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 By RICK BOSTON    News    February 18, 2021 

Long-time Martinsburg borough resident and community benefactor W. Gene Henry passed away on Feb. 17 at 88

Long-time Martinsburg borough resident and community benefactor W. Gene Henry passed away on Feb. 17 at the age of 88. Henry, perhaps best known locally as owner of the Spring Dam and Stone Manor mobile home parks, was born in 1932 at Nason...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    February 18, 2021 

Appvion to Close Spring Mill, Eliminating 300 Jobs

News of Appvion's decision to close its Spring Mill plant in Roaring Spring has sent shockwaves through the community. Nearly four years after filing bankruptcy and three years after being sold in a...

 

Pa. Rep. Gregory Hollidaysburg Office Closed Indefinitely

Pennsylvania Rep. Jim Gregory (R-Blair) has closed his Hollidaysburg office to walk-in visitors indefinitely due to acts of vandalism and criminal mischief that have occurred in recent weeks. “For the past three days, and for the foreseeable future...

 
 By CHRISTEN SMITH    News    February 18, 2021 

Pa. Public Officials Worry 2020 Deadliest Year On Record For Fatal Drug Overdoses

Drug overdose deaths in 2020 may eclipse Pennsylvania’s peak recorded just three years prior, public officials said. Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Jennifer Smith made the statement during a meeting with the Center for Rural...

 

Girl, 5, Killed in Bedford Co. Accident

A Bedford County crash on Friday, Feb.12, claimed the life of a young East Freedom girl and her grandparents. According to Bedford State Police, Kendall Lynn Lake, 5, and her grandparents,...

 

Retirement Fund Results

The Blair County Retirement Board recently met with Pat Wing of Marquette Associates, Inc., of Philadelphia to review the Blair County Employee Retirement Fund’s investment performance report for the fourth quarter of 2020. The Blair Co. Retirement...

 
 By CHRISTEN SMITH    News    February 18, 2021 

Pa.'s School Choice Debate More Fraught Than Ever Amid Pandemic

With the pandemic affecting how students attend public schools, the ongoing debate about whether lawmakers should prioritize traditional districts or ease limitations on their public and private...

 

Pennsylvanians Encouraged to Use myPATH to File PA Tax Returns

With the tax filing season opening Feb. 12, the Pa. Department of Revenue is encouraging taxpayers to electronically file their Pennsylvania personal income tax returns with the department's new,...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    February 18, 2021 

1,000 Receive COVID-19 Vaccination at Nason Phase 1A Clinic

The COVID-19 vaccine rollout continued locally on Friday, Feb. 12, when 1,000 people received their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine at the Freedom Township Fire Hall, East Freedom. Conemaugh Nason...

 

The Herald's Weekly Coronavirus Update

– WEEKLY UPDATE – As of 2/16/2021 Area Counties #Cases / #Deaths / Rate* Bedford: 2,731 - 127 - 265.2 Blair: 8,509 - 285 - 233.9 Cambria: 8,519 - 381 - 292.6 Centre: 11,295 - 204 - 125.6 Clearfield: 4,537 - 110(n/c) -138.8 Fulton: 629 - 13(n/c)...

 

La Actualización Semanal del Herald Sobre el Coronavirus

– ACTUALIZACIÓN SEMANAL – Hasta las 16 de febrero, 2021 Condados Cercanos #Casos/#Muertes/Índice de muertes Bedford: 2,731 - 127 - 265.2 Blair: 8,509 - 285 - 233.9 Cambria: 8,519 - 381 - 292.6 Centre: 11,295 - 204 - 125.6 Clearfield: 4,537 ...

 

Pa. Gas Prices Continue Rise

The average price of gasoline across Western Pennsylvania is four cents higher this week at $2.810 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. The Western Pennsylvania average was $2.810. The average price during the week of Feb....

 

Pa. Vaccine Supply Short 5.6 Million Doses for First Phase

Pennsylvania needs 8 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccines to immunize the roughly 4 million residents included in its first wave. But, so far, the Pa. Department of Health said the federal...

 

PA Farmers Union Plans Virtual Annual Conference

The Pennsylvania Farmers Union (PFU) Annual Meeting will be virtual for the first time on Feb. 20, 2021, through Zoom, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This virtual meeting will feature National Farmers Union's President Rob Larew, Pennsylvania Agricultural...

 

Spring Cove Honors Larry Kulp, Former Boardmember

The Feb. 16 regular Board of Directors meeting for the Spring Cove School District was held virtually at 7 p.m. Under special recognitions, a Resolution of Respect was given for F. Larry Kulp, to honor his memory for faithful service as a Spring...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    February 11, 2021

Appvion to Close Spring Mill, Eliminating 300 Jobs

News of Appvion's decision to close its Spring Mill plant in Roaring Spring has sent shockwaves through the community. Nearly four years after filing bankruptcy and three years after being sold in a...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    February 11, 2021

Rumors Fly of Spring Mill Closing

Almost four years after filing for bankruptcy and three years after being sold in a “stalking horse” sale that saw employees lose millions in retirement funds, Appvion is apparently set to permanently close its Spring Mill plant in Roaring...

 

Red Cross Seeks Blood Donors in February

In honor of Black History Month this February, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors, and especially those who have recovered from COVID-19, to give blood to honor the legacies of African Americans like Dr. Charles Drew and Dr. Jerome Hol...

 

Curry Supply Co. Hires VP of Operations

Curry Supply Co., Martinsburg, has appointed Cory Wilson as the company's vice president of Operations. In this role, Wilson oversees all elements of the company's supply chain, manufacturing, and...

 

Blair Co. Emergency Management Urges Community to Sign Up for 'Smart911'

The “Take Control, Let Us Know” campaign allows individuals to share critical medical information for more informed emergency response and allows important COVID-19 Information to be shared. “As the coronavirus continues to be a major public...

 

Pa. State Senate OKs Bill Authorizing Pandemic Relief For Hospitality Industry

The Pennsylvania Senate approved a bill Jan. 27 that aims to provide $145 million in state aid to bars and restaurants crushed under ongoing pandemic restrictions. Senate Bill 109 would amend the...

 

Upcoming Events at The park at Morrisons Cove

Friday, Feb. 12: Lincoln’s Birthday – $2 skating from 10:30 a.m. till 2 p.m. $2 youth bowling all day long. $2 rental for shoes or skates. Saturday, Feb. 13: Memorial Park will host the sixth annual 18u AAU volleyball tournament in its gym. Due...

 

Pa. Will Elect Judges to Statewide Courts in 2021

Pennsylvania's General Election in 2021 will be held Nov. 2 and will include some candidates for statewide judicial offices. The state's primary will be held May 18, 2021. Judges in Pennsylvania are...

 

Ag Secretary Reminds Farmers of Deadline for $13 Million in Tax Credits

Pa. Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding on Feb. 5 reminded farmers to apply by March 1 for $13 million in tax credits for measures to improve soil and water quality. Tax credits are available through Pennsylvania’s nationally recognized Resource...

 

Pa. Voters To Decide Extent Of Governor's Emergency Powers

Voters in Pennsylvania will soon decide the extent of the governor’s emergency powers. A constitutional amendment requiring the governor to seek legislative approval before extending disaster declarations beyond 21 days cleared the last hurdle...

 
 By MARY STROKZA    News    February 11, 2021

Report Urges Pa. to Re-Enact Helmet Law

Pennsylvania needs to adopt additional road safety laws, including in seat belt enforcement and teen driving restrictions, the organization Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety urged lawmakers in its 18th Annual Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws...

 

Work Progresses on S.C. Middle School Vestibule Project

At the Feb. 8 Spring Cove School District Board of Directors Committee of the Whole Meeting, Superintendent Dr. Betsy Baker reviewed the state of COVID-19 cases in the various schools in the district. Dr. Baker told the board, "COVID cases continue,...

 
 By Brian Hess    News    February 11, 2021

Martinsburg Fire Co. to Expand Fire Station

The Martinsburg Volunteer Fire Co. will expand its fire station this year. Richard L. Brantner Jr., assistant fire chief, said that the planned addition, which will be to the north of the existing bui...

 
 By Brian Hess    News    February 11, 2021

Linda Smith Not Seeking Re-Election on Martinsburg Council

Martinsburg Borough Council will say goodbye to one of its own in December as one councilmember will not seek re-election this year. Linda K. Smith, who has served borough residents for 13 years, has...

 

Freedom Township Names New Supervisor

Timothy James has been appointed to the Freedom Township Board of Supervisors, filling the seat left vacant by the December death of Daniel "Butch" Giarth. James, a deputy fire chief with the Freedom...

 

Bedford County Completes First Phase of Broadband Connectivity Improvement

The Bedford County Commissioners have announced the completion of the first phase in expanding high-speed broadband throughout Bedford County that was completed on Dec. 23, 2020. Funding was made available under the Federal CARES Act to allow local...

 

Greenfield Township Considers Basketball Court Fencing

Greenfield Township Board of Supervisors discussed the possibility of installing a fence around the basketball court at the Claysburg Area Community Park during their Feb. 2 meeting. Basketballs sometimes bounce away from the court and end up on a...

 

Pa. L&I Urges Vigilance Against Social Media Fraud

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) has become aware of attempts by fraudsters to obtain personal and confidential information through fake Facebook pages and is reminding Pennsylvanians to never provide information to anyone over...

 

The Herald's Weekly Coronavirus Update

– WEEKLY UPDATE – As of 2/9/2021 Area Counties #Cases / #Deaths / Rate* Bedford: 2,713 / 125 / 261.0 Blair: 8,399 / 275 / 225.7 Cambria: 8,455 / 372 / 285.7 Centre: 11,011 / 201 / 123.8 Clearfield: 4,510 / 110 / 138.8 Fulton: 610 / 13 (n/c) / 89....

 

Water Cleanup Efforts 'Gaining Steam' In Bedford County

Most Bedford County residents would agree the Bedford region is an outdoor enthusiast and sportsman paradise. One can find trails, parks, and fishing holes from one end of the county to the other...

 

La Actualización Semanal del Herald Sobre el Coronavirus

ACTUALIZACIÓN SEMANAL Hasta las 9 de febrero, 2021 Condados cercanos # Casos/# Muertes/Índice de muerte* Bedford: 2,713 / 125 / 261.0 Blair: 8,399 / 275 / 225.7 Cambria: 8,455 / 372 / 285.7 Centre: 11,011 / 201 / 123.8 Clearfield: 4,510 / 110 / 138...

 

Williamsburg Authority Makes Decision on Apartment Tap Fee

A newly constructed apartment owned by Dylan Baker of Williamsburg was the subject of discussion during the Williamsburg Municipal Authority’s regular meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 2. The apartment is behind a property owned by Baker. Questions arose...

 

Williamsburg Upgrades Building Camera System

At last month’s Williamsburg Borough meeting, Chief of Police Rowdy Kagarise asked for permission to solicit bids for a new camera system for the borough building and to protect the prescription drop-off box the borough was given. At the regular...

 

Conemaugh Nason Medical Center to Facilitate Vaccine Clinic in Partnership with Local EMA & Ambulance Services

In partnership with Blair County Emergency Management Association (EMA), AMED Ambulance Company, and Hollidaysburg Ambulance Company, Conemaugh Nason Medical Center will facilitate a clinic to vaccinate nearly 1,000 individuals in Phase lA per the CD...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    February 4, 2021

Police Reportedly Have Person of Interest in Northern Bedford Bomb Threat

Parents of Northern Bedford School District students received a call Monday afternoon informing them that police have identified a person of interest in Monday mornings bomb threat. The threat, made through Safe2Say, said a bomb was to be placed in...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    February 4, 2021

Threat Made Against Northern Bedford High School

An anonymous tip that a bomb was to be placed in the bathroom of the Northern Bedford High School delayed the start of school Monday morning, Feb. 8, while authorities secured the building. According to district Superintendent Todd Beatty, a tip...

 

– – Corrections – –

Correct Name of Nason Aux. Pres. Misinformation sent to the Morrisons Cove Herald incorrectly listed the first name of Judy Reffner, president of the Nason Auxiliary, in the Jan. 14 edition of the Herald that featured Palmer Skye Smouse as the first...

 
 By James Wentz    News    February 4, 2021

Martinsburg's Frank Moore a Candidate For Penn State Hall of Fame

When Penn State-Altoona announced last year that it was establishing a new sports Hall of Fame, it piqued my interest. I became inspired to nominate Frank Moore of Martinsburg as a founding member of...

 

Storm Drops 9 Inches of Snow on the Cove

Crews were able to stay ahead of Sunday's snowfall, keeping roads clear like State Route 164 leading into Martinsburg Monday morning. The National Weather Service had issued a winter storm warning on...

 

The Herald's Weekly Coronavirus Update

– WEEKLY UPDATE –As of 2/2/2021 Area Counties #Cases / #Deaths / Rate* Bedford: 2,965 / 121 / 252.7 Blair: 8,212 / 256 / 210.1 Cambria: 8,313 / 364 / 279.6 Centre: 10,479 / 193 / 118.9 Clearfield: 4,404 / 100 / 126.2 Fulton: 599 / 13 / 89.5 Hunti...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    February 4, 2021

Blair County Acting D.A. Announces Candidacy for Full Term

When Blair County District Attorney Rich Consiglio retired last April, First Assistant District Attorney Pete Weeks was named to replace him. Last Week, Weeks announced his intention to seek the...

 

Pa. Governor Says Stifling Minimum Wage 'Bad For Business'

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said Jan. 28 that stifling employee earnings to increase profits “is simply not good business.” Wolf’s comments came during a 40-minute news conference previewing his budget priorities. The governor said he wanted...

 

Online 'K' Registration Underway for Spring Cove School District

The Spring Cove School District has begun online registration for kindergarten classes for the 2021-22 school year. To be eligible to enter the kindergarten program, a child must be 5 or become 5 years of age on or before Sept. 1, 2021. To complete...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    February 4, 2021

Martinsburg Woman Charged with Furnishing Alcohol, Tobacco to Minors

A Martinsburg woman who was charged last year with having a sexual relationship with an 18-year-old student while employed by the Spring Cove School District is now facing new, unrelated charges. Casey L. Naylor, 33, is facing misdemeanor charges of...

 

'Wellness Chat' Set for Feb. 12

The next Blair County Chamber of Commerce Workplace Wellness Chamber Chat Zoom will take place on Feb, 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. The topic is “Why Your Business Should Have a Wellness Program” will be presented by Christy Nau of Stuckey...

 

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