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 By RICK BOSTON    News    June 10, 2021

Freedom Township Fire Co. Brings Home a Piece of Its Past

A piece of Freedom Township history has returned home after nearly 40 years, and members of the Freedom Township Volunteer Fire Company are excited to see their old friend. The 1959 International...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    June 3, 2021

Roaring Spring Man Jailed on Drug Charges After Needle Call

A Roaring Spring man is in jail facing multiple drug charges after police, investigating a call about a broken window and cellar door, allegedly found drugs and drug paraphernalia inside the house....

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    June 3, 2021

M-burg Man Sent Back to Prison on Harassment Charges

A Martinsburg man out on bail after being arrested on multiple firearm charges is back in prison after police said he threatened to shoot a woman in front of two young children. According to charges filed by Martinsburg Borough police, George E....

 
 By RICK BOSTON    Life    June 3, 2021

Martinsburg Kids Brave the Rain to Raise Fallen Flags

Sometimes a seemingly small gesture can have a large impact, and for brothers Micah and Gabe Garretson of Martinsburg, a simple act in the rain on Memorial Day weekend has touched a community that is...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    May 27, 2021

Area Man Charged in Extended Burglary Spree

An area man with no fixed address is behind bars after an investigation by North Woodbury Township police linked him to a series of burglaries throughout the Cove in late 2020. David A. Snyder, 31,...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    May 27, 2021

Cove and County Voters Choose the Familiar in 2021 Primary

Blair County voters had only one contested county race to decide, and overwhelmingly gave the nod to Republican Robin Patton over primary opponent Bill Straesser in the race for Prothonotary. Unofficial tallies show Patton receiving 9,373 votes to...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    May 27, 2021

Cove Joins State in Limiting Governor's Powers

Pennsylvania became the first state in the nation to curb its governor’s emergency powers when the majority of voters in last Tuesday’s primary election cast their ballots in favor of two constitutional amendments. The amendments give the...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    Life    May 27, 2021

Martinsburg Mayor's Bubblegum Petunias a Welcome Summer Sight

Summertime in the Cove means farmers working their fields, lush green rolling hills as far as the eye can see, and for travelers on South Market Street in Martinsburg, the pink hill of Supertunia...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    May 20, 2021

Martinsburg Man Accused of Stealing from Employer

A Martinsburg man has been arrested after police said he stole around $53,000 from his employer. Jay A. Garver Jr., 53, is facing 129 felony and misdemeanor charges after police said he deposited money meant for his employer into his personal bank...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    May 20, 2021

Roaring Spring Man Facing Charges of Strangulation

A Roaring Spring man was taken into custody on May 9 following a domestic disturbance at an East Freedom home. According to Freedom Township police, Michael P. Claar, 40, assaulted a woman on two separate occasions at the residence along Tuscarora...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    Life    May 20, 2021

Hand-Painted Rocks Help Williamsburg Man Make Friends

John Clinton Townsend likes to make friends. If you live in Williamsburg, or passed through on a visit, chances are you have seen him walking through town selling his hand-painted rocks. For those...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    May 20, 2021

Cove Firefighting Community Mourns Loss Of Long-Time Member

The Cove firefighting community is mourning the loss of one of its own with the passing of Jeffery Lafferty. Lafferty, of Martinsburg, died May 14 at the age of 57 at UPMC Shadyside Hospital,...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    May 13, 2021

Roaring Spring Woman Placed in Jail Following Multiple Assault Charges

A Roaring Spring woman is facing multiple assault related charges after being arrested three times by two separate police agencies. Jamie J. Detwiler, 18, faces a preliminary hearing on May 20 in front of Martinsburg Magisterial District Judge...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    May 13, 2021

Hollidaysburg Man Facing Drug, Firearm Charges

A Hollidaysburg man was jailed after police said they found drugs and firearms in his home. According to the charges, on April 23 Hollidaysburg Borough police were serving a search warrant at the...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    May 13, 2021

Bender, James, Seek to Retain Seats in Freedom Township

Longtime Freedom Township Supervisor Ed Bender is seeking another six-year term on the board. Bender was first elected to the board of supervisors in 1998, serving as the liaison between township...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    May 13, 2021

Ballot Asks Pa. Voters to Decide Constitutional Amendments on Disaster Declarations

Pennsylvania voters heading to the polls on May 18 will have the opportunity to vote on two proposed amendments to the state constitution relating to disaster emergency declarations. The full text of these proposed amendments were published in the...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    May 13, 2021

All Four Cove School Districts Have Candidates for School Board

The four school districts in the Herald’s coverage area have seats up for grabs in Tuesday’s primary election. Running to fill four seats for a four-year term on the Spring Cove School board, Linda Kay Smith, John R. Biddle and Amy Acker-Knisely...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    May 13, 2021

Local Offices an Important Part of Primary Election

Tuesday, May 18, is Primary Election Day and although it’s an off year with no state or national offices in our district up for grabs, there are a few county and plenty of municipal offices to warrant a strong local turnout. The only county office...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    Life    May 6, 2021

Blair County Balloon Artist Brings Global Happiness Campaign to Area

When department of health and state officials across the country mapped out plans for mitigating the spread of COVID-19, one of the most polarizing mandates was the requirement to wear a mask while...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    May 6, 2021

Martinsburg Man Jailed on Firearm Charges

A Martinsburg man is behind bars after being charged on two consecutive days for illegally possessing firearms. According to charges filed by both Freedom Township and Martinsburg Borough police,...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    April 29, 2021

Roaring Spring to Receive $700,000 for North Main Street

North Main Street in Roaring Spring is in line for a major upgrade that will not only make it safer, but will also make the main road into town more aesthetically appealing. Pennsylvania state Sen....

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    April 29, 2021

Gun Discharged During East Freedom Domestic

An East Freedom man was jailed after police said a domestic confrontation led to an assault and the discharge of a gun. Timothy N. Musselman, 46, is facing misdemeanor counts of terroristic threats, recklessly endangering another person, simple...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    April 29, 2021

More Than 60 Pounds Collected

Freedom Township, along with the Martinsburg Police Department, the Altoona Police Department, and the Blair County Sheriff's Office, participated in the Drug Enforcement Agency's National...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    April 22, 2021

Southern Cove Fire Co. Hosts Dinner to Help Friendship Pay for Boiler

An already difficult year for fundraisers due to the COVID-19 pandemic got worse for the Friendship Volunteer Fire Company when the boiler system that heats the building and water went down, forcing the cancellation of the monthly dinners, costing th...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    April 22, 2021

The Smoky Pig Restaurant Moves to Martinsburg

Martinsburg has gained a new eatery with the Smoky Pig's move from McKee to its current location at 301 N. Market Alley. The Smoky Pig's origins can be traced to 2003, when Derrick and Dessie...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    April 22, 2021

Martinsburg Man Accused of Inappropriate Contact with Minor

A Martinsburg man who has been registered as a Tier 1 sex offender since 2014 has been arrested and charged with inappropriately touching a 6-year-old girl. Martinsburg Borough Police filed a felony count of corruption of minors and a misdemeanor cou...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    April 15, 2021

Officials: 'There are Interested Parties' in the Spring Mill

The Roaring Spring Borough Council held its regular monthly meeting Monday night at the Friendship Fire Company Hall to ensure enough room for social distancing in anticipation of a larger-than-usual crowd. Council devoted the first hour of its...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    April 15, 2021

Car Striking Pole Causes Power Outage

No long-term power outages were reported after a car hit a utility pole on State Route 164, Cove Mountain Road, just east of the Spring Cove Middle School at around 11 a.m. Monday, April 12. According...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    April 15, 2021

Conemaugh Nason Medical Center Recognizes Organ Donors

According to the Center for Organ Recovery and Education (CORE), nearly 110,000 people in the United States are waiting for an organ transplant. Every 10 minutes someone is added to the transplant...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    April 15, 2021

Hollidaysburg Man Jailed for Stalking, Tracking Former Co-Workers

A Hollidaysburg man was jailed after police said he secretly put tracking devices on the vehicles of two former coworkers and harassed them. According to charges filed by Hollidaysburg Borough police, Donald W. Byers, 46, began stalking the pair...

 
 By Rick Boston    News    April 8, 2021

High-Speed Chase Following Hit-and-Run Lands Roaring Spring Man in Jail

A Roaring Spring man was jailed after leading police on a chase through the Cove that reached speeds of nearly 110 mph. Jerimiah J. Albright, 23, was arrested after police said he hit another vehicle...

 
 By Rick Boston    Life    April 8, 2021

Roaring Spring Library Finds Ways to Engage Community

Michelle McIntyre wasn't going to let a pandemic keep her from doing what she loves. As the director of the Roaring Spring Community Library, McIntyre has faced plenty of obstacles to keep the...

 
 By Rick Boston    News    April 8, 2021

Claysburg Man Jailed for Sexual Assault of a Minor

State Police at Hollidaysburg have arrested a Claysburg man they said raped a five-year-old girl while she slept. Richard Scott Sensibaugh, 35, is facing felony counts of rape of a child, involuntary...

 
 By Rick Boston    News    April 1, 2021

The End of the Spring Mill?

Most of Appvion’s Spring Mill plant employees clocked in for their shifts for the last time on March 17, and when the last roll of paper came off the machine, they walked out its doors for the last...

 
 By Rick Boston    News    April 1, 2021

Police Arrest Three for Credit Card Fraud at Walmart

Three men are behind bars after police said they attempted to purchase two Apple iWatches from the East Freedom Walmart while using a stolen credit card. According to the charges filed by Freedom...

 
 By Rick Boston    News    April 1, 2021

March 26 High Winds Cause Minimal Damage in Cove Area

High winds kept area emergency crews busy on Friday, March 26, as wind gusts of more than 50 mph in Blair County led to downed trees and electric power loss in parts of the county. While Cove-area mun...

 
 By Rick Boston    News    April 1, 2021

Hollidaysburg Fire Chief Pleads Guilty To Diverting $57K in Grant Money

The chief of the Phoenix Volunteer Fire Company of Hollidaysburg was in federal court in Johnstown on March 26, where he entered guilty pleas to one count of embezzlement and four counts of filing false income tax returns for his part in diverting mo...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    March 25, 2021

Cove Schools Could Receive $8 Million

The $1.9 trillion federal stimulus package signed by President Joe Biden earlier this month includes an estimated $168 billion "American Rescue Plan" for schools. According to the U.S. Department of...

 
 By Rick Boston    News    March 25, 2021

Officials Warn of Fake Caller IDs

Scamming in the United States is as old as the country itself. For centuries scammers have used the same basic method of deceit to con people out of their money with only their methods changing with...

 
 By Rick Boston    News    March 25, 2021

Helicopter Service Owner Charged With Deception

A Winter Park, Fla., man was in Martinsburg District Court on Thursday, March 18, where he waived multiple felony counts of deceptive business practices to Blair County Court. James C. Housel, 48,...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    March 18, 2021

Dry Conditions Spark Multiple Area Brushfires

The beginning of the spring season also marks an increase in outdoor burning as people get outside to clean up debris the winter has left in their yards and fields. But with the increase in outdoor...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    March 18, 2021

Two Events to Benefit Mill Employees

With employees at Appvion’s Spring Mill plant in their final weeks of employment, the Cove community continues to step up to offer aid to the soon-to-be-displaced workers. The Albright Church of the Brethren in Roaring Spring is planning a...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    March 18, 2021

Hollidaysburg Fire Chief Accused Of Stealing Grant Money

The chief of the Phoenix Volunteer Fire Department in Hollidaysburg is facing federal charges alleging he stole more than $57,000 in federally funded grant money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). According to the indictment filed...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    March 18, 2021

Police Warn Public to be Alert for Scammers

North Woodbury Township Police Chief Dave Rosamilia and Blair County Sheriff James Ott have teamed up with a series of radio ads to warn residents to be on alert for scammers. “Citizens across the United States are being defrauded of their life...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    March 18, 2021

Williamsburg Woman Charged With Trespassing at Airport

A Williamsburg woman is facing charges after police said she repeatedly entered a restricted area at the Blair County Airport on March 6. According to charges filed by State Police at Hollidaysburg, Jessica L. Castro, 35, entered the restricted area...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    March 11, 2021

Spring Mill Employee: 'It was like being sucker-punched'

Editor’s Note: The Herald does not normally allow sources for news articles to remain anonymous. However, in this case, the Herald believes that there is an important story to be told. At the same...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    March 11, 2021

Meth Lab Found in North Woodbury Township; Two Charged

A new tenant moving into a trailer in North Woodbury Township led to the discovery of a suspected methamphetamine lab and the arrest of two Martinsburg men. Joseph N. Meade, 29, and Seth A. Delozier, 36, are facing multiple felony charges after an...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    March 11, 2021

Claysburg Man Charged with Assaulting Two Women

A Claysburg man is behind bars after police said he assaulted his live-in girlfriend and another woman. Gary J. Pleva, 63, was arrested on March 1 after Greenfield Township police were called to his home to investigate a domestic disturbance. The...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    March 4, 2021

Twenty-Year Saga Of Uncertainty for Appvion Employees Ends with Spring Mill Closing

The announcement that Appvion plans to close its Spring Mill plant in Roaring Spring by the end of March ends what has been a turbulent ride for employees since they purchased the company in 2001....

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    March 4, 2021

Hollidaysburg Man Accused of Vandalizing State Rep.'s Office

Charges against a Hollidaysburg man accused of throwing an object through the window of the office of State Rep. Jim Gregory have been waived to Blair County Court. Joseph A Fox, 30, remains free on $10,000 unsecured bail after appearing before Holli...

 

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