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Gregory Quarantining After Contracting COVID-19

State Rep. Jim Gregory (R-Blair) on Nov. 19 received results of a COVID-19 test indicating he tested positive for the virus. "My symptoms started in a minor way that initially made... — Updated 11/20/2020

 
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Blair County Announces Important Election Day Procedures and Changes

FROM THE OFFICE OF THE BLAIR COUNTY COMMISSIONERS The Blair County Board of Elections would like the public to be aware of new procedures for the November 3 General Election. It is important that every citizen have the information... — Updated 11/11/2020

 

Trump Campaign Announces Donald Trump Jr. to Host 'Make America Great Again!' Event in Hollidaysburg

Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. has announced Donald Trump Jr. will host a 'Make America Great Again!' event in Hollidaysburg on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 6 p.m. The event will be held at the McLanahan Corp. complex in... — Updated 10/20/2020

 

Employee at the Blair County Prison tests positive for COVID-19

Nicole M. Hemminger, chief clerk and county administrator, released the following statement on Sunday, Oct. 11: On Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, the Blair County Board of Commissioners was made aware of an employee at the Blair County... — Updated 10/12/2020 Full story

 

Allegheny Township Police Involved in Low-Speed Chase Oct. 8

On Oct. 8, 2020, at approximately 1:42 p.m., officers of the Allegheny Township Police Department were requested to check on suspicious activity in the Maple Hollow - Hummingbird Lane area. A female later Identified as Ashley... — Updated 10/12/2020 Full story

 
 By Thomas Schmitt    News 

Hollidaysburg Borough approves "very tight" budget for 2021

The Hollidaysburg Borough Council held its monthly teleconference meeting Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. The final 2021 General Funds Budget presented by Borough Manager Jim Gehret was unanimously approved by the council. Gehret said that there... — Updated 11/25/2020

 
 By Thomas Schmitt    News 

Hollidaysburg School District goes to full remote instruction

The Hollidaysburg Area School District Board of Directors Virtual Committee of the Whole Meeting/Voting meeting was held Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. The board made a unanimous decision to move all education in the Hollidaysburg Area School... — Updated 11/25/2020

 
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Pa. Department of State Certifies Presidential Election Results

Following certifications of the presidential vote submitted by all 67 counties late Monday, Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar on Nov. 24, 2020, certified the results of the Nov. 3 General Election in Pennsylvania for president and... — Updated 11/25/2020

 
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Wolf Administration Provides COVID-19 Testing Update

Michael Huff, Director of Testing and Contact Tracing for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, presented an update Nov. 24 on the commonwealth’s COVID-19 testing and contact tracing efforts, emphasizing the need to prioritize case... — Updated 11/25/2020

 
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Governor Wolf Signs Renewal to COVID-19 Disaster Declaration

On Nov. 24, 2020, Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf signed a third renewal of his 90-day Proclamation of Disaster Emergency for the COVID-19 pandemic. The first proclamation was signed on March 6, following the announcement of the first two presum... — Updated 11/25/2020

 
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U.S. Rep. Dr. Joyce Launches New Website to Serve Pennsylvanians

Congressman John Joyce, M.D. (PA-13) on Nov. 25 unveiled a new website to better serve the people of Pennsylvania’s 13th Congressional District. The website is at https://johnjoyce.house.gov/ “It is my privilege to serve the... — Updated 11/25/2020

 
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Area Rep. Gregory Quarantining After Contracting Coronavirus

The office of state Rep. Jim Gregory (R-Blair) has announced that on Nov. 19, the representative received results of a COVID-19 test indicating he tested positive for the virus.... — Updated 11/25/2020

 
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Blair County Sheriff's Office Issues Telephone Scam Alert

The Blair County Sheriff’s Office has received multiple reports of residents receiving phone calls from a male caller identifying himself as “Sergeant Lee Benton." The caller is claiming that a “jury duty or witness... — Updated 11/25/2020

 
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News from the Front Lines of the Virus Fight

Below are the words of a longtime friend of our family and someone with family, roots and connections in Morrisons Cove. The Herald is not releasing identifying information to protect this person’s employment. However, the... — Updated 11/25/2020

 
 By Eric Shields    News 

Third in the Burg, a new monthly tradition for Hollidaysburg

Hollidaysburg merchants are trying something new to get customers to take a look at what they have to offer. Getting people to go out during COVID-19 restrictions can be tough. But... — Updated 11/25/2020

 
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Virus Cases in County and State Increase; Blair Co. Now Over 1,700 Cases

– WEEKLY UPDATE – As of 12 a.m. 11/9/2020 Area Counties Cases / Death / Rate* Bedford: 528 / 9 / 18.7 Blair: 1,733 / 35 / 28.6 Cambria: 1,046 / 13 / 9.9 Centre: 4,483 / 22 / 13.5 Clearfield: 493 / 7 / 8.8 Fulton: 100 / 4 /... — Updated 11/12/2020 Full story

 
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Voter Turnout in Region Hits 79 Percent

Editor’s Note: The following is the latest information received from the Blair County Return Board. It is presented here to Herald readers unedited. The Blair County Return Board re-convened this morning [Nov. 7]. We continued... — Updated 11/12/2020

 
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Blood Donations Urged Amid Pandemic, Upcoming Holidays

The American Red Cross is urging healthy donors of all blood types to band together to give blood or platelets and help ensure a stable blood supply for patients this holiday season. The traditional slump in blood donations... — Updated 11/12/2020

 
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AAA Warns: It's the Peak Time of Year for Deer Collisions

Cooler weather and shorter days means more deer are now gracing Pennsylvania’s roadways. The number of deer-vehicle collisions increases in October, peaking in November and December. To reduce inconvenience, costs, and potential... — Updated 11/12/2020

 
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Holiday Lights on the Lake at Lakemont Park to Open Nov. 13

The 24th annual Holiday Lights on the Lake at Lakemont Park is set to open Friday, Nov. 13, 2020 through Jan. 3, 2021. Lakemont Park will offer a 51-acre drive-through tour of thousands of holiday lights and animations. Continuing... — Updated 11/12/2020

 
 By Allan J. Bassler    News 

Post-Election Rally Brings Out 200 in Support of President Trump

About 200 people attended a post-election rally in Hollidaysburg on Sunday, Nov. 8, offering continued support for President Donald J. Trump and rejecting the apparent election of... — Updated 11/12/2020

 
 By Christen Smith    News 

Pa. GOP Won't Overrule Popular Vote for Joe Biden, If Certified

Republican leaders in the General Assembly confirmed Friday, Nov. 6, that a certified popular vote victory for former Vice President Joe Biden for the presidency will stand, despite rumors to the contrary still circulating on... — Updated 11/12/2020

 
 By Thomas Schmitt    News 

Hollidaysburg Schools Attempt to Return to Hybrid Instruction

Hollidaysburg Area School District Superintendent Robert Gildea suggested during the school board's regular October meeting that the Hollidaysburg Area School District Board of Directors delay in-person learning. Supt. Gildea said... — Updated 11/2/2020

 

Nov. 3 Election's Sample Ballots for Blair County

The following are the sample ballots published by Blair County for the Nov. 3 election. This is a general, generic ballot. Note that some precincts might have different ballots based on local races and ballot questions, including... — Updated 10/30/2020

 

Blair County Addresses Ballot Printing Error

The Blair County Commissioners and the county Elections Office have clarified the events surrounding a ballot irregularity. The full text of the explanation from the commissioners’ office, issued Oct. 16, 2020, is here: OFFICE... — Updated 10/21/2020

 
 By Thomas Schmitt    News

Community Partnership Looking to Step Up into Publicity Role

The October 14 Hollidaysburg Area Community Partnership Board of Directors meeting at the Hollidaysburg Public Library focused on trying to establish its new role in the community. After the borough terminated the agreement the... — Updated 10/21/2020

 

The Herald's Weekly Virus Update

– WEEKLY UPDATE – As of 12 a.m. 10/19/2020 Area Counties Cases / Death / Rate* Bedford: 279 / 6 / 12.5 Blair: 995 / 23 / 18.8 Cambria: 770 / 7 / 5.3 Centre: 3,614 / 15 / 9.2 Clearfield: 328 / 7 / 8.8 Fulton: 60 / 2 / 13.8... — Updated 10/21/2020

 

Hollidaysburg Trying to 'Make Strides' Against Cancer

"Walk where you are" was the theme of the 2020 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Central PA walk. It is still 2020 and the only thing that is the same as before COVID-19 is... — Updated 10/12/2020

 

Voting by mail? Make sure your ballot counts

The Voter Project wants to make sure that Pennsylvanians voting by mail in the November election do it right. Failure to follow the directions will likely mean that the ballot will... — Updated 10/9/2020 Full story

 
 By Thomas Schmitt    News

Hollidaysburg Borough Not Planning Tax Increase for 2021

The Hollidaysburg Borough Council held its October monthly teleconference meeting at the council chamber in the Hollidaysburg Municipal Building. Representatives from the Hollidaysburg Public Watchdogs spoke on several matters... — Updated 10/9/2020

 

Red Cross Blood Donors Have New Opportunity To Help

Plasma from whole blood and platelet donations made through the American Red Cross that test positive for COVID-19 antibodies may now help current coronavirus patients in need of convalescent plasma transfusions. Donors are encoura... — Updated 10/9/2020

 

PennDOT Seeking Equipment Operators for Winter

With the winter season approaching, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is highlighting winter-service preparations and how the public should also get ready for the season. “We’ve been preparing for this... — Updated 10/6/2020

 

How Older Adults Can Vote Safely This Election

The Pennsylvania Department of Aging on Sept. 25 encouraged older adults to be informed about their options for voting in the Nov. 3 General Election if they are concerned about being able to vote safely amid COVID-19. The... — Updated 10/6/2020

 

Pennsylvania Lottery Warns of Foreign Scam

Pennsylvanians should be cautious of a lottery scam originating in Jamaica that has been reported to Pennsylvania Lottery officials in recent weeks. Callers who have reported the scam say that their contact is with a person who... — Updated 10/6/2020

 

'Young Democrats' Organized in Blair County

On Saturday, September 26, the Blair County Young Democrats (BCYD) held their first meeting at Penn State Altoona. The Blair County Young Democrats is a chapter of the Pennsylvania... — Updated 10/6/2020

 

Bill to Give Pa. Families $1,000 for Education Sparks Debate

Pa. State Sen. Judy Ward spoke up on Oct. 5, 2020, during a hearing of the Senate Education Committee. Education in Pennsylvania remains a hot button topic, and as a state Senate committee heard testimony Oct. 5 on a bill that... — Updated 10/6/2020

 

Pa. Warns of Election-Related 'Robocalls' Giving Incorrect Voting Information

Pa. Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar and Attorney General Josh Shapiro on Sept. 8 assured Pennsylvanians that voting by mail-in ballot is safe and secure and that information about voters will not be shared, despite false claims... — Updated 10/6/2020

 

State Updates Capacity Limits for Gatherings

Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine on Oct. 6 amended existing COVID-19 orders to allow for adjusted capacity to gathering limits while keeping in place the mitigation tools that include wearing masks and... — Updated 10/6/2020

 

ACE Award to Be Presented At October Breakfast Club

October is “Farm-City Month” and, as is traditional, the Blair County Chamber of Commerce’s focus at its monthly Breakfast Club will be on agriculture and what it means to Blair County. This year, due to COVID-19, the annual... — Updated 10/5/2020

 

Blair County DUI Task Force Arrests Two

On Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, officers of the Blair County DUI Task Force made their presence known locally by conducting a DUI roving patrol. The following results are from the detail: • 60 Individual contacts • 32 Citations... — Updated 10/5/2020

 

Alpha Beta Holds Picnic Meeting

On Aug. 4, 2020, Alpha Beta Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society, International, met for a picnic lunch at the Raven Run Church of the Brethren pavilion in Saxton. President... — Updated 10/5/2020

 

Lyme Disease Support Group Will Not Meet

The Thursday, Oct. 8, meeting of the Altoona Area Lyme Disease Support Group has been cancelled. Find “Altoona Area Lyme Disease Support Group” and “PA Lyme Resource Network” on Facebook. For more information, contact... — Updated 10/5/2020

 

CARES Grant Funding to Assist Fort Roberdeau

The Commonwealth Financing Authority has approved a $25,000 grant to offset lost operating revenue at the Fort Roberdeau historical site in Tyrone Township, according to Rep. Jim Gregory (R-Blair). The funding allocated by the stat... — Updated 10/5/2020

 
 By Mark Hemingway    News

There Are Warning Signs In Pa. Of Mail Ballot Chaos In Nov.

The state of Pennsylvania is rapidly emerging as a contentious battleground where Republicans and Democrats are fighting over one of the most hot-button issues in November's electio... — Updated 10/5/2020

 

The Herald's Weekly Virus Update

The Department of Health has released its weekly update on Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 case investigation and contact tracing data. The following is as of noon on Tuesday, Sept. 29. Nearby Counties Cases / Death / Rate* Bedford: 211... — Updated 10/5/2020

 

'How to Vote by Mail' Video Offered

To help provide Pennsylvania voters with a timely and factual source of information related to mail-in voting, County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) has created a... — Updated 10/5/2020

 

Rural Pharmacists Detail Challenges Posed by Low Reimbursement

Pennsylvania pharmacists and other experts in the prescription drug industry told lawmakers the week of Sept. 15 that many rural pharmacies are in danger of going out of business due to flaws in the current regulatory and reimburse... — Updated 10/5/2020

 

'Night Out Against Crime' to be Held Oct. 6 in Duncansville

On Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, Blair County will participate in the 37th annual Night Out Against Crime, hosted for Blair County in Duncansville. This event is for the entire Blair County Community. The event will be held at the... — Updated 10/5/2020

 
 By Mary Firestone    News

Pandemic Mandates Put The Hammer On Pa. Festivals, Squeeze On Local Communities

For many Pennsylvanians, fall is a season of senses. The cool air on your face, the warmth of jeans and hoodies, the crisp crinkle of leaves beneath your feet. The timeless smells... — Updated 10/1/2020

 

Frontier Patriots Group to Meet Oct. 10

The Frontier Patriots Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution will hold its quarterly meeting at noon Saturday, Oct. 10, at King's Family Restaurant, 201 Sierra Drive, Altoona. The Frontier Patriots Chapter includes the... — Updated 10/1/2020

 

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