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Hometown Bank to Open in Woodbury

Hometown Bank of Pennsylvania will open a branch office in the former BB&T Bank building in Woodbury on Friday, Oct. 4. The Woodbury location, 149 Main St., will mark Hometown Bank’s fifth branch office. Offices also are located in Martinsburg,...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    October 3, 2019

Child Porn Downloaded to IP Address Traced to Roaring Spring

An Altoona man is behind bars after police said he used various Wi-Fi connections, including his mother's in Roaring Spring, to download more than 100 images of child pornography on his cellphone and...

 

Herald Plans 'Garage Sale' on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 7 a.m. to Noon

Herald Publisher Allan J. Bassler is announcing a Herald "Garage Sale" to be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Herald building in Martinsburg. The items for sale will be displayed...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    October 3, 2019

Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 6-12

By RICK BOSTON Staff Writer For Elizabeth Hoffman, fire prevention is a way of life. A 32-year member of the Claysburg Volunteer Fire Company, Hoffman teaches fire safety and prevention at schools...

 

Fire Prevention Events

Martinsburg Volunteer Fire Company Oct. 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. At the fire hall, 205 S. Market St. Open House offering tours of the fire hall, trucks on display and fire prevention activities for kids, including trying on actual firefighter gear,...

 
 By JUDITH OTT    News    September 26, 2019

Benefit Auction Brings Fun, Laughter for a Good Cause

The Morrisons Cove Produce Auction near Roaring Spring was alive with color, activity and laughter on Sept. 14. This was the site of the benefit auction to help support the Central Pennsylvania...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    September 26, 2019

Freedom Township Woman Arrested for Assault, Resisting Arrest

A Freedom Township woman is facing charges after police said she punched a man in the face and then struggled with an officer attempting to take her into custody. According to the criminal complaint, Freedom Township police were called to a home on...

 

M-burg Community Fund Sets Goal for '19 Campaign

A goal of $43,000 has been set for this year’s Martinsburg Area Community Fund Drive. This year’s goal is the same as 2018. The 2019 fund drive will support 15 charitable agencies that do work in the Martinsburg area. The Martinsburg Community...

 
 By JUDITH OTT    News    September 26, 2019

S. Woodbury Twp. Discusses Turbines

The Sept. 3, 2019, regular monthly meeting of South Woodbury Township supervisors began with all supervisors present and 13 people in attendance from the community. Michael Resca of CPV, LLC, and Michael Barton of Forestry Consulting were present....

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    September 26, 2019

RS Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Charges for D-ville Man

A traffic stop in Roaring Spring turned up drugs and drug paraphernalia. According to charges, on Sept. 6, Freedom Township Police were notified by Hollidaysburg Borough Police that a car being...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    September 26, 2019

Hollidaysburg Man Jailed on Sexual Assault Charges

A Hollidaysburg man is behind bars after police said he sexually abused a now 13-year-old boy for approximately three years. According to charges filed by Blair Township police, Brandyn Koll, 20, began abusing the boy in 2014 and continued until...

 

Blair Co. Twp. Officials Meet

The Blair County Association of Township Officials held its fall convention and dinner Sept. 19 at the Blair County Convention Center, Altoona. Approximately 200 people attended. A moment of silence was held in memory of Glen Clapper, past president...

 

MUNICIPAL

Drug Sales State Police, Bedford, charged Gage Aaron Robley, 22, of Altoona, with delivery of a controlled substance after police said he sold narcotics to an undercover state trooper in Greenfield...

 

Claysburg Library Receives Donation

Pennsylvania Skill Charitable Giving recently donated $2,500 to the Claysburg Area Public Library. Presenting the check to Jane Knisely, library director, is Lynn Wheland from Miele Manufacturing....

 

Tax Credits Available for Farm Conservation Projects

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has announced the availability of $13 million in Pennsylvania tax credits for on-farm conservation efforts. The program is PA’s nationally-recognized Resource Enhancement and Protection Program (REAP). REAP is a...

 

Health, Welfare Council to Meet Friday, Sept. 27

The Blair County Health and Welfare Council will meet from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at The Arc of Blair County. The speaker will be Coleen Heim, director of the Healthy Blair County Coalition. Heim will give an update on the Coalition as...

 

School Board Appoints New Secretary

Following the resignation of high school Secretary Kristen England effective Sept. 30, the Williamsburg Community School Board appointed Angela Kennedy to the position at a rate of $12 per hour during its regular meeting Tuesday, Sept. 17, meeting....

 
 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...

 

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,...

 

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