Hancock News

Town pool discussion dominates council meeting

by Geoff Fox Citizens and public officials dove into a discussion about the funding of a project that has been a hot topic for the last three or four years – the town pool. A bond bill for the pool failed to get passed by the Maryland Assembly earlier this year. Councilman Levi Little asked…

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Fireworks to light up the sky for National Night Out

by Geoff Fox On Tuesday, August 7, Hancock in Motion will partner with the Hancock Police Department to present the annual National Night Out in Widmeyer Park, and for the third year in a row, fireworks will be closing the event. Officials unanimously voted to have the fireworks, but it didn’t come without discussions. The…

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Sheriff’s Dept. working to identify deceased man left at hospital

The Morgan County Sheriff’s Department is working to identify a deceased African-American male who was dropped off at War Memorial Hospital this morning, July 13, and are investigating the circumstances of his death. Deputy Luke Shambaugh is the lead investigator in the case. According to a press release from Sheriff K.C. Bohrer, the unidentified male,…

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Maryland to start I-70 and I-68 paving projects

by Geoff Fox The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration will begin two projects to resurface both Interstate 68 and Interstate 70 in Washington County with completion projected for mid-fall. The two paving projects will run a combined $5.9 million to complete. The MDOT SHA will begin a $2.9 million project to resurface I068…

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Bain brings business back to Main Street

by Geoff Fox AC Bain has been in the retail business since 1995 when he opened his first store at 47 East Main Street in Hancock. That store closed in 2000 after becoming a NASCAR and automotive die-cast store. Now, after 18 years, Bain has returned to Main Street at 101 West Main Street where…

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Summer reading club offers cure for boredom, chance to win prizes

by Kate Shunney There’s no excuse for boredom this summer, with Hancock library’s “Library Rocks!” summer reading club underway. Readers of all levels (from pre-reader to adult) can take up War Memorial Library’s challenge to read enough books to win prizes and be eligible for special awards at the end of the summer. Rounding out…

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Town proposes $2 million budget for first time

by Geoff Fox Town officials looked at the fiscal year 2019 budget for the first time last Wednesday, June 20, in a public hearing during the town meeting. Town Manager David Smith prepared the budget, which has a proposed total operating budget of $2,040,969 for the fiscal year that starts July 1. The draft budget…

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State arts council seeks heritage award nominations

In 2007, the Maryland State Arts Council’s folklife program, Maryland Traditions, created the state Heritage Awards to recognize outstanding stewardship of Maryland’s living traditions. Each year, three awards are made in the categories of person/people, place, and tradition. Nominations can be submitted via the Heritage Awards form online. Nominations are due July 30. Nominations from…

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West Virginia Man held in Saturday robbery at Rocky Gap Casino

by Geoff Fox A New Creek, W.Va., man is being held in West Virginia on charges resulting from a strong armed robbery that occurred in the early morning hours of June 23 at the Rocky Gap Casino in Flintstone. According to Maryland State Police, casino employees notified troopers from the Maryland State Police Barrack in…

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Zimmerman looks back on 76 years of musical fun

by Kate Shunney Paul Zimmerman swears he isn’t that good at playing the tuba. He’s been playing it for more than 75 years. Mostly for fun, he says. For 40 years of his musical hobby, Zimmerman hefted the large brass instrument onto vans, into cars, up on parade floats and around his shoulder as a…

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