Hancock News

Lisa A. Johnson

Lisa A. Johnson 1968-2020 Lisa Ann Johnson, 51, of Hagerstown, Md., died Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at Meritus Medical Center, Hagerstown. Born June 18, 1968 in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late Bernard Henry and Grace Louise Clingerman Sipes. She was a Christian. She was a graduate of Hancock High School and worked as…

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Steven L. Keefer

Steven L. Keefer 1954-2020 Steven Lester Keefer, 64, of Berkeley Springs, died Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at the White Sulphur Springs Center in White Sulphur Springs. Born October 18, 1954 in Cumberland, Md., he was the son of the late Lester Emanuel and Doris Alpharetta Bishop Keefer. He was a graduate of Hancock High School. He…

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Town gets approval for $7 million in grants for first phase of sewer upgrades

by Geoff Fox State environmental grants will pay for a large portion of Hancock’s long-planned wastewater treatment plant. Town Manager Joe Gilbert announced grants for construction of the future plant have been approved by the Maryland Department of Environment. Gilbert said the funding was for between $7.3 and $7.8 million for construction of the facility.…

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Town aims to keep viral cases low, plans for local recovery

by Geoff Fox Hancock Mayor Ralph Salvagno said local people need to stay “vigilant” to keep the number of coronavirus cases low in the coming weeks. On April 15, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan issued an executive order for Marylanders to wear a face covering when inside any retail establishment or when riding any form of…

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Maryland launches one-stop unemployment application, adds staff and hours to meet claims

The Maryland Department of Labor (Labor) last week provided important updates about the implementation of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Eligible Marylanders began seeing their additional $600 per week payments on Friday, April 17. This Friday, April 24, the department will be launching a new one-stop unemployment insurance application to…

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Paul J. McCusker

Paul J. McCusker 1946-2020 Paul Joseph McCusker, 74 of Little Orleans, Maryland, passed away at UPMC Mercy in Pittsburgh, Pa, on April 17, 2020. Born at his home on January 22, 1946, he was the son of Arlington Sylvester and Jessie Eleanor (Barnes) McCusker. He is preceded in death by his parents, Arlie and Jessie…

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Hancock to repay $600K state grant due to cannabis business ties

by Geoff Fox Hancock town officials have voted to repay a $600,000 grant from the Maryland Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) because the improvements it paid for have been used in connection with the Harvest medical cannabis operation. The grant was received to revamp and repair the former Fleetwood Building, known as the…

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Tri-State Health Center gets $819K grant from federal COVID-19 aid package

Hancock-based Tri State Community Health Center is one of 17 Maryland clinics to receive federal funding to respond to the COVID-19 virus pandemic. Tri State will receive $819,410 in federal funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the grants on…

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