By SAMANTHA KRULEWITZ
A $170,000 federal grant awarded to Hancock will be used to revitalize the town's downtown district, officials say.
Town Manager Lou Close said part of the money from the Appalachian Regional Commission will be used for lighting and landscaping around the new biking/hiking trail and $26,000 will be used to upgrade the Taney Street parking lot.
"The money will be used for the construction of the park, and if there is any left, for park benches and trash cans," Close said.
Town Councilman Greg Yost said lighting will be installed so people can use the rail trail in the evenings.
"It's going to supply security and make it a safer, better place. It will draw in more people if it's safe to use it longer," he said.