Hancock News

Smith resigns as town manager

by Geoff Fox Town Manager David Smith resigned from his position on January 9 at the end of a Hancock town council meeting. Mayor Ralph Salvagno read Smith’s resignation letter during the January town meeting as Smith sat at the front council table. Smith didn’t say when his last day on the job would be,…

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Cook named Hancock police chief

by Geoff Fox Rick Cook has only been with the Hancock Police Department since 2017, but has quickly risen from officer to sergeant last October and now to police chief. In a surprise motion during a special meeting on January 2, Town Councilman Tim Smith made a motion to promote Cook, but his motion didn’t…

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Two injured in I-70 accident in Hancock

by Geoff Fox Two people were injured in a five-vehicle accident on Monday morning, January 14, at the 2-mile marker on westbound Interstate 70 in Hancock. The accident scene was just before the bridge over Pennsylvania Avenue. According to Maryland State Police, around 10 a.m. Monday morning, troopers from the Maryland State Police Hagerstown Barrack…

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Town pursues change to municipal election dates

by Geoff Fox Town officials held two meetings last week – a special town meeting on Wednesday night and public hearing on Thursday – in preparation to make a change to the town’s charter involving the date of the municipal election from January to April. Officials voted to proceed with the recommendation for the charter…

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Local students raise $2,355 through Pennies for Patients

by Geoff Fox Last month, students at Hancock Elementary and Hancock Middle-Senior High School were asked to step up and raise money for leukemia, lymphoma, and cancer research with a goal of $2,085.25 by December 21. The students not only met their goal, they exceeded it by $270 by raising $2,355.63. Since students were able…

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Early morning ice causes accidents Tuesday

Freezing temperatures early Tuesday morning turned wet spots on roadways into ice, causing several accidents before dawn. The Hancock bridge was shut down for several hours on January 8 after a tractor-trailer jack knifed on the two-lane bridge. Hancock Volunteer Fire Company Deputy Chief Ben Hoopengardner said that the 911 about the tractor-trailer accident came…

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Delores A. Barling

Delores A. Barling 1941-2019 Delores Ann (Barnhart) Barling, of Needmore, Pa., a loving, warm-hearted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend, passed away on January 5, 2019, at the Fulton County Medical Center Long Term Care, in McConnellsburg, Pa., returning home to her Savior and Lord. She was born at home, in Warfordsburg, Pa., on May…

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Elva M. Calemine

Elva M. Calemine 1928-2018 Elva Marie “Diehl” Calemine, age 90, passed away at her home in Keyser shortly after midnight on Monday, December 31, 2018. Elva was born December 6, 1928, in Hancock, Maryland, to the late George McKinley and Lydia M. (Mitchell) Diehl. She often told stories about her hard scrabble yet carefree childhood…

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Barbara A. Roberts

Barbara A. Roberts 1937-2019 Barbara Ann (Allen) Roberts, age 81, of Needmore, Pa., passed away on Sunday, January 6, 2019 at her home. Born September 13, 1937, in Washington, D.C., she was the daughter of the late Robert A. and Ellen F. (Orndorff) Allen, and the wife of Patrick E. Roberts, whom she had been…

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Bernard L. Ashkettle

Bernard L. Ashkettle 1933-2018 Bernard Lambertus Ashkettle, age 85, of Hancock, Md., passed away on Monday, December 31, 2018, at his home. Born December 23, 1933, in Little Orleans, Md., he was the son of the late James Lambertus and Mary Ellen (Young) Ashkettle; and the husband, for 58 years, of Irma Beatrice (Lewis) Ashkettle.…

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