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 By RICK BOSTON    News    September 22, 2022 

RS Man Pleads Guilty To Drug Trafficking, Faces More Than Two Decades Behind Bars

A Roaring Spring man who was arrested last August with $250,000 worth of illegal drugs will spend at least 20 years in prison after pleading guilty last week in Blair County Court. Jayme W. Walter, 43, along with his companion, Erica Lynn Eckert,...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    September 22, 2022 

Roaring Spring Council Waiting on Game Commission Decision

The Roaring Spring Borough Council met for its regular monthly meetings on Monday, Sept. 12, and gave an update on Plum Creek Mountain. Councilman James Musselman said the borough is waiting to hear from the Pennsylvania Game Commission on whether...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    September 22, 2022 

Claysburg-Kimmel School Board Awards Contracts For Athletic Project

The Claysburg-Kimmel School Board met on Wednesday Sept. 7, and again on Wednesday, Sept. 14 and continued to award contracts for the athletic project. During its Sept. 7 meeting, the board awarded the electrical contract to Mashan Inc. in the amount...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    September 15, 2022

Martinsburg Man Facing Multiple Sexual Assault of a Minor Charges

A Martinsburg man is facing multiple felony charges after police said he sexually assaulted a female minor beginning when she was about 13 years old and lasting until she was 16. William R. Corley, 40, is facing a total of 20 felony and eight...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    September 8, 2022

Roaring Spring Man Jailed On Burglary Charges

A Roaring Spring man is behind bars after police said he was caught on camera burglarizing a garage. According to the charges filed by Roaring Spring police, on Aug. 27, police were called to a home in Roaring Spring after the homeowner noticed...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    September 8, 2022

Estate of Slain Blair County Correction Officer Files Wrongful Death Suit

The estate of the Blair County Prison guard who was killed in the line of duty in November has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the county and several other entities alleging a “state-created danger” that led to Rhonda Russell’s death. Th...

 

Hollidaysburg Represents Area Well with Dream Season

While the Hollidaysburg team's run in the Little League World Series came to an end with an 8-4 loss to Texas, the Southwest Region Champions capped off an historic year to become the first ever team...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    Life    September 1, 2022

Roaring Spring Food Pantry Serves Community in Many Ways

When Ron Glunt retired last year as mayor of Roaring Spring, he capped off a decades-long career in local politics that began on council before taking his seat at the center of the table as mayor....

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    September 1, 2022

Nason to End Scheduled Deliveries in October

Citing a declining number of deliveries over the past several years and a focus on community needs, Conemaugh Nason Medical Center in Roaring Spring has announced it will no longer offer scheduled obstetrics deliveries effective Oct. 9. In a...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    August 25, 2022

Freedom Township Fire Co. Ox Roast this Weekend

The Freedom Township Volunteer Fire Company is holding one of its biggest and most popular fundraisers this weekend when it holds its annual ox roast weekend Friday and Saturday, Aug. 26 to 27. According to Freedom Township Chief Ron Henry, the ox ro...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    August 25, 2022

RS Council Looks into Storm Water Complaint

Storm water runoff in Roaring Spring may be causing flooding issues for some residents along New Street, according to resident Gary Thompson. Thompson came before borough council earlier this month to alert them to the issue and ask that it be...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    August 25, 2022

Cove Fire Companies Take Top Honors at Central District Firemen's Convention

The Central District Volunteer Firemen's Association held its annual convention last week in Nanty Glo, with Cove-area fire companies bringing home top prizes. The Central District convention brings...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    August 25, 2022

Conemaugh Nason to End Scheduled OB Deliveries in October

Citing a declining number of deliveries over the past several years and a focus on community needs, Conemaugh Nason Medical Center in Roaring Spring has announced it will no longer offer scheduled obstetrics deliveries effective Oct. 9. In a...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    August 18, 2022

RS Council Hears Neighbors Concerns Over Rockingham Avenue Property

At last month's meeting of the Roaring Spring Borough Council, neighbors of an unoccupied house along East Main Street asked the council for help in dealing with a dilapidated structure that they...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    August 18, 2022

Ward Talks State Budget, Broadband at Chamber Breakfast Meeting

State Sen. Judy Ward (R-30) addressed members of the Blair County Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Club on Thursday, Aug. 11, and talked about some of the main issues facing the commonwealth and what...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    August 18, 2022

Airport's Approved to Begin Contour Flights

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has approved the Altoona-Blair County Airport’s entry into the Alternate Essential Air Service program (AEAS) and can begin daily passenger flights to Philadelphia through Contour Airlines. The airport...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    August 11, 2022

Claysburg Man Jailed on Sexual Assault Charge

A Claysburg man is in jail after police said he sexually assaulted a woman he lives with. Herbert L. Shank, 41, is facing felony charges of rape of an unconscious victim and sexual assault, as well as a misdemeanor count of indecent assault without...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    August 11, 2022

East Freedom Man Accused of Burglary Assault

An East Freedom man is facing charges after police said he broke into a Freedom Township home and attacked a woman. According to the charges filed by Hollidaysburg State Police, in the early morning hours of Aug. 6, Tyler A. Long, 35, entered the...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    August 11, 2022

Burglary Investigation Lands Martinsburg Man in Jail

A Martinsburg man is behind bars after an investigation into the burglary of a North Woodbury Township business led police to a storage shed full of stolen items. According to court documents filed by Hollidaysburg State Police, on Nov. 9, 2020,...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    August 11, 2022

Altoona-Blair Co. Refurbished Runway 'Step In Airport's Evolution'

The Altoona-Blair County Airport held a ribbon cutting for its recently refurbished east-west runway 1230. The runway's completion comes as the airport embarks on a new era of passenger service when...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    August 4, 2022

Suspected Walmart Scammers Arrested in Freedom Township

Freedom Township police helped stop a multi-store “cash cash scam” designed to gain fraudulent refunds from Walmart. Court documents show that on the afternoon of July 23, Freedom Township police were called to the east Freedom Walmart to investi...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    August 4, 2022

Freedom Township Fire Company Eyes Upgrade to Rescue Tools

Last week, members of the Freedom Township Volunteer Fire Company tried out some new rescue tools with the hope of upgrading their equipment. Anthony Fleming, a representative of Genesis Rescue...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    August 4, 2022

Claysburg Man Organizes Pro-Life Rally, Draws 250 To Courthouse

A steady rain fell for most of the day on Sunday, July 31, but Ethan Potter of Claysburg wasn't worried that the event he had organized would be washed out. Potter, 19, had lined up a stable of...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    July 28, 2022

Newry Couple Accused Of Stealing Nearly $1 Million From Elderly Dependent

A Newry couple was jailed after police said they stole nearly $1 million from an elderly woman they were living with. David S. Dickman, 45, and Melissa M. Dickman, 44, were arrested after Blair Township police investigated a complaint from Blair...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    July 28, 2022

Police Seek Information on Trespassers At Empty Appvion Property

Hollidaysburg State Police are investigating a trespassing incident at the former Appvion paper mill in Roaring Spring. According to police reports, between June 15 and June 22, multiple vehicles, including cars and all-terrain vehicles, entered a...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    July 28, 2022

Change in Date Didn't Change Enthusiasm for Ag Parade and Carnival

Any concerns that Martinsburg's annual Ag Parade and carnival would suffer a decline in attendance were alleviated when the numbers started rolling in. The parade and carnival are traditionally held o...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    July 21, 2022

Run-Down Property in RS Has Neighbors Concerned; Council Set to Take Action

An unoccupied house along East Main Street in Roaring Spring has created a rodent problem for neighbors who say their property values are going down. Two of those neighbors attended this month's...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    July 21, 2022

Contour Officials Show Off Passenger Jet Ahead of Taking Over as Airport Carrier

The Altoona-Blair County Airport is about to embark on a new era of passenger service when Contour Airlines, pending U.S. Department of Transportation approval, takes over as the airport's carrier in...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    July 21, 2022

Work Begins on Water, Sewer Lines in RS

East Main Street, located in front of the former Appvion paper mill in Roaring Spring, will be closed to vehicle traffic during the week as workers replace water and sewer lines. According to Roaring...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    July 14, 2022

State Senate Votes to Appoint Zimmerman to Fill Blair Co. Judge Slot

The Pennsylvania State Senate last week voted on 13 judicial appointments in eight counties, including Blair, moving Blair County closer to filling an empty bench on the Court of Common Pleas. The Senate voted 49-1 to appoint attorney Ilissa...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    July 14, 2022

Roaring Spring Playground Hit by Vandals

Cherry Street Park in Roaring Spring has been victimized by ongoing acts of vandalism and Borough Manager Lisa Peel is asking for help to put an end to it. At the Roaring Spring Borough Council's...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    July 14, 2022

RS Council Continues Addressing Mountain Ground Complaints

Last month, Roaring Spring Borough Council eased some of the restrictions on who can access Plum Creek Mountain by allowing Taylor Township residents and one guest to register to hunt the land. While the move addressed one concern of residents oppose...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    July 14, 2022

Altoona-Blair County Airport to Switch Carriers

Pending U.S. Department of Transportation approval, a new carrier will be servicing the Altoona-Blair County Airport later this year. According to Airport Manager Tracy Plessinger, Contour Airlines...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    July 7, 2022

Roe v. Wade Overturned; Pa. Abortion Laws Could Hinge on November's Election

On June 24, the United States Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ending nearly 50 years of abortion rights protection from the federal government by turning the issue over to each individual state. Roe v. Wade was overturned when the court ruled...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    Opinion    June 30, 2022

Hershberger Pool is the Perfect Escape

This past weekend I took my 10-year-old daughter swimming at the Hershberger Memorial Pool at Morrisons Cove Memorial Park. I’m not a swimmer but I know how to swim. A close call when I was a child made learning to swim mandatory, but also led me...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    June 30, 2022

One Jailed, One Charged with Obstruction After Police Locate Felon in Claysburg

A Claysburg man wanted on a felony warrant is behind bars while his girlfriend is facing charges for trying to hide him. According to Greenfield Township police, on June 18, Blair County Children Youth and Families was contacted by a mandated reporte...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    June 30, 2022

Freedom Twp. Water, Sewer Authority Gives Project Update

The Freedom Township Water and Sewer Authority met on Tuesday evening, June 21, and gave an update on the ongoing water project that will provide 86 public water hookups to homes along Everett Road. The cost of the water project alone is around $1.7...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    June 23, 2022

RS Eases Hunting Restriction on Plum Creek Mt.; Enters Land Option Agreement

Last year, in a move that caused protests from some long-time users, Roaring Spring Borough Council voted to restrict access to Plum Creek Mountain to borough residents only while prohibiting all activities other than hunting. Council cited the...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    June 23, 2022

State Supreme Court Upholds Moye's Sentence

A ruling last week by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court upholding the minimum 50-year prison sentence of Deauntay Moye puts an end to the sentencing sagas of the two men who pled guilty to the January 2015 murder of 21-year-old Stephanie Waters of...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    June 23, 2022

Erratic Behavior at East Freedom Taco Bell Lands Woman in Jail

A woman’s erratic behavior at the East Freedom Taco Bell led to a struggle with police and a short foot chase. According to Freedom Township police, at approximately 5 p.m. on June 13, officers were called to the Taco Bell for a report of a woman,...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    June 16, 2022

East Freedom Man Jailed on Drug Charges

An East Freedom man is behind bars after police said he distributed drugs at his workplace. According to charges filed by Greenfield Township police, on May 20, agents from Blair County Adult Parole and Probation requested police assistance after...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    June 16, 2022

Williamsburg Teen Sentenced In 2020 Attack of Nurse

A Williamsburg teen who was 15 years old when he repeatedly stabbed his grandfather’s home health nurse in 2020 will spend the next 18 to 36 years in prison after rendering guilty pleas in Blair County court in November. Michael Douglas Watson,...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    June 16, 2022

N. Woodbury Twp. Relieves Police Chief of Duties

North Woodbury Township will be without full-time police protection for the foreseeable future after township supervisors elected to dismiss Chief Dave Rosamilia. Rosamilia, who has nearly 20 years of service in law enforcement, was hired in March...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    June 9, 2022

Court Refuses to Reduce Murder Sentence

A Martinsburg man who already had his sentence reduced once for his role in the 2015 murder of a Roaring Spring woman was denied a chance for further reduction by the Pennsylvania State Superior Court. James Hardwick was 15 years old when he and...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    June 9, 2022

Memorials Honoring Trooper Landon Weaver Dedicated at Central

Before Landon Weaver became a Pennsylvania State Police trooper, he was a student at Central High School in Martinsburg, graduating in 2012. Now, every time students and visitors enter the high...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    June 9, 2022

Heartland Express Acquires Smith Transport

Smith Transport, a locally owned trucking company, has been sold to Heartland Express for an estimated $170 million. Founded in 1982 by Barry Smith, Roaring Spring-based Smith Transport has 850 trucks...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    June 2, 2022

Police Pursuit Ends with Suspect Captured Near Williamsburg

A Huntingdon man fleeing state parole agents was apprehended in Williamsburg following a brief chase through town. According to charges filed by Williamsburg Borough police, on March 30, police were alerted that Michael Joseph Burd, 43, was on the...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    June 2, 2022

RS VFW to Sponsor Festival

Three Cove communities – Claysburg, Roaring Spring and East Freedom – will come together on Saturday, June 4, for the Family Freedom Festival sponsored by the Morrisons Cove Ray VFW Camp Post 7689 Auxiliary in Roaring Spring. The first of its...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    May 26, 2022

Freedom Township Water Project Underway

Construction on the Freedom Township water project, which will provide public water hookup to homes along Everett Road, is progressing and is slated for a September completion. The nearly $3 million project will provide 86 new public water hookups...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    May 19, 2022

With Boating Season Here, Rescue Teams Urge Water Safety

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that there are around 3,960 unintentional drownings, including boating-related drownings, each year. That averages out to around 11 drowning deaths per...

 

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