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 By RICK BOSTON    News    September 19, 2019 

M-burg Mayor Reflects On 25-Year Friendship With Det. James Leavelle

Some people choose the spotlight, and sometimes the spotlight chooses them. On Nov. 24, 1963, James Leavelle, a homicide detective with the Dallas Texas Police Department, found himself with the spotl...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    September 19, 2019 

Valor Awards Presented to Four Freedom Township Men

Four Freedom Township men were recently presented valor awards at the Central Pennsylvania Volunteer Firemen's Association convention held in Clymer last month. The Valor Award is given to an individu...

 

Northern Bedford Parents Raise Concerns about Bus Stop

A group of concerned parents raised their voices at Northern Bedford School District's Sept. 10 school board meeting. The group represented the parents of Bus 16 students. This route encompasses the S...

 

C-K Board, Education Association Agree to Three-Year Contract

A new three-year contract between the Claysburg-Kimmel School District and its education association was approved during the Sept. 11 meeting of the school directors. The contract between the Claysburg-Kimmel Education Association and the C-K School...

 
 By THOMAS SCHMITT    News    September 19, 2019 

S.C. Supt.: Less Funding for Public Schools in Safe Schools Grants

Superintendent Dr. Betsy Baker had some bad news for the Spring Cove School Board at its regular meeting Monday, Sept. 16. Dr. Baker informed the board that although the Safe Schools Grant awards will be announced in three to four weeks, they will no...

 

Tea Party to Meet Sept. 24 at Bavarian

The Blair County Tea Party on Tuesday, Sept. 24, will review several lobbying efforts which are scheduled in Harrisburg earlier that day. The Blair County Tea Party hopes to send members to each of these events and encourages anyone who is...

 

PennDOT Invites Motorists to Take Public Survey Online

PennDOT is accepting construction and maintenance services feedback through an online survey. The public can take the survey through Oct. 22 at www.surveymonkey.com/r/penndotroadwork. The 16-question survey asks how they receive PennDOT roadway...

 

Vietnam War Commemoration Coming to Blair County Nov. 8

State and federal lawmakers who represent Blair County announced Monday morning, Sept. 16, a November commemoration of the Vietnam War period, including an opportunity for veterans and their families to receive a Vietnam veteran lapel pin. The event...

 

Campaign Underway at H-burg Library

Imagine reading in the Herald that a public building project came in under budget and mortgage-free. Five years ago, the Hollidaysburg Area Public Library did just that. In 2014, the new...

 

Claysburg CoB to Host Spiritual Renewal Services Sept. 29-Oct. 2

Spiritual renewal services will be held at the Claysburg Church of the Brethren from Sept. 29 through Oct. 2 with guest speaker Pastor Randy Parish. The series will begin Sunday morning, Sept. 29, wit...

 

Heritage Fair at Camp Blue Diamond

The public is invited to the Middle Pennsylvania District's 39th annual Heritage Fair at Camp Blue Diamond Saturday, Sept. 21. The fair will begin with a diner-style breakfast served in the lodge from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. There will be a 5K run/walk sta...

 

AAA: Red-Light Running Deaths Hit 10-Year High

More than two people are killed every day on U.S. roads by motorists running through red lights, according to data analysis performed by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The most recent crash...

 

Gasoline Prices Increase A Penny in W. Pa.

The average price of gasoline across Western Pennsylvania is a penny higher this week at $2.758 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. Most Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states have gas prices that are cheaper or stable...

 

Williamsburg Bans Vaping by Minors

With health concerns about the practice of “vaping” in the news, the Williamsburg Borough Council decided during its meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 3, to join the ranks of other Blair County townships to prohibit vaping and the possession of vaping...

 

Williamsburg Authority Nears Loan Closing Date

Stiffler McGraw engineer John Clabaugh said in an email to Williamsburg Municipal Authority that the closing date for the funding package for its PENNVest loan will be on Thursday, Sept. 26. Clabaugh asked the authority during its regular meeting on...

 

Williamsburg Absenteeism Program Earns Praise

State Rep. Jim Gregory (R-80th) toured the Williamsburg High School and district on Sept. 13 to discuss Williamsburg's initiative to combat absenteeism in the district. Rep. Gregory said of the...

 

Williamsburg Correction

In the article about the Owl’s Nest Daycare and Preschool 2 in the Sept. 12, 2019, edition of the online Herald, Jack Bolger’s relationship to Sarah Hall was stated incorrectly. Bolger is Hall’s grandfather. This error was the fault of the...

 

Williamsburg Senior Center to hold Open House

The Williamsburg Senior Center will be taking part in the Blair Senior Services 45th Anniversary by having an open house at the Williamsburg Center from noon to 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23. There will be light refreshments and information on programs...

 

125 Years Ago

Herald of Sept. 6, 1894 David L. Keagy was elected chief burgess of Martinsburg at a regular meeting of council to serve until the first Monday of March. The appointment was necessary after A.L. Mentzer, the previous burgess, moved outside the...

 

100 Years Ago

Herald of Sept, 12, 1919 A committee appointed on a resolution of thanks for Victory Picnic submits the following: Several weeks prior to August 28, 2019, it was decided to hold a gathering or picnic, the proceeds of which was to be devoted to the es...

 

75 Years Ago

Herald of Sept. 14, 1944 A new infantile paralysis scare has developed in the Cove during the past week with the discovery that Dean Smith, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Smith of the Dry Gap section, north of Roaring Spring has a...

 

50 Years Ago

Herald of Sept. 11,1969 A new egg processing plant capable of packing 60,000 dozen eggs a week has been put into operation near East Freedom by Country Best-Agway. The plant replaces a smaller facility that Agway bought four years ago at Brook’s...

 

25 Years Ago

Herald of Sept. 8, 1994 Even though it is September, Martinsburg Borough Council had winter on its mind at its council meeting Tuesday. Robert Carper, street commissioner, urged council to begin moving now to make the removal of snow from borough...

 

10 Years Ago

Herald of Sept. 17,2009 Roaring Spring borough offices are space-challenged. Council members, meeting Monday night, agreed to appoint an ad hoc committee to recommend a solution. The committee could suggest renovations to the present building or...

 

Food Safety Training Program at St. Matthew

Don’t take a chance with food safety. If you are involved in preparing or serving food for your non-profit or volunteer organization, consider attending “Cooking for Crowds: A Volunteer’s Guide to Safe Food Handling.” A workshop will be held...

 

DESA to Meet Sept. 19 At Martinsburg Fire Hall

The Horseshoe Curve Chapter No. 37 Destroyer Escort Sailors Association will meet Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Martinsburg Volunteer Fire Co. building at 205 S. Market St., Martinsburg. There is a charge for the noon meeting followed by a luncheon....

 

Ribbon Cutting Set for Sept. 17 at Homewood

The Blair County Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, for the grand opening of the new Tenley Rehabilitation Therapy Center at Homewood at Martinsburg, located at 437 Givler Drive, Martinsburg. The new...

 

Pa. Renews Opioid Disaster Declaration for Seventh Time

Sept. 10 marked the seventh renewal of Pennsylvania’s Opioid Disaster Declaration. As has become routine, Pennsylvania will continue its use of a 90-day disaster declaration to fight the opioid crisis. As part of the state’s efforts to combat...

 
 By Dave Lemery    News    September 12, 2019

Educational Assistance for Vol. Firefighters Seen As One Way to Halt Erosion of Ranks

A group of state lawmakers meeting with first responders in Indiana, Pa., is seeking to have a conversation on how the state can bolster its ranks of volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians and how helping with higher education...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    September 12, 2019

Truck Crashes Into House on Charger Highway

No one was injured when a tractor-trailer struck a house along Route 36, Charger Highway, just south of Pope Lane, on Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 9. According to State Police, Hollidaysburg, a 1999...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    September 12, 2019

Martinsburg Man Facing Multiple Assault Charges

A Martinsburg man is behind bars facing multiple charges stemming from the abuse of a 5-month-old girl and her mother in separate incidents. Felony charges of aggravated assault of a child less than...

 

Woodbury Borough Council Discusses Dilapidated House

Woodbury Borough Council met Tuesday, Sept. 3, for the regular monthly meeting. The Kauffman house is still a topic of discussion at each meeting. Council has called the home dilapidated and a safety...

 

Greenfield Loses Full-Time Police Officer

The Greenfield Township Board of Supervisors held its regularly monthly meeting on Sept. 3. The township accepted the resignation of Tyler Grigg, full-time first-class officer, effective Sept. 8. Matt Treon, chairman, speaking for the township,...

 

Blair Libraries to Show New Election Machines

The Pennsylvania Department of State has ordered that all counties must have a voter-verifiable paper record voting system selected no later than Dec. 31, 2019, and preferably in place by the November 2019 general election. The Blair County Board of...

 

Taylor Twp. Addresses Road Grading Issue

At the Sept. 3 regular meeting of the Taylor Township supervisors, an update concerning the intersection of Cross Cove Road and Woodbury Pike (Blinking Light) was presented by Greg Geishouser, township engineer. Geishouser reported that PennDOT is...

 

Spring Cove School District to Apply for State Safety Grants

The Spring Cove School Board’s Monday, Sept. 9, Committee of the Whole Meeting was focused primarily on school grants and safety measures for the district. The administration received the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD)...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    September 12, 2019

East Freedom Man, Bedford Woman Jailed in Robbery

An East Freedom man is behind bars after police said he conspired to rob a man in Bedford County on Sept. 1. According to charges filed by State Police, Bedford, Thomas M. Burkett, 27, robbed a man who went to a location in Bedford to meet a woman,...

 

Absentee Ballot Application Now Available Online

Pennsylvania is launching a new option for voters to apply online for an absentee ballot starting with the November election. The mobile-friendly, online application site, at votesPA.com/ApplyAbsentee, will go live on Monday, Sept. 16, the first day...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    September 12, 2019

Roaring Spring Council Names New Maintenance Supervisor

The Roaring Spring Borough Council kicked off its regular monthly meeting on Monday, Sept. 9, by saying goodbye to a long-time employee and welcoming his replacement. Maintenance Supervisor Dane Noel...

 

Residents Voice Concern Over Woodbury Twp. Nuisance Ordinance

Residents voiced their concerns last Thursday evening, Sept. 5, at the Woodbury Township meeting regarding the proposed nuisance ordinance. Some residents received a draft copy of the ordinance. Resident Larry Mock said that he would like the Woodbur...

 

Pa. Convenes 'Dairy Future Commission'

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) held the inaugural meeting of the Pennsylvania Dairy Future Commission on Sept. 3. The commission, the result of Act 66, signed by Gov. Tom Wolf in July and prime sponsored by state Sen. Jake Corman,...

 

M-burg Resident Pens Book About the Cove and the Civil War

Martinsburg resident Randy K. Stoltz has been compiling a list of Civil War veterans from Morrisons Cove for many years covering the area from Williamsburg to Loysburg. The modest list has grown from...

 

GAME OF THE WEEK

Week 3 of the high school football season will feature a Mountain League showdown Friday, Sept. 6, in Roaring Spring. A battle of 2-0 squads – Clearfield and Central – will kick off at 7 p.m. at t...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    September 5, 2019

Aug. 30 Farm Accident Kills Man, 22

A farming accident in North Woodbury Township, Blair County, claimed the life of a 22-year-old man last week. Criserio Alverez Jimenez, of Martinsburg, was working on a farm along Cove Mountain Road on Friday, Aug. 30, when, at approximately 4:40...

 

125 Years Ago

Herald of Aug. 30, 1894 A kitchen attached to the Methodist parsonage in Williamsburg caught fire when the wind blew sparks onto the roof, igniting the structure. The blaze was extinguished by volunteers before any major damage was done to the...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    September 5, 2019

Freedom Twp. Couple Facing Tampering Charges

A Freedom Township couple is facing charges of evidence tampering in connection with the death of a 1-month-old boy in early June. Donald E. McChessney, 37, and Cara J. McChessney, 33, are accused of hiding evidence and cleaning a camper where the...

 

50 Years Ago

Herald of Sept. 4, 1969 The goals for the community fund campaigns in Martinsburg and Roaring Spring this fall total $25,000. Roaring Spring has set its goal at $15,000, up $500 from last year. Martinsburg has set its goal at $10,000 the same as...

 

100 Years Ago

Herald of Sept.5,1919 About the year of 1865, Christian Allen, of Woodbury, became the Sunday School teacher in the M. E. church of a class of eight boys, namely: Clarence Reed, Watson Allen, Harry Oellig, S. E. Fluke, C. W. Fox, H. G. Hair, W. S....

 

25 Years Ago

Herald of Sept. 1, 1994 The Defense Department has awarded a $10 million contract to the Cove Shoe Co. of Martinsburg. The contract calls for Cove Shoe Co. to deliver up to 110,820 pairs of intermediate cold-wet boots for military use. The contract...

 

10 Years Ago

Herald of Sept. 3, 2009 The National Football League’s Pittsburgh Steelers gave nine-year-old Caden Hazenstab, of Roaring Spring the VIP treatment at his first visit to the Super Bowl champion’s training camp Aug. 15 at St. Vincent College,...

 

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