Hancock briefs

June 12, 2008

$10,000 grant awarded to community center

HANCOCK - Hancock officials on Wednesday announced that a $110,000 grant has been awarded to the Hancock Community Center for building improvements and community programs.

The grant comes from the Appalachian Regional Commission, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Interfaith Service Coalition, the Washington County Health Department, the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Community Foundation of Washington County and the town of Hancock, Town Manager David Smith said.

C&O Visitor Center study authorized

HANCOCK - The Hancock Town Council voted Wednesday to authorize a study to determine potential locations and funding sources for a C&O Canal visitor center downtown.

The town has been discussing the project with the Chamber of Commerce and C&O Canal staff for several years, Hancock Mayor Daniel A. Murphy said. The building could also potentially serve as a town museum, he said.


In addition, Murphy encouraged residents to consider volunteering in the current C&O Canal visitor center, east of Hancock.

$1.7 million budget approved for 2008-09

HANCOCK - The Hancock Town Council on Wednesday unanimously approved the town's $1.7 million budget for fiscal year 2008-09. The budget includes a 4 percent raise for the town's hourly employees, Town Manager David Smith said.

The town's property tax rate remained the same.

-- Heather Keels

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