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 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...

 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    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    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...


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