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School Threat Reporting Program Off to Good Start

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro released information on Jan. 23 on the first-week results for the Safe2Say Something Anonymous Reporting System, a statewide program enabling students, teachers, school administrators and others to detect...

 

How a 59-Year-Old Gym Gets Renovated

A ribbon cutting for the new Central High School Gymnasium was held on Tuesday, Jan. 15, prior to the Central High School boys' varsity basketball game against Tyrone Area High School. The event...

 

No Threat at Northern Bedford School District

To get ahead of the rumor mill, Northern Bedford School District administrators on Friday, Feb. 1, alerted parents with an automatic message regarding an issue in the district. Todd Beatty, Northern Bedford superintendent, told the Herald that... Full story

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    January 31, 2019

'Mutual Violence' Defined Martinsburg Couple's Relationship

Publisher's Note: We at the Herald are sensitive to the disturbing nature of this news story. We received a telephone call on Tuesday asking us to consider the effects of the story on children. We...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    January 31, 2019

Area Teacher Charged With Inappropriate Student Contact

A Martinsburg woman who teaches special education at Altoona Area High School turned herself in to police last Friday, Jan. 25, to face felony charges after an Altoona police investigation turned up...

 

I Guess I'm at 'That Age'

Two people recently died who had an influence on my life, so I was sad to see them go. They’re two people you’ve probably never heard of: Harris Wofford and John C. Bogle. Harris Wofford was appointed to the United States Senate in 1991 by Gov....

 

Roaring Spring Library Begins Annual Appeal

As a staple in the Roaring Spring Borough, the Roaring Spring Community Library has always been open to the community with welcoming arms. Throughout the year we host many valuable programs to the community such as “Take a Coat, Leave a Coat,...

 

Books to Borrow

"How well you live your life is largely determined by your attitude toward other people." ~Cal Turner Jr. Cal Turner Jr. has had a pretty full life. The first in his family to graduate college, he...

 

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: How does a no-news event generate massive news coverage? It appears that by taking a clip of a few minutes and showing it with biased commentary can do just that. There were students from a catholic high school in Covington, Kentucky,...

 

CHLOE WAKEFIELD BROWN

Chloe Wakefield Brown, 93, a resident of Calvert Manor Healthcare Center, Rising Sun, Maryland, formerly of Martinsburg, passed away on Wednesday evening, Jan. 23, 2019, at the center. A funeral was...

 

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: It is mind-boggling that so many supposedly educated people – including those representing the government – fall to this so-called climate change (hoax). We used to call it weather. It is normal to have the abnormal situations in...

 

RUTH E. KING

Ruth E. King, 102, of Martinsburg, formerly of Salemville, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, at Homewood in Martinsburg. A funeral was will held on Sunday, Jan. 27, at the Weaver Funeral Home...

 

ANNA MAE BOWERS

Anna Mae Bowers, 90, of Roaring Spring, died on Saturday evening, Jan. 26, 2019, at UPMC Altoona, following a brief illness. A funeral was held on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at the Todd T. Thompson Funeral Home Inc., www.thompsonfh.com, Roaring Spring....

 

SHELDON H. 'PEEP' APPLEMAN JR.

Sheldon H. “Peep” Appleman Jr., 49, of Martinsburg, died on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. Services are private at the convenience of the family. He was born on Sept. 23, 1969, in Altoona, the son of Florence (Brawley) Appleman and the late Sheldon H....

 

CASSANDRA L. APPLEMAN

Cassandra L. Appleman, 30, of Martinsburg, died on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. Services will be held at the convenience of the family. She was born on June 21, 1988, in Altoona, the daughter of Melissa A. (Hall) Flaugh and the late Jeffrey Flaugh....

 

DR. DEAN S. 'STEVE' WAKEFIELD

Dr. Dean S. “Steve” Wakefield, 64, of Saxton, passed away on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown. A funeral was held on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at Weaver Funeral Home LLC www.weaversfh.com, Woodbury. Pastor Kathy Sp...

 

CHARLES E. 'CHICK' KANODE

Charles E. “Chick” Kanode, 77, of Martinsburg, passed away late Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019 at The Village at Morrisons Cove, Martinsburg, after a brief illness. A funeral was held on Monday, Jan. 28, at Martinsburg Mennonite Church. Pastor Joseph...

 

BETTY G. (GLASS) CREPS

Betty G. (Glass) Creps, 88, of Roaring Spring, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, at The Lutheran Home at Hollidaysburg, after a brief illness. At Betty’s request, all services will be private. Inurnment will be at Diehl’s Crossroads...

 

LAVON NEWSWANGER

Lavon Newswanger, 49, of Roaring Spring, died on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, at UPMC Altoona Hospital. A funeral was held on Monday, Jan. 28, at the Martinsburg Old Order Mennonite Church. Surviving are his wife Diane and children Charlie and Levi;...

 

Gregory Named to House Committees for 2019-20

State Rep. Jim Gregory (R-Blair) had been named to four standing House committees by the Committee on Committees and House leadership for the 2019-20 Legislative Session. The committees he will serve on are the Tourism and Recreational Development Co...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    January 31, 2019

Claysburg Woman Charged In Husband's Sept. Death

A Claysburg woman has been jailed without bail in connection with the shooting death of her husband last September. Nancy Lee Focht, 71, of Claysburg, Kimmel Township, was arrested on Sunday, Jan....

 

The Curve to Become 'Yinzers' On Select Dates in '19 Season

The Altoona Curve announced another addition to the 2019 promotional calendar on Jan. 22 with a seven-game team rebrand series, complete with a new team name and uniforms. On select weekend home games...

 

The Sportsman's Corner: A Major Problem

I like to attend high-school athletic events. During the winter, I manage to get out to a few basketball games. Occasionally at these games, I run into someone who has something to say about "The...

 

Blue Pirates Earn Second Win

Claysburg-Kimmel outscored host Williamsburg 38-32 in the second half of Jan. 22 en route to a 66-60 victory in high school boys’ basketball action. The game was tied at 28-28 at halftime, but C-K won the third quarter 18-14 and the final frame...

 

WHS Girls Fall To 5-11 on Year

The Williamsburg High School girls’ basketball team dropped to 5-11 following a 45-30 loss at Moshannon Valley on Jan. 25. Kassidy McChessney paced Williamsburg with 10 points. Alexi McMonagle and Krista Simpson each added six points. McMonagle...

 

Taking Action to Reduce Impact Of Chronic Wasting Disease

The Pennsylvania Game Commission, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Wildlife Services (USDA-WS), is conducting a project in Blair and Bedford counties to reduce the impact of chronic wasting disease (CWD). CWD is a threat to...

 

PGC to Recruit New Game Warden Class

The Pennsylvania Game Commission is recruiting the 32nd class of State Game Warden Cadets at its Ross Leffler School of Conservation in Harrisburg. The State Civil Service Commission on or about Jan. 28 will post a job announcement for and begin...

 

C-K Grapplers Defeat Juniata Valley

The Claysburg-Kimmel High School wrestling team took advantage of five forfeits en route to a 47-12 victory at Juniata Valley on Jan. 22. There were only three matches wrestled on the night, all won by the Bulldogs (3-9). Hunter Dively earned a fall...

 

Tigers Tame Dragons

The Central Dragon boys’ basketball team was able to play just one of its three scheduled games last week and fell short in a non-league match-up with neighboring Hollidaysburg on Jan. 21. The loss dropped the Dragons’ record to 11-3 on the...

 

Lady Dragons Move To 7-9 on Campaign

It was a great week for the Central Lady Dragons as they swept a pair of home Mountain League contests. After pounding Bald Eagle Area, Central won a close battle with Bellefonte. CHS 35, BEA 16 On Jan. 22, the Dragon defense dominated play, holding...

 

Black Panthers Fall To Glendale, Tussey

Glendale defeated Northern Bedford 78-55 in boys’ basketball at NB last Wednesday evening, Jan. 23. The Vikings led 31-19 at the half. NB got as close as 38-30 in the middle of the third period before the Vikings went on a run that ballooned the le...

 

Lady Panthers Pick Up Second Win of Season

Northern Bedford’s girls’ basketball team got its second win of the season in a 45-42 victory at Forbes Road on Tuesday night, Jan. 22. Madison Cottle hit for 17 points, including four treys, to propel the Lady Panthers. Northern trailed 16-8 at...

 

Panther Wrestlers Lose On the Road to Glendale

The Northern Bedford High School wrestling team fell to 7-8 following a 53-27 loss at Glendale on Jan. 22. Trailing 12-0, the Black Panthers scored the next 18 points – falls at 160 pounds by Colby Imler and at 170 by Austin Mowry and a forfeit at...

 

KEGLER'S KORNER

The Tuesday Afternoon Ladies' League standings for the week of Jan. 8 are: W L Dreamsicles 4 0 Candy Apples 4 0 Sugar Daddys 4 0 Cake Pops 0 4 Corn Dogs 0 4 High scores: Team series: Dreamsicles 964...

 

PGC Looking to Begin Deer Season on Saturday

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners on Tuesday, Jan. 29, gave preliminary approval to hunting and trapping seasons and bag limits for the 2019-20 license year. Modifications proposed for the 2019-20 seasons include: moving the opening day...

 

PGC Board Sets Meetings

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners on Tuesday, Jan. 29, set its schedule of meetings for the coming year. The next quarterly meeting is Monday, April 8, and Tuesday, April 9, at the Game Commission’s Harrisburg headquarters. Meetings...

 

Old Order Mennonite Memoirs

Doing laundry for loved ones isn't a new thing for me. Being the oldest in a family of 10 children, I learned at a young age how to sort clothing on piles according to color or soiled condition. In a...

 

'Friends' to Give Money to Library

The Friends of the Martinsburg Community Library met Tuesday evening, Jan. 15, at the Martinsburg Community Library. The Friends voted to give $3,500 from their treasury to the library. The net profit for the candy/pretzel sale was $2,584. Next...

 

Volunteers Travel to Carolinas for Disaster Trip

A group of volunteers from the Middle Pennsylvania District Church of the Brethren traveled in two vans to Lumberton, North Carolina, to do repairs on five homes that were damaged from flooding and...

 

Taylor Conley Named to Dean's List at Iowa St.

Approximately 9,752 Iowa State University (Ames) students have been recognized for outstanding academic achievement by being named to the fall semester 2018 dean’s list. Students named to the Dean's List must have earned a grade-point average of...

 

Michael Speck On Dean's List

Michael Thomas Speck, a sophomore from Roaring Spring, has been named to the Spartanburg (South Carolina) Methodist College dean’s list for grades earned during the fall 2018 academic semester. Dean’s list students have achieved a grade point...

 

Thought for the Week: Sermon on the Sabbath II

Paul begins phase two of his sermon set in that present day. Of course these Jews are hundreds of miles removed from the scene of the first church, but they are also 20 or more years past the time. I...

 

Lines By Lee: Weather or Not

Are you ready for the big day? Groundhog Day is right around the corner! The idea of the Punxsy prognosticator predicting the future has me thinking about the weather. Weather is one of the most...

 

Snyder Earns Degree at Clarion

Maria Snyder of Woodbury graduated with a MED Education: Special Education Concentration degree during December commencement ceremonies at Clarion University of Pennsylvania....

 

Smith Transport Supports Organizations

Smith Transport Inc. of Roaring Spring celebrated its successful year of giving in 2018 on Thursday, Jan. 24. Led by the company's first-ever Charity Committee, employees and officials raised more...

 

Commissioners Give $120,000 to Local Preservation Efforts

The Blair County commissioners, as part of the 2019 budget, have allocated $120,000 from their Marcellus Shale funds for use to preserve Blair County Farmland. This allocation, an increase of $40,000 from recent years, will likely ensure that three...

 

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program Applications Now Available Thru June 30

Application forms for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program are now available for eligible Pennsylvanians to begin claiming rebates on property taxes or rent paid in 2018, Revenue Secretary Dan Hassell announced Jan. 23. The deadline to apply for a...

 

Ward to Serve on 5 Additional Senate Committees During '19-20

In addition to serving as chair of the Senate Intergovernmental Affairs Committee, State Sen. Judy Ward (R-30) will serve on five other Senate committees during the 2019-20 Legislative Session. Ward was appointed to serve as vice chair of the Senate...

 

Ribbon Cutting At Rep. Gregory's Office in Hollidaysburg

The Blair County Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8, to celebrate the opening of the office of State Rep. Jim Gregory, located at 324 Allegheny St., Hollidaysburg. The ribbon cutting will be held...

 

From the 'Burg to Your Kitchen

It’s Super Bowl week, and for most of us, our favorite team is not in the biggest game of the season but still we must celebrate! I’ve decided to cheer for the Patriots because I have kind of a crush on their star wide receiver Julian Edelman, bu...

 

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