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Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock | April 4, 2013
District Gov. Jim Eberly recently attended a meeting of the Rotary Club of Hancock to honor the club with several awards based on the giving levels that the Hancock club made to the Rotary Foundation. The first award placed Hancock among the 1,550 clubs worldwide as the highest per capita in annual giving in their district. Hancock is in District 7350.  The next banner honored Hancock as one of only 1,064 clubs worldwide to attain status as a 100 percent Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member Club, which means each Rotarian personally contributed at least $100 to the annual fund during the Rotary year.
April 2, 2013
“Somebody from the tea party needs to explain this to me. Your motto is you don't want government in your life, you don't want government telling you what to do. But yet in the same breath, the same sentence, you're telling women that they have to have an ultrasound, and they can't have abortions. I'm not a genius, but isn't that government - although being local government, isn't that still telling you what ... sounds to me like you guys are talking out both sides of your mouth.” - Hagerstown “Hey, you people in Hagerstown, you people running Hagerstown, about this $1,000 pay increase you're going to give every city worker, how about if everybody working for the city or work in Washington County that comes from Pennsylvania, West Virginia, shouldn't get nothing.
By CALEB CALHOUN | | April 2, 2013
On their final day of spring break, students from Hancock Middle-Senior High School braved the cold Tuesday to join Good Shepherd Preschool students in planting a tree and a blue pinwheel garden at Widmeyer Park, releasing blue balloons into the air and distributing blue ribbons around town in memory of child-abuse victims. Hancock senior Tanner Faith, who lost a 5-week-old cousin, Bella Appel, to child abuse in 2010, said the issue of child abuse “strikes home” for him. “There is child abuse out there, and people need to realize how severe it is and what effects it has on families,” said Tanner, 17. “I was going to make sure I was here.” Tanner's brother, Skylar, 16, a sophomore at Hancock, said the tree that was planted signifies the “suffering” of families of child-abuse victims.
By DANIEL KAUFFMAN | | 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.
March 20, 2013
Charles Michael Cubbage Sr., 80, died Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at Meritus Medical Center, Hagerstown. His wishes were to be cremated with a service held at the convenience of his family. Arrangements are by Grove Funeral Home, Hancock. 
March 13, 2013
Walter Eugene "Mickey" McDonough, 92, of Flintstone, Md., died Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at Western Maryland Health System in Cumberland, Md. The family will receive friends Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Grove Funeral Home, Hancock. A Mass of Christian burial will be Friday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Peter Catholic Church, Hancock. Burial with a military service will be at Rocky Gap Veterans Cemetery, Flintstone.
March 5, 2013
R. Weldon Schline, 92, formerly of Warfordsburg, Pa., died Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at Woodland Retirement Center in Orbisonia, Pa. The family will receive friends Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Grove Funeral Home, Hancock. The service will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Warfordsburg United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Jerusalem Christian Cemetery, Amaranth, Pa.
February 27, 2013
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 BOYS BASKETBALL Fort Hill 89, Hancock 42 CUMBERLAND, Md. - Jarrett Wolfe scored a game-high 33 points to lead Fort Hill past Hancock in the Maryland 1A West Region West section quarterfinals. Chad Sipe had nine points and nine rebounds for the Panthers (8-13), who trailed 19-7 after the first quarter. HANCOCK (8-13) Tosten 6, Anderson 2, Edgerton 2, H. McKinley 4, Sipe 9, T. Manning 6, Mitchell 9, N. Tosten 1, Teeter 3. Totals 16 3-10 42. FORT HILL Carroll 7, Gaus 11, Bush 13, Proretti 4, Wolfe 33, Jackson 2, Stewart 6, Thornton 9, K. Jackson 2, Painter 2. Totals 36 13-22 89. Hancock    7    15    11    9    -     42 Fort Hill    19    24    23    23    -     89 3-point goals - Hancock 7 (Tosten 2, T. Manning 2, Mitchell 3)
By DAN DEARTH | | February 25, 2013
A Monday morning fire that destroyed the Reel Deal Bait & Tackle shop at 26 Canal St. in Hancock caused an estimated $300,000 in damages, the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office said. Officials were investigating the cause of the fire, which was reported by a neighbor at 2:56 a.m., according to a fire marshal's office news release. Hancock Fire Chief Danny Shirley said Monday afternoon that flames were shooting through the roof when firefighters arrived. “There were no injuries to civilians or firefighters,” he said.
By MARK KELLER | | February 20, 2013
Todd Ruppenthal already wears a number of hats at Hancock Middle-Senior High School. On Wednesday, he added one more - that of head football coach. Ruppenthal, a 1981 Hancock graduate and longtime assistant coach, was named to succeed Dave Mahaffey, who resigned at the end of the 2012 season. “It's an exciting opportunity for me,” Ruppenthal said. “I played here, my son played here, I've been an assistant here for 17 years, so this program means a lot to me. I'm really looking forward to it.” Ruppenthal, 49, played for the Panthers when athletic director Bill Sterner was an assistant coach and served as an assistant during Sterner's tenure as head coach.
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