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Supporting Local Journalism Supports Our Community

Last week’s Herald contained an article asking readers who support local business and local news to support the Local Journalism Sustainability Act (LJSA). The LJSA is focused on delivering benefits to local communities across the U.S. by...

 

Martinsburg Borough Council Continues Plans For Electronic Speed Signs

Martinsburg Borough Council has started the process of setting its 2022 municipal budget and has scheduled a budget workshop for Monday, Oct. 18. Council will meet at 6 p.m. on Oct. 18 at the borough building to work on the budget and “for general...

 

Herald's 'Tell Us What You Think' Tour Gets Warm Reception in Williamsburg

Williamsburg wants more local sports news. That was the message we heard from the third Herald “Tell Us What You Think” town meeting, which was held at the Zion Lutheran Church in Williamsburg on Monday, Sept. 27. The Herald’s meeting in...

 

Readers Want Births, Engagements and Marriages

The second Herald “Tell Us What You Think” town meetings was held at the Trinity United Methodist Church at the five points in Roaring Spring on the evening of Sept. 8. The takeaways from the meeting was first, that we have to do a better job of...

 

Herald's First Town Hall Inspires New Ideas

The Cove would really, really like the Herald to resume publishing the Cove Calendar in our print edition. That’s the main takeaway from the Herald Town Hall meeting held at Morrisons Cove Memorial Park on Aug. 18. We had seven people from the...

 

Census Shows Bedford, Blair Losing Population

Recently released data from the U.S. 2020 Census reveals that Bedford and Blair counties continue to lose population, even as Pennsylvania gains. Pennsylvania’s overall population grew from 12.7 million to 13 million, an increase of 300,321 or 2.4...

 

First Herald 'Tell Us What You Think' Town Meeting Tonight

This is another reminder of the upcoming “Tell Us What You Think” Tour, intended to make the Herald a better news source for the community. The first of the town hall meetings is at 7 p.m. today, Thursday, Aug. 19, in the Banquet Hall at...

 

Airport Receives Third of Three COVID-19 Grants

The Altoona-Blair County Airport in North Woodbury Township has received the third installment of a three-part grant from the federal government designed to help the airport offset COVID-19 related...

 

Herald Provides an Update on Planned 'Tell Us What You Think' Tour

I am writing to provide an update on the upcoming “Tell Us What You Think” Tour, intended to make the Herald a better news source for the community. I will be conducting a tour of the Herald’s coverage area to talk to subscribers, readers and...

 

Arby's and Dunkin' Planned for Lot In Front of Conemaugh Nason

The lot formerly occupied by Bickel's Surplus in front of Conemaugh Nason hospital will offer Cove residents Arby's and a Dunkin dine-in restaurants, according to information provided to Roaring...

 

County, Local Governments 'Waiting for Clarity' Before Spending Grants

As part of the federal government's response to the economic damage done by the COVID-19 pandemic, state, county and local governments are being given grants in a program overseen by the U.S. Dept....

 

Blair, Bedford Counties Mirror Statewide Trend of Increasing COVID Cases

Conemaugh Nason's infection control director said that the public should be concerned about rising numbers of COVID-19 cases across the nation and in Pennsylvania. Julie Russell, director of quality...

 

Cove Schools Hoping for 'Relatively Normal' Year

With the start of school about three weeks away, Cove school districts are planning to continue with relaxed COVID-19 mask policies while continuing to perform enhanced cleaning and encouragement of...

 

Isn't it Ironic?

I was discussing the Herald recently with a caller who had a concern. As always, I am very willing to listen and consider seriously when someone takes the time to contact me with a concern about the Herald, whether it’s praise or criticism. I...

 

The Morrisons Cove Herald Will Cover the News

We would like to address some comments and concerns about recent Herald news coverage. Any event that happens within the Cove is news. The role of the Herald is to report local news. Anything reported in the Herald is not to make a statement or choos...

 
 By ALLAN J. BASSLER    News    May 27, 2021

Nason Foundation Has Distributed $304,000 in Grants Since 2015

The Nason Foundation has distributed $304,000 in grants since Duke LifePoint purchased the hospital in 2015, according to the foundation. The Nason Foundation held a celebration and reception on May 19 in Weaver Hall at Morrisons Cove Memorial Park....

 
 By ALLAN J. BASSLER    News    May 27, 2021

Nason Foundation Describes Its Efforts To Help Community

April Harmon's family has a playground in memory of her daughter and Jen McCoy has a career in health care thanks to the Nason Foundation. The stories told by Harmon and McCoy were the centerpiece of...

 

The Herald Sports Pages Look Different This Week. Here's Why.

The Herald’s sports pages look different this week. The main reason is that long-time Editor Brian Hess has moved on to a new position outside of the Herald. Brian had been employed at the Herald since 1999 and he did a lot of good work while he...

 

The Print Edition of the Herald Might Look a Little Different This Week. Here's Why.

Your Herald might look a little different this week. First of all, and most important, long-time Editor Brian Hess has moved on to a new position. Brian had been employed at the Herald since 1999 and he did a lot of good work while he was here. He... Full story

 

The Herald Sports Pages Look Different This Week. Here's Why.

The Herald’s print sports pages look different this week. The main reason is that long-time Editor Brian Hess has moved on to a new position outside of the Herald. Brian had been employed at the Herald since 1999 and he did a lot of good work...

 

Just to be clear ...

As usual, social media is getting it wrong, so I want to be clear about a recent change at the Herald. The Herald is not ending any of our local columns. All three of our current columnists have been told that they may continue writing and continue...

 

Herald Extending Its Local Focus to Political Commentary as of Jan. 1

I’m letting readers, advertisers and contributors to know that there has been an important change in the Herald’s policy regarding political content. As of Jan. 1, 2021, the Herald will no longer publish any opinions regarding political matters...

 

An Open Plea To the Cove Community

The second is this: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these. – Mark 12:31 This is the time of year when we like to remind ourselves what we're th... Full story

 

Take Heart, Conservatives

There is a lot of consternation on the political Right about the apparent failure of President Donald J. Trump to win a second term. However, as a conservative, I don’t think things are gloomy for my side at all. Yes, the presidency likely has...

 

Post-Election Rally Brings Out 200 in Support of President Trump

About 200 people attended a post-election rally in Hollidaysburg on Sunday, Nov. 8, offering continued support for President Donald J. Trump and rejecting the apparent election of former Vice...

 

President Trump Visits Morrisons Cove - Main Story

President Donald J. Trump spoke for a little over an hour at the Altoona-Blair County Airport on Monday, Oct. 26, just hours before the United States Senate confirmed the president's third nominee to...

 

President Trump Visits Martinsburg for Campaign Speech

President Donald J. Trump spoke for a little over an hour at the Altoona-Blair County Airport on Monday, Oct. 26, just hours before the United States Senate confirmed the president's third nominee to...

 

Appvion Responds to Accusation of Spill

Appvion has responded to a charge from the Pa. Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) that its Spring Mill plant killed fish in the Frankstown Branch of the Juniata River with a release of a chemical on Aug. 20 and 21, 2020. In a letter dated Sept....

 

Roaring Spring Approves Police Body Cameras

Roaring Spring borough council at its regular meeting on Oct. 12 approved spending $21,417 over five years on two dashboard cameras and three body cameras for the police department. Cpl. Lance Morris of the Roaring Spring Police Department presented...

 

Appvion Accused of Spilling Chemical Into Frankstown Branch

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has told Appvion that it failed to report a chemical spill and is asking the company to investigate, explain and plan to prevent future...

 

Roaring Spring Borough Council Cancels Recreation Contract with YMCA

Roaring Spring borough council voted Monday night to end its recreation contract with the Garver Memorial YMCA. The contract was worth about $18,000 and would have auto-renewed in January. The matter was raised by President Rodney Green at the...

 

The Opinion Page

Just a reminder that the Herald’s Opinion Page is where members of the Cove community are invited to speak up about issues of concern to them and the community at large. Shorter opinions are published as Letters to the Editor. Longer opinions are...

 
 By Allan J. Bassler    News    July 30, 2020

Herald Offers Clarification on Spring Cove Fall Re-Opening Plan

A story on Page A-6 of the July 23, 2020, edition of the Herald, may have been misleading regarding the Spring Cove School District’s plans for this fall. According to Superintendent Dr. Betsy Baker, a letter was sent to all par...

 
 By Allan J. Bassler    News    July 23, 2020

Safety Director Warns Blair County: COVID Complacency is a Danger

The Blair County Commissioners were told on Tuesday, July 21, that COVID-19 trends in the country are "positive" but said complacency among the public remains a danger and that the disease is not...

 
 By Allan J. Bassler    News    July 23, 2020

Roaring Spring Permits Two-Way Traffic on Main Street

Roaring Spring borough has re-opened the section of Main Street from State Route 36 past the Appvion paper mill to two-way traffic. Borough officials said at the regular council meeting on Monday, July 13, that the road is striped for two-way...

 
 By Allan J. Bassler    News    July 23, 2020

The Herald's Weekly Virus Update

The Morrisons Cove Herald again is providing articles about the coronavirus. The information below is the latest that could be included in this week’s edition. This information is taken from the sources listed at the end of the article. Blair and...

 
 By Allan J. Bassler    News    July 16, 2020

The Herald's Weekly Virus Update

The Morrisons Cove Herald again is providing articles about the coronavirus. The information below is the latest that could be included in this week’s edition. This information is taken from the sources listed at the end of the article. Blair and...

 
 By Allan J. Bassler    News    July 9, 2020

The Herald's Weekly Virus Update

The Morrisons Cove Herald again is providing articles about the coronavirus. The information below is the latest that could be included in this week's edition. This information is taken from the...

 

The Herald Isn't 'Marxist.' I Promise.

There are a couple of little birds in the Herald community who occasionally chirp to me about things people are saying about the Herald which those people are, for some reason, afraid to actually say to me, the Herald’s publisher. Since I have no...

 
 By Allan J. Bassler    News    July 2, 2020

The Herald's Weekly Virus Update

The Morrisons Cove Herald again is providing articles about the coronavirus. The information below is the latest that could be included in this week’s edition. This information is taken from the sources listed at the end of the article. Blair and...

 
 By Allan J. Bassler    News    June 25, 2020

The Herald's Weekly Virus Update

By ALLAN J. BASSLER Publisher The Morrisons Cove Herald again is providing articles about the coronavirus. The information below is the latest that could be included in this week’s edition. This information is taken from the sources listed at the...

 
 By Allan J. Bassler    News    June 18, 2020

The Herald's Weekly Virus Update

The Morrisons Cove Herald again is providing articles about the coronavirus. The information below is the latest that could be included in this week’s edition. This information is taken from the sources listed at the end of the article. Blair and...

 
 By Allan J. Bassler    News    June 18, 2020

Noticias Semanales Del Herald Sobre El Coronavirus

El Morrisons Cove Herald está publicando actualizaciones y noticias sobre el coronavirus de nuevo. La información abajo es lo más reciente que se pudo incluir en la edición de esta semana. La información viene de las fuentes que están enumerado...

 
 By Allan J. Bassler    News    June 11, 2020

The Herald's Weekly Virus Update

The Morrisons Cove Herald again is providing articles about the coronavirus. The information below is the latest that could be included in this week’s edition. This information is taken from the sources listed at the end of the article. Blair and...

 
 By Allan J. Bassler    News    June 11, 2020

Central High School Class of 2020

In some ways, Spring Cove's 2020 graduation ceremony on June 3 was normal. It was held outside. The weather cooperated beautifully. There were smiles and cheers and tearful parents. There were...

 
 By Allan J. Bassler    News    June 4, 2020

The Herald's Weekly Virus Update

The Morrisons Cove Herald again is providing articles about the coronavirus. The information below is the latest that could be included in this week’s edition. This information is taken from the sources listed at the end of the article. Blair and...

 
 By Allan J. Bassler    News    May 28, 2020

The Herald's Weekly Virus Update

The Morrisons Cove Herald again is providing articles about the coronavirus. The information below is the latest that could be included in this week’s edition. This information is taken from the sources listed at the end of the article. Blair and...

 
 By Allan J. Bassler    News    May 28, 2020

Noticias Semanales Del Herald Sobre El Coronavirus

El Morrisons Cove Herald está publicando actualizaciones y noticias sobre el coronavirus de nuevo. La información abajo es lo más reciente que se pudo incluir en la edición de esta semana. La información viene de las fuentes que están...

 
 By Allan J. Bassler    News    May 21, 2020

The Herald's Weekly Virus Update

By ALLAN J. BASSLER Publisher The Morrisons Cove Herald again is providing articles about the coronavirus. The information below is the latest that could be included in this week’s edition. This information is taken from the sources listed at the...

 

Let's Keep the Tent Big and the Door Open

By ALLAN J. BASSLER Publisher I had two calls last week that got me thinking. One person was upset that the Herald is publishing articles in Spanish. She didn’t accept my explanation that the Herald is publishing information about the coronavirus t...

 

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