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 By RICK BOSTON    News    February 2, 2023 

Freedom Twp. Fire Co. Awards Banquet a Family Atmosphere

A volunteer fire company is only as good as its members, and on Saturday evening, Jan. 28, the Freedom Township Volunteer Fire Company honored the people whose contributions to the fire service...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    February 2, 2023 

Claysburg's Ray Benton Seeking Coroner's Office As Hand-Picked Successor to Retiring Ross

When Blair County Coroner Patty Ross called Ray Benton last summer and asked him to become her Chief Deputy Coroner, she did it with an eye toward the future. Ross, after a quarter-century as...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    December 29, 2022

Hyle Retiring as Williamsburg Fire Chief After 16 Years of Service

For the first time in 16 years, the Williamsburg Volunteer Fire Department will begin the new year with a new chief. Current Chief Ted Hyle has decided to step down, passing the torch to Travis...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    December 22, 2022

CORE, Nason Suggest Giving Gift Of Life This Holiday Season

While the month of April is designated as National Donate Life month, a time to shine the spotlight on the need for organ donors and celebrate the success stories of organ donation recipients,...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    December 15, 2022

AAA Recognizes Greenfield Township Police Chief for Traffic Safety Efforts

AAA East Central honored local police departments for their efforts to promote safe driving on Pennsylvania's roadways. According to Terri Rae Anthony, safety advisor at AAA East Central, the award...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    December 15, 2022

Martinsburg Police Join Other Blair Co. Police Departments In Search for New RMS

The Martinsburg Borough Police Department and Blair County’s seven other police departments are looking for a new company to keep police records. According to Martinsburg Police Chief Kerry Hoover, the department’s current Record Management...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    Life    December 8, 2022

Freedom Twp. Kids Enjoy Annual Christmas Party

The annual children's Christmas party at the Freedom Township fire hall took place on Sunday, Dec. 4, with nearly 70 children enjoying the afternoon with Santa and Mrs. Claus. The annual event was...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    December 8, 2022

Claysburg Man Jailed On Abuse Charges

A Claysburg man is behind bars after police said he physically and sexually abused a young boy beginning when the child was eight years old. William Dale Richardson, 52, is facing felony charges on involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    December 8, 2022

Freedom Twp. Fire Destroys Home Weeks Before Christmas

A fire at a Freedom Township home on Friday evening, Dec. 2, displaced a family just weeks before Christmas. Fire crews were called to 261 Back Street in East Freedom at around 10 p.m. and arrived to...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    December 1, 2022

Claysburg Woman Facing Cruelty to Animal Charges for Neglected Horses

Bedford State Police have charged a Claysburg woman with multiple counts of cruelty to animals after police said four horses in her care suffered neglect. Katlyn P. Weyant, 20, is facing felony counts of aggravated cruelty to animals and torture,...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    November 23, 2022

C-K Approves Order Changes, Votes to Seek Proposals for Athletic Project Work

At its Nov. 9 meeting, the Claysburg-Kimmel School Board approved some change orders that add an additional $53,843 to the cost of the district’s athletic project. L.S. Fiore, the project’s contractor, requested and received approval of...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    November 23, 2022

N. Woodbury Twp. Taps Lance Morris to Lead Police Dept.

North Woodbury Township will have a new top police officer starting next month. Lance Morris, who is currently a police officer with the Roaring Spring Borough Police Department, has accepted an...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    November 23, 2022

RS Authority Accepts Water Line Bid, Approves 2023 Budget with no Projected Rate Increase

When construction season begins next spring, travelers through Roaring Spring Borough will see a town buzzing with road work. Although it could mean some inconveniences with detours and reduced travel lanes, borough officials say the temporary...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    November 17, 2022

Roaring Spring Woman Accused of Stealing from Employer

A Roaring Spring woman is facing charges after police said she stole thousands of dollars from her former employer. According to charges filed by Hollidaysburg State Police, Stefanie L. Musselman, 35, the former manager of Puff Super Value in Roaring...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    November 17, 2022

Roaring Spring Council Awards Project Bids

Roaring Spring Borough Council opened bids on the Five Points and Main Street projects at its regular meeting on Monday, Nov. 14. Two bids were received for the Five Points Project with M&B Services LLC of Clarion submitting the low bid of $480,936....

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    November 17, 2022

Cove Voters Send Ward, Gregory Back to Harrisburg; Couldn't Save Mastriano, Oz

Area voters who turned out for last week’s general election overwhelmingly opted to stay the course with their local representatives in Harrisburg. According to unofficial results, Republican state Sen. Judy Ward handily beat Democrat Carol Taylor...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    November 10, 2022

RS Woman Charged in Husband's Shooting

A nearly two-year investigation into the shooting of a Newry man has resulted in charges being filed against the woman who admitted to pulling the trigger but claimed at the time it was in self-defense. According to Freedom Township police, on Jan....

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    November 10, 2022

Military Brotherhood Fuels Efforts to Find and Identify Unaccounted Veterans

For 72 years, Cpl. David Defibaugh of Duncansville rested as an unknown in a grave at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Hawaii, known as the Punchbowl. Defibaugh was killed in the...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    November 3, 2022

Conemaugh Nason Offers Heart Health Education

When Conemaugh Nason Medical Center in Roaring Spring opened its Cardiac Cath Lab in 2019, patients no longer had to travel outside the area to receive heart care and diagnosis. Early detection and treatment of heart-related issues can be the...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    November 3, 2022

Early Morning Fire Destroys Three Freedom Township Trailers

An early morning fire on Wednesday, Oct. 26, destroyed three Freedom Township trailers and two scrapped vehicles at Clark's Auto Salvage. According to Freedom Township Asst. Fire Chief Tim James, the...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    November 3, 2022

After Seven Decades, Remains of Local Soldier Brought Home to Rest

After more than 70 years, a local soldier who lost his life in the Korean War is coming home and will be laid to rest on Friday, Nov. 4. According to The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, (DPAA), U.S...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    October 27, 2022

Woodbury Twp. Fire Destroys Two Barns

Fire ripped through two barns and threatened a third on Friday afternoon, Oct. 21. Multiple crews responded to the 4:15 call at the Piney Creek Rd. farm owned by Dwayne Keithley and arrived to find...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    October 27, 2022

Martinsburg Helps Homewood Celebrate 90 Years

In less than two years, Homewood Martinsburg will celebrate 50 years in the Cove. Part of Homewood Retirement Centers, Homewood Martinsburg opened in 1974 with an initial 67-bed facility. Before...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    October 27, 2022

Gregory and Capenos Set To Battle for 80th District House Seat

Republican Jim Gregory, vying for his third term as 80th District state representative, is being challenged for his seat Nov. 8 by Democrat Kimberly Capenos. According to her Facebook page, Capenos, from Tyrone, is an advocate for people with autism...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    October 27, 2022

Incumbent Ward Faces Taylor For 30th District Senate Seat

When voters go to the polls on Nov. 8, they will choose to stay the course or opt for change in who represents them in Harrisburg. Republican state Sen. Judy Ward is facing a challenge to her 30th District senate seat from political newcomer...

 
 By Rick Boston    News    October 20, 2022

Airport Offers Upgraded Rental Car Service

The upgrade of services at the Altoona-Blair County Airport hasn’t stopped with the switching of carriers from Boutique Airlines to Contour Airlines. While Contour offers a new flight experience for travelers, a new rental car agreement with Aero...

 
 By Rick Boston    News    October 20, 2022

Martinsburg Dedicates Memorial to W. Gene Henry

A cool, crisp, fall day provided the perfect backdrop for Martinsburg to honor a man who spent most of his life giving to his community, and on Saturday, Oct. 15, the community gave a little back by...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    October 13, 2022

Former AFCSME Director Calls for Safety Oversight on Public Sector Employers

As the Director of the American Federation of State and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) District 83, Mickey Sgro provided the voice for the workers when negotiating with their employers. And although Sgro recently retired from AFSCME, he has continued...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    October 13, 2022

Freedom Twp. Fire Co. Resumes Monthly Dinners, Awarded Grant for Rescue Equipment

The Freedom Township Volunteer Fire Company resumed its monthly Sunday dinner fundraiser this past weekend after taking the summer off. Fire Chief Ron Henry estimates the dinners bring in about $3,000 each month, money he said helps keep the fire...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    October 13, 2022

Freedom Township Fire Co. Resumes Monthly Dinners, Awarded Grant For Rescue Equipment

The Freedom Township Volunteer Fire Company resumed its monthly Sunday dinner fundraiser this past weekend after taking the summer off. Fire Chief Ron Henry estimates the dinners bring in about $3,000 each month, money he said helps keep the fire...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    October 13, 2022

Bids for Roaring Spring Projects to be Opened Next Month

Earlier this year, the Roaring Spring Borough Council heard from neighbors of two borough properties concerning the condition of the unoccupied structures. According to the neighbors, the properties in question, one along East Main Street and the...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    October 13, 2022

Claysburg Bridge Named for Fallen PennDOT Worker

Family and friends of Bryan "Chipper" Chamberlain gathered at the Claysburg Volunteer Fire Company on Thursday morning, Oct. 6, to help dedicate the Dunnings Highway Bridge over Pine Run in his...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    October 6, 2022

Cove Forge Becomes Certified as Veteran Ready Healthcare Organization

Cove Forge Behavioral Health, located in Williamsburg, was recently certified as a Veteran Ready Healthcare Organization when its staff was trained in providing specialized care for veterans who have needs that their non-veteran peers don’t. Cove...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    October 6, 2022

Bank is Back: PennCrest Set to Open Williamsburg Branch Oct. 17

PennCrest Bank's purchase of Mid Penn Bank's Williamsburg office has received regulatory approval and is scheduled to begin operations on Oct. 17. Last December, Mid Penn, the borough's only bank,...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    September 29, 2022

Claysburg Man Accused of Operating Meth Lab

A Claysburg man is behind bars after the discovery of drug paraphernalia in his garage led police to a suspected meth lab. According to charges filed by Greenfield Township police, on Sept. 7, police...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    September 29, 2022

Work Resumes on Freedom Township Water Project After Summer-Long Break

The Freedom Township water project resumed construction this week after a nearly summer-long break due to supply shortages. Workers were forced to halt construction when they exhausted their supply of meter pits. The meter pits were due to be...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    September 29, 2022

Williamsburg Set To Vote on LERTA

Blair County, Williamsburg Borough, and Woodbury and Catharine Townships are poised to adopt two ordinances that will provide tax breaks for new construction as well as improvements to existing structures within the respective municipalities through...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    September 29, 2022

PA Game Commission Votes to Purchase Plum Creek Mtn.

Roaring Spring Borough is a step closer to closing the books on its ownership of Plum Creek Mountain after the Pennsylvania Game Commission voted to purchase the 1,367-acre tract of land from the borough for $1.2 million. Earlier this year, the borou...

 
 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...

 

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