April 8, 2013
Ronald L. “Ronnie” Van Meter Jr., age 37, died Monday, April 8, 2013, at Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, Pa. Born Sept. 4, 1975, in Cumberland, Md., he was the son of Ronald L. Van Meter Sr. and Bonnie J. Crusan Van Meter of Hancock and son-in law of Eddie and Sylvia Zimmerman Moats. He was a 1993 graduate of Hancock High School. He was employed with U.S. Silica, Berkeley Springs, W.Va., as a control room operator. He was a lieutenant with the Hancock Volunteer Fire Company, where he was a member for 20 years.
April 2, 2013
Edgar Lee Swisher, 76, of Hancock, Md., died Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at his home. Born March 26, 1937, in Hancock, he was the son of the late George E. and Lillian Pittman Swisher. He was a 1956 graduate of Hancock High School. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the Korean War. He retired from Mack Trucks after 31 years working in maintenance. He is survived by his wife, Margaret L. Hull Swisher, whom he married June 21, 1963, in Hagerstown, Md.; one daughter, Shea Lee Hart of Hancock; one son, Corey L. Swisher of Hancock; two brothers, Norman Swisher of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., and Ronald Swisher of Hagerstown; and five grandchildren.
March 21, 2013
James Robert "Bubba" Ruppenthal, 52, of Hancock, Md., died Thursday, March 21, 2013, at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, Md. Born Aug. 15, 1960, in Hagerstown, he was the son of Robert Garland Ruppenthal of Berkeley Springs, W.Va. and the late Anna Lucille "Ludie" Steiner Ruppenthal. He was of the Methodist faith. He was a 1978 graduate of Hancock High School and had worked as a punch out supervisor in the construction business. Jimmy loved to play golf, especially at Myrtle Beach, S.C., had been a little league coach and was a member of Webster B. Harrison Sons of the American Legion Squadron 26 in Hancock where he had served as both treasurer and adjutant.
March 21, 2013
Hancock multisport athlete Sara Elizabeth Wagner is like a lot of high school seniors - one of her biggest concerns revolves around where she'll attend college. Wagner, who has played volleyball, basketball and softball for the Panthers, started using the National Collegiate Scouting Association athletic recruiting website in an effort to find a college that will allow her to continue her athletic and academic pursuits. It just so happens Wagner, a middle hitter, found a volleyball program interested in her ... and it wasn't one she expected at all. Wagner has been selected by American International Sports Teams to be part of their volleyball squad, which will carry the USA banner at United World Games 2013 in Klagenfurt, Austria, from June 20-23.
January 29, 2013
Anne Denise “Neecie” Bohrer, age 54, formerly of Hancock, and a resident of Hagerstown, died Monday Jan. 28, 2013, at Julia Manor in Hagerstown, Md. Born Nov. 14, 1958, in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., she was the daughter of Mary Ellen Hixon Bohrer of Hagerstown, and the late Mervin E. “Jim” Bohrer Sr., who died Dec. 4, 1994. She was Valedictorian of her graduating class of 1976 at Hancock High School, an AA degree, summa cum laude of Hagerstown Business College. She was retired after 32 years as a bookkeeper, employed with Fulton Petroleum, Sharrett Inc., Fil- Tec Inc. and MillerStone Law Offices.
December 7, 2012
Gary Francis Breakall, 75, of Hancock, died Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, at his home. Born March 27, 1937, in Hancock, he was the son of the late Oscar Andrew and Jesse Stotler Breakall, and husband of Shirley M. Hawbaker Breakall, whom he married June 20, 1954 at St. Peter Catholic Church in Hancock. Gary was retired from the U.S. Postal Service, serving as postmaster in Hancock; he was a 1955 graduate of Hancock High School; a member of St. Peter Catholic Church; and was a volunteer at Hancock High School.
October 25, 2012
Get your Halloween costumes ready. The Hancock Mayor and Council have announced that Trick-or-Treat Night is Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. within the town limits. Hancock Police Chief T.J. Buskirk, other officers and fire and rescue personnel will be on safety patrol. Please visit only the houses where porch lights are turned on. Be polite and careful and enjoy all the treats. Historical Society marks 25th anniversary The Hancock Historical Society meets to celebrate its 25th anniversary Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. It will be a potluck dinner at Town Hall.
September 17, 2012
Florence Pearl Wilkerson, age 91, of Hancock, Md., died Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, at Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown, Md. Born April 23, 1921, in Hancock, she was the daughter of the late James Samual and Margaret Brown Oliver Resley, and the widow of Ray M. Keefer Sr. She was a 1939 graduate of Hancock High School and attended WV Beauty School in Martinsburg, W.Va. She was a self-employed beautician, operating K & W Beauty Salon in Hancock....
July 5, 2012
Tammy Renee (Weaver) Walls, 41, of Hancock, Md., died Tuesday, July 3, 2012, at Morgan County War Memorial Hospital in Berkeley Springs, W.Va. Born March 30, 1971, in Berkeley Springs, she was the daughter of Rodney Jay and Sherry Kay Schetrompf Weaver of Hancock. She was a 1989 graduate of Hancock High School and a graduate of Hagerstown Community College with an Associate Degree in Elementary Education. She was a member of St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, Hancock. Besides her parents, she is survived by her husband, Joseph W. Walls, whom she married Feb. 24, 1990 at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church; two daughters, Tessa L. Walls of College Park, Md. and Kaylyn C. Walls at home; one sister, Trenda L. Bittinger and husband, Jeff, of Hancock; and nieces, Maria and Jessica Bittinger.
June 8, 2012
Individuals, businesses and organizations from 23 counties throughout the 100-county American Red Cross Blood Services, Greater Alleghenies Region, were honored Tuesday, June 5, at the region's annual meeting, "Celebrating Champions" at CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh. Local winners were: Community Partnership Award: The Meadows Original Frozen Custard in Hagerstown. Corporate Good Neighbor Award: Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, Charles Town, W. Va. High School of the Year Award: Hancock High School, Hancock Most Improved High School Award: Jefferson High School, Shenandoah Junction, W.Va.