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 By RICK BOSTON    News    February 21, 2019

Hunters, Game Commission at Odds Over CWD Management

The growing concern about how to manage the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) among the deer herd in southern Blair and northern Bedford counties has put the Pennsylvania Game Commission at...

 

Airport Authority Seeking Alcohol License for Restaurant

The Altoona-Blair County Airport Authority is asking for support from registered voters in North Woodbury Township in helping to bring alcohol sales to the restaurant located in the main terminal...

 

Lisa Peel Named First Manager of Roaring Spring Borough

For 24 years, Lisa Peel has served Roaring Spring Borough, starting her career in 1994 as a part-time administrative assistant in the borough office before moving into the role of borough secretary....

 

ALICE DIANE (ENGLAND) WARREN

Alice Diane (England) Warren, 76, passed from this world on Wednesday morning, Feb. 13, 2019, at Johnston-Willis Hospital, Richmond, Virginia. Friends will be received from 10 a.m. until the noon...

 

GARY ROBERT 'BOB' WAGNER

Gary Robert "Bob" Wagner, 71, of Williamsburg RR, passed away on Saturday evening, Feb. 16, 2019, at Maybrook Hills Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center, Altoona. A funeral was held on Tuesday,...

 

HOWARD RAYMOND WILLIAMS

Howard Raymond Williams, 80, a resident of Maybrook Hills Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, formerly of Claysburg, passed away on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center,...

 

RALPH J. MCINTYRE

Ralph J. McIntyre, who was born on Sept. 20, 1937, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, in Winter Haven, Florida, after a battle with CHF. He was the oldest son of the late Walter and Harriet...

 

Kolton Reasy on Dean's List at Del Valley

Kolton Reasy, a resident of New Enterprise, was honored for academic achievement by being named to the dean's list at Delaware Valley University, Doylestown, for the fall 2018 semester....

 

Pre-Verified for REAL ID in Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is reminding customers that they can join more than 140,000 Pennsylvanians who have pre-verified for REAL ID online and at driver license centers statewide. Customers who bring in the required...

 

Pa. Residents Urged to Donate to Local Food Pantries

Even though the federal government is back to business as usual, millions of Pennsylvanians continue to feel the ramifications of the 35-day shutdown, and likely will for weeks to come. Food banks and pantries across the country also are feeling the...

 

Bedford Farm Bureau to Host Safety Training

Bedford County Farm Bureau and Nationwide Insurance will host a Member Benefits, Pesticide Applicators and Safety Training from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6, at the Bedford Township Building. Those in attendance will receive two Core...

 

Scouts Earn Arrow of Light

Pack 57 celebrated its Blue and Gold Banquet on Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Roaring Spring. Bailey Wilt, Christian Heuston and Eddie Laws earned their Arrow of Light...

 

Books to Borrow Williamsburg Public Library Recommends

TROUBLESOME WOMEN Gender, Crime and Punishment in Antebellum, Pennsylvania By Erica Rhodes Hayden Books that are given in memory or in honor of someone is a great way to help the library, by giving a...

 

Society and Politics In Wayne's World: Marxist Amerika

"Socialism is for the people, not the Socialists." – Andrew Wilkow Nothing raises the dander on the average Democrat like calling them a Marxist. I know, I've been doing it for years. But things...

 

Rare Roll-Call Vote on Endorsements

What was not reported in the media this weekend about the Pennsylvania Republican Party Winter meeting was the rare call for a roll-call vote on whether or not to endorse candidates almost four months before the Primary Election. “The significance...

 

Step Up … or Stop Complaining! Your Community Needs You

During this year’s municipal elections, voters will see familiar names when they stand in front of their voting machines … not the names from the nightly news, but rather the names of friends and neighbors who want to serve their community. In a...

 

American Cancer Society Spotlight – Blair County

The American Cancer Society, the largest voluntary health organization, is committed to continuing to ensure people facing cancer have the help they need, as well as continuing the fight for access to quality healthcare, lifesaving screenings,...

 

Spring Cove District's Grant Total Well Ahead of 2017-18

At a brief Spring Cove School Board meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 19, Superintendent Dr. Betsy Baker extended her thanks for everyone's diligence during the 2018-19 school year in seeking out and pursuing...

 

Blair County: Changes Made to Retirement Fund 'Beneficial'

Blair County announced on Feb. 14 that changes made to the Blair County Employee Retirement Fund in 2018 have “proven beneficial.” The Blair County Retirement Board, consisting of commissioners Bruce Erb, and Ted Beam and Treasurer Jim Carothers...

 

Genealogical Society to Offer Family History Research Classes

The Blair County Genealogical Society will offer genealogy classes at 7 p.m. on three consecutive Tuesdays in March at the Roller-Hojeth Memorial Library, 431 Scotch Valley Road, Hollidaysburg. The classes are for everyone from the beginner to the...

 

Bedford County Day Set March 9 at Historical Soc.

The Bedford County Historical Society will celebrate Bedford County Day at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, at the Hall at Kinton’s Knob (BCHS, second Floor), 6441 Lincoln Highway, Bedford. This annual celebration features a particular area of Bedford...

 

Blair Farm Bureau to Host Safety Training

Blair County Farm Bureau and Nationwide Insurance will be hosting two Member Benefits, Pesticide Applicators and Safety trainings. The first training will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6, at West Central Equipment, Martinsburg. The...

 

Dragons Ready for Postseason

Playing on back-to-back nights due to rescheduling, the Central Dragon basketball team split its final two regular season games and finished with a solid 17-5 record. The Dragons (seeded second) will...

 

4 NB Wrestlers Advance To Southwest Regionals

Northern Bedford High School will send four wrestlers to the Southwest Class 2A Regional Tournament on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22-23, at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Ian Sherlock, Austin Mowry, Alex Fouse and Kyle Guyer qualified for...

 

Marko Advances to Regionals

The District 6 Class 2A wrestling playoffs took place last weekend at the Altoona Area High School Fieldhouse. The Central Dragons took 19th place of 27 teams overall and advanced senior Logan Marko to this weekend’s Southwest Regional Tournament...

 

C-K's Harr Qualifies for AA Regionals

The Claysburg-Kimmel High School wrestling team will send one wrestler to the upcoming regional tournament. Junior Kobe Harr will wrestle in the 160-pound bracket at Southwest Class 2A Regional Tournament on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22-23, at...

 

Central Girls Climb to .500 With Consecutive Victories

The Central Lady Dragon basketball team ended the season on a strong note, winning both games last week and evening its record to 11-11 on the season. Central (seeded eighth) defeated Mountain League rival Philipsburg-Osceola (seeded ninth) 37-24 on...

 

Panthers Finish Campaign on High Note

Northern Bedford’s boys’ basketball team fell to Berlin Brothersvalley 82-44 on Senior Night on Feb. 14. The Mountaineers bombed the Panthers with nine treys in the first half en route to a 48-19 halftime lead. “They were hot out of the gate...

 

Curve Fest Set for March 2

The Altoona Curve will host Curve Fest, presented by Ravine, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at Peoples Natural Gas Field, Altoona. The event will mark the first chance for fans to purchase 2019 individual game tickets and will feature...

 

Lady Bulldogs Win 3 of 4

The Claysburg-Kimmel High School girls’ basketball team began a stretch of four games in four days on Feb. 13 with a 74-35 victory over visiting Northern Bedford. C-K stormed out of the gates to a 22-7 lead after the first quarter and extended the...

 

Lady Pirates Fall In First Round

The 2018-19 campaign came to an end for the Williamsburg High School girls’ basketball team on Monday night, Feb. 18. The Lady Pirates, seeded sixth in the District 6 Class 1A playoffs, fell to third-seeded Purchase Line 54-36. Details will appear...

 

Gymnasts at Championships

The Garver YMCA Gymcatz gymnastics program has three gymnasts who have qualified in the silver division for the 2019 PA Classic State Gymnastics Championships. The girls will represent Central High...

 

The Sportsman's Corner: Thoughts from Fly-Tying Room

One late night during the recent "polar vortex," I was ensconced in my fly tying room, supposedly reading. Actually, I was probably spending more time daydreaming (although it was nighttime). I was...

 

Blue Pirates Win on the Road, 58-47

The Williamsburg High School boys’ basketball team dropped an 88-77 home decision to Tussey Mountain on Feb. 14. Tussey Mountain extended its 51-46 lead at halftime to 73-62 through three quarters. Each squad netted 15 points in the final eight...

 

Bulldogs Win 10th of Year

Claysburg-Kimmel lost on the road to West Branch in high school boys’ basketball action on Feb. 11, 86-43. C-K 60, Mo Valley 48 Claysburg-Kimmel ended its regular-season schedule on Feb. 15 with a 60-48 victory at Moshannon Valley. The Bulldogs...

 

Old Order Mennonite Memoirs

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly. "One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower." When I found this little saying by Hans Christian Andersen, I was pleased. Not only are butterf...

 

St. Francis U. Students Named to Dean's List, President's List

St. Francis University, Loretto, has congratulated the following students who were named to the dean's list and President’s list for the Fall 2018 semester. Dean’s List Claysburg – Courtney Garver, Emma Smith East Freedom – McKenna Harbaugh,...

 

Not Your Typical Church Lady: Responsibility

When I was a little girl, my dad taught me how to hit properly. He taught me how to make a fist (thumb OUTSIDE, not inside for anyone who has no idea). He taught me how to throw a punch. He told me “Give them two warnings first. If they don’t...

 

Thought for the Week: And Then What?

A wonderful message of forgiveness and justification had been preached. Paul and Barnabas have done well. Their message has been gladly received. Remember that it was not only Jews by birth but also...

 

Celebrating 100 Years

Leanor (Detwiler) Yingling of Hollidaysburg celebrated her 100th birthday on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, at a party hosted by her three children. The party was at the Presbyterian Village, with four...

 

Faith Assembly Plans Meal and Speaker March 5

The men's committee at Faith Assembly of God Church, Roaring Spring, has planned its Men's Mid-Winter Feast. The dinner will be at the church on Tuesday, March 5, beginning at 6:30 pm. The church...

 

'A Novel Affair' to Benefit Roaring Spring Library

The Roaring Spring Community Library will host its 11th annual “A Novel Affair” silent auction at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, at Trinity United Methodist Church, Roaring Spring. A Novel Affair is the library’s prime fundraiser and which...

 

Anna Ormsby Named to Dean's List At Geneava

Anna Ormsby, a junior from Martinsburg, was named to Geneva College's (Beaver Falls) dean's list for the fall 2018 semester. To be eligible for this recognition, students in traditional programs must earn a grade-point average of at least 3.6 while...

 
 By JUDITH OTT    News    February 21, 2019

South Woodbury Township Supervisors Reorganizes for Year

The Board of Supervisors of South Woodbury Township reorganized for the year on Tuesday, Jan. 2. Jay T. Claycomb is the newest member of the supervisors, replacing Michael Shaffer. Rick Mussleman was...

 

Libraries Launch Reading App

Area libraries launched a new partnership recently with the cloudLibrary app. Now patrons can discover new content, borrow all their favorites and save future reads with cloudLibrary. They can read or listen to e-books and e-audiobooks on the go, at...

 

Roaring Spring Library Sets 'Love Your Library' Campaign

During the month of February, the Roaring Spring Community Library will hold its annual Love Your Library campaign. For those who do not know, Love Your Library is when the Roaring Spring library places jars at various establishments throughout the...

 

Area Students Earn Degrees at California, Pa.

California University of Pennsylvania has announced its August and December 2018 graduates. The following is a list alphabetical by towns of the area students who graduated from Cal U in August and December 2018. California University’s 187th...

 

From the 'Burg to Your Kitchen

Last week, we celebrated one of my favorite holidays, Valentine's Day, but I'm still feeling the loving mood – of course, with chocolate. Here are two more recipes that are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth – even after the holiday is long over....

 

Williamsburg Proud!

Trials and tribulations have tested this resilient group of Williamsburg Jr. High Lady Pirates who capped off their roller-coaster season by winning the Inter-County Conference title on Saturday, Feb...

 

5 Steps To Help Small Town Grocery Stores

Grocery stores are a staple on rural main streets across the country. They provide fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, staple food items, and even cleaning supplies, toiletries, and over-the-counter medicine. We’ve heard from a few communities who...

 

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