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Spring Cove Closes Schools from Nov. 25 through Jan. 3

The Spring Cove School District has issued the following letter explaining that the schools will be closing to in-person instruction as of Nov. 25, and remaining closed through Jan. 3, 2021. The Herald is providing this letter in its entirety,... Full story

 

Gregory Quarantining After Contracting COVID-19

State Rep. Jim Gregory (R-Blair) on Nov. 19 received results of a COVID-19 test indicating he tested positive for the virus. "My symptoms started in a minor way that initially made me believe I had a...

 

Central to Return to In-Person Classes Nov. 19

The Herald has received a letter with important information regarding COVID-19 cases in the Spring Cove School District. The letter is signed by Dr. Betsy Baker and is reproduced here without editing. November 17, 2020 Dear SCSD Parents and Guardians...

 

Public Notices

Notice NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN by the Borough Council of Woodbury Borough, Bedford County, Pennsylvania that the Borough Council in and for such Borough intend to consider for enactment at their next regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, December 7,... Full story

 

THE CAMERA NEVER LIES By David Rawlings

In his intriguing novel, "The Camera Never Lies," David Rawlings challenges us to wonder what our photographs would look like if our souls, not our faces, were captured by the lens. Daniel Whitely is...

 

Resist!

“Indeed, you won the elections, but I won the count.” — Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza (1896-1956), Guardian (London), June 17, 1977 If you read last month’s column … I nailed it....

 

Take Heart, Conservatives

There is a lot of consternation on the political Right about the apparent failure of President Donald J. Trump to win a second term. However, as a conservative, I don’t think things are gloomy for my side at all. Yes, the presidency likely has...

 

Blind Man Sells Songs

Herald of Nov. 14, 1895 George Clapper, a blind man from Williamsburg, was accompanied by his nephew on a trip to Henrietta, where he was singing and selling songs. Almost everybody bought a song to help the poor man. Prof. Eli Glass was teaching a...

 

Dozens Leave Due to Flooding

Herald of Nov. 19, 1970 Flooding described as the worst since 1936 hit the Cove area last Thursday night, forcing dozens of families from their homes in the Claysburg-East Freedom area. Approximately 130 paper mill employees went back to work...

 

Hunting Accident Kills One

Herald of Nov. 26, 1920 The Barrens a mile north of Mines was the scene of a hunting accident on Saturday when Samuel F. Harker was accidentally shot by John Miller of Hollidaysburg. Miller fired at a pheasant and the charge entered the body of...

 

NBC is District 5 Champ!

Herald of Nov. 16, 1995 The Northern Bedford High School football team captured the District 5-A championship with a 13-0 win over Windber in the midst of the snow and cold Monday, Nov. 13, at Chestnut Ridge High School. Travis Brown ran for 105...

 

21 Pound Turkey Shot

Herald of Nov. 22, 1945 The Donald Horton, Henrietta young man, arrived at his home Saturday after long service overseas. D. Elvin Burget, well known hunter of Curryville, while hunting on Lock Mountain, northwest of Martinsburg, shot a 21-pound...

 

Dragons Win Over L. Valley

Herald of Nov. 18, 2010 Mr. Samuel Ebersole, 64, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 16, at Homewood after a prolonged illness. The fifth-seeded Central Dragons took their first step to the playoffs Saturday night, Nov. 13, with a solid 26-14 road victory...

 

Citizens of the U.S. Need to Pull Together

To the Editor: Can Joe Biden save our country when the outgoing administration and its enablers are trying to delay the peaceful transfer of power and hamstringing the legitimately elected Biden/Harris-led government? In the history of the country,...

 

Red Poppy: Celebrating 98th Year

To the Editor: I am writing to correct a math error in your Nov. 5, 2020, Veterans Day article, "Why a Red Poppy on Veterans Day.” The red poppy is celebrating its 98th year, given the August 1922 adoption of the red poppy by the VFW at its...

 

We're All in This Together

To the Editor: I’m writing this on Oct. 30, 2020, so it is several days prior to the Nov. 3 election that will determine our preferences for the presidency and many other national, state and local positions. In my opinion, we should all resolve at...

 

Taylor Meets Twice

Taylor Township supervisors Joseph Dilling, chairman; William Replogle, vice chairman; and Paul Closson, supervisor; held their regular monthly meetings on Oct. 5 and Nov. 2, 2020. At the October meeting there was a lengthly discussion about the...

 

DEATH RECORD

GRIFFITH – Kenneth R. “Kenny,” 58, Martinsburg MCCAULEY – Jeffrey A., 63, Roaring Spring SELL – Margaret L. “Peg,” 75, Waterside SHIRK – David Burkholder, 66, Curryville... Full story

 

KENNETH R. 'KENNY' GRIFFITH

Kenneth R. "Kenny" Griffith, 58, of Martinsburg, passed away Saturday evening, Nov. 14, 2020, at UPMC Altoona. He was born Aug. 29, 1962, in Havre de Grace, Md., son of Teddy B. Keithley Sr. and the...

 

JEFFREY A. MCCAULEY

Jeffrey A. McCauley, 63, of Roaring Spring, passed away Sunday afternoon, Nov. 15, 2020, at UPMC Altoona, after an extended illness. He was born Sept. 13, 1957, in Roaring Spring, the son of Betty (He...

 

MARGARET L. 'PEG' SELL

Margaret L. “Peg” Sell, 75, of Waterside, passed away Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, at Conemaugh Nason Medical Center, Roaring Spring. She was born June 21, 1945, in Roaring Spring, daughter of the late Jacob and Naomi (Hale) Defibaugh. Surviving are...

 

DAVID BURKHOLDER SHIRK

David Burkholder Shirk, 66, of Curryville, passed away Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, at home. He was born Dec. 22, 1953, in Lancaster, son of the late Roy S. and Ida Ann (Burkholder) Shirk. On Nov. 14, 197...

 

Delivering Hay Through the Cove

Sam Stahl of Williamsburg makes his way through thew Martinsburg square on Monday afternoon, Nov. 16, with another truckload of round bales of hay he was delivering to a customer in New...

 

Leaf Collection Begins at Memorial Park

The annual tradition of leaf collection from the magnificent oak trees that adorn Morrisons Cove Memorial Park in Martinsburg started in earnest Tuesday, Nov. 10. In preparation for the 2020 season,...

 

ACM to Move Courses Online Beginning Nov. 30; Includes Everett Campus

Allegany College of Maryland (ACM) President Cynthia S. Bambara has authorized all credit courses to move online for instruction on Nov. 30, the Monday following Thanksgiving, through the end of the fall semester. The proactive approach is being...

 

Old Order Mennonite Memoirs

Dear October, My letter for you is quite tardy and you are 15 days already gone. When I used my diary to jog my memory, I found you a month of seemingly contradictory qualities and phases. In your...

 

Donations from Dragon Pride Foundation

The Dragon Pride Foundation exists to provide funds for innovative programs which offer each student opportunities for extended learning in the Spring Cove School District. In line with that mission,...

 

Blair County Offers Free Virus Testing as Cases Spike And Schools Close

– WEEKLY UPDATE – As of noon 11/16/2020 Area Counties Cases / Death / Rate* Bedford: 749 / 11 / 22.8 Blair: 2,235 / 41 / 33.5 Cambria: 1,792 / 23 / 17.5 Centre: 4,933 / 24 / 14.7 Clearfield: 697 / 8 / 10.1 Fulton: 127 / 4 / 27.5 Huntingdon: 1,253...

 

Three Cove School Districts Now in Remote Learning Mode Due to COVID

The COVID-19 pandemic has played a role in education throughout the state and the country. Here in Morrisons Cove, all four school districts have been affected within the last few weeks. Northern Bedford and Williamsburg school districts have been...

 

Students Receive Scholarships to Attend Allegany College of Maryland

The Bedford County Regional Education Foundation announces that the following students were awarded scholarships to attend the Allegany College of Maryland Bedford County Campus, Everett: Kasandra Faulkner, Everett, Bedford County Human Services...

 

Wind Fells Tree in Clappertown

A wind storm that blew through the region Sunday, Nov. 15, brought down a tree that came close to destroying a home in Clappertown. The home of Peter and Karen Filan suffered some damage at...

 

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT

Daniel Z. and Margaret S. Martin of Martinsburg are the parents of a daughter, Angela Martin, born at 7:08 a.m. Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, at Conemaugh Nason Medical Center, Roaring Spring. The infant...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    November 19, 2020

COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise Statewide and in Region

As the winter months approach, COVID-19 cases continue to rise throughout Pennsylvania. Statistics released Monday by the Pennsylvania Department of Health show 272,680 cases and 9,409 deaths in the commonwealth attributed to the virus since the...

 

Lines by Lee

You may know some people who like to talk. Some folks go on and on in their speech. Of course, there is nothing wrong with being talkative. The problem is when a person talks without being a good...

 

Spring Cove District Has No Plans To Move to a Hybrid Model

The Spring Cove School District Board of Directors met Monday, Nov. 9, for a combined committee of the whole and regular meeting at the administration office board room in Roaring Spring with the public participating virtually. Superintendent Dr. Bet...

 
 By Brian Hess    News    November 19, 2020

Real Estate Taxes May Increase in Martinsburg

Real estate taxes are expected to rise for the first time in 10 years in Martinsburg borough. Martinsburg Borough Council on Nov. 2 approved a tentative budget for 2021 that will increase millage from 1.8710 to 1.967. The small increase, which would...

 

Thought for the Week

Scriptures to Read: St. John 8:31-36 Romans 5:15-18 Romans 6:15-23 Romans 8:1-11 Galatians 5:1-6 I Peter 2:4-12 Philippians 2:1-11 I am trusting you are planning to observe Thanksgiving Day. Thanks ma...

 

Area Community Thanksgiving Services Cancelled Due to Virus

Area ministeriums have cancelled their community Thanksgiving services due to the recent rise in numbers of those affected by COVID-19. The Claysburg-East Freedom Ministerium will broadcast its Thanksgiving service Sunday, Nov. 22, at 6:30 p.m. via...

 

How Families Can Approach Hosting Thanksgiving During the Pandemic

Much like the holidays that preceded it in 2020, Thanksgiving figures to be different this year. An ongoing pandemic has changed the way much of the world lives their lives, including how holidays are celebrated. As the novel coronavirus COVID-19...

 

Scouts Prepare for Food Collection

Williamsburg Troop 53 and Pack 353 recently distributed door hangers to prepare for food collection Saturday, Nov. 21. Shown are (front row, from left): Quinten Snyder, Colton Dick, Jack Ropchock,...

 

Woodbury Twp. Considers Fireworks Company Request

Gary Brumbaugh of Brumbaugh’s Fireworks Display, Inc, of 3062 Royer Mountain Road, attended last Thursday evening’s Woodbury Township meeting, Nov. 5, to ask for a zoning variance for the business’s sprinkler system. The fireworks business is r...

 

NBC Falls to Redbank Valley In First Round of PIAA Playoffs

Turnovers and a staunch Redbank Valley defense were too much to overcome as NBC was defeated, 28-15, in the PIAA Class A football playoffs Nov. 7 at Windber Stadium. Five turnovers proved costly as Re...

 

Williamsburg Volunteer Fire Co. Steps Up to Provide Community's Emergency Medicine

On Oct. 19, 2020, the Williamsburg Volunteer Fire Department became state-licensed as a Quick Response Service, otherwise known as QRS. The decision was made to start a QRS unit when the Williamsburg...

 

Pirates Cap 5-4 Season with 52 Points

The Williamsburg High School football team erupted for 52 points in what turned out to be its final game of the season Nov. 6. The visiting Blue Pirates stormed out to a 28-0 halftime lead and cruised to a 52-7 win over Mount Union. Williamsburg...

 

Expanded Sunday Hunting Arrives

Bowhunters in Pennsylvania have made history. The first-ever day of regulated Sunday big-game hunting was on Sunday, Nov. 15, for archery deer hunting only. In total, there are three Sundays – all in consecutive weeks – when limited big-game...

 

Buck Pool Set for Nov. 28 At W-burg Farm Show Bldg.

The will once again be a Buck Pool in Williamsburg on Saturday, Nov. 28, from 6 to 8 p.m, at the Williamsburg Farm Show building. Registration will be from 6 to 7 p.m, There will be no entry fee. Prizes will be awarded for heaviest doe, heaviest...

 

Central's First Loss on Season Comes in Postseason, 28-13

Twenty-one consecutive points that spanned the second and third quarters sparked the Bedford Bisons to a 28-13 win over Central in the first round of the PIAA Class 3A playoffs Nov. 6 at...

 

Rifle Bear Season Is Here

The statewide rifle bear season comes in this Saturday, Nov. 21, and will run through Nov. 24. This is the first time bear season will include a Sunday of hunting – Nov. 22. Archers already enjoyed a lengthy bear-hunting season in late October and...

 

Alpha Beta Blanket Project

Linda Clapper, projects chair, delivers fleece blankets made by Alpha Beta and Girl Scout Troop 43009 to Stan Howes of Bedford County Children and Youth....

 

Departamento de la Salud agrega sitios para pruebas diagnósticas en Condado Blair para ayudar a frenar la propagación local de COVID-19

La Secretaria de Salud de Pensilvania, la Dra. Rachel Levine, hoy anunció que a partir del domingo, 15 de noviembre, una clínica con servicio de ventanilla para pruebas diagnósticas se realizará en el Blair County Convention Center, para ayudar...

 

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