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April 2, 2012
More than 20 Hancock High School students hung blue ribbons around town Monday as part of Child Abuse Awareness Month. The month's events will culminate Saturday, April 28, with the second annual Walk to End Child Abuse, Police Chief T.J. Buskirk said. This year's walk will also include a 5K run and bicycle ride, said Diane McCusker, the great-grandmother of Bella Appel, an infant who died as a result of child abuse in 2010. A Warfordsburg, Pa., man, Nicholas McKee was convicted of causing Bella Appel's death and was sentenced to 35 years in state prison.
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June 18, 2008
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NEWS
September 11, 2000
Youth calendar Southwestern fiesta all-night skating party Saturday, Sept. 16, 8 p.m. to Sunday, Sept. 17, 6 a.m. Family Skating Center, 17333 Virginia Ave., Hagerstown Admission is $12. Regular skates are included. To skate from 8 to 11:30 p.m., admission is $6. There will be games and contests. The party is chaperoned by adults. Speed and in-line skates can be rented for $2.50. For information, call 301-582-2020. College planning seminar Tuesday, Sept.
NEWS
December 19, 2008
SEPT. 29, 1966-DEC. 17, 2008 WARFORDSBURG, Pa. - Lisa Marie Schetrompf, 42, of Schriever Road, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008, at Washington County Hospital. Born Sept. 29, 1966, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of Carrie Stauffer Weller of Hancock and the late Herman L. Weller. She was a 1984 graduate of Hancock High School. She had formerly been employed by Fox's Pizza Den in Hancock. She was a Protestant. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, James G. Schetrompf, whom she married Sept.
LIFESTYLE
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.
OBITUARIES
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.
OBITUARIES
March 5, 2012
Margie Lee Lynch Zepp, 85, of Hancock, died Monday, March 5, 2012, at Woodland Retirement Community in Orbisonia, Pa. Born June 7, 1926, in Fulton County, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Roy Lee and Oda Grace Bishop Lynch, and the widow of Richard David Zepp, who died in 1959. She was a 1944 graduate of Hancock High School, and owned and operated North End Liquors in Hancock from 1957 until 1984. She is survived by two daughters, Patricia L. Mellott of Needmore, Pa., and Jayleen L. Sites of Hagerstown; one sister, Joni Mellott of Needmore; one brother, Roy Lee Lynch of Hancock; three grandchildren, Crystal Bussard, Richard Bivens and Travis Sites; and seven great-grandchildren.
NEWS
March 7, 2003
HANCOCK - Douglas D. Burnett, 35, of East Main Street, died Wednesday, March 5, 2003, at his home. Born Sept. 15, 1967, in Hagerstown, he was the son of Larry D. and Beverly L. Exline Burnett of Hancock. He was a 1985 graduate of Hancock High School. He was employed by the Park-N-Dine Restaurant in Hancock. In addition to his parents, he is survived by two brothers, Zach L. Burnett and Matthew J. Burnett, both of Hancock; his fiance, Heather Armstrong of Hancock; maternal grandmother, Mary M. Exline of Hancock; and paternal grandparents, Charles Roger and Adona Burnett of Hancock.
OBITUARIES
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....
OBITUARIES
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.
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OBITUARIES
September 7, 2013
Emily "June" Smith, 83, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., died Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, at Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va. Born June 1, 1930, in Hancock, Md., she was the daughter of the late Charles Alvey Myers and Amelia Zorich Myers Jolley. She was of the Protestant faith. She was a graduate of Hancock High School and also attended Hagerstown Junior College. June had worked as a bookkeeper with Wright Motors, Wagner Chevrolet and H&R Block, all in Martinsburg.
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LIFESTYLE
By JESSICA MANUEL | Special to The Herald-Mail | June 26, 2013
 To celebrate operating the C&O Canal along its 184.5 miles for almost 100 years, the town of Hancock brings the canal back into action.  The 11th annual Barge Bash, sponsored by the Hancock Arts Council with cooperation from the National Park Service, rocks the boat on Saturday, June 29, starting at 10 a.m. with events lasting throughout the day. “(The bash) is designed to be a fun day along the water,” said Hancock Mayor Daniel Murphy, chair of event. “It's designed to allow creativity and challenge.” Though the bash itself doesn't start until later, the day really kicks off with the Barge Bash Dash at 8 a.m., a short run beginning in the parking lot of Hancock High School.
OBITUARIES
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.
OBITUARIES
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.
OBITUARIES
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.
SPORTS
By DANIEL KAUFFMAN | kauffman@herald-mail.com | 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.
OBITUARIES
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.
OBITUARIES
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.
NEWS
Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock | 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.
OBITUARIES
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....
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