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M-burg Community Fund Nears Goal of $43,000

The Martinsburg Community Fund has reached almost 86 percent of its campaign goal of $43,000. As of Nov. 23, $36,807 had been received from businesses and residents. The fund drive will support 15 charitable agencies that do work in the Martinsburg...

 

M-burg Library Welcomes 2 New Employees

Lori Perrin and Nancy Bush are the newest Martinsburg Community Library employees. Lori began working as an administrative assistant at the library in June 2020, 10 days after she retired from...

 

Thanksgiving Dinner Postponed

The New Enterprise Church of the Brethren’s annual Community Thanksgiving dinner that was scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 26, has been postponed....

 

Departamento de Salud publica actualización sobre COVID-19: 3,379 pacientes se han hospitalizado, y hay 775 pacientes en la Unidad de Cuidados Intensivos

El Departamento de Salud de Pensilvania hoy confirmó que hasta las 12:00 a.m., el 23 de noviembre, había 4,762 casos nuevos, además de 7,075 casos nuevos reportados el domingo, 22 de noviembre. El total para los dos días es 11,837 casos...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    November 25, 2020 

After Contracting COVID-19, RS Dept. Store Owners Ask Public to Protect Each Other

The coronavirus pandemic has put a squeeze on small businesses as those deemed nonessential were forced to close their doors while others had to alter the way they operate. Mandates passed down by...

 

Area Rep. Gregory Quarantining After Contracting Coronavirus

The office of state Rep. Jim Gregory (R-Blair) has announced that on Nov. 19, the representative received results of a COVID-19 test indicating he tested positive for the virus. "My symptoms started...

 

News from the Front Lines of the Virus Fight

Below are the words of a longtime friend of our family and someone with family, roots and connections in the Cove. The Herald is not releasing identifying information to protect this person’s employment. However, the Herald assures its readers that...

 

Herald Office Closed for Thanksgiving

The Morrisons Cove Herald office will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 26 and 27, to allow employees to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with family. The Herald office will reopen at 8 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 30. The Herald will continue to enforce...

 

Martinsburg Residents Asked to 'Mask Up'

Officials of the Borough of Martinsburg are asking residents to “Mask Up” to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Residents will receive a newsletter in the mail where officials are asking the community to work together to stop the spread. “We...

 

Blair County Sheriff's Office Issues Telephone Scam Alert

The Blair County Sheriff’s Office has received multiple reports of residents receiving phone calls from a male caller identifying himself as “Sergeant Lee Benton." The caller is claiming that a “jury duty or witness” appearance has been...

 

U.S. Rep. Dr. Joyce Launches New Website to Serve Pennsylvanians

Congressman John Joyce, M.D. (PA-13) on Nov. 25 unveiled a new website to better serve the people of Pennsylvania’s 13th Congressional District. The website is at https://johnjoyce.house.gov/ “It is my privilege to serve the people of...

 

Governor Wolf Signs Renewal to COVID-19 Disaster Declaration

On Nov. 24, 2020, Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf signed a third renewal of his 90-day Proclamation of Disaster Emergency for the COVID-19 pandemic. The first proclamation was signed on March 6, following the announcement of the first two presumptive positive case...

 

Wolf Administration Provides COVID-19 Testing Update

Michael Huff, Director of Testing and Contact Tracing for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, presented an update Nov. 24 on the commonwealth’s COVID-19 testing and contact tracing efforts, emphasizing the need to prioritize case investigations and...

 

Pa. Department of State Certifies Presidential Election Results

Following certifications of the presidential vote submitted by all 67 counties late Monday, Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar on Nov. 24, 2020, certified the results of the Nov. 3 General Election in Pennsylvania for president and vice president of...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 
 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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

PennDOT Urges Motorists to Use Caution in Work Zones

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is urging motorists to drive safely in work zones after three separate work zone intrusions resulted in motorists hitting a PennDOT crash truck. “Even though construction season is winding...

 

Blair County Cancels Jury Trials for Remainder of 2020

President Judge Elizabeth A. Doyle announced Friday, Nov. 13, that due to the recent rapid increase in COVID-19 cases, Blair County jury trials are canceled for the remainder of 2020. Specifically, the following events are canceled: jury selections...

 

Homeowners Encouraged to Prepare Mailboxes for Winter

To reduce the chances of a mailbox being damaged by a snowplow this winter, PennDOT encourages homeowners along rural mail routes to ensure that their mailboxes are properly prepared. Mailbox damage occurs primarily due to the weight of snow being...

 

Pa. Gas Prices Rise; National Average Moves Upward

The average price of gasoline across Western Pennsylvania is two cents higher this week at $2.504 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. This week’s average prices Western Pennsylvania Average – $2.504 Average price...

 

Entries for PennDOT's High School Innovations Challenge Due Dec. 18

With the Dec. 18 deadline rapidly approaching, PennDOT reminds students in grades 9-12 regardless of their school’s learning model to participate in the fourth annual PennDOT Innovations Challenge, which encourages students to use their...

 

Blair County Employees' Retirement Fund Releases Quarterly Results for 2020

The Blair County Retirement Board, consisting of commissioners Bruce Erb, Laura Burke, and Amy Webster, along with Treasurer Jim Carothers and Controller A.C. Stickel, recently met with Pat Wing of Marquette Associates, Inc., to review the Blair...

 

Pennsylvania secretary of state certifies results of Nov. 3 election

Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, certified the results of the Nov. 3 election, despite ongoing legal action by the campaign of President Donald Trump, likely increasing the level of difficulty for the presiden...

 

Department of Health Announces Week-Seven Rapid Antigen Test Card Distributions Across the Commonwealth

The Wolf Administration on Nov. 24 began distribution of the seventh allotment of COVID-19 antigen test kits provided by the federal government to Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)-certified institutions in Bucks, Juniata, Mercer and...

 

Department of Health Adds Testing Site in Blair County to Help Contain Local Spread of COVID-19

Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine on Friday, Nov. 13, announced beginning Sunday, Nov. 15, a drive-through and indoor testing clinic will be held at the Blair County Convention Center, Altoona, to help contain the recent rapid...

 

Blair County Cancels Jury Trials for Remainder of 2020

President Judge Elizabeth A. Doyle announced Friday, Nov. 13, that due to the recent rapid increase in COVID-19 cases, Blair County jury trials are canceled for the remainder of 2020. Specifically, the following events are canceled: jury selections...

 

Spring Cove School 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...

 

CKSD Returns to Hybrid Plan Following COVID-19 Increase in Blair County Cases

The Claysburg-Kimmel School District has shifted back to its hybrid model that it had started the 2020-21 school year with. The scheduled days off for students at the secondary level, which began Nov. 2, is determined by their last name: • A-Cla... Full story

 

Central High School Closing from Friday, Nov. 13 through Wednesday, Nov. 18

The Herald has received a letter with important information regarding the temporary closure of Central High School from Nov. 13-18, 2020. The letter is signed by Dr. Betsy Baker and is reproduced here without editing. November 12, 2020 Dear SCSD... Full story

 

Holiday Lights on the Lake at Lakemont Park to Open Nov. 13

The 24th annual Holiday Lights on the Lake at Lakemont Park is set to open Friday, Nov. 13, 2020 through Jan. 3, 2021. Lakemont Park will offer a 51-acre drive-through tour of thousands of holiday lights and animations. Continuing the theme from last...

 

Beware of Large Bump

Motorists are urged to beware of the large bump in the road on Frosty Hollow Road near Woodbury. This bump is elevated dramatically. If a motorist is traveling too fast, even 25 mph, they will hit...

 

Herald Introduces a New Cove Calendar

The Herald is introducing a new community calendar that is free to use. The Herald’s Cove Calendar has been completely revamped and is now easier to use. The entire Cove community is invited to make the calendar a central place to find out...

 

Williamsburg Borough Votes to Keep Millage Unchanged

The 2.778 rate that was the real estate tax millage last year, will continue to be the current millage rate for Williamsburg Borough residents for 2021. Borough officials laid out budget plans for 2021 during last Monday evening’s meeting, Nov. 2....

 

Authority Seeks to Move Yellow Springs Project Forward

Over the last few months, the Williamsburg Municipal Authority has been looking to add an extension of either water, sewer, or both out to Yellow Springs, due to residents’ concerns. Stiffler-McGraw Engineer John Clabaugh discussed the issue with a...

 

AAA Warns: It's the Peak Time of Year for Deer Collisions

Cooler weather and shorter days means more deer are now gracing Pennsylvania’s roadways. The number of deer-vehicle collisions increases in October, peaking in November and December. To reduce inconvenience, costs, and potential danger, AAA East...

 

Blood Donations Urged Amid Pandemic, Upcoming Holidays

The American Red Cross is urging healthy donors of all blood types to band together to give blood or platelets and help ensure a stable blood supply for patients this holiday season. The traditional slump in blood donations between Thanksgiving and...

 

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