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Guilfoyle to start virtual school days

April 21, 2014 Technology will make snow days obsolete at a Blair County high school. Starting next school year, Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School is going to have “virtual education days” instead of snow day. more »»


Local News

Dry conditions keep fire companies on their toes until woods 'green up'

April 21, 2014 Several wildfires in Blair County over the past several weeks have had one thing in common. They’ve been started by people, even if unintentionally. more »»

Revising history book a labor of love for Rotary duo

April 21, 2014 Former Altoona Rotary Club president Tom Cooney said the day he and some other members of the club met for the first time to discuss a potential update of its history book was in August 2011, when a... more »»

Hearing to weigh constitutionality of mandatory minimums

April 21, 2014 HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County judges will make a third attempt to hold a hearing on the constitutionality of mandatory sentences in Pennsylvania, as the number of protests among defense attorneys to... more »»

Unions back drilling boom as fracking foes cringe

April 21, 2014 PITTSBURGH — After early complaints that out-of-state firms got the most jobs, some local construction trade workers and union members in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia say they’re now... more »»

Local Sports

Penguins facing pivotal Game 3

April 21, 2014 COLUMBUS, Ohio — Not so long ago, the Columbus Blue Jackets were the worst team in the NH. more »»

Brawl part of Bucs’ series loss

April 21, 2014 PITTSBURGH — Ryan Braun homered in the ninth inning to tie it, then Khris Davis hit a home run in the 14th that put Milwaukee ahead for good. more »»

BG star Zandy left his mark in two sports

April 21, 2014 (Editor’s note: This is the sixth and last in a series on the 2014 Blair County Sports Hall of Fame inductees. more »»

Ngoepe inspired by his late mother

April 21, 2014 We forget sometimes that athletes are people, too. They’re not just statistics on a page. more »»

Kristofco elevates her play, Wilkes program

April 21, 2014 Ally Kristofco has spent most of her senior season on the Wilkes tennis team stressing to its freshmen that they should feel comfortable in the fact they’ll be able to continue the winning tradition... more »»

Personally, Franklin a big change from O’Brien

April 15, 2014 James Franklin is going to genuinely love the next 3¢ months until fall camp begins, not just endure them the way Bill O’Brien did. more »»

Strong spring a good sign for DE Barnes

April 14, 2014 UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State defensive end Deion Barnes sent his D-coordinator, Bob Shoop, a text message Thursday night, explaining how he’s “all about being 100 percent and totally committed to... more »»

Early issues come into focus during Blue’s romp

April 13, 2014 UNIVERSITY PARK — It’s usually not a good idea to read too much into the actual football from the Blue-White Gam. more »»

Franklin touched by support

April 13, 2014 UNIVERSITY PARK — There may be no sporting event in which attendance is more closely tied to the weather than an annual spring football game, and when James Franklin awoke to a gorgeous blue and... more »»

Walk-on shines with heavy heart

April 13, 2014 UNIVERSITY PARK — One day, Cole Chiappialle was home with his mom in Beaver Falls. The next day, Chiappialle was getting a call that she was gone. more »»


Margaret T. (Bodziak) Baldacchino

April 21, 2014 Margaret T. (Bodziak) Baldacchino, 81, Carrolltown, died Saturday. Margie was born in Boswell. She married Philip Baldacchino on June 20, 1949. more »»

Norman R. Ball

April 21, 2014 Norman Robert Ball, 76, Berryville, Va., died Saturday in the Blue Ridge Hospice Inpatient Care Center, Winchester, Va. Norman was born in Coupon, son of the late Elery and Catherine (Delozier) Bal. more »»

Sarah G. Balzano

April 21, 2014 Sarah G. Balzano, 87, Dysart, died April 20, 2014, at UPMC Altoona. Arrangements by Gibbons Funeral Home are incomplete. A complete obituary will appear in Tuesday’s Mirror. more »»

Olive R. Beard

April 21, 2014 Olive R. Beard, 95, Martinsburg, died early Saturday morning at The Village at Morrisons Cove. She was born in Carson Valley, daughter of the late Levi and Alice (Burkhart) Hoover. more »»

Helen M. Butler

April 21, 2014 Helen M. Butler, 84, Graystone Court Villas, Altoona, formerly of 505 Walton Ave., Altoona, died Saturday evening, April 19, 2014, at her residence after an extended illness. more »»

Area Life

Dig in! It’s time to plan, plant, nurture, grow

April 20, 2014 For many, the zing in the air this time of year has them rushing to their area garden shops for supplies, eager to add new life to their dreary landscape. more »»

Garden Notes: Carrots have reputation as difficult to grow for gardeners

April 19, 2014 “A fit of patriotism hundreds of years ago gave us the short end of the carrot stick. more »»

Aged artistry: Ancient Japanese technique of shibori revisited, revamped

April 19, 2014 NEW YORK — From tablecloths to duvet covers, iPhone cases to wallpaper and startling calf-skin wall hangings, the ancient Japanese resist-dying technique of shibori has gone mainstream. more »»

Female-focused expo set for April 26

April 17, 2014 TYRONE — An inaugural health expo aimed at educating and empowering women will take place next week. more »»

A natural approach

April 16, 2014 I loved dying Easter eggs as a kid. I can remember laying down sheets of newspaper on the dining room table and setting up mugs, one for each color. more »»

Local Business

Stiffler McGraw still growing

April 20, 2014 HOLLIDAYSBURG — Stiffler McGraw’s business has grown and changed during its 25 years, but in one way it has remained the same. more »»

Target expands shopping service

April 20, 2014 NEW YORK — Target is taking aim at rival Amazon by expanding a service that regularly delivers products to shoppers’ homes. more »»

Why high oil prices are actually good for airlines

April 20, 2014 NEW YORK — Airline executives frequently complain about fuel costs. But the truth is higher prices actually have been good for business. more »»


April 20, 2014 New hires and promotions -- Dr. Lindon T. Kwock has joined the UPMC Altoona medical staff in the Depart­ment of Radiolog. more »»


April 20, 2014 Blair County Federal National Mortgage Association and Fannie Mae, by attorneys-in-fact, to Betty and James Restauri, property in Altoona, $25,000. more »»

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