Hancock News

Janice L. Stotler

Janice L. Stotler 1936-2019 Janice Louise (Mitchell) Stotler, age 82, of Hancock, Md., passed away on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at her home. Born November 16, 1936, in Hancock, she was the daughter of the late Jacob L. and Esther M. (Landers) Mitchell, and the widow of Merval E. Stotler, Sr. She was a graduate…

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Dorothy F. Shaw

Dorothy F. Shaw 1918-2018 Dorothy “Dolly” Florence (Trail) Shaw, age 100, of Hancock, Md., passed away on Saturday, December 29, 2018, at Brookdale Senior Living, in Hagerstown, Md. Born September 12, 1918, in Morgan County, West Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Benjamin F. and Pearl (Plotner) Trail; and the widow of Merrill…

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Frances K. Davison

Frances K. Davison 1938-2019 Frances Kay Davison, age 80, of Berkeley Springs, WV, died on Friday, January 4, 2019 at the Extended Care Facility of War Memorial Hospital. Born February 17, 1938 in Little Orleans, Md., she was the daughter of the late Henry Jackson and Venona Rosalie McCusker Hofe. She was a member of…

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Julian V. Ayers III

Julian V. Ayers III 1962-2019 Julian Vincent “Jay” Ayers III, 56, of Hancock, died Saturday, January 5, 2019 at his home. Born August 7, 1962 at Andrews Air Force Base in Suitland, Md., he was the son of the late Julian Vincent “Jim” Jr. and Martha Jean Martin Ayers. He was a member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in…

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Maryland blocks access across Western Maryland Rail Trail for gas pipeline

by Kate Shunney Maryland’s Board of Public Works voted on Wednesday, January 2 not to grant an easement across the Western Maryland Rail Trail to Columbia Gas/TransCanada for an 8-inch natural gas pipeline. The gas company has received state environmental approval and federal energy commission certificates to go ahead with the 3.4-mile, $25 million pipeline…

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Luminaries light up park

Hancock in Motion once again filled and placed luminaries around Widmeyer Park in honor of veterans and military members serving the country. Volunteers filled and placed 1,000 of the lit bags along the sidewalk leading to the park from downtown, along the park road and leading up to the park’s war memorial. The lights were…

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Register to vote in town election by Thursday noon

Residents of the Town of Hancock have until Thursday, January 3 at noon to register to vote in the January 28 municipal election. Voters will choose a mayor for a two-year term of office and two council members to serve four-year terms. Qualified town residents can register to vote at the Town Office at 126…

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Council to discuss election changes in special meeting

The Town of Hancock council and mayor will hold a special meeting this Wednesday, January 2 at 7 p.m. to discuss proposed changes to the town charter. An agenda for the meeting notes that Town Manager David Smith will present the wording of a proposed change that would affect the dates of town elections in…

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Gilbert R. Taylor

Gilbert R. Taylor 1938-2018 Gilbert Ronald Taylor, age 80, of Warfordsburg, Pa., passed away on Thursday, December 20, 2018, at the Julia Manor Health Care Center, in Hagerstown, Md. Born April 14, 1938, in Baltimore, Md., he was the son of the late Benjamin Franklin and Helen (Robinson) Taylor. He was retired from JLG Industries, Inc.,…

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Gerald A. McMullen

Gerald A. McMullen 1947-2018 Gerald Allen McMullen, age 71, of Hancock, Md., passed away on Wednesday, December 19, 2018, at the Winchester Medical Center, in Winchester, Va. Born November 17, 1947, in Hagerstown, Md., he was the son of the late Herbert A. and Freda (Engle) McMullen; and the husband of Gladys (Bishop) McMullen. He…

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