Published On: 3/26/20
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Voices From The Readers – March 27, 2020

Thoughts On EducationEditor:This is in response to the letter to the editor from Delegate Wayne Hartman.Hooray Wayne Hartman, I have been reading about the Kirwan Commission in the newspapers.My firs...
Published On: 3/26/20
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Thoughts From The Publisher’s Desk – March 27, 2020

It was interesting to learn this week Ocean City is going to preliminarily work off two budgets for the next fiscal year – a pre-COVID-19 one and a post-COVID-19. The town’s fiscal year r...
Published On: 3/26/20
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Government’s Relief Efforts Must Work Faster

If the economic relief initiatives outlined by Maryland and federal officials over the last two weeks sound too good to be true, it’s because they are.When the elected officials talk glowingly ...
Published On: 3/26/20
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Online Learning Efforts To Begin In Worcester Schools

SNOW HILL –  While the coronavirus school closure has been extended through April 24, local students will be expected to take part in digital learning during the coming weeks.In the wake of...
Published On: 3/26/20
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No Electric Code Changes Planned

SNOW HILL –  The Worcester County Commissioners will not pursue changes to the county’s electrical standards despite a homeowner’s request.The commissioners last week opted not ...
Published On: 3/26/20
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New Northern County Cell Tower Talks Heat Up

SNOW HILL –  Talk of a new cell tower near Route 90 continues at the county level.The Worcester County Commissioners agreed to send Verizon a letter this week asking company officials to me...
Published On: 3/26/20
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Public Sewer Near On Gum Point Road

SNOW HILL –  At the urging of a property owner, Worcester County is working toward extending a sewer line down Gum Point Road.The Worcester County Commissioners agreed to plan for a public ...
Published On: 3/26/20
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Man Faces First-Degree Assault Charge For Choking

OCEAN CITY — A Salisbury man was arrested on first-degree assault charges last week after allegedly choking his girlfriend during a domestic altercation at an uptown resort hotel.Around 10 p.m. ...
Published On: 3/26/20
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Obituaries – March 27, 2020

Linda Susan MatriccianiOCEAN PINES — On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, Linda Susan (Plitt) Matricciani passed away at the age of 70.Linda was born on April 10, 1949 in Baltimore to George and Christ...
Published On: 3/26/20
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A Look At Local Sports This Week In Years Past

With spring high school sports seasons on indefinite hiatus, The Dispatch thought it might be interesting and fun to take a look back at what was making local sports headlines this same week in years ...
Published On: 3/26/20
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County Disconnects New Park Lights For Now

SNOW HILL –  County leaders agreed to turn off the lights at Newtown Park in Pocomoke to ensure public safety.The Worcester County Commissioners agreed to disconnect the lights around the b...
Published On: 3/26/20
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Maryland Schools Closed Through April 24; ‘Continuity Of Learning’ Plans Will Be Outlined

OCEAN CITY — The biggest takeaway from Gov. Larry Hogan’s midweek press conference on the ongoing pandemic is public schools in Maryland will remain closed until at last April 24.Hogan on...
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