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 By Brian Hess    News    February 25, 2021

Claysburg-Kimmel District Says Goodbye to Three Employees

The Claysburg-Kimmel School District will say its goodbyes to three employees with more than 100 years of service to the district at the conclusion of the 2020-21 school year. The district’s board of directors during the Feb. 12 meeting approved...

 By Brian Hess    News    February 11, 2021

Martinsburg Fire Co. to Expand Fire Station

The Martinsburg Volunteer Fire Co. will expand its fire station this year. Richard L. Brantner Jr., assistant fire chief, said that the planned addition, which will be to the north of the existing bui...

 By Brian Hess    News    February 11, 2021

Linda Smith Not Seeking Re-Election on Martinsburg Council

Martinsburg Borough Council will say goodbye to one of its own in December as one councilmember will not seek re-election this year. Linda K. Smith, who has served borough residents for 13 years, has...

 By Brian Hess    News    January 28, 2021

Claysburg-Kimmel High School to Reopen Jan. 29 After Two COVID-19 Cases

The Claysburg-Kimmel School District was notified Monday, Jan. 22, of two individuals who tested positive for COVID-19. The individuals were last in the junior/senior high school building and on district transportation on Thursday, Jan. 21. This meet...


Martinsburg, Roaring Spring Boroughs Make Plans and Appointments For 2021

MARTINSBURG Martinsburg Borough Council at its Jan. 4 meeting named commissioners of their respective committees and named staff appointments for 2021. Appointment commissioner of their respective committees were Edward L. Bennett, safety and...

 By Brian Hess    News    January 21, 2021

Spring Cove S.D. Middle School Closed Through Sunday

The Spring Cove School District has notified parents and guardians of students at the Spring Cove Middle School in Roaring Spring that the school will be closed through Sunday, Jan. 24. In the letter dated Jan. 19, Superintendent Dr. Betsy A. Baker...

 By Brian Hess    News    January 14, 2021

Martinsburg Gets Drug Drop-Off Box

The Rite Aid Pharmacy KidCents Foundation has partnered with the Martinsburg Police Department to provide a safe and secure location to dispose of unwanted medications by donating a prescription drug...

 By Brian Hess    News    January 14, 2021

Spring Cove Remote for Four Days

The Herald obtained this information from Spring Cove School District Dr. Betsy Baker at 6:23 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 11, regarding the current status of the district. According to Dr. Baker, “We were notified tonight of two COVID-19 positives and...

 By Brian Hess    News    January 14, 2021

New Police Cruiser in Martinsburg

Martinsburg Chief and Police Kerry L. Hoover stands next to the police department's newest cruiser. The 2021 Ford Police Interceptor Utility vehicle was ordered last February from Tri-Star Motors in...

 By Brian Hess    News    December 17, 2020

Martinsburg Community Fund Reaches 2020 Goal

The Martinsburg Booster Association made its annual donation to the Martinsburg Area Community Fund on Friday, Dec. 11. Melissa Fetzer, Booster vice president, presents the check to Richard A....

 By Brian Hess    News    November 19, 2020

Real Estate Taxes May Increase in Martinsburg

Real estate taxes are expected to rise for the first time in 10 years in Martinsburg borough. Martinsburg Borough Council on Nov. 2 approved a tentative budget for 2021 that will increase millage from 1.8710 to 1.967. The small increase, which would...

 By Brian Hess    News    November 12, 2020

Martinsburg Police Chief Recognized for Security Work During Trump Visit

The chief of police of Martinsburg borough was recognized for his efforts in the planning and execution of the security detail for President Donald J. Trump during his visit to Morrisons Cove on Oct....

 By Brian Hess    Sports    November 12, 2020

Central, NBC Knocked Out of PIAA Playoffs

Central and Northern Bedford's run in the high school football postseason came to an end last weekend in the first round of the PIAA playoffs. Central (8-1) lost to Bedford (9-0), 28-13, in a Class...

 By Brian Hess    Sports    November 5, 2020

District Champs Advance in Postseason

After clinching their respective district championships, the Central and Northern Bedford County football teams will be in action this weekend in the first round of the PIAA playoffs. In a matchup of...

 By Brian Hess    Sports    October 15, 2020

Postseason on the Horizon for Area Squads

The high school football season is one week away from the start of the District 5 and 6 playoffs. Entering Friday's (Oct. 16) game, Central looks to remain undefeated and keep its grip on the top of...

 By Brian Hess    News    October 8, 2020

M-burg Man Recognized for Making, Donating Masks

Kevin Smith of Martinsburg was presented with a proclamation from Martinsburg Mayor Richard A. Brantner and Martinsburg Borough Council honoring him for making and donating more than 8,200 face masks...

 By Brian Hess    News    September 24, 2020

Claysburg Education Foundation Receives Computers from NPC

The Claysburg Education Foundation announced Sept. 16 that NPC Inc. donated 140 laptop computers to support local education. The devices were given to the Claysburg-Kimmel School District to accommodate additional student needs required for online...

 By Brian Hess    News    August 20, 2020

Cove Schools Making Last-Minute Changes

Claysburg-Kimmel and Williamsburg school Districts recently announced changes in school attendance. Both districts are using “hybrid” methods by which students attend partly in person and partly remotely. Both districts have put students in...

 By Brian Hess    News    July 30, 2020

Two Cove Police Officers Awarded Medal of Valor

Blair County Law Enforcement officials bestowed the Medal of Valor to two county police officers on Friday, June 24, in front of the courthouse in Hollidaysburg. Honored for their heroism in front of...

 By Brian Hess    News    July 23, 2020

Claysburg-Kimmel Plans to Have Students, Staff Return to Schools in Fall

The Claysburg-Kimmel administration is currently planning for the district’s students and staff to be back in the school buildings to begin classes on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020. The district released its evolving Phased School Reopening Plan ...

 By Brian Hess    News    July 23, 2020

Conemaugh's No-Visitor Policy Doesn't Affect Nason

Although Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center and its outpatient centers have re-implemented a zero-visitor policy, visiting hours at Nason Medical Center in Roaring Spring will remain the same for the time being, according to Nason’s CEO. Timothy...

 By Brian Hess    News    July 16, 2020

Martinsburg Commends Officer for 'Heroic Actions'

Martinsburg Borough recognized one of its police officers with a commendation during its July 7 borough council meeting. Sgt. Justin L. Davis was honored and recognized before council for his actions...

 By Brian Hess    News    July 16, 2020

Cleanup Day for M-burg Residents Set for Sept. 12

Martinsburg Borough Council on Monday, July 7, approved the borough’s cleanup day in September. Postponed in April because of COVID-19, the cleanup day has been rescheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12, at the borough garage along...

 By Brian Hess    News    July 9, 2020

Memorial Park Reports 'Successful' J4; Profit Expected

Visitors to Morrisons Cove Memorial Park's annual Fourth of July Celebration did not let coronavirus derail their excitement. With so many events around the region cancelled due to COVID-19, the...

 By Brian Hess    News    June 25, 2020

Claysburg-Kimmel School Board Approves $13 Million Budget for 2020-21

Claysburg-Kimmel school directors gave final approval to the 2020-21 budget during their June 10 meeting. Expenditures for the next fiscal year in the budget will be $13,402,378 million and the revenue is $12,516,011 million, a deficit of $ 886,367....

 By Brian Hess    News    June 11, 2020

Claysburg-Kimmel High School Class of 2020

Unlike any other graduation before in school history, 62 seniors at Claysburg-Kimmel High School received their diplomas during a "drive-in" style commencement ceremony in the student parking lot behi...

 By Brian Hess    News    May 28, 2020

Three Cove High-School Students Named to All-State Band

Three Morrisons Cove area high school students have been named to All-State Concert Band. Named to the 2020 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association All-State Concert Band were Claysburg-Kimmel High...

 By Brian Hess    News    May 21, 2020

Claysburg-Kimmel School Board Will Hold Line on Taxes in '20-21

Claysburg-Kimmel school directors have made the 2020-21 preliminary budget available for the public to review. Next year’s preliminary budget, approved during the May 6 official meeting, is available for review online at As...

 By Brian Hess    News    May 7, 2020

Man in Feb. Officer-Involved Shooting Will Stand Trial

An East Freedom man who led police on a high-speed chase in Martinsburg Borough and North Woodbury Township on Feb. 26 and was shot by a police officer will face trial in Blair County Court. During a...

 By Brian Hess    News    May 7, 2020

Cove's Memorial Park Faces a Challenging Summer

Morrisons Cove Memorial Park in Martinsburg will face a challenging summer season in 2020, with many of its annual activities still in doubt due to the coronavirus. Although things are still changing...

 By Brian Hess    Life    May 7, 2020

Martinsburg Woman Writes Fiction Novel of Political Intrigue

Gloria Blakely of Martinsburg has her first published novel. Blakely's first published fiction, featuring political intrigue, is titled "What Does It Profit?" "At the outset, I envisioned an...

 By Brian Hess    News    May 7, 2020

David, Amy Snyder 'Historians of the Year'

The Bedford County Historical Society has announced the “Historian of the Year” award for 2019. David and Amy Snyder will be recognized for their renovation of the “Loy Mansion” and research on the history of the village of Loysburg as it...

 By Brian Hess    News    April 30, 2020

C-K School District Board Trying to Make Graduation 'A Special One'

The Claysburg-Kimmel School Board held its April meeting by video conference on April 1. During the meeting, the board reappointed Michelle Smithmyer and Darren McLaurin as the district representatives to the Blair County Tax Collection Commission....

 By Brian Hess    News    April 23, 2020

COVID-19 Forces Martinsburg Volunteer Fire Company to Make Multiple Changes

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Martinsburg Volunteer Fire Company has made some changes for 2020. The fire company has postponed its dutch meal until the fall, possibly in October. Fire Chief Randy Acker said for those who have tickets for the...

 By Brian Hess    News    April 16, 2020

Claysburg-Kimmel School District Plans Use of Safety Grant

The Claysburg-Kimmel School Board approved a budget for a Safety and Security grant. Among the items included in the $141,000 grant is the addition of a guidance counselor and the upgrades to a key fob entry system in the district’s buildings. A ke...

 By Brian Hess    News    April 2, 2020

Cove-Area Food Pantries Still Open

Cove-area food pantries are continuing to provide services for their clients during the COVID-19 restrictions. Martinsburg The Martinsburg Food Pantry is located in the old borough building, 133 E. Allegheny St. The pantry which will be open from 9...

 By Brian Hess    News    April 2, 2020

Claysburg-Kimmel District Cafeteria Prices Unchanged for 2020-21

Cafeteria prices in the Claysburg-Kimmel School District will once again remain unchanged for the upcoming school year. The C-K School Board approved the prices for 2020-21 during its March meeting. The prices have been stable since 2016-17. Breakfas...

 By Brian Hess    News    April 2, 2020

Cove Students Taking Advantage of Free Meals

With the closure of all K-12 schools in Pennsylvania since March 16 due to COVID-19, the four school districts in the Morrisons Cove area have been providing breakfast and lunch meals for students during their time away from school. The...

 By Brian Hess    News    March 26, 2020

Cove Adapts to Virus-Related Restrictions As Life Goes On

The Spring Cove School District began providing free lunches to any child age 18 or under (including preschoolers and toddlers) at three outdoor locations across the district on Monday, March 23. Thes... Full story

 By Brian Hess    News    March 26, 2020

Cove Adapts to Virus-Related Restrictions As Life Goes On

The Spring Cove School District began providing free lunches to any child age 18 or under (including preschoolers and toddlers) at three outdoor locations across the district on Monday, March 23. These locations are Martinsburg Elementary School,... Full story

 By Brian Hess    News    March 26, 2020

Cove Municipalities Close Offices Due to Coronavirus Restrictions

Area municipalities are closing their doors due to the coronavirus. The Herald was able to collect information from the following municipalities: Martinsburg In response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s order of a statewide shutdown as the number of coronavirus... Full story

 By Brian Hess    News    March 26, 2020

Scarlet Dragon Packs to Distribute Food March 27

Due to school closures, The Scarlet Dragon Packs will be distributing weekend food bags for students enrolled in the program at three locations on Friday, March 27, at the following locations: East Freedom: Through Inc. building (former East Freedom... Full story

 By Brian Hess    News    March 26, 2020

Martinsburg Man Working on Memorial to Cove's Civil War Soldiers

Randy Stoltz of Martinsburg is working on a project that will bring recognition to Memorial Park of the more than 70 soldiers from Morrisons Cove who fought in the Civil War. Stoltz, who wrote a book...

 By Brian Hess    News    March 19, 2020

Spring Cove Athletics Moving to New Conference

Spring Cove athletics will be on the move beginning with the 2021-22 school year. Directors of the Spring Cove School District approved the move of the district’s athletic teams to the Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference from the Mountain League...

 By Brian Hess    News    March 5, 2020

East Freedom Man in Shooting was Wanted by Police

An East Freedom man who led police on a high-speed chase in Martinsburg Borough and North Woodbury Township on Feb. 26 and was wounded by a police officer has been charged and arraigned. Willis Truman Irvin Clark, 32, was arraigned from his hospital...

 By Brian Hess    News    March 5, 2020

Motorists Not Stopping For School Bus, M-burg Council Told

Martinsburg Borough Council placed one of its police officers on administrative leave March 2, stemming from an incident on Feb. 26. The action is normal following an officer’s discharge of his service weapon in the line of duty. Council voted to...

 By Brian Hess    News    February 20, 2020

Claysburg-Kimmel Recognizes Basketball Teams; Sets 2020-21 School Year Calendar

The Claysburg-Kimmel school district directors approved the 2020-21 school calendar during the Feb. 12 regular meeting. The first day for students this fall will be Wednesday, Aug. 26. The last day...

 By Brian Hess    News    February 20, 2020

Association of County Fairs Recognizes Williamsburg Farm Show

The Williamsburg Community Farm Show Association is the recipient of the Pennsylvania State Association of County Fairs's 2019 Zone 3 Achievement Award. The local fair was recognized during the...

 By Brian Hess    News    February 13, 2020

Central H.S. Again Sends Delegation to Pa. Mock Trial Competition

District and regional levels of Pennsylvania High School Mock Trial Competition sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) Young Lawyers Division got underway in January with 285 teams from 2...

 By Brian Hess    News    February 13, 2020

Third-Grader at Williamsburg Schools Advances in Hoop Shoot Contest

Elizabella Royer, a 9-year-old third-grader at Williamsburg Elementary School, won the North Central District Elks Hoop Shoot contest on Saturday, Feb. 1. The contest was held at Huntingdon High Schoo...


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