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 By RICK BOSTON    Faith    July 22, 2021 

Catholic Churches Set to Resume Obligation to Attend Mass

In March 2020, the onslaught of COVID-19 suddenly and dramatically changed the routines of our lives. From the way we shopped for groceries, educated our kids, went to work, or worshipped, adjustments had to be made as officials frantically searched...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    July 22, 2021 

Inmate Accused of Smuggling Drugs into Blair County Prison

An inmate at the Blair County Prison is facing additional charges after police said she smuggled heroin packets into the prison. According to the charges filed by Hollidaysburg Borough police, on July 5, Samantha Jo Miller, 36, of Hollidaysburg was o...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    July 22, 2021 

Local Fairs and Festivals Seeing Large Crowds After Year Off

Summer 2021 has a lot to make up for. In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic put a halt to most traditional summertime activities including fairs, festivals, and farm shows, but now that most restrictions hav...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    July 22, 2021 

Appvion Plant in Roaring Spring Sold; Four Buyers Purchase Former Paper Mill

Roaring Spring Park LLC, a newly formed group of four buyers, has purchased the Appvion paper mill plant in Roaring Spring with plans to bring life back to the recently closed facility. William Firestone, president of Capital Recovery Group (CRG)...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    July 15, 2021

Claysburg Man Faces Theft Charges

Justin W. Mitchell, 33, of Claysburg, is facing misdemeanor counts of defiant trespass, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property after police said he stole a truck cap out of his neighbor’s yard. According to Greenfield Township...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    July 15, 2021

Roaring Spring Borough Receives Grant For Five Points Intersection Improvement

Roaring Spring Borough has received a $263,200 grant through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's (PennDOT's) Green Light-Go program. Green Light-Go grants are provided as reimbursement to...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    July 15, 2021

Coroner Identifies Woodbury Post Office Fire Victim

Bedford County Coroner Rusty Styer has identified the victim in last week's fire that destroyed the Woodbury Post Office on Main Street. Cynthia L. Albright, 64, died of smoke inhalation and thermal...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    Opinion    July 15, 2021

Newspapers Have a Duty to Report, Whether Popular or Not

As most of you know, there was a Pride March in Roaring Spring last month and the Herald, or more specifically, me, covered the event. Approximately 40 people marched without incident, leading me to believe that either people just were not interested...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    July 8, 2021

Roaring Spring Man Facing Assault Charges After Alleged Street Attack

A Roaring Spring man is facing felony and misdemeanor assault charges after police said he attacked a coworker on a borough street. Tyrone M. Lowery, 19, is accused of punching the victim several times, causing numerous injuries and forcing the...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    July 8, 2021

Claysburg Couple Accused of Injuring Child

A Claysburg couple is facing a single felony charge each of endangering the welfare of a child by parent or guardian after their three-month-old baby was found with bruises and a head injury. Seth A. Dicken, and Jamie L. Ellis, both 21, were...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    July 8, 2021

Mysterious Illness Infecting Songbirds; PGC Recommends Removing Feeders and Baths

A mysterious disease is causing the deaths of songbirds in Southeast Pennsylvania and parts of the United States including Washington D.C., and until officials can determine what is causing it, the...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    July 8, 2021

Neighbors Credit Firefighters for Saving Their Homes

What started out as a relaxing July 4 holiday for neighbors Carol Baker and Phil Logue of Woodbury turned into a nightmare as they watched firefighters battle a blaze at the Woodbury Post Office,...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    July 8, 2021

One Dead in Woodbury Borough Fire

An early evening fire on Sunday, July 4, destroyed the Woodbury Post Office and claimed the life of a woman. Fire crews were called to the post office, located at 143 Main St. Woodbury, Bedford...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    July 1, 2021

Attempted Theft at Walmart Lands Man in Jail

A Michigan man is in jail after being arrested by Freedom Township police on suspicion of attempting to steal more than $2,000 worth of merchandise from the Freedom Township Walmart. According to police, on June 18, a Walmart loss prevention officer...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    July 1, 2021

Organizers Proclaim First-Ever Pride March in RS a Success

If you drove through Roaring Spring on Saturday afternoon, June 26, chances are you came across a group of nearly 40 people walking through town waiving rainbow flags in honor of Pride Month. June...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    July 1, 2021

Property in front of Nason Sold; Restaurants Planned

It appears Roaring Spring will be getting two new businesses in the near future. Although details have not been released, borough council President Rodney Green confirmed that the Bickel’s building on June Drive has been sold. While information on...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    June 24, 2021

RS Council Suspends Plum Creek Mtn. Use Permit Sales Until Study Completed

When the Roaring Spring Borough Council met in May, more than 50 people attended to voice their concerns over a rumor that council intended to close off access to Plum Creek Mountain. While no member of council has expressed a desire to close off the...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    June 24, 2021

Shortage of Workers Frustrates Cove Businesses Struggling to Get Back to Normal

As the country begins emerging from pandemic enforced isolation and businesses try to get back to pre-COVID-19 routines, an unexpected barrier is blocking the way back to normalcy as businesses...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    June 17, 2021

Martinsburg Home Healthcare Worker Accused of Stealing from Client

A Martinsburg woman is facing criminal charges after police said she stole money from an elderly man she was employed to take care of. According to charges filed by the Altoona Police Department, Tara S. Delvin, 45, is accused of forging checks from...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    June 17, 2021

Martinsburg Proclaims June 29 To be 'W. Gene Henry Day'

By proclamation of the mayor, and the unanimous approval of council, Martinsburg Borough has designated June 29 as W. Gene Henry Day. Henry, who passed away on Feb. 17, 2021, at the age of 88, was a beloved community fixture known for his generous...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    June 17, 2021

Fire Destroys Greenfield Twp. Barn, Claims Three Cows

Fire tore through a Greenfield Township barn on Friday evening, June 11. More than 10 fire departments, including Blue Knob, Claysburg, Freedom Township, Martinsburg, Roaring Spring, Duncansville and...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    June 17, 2021

N. Bedford School District Eyes Small Tax Increase, Explains Limits of ESSER Funds

Part of President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus package that was signed in March included an estimated $168 billion “American Rescue Plan” for schools. Pennsylvania schools are in line to received around $13 billion, with a reportedly near...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    June 10, 2021

Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Charges Against Roaring Spring Man

A traffic stop has led to drug charges against a Roaring Spring Man. Kelton E. Ferry, 60, is facing multiple and felony and misdemeanor charges after a search of his vehicle allegedly turned up drugs and paraphernalia. According to the charges filed...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    June 10, 2021

Newry Traffic Stop, Short Chase Lands Saxton Man in Jail

A Saxton man is behind bars after a traffic stop in Newry Borough led to a foot chase and the discovery of drugs. According to charges filed by Freedom Township police, on May 30, an officer pulled...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    June 10, 2021

Police Offer Education to Protect Elderly from Scammers

As the summer months approach, police are once again warning the public to be on the lookout for scammers, especially those targeting the elderly. Education is best defense North Woodbury Township...

 
 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...

 

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