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They Came from Blair County By Eric Shields

In his first book, local author Eric Shields tells the stories of Blair County natives who've achieved notability in their lives. Shields examines the personal and professional accomplishments of...

 

Herald Office Closed for Walk-in Business Monday Feb. 1

The Herald office is closed to walk-in business today, Monday, Feb. 1, due to the winter storm. We are open for telephone, email and fax business. Please call 793-2144 if you have questions. We plan to re-open tomorrow, Tuesday, at 8 a.m. Thank... Full story

 

Loysburg Pageant Brought Joy to the Holiday

Christmas certainly had a different flavor this year. All the activities I have loved so long were cancelled or we used our better judgement and did not go. There was one day we so much enjoyed. It...

 

M-burg Man Had a 'Capitol' Adventure

To the Editor: The last couple of weeks of scenes of the U.S. Capitol Building brought back memories of my visits to that building 53 years ago. In May of 1962 my good friend Denny Heisey and I graduated from Central High School. That fall Denny...

 

'We Can Do Better' With School Choice

To the Editor: The week of January 25th is National School Choice Week. The majority of Americans believe it is immoral to force children into schools as a function of their street address. Sure, some families can afford to send their kids to...

 

Class of 1921 Plans Supper

Herald of Jan. 28, 1921 The Class of 1921 of the Woodbury High School planned a chicken and waffle supper Jan. 29 in the basement of the IOOF building. L.R. Over of Curryville advertised good “run-of-the-mine” coal for $6 per ton. Harvey A....

 

Garage Destroyed by Fire

Herald of Jan. 24, 1946 The garage of the Elmer F. Smith Transportation Co. was destroyed by fire, along with seven tractors, two large trucks, a tractor-trailer, a car and a motorcycle. Some of the trucks had been loaded with merchandise. Dr....

 

Snow Continues

Herald of Jan. 27, 2011 Overnight snow continued into the morning on Jan. 21. It dusted roads with a fine, grainy powder that left Cove Area motorists with blowing snow and slippery conditions for the daily commute. The wintry weather forced the...

 

Flood Causes Record Damage

Herald of Jan. 25, 1996 A deep snowpack, warm temperatures and two inches of rain late Thursday and early Friday, Jan. 18 and 19, caused the most serious flooding on record in the Cove area. Dozens of homes were wrecked, scores were badly damaged and...

 

Man Dies of Poison

Herald of Jan. 23, 1896 The Rev. F.L. Nicodemus 54, a native of Martinsburg, died in Jefferson Hospital, Philadelphia, of injuries received when he was run over by a heavy wagon while riding his bicycle at 12th and Walnut streets. He was pastor of...

 

Winds Cause Damage

Herald of Jan. 28, 1971 Richard A. Gonsman, 17, a junior in the Claysburg-Kimmel High School, has won first place in a statewide essay contest sponsored by the Pennsylvania Dental Association and its Women’s Auxiliary. Winds of up to 50 miles per...

 

DEATH RECORD

DEEDS – Dewey James, 94, resident at The Village at Morrisons Cove, Martinsburg KING – Margaret A. “Peggy,” 83, Williamsburg PASTVA SR. – Michael J., 95, Martinsburg TEETER – Robert Cecil “Bob,” 70, Roaring Spring THOMAS – John...

 

DEWEY J. DEEDS

Dewey James Deeds, 94, a resident at The Village at Morrisons Cove, Martinsburg, passed away Friday evening, Jan. 22, 2021. after an extended illness. He was born June 14, 1926, in Jumping Branch,...

 

MARGARET A. 'PEGGY' KING

Margaret A. "Peggy" King, 83, of Williamsburg, passed away Friday morning, Jan. 22, 2021, at UPMC Altoona. She was born July 15, 1937, in Lakemont, daughter of the late Blair I. and Anna P. (Moore)...

 

MICHAEL J. PASTVA SR.

Michael J. Pastva Sr., 95, of Martinsburg, went home to be with his Lord and Savior early Tuesday morning, Jan. 19, 2021. at his home. He was born May 29, 1925, in Puritan, Cambria County, son of the...

 

ROBERT CECIL 'BOB' TEETER

Robert Teeter, 70, described by many as a good and loving man, gentle spirit, kind, compassionate, buddy, second father, passed away Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021 at UPMC Altoona, due to complications from...

 

JOHN RUSSELL THOMAS

John Russell Thomas, 72, of Hebron, Ohio, passed away Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, at Licking Memorial Hospital, Newark, Ohio. John was born April 17, 1948, in Roaring Spring, to the late John Vincent and H...

 

PETER D. THOMPSON

Peter D. Thompson, 63, of Gettysburg, Pa., passed away Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, at Hershey Medical Center, after a brief illness. He was born Feb. 24, 1957, in Passaic, N.J., the son of the late...

 

HOWARD 'TED' TREESE JR.

Howard "Ted" Treese Jr., 85, of Roaring Spring, passed away peacefully Saturday morning, Jan. 23, 2021, at The Village at Morrisons Cove, Martinsburg. He was born Nov. 29, 1935, in Roaring Spring,...

 

Pa. Taxpayers Encouraged to Use New Online Filing System for PA Tax Returns

The filing season for 2020 Pennsylvania personal income tax returns will begin on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, the Pa. Department of Revenue announced Jan. 22. The start of the filing season for income tax...

 

Pa.'s Unemployment Rate Declines to 6.7 Percent in December

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) released its employment report for December 2020, showing that Pennsylvania's unemployment rate was down 0.1 percentage points over the month...

 

Pa. Begins Issued Extended Unemployment Benefit Payments

On Jan. 23, Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Acting Secretary Jennifer Berrier announced that payments for the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program in the new federal CARES Act extension will resume the week...

 

Lady Pirates Split First 2 Contests

The Williamsburg High School girls' basketball team split its first two games of the new season. The Lady Pirates opened against visiting Northern Bedford on Jan. 18 and scored a 55-25 victory. One...

 

NB Girls Fall to Bedford

Northern Bedford’s girls’ basketball squad dropped its second game of the season Jan. 20 in its home opener to Bedford. The visiting Bisons jumped out to a 22-2 lead in the first quarter and were never challenged in a 55-16 victory. “They are...

 

Lady Dragons Fall to Tyrone, Clearfield

The Central High School girls’ basketball team opened its season Jan. 20 with a 62-29 loss at Tyrone. The Lady Eagles stormed out to a 37-17 halftime lead and extended it to 60-23 through three quarters. Juniors Leah Johnston and Katheryn...

 

Rebekah Claar Powers Lady Bulldogs to 2-0 Start

The Claysburg-Kimmel High School girls’ basketball team opened its season Jan. 21 with a 62-5 victory over visiting Moshannon Valley. The Lady Bulldogs led 23-0 after one quarter and 41-2 at halftime. C-K pitched another shutout in the third...

 

C-K Wrestlers Drop Dual Meet at Home

The Claysburg-Kimmel High School varsity wrestling team fell to 0-2 with a 61-6 loss to visiting West Branch on Jan. 23. The Bulldogs’ Cole Claycomb pinned his opponent at 138 pounds, which tied the dual meet at 6-6. Moshannon Valley took...

 

Panthers Wrestle Past Bulldogs, 36-11

The Northern Bedford High School wrestling team opened its season Jan. 21 with two dual meets – losing 38-16 against Mount Union but defeating Claysburg-Kimmel 36-11. Against Mount Union, Northern Bedford earned two falls and one major decision....

 

Central's Effort 'Top Notch' Despite Loss to Bellefonte

Bellefonte took advantage of six wins by forfeit en route to a 54-22 win at Central on Jan. 21 in high school wrestling action. Of the seven bouts that were wrestled, Bellefonte had a 4-3 edge, with all four wins by fall. Central, wrestling its...

 

Dragons Fight Off Bison for First Victory

Hosting Tyrone on Jan. 20 in its home opener, the Central High School boys' basketball team fell behind early and was never able to catch up during a 63-51 setback. Playing Tyrone for the second time...

 

Bulldogs Drain 26 Treys in 2 Games

Fourteen 3-pointers were not enough to help the Claysburg-Kimmel High School boys' basketball team in its season opener Jan. 20. Host Tussey Mountain rallied from an eight-point halftime deficit to sn...

 

Panthers Post Huge Win Against Bellwood-Antis

Northern Bedford started the 2021 boys’ basketball season very differently than they ended the 2020 season in a 68-39 romp over visiting Bellwood-Antis on Jan. 19. After a season-ending loss in the 2020 playoffs in which the Panthers defense was...

 

Pa. Landowners Could Get More Time to Apply for DMAP

Landowners could get two additional months to apply to enroll their properties in the Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP). The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners on Jan. 23 voted preliminarily to extend the annual application deadline...

 

Old Order Mennonite Memoirs

"What Matters In A Day?" asks Margaret Peterson in her poem title and goes on to say: "By the power of God, a day is born With endless potential in it. We have 'free wills' so each may choose What to...

 

2019 College Grads In Pa. Carried An Average Of $39,027 In Student Debt

Last year's Pennsylvania college graduates on average racked up $39,027 in student loan debt, the second highest average among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to a new report...

 

The Sportsman's Corner

"Rich, you need to a column about littering. There's more trash around in the outdoors than I have seen in years," Donna told me during a recent walk with her dog on the rail trail. "Yes, dear. But,...

 

Local Students Named to Lock Haven's Fall 2020 Dean's List

Lock Haven University congratulates the more than 900 students who were named to the fall 2020 dean’s list. The following local students made the list: Allison Barton, Duncansville, majoring in health sciences; Mason Butler, Martinsburg, majoring...

 

Lines by Lee

I am nearly 2.5 years into my ministry as a hospice chaplain. Time flies. I like most everything about the job. I am able to meet amazing people and share God's Word with them. We listen to and...

 

Thought for the Week

Scriptures to Read: Proverbs 15:13-17 Proverbs 17:22 II Samuel 6:12-17 Isaiah 61:1-10 St. Luke 15:7-10 & 22-24 Psalm 16:11 & James 5:13 Ephesians 5:19 & Colossians 3:16 I am planning to...

 

Explaining the Practice of Choosing Confirmation Names

Various sects that fall under the umbrella of Christianity have their own unique traditions when it comes to the sacraments. Roman Catholics about to receive the sacrament of confirmation often are...

 

Mother Nature Delivers Snow, Ice to the Cove

Residents of Morrisons Cove awoke Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 25-26, to snow and freezing rain. Bill Brown removed snow from the walks at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Martinsburg on Monday morning....

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    January 28, 2021

Mandates Taking A Toll on Cove's Restaurants

The COVID-19 pandemic hit Pennsylvania restaurants on March 16 when Gov. Tom Wolf ordered restaurants in five counties to suspend in-door dining for an initial 14 days, and days later expanded the...

 

Pandemic may cause some permanent job loss

Fiscal analysts projected Jan. 21 that Pennsylvania’s economic damage from the pandemic will last years, and some jobs may never return. The Independent Fiscal Office released its five-year outlook that concluded lost economic growth in 2020 will...

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    Life    January 28, 2021

Community , 4-H Had a Leader and Friend In Fred Imler, Sr.

"He was a Shriner's Shriner," Dan Kindle, Jaffa recorder, said of Fred Imler, Sr. "Anything that supported the kids, he was always there," Kristin Bigelow, former 4H educator, said. "Fred always had a...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    January 28, 2021

Two Arrested in Jan. 21 Freedom Township Burglary

Two men are facing charges in connection with a home burglary in Freedom Township on Jan. 21. Giuseppe S. Amato, 28, of Woodbury, and Justin K. Brunner, 26, of Bedford, are facing charges after a traffic stop in Roaring Spring led police to the two...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    January 28, 2021

Claysburg Man Arrested as Crews Battle Blaze in Freedom Township

While fire crews battled a structure fire in Freedom Township on Jan. 20, Freedom Township police were making an arrest at the scene. Just before 6:30 p.m. fire crews were called to 351 Riverview St....

 

Spring Cove Superintendent: COVID-19 Response is 'A Huge Focus of Our Time'

At the regular Spring Cove School District Board of Directors meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 19, Superintendent Dr. Betsy Baker updated the board on cases of coronavirus and closings within the district. “The COVID-19 response remains a huge focus of...

 
 By Brian Hess    News    January 28, 2021

Claysburg-Kimmel High School to Reopen Jan. 29 After Two COVID-19 Cases

The Claysburg-Kimmel School District was notified Monday, Jan. 22, of two individuals who tested positive for COVID-19. The individuals were last in the junior/senior high school building and on district transportation on Thursday, Jan. 21. This meet...

 

Claysburg-Kimmel Board Approves Purchases of New Bleachers and Lighting

The Claysburg-Kimmel School Board of Directors approved the purchases of new bleachers and lighting during its regular meeting held virtually via Zoom Jan. 13. The new bleachers and press box at Bulldog Stadium was purchased for $439,000 from...

 

The Herald's Weekly Coronavirus Update

– WEEKLY UPDATE – As of noon 1/25/2021 Area Counties #Cases / #Deaths / Rate* Bedford: 2,641 / 117 / 244.3 Blair: 8,026 / 237 / 194.5 Cambria: 8,175 / 356 / 273.4 Centre: 9,921 / 185 / 113.9 Clearfield: 4,233 / 88 / 111.0 Fulton: 569 / 12 (n/c)...

 

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