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Gov. Wolf Issues Statewide Stay-at-Home Order Beginning at 8 PM Tonight, April 1, 2020

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine on April 1 announced all 67 Pennsylvania counties will be under stay-at-home orders effective Wednesday, April 1, at 8 p.m. “This is the most prudent option to stop the spread of... Full story


What I Understand So Far

I was smart enough to get out of graduate school alive, but I've never been one with a quick wit. So it often takes me a while to puzzle through things. With the flood of information coming out about... Full story


Reports: All of PA now under stay-at-home order

The Altoona Mirror and other news sources are reporting that Gov. Tom Wolf on April 1, 2020, placed all of Pennsylvania under an order to stay at home. The Mirror is reporting that Gov. Wolf expanded "the geographic footprint of the quarantine as... Full story


Closure of Bedford County Courts and Offices Announced Through April 30

In conjunction with the decision by the Supreme Court to close courtrooms to the public, all Bedford County Courts, County Offices, and Magisterial District Judge Offices will continue to be closed to the public effective through at least April 30,... Full story


Bedford County Closes Courthouse to the Public

Bedford County has closed its courthouse to the public in an effort minimize COVID-19 exposure to county employees. Any non-county employee issued a county identification badge including vendors, contractors, attorneys, abstractors, etc. should be... Full story


Pa. Dept. of Banking Warns of COVID-19-Related Investment Schemes

The Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities (DoBS) is warning investors of an anticipated surge in fraudulent investment schemes. “As is so often the case during times of emergency, scammers will be looking to profit from the misfortune... Full story


Pa. Reminds Residents Not to Forget About the U.S. Census

On April 1, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin reminded all Pennsylvanians to “be a good neighbor” and respond to the 2020 Census. “We’re committed to working together to make sure... Full story


Sheetz Launches Free Meal Program for Children in Need

On April 1, Sheetz, a restaurant and convenience chain across the Mid-Atlantic, announced a new Kidz Meal Bagz program providing free food to help children and families in need as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Meal Bagz will be available all... Full story


State Police Refine Response Guidelines for Certain Non-Emergency Incidents

Col. Robert Evanchick, commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police, announced on April 1 a temporary change to the way troopers respond to select non-emergency incidents. With the goal of limiting in-person contact and mitigating the spread of... Full story


Updates, Cancellations and Closures - March 26-April 1

This is a list of closings, cancelations and updates for the Morrisons Cove, Claysburg and Williamsburg areas. The Herald will update this list as we receive information. Please check back frequently. --------------- Pennsylvania announces the... Full story


Pa. Gov. Wolf Extends K-12 School Closures Indefinitely

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has ordered all Pennsylvania K-12 schools to remain closed until further notice. Gov. Wolf made the announcement during a press conference on Monday afternoon, March 30.... Full story


Work Continues on PennDOT Emergency and Critical Highway and Bridge Infrastructure Projects

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced March 31 that 61 emergency and critical highway and bridge projects will be active statewide this week. While the normal highway and bridge construction program has paused as the... Full story


EPA Encourages Americans to Only Flush Toilet Paper

On March 30, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) encouraged all Americans to only flush toilet paper, not disinfecting wipes or other non-flushable items that should be disposed of in the trash. Flushing only toilet paper helps ensure... Full story


The Herald is Hanging On – For Now

For an industry that is based on telling people what’s going on right now, the news media is sometimes not very good at looking ahead. We here at the Herald are trying to look ahead, but it’s hard to bring things into focus. One thing is clear... Full story


Free Facebook Live Art & Craft Classes Available 

The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art located in downtown Bedford at 137 E. Pitt St. is temporarily closed to the public due to the COVID-19 virus. However, SAMA Bedford has not allowed this to stop us from reaching out to the community and... Full story


Spring Cove School District Announces Virtual Spirit Week

As the Spring Cove School District kicks off remote learning at home, the community has been invited to join the district’s staff and students in participating in fun theme days through SCSD Virtual Spirit Week, while staying home, staying safe...


PennDOT Extends Expiration Dates on Driver Licenses, ID Cards, Vehicle Registrations and Other Products

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced March 27 that expiration dates for driver licenses, identification cards, learner’s permits, persons with disability placards, vehicle registrations and safety and emission... Full story


Essential Services for Pa.'s Vulnerable Populations Will Continue Regardless of COVID-19 Mitigation Efforts

On March 27, Gov. Tom Wolf issued a statement to reassure all Pennsylvanians that essential services critical to the lives, health and safety of vulnerable populations will continue regardless of actions taken to slow the spread of COVID-19.... Full story


CareerLink Offices Announce Updates and Job Fair Date Change

Pennsylvania CareerLink Blair County and Bedford County have announced updated unemployment Information and a Job Fair update. The best way to file a new unemployment claim or to check on an existing claim is on the Unemployment Compensation (UC)... Full story


Department of Human Services Creates Online Tool for Essential Workers to Find Child Care Providers

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) on March 27 announced a new tool available on the department’s website designed to help essential workers connect with child-care providers that have been granted a waiver by the department’s... Full story


Drinking water considered safe from the novel coronavirus

Experts around the world agree that drinking water is not a source of the novel coronavirus causing the global COVID-19 pandemic, so that should be one less thing for stressed-out Pennsylvania residents to worry about, according to a Penn State... Full story


Pennsylvania's Grocery Stores Will Remain Open

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture on March 26 issued guidance for the commonwealth’s essential grocery stores to ensure continuation of services to Pennsylvanians while maintaining a healthy workforce. “In our current COVID-19 pandemic,... Full story


Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19, 531 New Positives Bring Statewide Total to 2,218

he Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of midnight March 27, that there are 531 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 2,218 in 50 counties. The... Full story


Blair County Courthouse is Closed to the Public

The Blair County Board of Commissioners on Friday, March 20, voted unanimously to close the courthouse to the Public in an effort to minimize the COVID-19 exposure to the employees carrying out the... Full story


State Police Releases Non-Life-Sustaining Businesses Enforcement Totals

The Pennsylvania State Police released data on actions taken yesterday, March 25, against non-life-sustaining businesses that failed to comply with Governor Tom Wolf's order closing their physical... Full story



The 57th Judicial District (Bedford County) has implemented policies in the Common Pleas Courts, Magisterial District Judge Courts, and court-related departments (Probation and Parole and Domestic Relations) in an effort to reduce the possibility of... Full story


Pa. Gov. Wolf Announces Financial Assistance Available to Small Businesses

On March 25, Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf announced that new funding is available to help small businesses impacted by the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, through a new program under the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority’s (PIDA) Small Business... Full story



The ALTOONA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, under the direction of Maestra Teresa Cheung, has made the decision to cancel both the March concert "The Voice of Deliverance" which was originally scheduled for... Full story


Gov. Wolf Announces $50 Million to Fight COVID-19

Today, March 26, Gov. Tom Wolf announced that he will spend up to $50 million in transferred state funding to purchase medical equipment and supplies for hospitals, nursing homes, and emergency... Full story


Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19, 560 New Positives Bring Statewide Total to 1,687

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today, March 26, confirmed as of midnight, March 26, that there are 560 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,687 in 48 countie... Full story


Scarlet Dragon Packs to Distribute Food April 3

Due to school closures, The Scarlet Dragon Packs will be distributing weekend food bags for students enrolled in the program at three locations on Friday, April 3, at the following locations: East Freedom: Through Inc. building (former East Freedom... Full story


Public Notices

Freedom Township Public Notice The Freedom Township Audit for the year of 2019 has been completed and is available for review. If you would like to review the 2019 Audit please call Lisa Edmundson at 814-695-8051. As required by the second class... Full story


Blindside By James Patterson

"Blindside" is the 12th book in James Patterson's Michael Bennett series. Bennett is a New York police detective. He is a widower with 10 adopted children and a grandfather who, in his later years,...


Medicare For All Would Not Be Free

I am getting a little tired of clamoring for “Medicare for All” as though it is free. Medicare is NOT FREE! We paid into a Medicare program for many years. For me, that was a long time, as I worked until I was 74. Now that we get Social Security...


Please. Stop Panic Buying.

By ALLAN J. BASSLER Publisher Can we please stop panic buying? My daughter Helena and I were making the rounds last week, just as the first “quit going anywhere” order came down. We were looking for some basics for the weekend ahead: Milk,...


Man Falls from Load of Straw

Herald of March 21, 1895 Levi Sparr loaded a rail car with baled straw at Mount Etna for shipment to Altoona. S.C. Brantner, while in the act of loading the car, had the misfortune of losing his balance and fell backward to the ground, landing on...


S.C. Basketball Team Wins

Herald of March 26, 1970 Sherman Croft of Martinsburg, has been appointed manager of the Hershberger Memorial Swimming Pool for the 1970 season. 16 year family memberships are $150. The family rate for a single season is $16. Changes to the Sewage...


Broom Sale

Herald of March 26, 1920 The local W.C.T.U. on Friday evening, met in their Annual Due Social at the Martinsburg hotel. Notwithstanding the inclemency of the weather, there were in attendance sixty-five members and friend of the W.C.T.U. Broom Sale...


Time to Celebrate

Herald of March 23, 1995 The Williamsburg Lady Pirate basketball team hammered District 7 champion Monessen, 82-39, to advance to the state’s Class A “Final Four.” Williamsburg (29-1) was scheduled to play Saegertown (30-0) in the Western...


Fire Destroys Home

Herald of March 29, 1945 A fire destroyed the Smith home along the Plum Creek Road leading from the Five Points in Roaring Spring to the former Plum Creek school building. The Smith place is about a mile northeast of the town. Mrs. Dorothy McGregor...


Aiello Earns Eagle Scout

Herald of March 25, 2010 Jeremy Aiello, 16, a sophomore at Central High School, advanced to Eagle Scout rank during a Boy Scout Court of Awards ceremony held March 15. His service project was a major upgrade to a 25-year-old storage shed at...


Coronavirus: It's Not About You

It's impossible to get away from news about the Coronavirus and Covid-19 these days. But strangely enough as we are immersed in information, reliable information is still hard to find. For example, some information is circulating on social media...



BRIDENBAUGH – Donna L., 91, rural Roaring Spring JOHNSON – Helen A. “Sis,” 86, Martinsburg SAUER – Eugene E., 88, Altoona, formerly of Martinsbur... Full story



Donna L. Bridenbaugh, 91, of rural Roaring Spring, passed away on Friday morning, March 20, 2020, at Homewood at Martinsburg. A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family....



Helen A. "Sis" Johnson, 86, of Martinsburg, died Friday evening, March 20, 2020, at home, surrounded by her loving family. Services for Helen will be private at the convenience of the family. Pastor...



Eugene E. Sauer, 88, of Altoona, formerly of Martinsburg, passed away on Friday, March 20, 2020, at Elmcroft of Altoona, Duncansville. A private funeral service and interment at Alto Reste Park Cemetery, Altoona, will be held at the convenience of...


Women in the Pennsylvania Judiciary

In recognition of National Women's History Month, March is an ideal time to look at the history of women in the Pennsylvania judiciary as well as those women currently serving. It has been 90 years...


Provost Scholars

Students from Blair County have been recognized as Provost Scholars at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Provost Scholar status is achieved when students complete a minimum of 45 semester hours at IUP and have a cumulative grade point average of...


PGC Releases Deer Harvest Report

Pennsylvania hunters posted their highest overall deer harvest in 15 years when they took 389,431 deer during the state's 2019-20 hunting seasons, which closed in January, the Pennsylvania Game...


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