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  • Drugs Discovered on Walmart Shoplifting Suspect

    Jan 5, 2023

    A Hagerstown man’s trip to the local Walmart resulted in theft and drug related charges and a holiday behind bars. According to Freedom Township police, on Dec. 19, Chase T. Worthington, 31, of Hagerstown Md., was at the East Freedom Walmart when store security observed him opening merchandise and hiding items on his person. According to police, Worthington was stopped by store personnel after passing through the last point of sale without paying for the items and was apprehended by store security. When police arrived at the store, they were t...

  • WISE Women of Blair Co. Seek Applications, Welcome New Board Members

    Jan 5, 2023

    Applications open WISE Women of Blair County has announced that they are seeking applications for scholarship assistance. One or more scholarships will be awarded up to a total of $10,000. The deadline for applications is no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, March 31, 2023. These completed applications must be received by email or US Postal mail to WISE Women at our address of P. O. Box 134, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648, or you may submit your application to our email address of info@wisewomenofblaircounty.org. Scholarships will be available to Blair...

  • Lime Feed Truck Rolls

    Jan 5, 2023

    A tri axle dump truck hauling lime feed material rolled onto its side on Dunnings Highway and Woodbury Pike, Freedom Township, on Dec. 28. According to Freedom Township police, the driver was coming off Interstate 99 toward Roaring Spring and suffered a brake failure. The driver attempted to make a right turn at the light to avoid going through the intersection and rolled the truck. Bystanders helped remove the driver from the truck. No injuries were reported....

  • CK FBLA's Serving Seniors Deliver Fruit Baskets

    EMMA GILL, CK FBLA Treasurer|Jan 5, 2023

    Due to the increased costs of food, heating oil, and medicine, Claysburg-Kimmel's Future Business Leaders of America Chapter has created a community service project for the 2022-23 school year. "Serving Seniors" has been created by Emma Gill, Erica Norotsky, and Launa Musselman to help defray costs for senior citizens in the area. During the month of December, Claysburg-Kimmel's students participated in a fruit basket delivery. On Sunday, Dec. 18, CK FBLA members, parents, and community members...

  • Wolf Administration, AARP Highlight Safety for Mature Drivers

    Jan 5, 2023

    With nearly a quarter of Pennsylvania's licensed drivers 65 years of age or older, the Pennsylvania departments of Transportation (PennDOT), Aging (PDA) and the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP), along with the AARP, highlighted the unique challenges faced by older drivers during Older Driver Safety Awareness Week. "Mobility is essential to quality of life at any age," said Kurt Myers, PennDOT Deputy Secretary for Driver and Vehicle Services. "Many older drivers have a lifetime of valuable...

  • Ask the Williamsburgers: One Last Look Back

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|Jan 5, 2023

    Many of us can’t wait to say goodbye to the previous year and hello to this “new year, new me” mentality. However, for some, 2022 had lots of great moments, and that’s what inspired my question for this week – what was your favorite or best moment of 2022? Here is what a few had to say: Suzanne Gorsuch: Retirement Sarah Dean: Buying our house in Williamsburg Jill Stone: When our 10th grandson was born – one of many blessings! Polly Eastep: Celebrated Mom’s 98th birthday Patrick Detwiler: Going to the Westmoreland Airshow with my Aunt and Uncl...

  • Turning Trash Into Treasure: Trail Town Treasures Opens

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|Jan 5, 2023

    It's often been said that someone's trash is another person's treasure. For Williamsburg resident Judy Hanna, this couldn't be more true. The self-proclaimed "dumpster diver" enjoys turning someone else's trash into new and unique treasures. "I just hate throwing stuff away," Hanna said. "There's a lot of stuff you can do with junk." For Hanna, buying items at auctions and other sales is in her blood. She enjoys buying items and revamping them into something new. One of her favorite crafting...

  • Williamsburg FFA Members to be Honored with Keystone Degrees

    Jan 5, 2023

    Six students from the Williamsburg FFA Chapter will receive their Keystone Degrees this year. These students include Justin Brubaker, Brian Weidel, Cody Ross, Elijah Shultz, Evan James, Cole Nicewonger. In addition, Shawn and Kendra Brubaker (parents of Justin Brubaker) will be receiving the Honorary Keystone Degree at the PA Mid-Winter Convention on Monday, Jan. 9, as Justin is their third child to earn his Keystone Degree. JUSTIN BRUBAKER School: Williamsburg Community Jr/Sr High School...

  • Woodbury Borough Holds First Meeting of the Year

    JUDITH OTT, Southern Cove Correspondent|Jan 5, 2023

    Woodbury Borough held its first meeting of the year at 7 p.m. on Jan. 2 in the Community Center. All members were present except for the mayor. The treasurer report was given by Secretary/Treasurer Barb Wilt and was approved. There is a balance of $187.523 in the General and State Aid accounts. The BCAM meeting will be held on March 22 at 7 p.m. at Bedford Legion. There are two meetings a year and each borough must attend one of the two meetings to get money reimbursement. The next meeting date is to be determined. Borough News magazines were...

  • Springing a Leak

    Jan 5, 2023

    Bitter cold temperatures over Christmas weekend froze the water in the pipe going to the Curryville water tower causing the pipe to leak. A crew from Hickes Associates Inc. of Alexandria was called in to replace and weld 42 feet of pipe....

  • Winter Trends in Pennsylvania Continue from 1800s

    KATHY MELLOTT, For the Herald|Jan 5, 2023

    The bitter cold days experienced in Morrisons Cove over Christmas generated conversations recalling similar blustery days of three decades ago. But weather of two centuries ago also comes to mind. While this attempt at weather conversation falls short of the weather talk generated by the late George Acker, the central Cove predicator of cold, warm, snow and hurricanes for the upcoming year, some interesting weather talk can be found in a look at Pennsylvania published in book from 1832. The author of the “Gazetteer of the State of P...

  • S. Glenn Speacht

    Jan 5, 2023

    Stillman Glenn Speacht, 88, of rural Williamsburg, went home to be with the Lord, Monday morning, Dec. 19, 2022, at his home. He was born Dec. 20, 1933, in Altoona, son of the late Stillman E. and A. Loleda (Brennan) Speacht. On March 31, 1956, he married Joanne Rupert in Altoona. She preceded him in death Oct. 22, 2022, following 66 years of marriage. He is survived by three children: Barry G. (Marjorie) Speacht, Gary A. (Lee Ann) Speacht and Cheryl A. Speacht (Darrell Bumford) all of...

  • Theresa Ann Corle Weist

    Jan 5, 2023

    Theresa Ann Corle Weist, 52, of Breezewood, passed away Dec. 28, 2022, at WellSpan Chambersburg Hospital. She was born Jan. 21, 1970 in Roaring Spring; daughter of K. Wayne and Shirley J. (Musselman) Corle. On June 13, 2009 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Everett, she was united in marriage to Roger “Butch” Weist, who survives. She is survived by her husband, Roger; mother, Shirley Corle; step-daughter, Jaime Graham (Bradley); step-son, Justin Weist (Alexis); granddaughter, Thora and another on...

  • Rodney Lee Oldham

    Jan 5, 2023

    Rodney Lee Oldham, 60, of Claysburg, formerly of Martinsburg, passed away Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022, at home. He was born Aug. 10, 1962, in Baltimore, son of the late Charles H. and Linda L. (Slagenweit) Oldham. He is survived by three children Jordan, Oldham, Jalynn K. Oldham and Amber Billotte; three grandchildren: Jaxon Brumbaugh, Aviana Walter and Brayden Billotte; and two brothers Dean and Gary Oldham. He was preceded in death by two brothers Stanley and David Oldham. Rodney was a 1980...

  • George P. Hershberger

    Jan 5, 2023

    George P. Hershberger, 94, of Woodbury, passed away Dec. 10, 2022, at home. He was born Sept. 8, 1928, in New Enterprise; the oldest son of the late Ross and Cleo (Detwiler) Hershberger. On Aug. 11, 1950, at the Raven Run Church of the Brethren, he was united in marriage to Wilda (Hoover) Hershberger, who survives. He is survived by his wife, Wilda; son, Terry Hershberger and wife Marlys (Witkovsky); grandchildren: Jeremy Hershberger, Stephen Hershberger (Emily), Natalie Hershberger, and Nathan Hershberger (Stephanie); five...

  • Penny Mae Albright

    Jan 5, 2023

    Penny Mae Albright, 68, of Martinsburg, passed away Tuesday evening, Dec. 20, 2022, in Altoona. A funeral service was held Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022, at Martinsburg Church of God, with her brother, Pastor Carl T. Miner officiating. Private inurnment will be held at Asbury United Methodist Cemetery, Altoona. Arrangements by John K. Bolger Funeral Home Inc., Martinsburg. (www.bolgerfuneralhome.com)....

  • Deloris Jean (Lundquist) Eichelberger-Territo

    Jan 5, 2023

    Deloris Jean (Lundquist) Eichelberger-Territo, 89, of Martinsburg passed away just after midnight in the early hours of Jan. 1, 2023, at Homewood at Martinsburg. She grew up in Hopewell, the daughter of Arthur D. and Rhoda M. (Gainer) Lundquist, graduating from Robert P. Smith High School in 1951. She married Raymond (Red) Eichelberger June 22, 1951. They raised four children together until his passing March 22, 1970. She then married Martin M. Territo Sept. 17, 1977, and he preceded her in death on Nov. 8, 2017. Dee is survived by her four...

  • Love Feasts and Cherries in Curryville

    Jan 5, 2023

    Curryville Road will take you into beautiful country with bountiful fields and bring you to the village of Woodbury. The Woodbury Church of The Brethren is on the first road to your right. Our church joined that church for Love Feasts. Love Feast was held once each year. There was a little bowl of delicious beef and beef broth over bread. That was called the sup. The unleavened communion bread and a tiny cup of grape juice was our reminder of how Jesus became our Savior when he died on the...

  • Books to Borrow Martinsburg Public Library Recommends

    Jan 5, 2023

    As we look forward to all that 2023 has to offer, it would be remiss not to reflect on the year behind us. So, let’s look at the top circulations in 2022 at the Martinsburg Community Library. If you missed any of these amazing reads, stop by the library today to check one out! 5. “The 6:20 Man” by David Baldacci: Highly decorated solider Travis Devine has survived tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. When he leaves the military under suspicious circumstances, he trades in combat fatigues for business suits. Who would ever guess that the world of hi...

  • Oaks Are Dying At Record Rates Across Chesapeake Region

    Ad Crable, Bay Journal News Service|Jan 5, 2023

    It’s not your imagination. Those beautiful mature oaks are dying, along the road, in forests, perhaps even in your yard — at an accelerating rate. Reports of mature, seemingly healthy trees suddenly becoming leafless and dropping dead branches are flooding into the offices of local officials and state forestry agencies in Chesapeake Bay drainage states. Forest inventories show the oaks are declining in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Maryland. In Anne Arundel County, MD, county officials received so many phone calls about dying oaks that they hav...

  • 125 Years Ago

    Jan 5, 2023

    Herald of Jan. 6, 1898 Frank Corriger, aged 55, was fatally shot while attending a party at Carlim, near Williamsburg, on Sunday afternoon. The gun was said to be in the hands of Joseph Fonner, a fellow quarry employee. The men were drinking at the time. Coroner McCartney of Blair County held an inquest and recommended that Fonner be held on charges of involuntary manslaughter. He was placed under arrest. Features of the concert given by the glee club and orchestra of Dickinson College was a vocal solo by Samuel B. Hare of Altoona, and a...

  • 50 Years Ago

    Jan 5, 2023

    Herald of Jan. 11, 1973 Paul Stankiewicz, former assistant postmaster at Reynoldsville, Jefferson County, has been named officer in charge at the Williamsburg Post Office. Nicholas A. Morelli, former Williamsburg postmaster, was named officer in charge at the Huntingdon Post Office. Rev. and Mrs. Harry A. Fink of Woodbury observed their 65th wedding anniversary. They were honored by their grandson and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. S. Gerald Weaver of Woodbury, at a dinner at the Minuet Manor, Bellwood. Bowlers of the Month at the Morrisons Cove...

  • 100 Years Ago

    Jan 5, 2023

    Herald of Jan. 12, 1923 A fire in Altoona destroyed the Goldstein business block at 1313 Eleventh Avenue. In addition to the loss of the Goldstein building and all the clothing and merchandise inside, the Bon Ton store was gutted and all merchandise ruined. Roy Bassler moved with his family from Marble City to Brumbaugh where he was appointed as one of the guards at the Brumbaugh distillery. A taffy party was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Kagarise of Texas Corner on Friday evening. Many young folks of the community attended. Among...

  • 25 Years Ago

    Jan 5, 2023

    Herald of Jan. 15, 1998 Todd Dishong of Williamsburg was back from a two-week trip to China with members of Bible Carriers International. Dishong made the trip as a part of a local missionary support team called CROSS (Christian Rangers on Special Services). The group’s goal in China was to get copies of Scripture in the hands of Christians in that country. Nine children ages 11 to 14 from the Ural Mountains of Russia are concluding a 16-day crash course in conversational English. Their teachers for the short course included 8th graders at t...

  • 75 Years Ago

    Jan 5, 2023

    Herald of Jan. 8, 1948 Dr. George E. Espy announced plans to open a veterinary practice in Morrisons Cove. A graduate of Penn State and the University of Penn, he served in the veterinary corps of the Army, stationed in Newfoundland, Iceland, and the Azores. Windows in Martinsburg, Henrietta and Clover Creek rattled Monday night, and a distant rumbling noise was reported in the area. No official report of seismic activity activity was received at the Herald office. A rumor that the Pennsylvania Electric Plant in Williamsburg exploded was...

  • 10 Years Ago

    Jan 5, 2023

    Herald of Jan. 10, 2013 Mary McConnell Bailey, a New York City heiress who passed away in 2011 at the age of 88, had ties to the Morrisons Cove area through her mother, Sara, who was a member of the D.M. Bare family. D.M. Bare was the founder of Roaring Spring Blank Book Company, and Bailey remained a stakeholder in the company at her death. She left $10 million to the New York Public Library and $10 million to the Central Park Conservancy. Third-grade classes at Spring Cove Elementary School, Roaring Spring, presented a holiday play entitled...

  • Fling Wide the Door

    Jan 5, 2023

    Scripture text Psalm 146: 5-10 This season that we just passed through has some wonderful moments no matter how many times we experience it. This psalm that we look at today is the song of a person flinging open the door, welcoming the Lord of Lords and the King of Kings. There were no words about having made great preparations; it is all about the one who is arriving. That is what the Christmas season always seems like to me: Leaving behind our personal concerns to focus on being welcoming and...

  • Bishop Mourns the Passing of Pope Emeritus Benedict, Recalls Fond Memories of 2011 Meeting

    Jan 5, 2023

    Bishop Mark Bartchak issued the following statement regarding the passing of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. “I am deeply saddened by the passing of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Today, I join Catholics around the world in mourning the end of his earthly pilgrimage and celebrating his life of faithful service to the Church. Over the years, I have been deeply inspired by Pope Benedict as a brilliant theologian. Although quite academic and a steadfast defender of Church teaching, his writings were v...

  • Thought for the Week

    Jan 5, 2023

    This “Thought” will hopefully cause us to think about The Church/Christians. For Christians are The Church, one at a time. Followers of Christ were first called Christians at Antioch. It was intended to be derogatory. It means, “Little Christs” or “Imitators of Christ.” That is what Christians should want to be: imitators of Christ. We were given a formula for this to happen by Jesus Christ. He said, “This is how men will know you are my disciples (followers), if you love one another.” (St...

  • Public Notice

    Jan 5, 2023

    PUBLIC NOTICE PROGRAM MODIFICATION PA Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program County of Blair on behalf of Non-Entitlements, Antis Township, Blair Township, Frankstown Township, Greenfield Township, Borough of Hollidaysburg & Borough of Tyrone In accordance with the rules and regulations of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the PA Department of Community and Economic Development the Blair County Board of Commissioners and the governing bodies listed above are asking for public comments regarding the following...

  • Partying at the Park

    Jan 5, 2023

    Morrisons Cove Memorial Park had events for days leading up to the New Year's Eve celebration. About 300 people made their way to the park on New Year's Eve to bowl or roller skate. The park also supplied free food for everyone....

  • Luminaries for the New Year

    Jan 5, 2023

    Lori and Scott Douglas of New Enterprise put out their luminaries for New Year's Eve, as Christmas Eve was too windy and cold....

  • C-K Sports Rescheduled

    Jan 5, 2023

    The wrestling match at Claysburg-Kimmel School District scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 15 2022, vs. Southern Huntingdon has been postponed to Jan. 19, 2023. The JH, JV and Varsity boys basketball games scheduled at Tussey Mountain Dec. 23 have been postponed to a to-be-determined date. More information to follow....

  • Central Basketball Seeing Victories to End 2022

    BRADY ALBRIGHT, Student Correspondent|Jan 5, 2023

    Lady Dragons find a Win The Lady Dragon Basketball team traveled to take part in the Reliance Bank Holiday Tournament hosted by Northern Blair Kiwanis. After coming up just short against the Bellwood-Antis Lady Blue Devils in a 60-46 loss, the Dragons edged out a 40-37 victory over the Penn Cambria Lady Panthers in their consolation game. The Dragons were in a serious deficit against the Blue Devils at halftime. A slow first half for the Dragons left them trailing 38-16. Picking it up in the sec...

  • Spring Cove Wins Holiday Tournament

    Jan 5, 2023

    Spring Cove (Base Camp Guns) won the Bellwood-Antis Elementary Sixth Grade Basketball Holiday Tournament on Dec. 29 by defeating Mifflin County 45-4, Bellwood-Antis 33-10, Bedford 46-17 and Tyrone 57-20....

  • Annual Report for 2022

    Jan 5, 2023

    As a now 73-year-old sportsman, I appreciate all of the days I continue to spend in the outdoors. As occurred during 2021, I would not have collected either a deer or a turkey in 2022 if I didn't "have a Bob." My son, Bob, was responsible for my successes. As he had in 2021, he gained access for us to deer-hunting territory I thought I would never see again. In addition, he made sure we had chances to kill wild turkeys. In the spring he drove us to a spot he had discovered along one of his...

  • Lady Pirates Dominate Holiday Tourn.

    Jan 5, 2023

    ABOVE: Williamsburg's Jade Carper defends against Northern Bedford's Abby Kline Tuesday, Dec. 27, at Williamsburg High School during the first night of the Lady Pirate Holiday Tournament. BELOW: Northern Bedford's Emily Heck (22) attempts to block a shot by Williamsburg's LeeAnna Royer. Williamsburg defeated NB 59-28....

  • Successful Hunting Season Ends

    Jan 5, 2023

    Colton Dick, 9, of Williamsburg got this deer on the last day of hunting. Dick also shot a doe this hunting season. Dick is the son of Danielle Schumacher of Williamsburg and Cody Dick of Petersburg. His great-grandmother Gladys Estep shared this photo with the Herald....

  • Penelec's Dec. 28 Power Outage Was Necessary for Crew Safety

    ALLAN J. BASSLER, Publisher|Jan 5, 2023

    A Penelec spokesman said that the planned power outage on Dec. 28, 2022, went mostly as planned but he could not verify that the upgrades will improve electric power reliability in Morrisons Cove. Todd Meyers, a senior communications representative with Penelec’s parent company First Energy Corp., said that he was not sure if the equipment upgrade performed during the outage will reduce the number of unplanned outages in the Cove. “I’m not sure if it will have an effect,” he told the Herald. “It could be all kinds of things [that interrupt...

  • A Spate of House Fires Makes for a Busy December

    Jan 5, 2023

    When the Freedom Township Volunteer Fire Department responded to a structure fire on Back Street on the evening of Dec. 2, it kicked off what would turn out to be an unusually busy month that kept fire crews in the Cove on alert with barely enough time to catch their breath between calls. According to Freedom Township Fire Chief Ron Henry, that first call of December was followed by 48 alarms for his department during the month, including a staggering 21 calls between Dec. 22 and Dec. 29....

  • What Was Making Herald Headlines in 2022?

    Jan 5, 2023

    JULY The Altoona-Blair County Airport announced that a new carrier would begin servicing the airport. Airport Manager Tracy Plessinger said that Contour Airlines of Smyrna, Tenn., would take over passenger service from Boutique Air. Boutique had been the airport's carrier since January of 2021. ---------- Martinsburg Borough Council revised its nuisance ordinance to deal with residents who delay cutting grass or weeds. Police Chief Kerry Hoover said the problem was that residents would receive a...

  • Community Fund Surpasses Goal To Finish 2022

    Jan 5, 2023

    As of Dec. 28, 2022, the Martinsburg Community Fund surpassed its goal of $45,000 at $46,387. At the end of November, the community fund was about $7,000 ahead of where it was in 2021. The final 2022 count included checks from 39 residents and seven businesses....

  • Another Power Outage Planned

    Jan 5, 2023

    A three-hour power outage is planned for TOMORROW, JAN. 7, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This will affect similar areas to the previous power outage. Customers affected will receive a call from Penelec. The purpose of this power outage is to replace equipment. An inspector went out to check the job on the pole located at South Main Street and State Street in Martinsburg that was replaced last week. He found an improper piece of hardware was used during the pole replacement and it needs to be changed out as quickly as possible. That’s the reason it i...

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