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 By RICK BOSTON    News    April 18, 2019 

Blair County Resident Opinions Mixed on Legalizing Marijuana

Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman has been travelling across the state asking for the public's feedback on the legalization of recreational marijuana. Fetterman plans to visit all 67 counties in the commonwealth during a listening tour that began...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    April 18, 2019 

Saturday Fire Destroys Freedom Township Home

Fire ripped through a double-wide trailer in East Freedom on Saturday morning, April 13, chasing the occupants out of bed before completely consuming the interior. A passerby noticed smoke coming...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    April 18, 2019 

Roaring Spring Council Notifies Library of Yearly Lease Termination

The Roaring Spring Borough Council met for its regular monthly meeting on Monday evening, April 8, in the borough building. Representatives from the Roaring Spring Community Library informed council that they have received the certified letter sent...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    April 18, 2019 

Blair County Coroner Candidates Debate Duties, Efficiency of Office

The Republican candidates for the Office of Blair County Coroner squared off in a debate on Tuesday evening, April 9, in the ballroom at the Altoona Grand Hotel. Incumbent Patricia Ross, who has held...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    April 11, 2019

Blair County DUI Task Force Targeting 'High Offense' Areas

The Blair County DUI Task Force was formed to keep the streets safe from impaired driving. Comprised of state and local law enforcement, the task force identifies and targets areas that have a high...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    April 11, 2019

Three Face Charges After Child Found Walking Streets

Three people are facing charges of child endangerment after police say a 3-year-old boy was found alone, walking the streets of Roaring Spring. According to the charges filed by Roaring Spring police, a man discovered the child walking by Greenlawn...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    April 11, 2019

A Mother's Grief: Claysburg Woman Loses Two Daughters to Addiction

Editor's Note: "A Mother's Grief," written by Herald Staff Writer Rick Boston, won Honorable Mention in the 2019 Professional Keystone Press Awards. Peggy Miller of Claysburg exists in two places....

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    April 11, 2019

'Restore Pennsylvania' Initiative Aims to Update Infrastructure

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has said the state is "falling behind" on keeping up with the rest of the country when it comes to maintaining its infrastructure. From aging transit systems, crumbling...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    April 4, 2019

Roaring Spring Library Looking at Options for its Future

According to a 2016 Institute of Museum and Library Services report, there are 9,057 public libraries in the United States, making up approximately 7.4 percent of the more than 120,000 libraries...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    April 4, 2019

Blair Commissioner Erb Seeking Second Term; Broadband Service is Goal

Editor's Note: Over the next few weeks, the Herald is publishing a series of articles regarding candidates for office who will appear on the May 21 primary election ballot. These articles are...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    April 4, 2019

Post-High School Opportunities Focus of CHS Career Expo

A question everyone faces is, "what am I going to do after high school?" For a lot of kids, the prospect of leaving the familiarity of the school halls and venturing out into the world for the next...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    March 28, 2019

Roaring Spring Alcohol Sales Question to Be on May Ballot

Exceeding the 156 signatures needed, the organizers of the The Roaring Spring Alcohol Referendum accomplished its main goal, which is to let the voters decide if there will be alcohol sales permitted...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    March 28, 2019

Public Buys Blair County Sheriff's Office a New K-9 Vehicle

Last summer, an important member of the Blair County Sheriff's office was taken off of full-time duty through no fault of his own. Canine officer Rik, a 5-year-old Belgian Malinois, Blair County's onl...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    March 28, 2019

Claysburg Man Jailed on Sexual Assault Charges

A Claysburg man has been jailed on charges relating to the sexual abuse of a 16-year-old minor, which the victim revealed during a counseling session last year. Joseph Michael Douglas, 33, is facing...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    March 28, 2019

Hopewell Man Jailed in Domestic Dispute, Police Standoff

A Hopewell man is behind bars after a standoff with police following a domestic dispute. State Police, Bedford, were called to a home along Lunenberg Road, South Woodbury Township, Bedford County, on...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    March 21, 2019

First Assistant DA Pete Weeks Describes Drug Crisis

Operation Our Town was the focus of the 54th meeting of the Blair County Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Club meeting held at the Casino at Lakemont Park on Thursday morning, March 14. Operation Our...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    March 21, 2019

Woodbury Man Jailed on Drug Charges After Search

A Woodbury man is in jail after being found with various drugs and drug paraphernalia at the Turkey Hill in Roaring Spring. Roaring Spring police were called to the Turkey Hill on the night of March...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    March 21, 2019

Probation Check Leads to Arrest of Freedom Twp. Man

A probation check on a Freedom Township man led to the discovery of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Dustin Scott Hallet, 24, was arrested after agents from Blair County Adult Probation and Parole...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    March 14, 2019

Area Hunters Learn a Vaccine for CWD Being Developed

Could there be a cure for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)? Wildlife and CWD Biologist John Eveland believes so, and said one is on the horizon, but is still at least five years away. Eveland spoke to a...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    March 14, 2019

Charged Teacher Resigns, Waives Formal Arraignment

A Martinsburg woman who was a teacher in the Altoona Area School District and was charged in January on felony counts of disseminating obscene or sexual explicit materials to a minor and unlawful...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    March 14, 2019

Blair County Judges Honor Courthouse Staff for 'Making the Place Work'

Blair County's five judges paid tribute to their staff and the departments that take on the task of ensuring justice is served with fairness and compassion, on Tuesday afternoon, March 11. For the...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    March 7, 2019

Proposed Minimum Wage Hike Causes Cove Concern

According to the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Statistics, there are 3,415,000 hourly paid workers in Pennsylvania. Of those, 43,000 earned the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    March 7, 2019

Martinsburg Nurse Facing Charges for Stealing Morphine

A registered nurse is facing charges for stealing medication from the nursing home she was employed at. Nichole S. Soyster, 46, of Martinsburg, turned herself in to Altoona police on Tuesday, Feb. 26, after an investigation by police and the...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    March 7, 2019

State Supreme Court Denies Williamsburg Man's Appeal

A former Williamsburg man, convicted in 2008 of the sexual assault of a 6-year-old in the Williamsburg area, had his request for an appeal to be heard by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court denied. Court records show that in 1998, Howard Scott Allison,...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    February 28, 2019

Friends, Family Search for Missing Bakers Summit Man

On Jan. 19, Matthew W. Smith, of Bakers Summit, was dropped off at a home just north of Freedom Township in Brooks Mills, Blair Township. That was the last time anyone has seen or heard from him. On...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    February 28, 2019

Duncansville Man Jailed For Alleged Claysburg Apartment Break-In

A Duncansville man who police said broke into a Claysburg apartment and assaulted a woman is behind bars. On Feb. 19, Greenfield and Freedom Township police were called to an apartment along Penndale...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    February 28, 2019

Long-time Cove Business Changes Owners

Since 1991 motorists driving down State Route 164 saw the sign for Over's Country Store, a Cove staple for more than 46 years. Soon the sign will change, but the business people have come to rely on...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    February 21, 2019

Hunters, Game Commission at Odds Over CWD Management

The growing concern about how to manage the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) among the deer herd in southern Blair and northern Bedford counties has put the Pennsylvania Game Commission at...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    February 14, 2019

Freedom Twp. Supervisors Approve Beer Sales At McKee Sheetz

The Freedom Township Supervisors held a public hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 5, to hear a request from Sheetz, Inc. to approve the inter-municipal transfer of a restaurant liquor license from Altoona to...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    February 14, 2019

Three Arrested in Theft of $60,000 from Greenfield Twp. Home

Three area women, all under the age of 20, are behind bars after police said they stole $60,000 in cash from a Greenfeld Township home in September. Sarah J. Kramer, 19, of Martinsburg, and Kilee N....

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    February 7, 2019

RS Municipal Authority Goes High-Tech to Manage Water System

If you walked under the streets of Roaring Spring Borough you would have to navigate a series of pipes that carry water to every home, business and fire hydrant in the borough. The underground maze...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    February 7, 2019

Renovations Continue on Blair County's 'Most Important Building'

John Rita, a conservator of art and architecture, said buildings talk to him. As a young boy, he wrote in his journal, "I see faces in the paint peelings as an erosion of time," and that it gives him...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    February 7, 2019

CO Leak At The Dream Underscores Importance of Detectors

A carbon monoxide leak at The Dream restaurant in Hollidaysburg on Saturday, Feb. 2, forced the evacuation of customers. According to reports, a carbon monoxide detector in the kitchen area began...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    January 31, 2019

'Mutual Violence' Defined Martinsburg Couple's Relationship

Publisher's Note: We at the Herald are sensitive to the disturbing nature of this news story. We received a telephone call on Tuesday asking us to consider the effects of the story on children. We...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    January 31, 2019

Area Teacher Charged With Inappropriate Student Contact

A Martinsburg woman who teaches special education at Altoona Area High School turned herself in to police last Friday, Jan. 25, to face felony charges after an Altoona police investigation turned up...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    January 31, 2019

Claysburg Woman Charged In Husband's Sept. Death

A Claysburg woman has been jailed without bail in connection with the shooting death of her husband last September. Nancy Lee Focht, 71, of Claysburg, Kimmel Township, was arrested on Sunday, Jan....

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    January 24, 2019

Government Shutdown Could Be Trouble For Cove Farmers

As the government shutdown enters its second month, a lot of attention has been focused on the thousands of government employees who have either been furloughed or have been forced to work without...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    January 24, 2019

Domestic Incident In North Woodbury Twp. Leaves Two Dead

Two people who were involved in a deadly domestic dispute in North Woodbury Township, Blair County, just outside of Martinsburg Borough, were both found dead on Monday morning, Jan. 21. According to...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    January 24, 2019

East Main Street In RS In Front Of Appvion Restricted To One Way

The Roaring Spring Borough Council held its first meeting of the new year on Monday, Jan. 14. The new year brought old problems as council once again discussed the ongoing issue with the wall along...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    January 17, 2019

Blair County Commissioners Talk Home Rule At Chamber Event

The Blair County Commissioners were the guest speakers at the monthly Blair County Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Club held at the Casino at Lakemont Park on Thursday, Jan. 10. Commissioners Terry...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    January 17, 2019

N.E. Man Jailed in Strangulation

A New Enterprise man is behind bars, charged with simple assault and strangulation stemming from a domestic incident in an apartment in South Woodbury Township, Bedford County, on Jan. 7. According to the criminal complaint, police were dispatched...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    January 10, 2019

R.S. Police Dept. Providing Free Firearm Safety Kits to Residents

According to statistics from the Center for Disease Control and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, a child will find a loaded gun in his home today and pick it up. That gun will discharge...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    January 10, 2019

Duncansville Man Jailed for Indecent Assault of Minor

A Duncansville man faces a list of charges, including felony counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, unlawful contact with minors and corruption of minors,...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    January 3, 2019

R.S. Council Passes Fireworks Ordinance

The Roaring Spring Borough Council, at its last meeting of the year on Dec. 10, wrapped up the year by adopting some ordinances and approving department budgets. Ordinance 2018-7, the Fireworks Ordinance, regulates the discharge of consumer...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    December 27, 2018

Killer of Roaring Spring Woman Resentenced to Life in Prison

When the United States Supreme Court ruled that mandatory life sentences without parole for juveniles under the age of 18 (unless it can be proven they are unable to be rehabilitated) were...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    December 27, 2018

Ward Looking Forward to Challenge of Senate in 2019

In 2014, Judy Ward won election to the Pennsylvania General Assembly, becoming the first female to represent the 80th District in the state House. On Jan. 1, 2019, Ward will be sworn in to the...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    December 20, 2018

Council Fears E. Main Street Wall Collapse is 'Inevitable'

A portion of the wall along East Main Street, Roaring Spring, across from Appvion, collapsed on Saturday, Dec. 15, sending several large stones onto the street. The portion of the wall that gave out...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    December 20, 2018

Congressman-elect Joyce Sets Goals for First Term

Calling himself a "homegrown tomato," Dr. John Joyce said he is taking the allegiance and support of the community with him when he is sworn in as a member of the 116th U.S. Congress on Jan. 3. Joyce...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    December 20, 2018

Ground Broken On Solar Array At Bedford County Jail

By RICK BOSTON Staff Writer State and county leaders broke ground Wednesday, Dec. 12, on a 1.7-megawatt solar array on the grounds adjacent to the Bedford County Jail. The solar array, set to be...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    December 20, 2018

W-burg Man Jailed For Fake Urine Sample

A Williamsburg man who was on active probation was arrested for providing a fake urine sample to his probation officer. According to the criminal complaint, state probation and parole officers went to the home of Joseph M. Castro, 35, of...

 

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