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Po's Peek at the Past

My wife and son were with me in the car and I was somewhat distraught, to say the least. We were on our way home from visiting my dad in a Johnstown hospital and the outlook for him was not good. I...

 

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: Residents of North Woodbury Township: Over the next several weeks there will be petitions circulating in your township to place the following question on the May Primary Election Ballot, “Do you favor the granting of liquor licenses...

 

Other Voices

Do you know how often you use the services and programs provided by your county government? When you go to the courthouse for jury duty or to get a marriage license, it’s obvious that you are interacting with your county. But it’s not so obvious...

 

Spring Cove SD Awarded $500,000 'PAsmart' Grant

On Monday, Feb. 11, Gov. Tom Wolf announced $9.6 million in PAsmart Advancing Computer Science and STEM Education Grants will be distributed to 23 entities across Pennsylvania to expand Computer Science/STEM education. The Spring Cove School...

 

Books to Borrow Williamsburg Public Library Recommends

HIDDEN FIGURES (Jr. Non-Fiction adaptation) By Margot Lee Shetterly Illustrated by Laura Freeman In 2016 Margot Lee Shetterly wrote "Hidden Figures," the story of four African-American women who...

 

Snow and Ice Removal

Area borough and municipalities spent much of the day on Tuesday, Feb. 12, removing snow and ice from area roadways. Above, borough employees in Martinsburg remove the snow and ice along North Market...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    February 14, 2019

Freedom Twp. Supervisors Approve Beer Sales At McKee Sheetz

The Freedom Township Supervisors held a public hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 5, to hear a request from Sheetz, Inc. to approve the inter-municipal transfer of a restaurant liquor license from Altoona to...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    February 14, 2019

Three Arrested in Theft of $60,000 from Greenfield Twp. Home

Three area women, all under the age of 20, are behind bars after police said they stole $60,000 in cash from a Greenfeld Township home in September. Sarah J. Kramer, 19, of Martinsburg, and Kilee N.... Full story

 

HEATHER DIANNE (HILEMAN) STEWART

Heather D. (Hileman) Stewart, 44, of Williamsburg RR, went home to be with The Lord on Wednesday evening, Feb. 6, 2019, at Magee-Women's Hospital of Pittsburgh, following a courageous battle with...

 

KAY E. (SUCKLING) (BURKE) WRIGHT

Mrs. Kay E. (Suckling) (Burke) Wright, 87, of Martinsburg, died on Friday afternoon, Feb. 8, 2019, at The Village at Morrisons Cove, Martinsburg. At the request of the deceased there will be no...

 

PAUL GEORGE LANE

Paul G. Lane, 49, of Williamsburg, passed away on Saturday morning, Feb. 9, 2019, at UPMC Altoona, after a lengthy illness. A funeral service was held on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Fairview Church of the...

 

ROBERT F. 'DRAKIE' DRAKE

Robert F. "Drakie" Drake, 80, of Fredericksburg, Martinsburg RR, passed away on Sunday morning, Feb. 10, 2019, at his home. Friends will be received from 1 until the 2 p.m. funeral today, Thursday,...

 

MIRIAM L. HOOVER

Miriam L. Hoover, 91, formerly of East Freedom, passed away late Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, at The Village at Morrisons Cove, Martinsburg. A funeral was held on Saturday, Feb. 9, at Martinsburg Memorial Church of the Brethren. Pastor Chris Garretson and...

 

JAMES MARTIN RAYMOND 'HENRY' SETTLE

James Martin Raymond “Henry” Settle, 60, of Conway, South Carolina, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, in Conway. A memorial service will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Mckee playground building on Devecchis Street,...

 

Area Well-Represented as H.S. Sports Postseason Begins

The Morrisons Cove area will be well-represented in the upcoming District 6 high school basketball playoffs. Each of the boys' and girls' teams from Central, Claysburg-Kimmel and Williamsburg high...

 
 By MICHAEL SELL    News    February 14, 2019

Greenfield Residents Voice Displeasure Over Damaged Mailboxes

Several Greenfield Township residents attended the supervisor’s regular monthly meeting on Feb. 5 to express displeasure over damage to mailboxes that occurred from a township plow truck during a recent weather event. One of the residents said...

 

Mid State Trail Named Pa.'s Trail of the Year

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn recently announced the Mid State Trail has been named Pennsylvania’s 2019 Trail of the Year. “Showcasing some of our state’s most scenic areas, and offering hikers...

 
 By Dave Lemery    News    February 14, 2019

Pa. Attorney Gen'l Sues UPMC Over Insurance Acceptance

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro has accused healthcare provider UPMC of violating its obligations to patients as a charity organization and is suing to force the nonprofit to come to an agreement with rival Highmark. Highmark,...

 

Pa. Warns Residents of Current Tax Scams

The Pa. Department of Revenue on Feb. 6 issued a reminder to taxpayers to watch for scams that are used by criminals to steal money and personal financial information. One scam involves phony “Final Demand For Payment” notices mailed to...

 

Martinsburg Considers Hiring of Third Full-Time Police Officer

Martinsburg Borough Council is looking to establish a Police Civil Service Commission to hire a third full-time police officer. During the Feb. 4 meeting, councilmembers approved having representatives from the Beard Legal Group, Altoona, at the...

 
 By JUDITH OTT    News    February 14, 2019

Woodbury to Review Sidewalk Ordinance

Woodbury Borough Council held its monthly meeting on Feb. 4. Mayor Dave Chesney brought up discussion on the sidewalk ordinance that is dated back to 1914. Council will review data and possibly...

 

Broadband Internet Availability and Access in Rural Pennsylvania

The Center for Rural Pennsylvania is currently sponsoring research, Broadband Availability and Access in Rural Pennsylvania, to analyze and assess broadband availability in Pennsylvania, and is...

 

Study: Farm Manure Injection Reduces Phosphorus Runoff

Widespread adoption by dairy farmers of injecting manure into the soil instead of spreading it on the surface could be crucial to restoring Chesapeake Bay water quality, according to researchers who c...

 

Central Athletes to Play Softball, Soccer

Three Central High School seniors signed their letters of intent on Thursday, Feb. 7, to continue their academic and athletic careers at the collegiate level. In the top photo, Dylan Claycomb will...

 

Dragons Survive Tough Stretch

The Central Dragons expected a tough week last week and that’s exactly what they got. After surviving in overtime against Bellwood-Antis, the Dragons won a pair of Mountain League games to improve their seasonal record to an impressive 16-4. CHS...

 

The Sportsman's Corner: Hunters: Don't Celebrate Yet

A little more than a week ago, the big news for Cove-area sportsmen was that a scheduled cull of deer was staved off with the help of newly elected State Rep. Jim Gregory. Area sportsmen had applied...

 

CHS Girls Win 2 of 3

The Central Lady Dragon Basketball team raised its record to 9-11 as it won two of its three home games last week. The Lady Dragons defeated Johnstown in a non-league game while splitting a pair of Mountain Conference games. CHS 46, Johnstown 41 It...

 

Lady Panthers Fall to 3-17 Overall

Northern Bedford fell to 3-15 overall as a result of a 54-46 home loss to Southern Huntingdon on Feb. 4 The Lady Panthers held a 16-12 lead after one period, but a poor second quarter proved to be the difference. SH took a 27-24 lead at the half and...

 

Blue Pirates Drop Two ICC League Matchups

The Williamsburg High School boys’ basketball team fell behind 53-27 at halftime at Mount Union on Feb. 5 en route to a 74-40 setback. Josiah Dowey hit three 3-pointers and finished with 12 points to lead the Blue Pirates. Shane Brantner had a...

 

Bocce Debuts at Central

The sport of bocce debuted at Central High School on Thursday, Feb. 7. The Scarlet Dragons welcomed Hollidaysburg to the CHS gymnasium. A large crowd was on hand to cheer on and support both squads...

 

CHS Gives Marko 300th 'W'

Starting the week with a 4-9 record, the Central Dragon wrestling team needed a big week as the postseason approached. The Dragons got just what they hoped for as they registered six wins, setting their record at 10-9 on the season. After defeating...

 

C-K Girls Improve Mark to 14-4

The Claysburg-Kimmel High School girls’ basketball team stretched its winning streak to four games following a 69-33 victory at Glendale on Feb. 4. C-K jumped out to a 21-6 lead after one quarter and pushed it to 34-17 by halftime. The Lady...

 

Panthers Win Second of Year

Northern Bedford charged out to a double-digit lead early in the second period, only to falter in the second half, in a 53-40 road loss at McConnellsburg on Feb. 4. The Panthers, led by Dalton Smith’s 18-point effort, were on their game early but...

 

WHS Girls Post Back-to Back Wins

The Williamsburg High School girls’ basketball team pulled out a 43-39 overtime victory against visiting Mount Union on Feb. 4. Kassidy McChessney led the Lady Pirates with 10 points and eight rebounds and added four steals. Anna Ward added nine...

 

Bulldogs Knock Off Tussey Mt.

A 22-11 second-quarter run propelled the Claysburg-Kimmel boys’ basketball team to a 65-58 victory at Tussey Mountain on Feb. 6. The surge gave the Bulldogs a 39-25 advantage at halftime. The Titans won the second half 33-26, including 17-11 in...

 

NB Grapplers Rout JV, Edge Bellwood

The Northern Bedford High School wrestling team earned four falls en route to a 66-6 victory at Juniata Valley on Feb. 5. Eyziak Cottle (132 pounds), Jay Ebersole (220), Kyle Guyer (285) and Austin Mowry (170) pinned their JV opponents. Seven...

 

State Sen. Ward Opens New Office

The Blair County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, Jan. 31, to open the new office of State Sen. Judy Ward. The office is located at 1904 N. Juniata St. Hollidaysburg....

 

Old Order Mennonite Memoirs

Since outdoor flowers were nonexistent last week, I was more conscious of them in other places, even though they were not real flowers. Monday's warm sunshine on Feb. 4, enticed me outdoors for a...

 
 By ROBIN DODSON    News    February 14, 2019

Trooper Visits Taylor Township

Trooper John Brown of the Pennsylvania State Police addressed the Taylor Township Board of Supervisors at their monthly meeting on Monday, Feb. 4. Brown explained an officer is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week if anyone in the township would...

 

C-K Elementary Sets Registration For Kindergarten

The Claysburg-Kimmel Elementary School has scheduled kindergarten registration for Thursday and Friday, April 4-5. To be eligible for the 2019-20 kindergarten class, a child must be 5 years old before July 1, 2019. If you have a child who is...

 

Lines By Lee: God Is Love

Last week I approached a woman. When she saw me she said, "You look wonderful." Of course I liked the sound of that. Then she added, "I love you." I was not expecting that! She was not my wife....

 

Thought for the Week: Sermon on the Sabbath IV

Verse 38a – "...through this Man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sin." Verse 39b – "and by Him all that believe are justified..." I believe all men want to be forgiven. Most certainly all...

 

Area Foundation Aids Food Pantries, Backpack Programs

M&T Bank's Charitable Foundation held its 10th annual luncheon on Wednesday, Jan. 23, in which it gave monetary contributions to area food pantries and backpack programs which included the...

 

Christian Singles to Meet Feb. 15 In Duncansville

The monthly Christian Singles fellowship gathering will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 15, at Hoss’s Steak & Sea House in Duncansville. Attendees will gather in the restaurant’s banquet room. “Come and bring a friend, and relax with good...

 

Claysburg-Kimmel FBLA Plunges for Special Olympics

Members of Claysburg-Kimmel Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) recently collaborated with the Pennsylvania Special Olympics and Sheetz, Inc. to spread awareness and raise money for the...

 

McKee Woman Turns 100; Receives Citation from State

Helen Decker of McKee celebrated her 100th birthday on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. She was born on Feb. 13, 1919, in McKee, daughter of Samuel and Edith Wilt. She is the oldest of four sisters and...

 

Learning with Robots

Third grader Anna Lanzendorfer and fifth grader Kiri Dougherty, students at St. Patrick Catholic School in Newry, demonstrate "Dash" the robot to visitor Hunter Fickes, age 5, during an open house...

 

Keefer to Wed Bookhammer

Kevin and Deneen Keefer of Gibsonia, Allegheny County, and Kevin and Bobbi Bookhammer of Williamsburg are pleased to announce the engagement of their children, Michael Loughery Keefer and Sarah...

 

Hit a home run!

Jamie Houck (left), treasurer of the Williamsburg Youth Softball and Baseball League, accepts a donation from Crist Bardell, community office manager of the Williamsburg Branch of CBT Bank. In...

 

DEP Permits Issued for Authority Projects

Stiffler McGraw engineer John Clabaugh reported to the Williamsburg Municipal Authority that all state Dept. of Environmental Protection objections from last month have been addressed and all permits were issued for the upcoming municipal authority...

 

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