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 By CHRISTIE SWEIGART    News    July 18, 2019 

NBC Board Increases Real Estate Taxes by 3.2 Percent

The Northern Bedford County School Board met Tuesday, June 18, with the major item on the agenda passage of the 2019-20 budget. According to the approved budget, NBC will be enacting a tax increase of 3.2 percent for the upcoming year. The tax levy...

 
 By RICHARD TATE    News    July 18, 2019 

'Dr. Deer' Addresses Sportsmen on CWD and Herd Culling

On Saturday, July 13, Dr. James Kroll presented a seminar about deer and chronic wasting disease to more than 100 sportsmen at the Hollidaysburg Middle School auditorium. Kroll is known as "Dr. Deer"...

 
 News    July 18, 2019 

Ox Roast Fri. and Sat. in M-burg

The Martinsburg Volunteer Fire Co. will hold its largest fundraiser of the year – the annual Ox Roast Festival – Friday, July 19, and Saturday, July 20, starting at 11 a.m. each day at the Alley Kitchen at Morrisons Cove Memorial Park. Food will...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    July 18, 2019 

Newry Borough Reduces Number of Council Seats from 5 to 3

Newry borough has had trouble filling all five seats on its council, making it difficult to conduct borough business. With just three sitting council members and nobody seeking a seat in last May’s primary election, the borough has come to the...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    July 18, 2019 

Roaring Spring Man Sentenced for Obtaining Stolen Benefits

A Roaring Spring man who pled guilty in federal court to stealing government funds was sentenced last week to 180 days of home detention, three years of probation and ordered to make restitution. Glenn P. Rhykerd, 69, pled guilty in February of...

 
 News    July 18, 2019 

125 Years Ago

Herald of July 12, 1894 Daniel Greaser, 40, of Clover Creek was injured at Boyer’s saw mill near Marklesburg, Huntingdon County. According to reports, Greaser was using a file to work on a revolving wheel when the wheel burst, hurling the file...

 
 News    July 18, 2019 

100 Years Ago

Herald of July 18, 1919 Frederick W. Keagy, one of Martinsburg’s leading retired business men, died at the Nason Hospital, Roaring Spring, Sunday evening at 9:45 o’clock, following an operation for obstruction of the bowels. He had been in ill...

 
 News    July 18, 2019 

Douglas Smith Resigns from M-burg Council

Martinsburg Borough Council is accepting letters of interest for a vacancy that has occurred due to an immediate resignation. The council on July 8 accepted the resignation of Douglas D. Smith, who was the council’s pro-tem. To fill the pro-tem...

 
 News    July 18, 2019 

Soap Box Laundry Launches Drop-off Service at Martinsburg

The owners of the Soap Box Laundromats in Martinsburg and Roaring Spring have launched a new laundry service. Starting on Monday, July 22, a "fluff and fold" laundry service will be offered from the...

 
 News    July 18, 2019 

75 Years Ago

Herald of July 20, 1944 Clarence Meade Fetter Jr., a Salemville young man, is probably a victim of the invasion made in Normandy, having been reported by the navy as missing. The young man had been a first class fireman on the tug mine sweeper,...

 
 News    July 18, 2019 

50 Years Ago

Herald of July 17, 1969 Martinsburg Borough will offer its employees a health benefit plan, beginning Aug.1. Borough Council Monday approved a plan that would provide hospitalization of $34 a day for 120 days, major medical benefits and a $2,000...

 
 News    July 18, 2019 

C-K School Board Approves $13 Million Budget for 2019-20

Claysburg-Kimmel school directors gave final approval to the 2019-20 budget during their June meeting. The budget includes a real estate tax increase of 3.4 percent, the district’s Act I limit. Expenditures for the next fiscal year in the budget...

 
 News    July 18, 2019 

25 Years Ago

Herald of July 14, 1994 Deanna Snively is the new Little Miss Roaring Spring. Runners-up-up for the title at Tuesday night’s pageant were Nicole Sottile, first runner-up; Kirstin Ritchey, second runner-up; and Heather Hinton, third runner-up. The R...

 
 By ROBIN DODSON    News    July 18, 2019 

Taylor Twp. Residents Raise Concerns About Local Roads

The Taylor Township Supervisors’ July 8 meeting opened to a packed house of concerned citizens. A couple residing on Cemetery Avenue in Roaring Spring attended to ask who owns the road. The residents said upgrades and repairs to the road are not...

 
 News    July 18, 2019 

10 Years Ago

Herald of July 16, 2009 There are people in Taylor Township who say they want to save money and decrease their “carbon footprint,” but they say the township is making it difficult. The supervisors are hoping to compromise by keeping the township...

 
 News    July 18, 2019 

Turnpike Tolls to Rise 6%

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) today approved a six percent toll increase for 2020 for both E-ZPass and cash customers. The increase is set to start at 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 5, 2020 on all sections and extensions excluding three western PA...

 
 News    July 18, 2019 

GACTC Students Participate In SkillsUSA Competition

The Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center has announced the results of its student competitors at the national SkillsUSA Competition in June. The SkillsUSA Championships are a variety of competitive events showcasing the top career and...

 
 News    July 18, 2019 

Central Pa. Bible Conference July 28-Aug. 2 at Lakemont

The 99th annual Central Pennsylvania Bible Conference will be held on the dates of Sunday, July 28, through Friday Aug. 2. Services will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday and at 4 and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday with a dinner provided at 5:30 p.m. for those...

 
 By THOMAS SCHMITT    News    July 18, 2019 

Groups' Contributions Recognized by the Spring Cove School Board

Superintendent Dr. Betsy Baker gave special recognition to several groups which had significantly contributed to the Spring Cove School District at the Monday, July 15, school board meeting. The Quarterback Club has made a special effort to work...

 
 News    July 18, 2019 

Library Donation

Pennsylvania Skill Charitable Giving recently donated $2,500 to the Roaring Spring Community Library. Presenting the check to library director Michelle McIntyre are Tom Marino (left) of the Games of...

 
 News    July 18, 2019 

Pennsylvania 'Kids in Hot Car' Law Now in Effect

A new law that went into effect on July 15, 2019, means that those who take certain steps to rescue children locked inside hot cars will be provided some legal immunity in Pennsylvania. On May 16, Gov. Tom Wolf signed a bill protecting “Good...

 
 News    July 18, 2019 

Keystone Branch Plans Bike MS Event

The 24th annual Bike MS: Glimcher Keystone Country Ride is expected to host at least 400 cyclists from Pennsylvania and surrounding states for a two-day event that will take place Saturday and Sunday, July 20 and 21. The registration fee is on the...

 
 News    July 18, 2019 

Blair County 4-H Youth Compete at Agriculture Challenge

Four Blair County 4-H members, making up the Blair County 4-H Science of Agriculture Team, competed against 10 other teams from across the state June 19-21. Team members Kase Smith, Garrison Dibert,...

 
 News    July 18, 2019 

Western Pa. Gas Prices Edge Closer to $3 Mark

The average price of gasoline across Western Pennsylvania is six cents higher this week at $2.983 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. States in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region are experiencing some of the lowest...

 
 News    July 18, 2019 

Library Receives Donation

Pennsylvania Skill Charitable Giving recently donated $2,000 to the Martinsburg Community Library. Presenting the check to Danette Feathers, library director, are State Rep. Jim Gregory (left) and...

 
 News    July 18, 2019 

Altoona Native to Speak at Tea Party Meeting

The Blair County Tea Party will host Robert Shannon, an Altoona native who has been at the leading edge of the Tea Party movement in central Virginia since 2009, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, at the Bavarian Hall in Altoona (112 S. 13th St.). Shannon...

 
 News    July 18, 2019 

MUNICIPAL

Theft State Police, Bedford, are investigating the theft of two checks from a vehicle along Brumbaugh Road, South Woodbury Township between July 9 and July 10. The victim is a 63-year-old New...

 
 News    July 18, 2019 

PSU Making Milk Taste Sweeter

Adding vanilla to sweetened milk makes consumers think the beverage is sweeter — allowing the amount of added sugar to be reduced, according to Penn State researchers, who will use the concept to develop a reduced-sugar chocolate milk for the...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    July 11, 2019

Roaring Spring Library Asks For More Time on Deed Decision

A standing-room-only crowd filled council chambers in the Roaring Spring Borough building on Monday evening, July 8, many of whom signed up to speak during the public comment portion of the borough...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    July 11, 2019

Governor Vetoes Interstate Travel Ban Exemption for Milk Haulers

Milk haulers across Pennsylvania will have to cross their fingers this winter now that Gov. Tom Wolf has vetoed a bill that would have exempted milk trucks from interstate travel bans during inclement weather. House Bill 915 was introduced by House...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    July 11, 2019

Claysburg Family Attacked by Pit Bull; Breed Banned in Some Cities

A family of three was attacked and injured by a pit bull in their Greenfield Township home on Friday morning, July 5. According to Greenfield Township police, William Cox, 69, and his wife, Connie, 67, were having a discussion in their Connie Drive h...

 
 By Amy Keith    News    July 11, 2019

A Country Star in Martinsburg

Rising country star Josh Gallagher, a competitor on the TV show "The Voice" and a native of Cresson, now living in Nashville, entertained the crowd on Friday night, July 5, at Morrisons Cove Memorial...

 

Curve Tickets Giveaway for Friday, July 26

We're looking for a winner to claim FOUR tickets to see the Altoona Curve take on the Richmond Flying Squirrels at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 26. Just leave a comment under this post. (No purchase...

 
 By MICHAEL SELL    News    July 11, 2019

Greenfield Supervisors Approve Road Improvements

Greenfield Township supervisors approved several road improvements at their July 2 meeting. Board members accepted a bid from New York-based Suit-Kote to double sealcoat Pine Hollow, Picnic, Upper Claar, Smoky Run and Tippy Hill roads at a cost of...

 

Claysburg-Kimmel FBLA Chapter Sends 20 to Nationals

Twenty members of the Claysburg-Kimmel chapter of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) recently attended the FBLA National Leadership Conference (NLC) held June 27 through July 3 in San Antonio....

 

Curve Tickets Giveaway for Saturday, July 27

We're looking for a winner to claim FOUR tickets to see the Altoona Curve take on the Richmond Flying Squirrels at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 27. Just leave a comment under this post. (No purchase...

 

Public Meeting and Plans Display for the Route 36 Corridor Study

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will conduct an open house and plans display pertaining to a study of the Route 36 corridor between Interstate 99 and Roaring Spring Borough. The meeting will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July...

 

10 Years Ago

Herald of July 7, 2009 Martinsburg Borough Council approved development of a comprehensive plan Monday in cooperation with neighboring North Woodbury Township, pending award of a state grant to cover half the cost. Five council members were present...

 

25 Years Ago

Herald of July 7, 1994 Brittany Colbert, 9, daughter of Wayne and Janet Colbert of Martinsburg RD 1, was crowned 1994 Little Miss Morrisons Cove Tuesday evening at Morrisons Cove Memorial Park. First runner-up was Danielle Greenleaf, 9, daughter of...

 

50 Years Ago

Herald of July 10, 1969 The dedication of the VFW Little League Ballfield at Memorial Park Marked Martinsburg’s observance of Independence Day. The field, estimated to be worth $25,000, was built by D. Merl Tipton Post 43, Veterans of Foreign...

 

75 Years Ago

Herald of July 13, 1944 The Martinsburg Sportsmen have taken on a very interesting and practical project in the shape of a small farm with buildings suitable for making a very convenient and comfortable club house. The farm is located about one half...

 

100 Years Ago

Herald of July 11, 1919 The most destructive storms known to present residents passed over this end of the county on Saturday afternoon and Sunday afternoon. The storm of Saturday was heaviest over the Roaring Spring district and through the Gap. The...

 

125 Years Ago

Herald of July 5, 1894 Following a two-day trial, J. Frank Kyler of Roaring Spring was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of William Butler on March 22. Kyler shot Butler from the window of a Martinsburg home when the...

 
 By JUDITH OTT    News    July 11, 2019

Blair Airport Thanks Customers During Appreciation Day

A crowd of more than 250 enjoyed drinks, food and a Mariachi band at Altoona-Blair County Airport's Customer Appreciation party on Tuesday, June 18. This was the third year for the airport to have...

 

BPW Club Receives 2 Awards

The Martinsburg Business and Professional Women's Club, which has been meeting in the community for 70 years, was the recipient of two awards given at the BPW District 5 meeting held in April. The...

 

Vigil in H-burg to Protest Treatment Of Refugees at Detention Centers

Lights for Liberty, a worldwide candlelight vigil, will be held on Friday, July 12, at the steps of the Blair County Courthouse in Hollidaysburg to protest the inhumane treatment of refugees seeking asylum in the United States detention centers....

 

Brethren in Christ Church to Host VBS

A children’s event called Roar VBS will be hosted at Martinsburg Brethren in Christ Church from July 14 to July 18. Roar is for children from age 3 to Grade 8 and will run from 6 to 8:30 p.m. daily. At Roar, kids will discover that God is good...

 
 By Natalie Gorsuch    News    July 11, 2019

Plans in Motion for Boro Zoning Ordinance

Dave McFarland of the Blair County Planning Commission was on hand during the July 1 Williamsburg Borough Council meeting to discuss updates on both the Comprehensive Plan and the new Zoning...

 
 By Natalie Gorsuch    News    July 11, 2019

Authority Hears Update on Catharine Twp. Sewer Line Ext.

Dave Cunningham of Keller Engineers was present at the July 2 Williamsburg Municipal Authority meeting on behalf of Catharine Township to give the authority an update on the Act 537 plan/sewer line extension to Ganister project. Cunningham told the...

 

What's the Word in Williamsburg?

Yard Sale Day Set Williamsburg will host its annual Community Yard Sale day Saturday, Aug. 3. Summer Day Camp Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Williamsburg, will host children to enjoy a week of day camp. Zion is partnering with the United...

 

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