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National Newspaper Week. Keep Community Newspapers Viable

How do you get your news? This week we celebrate National Newspaper Week in which we recognize the valuable service and important role newspapers play in our daily lives. For more than 300 years, countless words have been printed and delivered to...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    October 10, 2019

Childrens' Home Offered Kids a Second Chance

On Aug. 2, 1975, a quiet afternoon in Williamsburg was shattered by the sounds of screaming sirens. It didn't take long for people to realize where the fire trucks were rushing to. A look in the...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    October 10, 2019

Two Flee Tuesday Morning Vehicle Crash on Dunnings Highway

Two people fled their overturned vehicle after crashing on Dunnings Highway near Benton Road in Freedom Township on Tuesday morning, Oct. 8. According to witness reports, the vehicle was traveling north on Dunnings Highway when it attempted to pass...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    October 10, 2019

Speaker urges States to do More Research on Marijuana

Last year, Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman embarked on a tour of the state to gage public interest in the legalization of recreational marijuana. One of those stops included Blair County, where...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    October 3, 2019

W-burg Man's Conviction Upheld by Supreme Court

A Williamsburg man’s challenge of his conviction of sexual assault of a 6-year-old was dealt another blow by the Pennsylvania Superior Court last month. Howard Scott Allison, 53, was sentenced to 12.5 to 25 years after being found guilty of rape...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    October 3, 2019

Child Porn Downloaded to IP Address Traced to Roaring Spring

An Altoona man is behind bars after police said he used various Wi-Fi connections, including his mother's in Roaring Spring, to download more than 100 images of child pornography on his cellphone and...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    October 3, 2019

Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 6-12

By RICK BOSTON Staff Writer For Elizabeth Hoffman, fire prevention is a way of life. A 32-year member of the Claysburg Volunteer Fire Company, Hoffman teaches fire safety and prevention at schools...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    September 26, 2019

Freedom Township Woman Arrested for Assault, Resisting Arrest

A Freedom Township woman is facing charges after police said she punched a man in the face and then struggled with an officer attempting to take her into custody. According to the criminal complaint, Freedom Township police were called to a home on...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    September 26, 2019

RS Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Charges for D-ville Man

A traffic stop in Roaring Spring turned up drugs and drug paraphernalia. According to charges, on Sept. 6, Freedom Township Police were notified by Hollidaysburg Borough Police that a car being...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    September 26, 2019

Hollidaysburg Man Jailed on Sexual Assault Charges

A Hollidaysburg man is behind bars after police said he sexually abused a now 13-year-old boy for approximately three years. According to charges filed by Blair Township police, Brandyn Koll, 20, began abusing the boy in 2014 and continued until...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    September 19, 2019

M-burg Mayor Reflects On 25-Year Friendship With Det. James Leavelle

Some people choose the spotlight, and sometimes the spotlight chooses them. On Nov. 24, 1963, James Leavelle, a homicide detective with the Dallas Texas Police Department, found himself with the spotl...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    September 19, 2019

Valor Awards Presented to Four Freedom Township Men

Four Freedom Township men were recently presented valor awards at the Central Pennsylvania Volunteer Firemen's Association convention held in Clymer last month. The Valor Award is given to an individu...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    September 12, 2019

Truck Crashes Into House on Charger Highway

No one was injured when a tractor-trailer struck a house along Route 36, Charger Highway, just south of Pope Lane, on Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 9. According to State Police, Hollidaysburg, a 1999...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    September 12, 2019

Martinsburg Man Facing Multiple Assault Charges

A Martinsburg man is behind bars facing multiple charges stemming from the abuse of a 5-month-old girl and her mother in separate incidents. Felony charges of aggravated assault of a child less than...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    September 12, 2019

East Freedom Man, Bedford Woman Jailed in Robbery

An East Freedom man is behind bars after police said he conspired to rob a man in Bedford County on Sept. 1. According to charges filed by State Police, Bedford, Thomas M. Burkett, 27, robbed a man who went to a location in Bedford to meet a woman,...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    September 12, 2019

Roaring Spring Council Names New Maintenance Supervisor

The Roaring Spring Borough Council kicked off its regular monthly meeting on Monday, Sept. 9, by saying goodbye to a long-time employee and welcoming his replacement. Maintenance Supervisor Dane Noel...

 

World War II Navy Vet Looks Back on a Well-Lived Life

When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, John Fisher was a 14-year-old boy living in the borough of Saxton. Four years later he found himself on a ship just off the coast of Japan,...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    September 5, 2019

Aug. 30 Farm Accident Kills Man, 22

A farming accident in North Woodbury Township, Blair County, claimed the life of a 22-year-old man last week. Criserio Alverez Jimenez, of Martinsburg, was working on a farm along Cove Mountain Road on Friday, Aug. 30, when, at approximately 4:40...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    September 5, 2019

Freedom Twp. Couple Facing Tampering Charges

A Freedom Township couple is facing charges of evidence tampering in connection with the death of a 1-month-old boy in early June. Donald E. McChessney, 37, and Cara J. McChessney, 33, are accused of hiding evidence and cleaning a camper where the...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    August 29, 2019

Coroner, State Police at Odds Over Garner Death

The Blair County coroner and the Pennsylvania State Police are at odds over the recent ruling that a man found dead in the parking lot of the former Bickel’s Surplus building in Roaring Spring committed suicide. The body of John R. Garner, 64, of...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    August 29, 2019

Williamsburg Man Jailed for Drug Materials, Stealing Vehicle

A Williamsburg man was jailed after police said he stole a vehicle and drove it to Altoona following a domestic dispute. According to the charges, State Police, Hollidaysburg, were dispatched to a home along East Second Street on Aug. 15 for a...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    August 29, 2019

Martinsburg Woman Facing Charges After Police Altercation

A Martinsburg woman is facing charges after an altercation with police outside an Altoona Hotel. According to charges, police were called to the Altoona Grand Hotel on the evening of Aug. 18 for a report of an intoxicated female attempting to leave...

 

Local Student, Teacher Explore New Cultures with 'People to People'

When Dwight D. Eisenhower became President of the United States in 1953, America was less than a decade removed from the end of World War II. In the aftermath of the war, the United States became a...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    August 22, 2019

Freedom Township Couple Charged in Death of Infant

A Freedom Township couple is facing charges in connection with the death of their 1-month old son in June. Elizabeth Ann McIntyre, 29, and Robert Lee Zeth, 37, were arrested on Monday, Aug. 16, after an investigation by Hollidaysburg State Police...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    August 22, 2019

'Charlie' Yingling Remembered for His Dedication to RS Community

The Borough of Roaring Spring is mourning the loss of a man who dedicated his life to helping others. Charles F. Yingling, 85, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 14, following a brief battle with cancer....

 
 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...

 
 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...

 
 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...

 

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