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 By RICK BOSTON    News    January 23, 2020 

Former Appvion Employee Charged With Stealing From Spring Mill

A former Appvion employee is facing multiple charges in connection with the theft of thousands of dollars worth of equipment from the Roaring Spring plant. Chad G. Morningstar, 46, of Saxton, is accused of taking pieces of equipment from the plant an...

 

Future Basketball Star?

Maddox Ewart, 1, at a recent Northern Bedford girls' basketball game....

 

Church Celebrates Renovations

The congregation of Woodbury Church of the Brethren celebrated the dedication of their recently renovated building. Located along Route 36 just north of town, the building and parking areas have been...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    January 23, 2020 

RS Council Agrees to Zoning Hearing For Proposed Brewery Pub

The Roaring Spring Borough Council held its first meeting of the year on Monday evening, Jan. 13. Council discussed the ongoing issue with the wall on Main Street. Access has been restricted to traffic coming in town since a portion of the wall...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    January 23, 2020 

East Freedom Woman, Two Others Charged With Theft from Hollidaysburg Business

An East Freedom woman and two former co-workers are facing multiple felony charges in the theft of nearly a quarter of a million dollars from their former employer. Stephanie D. Wyant, 52, of East Freedom; Jodie Potter Neely, 53, of Hollidaysburg;...

 

Pa. Gaming Control Board Reports Total Revenue Up 3.4 % in Dec.

Figures released Jan. 17 by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board shows total gaming and fantasy contests revenue generated in the Commonwealth during December 2019 was 3.4 percent above revenue...

 

New Models Offer a Deeper Look at the Human Body at ACM

When's the last time you asked someone to hand you a heart, an arm, or maybe part of a skull? At the Allegany College of Maryland Bedford County Campus, asking for body parts, specifically anatomical...

 

NB School Board Informed of 2019 Surplus Due to Education Grant

The Northern Bedford School District held a school board meeting Tuesday Jan. 14, 2020, the first meeting of the new year. As part of the meeting, Jeff Koontz of Ritchey, Ritchey & Koontz, Bedford, presented the board members with audit findings for...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    January 23, 2020 

East Freedom Man Jailed on Drug and Fleeing Charges

An East Freedom man was jailed on drug charges and fleeing from police after police initiated a traffic stop along Plank Road in Allegheny Township at around 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 16. According to charges...

 

Keep Them Moving

The Freedom Township Volunteer Fire Company and the Freedom Township Police Department direct traffic at the intersection of Dunnings Highway and Woodbury Pike, on Thursday afternoon, Jan....

 

Hospitals Challenged in Organ Donations

The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) has launched its 2020 Donate Life Hospital Challenge. The HAP Donate Life Hospital Challenge encourages Pennsylvania hospitals to increase organ donation awareness and designations...

 

Checking in

U.S. Rep. John Joyce (left) and state Rep. Jim Gregory (right), shown here with Williamsburg resident Harry Mullins, met for coffee at the Martin General convenience store in Williamsburg on...

 
 By AAA East Central    News    January 23, 2020 

Pa. Gas Prices Drop; Supply Above Demand

The average price of gasoline across Western Pennsylvania is six cents cheaper this week at $2.838 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. All states in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region saw gas prices decrease on the...

 
 By Natalie Gorsuch    News    January 23, 2020 

Township Resident Airs Complaint about Plowing; Supervisors Ask Solicitor to Help with Complaints

Wayne Baker, a resident of Catharine Township, complained to the township supervisors about gravel plowed off of Oak Alley during last Thursday evening’s meeting, Jan. 16. Baker talked with the supervisors and brought photographs to back up his...

 
 By DAVE FIDLIN    News    January 23, 2020 

Pa. State Parks Facing $500 Million Deficit, Official Says

Rising costs and stagnant income is leaving Pennsylvania’s 121 parks with a projected deficit of about $500 million to address ongoing maintenance needs, a state official revealed recently. Paul Zeph, head planner of the Pennsylvania Bureau of...

 

Scientists Examine Potential Economic Impact of Spotted Lanternfly in Pa.

If not contained, the spotted lanternfly potentially could drain Pennsylvania's economy of at least $324 million annually and cause the loss of about 2,800 jobs, according to a study carried out by...

 
 By DAVE FIDLIN    News    January 23, 2020 

Pennsylvania House Panel Advances Human Trafficking Legislation

Six bills and a resolution aimed at curtailing human trafficking received unanimous support from members of a Pennsylvania House panel on Jan. 14. The review coincides with National Human Trafficking Awareness Month, which is recognized across the...

 

Courts Report on Human Trafficking in Pa.

In the first five years since Pennsylvania's first comprehensive human trafficking law (Act 105) took effect in 2014, 586 human-trafficking offenses were charged. The infographic above highlights key...

 

Welfare Council to Meet Jan. 24

The Blair County Health and Welfare Council will meet from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 24, at The Arc of Blair County. The speakers will be attorneys from MidPenn Legal Services. Attorney Evangeline Wright will speak on what their Low-Income Tax...

 

Writers Group to Meet Feb. 4 at Duncansville

The monthly meeting of The Inkwell will be held Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, at Marzoni’s Brick Oven and Brewery, 165 Patchway Road in Duncansville beginning with dinner at 6 p.m. and followed promptly at 7:15 p.m. with author Hope Willis Sheehan’s...

 

Tea Party to Discuss Second Amendment Sanctuary

The Blair County Tea Party will discuss an effort to make Blair County a Second Amendment sanctuary at this month’s meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 28. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Bavarian Hall in Altoona (112 S. 13th St.). The BCTP and...

 
 By KIM JARRETT    News    January 23, 2020 

Education Issues from 2019 Continue to Resonate In Pennsylvania Politics in 2020

Charter and cyber schools were a hot topic for the General Assembly and Gov. Tom Wolf in 2019 and remain a hot topic in the new year. Gov. Wolf issued an executive order focusing on charter schools in August, asking regulators to create new rules tha...

 

Captain Phillips Rangers Massacre Day

The Bedford County Board of Commissioners recently passed a Resolution designating Saturday, July 18, 2020, as Captain Phillips Rangers Massacre Day. On this date the Frontier Patriots Chapter of the...

 

Spring Cove School District Reels In Several Grants

The Monday, Jan. 13, Committee of the Whole Meeting for the Spring Cove School District School Board was highlighted by Superintendent Dr. Betsy Baker announcing the awarding of several grants to the Spring Cove School District. The district was...

 
 By Brian Hess    News    January 16, 2020

C-K School District Hires Teachers, Reviews Current and Future Budgets

Directors at Claysburg-Kimmel hired two new teachers during their official meeting Jan. 8. Named to the staff at C-K High School was Amanda Woodring at a starting salary of $52,900. Woodring, who will teach secondary English, replaces Emily Carper, w...

 

Nason Home Health Earns Top Ratings

Nason Hospital Home Health Agency recently received top-tier rankings from two national third-party evaluators of home health agency quality, patient satisfaction, and overall performance – the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)...

 

REAL ID Deadline Nears For Pennsylvania Travelers

As the deadline for REAL ID compliant identification to fly approaches, AAA East Central advises travelers to act fast if they are choosing to apply for identification that complies with the federal program. Beginning on Oct. 1, all U.S. residents wi...

 

Everett Photographer Named as Finalist for Grand Imaging Awards

Della Watters, a certified professional photographer from Everett, has been named a top-10 finalist in the prestigious Grand Imaging Awards sponsored by Professional Photographers of America. Each...

 

Spring Cove District Gets $25,000 Workplace Grant

The Spring Cove School District and Hollidaysburg Area School District will receive grants from the state Department of Education to improve classroom instruction by connecting educators with local employers, according to State Sen. Judy Ward (R-30)...

 

Premier Guernsey Breeder

Green Slopes Farm of Imler won the Premier Breeder Award of the Guernsey Show on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, at the 2020 PA State Farm Show. Pictured are the members of the Green Slopes family – Aliicia...

 

H-burg District Receives Workplace Grant

By JILL BRUBAKER REIGH Hollidaysburg Correspondent Educators in the Hollidaysburg School District will be pairing with local business leaders thanks to the “Teacher in the Workplace” grant from the Department of Education to improve classroom...

 

Walmart Drivers Raise $1,086 for SC Elementary

The Bedford transportation office has selected Spring Cove Elementary to receive a $1,086.68 donation as part of Walmart’s support of local communities. Private Fleet truck drivers for Walmart – already among the safest drivers in the country...

 

Maryland Might Sue Pa. Over Chesapeake Bay Cleanup

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Jan. 7 called for his state to initiate legal actions against Pennsylvania, citing the "obvious inadequacy" of its Chesapeake Bay cleanup plan, and against the U.S. Enviro...

 

Pennsylvania Warns Residents about Fuel Oil Storage Tanks

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has reminded the more than 2.5 million Pennsylvania households that heat with oil or propane to take a commonsense approach to maintaining their fuel supply for a safe winter. A heating oil or propane...

 

Pa. Eyes Ways to Comply with Bay Water Rules without Hurting Farmers

Even though Pennsylvania does not touch Chesapeake Bay, that doesn’t mean the state doesn’t have an effect on it. On the contrary, nearly a million gallons of freshwater flow into the mid-Atlantic bay every second, and about half of that stems...

 
 By DAVE FIDLIN    News    January 16, 2020

Pa. Conservatives Say They Embrace Clean, Renewable Energy At Forum

As former Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley sees it, environmental friendly policies are concepts conservatives have allowed to slip away from the party platform in more recent times. “We, as Republicans, we, as conservatives, can continue to let...

 

NBC Pep Band Plays at PSU

The Northern Bedford High School Band, including (from left) Jacob Sensenig, Bailey Koontz and Gretchen Keith, was on hand during the Penn State men's basketball game with Wisconsin on Saturday, Jan....

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    January 16, 2020

Freedom Township Fire Co. Reports 'Busy' 2019

The Freedom Township Volunteer Fire Company released its year-end report and 2019 was another busy year for the men and women who answer the whistle. The fire company responded to a total of 371...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    January 16, 2020

Historic Blair Co. Courthouse Room Dedicated to Former President Judge

Monday, Jan. 6, was a busy day at Blair County Courthouse. A packed Courtroom 1 saw the swearing-in of two new commissioners, one incumbent, and other county officials. But before anyone took the...

 

Report: Pa. Still Desirable State

By STEVE BITTENBENDER The Center Square The number of Americans on the move might have reached a 65-year low in 2019, but U.S. Census Bureau data shows Pennsylvania ranked among the top states for both attracting and losing residents. A recent...

 
 By MICHAEL SELL    News    January 16, 2020

Greenfeld Township Reappoints Treon as Chairman at Re-Org

The Greenfield Township Board of Supervisors reorganized at their Monday, Jan. 6, meeting. Matthew Treon was reappointed as board chairman and Jordan Oldham as vice chairman. Treon and Oldham spent time debating which of three interested candidates...

 

Ambulance Service Closing Raises Questions for Fire Company

"We are here to protect each member of the community's family, now we need the community to step up and help as well," Williamsburg Volunteer Fire member Marcus Hughes said about the situation that...

 

W-burg Planning Quick Response Service for Medical Emergencies

Following the closing of the Williamsburg ambulance service in late December, many Williamsburg residents are asking what will happen if there is a medical emergency in their community. Emergency responders in the community are working on an answer....

 

Officers Stay the Same for Authority

Authority Member Ed Patterson was again named chairman of the Williamsburg Municipal Authority during the reorganization and regular meeting Tuesday, Jan. 7, in Williamsburg. Authority Member Chet Bingham made a motion to retain the same officers as...

 

As Inventory Grows, Pa. Gas Prices Move Downward

The average price of gasoline across Western Pennsylvania is two cents cheaper this week at $2.898 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. Nearly every state in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region saw gas prices decrease or...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    January 9, 2020

Claysburg Mourns Long-Time Fire Chief

The Claysburg Volunteer Fire Company and the entire firefighting community is mourning the loss of one of its own. Dennis L. Feathers, long-time chief and president of the Claysburg Volunteer Fire...

 

Jim Snyder to Speak at BCGS Meeting Jan. 16

The Blair County Genealogical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, for its monthly meeting at the Roller Hojeth Memorial Library, 431 Scotch Valley Road, Hollidaysburg. The speaker this month will be Jim Snyder Jr., current president of...

 

Alpha Beta Aids Your Safe Haven

The Projects Committee of the Alpha Beta Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, a professional honorary society of women educators, chose the making of fleece blankets for women and...

 

Normal Hours Resume at Blair Genealogical Soc.

The Blair County Genealogical Society has resumed normal hours. Hours are 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The new officers are Jim Snyder Jr.,...

 

Eleven Area Seniors Receive FFA Keystone Degrees

Eleven seniors from three area FFA chapters were honored with the prestigious Keystone State Degree during the 2019 Pennsylvania Mid-Winter Convention on Monday, Jan. 6, in the New Holland Arena of the PA Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg....

 

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