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  • Clair Eugene Smith

    Feb 24, 2022

    Clair Eugene “Gene” Smith, 85, of Martinsburg, went into the presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022. Gene was the son of the late George C. and Hazel (Gunnett) Smith. On Sept. 10, 1955, he married Mary Jane (Riley) Smith and together they shared 49 years of marriage until her death July 2005. Gene is survived by his second wife, Anna (Fagans) Smith, with whom he shared 14 years of marriage. Also surviving are a son, Gerald Smith (Linda) of Martinsburg; a...

  • Robert R. Laughlin

    Feb 24, 2022

    Robert R. Laughlin, 73, of Hollidaysburg, entered eternal rest on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022, after complications from surgery. He was born Jan. 14, 1949, in Altoona, the son of the late John and May Mae (Crago) Laughlin. He married Mary Jo Heverly April 19, 1969. He is survived by his wife; four children: Tiffany Treese and husband Michael of Hollidaysburg, Bobby Laughlin of Hollidaysburg, Chastity Beers and husband Ed of Martinsburg, and Tara Jacka and husband Preston of Stewartstown; two...

  • Edith E. Miller

    Feb 24, 2022

    Edith E. Miller, 86, a resident of Messiah Lifeways, Mechanicsburg, entered Heaven’s gates Friday, Feb. 11, 2022, at the West Shore Hospital, Mechanicsburg. She was born Jan. 10, 1936, in Williamsville, New York. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joe D. and Trena May (Brown) Miller also from Williamsville, New York, a brother, Gilbert from Lynchburg, Va., Jan. 11, 2021, and a nephew, Allen E. Miller, Dec. 1, 2018. She is survived by her sister, Sharon (Earl) Herr of Martinsburg, and...

  • Judith Ann (Neeley) Ayers

    Feb 24, 2022

    Judith Ann (Neeley) Ayers, 79, of Martinsburg, passed away Friday evening, Feb. 18, 2022, at The Village at Morrisons Cove, Martinsburg. She was born June 9, 1942, in Roaring Spring, daughter of the late Julius Neeley and Marian (Kensinger) Dodson and was also preceded in death by her step-father, Warren Dodson. On Oct. 22, 1960, she married John D. Ayers at the Black Oak Mennonite Church, Warfordsburg. She is survived by her beloved husband of 61 years; a son, Brian Ayers (Sue) of Martinsburg; a daughter, Barbara Ayers of Martinsburg; a daught...

  • Melissa A. Merritts

    Feb 24, 2022

    Melissa A. Merritts, 53, of Martinsburg, who passed away Dec. 18, 2021, will have a memorial service Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022, at the Hollidaysburg Church of the Brethren from 10 until 11 a.m., with service at 11 a.m. All are welcome....

  • Donna S. Irvin

    Feb 24, 2022

    Donna S. Irvin, 83, of Williamsburg, passed away Wednesday morning, Feb. 16, 2022, at UPMC Altoona. She was born March 7, 1938, in Altoona, daughter of the late, Oliver P. and Edith N. (Criswell) Sollenberger. On April 28, 1957, she married Donald C. Irvin at the Williamsburg United Methodist Church. She is survived by her beloved husband of almost 65 years; a daughter, Cheri R. Smith (Mark) of Martinsburg; three sons: Randy C. Irvin (Marybeth) of Pittsburgh, Doug S. Irvin (Karen) of Raleigh, NC and Phillip D. Irvin (Robin) of Roaring Spring;...

  • Anna R. Jewell

    Feb 24, 2022

    Anna R. Jewell, 97, of Roaring Spring, formerly of East Freedom, passed away Sunday, Feb. 20, 2022, at Conemaugh Nason Medical Center, Roaring Spring. She was born Feb. 18, 1925, in Roaring Spring, daughter of the late Harry D. and Mary A. (Brumbaugh) Miller. She married Roy E. Jewell Sr. Jan. 21, 1945, in Cumberland, Md. He preceded her in death April 11, 2011. She is survived by four daughters: Nancy Mobley and husband Don Bookhammer, Pauline Grace and husband, Roger and Sandra Norris all of Roaring Spring, and Barbara Jewell of Martinsburg,...

  • Fouled Out: Finishing High School Basketball

    MARSHALL WALLY RITCHEY, For the Herald|Feb 24, 2022

    As the basketball season proceeded toward the end, NBC was tied with Bedford High School for the Bedford County Championship. Bedford was a big school. We had soundly beat Bedford on our basketball court but Bedford had won on their court. So now there was a playoff on a neutral court. The game was on a Tuesday and played at Everett High School. The bleachers were filled and there was standing room only. Dad drove from Pittsburgh to watch the game. I could hear his voice over the large roaring...

  • Books to Borrow Martinsburg Public Library Recommends

    Feb 24, 2022

    If you are a fan of the mystery genre, I would recommend you check out this cozy “who-done-it” by Nita Prose. Her protagonist is an unexpected and unwilling sleuth, and the plot will keep you on your toes until the very end. Molly Gray is different from other people. She has a challenging time reading typical social clues and the intentions of others. Her gran raised her and interpreted the world for her. She also provided Molly with simple rules to help her with coping with the world at...

  • 'Buy Here. Thrive Here.' Takes 'Buy Here. Live Here.' to the Next Level

    JOE HURD, President Blair County Chamber|Feb 24, 2022

    It has been ten years since the Blair County Chamber introduced its “Buy Here. Live Here.” initiative to encourage more businesses to take a hard look at their purchasing practices. A survey, created by a couple business professors from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown in 2008, helped chambers in five counties to determine how many business dollars were leaving the Southern Alleghenies region for destinations outside that region. The results were mind-boggling. In the case of Blair County, that number was $2.9 million-a-day. And...

  • Letter to the Editor

    Feb 24, 2022

    To the Editor: Unfortunately, toward the end of 2021, the Williamsburg Blue Pirate athletic fraternity lost three special members. As basketball players at W.H.S., all three were senior starters and each one was on Juniata Valley League championship squads and then played in games for the District “ 6” title, as well. Ron Robeson ('55), along with senior contributors Ed Allender, Phil Over, Al Shaffer and John Burger won the school’s second JVL championship after close to a 20 year drought (1936). Coach Bill Casper’s squad ('54-'55)...

  • 125 Years Ago

    Feb 24, 2022

    Herald of Feb. 25, 1897 A very pretty home wedding took place February 23 at 6 o’clock p.m. at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Biddle near Loysburg, the contracting parties being Miss Annie Biddle and Mr. John Woodcock of Altoona. Rev. J. K. Lloyd performed the ceremony. Miss Nannie Boyer and Mr. Harry Brown were the attendants. A delightful supper was served after the ceremony. The newly wedded couple will reside in Altoona. From the editor: We think it sounds rather disrespectful to the memory of the Father of our country to call the...

  • 50 Years Ago

    Feb 24, 2022

    Herald of Feb. 24, 1972 The worst snowstorm in six years fell in the Cove bringing 60 mile an hour winds and approximately 20 inches of snow. The snow started falling on Friday and continued through Saturday morning when strong winds began to blow. Snow plows were unable to keep up with the blowing snow, and roads drifted shut. At one point as many as 20 cars were reported snowbound along Rt. 866 between Martinsburg and Curryville. Dairy farmers along some secondary roads were forced to dump milk because tank trucks could not get through. WKMC...

  • 100 Years Ago

    Feb 24, 2022

    Herald of March 3, 1922 The Morrisons Cove Memorial Church of the Brethren dedicated their newly erected church edifice in Martinsburg to the memory of the pioneer Christian men and women of the church. More than 800 people from all sections of the Cove and various parts of the state attended the service. Elder M.C. Swigart of Philadelphia delivered the dedicatory message. The dedicatory prayer was offered by Elder J. W. Swigart of Huntingdon. Andrew McGraw was the chief carpenter in charge of the construction work. The building stood on the...

  • 25 Years Ago

    Feb 24, 2022

    Herald of Feb. 27, 1997 Children from six area elementary schools were meeting with architects to design a new playground at the Morrisons Cove Memorial Park. The steering committee, headed by Steven E. Tomlinson of Martinsburg, was working with Leathers & Associates of Ithaca, N.Y. to design a new playground that met safety standards. David Bigelow of Williamsburg was named recipient of the Pennsylvania Dairy Herd Improvement Association’s first State Office Employee of the Year award. Bigelow had been employed by DHIA for 12 ½ years....

  • 75 Years Ago

    Feb 24, 2022

    Herald of Feb. 20, 1947 The first eye-witness radio broadcast of the train wreck involving the Red Arrow was given by Wilbert L. Ketner of Henrietta over WFBG, Altoona. The eastbound Red Arrow derailed and went down a 200 foot embankment on the Bennington Curve east of the Gallitzin Tunnel at 3:25 a.m. on Feb. 18, killing 22 and injuring 105. During the following day Ketner made seven broadcasts, including a coast-to-coast report of the tragedy on the Robert McCormick program. The Martinsburg Booster Association voted to ask the school boards...

  • 10 Years Ago

    Feb 24, 2022

    Herald of Feb. 23, 2012 Brothers Corey and Dakota Chamberlain, aged 9 and 13, respectively, of Claysburg won trophies at the Mossy Oak/National Wild Turkey Federation Grand National Turkey Calling Championships in Nashville, Tenn. Corey placed first in the Poults division, and Dakota was a runner up in the Junior division. Their father Benjamin placed fifth in the Grand National Friction Division. The Northern Bedford School District received designs from architect David Lage of Burt, Hill Stantec. Lage took over the Northern Bedford building...

  • Intersections

    Feb 24, 2022

    I am probably the only one reading these words who can say that I have been thinking about intersections lately. When was the last time you had some introspection on intersections? I guess I think of them at times because I drive several thousand miles each month. I have quickly debated what to do about yellow lights more than a few times. I have forced myself to come to a complete stop at stop signs even when no one was around. This winter I was perplexed to come upon a busy intersection that I drive through weekly to find that the traffic...

  • AAA: How to Go on Ice and Snow

    Feb 24, 2022

    AAA East Central advises motorists to take precautions to avoid deadly crashes in the coming days. According to research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, about 46 percent of all crashes involving bad weather take place during the winter. Winter storms, bad weather, and sloppy road conditions are a factor in nearly half a million crashes and more than 2,000 road deaths every year. “Preventative steps today can go a long way tomorrow,” says Terri Rae Anthony, safety advisor for AAA East Central. “Weather conditions that lead to...

  • Snapshot: Profile of Pennsylvania Municipal Officials

    Feb 24, 2022

    These snapshots used data from the results of a 2021 survey of local government officials conducted by the Pennsylvania Local Government Commission and the Center for Rural Pennsylvania. The electronic survey was distributed by Pennsylvania local government associations to their members. Of the 12,809 municipal officials in Pennsylvania, a total of 866 returned usable surveys, for a response rate of about 7 percent. The estimated margin of error was +/-3.2 percent. Of these responses, 770 (89...

  • Hollidaysburg Library Featuring Trivia Night

    Feb 24, 2022

    The Friends of the Hollidaysburg Area Public Library will hold its “Wine, Trivia and More” fundraiser from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 26, at the American Legion Post 516 Social Hall, Legion Park, Hollidaysburg. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. A dinner buffet will be from 6 to 7 p.m., and a team trivia contest will be featured from 7 to 9 p.m. with a door prize and refreshments of soft drinks, wine, beer, and desserts. Participants must be at least 21 years old. Only 96 tickets will be sold. Tickets are available at the library at 1...

  • Low-Income Pennsylvanians May Be Missing Out on PA Tax Refunds of $100 or More

    Feb 24, 2022

    There are more than 118,000 low-income Pennsylvanians who may be missing out on state tax refunds of $100 or more, the Department of Revenue announced. These refunds totaling an estimated $30.2 million are available through the commonwealth’s Tax Forgiveness program. The Department of Revenue has been mailing letters to Pennsylvanians who may qualify for this relief to encourage them to take action to claim their refunds. Often the people who have missed out on claiming these refunds simply need to file a Pennsylvania Personal Income Tax...

  • Lakemont Park Hosting Open Interview Hiring Event Today

    Feb 24, 2022

    Lakemont Park will hold an open interview hiring event on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022, from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Lakemont Park Administrative Office. Interviews will be held for cashiers, food service, ride operators, lifeguards, reception/office staff, and janitorial/grounds. Anyone 14 years of age or older is invited to stop in for an interview. Lakemont asks that all applicants under the age of 18 bring their Worker’s Permit with them. All applicants are asked to bring a photo ID and either their Social Security Card or birth certificate with...

  • Potholes Can Be an Endless Hole for Your Wallet

    Feb 24, 2022

    While tire-hungry potholes are typically a sign of spring, this winter's frequent ice and snowstorms have taken an early toll on the Nation's roadways – and drivers are paying a steep price. AAA East Central advises motorists to take proactive steps to avoid costly repairs caused by hitting potholes. "Not only do potholes pose a safety risk to motorists, they can really leave a dent in your wallet," says Mike Hoshaw, vice president of automotive services, AAA East Central. "It can cost more...

  • Commissioners Announce Hiring of CYF Administrator

    Feb 24, 2022

    The Blair County Commissioners announced the hiring of Paul Bookhamer as administrator of Children Youth and Families. Bookhamer is currently a caseworker within the agency in the on-going unit. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Business Management. He brings years of experience in project management and leadership as well as a passion for helping youth. Commissioner Laura Burke, the liaison commissioner to the agency, said, “We were lucky to interview many people who have a passion for helping children and families during our extensi...

  • Grant Funding Available To Create Student Pathways To Employment

    Feb 24, 2022

    Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Secretary Jennifer Berrier announced the availability of $2.5 million in Schools-to-Work program grant funding to continue fostering partnerships between schools, employers, organizations, and associations that lead to career pathways for students. “Despite the wide-ranging impacts of the pandemic, Pennsylvania has continued to forge new paths in the workforce development space with the goal of supporting the business community with a pipeline of skilled workers,” said Secretary Berrier....

  • Complaints Stop Ordinance From Changing Major Traffic Patterns, Parking

    THOMAS SCHMITT, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Feb 24, 2022

    At the February Hollidaysburg Borough Council meeting, the primary topic of interest was an ordinance the borough was looking to pass that would change some major traffic patterns and general parking regulation. Ordinance discussion One of the major changes – establishing Wall Street as a one-way street from Newry Street to Goods Lane – was met with opposition from businesses and the public. Both David Krentzman of Joe Krentzman & Son Inc. and Sean McClanahan said changing Wall Street to a one-way street would cause truck traffic in...

  • Thought for the Week

    Feb 24, 2022

    This “Thought” might fit better in September, when we celebrate “Labor Day.” But working and labor are on my mind. Our reaction to the epidemic has done strange things to labor and employment. Some may see labor as a result of God’s curse placed on Adam for his sin of disobedience to God’s command. But if we consider it carefully, Adam had work to do before his sin. Actually, he had both physical and mental labor. His physical labor was to tend and manage the garden God had planted f...

  • Roaring Spring ARCH Delivers Cookies

    Feb 24, 2022

    Roaring Spring ARCH had a cookie and coffee delivery for the local heroes of the Roaring Spring community on Saturday, Feb. 12. Volunteers also delivered cookies to Conemaugh Nason. ARCH has an upcoming free community meal on Saturday, Feb. 26, at 6 p.m. at 714 Rockingham Avenue, Roaring Spring. The meal will include chicken pot pie, bread, salad, applesauce, and various pies for dessert....

  • Public Notices

    Feb 24, 2022

    Conditional Use Hearing The Roaring Spring Borough will hold a Conditional Use Hearing on March 14, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. in the Roaring Spring Borough Building at 616 Spang Street, Roaring Spring, PA 16673 to hear a request from Spring Dam Brewery at 269 Main Street, Roaring Spring, to hold outdoor activities, under Resolution 2020-5. Lisa A, Pee Manager Roaring Spring Borough/RSMA SERVICE MGMT COMPANY CLAYSBURG-KIMMEL SCHOOL DISTRICT Attention: Food Service Management Company. The Claysburg-Kimmel School District is requesting proposals for scho...

  • School Board Meeting Ends In Vote to Eliminate Masking, Contact Tracing

    THOMAS SCHMITT, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Feb 24, 2022

    In a four-hour marathon meeting, the Hollidaysburg Area School District Board of Directors decided to end all masking in the district and contact tracing, effective Wednesday, Feb. 23. The motion to eliminate masking and contact tracing was made by Boardmember Manny Nichols. The 5-4 resulting vote had Nichols, Jennifer Costanza, Ken Snyder, President Nicole Hartman, and Carmen Bilek voting in favor and Lonna Frye, Scott Brenneman, Ronald Sommer and Doug Stephens voting against the motion. After a lengthy meeting, the agenda came to the...

  • Community Partnership Plans Events Through the Year

    THOMAS SCHMITT, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Feb 24, 2022

    The highlight of the February Board of Directors meeting for the Hollidaysburg Area Community Partnership (HACP) came from the Program and Development Committee, which reviewed upcoming events planned to promote the Borough of Hollidaysburg. An Easter Egg Window Hunt is slated for April 1 through April 17. Businesses will be signed up by March 25. The Story Walk should be started by Memorial Day weekend. This way the district and the schools can be more involved with school still in session. Students who participate will receive a free book....

  • H-burg Natives Live Their Dream of Television Production

    ERIC SHIELDS, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Feb 24, 2022

    Two childhood friends from Hollidaysburg have made their dream of working on a major television production a reality. After graduating from Hollidaysburg Area High School in 1999, Matthew McLoota received a degree from Syracuse University in 2003. He was a film major with a minor in acting. Then, he moved to New York City. He started doing live shows as a production assistant. McLoota said that he would send out three or four resumes every day for months until he started to get replies. Most of...

  • Ask the Williamsburgers

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|Feb 24, 2022

    This past weekend, I was inspired to be Italian by cooking for my family – one of our favorites chicken parmesan and spaghetti. This inspired this week’s question: What is your favorite Italian dish? Here is what a few residents had to say: Sheryl Hart: The best ever was Louie’s breaded steak and spaghetti with garlic bread Rita Gorsuch: Chicken Parmesan Jordan Hardy: Carbonara Rebecca Miller: Spaghetti with meatballs and pork chops cooked in sauce Grace Risbon: Gnocchi and lasagna is my absolute favorite. Jeffrey Schwaderer: Grilled...

  • School Board Hears Audit

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|Feb 24, 2022

    David Scott of Young, Oakes, and Brown attended the Williamsburg Community School District’s Board meeting on Feb. 15 to present the audit report. Scott praised Board Secretary Kalie Zabrosky for her job and said that the school district was “doing well.” Superintendent Lisa Murgas said that they would accept the audit next month to give the new board members a chance to read over the audit report. In her report, Murgas said she was doing a lot of work toward the special education audit happening in April, saying it was “a lot of docume...

  • From the 'Burg To Your Kitchen

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|Feb 24, 2022

    I'm still feeling Italian! As you can see by my dish this week, I am in an Italian mood – that's why I decided to share one of my most prized recipes – homemade spaghetti sauce! Natalie's Special Sauce Ingredients: 1 lb. ground beef, browned Salt and pepper to taste 1 medium onion, chopped 15 oz. tomato sauce 6 oz. tomato paste 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning 2 Tbsp. dried parsley 2 Tbsp. minced garlic 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce 2 Tbsp. brown sugar 1 cup water Directions: In a large skillet,...

  • What's the Word In Williamsburg?

    Feb 24, 2022

    Farm Show Soup Sale The Williamsburg Community Farm Show will have a soup sale on Saturday, Feb. 26, from 11 to 1 p.m. Pick up will be at the Farm Show Building. Soups to choose from are beef vegetable and ham and bean. Pancake Breakfast The Class of 2001 will host a pancake breakfast on Saturday, March 12 from 7 to 11 a.m. to benefit one of their classmates, Heather Brenneman, who is in hospice care. The benefit will take place at the Williamsburg Community Farm Show Building, and will be either eat-in or take-out. There will also be a basket...

  • Three Williamsburg Teams Named ICC Champions

    Feb 24, 2022

    Three Williamsburg teams won ICC Championships on Feb. 19....

  • Warming Up

    Feb 24, 2022

    Jess Ebersole (left) and Lori Brantner took advantage of the warm weather Monday to go out for a walk along Walnut Street....

  • Secretary of Agriculture Advises Vigilance to Pa. Poultry Owners to Protect Against HPAI

    Feb 24, 2022

    The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal Health and Plant Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed findings of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in birds within the United States. The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture reminds Pennsylvanians to stay vigilant and review biosecurity practices. HPAI is very contagious and can make wild and domesticated birds very sick or lead to death. Bird owners should step up biosecurity efforts to protect their flock and Pennsylvania’s $7.1 billion poultry industry at large....

  • PennDOT, State Police Highlight Highway Safety Law Awareness Week, Urge Safe Driving

    Feb 24, 2022

    The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) came together with Penn State Health at their Life Lion Hangar to highlight driver safety laws and urge motorists to put safety first. According to early estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), national traffic fatalities in the first nine months of 2021 rose approximately 12 percent over 2020. In Pennsylvania, 2021 preliminary data shows deaths on our roadways increased by as much as 10 percent, including increases in...

  • Common Traffic Violations in Honor of Highway Safety Law Awareness Week

    Feb 24, 2022

    In recognition of Pennsylvania's Highway Safety Law Awareness Week (Feb. 20-26), the Pennsylvania Courts today released an infographic highlighting court data that reflects some of the most common traffic violations statewide. In 2020, alleged traffic offenses decreased by 36 percent from the previous year....

  • Park's Updated Bowling Scores

    Feb 24, 2022

    Huntsman Bowling Center Morrisons Cove Memorial Park – Feb. 11, 2022 – Leader Board Men GAME Mike Burns 300 Adam Hetrick 279 Dave Shadle 278 SERIES Mike Burns 718 Clair Banks 710 Adam Hetrick 702 Women GAME Liz Rhodes 265 Anita Bolinger 234 Michelle Watson 225 SERIES Liz Rhodes 616 Crystal Burns 610 Anita Bolinger 605 High Game Men Dave Shadle 278 Mike Burns 253 Joe Over 237 Women Tammy Ogg 180 Nikki Sollenberger 180 Louann Kensinger 179 High Series Men Mike Burns 717 Clair Banks 669 Adam Hetrick 667 Women Nikki Sollenberger 526 Louann...

  • Curve to Host Teacher Appreciation Night on April 23

    Feb 24, 2022

    The Altoona Curve will celebrate Teacher Appreciation Night on Saturday, April 23, when the Curve hosts the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Toronto Blue Jays) at 4 p.m. “Teachers fill such an important role in our lives as kids and they rarely receive the recognition they deserve for their efforts,” said Curve General Manager Nate Bowen. “I can’t think of a better way to finish off a successful school year than to honor some of the most impactful teachers in our community at a Curve game.” Teacher Appreciation Night, presented by 1ST...

  • Central Wrestling Finishes Strong In District 6 AA Championship

    BRADY ALBRIGHT, Student Correspondent|Feb 24, 2022

    This past weekend, the Central Wrestling team participated in the District 6 AA Championship. The team took 17th out of 23 teams, and three individuals placed. Jaxon Mathews placed third individually. After a first-round bye, Mathews recorded a pin at 0:53 in round two. In round three, he won a 7-2 decision. Then, he lost a 2-1 decision in the semi-finals. He recorded a pin in the third-place match at 6:16. Ty Biesinger placed just behind Mathews at fourth place. Biesinger also had a first-round bye, but then had a pin at 2:51 in the second...

  • Lady Dragons Win Half the Week

    BRADY ALBRIGHT, Student Correspondent|Feb 24, 2022

    The Central Lady Dragons found triumph over the Johnstown Lady Trojans 62-20, but were defeated by the Penn Cambria Lady Panthers 56-47. Kat Longenecker and Bralyn Ellis both led the Lady Dragons with 11 points each. Bailey Heuston and Megan Diehl both added 9 points for the Lady Dragons as well. Longenecker had 16 points against the Lady Panthers, while Diehl had 12, but it was not enough for the Lady Dragons to come out ahead. Central’s JV also fell to the Lady Panthers, 30-29. These games leave the Lady Dragons with a record of 6-15,...

  • Big Bucks

    Feb 24, 2022

    The Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) likes to take credit for the harvest of trophy bucks in the state, telling us its deer management program is responsible for increasing the number of big bucks. However, the PGC's program is only indirectly responsible for large bucks harvested in Pennsylvania -- and certainly not in the way the PGC would have us believe. The February issue of the PGC's magazine, "Pennsylvania Game News," points out what has occurred. The articles in the magazine discuss...

  • Dragons Knocked Out of Laurel Highlands Playoffs

    BRADY ALBRIGHT, Student Correspondent|Feb 24, 2022

    The Dragons found victory over the Johnstown Trojans in their last regular season game with a score of 64-53. This victory left the Dragons with an 18-4 record heading into the playoffs. The Dragons went on to play the Richland Rams in the first round of the Laurel Highlands Playoffs and were defeated 48-46. Both Tyrell Rolle and Seth Bean had 14 points for the Dragons as high scorers. Eli Lingenfelter tacked on 13 points, while Hunter Smith added 11. Central’s JV, however, lost to the Trojans 51-47. High scorer was Troy Butler with 15...

  • Williamsburg Teams Victorious in ICC Championships

    Feb 24, 2022

    Lady Pirates ICC SEMI-FINAL At Claysburg on Feb. 18, the Lady Pirates defeated Everett, securing their spot in the ICC Championship. Williamsburg won 51-39. Jayla Woodruff and Ayla Hileman had a double-double with 18 and 14 rebounds respectively. Kendel Norris had a big game with 16 points. SCORE BY QUARTERS Williamsburg 15 13 7 16 – 51 Everett 14 11 8 6 – 39 3-POINT GOALS Williamsburg: 3 (Hileman 2, Woodruff) Everett: 2 (Hillegas, Treece) RECORDS Williamsburg: 18-5 Everett: 17-6 ICC...

  • Letter to the Editor

    Feb 24, 2022

    To the Editor: I was pleased to read in the Herald a few weeks ago that our state has released its first-ever Litter Action Plan. As a PA citizen, I’ve watched in alarm over the last few years how littering has become a major eye-sore along our highways and byways. This initiative, which is available to read on our DEP’s website, has a common sense approach to tackle this issue from many angles, including a new push toward litter prevention, to help change behaviors that lead to littering. Hopefully these initiatives will go a long way towa...

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