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Burden of Proof By DiAnn Mills April Ramos was an FBI agent who specialized in negotiations. She was usually successful in her negotiations but she failed to talk Benson from jumping off a roof. She w...

 

Get Big or Get Out, a Redux

By BRIAN DEPEW Executive Director Center for Rural Affairs Asked about the plight of dairy farmers in Wisconsin, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said, “[The] big get bigger and small go out and that’s kind of what we’ve seen here ......

 

Desperate to 'IMPEACH 45!'

"Most time[s] a man will tell you his bad intentions if you listen, let yourself hear." – Charles T. Postelwaite (Kevin Costner), Open Range Within seconds of Comrade Speaker Nancy Pelosi...

 
 By Kelly Baker    Opinion    October 17, 2019 

Not Your Typical Church Lady

*A Word Of Warning: The following article was written with my evening brain, and my afternoon brain, which are vastly different than my morning brain. My morning brain has sharp concise,...

 

Thought for the Week

Scriptures to Read Acts 20:26-31 Acts 20:13-25 Acts 20:25-27 Acts 20:29-38 St. Matthew 7:15-20 St. Matthew 7:21-23 II Peter 2:1-5 As I said in my last week's "Thought," "It is not realistic to love...

 

Letters to the Editor Regarding Candidates in Nov. 5 election

BRUCE ERB FOR BLAIR COUNTY COMMISSIONER To the Editor: On Election Day, Blair County residents will elect county commissioners and voters will have the opportunity to vote for two candidates. I am asking you to join me in voting for Bruce Erb as one...

 

Po's Peek at the Past By .........By Dave Potchak

As I think back over the many incidents that took place in the education field during my tenure, I'm reminded of the following: The awards assembly Once during the middle-school achievement awards...

 

Books to Borrow Claysburg Area Public Library Recommends

A Secret to Die For By Lisa Harris Grace Callahan was reading a book in bed when she heard an intruder in her house. She was able to escape out the bedroom window with her phone and called 911. The in...

 

National Newspaper Week. Keep Community Newspapers Viable

How do you get your news? This week we celebrate National Newspaper Week in which we recognize the valuable service and important role newspapers play in our daily lives. For more than 300 years, countless words have been printed and delivered to...

 

Lines by Lee

I have written about and enjoyed God’s amazing grace for a long time. I can’t think of a bigger concept and fact in life. God loves me and demonstrated His grace through Jesus’ death and resurre...

 

Thought for the Week

Scriptures to Read Acts 20:13-21 Acts 20:22-28 Acts 20:25-27 Acts 20:29-38 Ezekiel 3:17-21 Ezekiel 33:1-9 II Corinthians 5:7-10 & Revelation 20-11-15 The farewell to those loved ones from Ephesus...

 

We Are the Foundation of Real News

Local news starts with us. Newspapers have been the foundation of real news for over 300 years. While the delivery of the product has transitioned from black ink on newsprint, to the internet, to smartphone applications and social media outlets, no...

 

Keep DHS Centers Open

By Minerva Gordon, Secretary of ACE, Parents of residents of Ebensburg Center I would like to respond to the Pennsylvania Department Of Human Services’ three-year plan to close two state centers and transition the residents to community living,...

 

Electric Vehicles Viable in Rural America

By LUCAS NELSEN, Policy Associate, The Center for Rural Affairs Advancement in technology has made electric vehicles a viable option for rural residents, allowing for longer travel ranges and faster charging time. But charging infrastructure is...

 

Libraries Change Lives

By CORTNEY GENISMORE Roaring Spring Community Library The Roaring Spring Community Library in many ways touches lives in our community. We serve as a hub offering public access computers, fax service, photocopying, and government information...

 

Ink Splatters

By ALLAN J. BASSLER Publisher Every now and then, I get an invitation to talk to a local civic group or club. I’m always happy to do so. (And if you’d like me to speak to your group, just call 793-2144 and ask.) At a recent outing, I was...

 

The Time Has Come

Benjamin Franklin was quite a character. He was a statesman, a writer, a ladies' man, an inventor, and a word thief. You may remember old Ben's famous quote, "..in this world nothing can be said to...

 

We Are the Foundation of Real News

By BRAD SIMPSON President Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Local news starts with us. Newspapers have been the foundation of real news for over 300 years. While the delivery of the product has transitioned from black ink on newsprint, to the...

 

A Close Call. Was that Text Important?

By RICK BOSTON Staff Writer According to the Center for Disease Control, nine people are killed and more than 1,000 injured each day due to distracted driving. Last Wednesday I was a split second from becoming part of those statistics. I was driving...

 

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: Laura Burke has earned my vote for county commissioner. As a former county employee and local attorney, Laura has experience working with various county offices and is familiar with what goes on in our courthouse. Laura knows what...

 

Not Your Typical Church Lady

Math is not my favorite subject. I cannot even begin to describe my dislike for it. Try as I might, I was never able to grasp the concept of algebra. Every other kid in my class seemed to get the...

 

Thought for the Week

We have been thinking about Paul’s journey to Jerusalem. He had originally intended to get there in time to celebrate Passover (Resurrection) but had been delayed. The new target date is Pentecost....

 

Why the Library Is an Important Place

As librarians, we know the value of our community services, and our patrons appreciate their importance as well. But in an increasingly digital world, we see the role of libraries as community and cultural centers at times undervalued, and...

 

The Mueller Report, Part II

It feels so "yesterday" to be writing about the Mueller Report. Seriously, when is the last time you've heard a Democrat, or any of their sock puppets in the news media, mention Mueller? These people...

 

Are you a Covite?

Facebook is one of the biggest time-wasters ever invented. I have spent hours on this Mark Zuckerberg creation with groups like "Streetcat Bob," "I Just Love to Decorate," "Show Me Your Plants," and...

 

Lines by Lee

So there I was. It was a beautiful late summer evening and my son and I were on our way to the first high school football game which was about an hour away. He was driving since he has his permit and...

 

Thought for the Week

Scriptures to Read Acts 20:7-9 Acts 20:10-12 Ezra 3:10-11 Ezra 8:21-23 Nehemiah 8:1-3 Nehemiah 9:3 & 26-27 II Chronicles 7:12-22 I think I would like to compare some of what happened in the New Te...

 

Broadband: We Can't Afford To Wait

Imagine the following scenarios: • A sixth grader, who is trying to finish an online project, can only complete this assignment while sitting in her parent’s car in the parking lot of her school. • A physician, whose patient lives more...

 

Volunteers are Important to Libraries

CORTNEY LEE GENISMORE Roaring Spring Community Library Do you have a little bit of time to share your talent? Think about becoming a library volunteer. Thousands of volunteer hours are performed at the library each year. You, too, can become a...

 

'What Do We Do?'

To the Editor: I just finished reading the [Morrisons Cove] Herald from front to back. I am amazed at the statements that were posted from other newspapers and our own governor, Tom Wolf. They are trying to find out a cause for all of the violence...

 

Rural Areas are in the Middle of the Crisis

By GLADYS GODINEZ Community Organizer Center for Rural Affairs More than 600 people were detained on Aug. 7, 2019, in small rural towns in the state of Mississippi by Homeland Security Investigations (HMI) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement...

 

Not Your Typical Church Lady

"But Ruth replied, 'Don't urge me to leave you or turn back from you. Where you go, I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will...

 

Thought for the Week

Scriptures to Read Acts 20:1-6 II Corinthians 2:12-17 I Corinthians 16:1-7 II Corinthians 8:1-7 Romans 15:25-29 Acts 20:2-3 Acts 19:21-22 Acts 20:1-6 does not seem to have much in the way of...

 

Po's Peek at the Past

Like it or not, we've all been guilty of miscommunication blunders at one time or another during our lifetimes. The following scenarios involving verbal miscues and acts of misunderstanding did...

 

Getting Involved Builds Community

Ever feel like you would like to help your neighbor or community but just don’t know where to start? The library may just be the answer. The library makes it easy for you to meet people, learn, relax and give back. With doors open to the entire com...

 

Energy Funds Available for Farmers

In July, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced more than $400 million available for farmers and rural business owners under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). REAP, a farm bill program, provides financing for energy...

 

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: Leading up to the football season a lot of attention was given as to how the Central football team was going to deal with two talented young men who could have been challenging one another for the “stasting role.” With a stroke of...

 

Lines by Lee

Singing in church is an interesting thing. Some people feel that when one sings in church that they are worshipping. That should be the case, but it is a matter of the heart. Others think that...

 

Thought for the Week

Scriptures to Read: Acts 19:23-27 Acts 19:28-31 Acts 19:32-34 Acts 19:35-38 Acts 19:39-41 St. John 14:1-6 Exodus 20:1-6 We resume our study of the Book of Acts. Paul is in Ephesus. He has had both...

 

Libraries Benefit From Friends Groups

How do libraries benefit from Friends groups? They benefit by the expansion of their resources to serve the public. Friends extend a library’s capacity through dollar gifts, volunteer and program support, and through advocacy. Friends are very...

 

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: The American author Toni Morrison died in August at the age of 88. She wrote about the legacy of slavery and the brutality of Jim Crow in the South. Her comments about Donald Trump, written just after the 2016 election, have proved to...

 

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: The quarterly meeting of the Frontier Patriots Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution will be held at noon on Saturday, Sept. 14, at Kings Family Restaurant, 201 Sierra Drive, Altoona. The Frontier Patriots Chapter includes...

 

Occupation: Foole*

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Most of us are familiar with that proverb which assures us that we can blame the trickster who catches us in a con the first time, but the...

 

Not Your Typical Church Lady

It had been a week of ups and downs. A beloved family had lost their barn and all their cows in a tragic fire. Although grieved and wounded, they did not fail to trust God. Though shaken, they continu...

 

Thought for the Week

Scriptures to Read: Genesis 1:15-20 Genesis 3:17-24 Genesis 4:2-7 St. Matthew 11:28-30 Isaiah 40:28-31 Isaiah 55:1-7 Isaiah 55:8-13 We have just celebrated "Labor Day." It is not exactly a world-wide...

 

Some Offer Support for Gov. Wolf

On Aug. 16, PA. Gov. Tom Wolf signed an executive order “mobilizing state government to tackle the root causes of gun violence,” which the administration states claimed the lives of more than 1,600 Pennsylvanians in 2017. The executive order...

 

The Eldon Inn: A Glorious, Grand Hotel

During the early 20th century, as Roaring Spring grew and its industries flourished, four businessmen saw the need for a modern hotel in town. D.M. Bare, A.L. Garver, William Eldon and Edwin Bobb developed plans for a first-class hotel where traveler...

 

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: Improvements to the Captain Phillips Rangers Memorial located in Liberty Township, Bedford County, were recently completed. This effort was spearheaded by Sons of the American...

 

Lines By Lee

It is hard to believe but just about every student is back to school. How many times have you recently heard people comment on how quickly summer flew by? Folks asked my sons if they were ready to go back to school. I reminded my eldest that it was...

 

Thought for the Week

We are excited by the fact the Word of the Lord was being accepted more and more. This was in part because the people were sharing their faith and the things God was doing for them, and in part...

 

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