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Hollidaysburg High School Alum to Be Student Speaker at IUP Graduation

Khala Vines, from Duncansville, who earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies, will be a student speaker for the Indiana University of Pennsylvania undergraduate commencement ceremony on May 8. Vines was a Board of... — Updated 5/7/2021


Hollidaysburg Man Found with Chest Wound

The morning of May 3, Deputies of the Blair County Sheriff’s Office were on scene of a scheduled landlord/tenant eviction at an apartment on Broad Street in Hollidaysburg Borough. According to police, deputies attempted contact... — Updated 5/7/2021


Pa. to Lift COVID-19 Mitigations by May 31

The Wolf administration, in coordination with the COVID-19 Vaccine Joint Task Force, announced May 4 that mitigation orders except masking will be lifted on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31 at 12:01 a.m. The current order requiring... — Updated 5/5/2021

 By RICK BOSTON    News 

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


Penelec Correction

Due to incorrect information provided to the Herald by Penelec, the Herald falsely reported that there will be a power outage in Hollidaysburg on Wednesday, May 12. The correct locations of the power outage are as follows:... — Updated 4/30/2021

 By Thomas Schmitt    News

School District Thanks, Honors Two for Long Service

The Hollidaysburg Area School District Board of Directors virtual Committee of the Whole and Voting meeting was held April 14 at 7 p.m. A business report by Susan Baker was given in regard to the district payroll. Teachers... — Updated 4/30/2021


Breakfast Topic Will Be COVID Effects on Students

The psychological damage that the pandemic has done on students and to some extent on businesses will be the topic of the next Blair County Chamber “Breakfast Club,” set for May 13 at 7:45 a.m. at The Casino at Lakemont Park.... — Updated 4/28/2021


Upcoming Blood Drives in May

Upcoming blood donation opportunities from May 1 through May 15. Blood donation eligibility information is available at RedCrossBlood.org/Eligibility. Appointments can be made by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting... — Updated 4/28/2021 Full story


2021 Hollidaysburg-Region Construction Season, Projects

Governor Tom Wolf highlighted that more than 40 Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) projects will take place across the six-county region during the 2021 construction season on Thursday, April 22. “I am pleased... — Updated 4/23/2021


Duncansville Authority to Receive $1.25 Million in PENNVEST Funds for Sewer Project

The Duncansville Water Authority, Blair County, will receive $1.25 million in PENNVEST funds to upgrade its sewer, state Senator Judy Ward (R-30) announced April 21. The authority will use the funds to make upgrades to its sludge... — Updated 4/23/2021


Reminder: Personal Income Tax Filing Deadline for PA is May

The Department of Revenue is reminding the public that the deadline for filing 2020 Pennsylvania personal income tax returns and making final 2020 income tax payments is May 17, 2021. The personal income tax filing deadline was... — Updated 4/22/2021


National Gas Price Averages At $2.86

Despite gasoline demand mostly increasing this month, the national gas price average has seen little movement, fluctuating up or down by only a penny to $2.86 or $2.87. In fact, 10 of the past 12 days saw a steady hold at $2.86... — Updated 4/22/2021


Deadline To Register to Vote in May 18 Primary Nears

Acting Secretary of State Veronica W. Degraffenreid on April 19 reminded eligible Pennsylvanians that the deadline to register to vote in the May 18 primary is just two weeks away. Voting by mail in the upcoming election remains... — Updated 4/22/2021


White House Report Grades Pa. Infrastructure C-

A White House report rates Pennsylvania’s infrastructure at a C-minus after decades of “systemic” underfunding. The analysis concludes that “historic” levels of investment via the American Jobs Plan will fix the... — Updated 4/22/2021


First Third in the Burg Features Creative Shops

Springtime greetings from Hollidaysburg to all of you wonderful Morrisons Cove Herald readers! It is so great to be back at my post as a Hollidaysburg correspondent for the Herald a... — Updated 4/21/2021


First-Ever AdventureFest Gave Ideas for Outdoor Activities

The U.S. Hotel and Stuckey Automotive sponsored the first-ever AdventureFest on April 18. Donald Delozier, organizer of the event, said that because of everything that has happened... — Updated 4/21/2021


Night Work to begin on Route 22 Resurfacing Project

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced April 16 that Grannas Bros. Stone and Asphalt Co. Inc. of Hollidaysburg will begin night work on a portion of the nine-mile resurfacing project that will resurface... — Updated 4/19/2021

 By Thomas Schmitt    News

Partnership Has Successful Easter Egg Hunt; Plans Post-Pandemic Events

The Hollidaysburg Area Community Partnership held its monthly board meeting on Wednesday, April 14, at 8 a.m. The board's Program and Development Committee and Marketing Committee have been very active over the past month. The... — Updated 4/19/2021

 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


Distracted-Driving Citations in Pennsylvania

Overall traffic citations in Pennsylvania decreased by 33 percent in 2020 during the pandemic compared to 2019. Specifically, distracted-driving citations decreased by 47 percent... — Updated 4/16/2021


Pennsylvania In Mid-Pack in Ranking of States' Tax Burdens

Pennsylvania ranks 23rd in the country when it comes to overall tax burden, according to a new analysis. The Keystone State’s property tax burden ranks 24th, individual income taxes at 19th and total sales and excise tax at 32nd... — Updated 4/16/2021


Voters Reminded to Register to Vote by May 3 for Primary Election

With the May 18 municipal primary election fast approaching, Pa. Acting Secretary of State Veronica Degraffenreid reminds eligible Pennsylvanians that the deadline to register to vote is May 3. “I encourage all eligible voters... — Updated 4/16/2021


Lines Being Drawn in Battle over Fair Voting Districts in Pennsylvania

Debbie Trudeau, volunteer for the advocacy group Fair Districts Pennsylvania, says the group's goal is to end gerrymandering. Gerrymandering, is the process of creating voting... — Updated 4/16/2021

 By Thomas Schmitt    News

Hollidaysburg Borough Council Votes 'Not Yet' to Re-Opening Meetings to the Public In Person

The April 8 Hollidaysburg Borough Council meeting held by teleconference at 7 p.m. was highlighted by discussion and vote regarding reopening borough council meetings to the public. There was some public sentiment that it was time... — Updated 4/13/2021


Bedford County Selects Hollidaysburg Man as Permanent Prison Warden

The Bedford County Office of the Commissioners announced on April 9 that the Bedford County Prison Board voted unanimously to name Joseph H. Eichenlaub of Hollidaysburg as its permanent warden for the Bedford County Correctional... — Updated 4/13/2021

 By George Berkheimer    News

Pa. To Redraw State, Federal Election Districts Amid Controversy

Pennsylvania's state Senate and House districts are due to be redrawn this year, along with its Congressional districts. Pennsylvania's legislature is also considering a... — Updated 4/8/2021


Pa. Department Of Health: Over 5.7 Million Vaccinations To Date

The Herald’s Weekly Virus Report Reported on 4/6/21 #Cases / #Deaths / Rate* Bedford: 2,882 - 130 - 271.5 Blair: 9,170 - 315 - 258.6 Cambria: 9,112 - 406 - 311.8 Centre: 13,617 - 213 - 131.2 Clearfield: 5,338 - 130 - 164.0 Fulton... — Updated 4/8/2021


Report: Low Risk of Researchers Passing Coronavirus to North American Bats

The risk is low that scientists could pass coronavirus to North American bats during winter research, according to a new study led by the U.S. Geological Survey. Scientists find the overall risk to be 1 in 1,000 if no protective... — Updated 4/8/2021


Cambria - Clearfield - Blair Co. Beekeepers to Meet

The Cambria-Clearfield-Blair County Beekeepers will meet in Clearfield at the Houtzdale fire hall at 601 Good St., Houtzdale, on Sunday, April 11, at 2 p.m. The subject will be hive maintenance. The meeing is free and open to the... — Updated 4/8/2021


Federal REAL ID Enforcement Begins Oct. 1, 2021

With six months left until the federal enforcement of REAL ID begins for commercial domestic air travel and other federal purposes, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is reminding Pennsylvania residents who... — Updated 4/8/2021


All Pa. Adults Eligible For COVID-19 Vaccine By April 19

All adults in Pennsylvania will become eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination by April 19, the Department of Health said Wednesday, March 31. The news comes nearly four months after... — Updated 4/8/2021


Work Begins on the North Juniata Street Intersection Improvements Project

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced on April 2 that Cottle’s Asphalt Maintenance, Inc. of Everett will begin work on the North Juniata Street Intersection project in Hollidaysburg Borough, Blair... — Updated 4/8/2021


Eligibility Survey Underway for Fort Fetter Area – Proposed Justice Street Park Development

PUBLIC NOTICE Eligibility Survey Underway Fort Fetter Area – Proposed Justice Street Park Development Blair Township CDBG Program The County of Blair is assisting Blair Township... — Updated 4/5/2021 Full story


Route 22 Resurfacing Project Begins from Canoe Creek to Duncansville

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) on March 30 announced that Grannas Bros. Stone and Asphalt Co. Inc., of Hollidaysburg, will begin work on a nine-mile resurfacing project that will resurface various locations... — Updated 4/5/2021


Those Facing Utility Shut-Offs Should Contact Provider

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) on March 25 urged consumers and small businesses who are struggling financially to call utilities now to discuss the options... — Updated 4/1/2021


Free Equipment Helps Farmers' Markets Access Pennsylvania's SNAP System

Pa. Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller on March 18 highlighted an opportunity for farmers markets to address food security in their local communities and expand their consumer base by... — Updated 4/1/2021


Republican Women Elect Officers

The Central Pennsylvania Council of Republican Women (CPCRW) recently held its election of officers. CPCRW encompasses Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Johnstown and Huntingdon counties.... — Updated 4/1/2021


It's Not Over Yet: How to Navigate Easter Celebrations While Still Social Distancing

Holidays have been celebrated differently since the outbreak of COVID-19 in late 2019. Easter was among the first major holidays to be celebrated differently in 2020, and... — Updated 4/1/2021


COVID Vaccination Does Not Invalidate Life Insurance Policies

Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman is reassuring Pennsylvanians that receiving the COVID-19 vaccine will not impact their ability to purchase life insurance, or their ability to collect on a policy. In response to several... — Updated 4/1/2021


Route 22 Resurfacing Project Begins from Canoe Creek to Duncansville

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced March 30 that Grannas Bros. Stone and Asphalt Co. Inc, of Hollidaysburg, will begin work on a nine-mile resurfacing project that will resurface various locations... — Updated 4/1/2021

 By Jim Garrity    News

Gas Prices Dip In Pennsylvania; National Average Drops For First Time In Months

Gas prices in Western Pennsylvania are two cents cheaper this week at $3.010 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. This week’s average prices Western Pennsylvania Average – $3.010 Average price during... — Updated 4/1/2021


– The Herald's Weekly COVID-19 Update –

The Herald’s weekly COVID-19 pandemic update. Reported on 3/30/21 #Cases / #Deaths / Rate* Bedford: 2,851 - 130(n/c) - 271.5 Blair: 8,987 - 312 - 256.1 Cambria: 8,980 - 403 - 309.5 Centre: 13,180 - 213(n/c) - 131.2 Clearfield:... — Updated 4/1/2021

 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


Bilek Seeks Hollidaysburg School Board Seat

Corporate entrepreneur Carmen Bilek of Frankstown Township has filed petitions to run for school director in the Hollidaysburg Area School District. "As a fiscal and social... — Updated 4/1/2021


Lou Lusk Seeks Blair Township Supervisor Seat

Senior Master Sgt. Lou Lusk is seeking a six-year term on the Blair Township Board of Supervisors. Sergeant Lusk is a 29-year military veteran who was on the first successful POW rescue mission since Vietnam that rescued Jessica Ly... — Updated 4/1/2021


PennDOT Offering Virtual Plans Display of Proposed Bridge Replacements

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will conduct a virtual plans display to inform the public of the proposed superstructure replacement on Blair County Bridge 70 and Blair County Bridge 82. Bridge 70 carries... — Updated 3/26/2021

 By Eric Shields    News

Duncansville Turned 130 Years Old on March 4

March 4 marked Duncansville's 130th anniversary as a borough. It all started around 1830 when Samuel Duncan settled on land on the western banks of the stream which cut through the... — Updated 3/26/2021

 By Thomas Schmitt    News

Hollidaysburg School District Plans Future Technology, Summer School

The Hollidaysburg School District Board of Directors Virtual Committee of the Whole Meeting meeting was held Wednesday, March 10. The biggest topic of discussion was the district's technology budget. Jason Arthur presented an... — Updated 3/22/2021

 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


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