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Spring Cove SD Awarded $500,000 'PAsmart' Grant

On Monday, Feb. 11, Gov. Tom Wolf announced $9.6 million in PAsmart Advancing Computer Science and STEM Education Grants will be distributed to 23 entities across Pennsylvania to expand Computer Science/STEM education. The Spring Cove School...

 

Snow and Ice Removal

Area borough and municipalities spent much of the day on Tuesday, Feb. 12, removing snow and ice from area roadways. Above, borough employees in Martinsburg remove the snow and ice along North Market...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    February 14, 2019 

Freedom Twp. Supervisors Approve Beer Sales At McKee Sheetz

The Freedom Township Supervisors held a public hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 5, to hear a request from Sheetz, Inc. to approve the inter-municipal transfer of a restaurant liquor license from Altoona to...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    February 14, 2019 

Three Arrested in Theft of $60,000 from Greenfield Twp. Home

Three area women, all under the age of 20, are behind bars after police said they stole $60,000 in cash from a Greenfeld Township home in September. Sarah J. Kramer, 19, of Martinsburg, and Kilee N....

 
 By MICHAEL SELL    News    February 14, 2019 

Greenfield Residents Voice Displeasure Over Damaged Mailboxes

Several Greenfield Township residents attended the supervisor’s regular monthly meeting on Feb. 5 to express displeasure over damage to mailboxes that occurred from a township plow truck during a recent weather event. One of the residents said...

 

Mid State Trail Named Pa.'s Trail of the Year

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn recently announced the Mid State Trail has been named Pennsylvania’s 2019 Trail of the Year. “Showcasing some of our state’s most scenic areas, and offering hikers...

 
 By Dave Lemery    News    February 14, 2019 

Pa. Attorney Gen'l Sues UPMC Over Insurance Acceptance

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro has accused healthcare provider UPMC of violating its obligations to patients as a charity organization and is suing to force the nonprofit to come to an agreement with rival Highmark. Highmark,...

 

Pa. Warns Residents of Current Tax Scams

The Pa. Department of Revenue on Feb. 6 issued a reminder to taxpayers to watch for scams that are used by criminals to steal money and personal financial information. One scam involves phony “Final Demand For Payment” notices mailed to...

 

Martinsburg Considers Hiring of Third Full-Time Police Officer

Martinsburg Borough Council is looking to establish a Police Civil Service Commission to hire a third full-time police officer. During the Feb. 4 meeting, councilmembers approved having representatives from the Beard Legal Group, Altoona, at the...

 
 By JUDITH OTT    News    February 14, 2019 

Woodbury to Review Sidewalk Ordinance

Woodbury Borough Council held its monthly meeting on Feb. 4. Mayor Dave Chesney brought up discussion on the sidewalk ordinance that is dated back to 1914. Council will review data and possibly...

 

Broadband Internet Availability and Access in Rural Pennsylvania

The Center for Rural Pennsylvania is currently sponsoring research, Broadband Availability and Access in Rural Pennsylvania, to analyze and assess broadband availability in Pennsylvania, and is...

 

Study: Farm Manure Injection Reduces Phosphorus Runoff

Widespread adoption by dairy farmers of injecting manure into the soil instead of spreading it on the surface could be crucial to restoring Chesapeake Bay water quality, according to researchers who c...

 

State Sen. Ward Opens New Office

The Blair County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, Jan. 31, to open the new office of State Sen. Judy Ward. The office is located at 1904 N. Juniata St. Hollidaysburg....

 
 By ROBIN DODSON    News    February 14, 2019 

Trooper Visits Taylor Township

Trooper John Brown of the Pennsylvania State Police addressed the Taylor Township Board of Supervisors at their monthly meeting on Monday, Feb. 4. Brown explained an officer is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week if anyone in the township would...

 

C-K Elementary Sets Registration For Kindergarten

The Claysburg-Kimmel Elementary School has scheduled kindergarten registration for Thursday and Friday, April 4-5. To be eligible for the 2019-20 kindergarten class, a child must be 5 years old before July 1, 2019. If you have a child who is...

 

Area Foundation Aids Food Pantries, Backpack Programs

M&T Bank's Charitable Foundation held its 10th annual luncheon on Wednesday, Jan. 23, in which it gave monetary contributions to area food pantries and backpack programs which included the...

 

Christian Singles to Meet Feb. 15 In Duncansville

The monthly Christian Singles fellowship gathering will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 15, at Hoss’s Steak & Sea House in Duncansville. Attendees will gather in the restaurant’s banquet room. “Come and bring a friend, and relax with good...

 

Claysburg-Kimmel FBLA Plunges for Special Olympics

Members of Claysburg-Kimmel Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) recently collaborated with the Pennsylvania Special Olympics and Sheetz, Inc. to spread awareness and raise money for the...

 

Hit a home run!

Jamie Houck (left), treasurer of the Williamsburg Youth Softball and Baseball League, accepts a donation from Crist Bardell, community office manager of the Williamsburg Branch of CBT Bank. In...

 
 By Natalie Gorsuch    News    February 14, 2019 

DEP Permits Issued for Authority Projects

Stiffler McGraw engineer John Clabaugh reported to the Williamsburg Municipal Authority that all state Dept. of Environmental Protection objections from last month have been addressed and all permits were issued for the upcoming municipal authority...

 
 By Natalie Gorsuch    News    February 14, 2019 

Cove Forge Agrees to Woodbury Demands

Andrew Helmer, a Cove Forge Behavioral Health Center representative, attended the Feb. 7 Woodbury Township meeting to say that Cove Forge has agreed to remove the ropes course out of the township’s right-of-way. The presence of the ropes course on...

 
 By Natalie Gorsuch    News    February 14, 2019 

Eagle Scout Project Announced At Borough

Zachariah Richardson of Williamsburg discussed his proposed Eagle Scout project with Williamsburg Borough council members during the Feb. 4 meeting. Richardson said he would like to use the old plaques that used to be displayed at the entry way of...

 

W. Pa. Gas Prices Add a Nickle

Gas prices in Western Pennsylvania are five cents more expensive this week at $2.512 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. Only three Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states have more expensive gas price averages on the week,...

 

Second Annual Ag Safety Expo at Penn State Set for Feb. 22

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will host its second annual Agricultural Safety Expo from 9 a.m. to approximately 1 p.m., Feb. 22, at the Snider Agricultural Arena on the University Park campus. The free event will feature workshops...

 

W-burg Plans 'K' Registration

The Williamsburg Community School District will conduct its annual kindergarten registration on Friday, March 15. Any child living in the district who will be 5 years old on or before June 30, 2019, is eligible to enroll. Registration is by...

 

Northern Bedford FFA Chapter

The Northern Bedford FFA Chapter is advised by James Over and Kay Kring. There are 88 members in the chapter. The chapter's 2018-19 officers are: • McKenzie Troutman. president • Shay Reasy,...

 

Central Cove FFA Chapter

The Central Cove FFA Chapter, Martinsburg, is advised by Thomas Ritchey. There are 95 members in the chapter. The chapter's 2018-19 officers are: • Kara Stultz, president • Hunter Metzker, vic...

 

Williamsburg FFA Chapter

The Williamsburg FFA Chapter is advised by Robyn Bechtel. There are 62 students enrolled in agriculture courses this year. The chapter's 2018-19 advisors are: • Alexi McMonagle, president...

 
 By JUDITH OTT    News    February 14, 2019 

Martinsburg Fire Co. Celebrates Service; Recognizes its Members

The Martinsburg Volunteer Fire Co. held its annual banquet and awards ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 2, at Morrisons Cove Memorial Park. After the welcome and invocation, a complete chicken and beef...

 

Altoona Driver License, Photo Center Expands Hours

PennDOT has announced that the Altoona Driver License Center at 1738A Ninth Ave. in Altoona has reopened for driver licensing and photo services. The center was closed on Jan. 12 for renovations. PennDOT has also expanded hours for the Altoona...

 
 By Dave Lemery    News    February 14, 2019 

Reaction Mixed to Gov. Wolf's Minimum Wage Proposal

In the face of protestations that raising the state minimum wage in Pennsylvania would have negative effects on employment and the economy, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf claims that exactly the opposite is true. “When one million Pennsylvanians finally...

 

Police Welcome New Troopers

Acting Commissioner Robert Evanchick said on Feb. 1 that 96 cadets graduated from the State Police Academy in Hershey and have been assigned to troops across the commonwealth. The men and women represent the 154th graduating cadet class. The...

 

C-K Students Take Polar Plunge

Members of Claysburg-Kimmel Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) recently collaborated with the Pennsylvania Special Olympics and Sheetz Inc. to spread awareness and raise money for the...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    February 7, 2019

RS Municipal Authority Goes High-Tech to Manage Water System

If you walked under the streets of Roaring Spring Borough you would have to navigate a series of pipes that carry water to every home, business and fire hydrant in the borough. The underground maze...

 
 By JUDITH OTT    News    February 7, 2019

BB&T Bank in Woodbury Closing in April; Bedford Still Open

The BB&T Bank in Woodbury will close its doors at the end of the business day on Friday, April 12. David R. White, vice president of corporate communications, said he recognizes that any business clos...

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    February 7, 2019

Renovations Continue on Blair County's 'Most Important Building'

John Rita, a conservator of art and architecture, said buildings talk to him. As a young boy, he wrote in his journal, "I see faces in the paint peelings as an erosion of time," and that it gives him...

 

Herald Publisher Warns of Email Invoice Scam Dangers

Herald Publisher Allan J. Bassler has asked Herald advertisers and subscribers to be aware of fake Herald invoices. A handful of advertising clients and even a few subscribers have received email... Full story

 
 By RICK BOSTON    News    February 7, 2019

CO Leak At The Dream Underscores Importance of Detectors

A carbon monoxide leak at The Dream restaurant in Hollidaysburg on Saturday, Feb. 2, forced the evacuation of customers. According to reports, a carbon monoxide detector in the kitchen area began...

 

Conemaugh Nason Elects New Medical Staff President

Conemaugh Nason Medical Center's medical staff recently elected Angela Rowe, DO, FAOAO, as its president. Dr. Rowe's leadership responsibilities will include providing leadership and guidance to the...

 
 By ASHLEY HICKS    News    February 7, 2019

For Farmers, Now is Time to Manage Risk Through Crop Insurance

By ASHLEY HICKS AgChoice Loan Officer Everyone has insurance – either you buy it from an insurance company or you insure yourself. When you self-insure, you are taking all of the risk. In today’s economic climate, that may not be the best risk...

 

Forty-One Percent of Pa. Historic Markers Are in Rural Areas

Those blue roadside markers with gold lettering scattered around Pennsylvania are signs that history is alive and well in the commonwealth. The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) est...

 
 By Dave Lemery    News    February 7, 2019

Bill Will Prevent Convicted Officials From Collecting Pensions

When public-sector employees in Pennsylvania commit crimes related to their work, there are laws in place to ensure that they won’t collect their pension benefits after they serve their sentence. The problem arises when there’s some dispute as...

 

Animal Courses Offered

The Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium is bringing free Department of Homeland Security-certified training to Westmoreland County on Feb. 23.​ Registration is required by Feb. 9 at www.ruraltraining.org. The courses offered are: AWR 328: All...

 

North Woodbury Twp. Reorganizes for 2019

The North Woodbury Township Board of Supervisors held its annual reorganization meeting on Jan. 7. Township solicitor Larry Lashinsky was appointed to chair the meeting for the purpose of taking...

 

Registration for 'K' '19-20 Classes Available Online

The Spring Cove School District has begun online registration for kindergarten classes for the 2019-20 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, 2019. To complete...

 

Veteran's Memorial Center Gets Makeover

Wow! Long-awaited. Overdue. Looks good! Those were some of the remarks about the makeover of the Williamsburg Veteran's Memorial Center, commonly known to us affectionately as the Community Center....

 

W. Pa. Gas Prices Down Slightly

Gas prices in Western Pennsylvania are about a penny cheaper this week at $2.463 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. On the week, gas prices are one to three cents cheaper for every state in the Mid-Atlantic region....

 

Homewood Welcomes Wellness Director

Homewood at Martinsburg has announced Melissa Glunt as the new wellness director. Glunt is a graduate of Slippery Rock University, earning a Bachelor of Exercise Science degree and brings more than...

 

Homewood Names New Director of Rehab

Homewood at Martinsburg has announced Michael Koehle as its director of rehabilitation. Koehle is a graduate of St. Francis University in Loretto, earning a Bachelor of Health Science degree and a...

 

Dr. Alan Kivitz Travels to Israel

Alan J. Kivitz MD, founder of the Altoona Arthritis & Osteoporosis Center and the Altoona Center for Clinical Re- search, recently traveled to Israel where he gave several lectures and participated in several other Rheumatology events. He presented...

 

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