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 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 www.cksdbulldogs.com. 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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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    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    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...

 
 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,...

 
 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...

 
 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...

 
 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...

 
 By Brian Hess    News    February 6, 2020

Early-Morning Blaze Destroys EF Home

Freedom Township Fire Department Chief Ron Henry said area volunteer firefighters were called to 111 Woody Lane, off Martz Road, in East Freedom, at approximately 5:30 a.m. Henry said when...

 
 By Brian Hess    News    February 6, 2020

Martinsburg Elementary Awarded Food Service Equipment Grant

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) announced on Jan. 28 that more than $925,000 in competitive grants had been awarded to 72 elementary, middle and high schools across the state for the...

 
 By Brian Hess    News    February 6, 2020

Airport Authority Gets Liquor License

The Altoona-Blair County Airport Authority has obtained a liquor license for use at the airport’s restaurant. La Fiesta Mexican Bar & Grille, located at the airport, is now permitted to serve alcohol to its customers, as the liquor license was...

 
 By Brian Hess    News    January 30, 2020

Make Way for a New Village Closet

The Village Closet & Country Store at Townes Edge Exchange, just west of Martinsburg along State Route 164, has been demolished to make way for a new building. T.L. Long Excavating Inc.,...

 
 By Brian Hess    News    January 16, 2020

C-K School District Hires Teachers, Reviews Current and Future Budgets

Directors at Claysburg-Kimmel hired two new teachers during their official meeting Jan. 8. Named to the staff at C-K High School was Amanda Woodring at a starting salary of $52,900. Woodring, who will teach secondary English, replaces Emily Carper, w...

 
 By Brian Hess    News    January 9, 2020

Martinsburg Swears in Officials for Another Year

Martinsburg Borough Council elected a new president during its reorganizational meeting Monday, Jan. 6. P. Robert Dickson will lead the council in 2020. He was nominated by Durban D. Metzler, which...

 
 By Brian Hess    News    December 19, 2019

Martinsburg Community Fund Donation

H.H. Brown Work and Outdoor Group, Martinsburg, has made its annual donation to the Martinsburg Area Community Fund. Victor L. Sanders, president and CEO of H.H. Brown, presented a check to Community Fund representative Earl Springer. Also present...

 
 By Brian Hess    News    December 5, 2019

Winter Sports Preview in the Print Edition of this Week's Herald

The Morrisons Cove Herald's annual winter sports preview section is in today's print edition of the Herald, available at newsstands across the Cove. The six-page section features previews of high...

 
 By Brian Hess    News    December 5, 2019

M-Burg Council Bids Good-Bye to Lamborn After 12 Years; Sets Budget

The president of Martinsburg Borough Council called to order her final meeting Monday night, Dec. 2. Connie S. Lamborn, who has served on the council for 12 years, did not seek re-election this year....

 
 By Brian Hess    News    November 27, 2019

Case Against Claysburg Woman Charged With Embezzling Headed to Court Dec. 20

The case against a Claysburg woman facing felony charges of theft and receiving stolen property after police said she embezzled $131,000 from the doctor’s office where she worked as billing supervisor, will go to Blair County Court in December....

 
 By Brian Hess    Sports    November 21, 2019

New Era Begins for CHS Boys' Basketball

Central High School boys' varsity basketball coach Paul Frederick assembles his team to go over some of the drills the players would be doing on the first day of basketball practice Monday, Nov. 18....

 
 By Brian Hess    News    November 21, 2019

Cove Ministeriums Plan Thanksgiving Services and Meals

Area ministeriums have scheduled community Thanksgiving services for Sunday evening, Nov. 24. Several area churches will serve free meals Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28. All services and meals are open to the public. Claysburg-East Freedom The Claysburg...

 
 By Brian Hess    Sports    November 7, 2019

NB, C-K Alive in High School Football Postseason

Northern Bedford and Claysburg-Kimmel both survived the first weekend of postseason action Nov. 1 and 2. The second-seeded Black Panthers (8-3) have their sights fixed on their first District 5 Class...

 
 By Brian Hess    News    November 7, 2019

M-burg Borough Approves 2020 Budget without a Tax Increase

Martinsburg Borough Council is expected to hold the line on real estate taxes in 2020. Council on Monday evening, Nov. 4, approved a preliminary balanced budget of $863,7000. Real estate taxes will remain at 1.871 mills. If council adopts the...

 
 By Brian Hess    Sports    October 31, 2019

Now, the Fun Begins – Cove Teams Start Playoff Action

Now the real fun can begin. as in high school football postseason action. The postseason begins this weekend, featuring three teams from the Morrisons Cove area. In the District 3 Class 3A field,...

 
 By Brian Hess    Sports    October 17, 2019

With Two Weeks Left in Regular Season, Williamsburg Strives for a Victory

With two weeks remaining in high school football's regular season, one Cove team is still searching for its elusive first victory. Williamsburg, with an 0-8 record, will play its home finale Friday...

 
 By Brian Hess    Sports    October 10, 2019

NB Panthers (4-3) and C-K Bulldogs (5-2) Set for Battle Friday Night

Week 8 of the high school football season will feature a battle of two Cove-area teams in an Inter-County Conference showdown. The Black Panthers of Northern Bedford will matchup with the Bulldogs of...

 

Northern Bedford v. Tussey 'Backyard Brawl' Set for Friday in Saxton

The communities in the Northern Bedford and Tussey Mountain school districts are buzzing with excitement in preparation for Friday night's "Backyard Brawl." Tussey Mountain and Northern Bedford – th...

 
 By Brian Hess    Sports    August 29, 2019

Claysburg-Kimmel, Williamsburg Each Seeking First Win

Week 2 of the high school football season features an Inter-County Conference matchup between two Cove-area schools each looking for their first win. Williamsburg will play host to Claysburg-Kimmel at...

 
 By Brian Hess    Sports    August 22, 2019

Northern Bedford v. Central Game Highlights Opening Week

The 2019 high school football season kicks off Friday, Aug. 23, with three games featuring all four Morrisons Cove area squads. Northern Bedford (5-6 in 2018), will travel north along State Route 36...

 
 By Brian Hess    News    June 6, 2019

Pageant, Music, Fireworks Planned For 'J4' Celebration

Despite the absence of rides for the first time in more than 50 years, Morrisons Cove Memorial Park has a full slate of events scheduled for its Fourth of July celebration. The six-day “J4” event will begin Monday, July 1, and run through...

 
 By Brian Hess    News    June 6, 2019

M-burg Seeks Mayor Following Resignation

Martinsburg Borough is seeking a mayor following Monday night’s (June 3) resignation of the town’s elected head. The borough’s council accepted the resignation of Rex L. Hartman during the meeting. Hartman who has served as the elected mayor...

 

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