Hancock News

County to get new 911 service, local addresses to be checked

by Geoff Fox Washington County 911 will be conducting a study in the Hancock area starting in January 2020 to make sure addresses are correct as they begin a new 911 system for emergency responders. The Next Generation 911 system isn’t just coming to Washington County, it’s going to be a nationwide rollout. This new…

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Rainfall and temperatures both above normal in area this year

by Kate Evans It’s been a wetter and warmer six months than in previous years, according to weather data from the NOAA National Weather Service. Regional rainfall has been above normal every month since April except for in August so far, said National Weather Service meteorologist Kyle Pallozzi from the Sterling, Virginia forecast office.   Area…

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Man killed in I-70 crash

by Geoff Fox A Halfway, Md., man was killed Monday night in a single vehicle accident along Interstate 70 in Big Pool. According to Maryland State Police, troopers from the Hagerstown Barrack were dispatched to the accident scene at Exit 12 on westbound I-70 at 9:17 p.m. Police said a witness told them a dark…

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Marcella P. Hammond

Marcella P. Hammond 1945-2019 Marcella Pauline Hammond, age 74, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., went to be with her Lord on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at Winchester Medical Center. Born January 9, 1945 in Big Cove Tannery, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Donald Lee and Mary Viola Moats Younker. She was a member…

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Sheldon K. Younker

Sheldon K. Younker 1960-2019 Sheldon Keith Younker, 58, of Berkeley Springs, died Saturday, August 17, 2019 at his home while under the care of Hospice of the Panhandle. Born November 9, 1960 in Fulton County, Pa., he was the son of the late Donald L. and Mary Viola Moats Younker. He attended Beacon Baptist Church. He attended…

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Evelyn M. Smith

Evelyn M. Smith 1941-2019 Evelyn Marie Smith, 78, of Berkeley Springs died on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at the Hospice of the Panhandle Inpatient Facility in Kearneysville. Born February 6, 1941 in Elkton, Va., she was the daughter of the late John Robert and Betsy Elizabeth Shifflett Morris. She was a Christian. She attended public…

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Boyd L. Fletcher

Boyd L. Fletcher 1930-2019 Boyd Leon Fletcher, age 89, of Little Orleans, Md., passed away on August 13, 2019 at the Western Maryland Health System, in Cumberland Md. Born in Little Orleans, February 12, 1930, he was the son of the late Phillip H. and Etta (Price) Fletcher; and the husband of Delma Mae (Miller)…

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Hancock area residents enjoy a Night Out

by Geoff Fox As the smoke from the fireworks fell across Widmeyer Park and the smell of gunpowder filled the air last Tuesday night, August 7, well over 700 people headed home after celebrating National Night Out in Hancock. Hancock Police Department sponsored the yearly event, which is held on the first Tuesday of August…

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Hancock-area organizations get over $128K in gaming funds

by Geoff Fox The Washington County Gaming Commission announced last Tuesday its gaming fund distribution to the Washington County Fire and Rescue Association was well as 84 local charitable organizations. The Gaming Fund total of $2,044,999 for fiscal year 2019 ended on June 30 and represents an increase of $68,625 when compared to fiscal year…

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Virginia L. Payne

Virginia L. Payne 1927-2019 Virginia Lee (Purnell) Payne, age 91, of Hancock, Md., passed away on August 6, 2019 at Ravenwood Nursing Care Center, in Hagerstown, Md. Born in Hancock, on November 23, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Genevieve (Purnell) Sipes, and step-father, Merrill J. Sipes; and the widow of Irvin Payne,…

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