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Conemaugh Physician Group Welcomes Pathologist to Area Medical Centers

Conemaugh Physician Group – Pathology has welcomed Sharif Ali, MD to its team. Dr. Ali will provide pathology services for inpatients and outpatient services at Conemaugh Memorial, Conemaugh...

 

State Attorney General Secures $120 Million Hip Device Settlement

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced Jan. 22 that he and 45 other attorneys general reached a $120 million consent judgment with Johnson & Johnson and DePuy to resolve allegations that DePuy unlawfully promoted its metal-on-metal hip...

 

Game Commission Warns Of Dangers In Attempting to Care for the Wildlife

In response to the incident that took place at Gifford Pinchot State Park, the Game Commission reminds the public that wildlife cannot be taken from the wild. Under Pennsylvania law, it is illegal to take or possess wildlife. These laws were put in...

 

Lyme Disease Support Group to Meet Feb. 14

The Altoona Area Lyme Disease Support Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14, at the St. Rose of Lima social hall, 5519 Sixth Ave., Altoona. Offered for sale will be socks pre-treated with permethrin. The tick repellent protection lasts...

 

Professional Dog Service to Open in Martinsburg

AlleyRatz Lit'l Dog Daycare, a small dog service business, will open on Tuesday, Feb. 19, in Martinsburg. The location will be at 207 Woodlawn Ave. The four-year-old business, previously operating in...

 

Whisker Announces Campaign for Sheriff

Erik Whisker, 40, of Everett, announced on Jan. 29 that he will seek the Republican nomination for Bedford County sheriff. Whisker first began working in law enforcement in 1999 when he was hired...

 

POLICE REPORTS

Drug Possession Tracy Foor, 43, of Woodbury, was charged by State Police, Bedford, with drug possession. On Dec. 21, police responded to reports of a woman stumbling around a convenience store on Quaker Valley Road, East Saint Clair Township. Police...

 

Genealogical Society to Meet in Hollidaysburg

The Blair County Genealogical Society, will hold the Society’s monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21, at the Roller-Hojeth Memorial Library, Hollidaysburg. The guest speaker will be Rebecca Calderwood. She will talk about American...

 

Preparations to Begin Soon for Armed Forces Day

Preparations are being made for Armed Forces Day, May18, at the Van Zandt Medical Center, Altoona. Features will be military vehicles, displays by military and veterans organizations, music, a featured speaker and wreath-laying ceremony. Planning...

 

School Threat Reporting Program Off to Good Start

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro released information on Jan. 23 on the first-week results for the Safe2Say Something Anonymous Reporting System, a statewide program enabling students, teachers, school administrators and others to detect...

 

How a 59-Year-Old Gym Gets Renovated

A ribbon cutting for the new Central High School Gymnasium was held on Tuesday, Jan. 15, prior to the Central High School boys' varsity basketball game against Tyrone Area High School. The event...

 

No Threat at Northern Bedford School District

To get ahead of the rumor mill, Northern Bedford School District administrators on Friday, Feb. 1, alerted parents with an automatic message regarding an issue in the district. Todd Beatty, Northern Bedford superintendent, told the Herald that... Full story

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    January 31, 2019

'Mutual Violence' Defined Martinsburg Couple's Relationship

Publisher's Note: We at the Herald are sensitive to the disturbing nature of this news story. We received a telephone call on Tuesday asking us to consider the effects of the story on children. We...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    January 31, 2019

Area Teacher Charged With Inappropriate Student Contact

A Martinsburg woman who teaches special education at Altoona Area High School turned herself in to police last Friday, Jan. 25, to face felony charges after an Altoona police investigation turned up...

 

Gregory Named to House Committees for 2019-20

State Rep. Jim Gregory (R-Blair) had been named to four standing House committees by the Committee on Committees and House leadership for the 2019-20 Legislative Session. The committees he will serve on are the Tourism and Recreational Development Co...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    January 31, 2019

Claysburg Woman Charged In Husband's Sept. Death

A Claysburg woman has been jailed without bail in connection with the shooting death of her husband last September. Nancy Lee Focht, 71, of Claysburg, Kimmel Township, was arrested on Sunday, Jan....

 

'Friends' to Give Money to Library

The Friends of the Martinsburg Community Library met Tuesday evening, Jan. 15, at the Martinsburg Community Library. The Friends voted to give $3,500 from their treasury to the library. The net profit for the candy/pretzel sale was $2,584. Next...

 

Volunteers Travel to Carolinas for Disaster Trip

A group of volunteers from the Middle Pennsylvania District Church of the Brethren traveled in two vans to Lumberton, North Carolina, to do repairs on five homes that were damaged from flooding and...

 

Smith Transport Supports Organizations

Smith Transport Inc. of Roaring Spring celebrated its successful year of giving in 2018 on Thursday, Jan. 24. Led by the company's first-ever Charity Committee, employees and officials raised more...

 

Commissioners Give $120,000 to Local Preservation Efforts

The Blair County commissioners, as part of the 2019 budget, have allocated $120,000 from their Marcellus Shale funds for use to preserve Blair County Farmland. This allocation, an increase of $40,000 from recent years, will likely ensure that three...

 

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program Applications Now Available Thru June 30

Application forms for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program are now available for eligible Pennsylvanians to begin claiming rebates on property taxes or rent paid in 2018, Revenue Secretary Dan Hassell announced Jan. 23. The deadline to apply for a...

 

Ward to Serve on 5 Additional Senate Committees During '19-20

In addition to serving as chair of the Senate Intergovernmental Affairs Committee, State Sen. Judy Ward (R-30) will serve on five other Senate committees during the 2019-20 Legislative Session. Ward was appointed to serve as vice chair of the Senate...

 

Ribbon Cutting At Rep. Gregory's Office in Hollidaysburg

The Blair County Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8, to celebrate the opening of the office of State Rep. Jim Gregory, located at 324 Allegheny St., Hollidaysburg. The ribbon cutting will be held...

 

Protect Your Pipes from the Deep Freeze

With a cold snap in the forecast and temperatures predicted in the single-digits, pipes are at risk of freezing due to sudden temperature drops, poor insulation, or incorrect thermostat settings. AAA East Central offers suggestions that can help...

 

W. Pennsylvania Gas Prices Rise as Regional Inventory Continues To Grow

Gas prices in Western Pennsylvania are about a penny more expensive this week at $2.471 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. State gas price averages are as much as a nickel more in some Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states...

 

Blacking Out Cancer

"Blackout Cancer 2019" was held on Monday, Jan. 28, during the ladies' basketball games that evening. Shown here is the junior high team who were "phenomenal" in their decisive win over Juniata...

 

Dragon Pride Foundation Names Meat Raffle Winners

The Dragon Pride Foundation recently held a meat raffle that offered gift certificates to Frederick's Meat Market. Julie Potter was the $1,000 gift-card winner, Dane Smith was the $500 gift-card...

 
 By JACKIE RHULE    News    January 31, 2019

Love Your Library – February and Beyond

February is the month for Love, and there is a treasure in the heart of our community, which area residents and patrons can show their love for in a new way this year. It's "Love Your Library" month,...

 

North Woodbury Twp. Awards Bid to Grannas Bros.

The North Woodbury Township Board of Supervisors held its regular monthly meeting on Jan. 7. The only bid for the 2019 road material was awarded to Grannas Bros. at $27,380. A public meeting will be held to explain the On Lot Septic Ordinance, The...

 

Great Weather for Reading

James Charlesworth lived his entire life up until college in Hollidaysburg. His parents still live in the house where he grew up and learned to love reading. At a very young age, he could (and was...

 

Maryland Sea Level To Increase Dramatically, Report Says

A new report warns that Maryland will face a dramatic increase in the rate of sea level rise later this century, with nuisance flooding becoming a daily occurrence in many waterfront areas if nations...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    January 24, 2019

Government Shutdown Could Be Trouble For Cove Farmers

As the government shutdown enters its second month, a lot of attention has been focused on the thousands of government employees who have either been furloughed or have been forced to work without...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    January 24, 2019

Domestic Incident In North Woodbury Twp. Leaves Two Dead

Two people who were involved in a deadly domestic dispute in North Woodbury Township, Blair County, just outside of Martinsburg Borough, were both found dead on Monday morning, Jan. 21. According to...

 

The Herald Launches a New Website at www.mcheraldonline.com

Herald Publisher Allan J. Bassler has announced the launch of a new Morrisons Cove Herald website at www.mcheraldonline.com. The website is live now but is still a work in progress, according to Publisher Bassler. The Herald’s website will offer...

 

Soil Health, Cover Crops Subjects of Cove Meeting

Penn State Extension will show how farmers can increase their soil organic matter, improve infiltration and create more resilient soils by improving soil health at a workshop in Martinsburg on Jan. 30th. The event will feature Dr. Sjoerd Duiker,...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    January 24, 2019

East Main Street In RS In Front Of Appvion Restricted To One Way

The Roaring Spring Borough Council held its first meeting of the new year on Monday, Jan. 14. The new year brought old problems as council once again discussed the ongoing issue with the wall along...

 

Claysburg-Kimmel, W-burg Receive Computer Science Funding

Building on his commitment to prepare students to use computers and technology in their careers, Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday, Jan. 17, announced $8.7 million in targeted grants to expand computer science classes and teacher training at 765 schools acro...

 

Spring Cove Grant Revenue Highest in Years

At the Tuesday, Jan. 22, Spring Cove School Board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Betsy Baker announced that the grant money secured this year by the school district is the highest recorded competitive grant revenue in recent years. So far this school...

 

Farm Bill Could Increase Funding to Control Ag Runoff to Chesapeake

Farmers in the Chesapeake Bay watershed stand to get more financial help from the federal government to reduce polluted runoff from fields and feedlots under the new Farm Bill passed by Congress in...

 

Chimney Fire

The Martinsburg Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a chimney fire at a home on Chandelle Drive in North Woodbury Township on Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 22. The fire was quickly put out and...

 
 By JOHN ROACH    News    January 24, 2019

Can You Trust Weather Forecasts During The Gov't Shutdown?

With winter storms wreaking havoc up and down the California coast and a major snowstorm that blasted the Northeast over the weekend, could there be a more inopportune time for the longest government shutdown in American history? Reports from the...

 

State Police Seize $16 Million in Illegal Drugs

The Pennsylvania State Police announced Jan. 14 that troopers confiscated $16,982,054 worth of cocaine, methamphetamines, heroin, fentanyl, and other prohibited drugs in the fourth quarter of 2018....

 
 By JUDITH OTT    News    January 24, 2019

Woodbury Council to Help with Lift System

Members of the Southern Cove Volunteer Fire Co. attended the Woodbury Borough Council meeting Jan. 7. Harold Zimmerman and Kim Grimes demonstrated the need for a new lift system for the ambulance. The ambulance was brought to the meeting and shown...

 

Sheetz For the Kidz Raises Record $700,821

Sheetz For the Kidz raised more than $700,821 during its annual December campaign through customer donations. This is a record for the Sheetz employee-driven charity and exceeds last year's campaign fundraising total by more than $82,000. Each year,...

 

Gospel Sing to Benefit Claysburg Library

The Claysburg Library Friends will hold their annual Gospel Sing and Soup Meal from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, at Christ Lutheran Church in Claysburg. The event will benefit the Claysburg Area...

 

The Faith Baptist Church to Host Central Pa. Bible Conference on Feb. 2

The Central Pennsylvania Bible Conference will be conducting a One-Day winter session on Saturday, Feb. 2, at The Faith Baptist Church of Altoona. The speaker will be Dr. Steve Scheibner, an American Airlines pilot whose life God spared when he was...

 

Blair County Recognizes 4-H Members, Leadership

The Blair County 4-H Awards Banquet was held on Friday, Nov. 16, at the Christian Missionary Church Hall in Williamsburg. Listed are the awards the 4-H club members received and the club they are...

 

Catharine Township Hosts Meeting to Address Ganister Sanitary Sewer Issues

The Catharine Township supervisors paid host to many professional individuals during a special meeting last Thursday afternoon, Jan. 15. Among the individuals in attendance besides the supervisors were Sewage Planning Specialist from Pa. Department o...

 

Catharine Twp. Appoints New Secretary

Following the acceptance of Secretary Loranne Keithley’s resignation from the Catharine Township board of supervisors, Chairman Ken Brenneman made a motion to appoint Eleanor Harclerode to the same position during last Tuesday afternoon’s...

 

Hileman Takes Reigns of Williamsburg Football After Service as Junior High Coach

Ryan Hileman was named the new head coach of the Williamsburg Football team during last Tuesday evening’s Williamsburg School Board meeting on Jan. 15. Hileman was previously the junior high football coach. Ryan Brantner was named as a volunteer...

 

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