Hancock News

State arts council seeks heritage award nominations

In 2007, the Maryland State Arts Council’s folklife program, Maryland Traditions, created the state Heritage Awards to recognize outstanding stewardship of Maryland’s living traditions. Each year, three awards are made in the categories of person/people, place, and tradition. Nominations can be submitted via the Heritage Awards form online. Nominations are due July 30. Nominations from…

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West Virginia Man held in Saturday robbery at Rocky Gap Casino

by Geoff Fox A New Creek, W.Va., man is being held in West Virginia on charges resulting from a strong armed robbery that occurred in the early morning hours of June 23 at the Rocky Gap Casino in Flintstone. According to Maryland State Police, casino employees notified troopers from the Maryland State Police Barrack in…

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Zimmerman looks back on 76 years of musical fun

by Kate Shunney Paul Zimmerman swears he isn’t that good at playing the tuba. He’s been playing it for more than 75 years. Mostly for fun, he says. For 40 years of his musical hobby, Zimmerman hefted the large brass instrument onto vans, into cars, up on parade floats and around his shoulder as a…

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State utility agency to hold hearing on Columbia Gas surcharge request

The Maryland Public Service Commission will hold two public hearings this month on the application by Columbia Gas of Maryland to adopt a new gas system infrastructure and improvement plan and the surcharge to fund it. Columbia’s program, known as STRIDE (for strategic infrastructure development and enhancement) would result in a monthly surcharge at the…

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Hendershot promoted in Army National Guard

by Geoff Fox This past Saturday, Tiffany Hendershot was promoted to first lieutenant in the West Virginia Army National Guard during a swearing in ceremony in front of the War Memorial in Hancock’s Widmeyer Park. Her husband, Andrew, her children, and parents, joined Hendershot at the memorial. Hendershot has been a member of the 167th…

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Town hearing June 20 about Hancock tax rate

Hancock officials are estimating that property values within the town limits will increase their property tax collections beginning with the July 1, 2018 fiscal year. The town is not proposing raising their town tax rate, but will hold a public hearing about the estimated higher tax revenue. A notice of the hearing in Hancock was…

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Panther band takes 1st at Busch Gardens music festival

The Hancock High School Panther Band placed first at the Music in the Parks Festival in Busch Gardens, Williamsburg During the first weekend of June. The band, under the direction of Susan Mott, enjoyed a three-day trip to the Williamsburg area where they played in the music festival, spent a day at Busch Gardens and…

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Fire Company handled only one flooding call

by Geoff Fox As residents and emergency crews dealt with a number of flooding and swift water rescues on the other side of the Potomac last weekend, Hancock Volunteer Fire Company responded to only one flooded basement in the Hancock area on June 3. Hancock Fire Chief Robert Hoopengardner said the call was for a…

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Spring turkey hunters take 3,861 gobblers

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced today that hunters reported harvesting 3,861 wild turkeys during the 2018 regular spring and junior hunt turkey seasons. This year’s harvest was 8 percent lower than the record 2017 harvest, but well above the 10-year average of 3,406. “Turkey populations continue to grow in a few areas of…

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Hancock area spared again in weekend flooding

by Geoff Fox The rain came down hard over the weekend and caused flooding over the region, specifically in neighboring Morgan County in West Virginia. Hancock escaped storms with minor flooding. The Potomac River was a major concern with projections over the weekend saying the river would rise to just above the flood stage of…

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