Hancock News

What happens to the old library? Town officials discuss options

by GEOFF FOX With a new library set to open later this fall, Hancock officials discussed the possible removal or use of the current library building in Widmeyer Park. Part of the agreement between the town and the Washington County was the building had to be moved or demolished due to them not wanting it…

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Nuisance ordinance approved, added to town charter

by Geoff Fox Town officials unanimously amended a portion of the Code of the Town of Hancock during last Wednesday’s town meeting with an ordinance regarding excessive use of police services. The ordinance takes effect 20 days after passage, which would be Tuesday, October 2. The ordinance has been in the works for the last…

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YMCA receives $51K grant for Hancock program

by Geoff Fox Washington County Commissioners have awarded the Hagerstown YMCA a $51,455 in Community Development Block Grant Funds by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. The grant money will be funding the after-school youth program in Hancock, which is held at Hancock Elementary. The town had reached out to the YMCA to…

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Washington County sues drug makers and distributors in opioid lawsuit

Washington County government officials announced they have filed litigation in federal court against numerous opioid manufacturers and distributors seeking damages relating to the ongoing opioid crisis in the county. The Board of County Commissioners have retained the local law firm The Poole Law Group, along with a team of national law firms, to initiate litigation…

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Dedication ceremony set for Hancock veteran banners

by GEOFF FOX   The first phase of the veterans banner project will come to an end on Tuesday evening, September 11, as town officials will dedicate the banners in Widmeyer Park. Mayor Ralph Salvagno said the hope is to recognize those veterans on the banners as well as all veterans at that point. “I…

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Maryland archery deer season opens Saturday

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced that Archery hunting for white-tailed and sika deer opens in Maryland this Friday, September 7, and continues through January 31, 2019. “Archery hunters harvest over 25,000 deer each year, many from urban and suburban areas where excessive deer numbers are especially problematic. The early archery season is also…

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Drag racing event at airport drew crowds, highlighted by two wrecks

by GEOFF FOX Two wrecks marred a street-racing event at the Potomac Airfield in Hancock, WV, this past weekend. One wreck left a man seriously injured. The two-day event drew around 1,000 people according to a social media post by the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office. The actual number was far less than what organizers expected.…

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Man flees DUI stop

A Berkeley Springs man fleeing a traffic stop on Fairview Drive was arrested in Washington County, Md. after police there used “stop sticks” to deflate his tires on I-70. According to a press release from the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department, David E. Bucher, 51, will face charges in both West Virginia and Maryland following a…

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Tri-State wins quality awards

Tri-State Community Health received two awards on August 16 from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) at a presentation in McConnellsburg. The agency presented Tri-State representatives with the National Quality Leader award and a Health Center Quality Leader award. The awards recognize the highest performing health centers among over 1,400 health centers in…

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Environmental groups ask for rehearing on Columbia pipeline permit

by KATE SHUNNEY Two environmental groups who have actively opposed approval of an interstate natural gas line that would run under the Potomac River have asked a federal agency to hold another hearing on the project and reassess the impacts of the pipeline. Potomac Riverkeeper Network and Chesapeake Climate Action Network filed a request with…

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