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 By RICK BOSTON    Faith

Catholic Churches Set to Resume Obligation to Attend Mass

In March 2020, the onslaught of COVID-19 suddenly and dramatically changed the routines of our lives. From the way we shopped for groceries, educated our kids, went to work, or worshipped, adjustments had to be made as officials... — Updated 7/21/2021


Inmate Accused of Smuggling Drugs into Blair County Prison

An inmate at the Blair County Prison is facing additional charges after police said she smuggled heroin packets into the prison. According to the charges filed by Hollidaysburg Borough police, on July 5, Samantha Jo Miller, 36, of... — Updated 7/21/2021


Local Fairs and Festivals Seeing Large Crowds After Year Off

Summer 2021 has a lot to make up for. In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic put a halt to most traditional summertime activities including fairs, festivals, and farm shows, but now that mo... — Updated 7/21/2021


Mysterious Illness Infecting Songbirds; PGC Recommends Removing Feeders and Baths

A mysterious disease is causing the deaths of songbirds in Southeast Pennsylvania and parts of the United States including Washington D.C., and until officials can determine what... — Updated 7/7/2021


Blair County Balloon Artist Brings Global Happiness Campaign to Area

When department of health and state officials across the country mapped out plans for mitigating the spread of COVID-19, one of the most polarizing mandates was the requirement to... — Updated 5/5/2021


Hollidaysburg Man Facing Drug, Firearm Charges

A Hollidaysburg man was jailed after police said they found drugs and firearms in his home. According to the charges, on April 23 Hollidaysburg Borough police were serving a search... — Updated 5/5/2021

 By Rick Boston    News

Hollidaysburg Man Jailed for Stalking, Tracking Former Co-Workers

A Hollidaysburg man was jailed after police said he secretly put tracking devices on the vehicles of two former coworkers and harassed them. According to charges filed by Hollidaysburg Borough police, Donald W. Byers, 46, began... — Updated 4/19/2021

 By Rick Boston    News

Hollidaysburg Fire Chief Pleads Guilty To Diverting $57K in Grant Money

The chief of the Phoenix Volunteer Fire Company of Hollidaysburg was in federal court in Johnstown on March 26, where he entered guilty pleas to one count of embezzlement and four counts of filing false income tax returns for his p... — Updated 4/1/2021

 By Rick Boston    News

Helicopter Service Owner Charged With Deception

A Winter Park, Fla., man was in Martinsburg District Court on Thursday, March 18, where he waived multiple felony counts of deceptive business practices to Blair County Court.... — Updated 3/25/2021

 By Rick Boston    News

Officials Warn of Fake Caller IDs

Scamming in the United States is as old as the country itself. For centuries scammers have used the same basic method of deceit to con people out of their money with only their... — Updated 3/25/2021

 By Rick Boston    News

Hollidaysburg Fire Chief Accused of Stealing Grant Money

The chief of the Phoenix Volunteer Fire Department in Hollidaysburg is facing federal charges alleging he stole more than $57,000 in federally funded grant money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). According to... — Updated 3/16/2021

 By Rick Boston    News

Hollidaysburg Man Accused of Vandalizing State Rep.'s Office

Charges against a Hollidaysburg man accused of throwing an object through the window of the office of State Rep. Jim Gregory have been waived to Blair County Court. Joseph A Fox, 30, remains free on $10,000 unsecured bail after app... — Updated 3/16/2021

 By Rick Boston    News

Prints in Snow Lead to Arrest of Newry Man on Burglary Charge

Footprints in the snow led to the arrest of a Newry man on multiple burglary related charges. John T. Molliver, 39, is facing felony counts of burglary and criminal trespass along with misdemeanor counts of theft by unlawful... — Updated 3/4/2021

 By Rick Boston    News

Rumors Fly of Roaring Spring Paper Mill Closing

Almost four years after filing for bankruptcy and three years after being sold in a “stalking horse” sale that saw employees lose millions in retirement funds, Appvion is apparently set to permanently close its Spring Mill... — Updated 2/19/2021

 By Rick Boston    News

Blair County Acting D.A. Announces Candidacy for Full Term

When Blair County District Attorney Rich Consiglio retired last April, First Assistant District Attorney Pete Weeks was named to replace him. Last Week, Weeks announced his... — Updated 2/4/2021

 By Rick Boston    Life

Blair Co. Man Pens Book Celebrating Famous County Natives

A fascination with celebrity along with an appreciation for local history has led to an Altoona man to publishing his first book. "They Came from Blair County," authored by Blair... — Updated 2/4/2021

 By Rick Boston    News

Police Release Details of Hollidaysburg Murder

The Nov. 21 murder of 27-year-old Tyler Slippy of Hollidaysburg was motivated by a romantic rivalry with a co-worker, according to Hollidaysburg Borough Police. On Friday, Jan. 8,... — Updated 1/14/2021

 By Rick Boston    News

Fire Destroys Frankstown Township Home

A quick-moving fire destroyed a Frankstown Township home on Wednesday morning, Dec. 23. The Geeseytown Community Fire Company responded to the 9 a.m. alarm and arrived to the home... — Updated 12/31/2020

 By Rick Boston    News

Suspect in Murder of Hollidaysburg Man Takes Own Life

A man who police said was a suspect in the Nov. 21 murder of 21-year-old Tyler R. Slippy of Hollidaysburg was found dead in a Cambria County motel room on Wednesday, Dec. 23. Cambria County Coroner Jeff Lees said Kenneth Kim, 39,... — Updated 12/29/2020

 By Rick Boston    News

Blair County COVID-19 Deaths Reach Triple Digits

Blair County Coroner Patricia Ross reported last week that the death toll in Blair County due to COVID-19 reached 149. Ross said of those 149 deaths, 111 were Blair County... — Updated 12/18/2020

 By Rick Boston    News

Police Ask for Community's Help with Homicide Investigation

Hollidaysburg Borough police are reaching out to the public for help as they continue to investigate the death of Tyler Richard Slippy, 27. Slippy's body was found in his... — Updated 12/14/2020

 By Rick Boston    News

Traffic Stop Lands Duncansville Man Jail on Drug Charges

A traffic stop in Freedom Township has landed a Duncansville man behind bars facing multiple felony charges. According to the charges filed by Freedom Township Police, on Dec. 1, a... — Updated 12/11/2020

 By Rick Boston    News

Blair, Bedford Counties Release CARES ACT Funding

By RICK BOSTON Staff Writer Blair and Bedford counties have released nearly $4 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) funds to help business affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Blair County... — Updated 12/10/2020

 By Rick Boston    Opinion

Remembering a Friend on Veterans Day

In the Sept. 5, 2019, edition of the Herald you will find the story of John Fisher. John was a Navy veteran, serving on the submarine tender USS Fulton during World War II. When I... — Updated 11/12/2020

 By Rick Boston    News

Man Jailed on Drug and Fleeing Charges in Allegheny Township Incident

An East Freedom man was jailed on drug charges and fleeing from police after police initiated a traffic stop along Plank Road in Allegheny Township at around 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 16. A... — Updated 1/22/2020

 By Rick Boston    News

East Freedom Woman, Two Others Charged With Theft from Hollidaysburg Business

An East Freedom woman and two former co-workers are facing multiple felony charges in the theft of nearly a quarter of a million dollars from their former employer. Stephanie D. Wyant, 52, of East Freedom; Jodie Potter Neely, 53,... — Updated 1/22/2020

 By Rick Boston    News

Blair County Welcomes Two New Commissioners As Two Say Goodbye

The newly renovated Courtroom 1 at the Blair County Courthouse was the scene for what Blair County Commissioner Bruce Erb called "one of our nation's most valued principals, the... — Updated 1/10/2020

 By Rick Boston    News

'Wood Ministry' Warms Those in Need

Ideas can hit when you least expect them. For John Lawler of East Freedom, an afternoon of cutting wood 10 years ago produced an idea that has helped keep those in need warm... — Updated 12/26/2019

 By Rick Boston    News

For the Love of Axel

If you stand in front of the old Charlie's Barber Shop in Williamsburg on any given day, you will see people walking their dogs around town. During the summer months, the bench in... — Updated 12/26/2019

 By Rick Boston    News

Fire at Country Club Terrace Friday, Dec. 13

At least a dozen families were left homeless after fire ripped through the Country Club Terrace Townhouses in Hollidaysburg on Friday, Dec. 13. Geeseytown Volunteer Fire Company... — Updated 12/16/2019

 By Rick Boston    News

Children's Roundtable Honors Families Who Help Kids

November is National Adoption Month and to celebrate, the Blair County Children's Roundtable and Blair County Children Youth and Families brought together foster and adopted... — Updated 12/3/2019

 By Rick Boston    News

Blair County Genealogical Society Celebrates 40 Years

Everywhere we go can be a lesson in history, all it takes is a little imagination and a willingness to look behind the surface of the present. Blair County is 173 years old and fill... — Updated 12/3/2019

 By Rick Boston    News

H-burg School Threat Results in Charges Filed, Dropped, Filed

A State College man was arrested and jailed on Friday, Nov. 22, on charges of making terroristic threats against the Hollidaysburg School District. Less than 24 hours later all charges were dropped, and police charged another man f... — Updated 12/2/2019

 By Rick Boston    News

Charges Dropped on One Man, Filed Against Another for Threatening Messages Left at Hollidaysburg Schools

A State College man was arrested and jailed on Friday, Nov. 22, on charges of making terroristic threats against the Hollidaysburg School District. Less than 24 hours later all charges were dropped, and police charged another man f... — Updated 11/25/2019

 By Rick Boston    News

'Because of them, we live free'

The human heart can be a big place, with plenty of room for the many things a person holds dear to them to reside. For Pennsylvania State Sen. Judy Ward, veterans of all branches... — Updated 11/13/2019

 By Rick Boston    News

Blair County's New Voting System Makes a Successful Debut

Voters who went to the polls last Tuesday to cast their votes for their favorite candidates were met with a new, simplified way to vote. Adhering to the state mandate that all votes have a paper trail, Blair County’s new paper... — Updated 11/13/2019

 By Rick Boston    News

Hollidaysburg Man Jailed After Altercation with Police

A Hollidaysburg man is behind bars after police were called to TK’s Sub and Six Pack Shop in Hollidaysburg for a report of a woman being harassed. According to the charges filed by Hollidaysburg police, Steven T. Bender, 25, was... — Updated 10/16/2019

 By Rick Boston    News

Duncansville Man Pleads Guilty, Will Serve Five to 10 Years Behind Bars

A Duncansville man will spend between five to 10 years behind bars after pleading guilty in Blair County Court to charges relating to molesting a teenage girl in 2017 and 2018.... — Updated 9/25/2019

 By Rick Boston    News

Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Charges for Duncansville 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... — Updated 9/25/2019

 By Rick Boston    News

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... — Updated 9/25/2019

 By Rick Boston    News

Speaker urges States to do More Research on Marijuana

Last year, Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman embarked on a tour of the state to gage public interest in the legalization of recreational marijuana. One of those stops included... — Updated 8/28/2019

 By Rick Boston    News

New Enterprise Man Jailed in Burglary of Golf Shop

A New Enterprise man was jailed last week after police said he attempted to break into a Duncansville golf shop. According to charges filed by Blair Township police, on Aug. 7, an officer was patrolling the area of Golf World, 139... — Updated 8/15/2019

 By Rick Boston    News

Duncansville Woman Steals Car, Drives it to Court

A Duncansville woman faces charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and receiving stolen property after police said she stole a vehicle from a Greenfield Township man and... — Updated 7/26/2019

 By Rick Boston    News

WATCO Closing Deals Another Blow to Area's Employment Statistics

Another 70 jobs are leaving the area with the announcement last week that WATCO, a railroad tank car cleaning and repair facility in Hollidaysburg, will be shutting its doors by... — Updated 7/26/2019

 By Rick Boston    News

Police Reports

Simple Assault Hollidaysburg State Police have charged Dylan Pheasant, 26, of Williamsburg, with simple assault and domestic violence following a domestic dispute along Clover Creek Road, Huston Township, on June 19. Harassment... — Updated 7/24/2019


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