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 By RICK BOSTON    News    August 15, 2019 

RS Library Agrees to Purchase Eldon Inn

The Roaring Spring Borough Council held its regular monthly meeting on Monday evening, Aug. 12. Council announced that the Roaring Spring Community Library Board has agreed to purchase the Eldon Inn f...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    August 15, 2019 

New Enterprise Man Jailed for Burglary of Duncansville Golf Shop

A New Enterprise man was jailed last week after police said he attempted to break into a Duncansville golf shop. According to charges filed by Blair Township police, on Aug. 7, an officer was patrolling the area of Golf World, 139 Golf World Lane,...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    August 8, 2019

A Cry for Help: Wife of Man Shot in Roaring Spring Says System 'Failed' Her Husband

On Friday afternoon, July 26, around 2:49 p.m., Alda Jays Messner talked with her husband on the telephone. A little more than an hour later he was dead. Somehow in that hour, Todd Messner, 49, made...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    August 8, 2019

W-burg Man Facing Child Abuse Charges

A Williamsburg man is facing felony charges relating to the abuse of a 2-year-old boy that allegedly occurred in his home along High Street on Dec. 3, 2018. According to charges filed by the Williamsburg Police Department, police were contacted by Bl...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    August 1, 2019

RS Shooting Raises Questions About Country's Mental Health System

An officer-involved shooting in Roaring Spring last Friday evening that left one man dead has raised questions about the effectiveness of the mental health care system. At approximately 4:16 on...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    August 1, 2019

Man Arrested for Throwing Jugs of Urine

A Portage man was arrested after police said he threw urine-filled jugs onto the properties of three people with whom he had a personal vendetta. Police said that Earl Flynn, 66, of Portage, over a years time, would fill plastic jugs with urine and...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    July 25, 2019

WATCO Closing Deals Another Blow to Area's Employment

Another 70 jobs are leaving the area with the announcement last week that WATCO, a railroad tank car cleaning and repair facility in Hollidaysburg, will be shutting its doors by September. Workers...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    July 25, 2019

Altoona Man Arrested for Theft Of $400 in Separate Incidents At Freedom Township Walmart

An Altoona man is in jail on charges he stole more than $400 from the East Freedom Walmart. According to charges filed by Freedom Township police, John P. Sollenberger, 43, entered Walmart on four...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    July 25, 2019

Duncansville Woman Steals Car, Drives it to Court

A Duncansville woman faces charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and receiving stolen property after police said she stole a vehicle from a Greenfield Township man and then drove it to a...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    July 25, 2019

Officer-Involved Shooting in Roaring Spring Leaves One Dead

One man is dead after being shot by a police officer in the parking lot of the Roaring Spring True Value Department Store at 7565 Woodbury Pike, Roaring Spring. According to police, at approximately 4... Full story

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    July 25, 2019

Police Identify Man Killed in RS Officer-Involved Shooting

Police have identified the man killed in the parking lot of the Roaring Spring True Value Department Store, 7565 Woodbury Pike, Roaring Spring, on Friday evening, July 26. State Police Hollidaysburg... Full story

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    July 18, 2019

Newry Borough Reduces Number of Council Seats from 5 to 3

Newry borough has had trouble filling all five seats on its council, making it difficult to conduct borough business. With just three sitting council members and nobody seeking a seat in last May’s primary election, the borough has come to the...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    July 18, 2019

Roaring Spring Man Sentenced for Obtaining Stolen Benefits

A Roaring Spring man who pled guilty in federal court to stealing government funds was sentenced last week to 180 days of home detention, three years of probation and ordered to make restitution. Glenn P. Rhykerd, 69, pled guilty in February of...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    Opinion    July 18, 2019

Facts Don't Change Just Because You Don't Like Them

In last week’s Herald, I wrote an article about the incident in Claysburg where a pit bull attacked a family of three. In that article I pointed out that this was the second serious pit bull attack in our area in the last 14 months as a 6-year-old...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    July 11, 2019

Roaring Spring Library Asks For More Time on Deed Decision

A standing-room-only crowd filled council chambers in the Roaring Spring Borough building on Monday evening, July 8, many of whom signed up to speak during the public comment portion of the borough...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    July 11, 2019

Governor Vetoes Interstate Travel Ban Exemption for Milk Haulers

Milk haulers across Pennsylvania will have to cross their fingers this winter now that Gov. Tom Wolf has vetoed a bill that would have exempted milk trucks from interstate travel bans during inclement weather. House Bill 915 was introduced by House...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    July 11, 2019

Claysburg Family Attacked by Pit Bull; Breed Banned in Some Cities

A family of three was attacked and injured by a pit bull in their Greenfield Township home on Friday morning, July 5. According to Greenfield Township police, William Cox, 69, and his wife, Connie, 67, were having a discussion in their Connie Drive h...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    July 5, 2019

Sunday Hunting Clears First Hurdle in Pa. Legislature

Sunday hunting appears to be closer to reality in Pennsylvania, although in smaller doses. A scaled-down version of the original Senate Bill 147, which called for allowing hunting on 14 Sundays a year passed through the Pa. Senate Game and Fisheries...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    July 5, 2019

Waste Treatment Plants Finding More Than Sewage Coming Through The Pipes

From a public health perspective, the modern sewage treatment plant is as important as vaccines. As recently as the beginning of the 20th Century, raw sewage was diverted from homes into trenches...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    Opinion    June 27, 2019

Embrace the Changes to this Year's J4 Celebration

Social media has given people the power to voice their opinions on any subject they choose. Politics, restaurants, the car spotted making a turn without using its signal – nothing and nobody is immune to finding their way onto somebody’s Facebook...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    June 27, 2019

Hidden Dangers: Firefighters Facing Increasing Obstacles in Homes

At approximately 11:30 p.m. on Feb. 23, the Freedom Township Volunteer Fire Company received an alarm for a fire at a home along Donnertown Road in Freedom Township. Freedom Township Police Officer Ad...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    June 20, 2019

Golf Outing Raises Funds For Fallen Law Enforcement Memorial

According to statistics released last month by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), there were 106 line-of-duty law enforcement deaths in the United States and its Puerto Rican territory in...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    June 20, 2019

RS Borough Receives Funds for Demolition

The Roaring Spring Borough Council met for its regular monthly meeting on Monday, June 10. Borough manager Lisa Peel informed council that the borough has been awarded $20,000 in demolition grants from the Blair County Demolition Fund. The award was...

 

Local Daycare Children Get Hands-on Lesson in Fire Safety

In the event of a residential fire, preschool-aged children are the most vulnerable when it comes to suffering serious injuries or worse. According to the American Red Cross, children under the age...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    Opinion    June 13, 2019

An Appreciation for the Cove's Community Hospital

Thursday, June 6, was supposed to be a busy, yet fun day for me, a day I had meticulously planned out to make sure I could do everything with time to spare. It was my daughter Olivia’s last day as a first grader at St. Patrick Catholic school, and...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    June 13, 2019

Central High School Students Learn Danger of Vaping

In 1965, Congress passed a law requiring all cigarette packages sold in the United States to carry a health warning. In 1970, cigarette companies were no longer permitted to advertise their products...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    June 13, 2019

Resident of Cove Forge Charged With Sexual Assault

A resident of the Cove Forge Behavioral Health in Williamsburg is in jail facing charges of sexual assault after an incident involving a 19-year-old female resident on June 2. Lamar M. Williams, 48,...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    June 6, 2019

Loysburg Bridge Named in Honor of Vietnam Vet

The Vietnam War began in 1955, when Darrell Magruder, of New Enterprise, was just 11 years old. A little over 10 years later, Magruder would lose his life fighting in that same war. In mid-April...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    June 6, 2019

Claysburg Woman Dies in Crash

A Claysburg woman died of injuries suffered in a two-vehicle crash on Saturday afternoon, June 1. According to police, Iva J. Hershberger, 66, of Claysburg, was pulling out from a stop sign on Point Road, onto Lincoln Highway in Napier Township,...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    June 6, 2019

Body Found in River May 27 Confirmed As That of Man Missing Since January

A body found on Memorial Day, May 27, in the Juniata River near Brooks Mills, Blair Township, just north of East Freedom, has been identified as 30-year-old Mathew W. Smith of Bakers Summit. Smith...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    June 6, 2019

Claysburg Woman Accused of Stealing $131,000 From Employer

A Claysburg woman is 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. Danielle M. Bushore, 42, was arraigned on Friday, May 24, by...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    June 6, 2019

Duncanville Man Drowns Fleeing Police

A Duncansville man drowned in the Frankstown Branch of the Juniata River after he jumped into the swift currents while attempting to elude police. The body of Jeremy Ross, 37, was pulled from the river about five hours after police said he leapt...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    May 30, 2019

Martinsburg Man Jailed for Fleeing from Police

By RICK BOSTON Staff Writer A Martinsburg man is behind bars after fleeing an attempted traffic stop by Altoona police on May 21. According to the criminal complaint, an Altoona police officer was...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    May 30, 2019

Vandals Cause Damage to Spring Cove School Grounds

The Spring Cove School District police are asking for the public's help to identify the person or persons responsible for causing damage to the grounds at the elementary and middle schools in Roaring...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    May 30, 2019

Absentee Ballots Give Erb Victory in Blair Co. Race

Last Tuesday's primary election produced a "too close to call" race for the second slot on November's Republican ticket in the race for Blair County Commissioner. With just three votes separating...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    May 30, 2019

North American Communications Abruptly Closes

After nearly 40 years in business, North American Communications, a direct mail company in Duncansville, abruptly shut its doors last week, leaving nearly 300 employees stunned and facing an...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    May 30, 2019

Hollidaysburg Woman Jumps From Roof of Burning Home

A Hollidaysburg woman was taken to the hospital with injuries sustained from jumping off a roof to escape her burning home. Fire crews were called to a duplex along the 600 block of Berwind Road,...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    May 30, 2019

Helping Dad

Lee Kensinger and his daughter Alice, 5, and son Tristan, 3, paint the fence in front of their East Allegheny Street home on Thursday morning, May 23. Lee said the kids love helping with work around...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    May 23, 2019

Webster In; Kelley or Erb Too Close to Call

Editor's Note: Full Bedford County Primary Election results were not available by the Herald's presstime. However, Bedford has now posted more complete results at this website: https://www.mcheraldonline.com/cgi-bin/htmlos.cgi/0076.3.3341912925145982...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    May 23, 2019

Hollidaysburg Police Investigating Abuse of Turtle

Hollidaysburg Borough Police are investigating a case of animal abuse after a video showing what appeared to be two teenagers torturing and killing a turtle surfaced over the weekend. The incident, which happened near a pond at a golf course in...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    May 23, 2019

All Cove Area Alcohol Referendums Get Enough Votes to Pass

All three Cove area referendums on the question of allowing the sale of liquor easily gained enough support to pass. In Roaring Spring, unofficial vote totals show that 286 voters supported the measure while 151 voted no. North Woodbury Township vote...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    May 23, 2019

RS Council to Address Parking Issues on East Main Street

The Roaring Spring Borough Council met for its regular monthly meeting on Monday, May 13. Council addressed concerns about some parking issues in the borough, most notably in front of the post office on East Main street. Some members of council have...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    May 23, 2019

PA Coroners Association Shows Off Disaster Response Units

In the event of a major disaster, resources get strained. From equipment to manpower, having the right plan in place to effectively deal with a mass-casualty situation is vitally important, not only to preserve the integrity of the scene, but also...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    May 23, 2019

Martinsburg Man Shooting at Cans Jailed on Gun, Drug Charges

A Martinsburg man is behind bars after police say he was shooting at cans in his driveway in a residential area. According to the criminal complaint, officers from North Woodbury Township and...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    May 23, 2019

C-burg Man Jailed on Gun and Drug Charges at Elementary School

A Claysburg man is in jail following his arrest in the parking lot of Claysburg-Kimmel Elementary School April 3. According to charges filed by Greenfield Township police, Joshua A. Hileman, 33, was...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    May 16, 2019

Williamsburg Community Working to Revitalize the Town

When the Revolutionary War ended in 1783, the people of the newly minted United States of America were free to explore new boundaries and seek new opportunities without interference from the British c...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    May 16, 2019

Claysburg Man Jailed on Gun and Drug Charges at Elementary School

A Claysburg man is behind bars following his arrest in the parking lot of Claysburg-Kimmel Elementary School on April 3. According to charges filed by Greenfield Township police, Joshua A. Hileman,...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    May 16, 2019

Hollidaysburg Police Investigating Abuse of Turtle

Hollidaysburg Borough Police are investigating a case of animal abuse after a video showing what appeared to be two teenagers torturing and killing a turtle surfaced over the weekend. The incident, which happened near a pond at a golf course in...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    May 9, 2019

Martinsburg Woman Accused of Faking Robbery at Golf World

A Martinsburg woman has been arrested after police said she faked a robbery to cover up for money she stole from her employer. According to charges filed by Blair Township Police, Brandi L. Ferry, 27, called police on Jan. 6 to report she had been...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    May 9, 2019

Roaring Spring Man Jailed For Theft at Friend's Home

A Roaring Spring man is in jail after police say he stole cash, guns and jewelry from a friend's home. According to State Police in Hollidaysburg, Wade A. Rhodes, 32, was "house sitting" for his...

 

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