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Freedom Twp. Fire Co. Receives New Rescue Tools

The Freedom Township Volunteer Fire Company has added some new weapons to its arsenal of rescue equipment with the arrival of a new cutter, spreader, and ram tool for extricating entrapped victims of...

 

Unemployment Rate Decreases To 3.9 Percent in December, Setting New Record Low

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) released its preliminary employment situation report for December 2022. Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was down one-tenth of a percentage point over the month to 3.9 percent in December,...

 

Tax, Property Tax/Rent Rebate Forms Available In Topper's Offices

Property Tax/Rent Rebate forms for the 2022 tax year, as well as local, state and federal tax filing forms, are now available at the Bedford and McConnellsburg district offices of Rep. Jesse Topper (R-Bedford/Fulton). “First and foremost, I want...

 

Deadline for Press Club Scholarships Fast Approaching

The Press Club of Western Pennsylvania reminds prospective applicants that Feb. 10 is the deadline for its 17th annual $5,000 Bob Fryer Memorial Scholarship as well as the ninth annual $2,500 Press Club Scholarship awarded to aspiring journalists....

 
 By KARL BLAKENSHIP    News    January 26, 2023 

The Heat is on: Warming Water Threatens Aquatic Life in Chesapeake Bay Region

Warming water is threatening to undo decades of efforts aimed at improving aquatic habitat in the Chesapeake region, from headwater streams to the open water of the Bay itself. The increasing water...

 

New Building To House Area's First Co-Work Space And Childcare Center

The construction of a new building on Patchway Road in Duncansville is scheduled to begin in the spring. The 5,400+ square foot building will be home to Hummingbird Childcare Center in Suite 1 and LoCol Co-Work and Business Center in Suite 2. The...

 
 By THOMAS SCHMITT    News    January 26, 2023 

HACP to Update Website Platform

The initial meeting for 2023 of the Board of Directors for the Hollidaysburg Area Community Partnership (HACP) was held at the Hollidaysburg Public Library on Jan. 11. All officers and the marketing director plan to meet Fridays (virtually) before...

 
 By THOMAS SCHMITT    News    January 26, 2023 

Hollidaysburg School Board Tables Policy Vote

During the monthly meeting of the Hollidaysburg School Board of Directors Committee of the Whole/Voting Meeting, the hot topic was the second vote of Policy 321 and the decision by the majority of the board to table any vote on it. Policy 321, which...

 
 By THOMAS SCHMITT    News    January 26, 2023 

New 'Upscale Dining' Coming to Hollidaysburg

Brian and Jennifer Buffone announced at the monthly Hollidaysburg Borough Council meeting that they would be bringing a new business to enhance downtown Hollidaysburg. Brian said they were creating...

 

PA Encouraged to File Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program Applications Online

Older and disabled Pennsylvanians can now apply for rebates on property taxes or rent paid in 2022, the Department of Revenue announced today. This assistance is available through the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, which has delivered more than $7...

 

Education Dept. Seeks Sponsors for Summer Meals, Nutrition Programs

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) is encouraging organizations across the state to help provide nutritious meals to children in low-income areas during the summer months through the Department’s Summer Food Service Program. New...

 

Nic's Rounds Up for Fire Company

Nic's Grab 'N Go Shift Manager Charlotte Walker presents a check for $1,300 to Williamsburg Fire Chief Travis Prough. The money was raised as part of the on-going "round-up" campaign where customers...

 
 By NATALIE GORSUCH    News    January 26, 2023 

Farm Show Looks to Improve Kitchen, Clean up Property

“I see no issues,” Catharine Township Supervisor Heather Flaig said of the proposed Red Kitchen remodel presented to supervisors during last Thursday evening’s meeting. Shawn Brubaker, on behalf of the Farm Show, presented three different...

 
 By NATALIE GORSUCH    News    January 26, 2023 

School Board Searches for New Director

The Williamsburg Community School Board is down one director following last Tuesday evening's meeting. Joe Detwiler, elected in 2021, resigned as director during the meeting, due to moving out of the...

 
 By TAYLOR CONRAD    News    January 26, 2023 

Claysburg-Kimmel Students Place At FBLA Regional Conference

Region 5 Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) – comprised of Altoona Area High School, Bishop Guilfoyle, Claysburg-Kimmel, Forest Hills, Hollidaysburg Area, and Northern Bedford – held its...

 

Bicycle, Pedestrian Projects Sought for RPO Project Candidate Listing

Southern Alleghenies Rural Planning Organization (RPO), in cooperation with the Bedford, Fulton, Huntingdon, and Somerset County Planning Commissions, is accepting proposals from sponsors to list their projects in the Southern Alleghenies RPO...

 

Northern Bedford Students Earn Medals at SkillsUSA Competition

Northern Bedford earned three medals at the Pennsylvania District 7 SkillsUSA Competition in Altoona on Jan. 17. Geoffrey Lingenfelter won the Automotive Service Technology, while Aiden Miller won...

 

Graduates Earn Degrees, Certificates At ACM

Allegany College of Maryland recognized 166 graduates from nine states at the conclusion of the recent fall 2022 session. They earned a total of 181 associate degrees and certificates through the college’s in-person and online programs. Members of...

 

Friends of Library Meet

Martinsburg Friends of the Library met on Jan. 17 at the library. Linda Smith, membership chairman, has sent applications to join to 72 friends members. If anyone wishes to become a friend, there are applications at the library. Area businessmen...

 
 By THOMAS SCHMITT    News    January 26, 2023 

Central Awarded Complimentary 'Footloose' Licensing

During the January regular meeting of the Spring Cove School District Board of Directors a number of donations, grants, and awards were announced by Superintendent Dr. Betsy Baker. Baker offered congr...

 

Upcoming Penn State Events and Partnership Meetings in Southwest And Southcentral PA

As we start the new year, many of you are probably wondering about upcoming meetings, in particular the agronomic pesticide updates or 2+2 meetings. To register for a Penn State event, visit the corresponding link next to the heading of the meeting o...

 
 By EMMA GILL    News    January 26, 2023 

CK FBLA's Serving Seniors Soup Sale Raises $2,070

Due to the increased costs of food, heating oil, and medicine, Claysburg-Kimmel's Future Business Leaders of America Chapter has created a community service project for the 2022-2023 school year....

 

WISE Women of Blair County Award 2023 Grants to Four Local Nonprofits

WISE Women of Blair County awarded $7,000 in grant monies to four worthy organizations on Jan. 18, 2023. Funded for the 2023 grant cycle were: the Roaring Spring Community Library, ArtsAltoona,...

 

SCSD 2023-24 Kindergarten Registration To Start Feb. 1

The Spring Cove School District announced Feb. 1, 2023, as the online registration start date for children who will begin Kindergarten in the 2023-2024 school year. To be eligible to enter the Kindergarten program, a child must be five or become five...

 

North Woodbury Township Installs Warnings to Deter Stop Sign Violations, Hires Part-Time Officer

If you've driven through North Woodbury Township lately you may have noticed something a little out of the ordinary attached to some stop signs. To encourage drivers to come to a complete stop, the...

 

RS Council Sets 2023 Staff, Appointments

The final meeting of 2022 of the Roaring Spring Borough Council set the table for 2023 with the passing of the budget with no tax increase along with employee and outside firm appointments. Borough Manager Lisa Peel will retain her title and...

 

SAMA Earns Honor, Announces New Board Member

SAMA re-accredited by AAM The American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the only organization representing the entire scope of the museum community, announced on Nov. 22, 2022, the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art has earned re-accreditation. Of the...

 

Local Students Make Dean's, President's List

BOB JONES UNIVERSITY Duncansville – Sarah McCoy East Freedom – Annelise Johnston KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY Martinsburg – Emma Pearl Smith LEBANON VALLEY COLLEGE Martinsburg – Mason Baker MOUNT ALOYSIUS COLLEGE Bedford – Robert Bebout, Bridget...

 

Rotary Clubs, Elks Lodge Call For Citizen Of the Year Nominations

The Rotary Clubs of Bedford and the Bedford Elks Lodge are issuing a call for nominations for the 2023 Citizen of the Year. The Citizen of the Year award is given annually to a Bedford County resident who exhibits the qualities of the sponsoring...

 

Pennsylvania State Police Seize $65M in Illegal Drugs in 2022

The Pennsylvania State Police announced it seized approximately $10.3 million in prohibited drugs during the fourth quarter of 2022, bringing to $65.4 million the total value of narcotics seized...

 

Acting Human Services Secretary Warns of Potential EBT Card Scam, Reminds of Safe Way to Apply for Assistance

Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) Acting Secretary Meg Snead advised Pennsylvanians of a potential scam in which individuals, regardless of whether they are recipients of the...

 

Karns Named Rookie Auctioneer

On Wednesday, Jan. 11, David Tremmel Jr. and Spenser Karns competed in the Pennsylvania Auctioneer Association's bid calling contest at the PA Farm Show. Karns (center) of S.D. Karns Auction Service,...

 

Bedford Co. Woman Awarded Second Place for Whoopie Pies at PA Farm Show

Pam Foor of Bedford County won second place for her birthday celebration whoopie pies at the 107th Pennsylvania Farm Show. Foor has placed in the Claysburg Area Farm Show's baking contest multiple...

 

Reorganizational Meeting Held At Authority

The Williamsburg Municipal Authority opened its first meeting of 2023 on the second Tuesday of the month beginning at 9 a.m. The first order of business was to elect new officers – Chet Bingham made the motion to keep the same officers as 2022 with...

 
 By JUDITH OTT    News    January 19, 2023

Peach Hill Orchard Invests in New Hydroponic Farming Greenhouse for Lettuce, Tomato Growing

Hydroponic farming is not new to Peach Hill. They have been growing tomatoes this way for 30 years. But over time updates are needed and in the winter of 2022, a new controlled environment greenhouse...

 

Bulky Winter Jackets Can Interfere with Car Seat Safety

With colder weather in the forecast for this weekend, AAA East Central reminds parents that while puffy jackets can keep children warm this winter, they also pose a threat to their safety when worn...

 

Students Invited to Enter Civics Bee Competition Hosted by PA Chamber, U.S. Chamber Foundation, and Local Chambers

The Pennsylvania Chamber, in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and six chambers of commerce across Pennsylvania, is pleased to invite students across the commonwealth to showcase and grow their understanding and appreciation...

 

10th Annual Student Financial Literacy Scholarship Competition Launched

Harrisburg University of Science and Technology President Dr. Eric Darr, Auditor General Timothy L. DeFoor and Members 1st Federal Credit Union Chief Experience Officer Mike Wilson today launched the 10th annual student financial literacy...

 

Bedford Co. Historical Society Starting 2023 Quilting Challenge

For 2023, the Bedford County Historical Society is issuing a challenge to quilters with a theme of “My Favorite Song.” Quilts must feature a line or title from the quilter’s favorite song and can be made in their choice of design/pattern and...

 

Blair County Health and Welfare Council Meeting Tomorrow

The Blair County Health and Welfare Council will meet Friday, Jan. 20, 2023, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. via a Zoom meeting. Chris Frantz, Blair County Reentry Coalition Vice President, and Mental Health Forensic Case Manager for Blair HealthChoices will...

 

Man Jailed on Sexual Assault of Minor

An Altoona man is behind bars after an investigation by Hollidaysburg State Police into the alleged sexual assault of a 10-year-old girl in Woodbury and Catharine Townships. According to the affidavit of probable cause, the investigation of Jerry L....

 

U.S. Postal Service Announces New Prices for 2023

The United States Postal Service filed notice in October with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) of price changes to take effect Jan. 22, 2023. The new rates include a three-cent increase in the price of a First-Class Mail Forever stamp from 60...

 

PennDOT Reminds High School Students Of 'Innovations Challenge' Deadline

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) reminds high school students of the upcoming deadline for the sixth annual PennDOT Innovations Challenge, which encourages students to use their problem-solving, creative and strategic-thinking...

 
 By JUDITH OTT    News    January 19, 2023

Circle K Gifts Holds Fundraiser Presentation

On Monday, Jan. 9, Circle K Gifts in Woodbury and Denny Shoemaker (shown left) held a joint fundraiser for the Over's Christmas tree in Woodbury. Refreshments followed the presentation. This tree has...

 

C-K Board Elects Leaders, Appoints Coaches

The Claysburg-Kimmel School Board used its last meeting of 2022 to reappoint Rich Gergely board president and Geri Mock vice-president. Gergely was challenged for the presidency when Mock nominated Jeremy Knott for the position. Gergely retained the...

 

Replogle Attorney Requests Separate Trials

Taylor Township Supervisor William Replogle, who is facing multiple sexual assault-related charges from two separate police departments, was in Blair County Court last week where he asked for two separate trials. Replogle, 80, was arrested on Feb. 18...

 

2023 Cove Carnival Set for July 11-15

Get ready for the second Cove Carnival! The Parade Committee announced on Monday, Jan. 16, that Bartlebaugh Amusements will return in 2023 with rides for the Cove Carnival from Tuesday, July 11, through Saturday, July 15, 2023. At this time, only...

 

Putting the 'Friendship Back In Friendship Fire Company'

The Friendship Volunteer Fire Company has a new chief. James Musselman, an eight-year veteran of the company was named chief, taking over for Nick Ritchey, who held the post for the past two years....

 

Pa. Historical & Museum Commission Accepting Applications for Keystone Historic Preservation

The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC) is now accepting applications from nonprofit organizations and local governments for the Keystone Historic Preservation Grant Program. Grants support projects that identify, preserve, promote...

 

AAA: Gas Prices Rise in PA

Gas prices are three cents higher in Western Pennsylvania this week at $3.743 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. This week’s average prices: Western Pennsylvania Average: $3.743 Average price during the week of Jan. 3,...

 

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