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 By Brian Hess    News    December 17, 2020

Martinsburg Community Fund Reaches 2020 Goal

The Martinsburg Booster Association made its annual donation to the Martinsburg Area Community Fund on Friday, Dec. 11. Melissa Fetzer, Booster vice president, presents the check to Richard A....

 

Plans Advance to Provide High-Speed Internet Access to Region

Bedford and Blair counties are on the list to benefit from a plan to provide high-speed internet access to rural areas of the state. Plans are for more than 327,000 Pennsylvanians to gain access to high-speed Internet service through the Federal...

 

The Herald's Weekly Coronavirus Update

– WEEKLY UPDATE – As of 11:30 a.m. 12/15/2020 Area Counties Cases / Death / Rate* Bedford: 1,879 / 67 / 139.1 Blair: 5,455 / 114 / 93.1 Cambria: 5,819 / 146 / 110.8 Centre: 7,344 / 106 / 65.1 Clearfield: 2,276 / 26 / 32.8 Fulton: 335 / 7 / 48.2...

 

Chimney Service

Cameron Peachey, from Bellville-based Peachey Chimney Services, installs a new flue liner for a customer along Walnut Street in Martinsburg on Monday afternoon, Dec. 14....

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    December 17, 2020

Blair County COVID-19 Deaths Reach Triple Digits

Blair County Coroner Patricia Ross reported last week that the death toll in Blair County due to COVID-19 reached 149. Ross said of those 149 deaths, 111 were Blair County residents. Ross said she...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    December 17, 2020

Police Ask for Help in Hollidaysburg Homicide

Hollidaysburg Borough police are reaching out to the public for help as they continue to investigate the death of Tyler Richard Slippy, 27. Slippy's body was found in his residence, 515 Allegheny...

 

Study: 0.36% of Pa. Residents Incarcerated

The number of incarcerated individuals in Pennsylvania stands at 355 per 100,000 residents, the 25th highest rate among the 50 states, according to data from the Sentencing Project. A total of 45,485 people are imprisoned in Pa., according to the stu...

 

AAA: Half of Vehicle Crashes Occur in Winter

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...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    December 17, 2020

Some Cove Restaurants Staying Open to Stay Alive

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf's recent mandate directing restaurants and bars to close for in-person dining is being met with resistance from some area eateries. Already running at half-capacity to...

 

Martinsburg Police Investigating Thefts of Remaining Political Signs

Although the election has been over for more than a month, campaign signs can still be seen in the yards of those who still want to show support for their candidate, regardless of how they fared in...

 
 By Mark Puleo    News    December 17, 2020

Could the Large Winter Storm Disrupt Shipping Of the Pfizer Vaccine?

The first Americans will receive the coronavirus vaccine this week. As AccuWeather reports, the vaccine has to be kept at temperatures that rival the arctic. After waiting months and months for the much-anticipated COVID-19 vaccine, initial shipments...

 

800 Bushels of Corn

Jerry Snyder, an employee with Ebensburg-based Floyd Farabaugh Farms, unloads a truckload (about 800 bushels) of corn to the Wenger Feeds mill in Martinsburg on Monday afternoon, Dec....

 

The Christmas Table By Donna VanLiere

The Williamsburg Public Library is thankful to receive a yearly donation from the Lion's Sight Conservation of Blair County. This generous donation makes it possible to purchase large print books...

 

Williamsburg Offers a Live Nativity Scene

Williamsburg offered a live Nativity scene on the Williamsburg Community Farm Show grounds on Saturday evening, Dec. 12. Organizers said that more than 370 cars went through the scene. Donations from...

 

Deadline Near for Pa. Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program

Older adults and people with disabilities have until Dec. 31, 2020, to apply for rebates on property taxes and rent paid in 2019. The departments of Revenue and Aging are reminding Pennsylvanians that the rebates are available through the Property...

 

The Influence of 'News'

"If you don't read the newspaper, you're uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you're mis-informed." ― Mark Twain In the weeks before the Nov. 3 election, the New York Post broke a story about a...

 

Zook Commander of GAR

Herald of Dec. 12, 1895 Charles W. Zook was elected commander of Lt. Lower Post, GAR, of Roaring Spring. Charley was a Pennsylvania Reserve soldier at the battle of Fredericksburg, where “Johnny” shot off his right leg. Williams Van Allman,...

 

Some Inconvenient Truths

I was interested to read the article "Never the Same Again" in the December 2020 "Pennsylvania Game News." The author, Associate Editor Joe Kosack, takes us through the past 20 years of deer...

 

Deer Becomes a Problem

Herald of Dec. 17, 1970 A plea for closer cooperation to build a finer community in Morrisons Cove was voiced by officers of the Martinsburg Boosters. The Central High School Chorus will present a musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “A...

 

Teacher Celebrates Birthday

Herald of Dec. 17, 1920 The members of the sophomore class of the Cove High school near Martinsburg entertained the seniors at a reception on the evening of Dec. 3. A program was carried out in the chapel of the building. Lunch was served in the...

 

La actualización semanal del Herald sobre el coronavirus

- ACTUALIZACIÓN SEMANAL – Hasta las 12:00 p.m., 15 de diciembre 2020 Condados cercanos Casos/Número de muertes/Índice de muerte Bedford: 1,879 / 67 / 139.1 Blair: 5,455 / 114 / 93.1 Cambria: 5,819 / 146 / 110.8 Centre: 7,344 / 106 / 65.1...

 

DEATH RECORD

BLAIR – Martha E., 92, Altoona, formerly of Williamsburg COATS – David R., 66, Nanty Glo, formerly of Roaring Spring COLYER – Allan Wayne “Alby,” 64, Jacks Corner HALL – Janet M. (Edwards), 74, formerly of the Gettysburg area KING ... Full story

 

The Mock Family: Five Generations

The Mock family of Roaring Spring recently gathered for a five-generation photo. Pictured are (from left): Front row: Father Michael Mock and holding Emjay Eleace is great-great-grandmother Joyce...

 

Pa. Launches a Coordinated Effort to Combat CWD

The Wolf Administration recently released a report detailing coordinated efforts of state and federal agencies and Pennsylvania research institutions to combat Chronic Wasting Disease, or CWD, a contagious, fatal disease that threatens deer. The...

 

DEATH NOTICE

Martha Ellen Blair, 92, of Altoona, formerly of Williamsburg, passed away Saturday afternoon, Dec. 12, 2020 at her granddaughter’s home in Rotonda West, Fla.. A private family visitation and funeral service will be held at John K. Bolger Funeral...

 

Construction Bids Due

Herald of Dec. 14, 1995 The State Transportation Department was advertising for construction bids on the widening of Route 36 through McKee Gap and the building of the Loysburg bypass of Route 36. Bids for the 2.7 mile McKee Gap project and the 1.1...

 

DAVID R. COATES

David R. Coates, 66, of Nanty Glo, formerly of Roaring Spring, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020, at the Cambria Care Center, Ebensburg. He was born Sept. 20, 1954, in Roaring Spring, the son of the late Charles E. and Naomi (Koones) Coates. He is...

 

Captain Hartman Returns

Herald of Dec. 13, 1945 Sgt. Denver Kenneth Ake, who was serving in the South Pacific as an electrical gunner on a B-29 bomber, also known as a Superfortress, arrived at the home of his parents early Wednesday morning. At an adjourned meeting of the...

 

Church Closes Their Doors

Herald of Dec. 16, 2010 St. Mary’s Holy Assumption Orthodox Church, located in the village of Ganister, near Williamsburg, will close its doors forever at the end of December. Rebecca Smith’s art students from Williamsburg High School spent all...

 

ALLAN W. COLYER

Allan Wayne "Alby" Colyer, 64, of Jacks Corner, passed away Friday, Dec. 11, 2020, at UPMC Altoona, due to massive strokes. Allan was COVID- 19 negative. He was born Aug. 15, 1956, a son of Clara...

 

DEATH NOTICE

Janet M. (Edwards) Hall, 74, formerly of the Gettysburg area, passed away Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020, at a hospital in Boise, Idaho. Janet will be interred at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery. To read the full obituary, go online at...

 

RICHARD W. KING

Richard Wilson King, 94, went to his heavenly home on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020. Deeply loved by his family and many friends, his Godly wisdom, infectious laugh and extraordinary kindness will be missed...

 

F. LARRY KULP

Francis Larry Kulp, 77, of rural Martinsburg, went home to be with his Lord on Friday afternoon, Dec. 11, 2020, at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown. He was born Jan. 15, 1943, in...

 

DORIS E. MCCARTY

Doris E. McCarty, 77, of Claysburg, passed away Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, at Conemaugh Nason Medical Center, Roaring Spring, after a lengthy illness. She was born Dec. 30, 1942, in Roaring Spring, the daughter of the late Orville C. and Clara E....

 

ANNA VIOLET NELSON

Anna Violet Nelson, 96, passed away Saturday morning, Dec. 12, 2020, at the Allegheny Lutheran Home, Hollidaysburg. She was born June 13, 1924, in Hollidaysburg RD, the daughter of the late Benjamin M. and Annie (Greenleaf) Nelson. She is survived...

 

DOROTHY ANN REPLOGLE

Dorothy Ann Replogle, 89, a resident at Homewood at Martinsburg, formerly of New Enterprise, was welcomed into the arms of Jesus on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020. She was born Jan. 2, 1931, in New...

 

ROY A. SPARKS

Roy A. Sparks, 83, of Everett, passed away Monday, Dec. 7, 2020, at home. He was born Sept. 28, 1937, a son of the late Samuel E. and Mary (Bowman) Sparks. On July 21, 1957, in New Enterprise, he...

 

DEATH NOTICE

Doris A. “Sis” Strayer, 72, of Williamsburg, passed away unexpectedly Monday afternoon, Dec. 7, 2020, at her residence. A funeral was held Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020, at John K. Bolger Funeral Home Inc., Williamsburg. The Rev. James D. Spivey will...

 

Public Notices

NOTICE OF 2021 MEETINGS The Williamsburg Community School Board of Directors will hold Regular and Committee of the Whole Meetings in the Library, High School Building, 515 West Third Street, Williamsburg, PA. Committee of the Whole Meetings will be... Full story

 

EILEEN SWOPE

Eileen Swope went to be with her Redeemer, Jesus, on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020. Her husband, her children, and everyone who met Eileen loved her. She was the best wife any man could hope for and best...

 

ROBERT L. THEYS

Robert L. Theys, 72, of Donnertown, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020, at UPMC Altoona, following complications with COVID-19. He was born Feb. 7, 1948, in Altoona, the son of the late...

 

JACQUELINE J. 'JACKIE' WILLIAMS

Jacqueline J. Williams, 84, of Donnertown, passed away Friday evening, Dec. 11, 2020, at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown, due to COVID-19. She was born Sept. 29, 1936, in Roaring Spring,...

 

During Season of Giving, Red Cross Urges Donation

December may be the season of giving – but it’s typically a challenging time to collect enough blood donations. Add in a pandemic, and this year could be even tougher than usual. That’s why the American Red Cross is urging those who are feeling...

 

Old Oder Mennonite Memoirs

"The storm crashed down behind me, lightning bolts chasing me like a pack of bloodhounds, thunder screaming at me." These words grabbed me in the first sentence of Randy Alcorn's book, "Edge of...

 

Businesses Partner With Challenge Program

For the 2020-2021 school year, area businesses are participating in, and supporting the implementation of The Challenge Program Inc. (TCP), and workforce development in nine schools across Blair County and six schools across Bedford County. The...

 

Martinsburg Quilt Makes Its Way to Colorado

The winner of the quilt drawing sponsored by the Martinsburg Community Library was Nancy Harris, who lives near Denver, Colo. There were 168 entries in the drawing which resulted in $1,680 for the lib...

 

Martinsburg Library Announces Plans to Adjust Services

The Martinsburg Community Library will adjust services through Sunday, Jan. 3. The library will be open during its regular hours (except for Saturdays) for appointments and contactless pick-up only. Hours will be 1 to 8 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. to 8...

 

Lines by Lee

At Christmas, certain things just go together. There is mistletoe and holly, Bing Crosby and White Christmas, red and green, Mary and Joseph, Santa and reindeer, milk and cookies, fruitcake...

 

Thought for the Week

Scriptures to Read: Isaiah 9:6-7 Isaiah 11:1-9 Isaiah 24:13-16 Isaiah 25:3-6 Isaiah 26:1-5 & 10-13 Philippians 2:5-11 St. Luke 1:67-79 "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable f...

 

M-burg's Cove Christmas Love Helps 35 Families, 100 Children

Martinsburg's Cove Christmas Love project served 35 families and approximately 100 children this year. This was the second year that Martinsburg Memorial Church of the Brethren had been the host...

 

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