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Smith resigns from council to run for mayor in race with Little

Five residents seek two council seats by Geoff Fox Hancock councilman Tim Smith has resigned his seat on the town council in order to run for mayor in this year’s municipal election. He will be running against former councilman Levi Little for the post. Mayor Ralph Salvagno is not running for re-election. The Town of…

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Zoe E. Manuel

Zoe E. Manuel Zoe Elise Manuel, 23, of Martinsburg, died Friday, December 25, 2020 in Martinsburg from the result of an automobile accident. Services and interment will be private. Arrangements by Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Berkeley Springs.

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Naming rights to gym approved

by Geoff Fox Jeffrey Spielman taught over 40 years in Washington County and was a long time coach at Hancock High School. His name is etched in the Panther’s basketball record books and hearts of former players. And now, his name will be forever more etched in Hancock Middle-Senior High School lore, as the gymnasium…

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Close to 40 race pumpkins enter derby

by GEOFF FOX COVID wasn’t going to stop the Hancock Parks and Recreation from having their second annual Pumpkin Derby this year this past Sunday. Thirty-seven participants entered the race this year with pumpkins decorated in a variety of different designs. Councilman Tim Boyer, who put the race together, said the 37 participants were up from…

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Richard J. “Dick” Byrne

Richard J. “Dick” Byrne 1938-2020 On Wednesday, September 23, 2020 Richard John “Dick” Byrne moved on to eternal life with Jesus, his Savior. Born December 1, 1938 in Baltimore, Md. he was the son of the late Michael DeSales Byrne and Nellie Theresa Swift Byrne. He was proud of his Irish heritage, his paternal grandparents…

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Carl G. Siemer

Carl G. Siemer Carl George Siemer, 82, of Paw Paw, died Sunday, August 2, 2020 at UPMC Western Maryland. Services to be announced at a later date. Arrangements being handled by The Adams Family Funeral Home, P.A., 404 Decatur Street, Cumberland, Md.

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Closures, schedule changes take effect amid efforts to reduce virus spread

by Geoff Fox & Kate Shunney Schools, churches, restaurants, and other businesses have seen hours of operation change and even closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Maryland. Over the last several days, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has issued numerous acts to ensure the spread of the coronavirus is limited within the state of Maryland.…

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Working up high

Siding was being installed on the face of the new lodge addition at Cacapon State Park last week. Windows are installed, enabling contractors to do interior work. State Park officials have said they are aiming for a May opening of the 78-room addition.

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Bruce L. LaFollette, Sr.

Bruce L. LaFollette, Sr. 1934-2019 On September 5, 2019, Bruce L. LaFollette, Sr., son of Turner Ashby LaFollette, Jr. and Mary Frances Householder LaFollette; beloved husband of Theresa LaFollette; devoted father of Leonita Barber, Bruce L. LaFollette, Jr. and his wife, Kris, Bernadine Berkey and her husband John, and Bernadette Marsh; cherished grandfather to Gregory Barber and his wife Sarah, Danielle…

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Groundbreaking for Cacapon upgrades this Friday

West Virginia State Park officials will hold a ceremonial groundbreaking this Friday, November 2 for lodge upgrades underway at Cacapon State Park. The event is open to the public and will begin at 10 a.m. at the main lodge. State and local officials are expected to discuss the project and its impact in the region.…

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