Hancock News

County agrees to take over Hancock building permits and inspections

by Geoff Fox County officials approved a memorandum of understanding last week with the Town of Hancock to take over the building and code enforcement permitting and inspections within the town’s limits. The Washington County Commissioners unanimously approved the MOU at their September 10 meeting. Last Tuesday, Town Manager Joe Gilbert, along with Director of…

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Allen D. Welch

Allen D. Welch 2001-2019 Allen Dwane Welch, age 18, of Hancock, Md., passed away in the early morning of Friday, September 6, 2019, as the result of an automobile accident in Allegany County, Md. Born January 22, 2001, he was the son of David and Jennifer Gorka. Allen had such an infectious smile, and an inner light that…

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Linda S. Golden

Linda S. Golden Linda S. Golden, 70, of Valrico, Fla., formerly of Hancock, passed away on Thursday, September 5, 2019. She is survived by her husband, Dale Golden; four children, the late Christopher Golden’s wife, Kathy Babcock and their two kids: Kimberly and Kaitlin, and Kathy’s third child, Donya, from Kathy’s husband, Donn, Greenville, SC;…

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First Panther football team leaves lasting mark

by Geoff Fox On Friday, September 6, 1957, Coach Paul H. Imphong led the Hancock Panthers football team onto the field for the first game in school history. Sixty-two years to the day later, as the 2019 Panthers kicked off the season against Massanutten Military Academy on the field that bears the name of the…

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French and Indian Colonial Soldiers to guard Fort Frederick

Re-enactors portraying Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia Provincial Troops will show the life of men and women during the Forbes Campaign during the French and Indian War this weekend. The event will take place at Fort Frederick State Park from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 14 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.…

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Irene B. Sheppard

Irene B. Sheppard 1932-2019 Irene Bell Kerns Sheppard, 87, of Artemas, Pa., and formerly of Hancock, died Wednesday, September 4, 2019, at Doey’s House, in Hagerstown. Born July 13, 1932, in Fulton County, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Wilbert and Ida G. Barnhart Kerns; and the widow of Edward Nolan Sheppard. She…

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Michael A. Barnard

Michael A. Barnard 1975-2019 Michael Alan Barnard, age 44, of Warfordsburg, Pa., was surrounded by his family when he passed away on Sunday, September 8, 2019 at the UPMC Pinnacle, in Harrisburg, Pa. Born in McConnellsburg, Pa., on March 30, 1975, he was the son of Robert Barnard, Jr., of Wellersburg, Pa., and Kathy (Golden)…

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Stella A. Hickerson

Stella A. Hickerson 1918-2019 Stella Ann (Myers) Hickerson, age 101, of Hedgesville, W.Va. and formerly of Florida, died while under Hospice care at her home, on Monday, September 2, 2019. Born January 26, 1918, in Caruthersville, Missouri, she was the daughter of the deceased Hal and Eleanor Myers. She was a member of St. Peter…

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Hancock teen killed in Friday accident

by Geoff Fox Two people have died after an early Friday morning accident on eastbound Route 40, west of Sideling Hill Creek, in Allegany County. One of the victims of the crash was a Hancock teen, Allen Welch, aged 18. According to Maryland State Police from the Cumberland Barrack, police responded  to a single vehicle crash…

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