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  • Hayden Frederick Evans

    Oct 26, 2023

    Hayden Frederick Evans, 76, of Telford, passed away at his home surrounded by family Friday, Oct. 13, 2023. He was the beloved husband of Rose M. (Kagarise) Evans, with whom he shared over 53 years of marriage. Born Jan. 11, 1947, in Scranton, he was a son of the Late Hayden S. and Letitia (Howells) Evans. In addition to his wife Rose, he is survived by his children Marsha Evans and her husband Jason Seachrist, Ted Evans and his wife Esther; three grandsons Mitchell Evans, Alexander Evans, and...

  • Claysburg Library Raises $15,500

    Oct 26, 2023

    The Claysburg Library has two book clubs that are looking for readers. One is the “Favorites Book Club,” which meets on the second Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m. The book they will be discussing on Nov. 13 is “The Life of Mirielle West” by Amanda Skenandore. The second club will meeton the evening of Oct. 30 and will be discussing “The Night Circus” by Erin Morganstern. All are welcome. The library’s fundraising dinner Event was a big success, raising nearly $15,500. The library thanks all who donated items for the raffles and silent auction...

  • Central Students Drive DUI Simulator

    Oct 26, 2023

    Mr. Aaron Gold from the PA DUI Association brought a driving simulator to Central High School for Ms. Laurie Fichtner’s Driver’s Education students. Ms. Kelsey Hoover, a prevention specialist from the Blair County Drug and Alcohol Partnership, accompanied Mr. Gold and shared informative handouts. The students drove the simulator, gaining valuable experience in understanding the effects of hazardous road conditions, driving under the influence, and driving while distracted. The goal of the pro...

  • Miss Pennsylvania Speaks at 'United We Can Lecture' Series

    ERIC SHIELDS, Correspondent|Oct 26, 2023

    Miss Pennsylvania 2022 Alyssa Bainbridge recently spoke at the United We Can luncheon to help raise awareness about mental health and substance abuse disorders. Her message is success doesn’t just happen. According to Bainbridge, people assume things come easy to others. “The reality is that I had to try four times,” Bainbridge said. “It took several years before I could achieve that dream (of becoming Miss Pennsylvania). With failures and setbacks along the way, I didn’t give up. I didn’t give up fighting. I used those times where I didn’t be...

  • NBC School District Alumni Holds Third Reunion

    Linda Williams|Oct 26, 2023

    As the third annual NBC School District Alumni reunion got underway, it became apparent that this is no longer just a social group to meet old friends at an annual gathering. The program listed the mission statement which read: Alumni organizations are often formed to facilitate periodic gatherings of individuals who previously attended a common school. In addition to providing a platform for the continuation of school friendships, the association may engage in fund raising to support organizations sponsored activities and community and...

  • Books to Borrow Williamsburg Public Library Recommends

    Oct 26, 2023

    Each character in Katherine Heiny’s latest short story collection comes with their own unique games and rituals. They may have a personal ritual that sets them apart from others. Edgar, the elderly man who swallowed his hearing aid when he mistook it for a cashew fires his maid every few days at this point. His daughter makes a habit of remembering embarrassing or empowering teenage antics and sometimes argues with her dad like she’s still in those years. Though, she did drive six hours to help him through the hearing aid problem and he rea...

  • Po's Peek at the Past: Opposites Attract

    DAVE POTCHAK|Oct 26, 2023

    There’s an old adage that says, “opposites attract.” When it comes to how my wife and I were raised in different types of households, this expression hits the proverbial nail on the head. The verbal variations in each of our families was most apparent when each family attempted to retell an occurrence or event. The following exemplifies my point. The real story About 30 years ago we owned a yellow lab named Taffy. She wandered too far away from our yard one day and ended up on Route 869 just west of the town of New Enterprise. When she returned...

  • 125 Years Ago

    Oct 26, 2023

    Herald of Nov. 3, 1898 Not in recent years has so much property been damaged and destroyed during the time of Halloween as on Monday night. And it is a woeful fact, that never before have we noticed so many small children, little boys and girls on the streets, boldly taking part in this vile and superstitious nonsense. Allen M. Vandevander of Williamsburg died of tuberculosis at the Roaring Spring Sanitorium. He was born Feb. 16, 1868 and was the son of the late Peter Vandevander. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Patterson lost another of their children to...

  • 50 Years Ago

    Oct 26, 2023

    Herald of Nov. 4, 1973 The season’s first snow fell early Monday in Morrisons Cove, but it melted by the time school buses started their rounds. One hundred and twenty-seven walkers started on the ten mile Cove CROP walk. Rev. Gerald E. Moorhead and the Rev. John Cassel, general chairmen on the project to aid CROP (Community Hunger Appeal of Church World Service) were pleased with the turnout which was about 125 more than expected. The Spring Cove School District administrative staff move offices from Central High School to 305 Poplar St in R...

  • 100 Years Ago

    Oct 26, 2023

    Herald of Nov. 2, 1923 Luther Gates, a resident of Yellow Creek, and his oldest son Harry, age 17 years, were burned to death when their house caught fire on Wednesday evening of the week before last. When fire was discovered, the family rushed out of the house and it was found that the oldest son had not gotten out. His father went back in after him, but they were not able to escape the flames. On Friday evening the members of the Ever Faithful Bible class of the First Brethren church met at the parsonage to help celebrate the birthday...

  • 25 Years Ago

    Oct 26, 2023

    Herald of Nov. 5, 1998 Martinsburg Borough Council debated enacting an ordinance that would enable the police department to take action to alleviate a situation involving a large number of cats from one household running at large. After discussion, action on the ordinance was tabled. The Mennonite Central Committee is planning a shipment of yellow corn to North Korea and is asking Morrisons Cove farmers to make donations of dry shelled corn. Three years of drought and flooding have left millions of North Koreans without food. The MCC will send...

  • 75 Years Ago

    Oct 26, 2023

    Herald of Nov. 8, 1948 Approximately 250 people marched in the third annual mummers parade in Martinsburg. The parade was led by the Martinsburg High school band, with the second section following the Cove High Band. The parade was sponsored by the Martinsburg Boosters Association. Ralph Stoner Bowers, 39, former borough secretary and police chief, was unanimously elected burgess of Martinsburg by the borough council. The Williamsburg Women’s Civic Club is conducting a fundraising campaign to collect $1,075 to establish a free public library i...

  • 10 Years Ago

    Oct 26, 2023

    Herald of Oct. 31, 2013 Morrisons Cove Memorial Park officials were looking for ways to generate more income for the park. A cool rainy summer led to reduced income from the pool, and rentals of park facilities were down as well. The board was asking the public to use the park facilities more and donate to the annual fund drive to keep the park open. The Altoona Water Authority asked their customers in the Hollidaysburg and Freedom Township areas not to drink or otherwise consume tap water due to a “vague” threat made against the water sou...

  • Postcards From God

    Linda Sollenberger|Oct 26, 2023

    When I was growing up my parents had some close friends who loved to travel. Those friends would send back delightful postcards no matter where they went, and they always ended their message with this scripture notation. It is 3 John: 13,14 — “I had many things to write, but I did not wish to write to you with pen and ink, but I hope to see you shortly, and we shall speak face to face.” When I read gospel scriptures memories of those postcards come flooding back to me because I feel as though I am reading a postcard from Jesus when he says,...

  • St. John's Providing Lunch For Children on Trick or Treat

    Oct 26, 2023

    St. John’s United Church of Christ, 117 E. Julian St., Martinsburg, will distribute bag lunches to children on Trick or Treat night, today, Oct. 26, 2023, between 6 and 8 p.m. Lunches will include pasta cup, yogurt, bottle of water, cookies, Mandarin oranges, and a special surprise. Bag lunches will be given out while supplies last. Candy will also be available....

  • TUMC 2023 Angel Tree Kicks Off

    JUDITH OTT, Southern Cove Correspondent|Oct 26, 2023

    Trinity United Methodist Church will be hosting an Angel Tree located at Roaring Spring True Value Department Store. This tradition has continued for more than 20 years. It was started by the Roaring Spring Merchant Association, which included stores such as Longs Furniture, Joyces, Fredericks, and the Roaring Spring Department store, and Hollidaysburg Trust. This association is inactive currently. The first year George Kensinger was the driving force behind this project. Trees were put up Hollidaysburg Trust and the Department Store. It was...

  • Thought for the Week

    Oct 26, 2023

    I have wrestled with the title. It was either to be what it is or “Are They Waiting?” I have decided to let you put the title on according to what you are doing. The other people involved are your neighbors, friends, and relatives. What they are waiting for is to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ and about the Love of God. I assume you know these things and could tell them if you wished. Since I write to a broad spectrum of readers, I assume, for I don’t know, that you could tell them if you would...

  • It Takes A Village: Village at Morrisons Cove Serves 120 years

    JUDITH OTT, Southern Cove Correspondent|Oct 26, 2023

    The Village at Morrisons Cove, in affiliation with the Middle Pennsylvania District Church of the Brethren and was established to serve the members of the Church of the Brethren and our neighbors in the larger community. The Village at Morrisons Cove provides a residential community and health care to men and women in active retirement and those in need of convalescence, assisted living , or long-term health care. For 120 years, the Village has provided services to enrich the spiritual,...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Oct 26, 2023

    Note: These unedited letters regarding the election are printed in order of receipt. This is the final edition for political Letters to the Editor. Letters on the Nov. 7 election will not be printed in next weeks edition. Contact Editor Anna Baughman Miller at (814) 793-2144 or editor@mcheraldonline.com with any questions. To the Editor: I am so grateful for the men and women in law enforcement these days. They work in difficult times to keep our community safe. But their work gets undermined and our safety threatened whenever a judge goes...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Oct 26, 2023

    To the Editor: My name is Brian K. Gahagan and I am the School Board President that Mrs. Smith was referring to in her recent Letter to the Editor. I have been the president for seven of the nine years that I have been honored to serve the Spring Cove School District on the Board of School Directors. First, I would like to than Mrs. Smith for her concern about my mental health, but I can assure you that I have had no “meltdowns” and I was only trying to point out some misinformation and untruths that had been spread via Facebook. Second, it...

  • Public Notices

    Oct 26, 2023

    Notice Notice is hereby given that the Huston Township Board of Supervisors will, at their regular meeting on November 2, 2023, at 6:30 p.m., at Huston Township Municipal Building, 1230 Piney Creek Road, Martinsburg, PA, consider the adoption of an Ordinance to regulate speed i nthe Smoth and Woodlawn Developments, of which this notice is the summary. AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING SPEED LIMITS FOR MOTOR VEHICLES ON TOWNSHIP ROADS IN THE SMITH AND WEOODLAWN DEVELOPMENTS; AND PROVIDING FOR PENALTIES FOR VIOLATION OF THE REGULATIONS. The Ordinance...

  • Fall Foliage All Around Us

    Oct 26, 2023

    Rainy weather didn't damper the excitement for the 18 young ladies participating in the 2023 Fall Foliage Queen contest held in Bedford. This group was selected to represent the six area high schools in Bedford County as they competed against one another for the title of 2023 Fall Foliage Queen. Each contestant presented a speech at the courthouse and participated in a personal interview with the judging panel. The court for the 2023 contest was narrowed to four (shown above, from left): third...

  • Hollidaysburg Borough Going Forward With Pedestrian Bridge Project

    THOMAS SCHMITT, Correspondent|Oct 26, 2023

    Phoenix Volunteer Fire Department (PVFD) requested that the Hollidaysburg Borough submit a grant application for a Local Share Account Grant on behalf of the fire department. This grant would allow the department to purchase a new fire engine at $936,841. A purchase agreement in the amount of $170,000 for the property known as Diamond Supply at 320 N. Juniata St. was unanimously approved. The property was purchased to construct a pedestrian bridge from Canal Basin Park over the highway to the current Diamond Supply location. This will become...

  • HACP Looks Into Local Business Promotion Ideas

    THOMAS SCHMITT, Correspondent|Oct 26, 2023

    The Hollidaysburg Area Community Partnership (HACP) is looking to promote member businesses through video promotion. A quote was received from Joe Glass for a promo video creation at a base price of $600 for an approximately one-minute video with shots around the town of Hollidaysburg and a voiceover. The base price for a mini documentary-style video that would include a few interviews from people (3-6 minutes long) would be $1,000. He is the videographer who does all the ABCD Corporation First Frontier videos. Marketing Director Alyssa...

  • 'What Goes Up Must Come Down': Lecture Series Continues

    ERIC SHIELDS, Correspondent|Oct 26, 2023

    The second in an eight-part lecture series was presented at the Hollidaysburg Area Public Library earlier this month. Professor John Eicher continued his series on Modern Western Civilization (1500 to present) From Dawn to Decadence to Disillusionment. His presentation "What Goes Up Must Come Down" featured the period from 1750 to 1830, which includes the Enlightenment, Napoleon and the Romantic Movement. Building on the lecture series themes of abstraction, bureaucracy and control, which...

  • Dr. Billie Willits Memorial Scholarship Awarded to Holidaysburg Grad

    Oct 26, 2023

    Gavin Ross, a graduate of Holidaysburg Area High School was awarded the 2023 Dr. Billie Willits Memorial Scholarship from the Skills Foundation. Now a freshman at Saint Francis University, Ross received $3,000 toward his education from a scholarship fund to benefit the children of employees of Skills of Central Pa. The annual presentation honors the memory of long time Skills Board Member Dr. Billie Willits. Ross maintained a 4.0 grade point average as a Holidaysburg student and was an active volunteer in the community. As a member of the Key...

  • McLaurin Temporarily Steps in as Superintendent

    THOMAS SCHMITT, Correspondent|Oct 26, 2023

    The motion to appoint Darren McLaurin as acting Superintendent of the Hollidaysburg Area School District was unanimously approved by the board of directors at the October committee of the whole/voting meeting. McLaurin will step into this role to fill in for departing Superintendent Dr. Robert Gildea. McLaurin will be hired at a rate of $550 per day effective Oct. 30, 2023, through Oct. 30, 2024, or until the district hires a new superintendent. McLaurin retired as the Claysburg-Kimmel School District superintendent, a position he assumed in De...

  • Hollidaysburg Serving up the Special

    PHILIP CMOR, For the Herald|Oct 26, 2023

    Homer DeLattre was the special teams captain when he played football at Lock Haven University, so it warmed his heart when years and years ago he saw his son, Caden, picking up innately where his old man left off. “In the backyard, we’d be playing catch,” the elder DeLattre said with a chuckle. “The next thing you know, he’s turned around, snapping it between his legs.” Special teams isn’t just all in the family now that DeLattre is a high school head coach. His Hollidaysburg Golden Tigers take that aspect of the game very seriously. Th...

  • All Smiles

    Oct 26, 2023

    Aubree Martin, 2, of Williamsburg is enjoying a bite to eat at Williamsburg's newest restaurant, Belly Busters Sports Bar and Grill....

  • Clabaugh Updates Authority on Sewer

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|Oct 26, 2023

    Stiffler-McGraw engineer John Clabaugh gave an update to Williamsburg Municipal Authority during its Tuesday, Oct. 10, meeting. Clabaugh provided an update for the Yellow Springs sewer line replacement project indicating that its start date would be the week of Oct. 17, and the project would not take long to complete. The authority also adopted a resolution authorizing the submission of the LSA (Local Shares Grant) application. If successful, the grant will allow the authority to acquire a trailer mounded sewer jet to help aid in system mainten...

  • Taxes, Taxes, Taxes at Catharine

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|Oct 26, 2023

    Catharine Township supervisors were on one mission during last Thursday evening’s meeting: to work on the budget. The one thing on their minds? Taxes. Chairman Heather Flaig presented a preliminary budget with Ken Brenneman and Ralph Rispoli. They pointed out the questionable spots on the budget for 2024. Auditor Daryl Cole suggested adding to the Capital Reserve fund that has been significantly depleted the last few years. The first order of business was the street lights. Brenneman said that in 2024, the township would face a $2,200 d...

  • Lack of Substitute Teachers Becoming Issue with District

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|Oct 26, 2023

    Superintendent Lisa Murgas talked to Williamsburg Community School Board last Tuesday evening, Oct. 17, about entering a contract with IU8 for substitutes. Murgas said that the district is hurting for substitutes, and this contract seems like another option besides the ESS program the district currently uses. The contract with IU8 Substitute Consortium will cost the district $500 for the school year. "We will just see if that brings us more substitutes," Murgas said. The district is also...

  • Elana Decker Central Student of the Month

    Oct 26, 2023

    OCTOBER STUDENT OF THE MONTH ELANA DECKER Parents: Darin and Kathryn Decker School Activities: Track & field, Future Teachers Club, National Honor Society, Hispanic Honor Society Hobbies/Interests: Running, reading, hanging out with friends at Raystown, skiing Honors/Awards Received: Varsity lettered in both basketball and track & field freshmen, sophomore, and junior years, Rotary Student of the Month, National Honor Society President, 2x track and field state qualifier, Senior Class President...

  • Lady Dragon Soccer Finishes Season Victoriously

    BRADY ALBRIGHT, Student Correspondent|Oct 26, 2023

    In the final matchup of their regular season, the Lady Dragon Soccer team faced the Huntingdon Lady Bearcats at home. The Dragons’ combined effort allowed the 6-4 victory over the Bearcats. In the first half, the Dragons let up an early goal, but bounced back with a goal by Bethanie Kensinger assisted by Paiton Campbell. The Bearcats scored once again, but the Dragons responded with three more of their own before the half ended. The first was from Lakkyn Dibert, assisted by Carlie Hart, followed by an unassisted goal by Campbell and then a f...

  • Dragon Football Pulls Ahead in Nail-Biting Victory

    BRADY ALBRIGHT, Student Correspondent|Oct 26, 2023

    Facing one of their toughest opponents yet, the Dragons were happy to return to their home field after their past three away games. Against the Clearfield Bison, some second-half struggles from the Dragons led to a nail-biter in which the Dragons narrowly pulled ahead for a 27-21 victory. The Dragons received to open the game, moving downfield quickly to score with a four-yard reception by Jack Dunn. The Dragons regained possession and scored once again in the second quarter with another 17-yard...

  • Central Homecoming King, Queen Crowned

    Oct 26, 2023

    Central's Jack Dunn and Delaney Hall were named Homecoming King and Queen Friday, Oct. 20. Members of the court (as shown above, from left) are John Pulcine, Nico Rambin, Shane Smith, Hunter Smith, Jack Dunn, Delaney Hall, Elana Decker, Brinn Sidney, Lacey Ripka, and Emme Kreider. The king and queen were announced at the pregame ceremony at the home football game. The homecoming dance was held at Central High School the evening of Saturday, Oct. 21....

  • Lady Dragon Volleyball Ends Season, Honors Seniors

    BRADY ALBRIGHT, Student Correspondent|Oct 26, 2023

    In their final matches of the year, the Lady Dragon Volleyball team faced the Northern Bedford County Lady Panthers for their Senior Night at home and then traveled to face the Bald Eagle Area Lady Eagles. The Dragons found a 4-1 victory in their home match but were defeated in their final game 3-0. Against the Northern Bedford County Lady Panthers, a tough first set left the Dragons down a set after a 27-25 score. However, the Dragons bounced back quickly, winning the next three to secure the...

  • Bob's 2022 Fall Turkey

    RICHARD TATE|Oct 26, 2023

    Prior to last year’s one-week fall turkey season, I had scouted several locations, hoping to line up a flock for opening day. Though I failed to put any birds “to bed” the evening prior to the opener, I knew where a couple flocks were hanging out. Bob, my son, whose job prevents him from doing much scouting, agreed that a flock frequenting a section of game lands was probably our best bet for opening day. We were set up at dawn on a ridge where grapevines were loaded with fruit and where there had been good turkey scratching (places where...

  • 9-0 Dragons Sticking to the Course for More Success

    PHILIP CMOR, For the Herald|Oct 26, 2023

    Central High School senior Baron Dionis wants to come out on top Friday night for the most elemental of reasons. Sure, it’d be nice to win the league, to go into the playoffs with momentum, but it’s so much simpler than that. “I don’t want to lose any games this season,” Dionis said, “to be perfectly honest with you.” Dionis and his Scarlet Dragons will put their unblemished record on the line as Central hosts Richland in a clash of the last two remaining undefeated high school football teams in District 6 in the Laurel Highlands Athletic Conf...

  • CHS Students Attend Accounting Career Day

    Oct 26, 2023

    Six members of CHS Business Club attended Accounting Career Day at Penn State University Park on Oct. 17 sponsored by the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA). The goal of the day was to introduce students to all the diverse and rewarding opportunities within the field of accounting. Students heard from practicing Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) about the various career pathways within accounting, and they also had the chance to ask questions of current Accounting...

  • Homewood Appoints New Independent Living Sales Counselor

    Oct 26, 2023

    Homewood at Martinsburg, a leading nonprofit continuing care retirement community, is delighted to announce the appointment of the new Independent Living Sales Counselor Greg Haffling. With his vast experience and commitment to providing exceptional service, Haffling will play a pivotal role in helping seniors make informed decisions about their future. In Greg Haffling, Homewood at Martinsburg has gained a dedicated and compassionate professional. Mr. Haffling has a bachelor's degree from the...

  • Down on the Farm Shows the Horticulture Side of the Ag Industry

    EMILY LOOSE, For the Herald|Oct 26, 2023

    To teach locals that farming is more than just livestock, an annual county event looked at farming in a horticultural aspect. As a twist on its annual "Down on the Farm" event, Blair County Chamber of Commerce's Farm-City Committee chose Piney Creek Greenhouse to be this year's destination. The public was invited to stop by Wednesday, Oct. 11, from 5-7 p.m. to eat, participate in activities, and shop around. The Farm-City Committee chooses the areas for the event each year based on having connec...

  • Gregory to Host Concealed Carry Seminar

    Oct 26, 2023

    State Rep. Jim Gregory (R-Blair) is set to host a Concealed Carry Seminar on Nov. 2 from 6-8 p.m. at the Excelsior Volunteer Fire Company, 399 South First St., Bellwood. Set to present at the seminar is Sgt. Jim Stoker, president of Firearms Owners Against Crime. Stoker will discuss Pennsylvania’s concealed carry permitting process, firearms laws and lawful carrying practices. “Learning more about concealed carry law and how law-abiding citizens can protect themselves will help our community to be safer,” stated Gregory, “Helping gun owners...

  • Election Day Approaches

    Oct 26, 2023

    Though the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 7 election was Monday, Oct. 23, there is still plenty for voters to take care of before the polls open. General elections are always held the first Tuesday, after the first Monday, in November. This is a municipal election because there are no federal or state offices on the ballot. This happens in odd numbered years. In a general election, Pennsylvanians vote for federal, state, and local officials, including: • U.S. senators and U.S. representatives to Congress • Pennsylvania governo...

  • Central Cove FFA Busy This Fall

    Oct 26, 2023

    ABOVE: The Central Cove FFA Veterinary Science Team participated in the Eastern States Exposition (The Big E) in Springfield, Mass., Sept. 14-16, 2023. The Veterinary Science Team placed third overall at the team competition with three team members placing in the top 10 for the individual competition portion of the event. Shown (from left) are Mrs. Heather VanWinkle, CHS Agriculture Teacher and Central Cove FFA Advisor; Sarah Disney; Danielle Heltzel; Hope Dively; and Mary Grill. BELOW: Four...

  • Northern Bedford Names Students of the Month

    Oct 26, 2023

    SEPTEMBER Student: Chase Imes Parents: Corey and Nicole Imes School Activities: Soccer, Cross-Country, School Mascot, Track, Ski Club, Fencing Club, FBLA, Student Council, National Honors Society School Honors and Accomplishments: Lettered every year in Track, Soccer, and Cross-Country, 6th place in sales presentations at the FBLA state leadership conference Community Activities: Unpaid janitorial work at the school, youth soccer coach Future Plans: 4 year degree in Electro-Mechanical...

  • Farm-City Dinner to Honor Agriculture Community

    ERIC SHIELDS, Correspondent|Oct 26, 2023

    The Blair County Chamber of Commerce and the Farm-City Committee will hold its annual Farm-City dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 1, at the Freedom Township Fire Hall in East Freedom at 6 p.m. The evening starts off with a milk punch reception with the dairy princess. The family-style dinner will start at 6:30 p.m. Event Coordinator Jennifer Fleck said that every year at the dinner, the Farm-City Committee honors somebody with the Blair County Agriculture Community Excellence (ACE) Award. This year, they are posthumously honoring Stacy Hoover. The awar...

  • Medical Event Led to Last Week's Bobcat Fire in Martinsburg

    RICK BOSTON, Staff Writer|Oct 26, 2023

    The fire that destroyed a Martinsburg business last week started when a man working with a blow torch suffered a fatal heart attack. According to Blair County Coroner Patty Ross, Rodney Walters, 52, was using the torch while installing a natural gas boiler at Bobcat when a sudden cardiac event took his life. Ross said it is likely the torch fell from his hands and started the fire and that Walters had passed away before the fire started. North Woodbury Township Police Chief Lance Morris said a...

  • Commissioner, Judge Retention Highlight County Office Races

    RICK BOSTON, Staff Writer|Oct 26, 2023

    On Nov. 7, Blair County voters will decide who sits in the three seats at the commissioner’s table with four candidates vying for a chair. Two incumbents, Republican Amy Webster, and Democrat Laura Burke are joined on the ballot by Republican Dave Kessling and Democrat Carol Taylor. Webster and Burke were both elected in 2019 and are seeking second terms while Kessling and Taylor are newcomers. With three seats, the Board of Commissioners is represented by both major parties with one being the minority. Because of the history of the b...

  • Spring Cove School Board Battle Highlights Local Election

    RICK BOSTON, Staff Writer|Oct 26, 2023

    When Cove-area voters head to the polls on Nov. 7, those who live in the Spring Cove School District will choose from a mixture of incumbents and newcomers to fill five seats. Of the eight candidates on the ballot, Brian Gahagan, Troy Wright, and Samantha Snowberger are current sitting board members while Misti Fisher, Gretchen Stern Bettwy, Andrea Moses, Kevin Smith, and former district Superintendent Rodney Green are seeking to become new members. Gahagan, Snowberger, and Green cross-filed in May’s primary and garnered enough Democratic votes...

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