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Debris, rapid drying make spring prime wildfire season

April 18, 2015 While spring rains may be perceived to result in damp conditions, experts said spring is one of the driest seasons — a factor that may contribute to destructive fires if burning is not supervised an... more »»


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Debris, rapid drying make spring prime wildfire season

April 18, 2015 While spring rains may be perceived to result in damp conditions, experts said spring is one of the driest seasons — a factor that may contribute to destructive fires if burning is not supervised an... more »»

Authority aiming to address properties

April 18, 2015 Last September, Interim City Manager Peter Marshall successfully introduced a measure to City Council designed to eliminate a frequent target of municipal hypocrisy: the failure of the Altoona... more »»

Man sentenced to drug court despite objection by attorney

April 18, 2015 HOLLIDAYSBURG — Kirk Matthew Durbin of Cresson was sentenced Friday to participate in the Blair County Drug Court so he could receive treatment for a heroin addiction, but an attorney for the victim... more »»

Couple in police chase waive hearings, face trial

April 18, 2015 A Windber couple facing drug charges after a March police chase that ended in a crash in Antis Township will face trial. Jesse M. more »»

Man accused of forcing runaway girl into sex act

April 18, 2015 A city man faces charges after police say he sexually assaulted a teenage runaway. Khalied T. Gerard, 24, of 620 Second Ave. more »»

Local Sports

Bryant knows hard work pays off

April 18, 2015 By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror. more »»

Good vibes among O-linemen

April 18, 2015 By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror. more »»

Pirates' offense wakes from its slumber

April 18, 2015 The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates flailed helplessly at Jimmy Nelson’s curveball last weekend, striking out nine times in a lopsided loss in Milwaukee. more »»

Curve starters do the job once again

April 18, 2015 By Cory Giger Tyler Glasnow’s first home start featured all the things you want to see from such a promising pitching prospect. more »»

Pitt QB feeling good about new offense

April 18, 2015 The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Chad Voytik is prepping for his second season as the starting quarterback at Pittsburgh, but in so many ways it seems like his firs. more »»

Good vibes among O-linemen

April 18, 2015 By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror. more »»

Julius leading the pack

April 16, 2015 With a nickname like “Big Toe,” he has to be a good kicker. more »»

Nassib could be headed for the spotlight

April 15, 2015 By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror. more »»

Franklin excited about defensive ends

April 12, 2015 UNIVERSITY PARK — One of the biggest developments for the Penn State football team this spring has been the improvement at the defensive end spots. more »»

Hack hopes lessons pay off

April 2, 2015 By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror. more »»


Gerald E. ‘Jerry’ Bowmaster

April 18, 2015 Feb. 21, 1946 – April 16, 2015 Gerald E. “Jerry” Bowmaster, 69, Duncans­ville, died Thursday. He was born in Altoona, son of John M. and Betty E. (McGee) Bowmaster. Surviving are his wife, Sharon . more »»

Mary Alethea (Baird) Brindle

April 18, 2015 Jan. 3, 1926 – April 10, 2015 Mary Alethea (Baird) Brindle, 89, Frederick County, Va., died April 10, 2015, in the Blue Ridge Hospice. more »»

D. Barry Bryner

April 18, 2015 Dec. 23, 1940 - April 16, 2015 D. Barry Bryner, 74, Altoona, passed away Thursday morning at UPMC Shadyside, Pittsburgh. He was born in Connellsville, son of Ernest D. and Lyda (Morris) Bryner. more »»

Josephine (Madey) George

April 18, 2015 March 15, 1921 – April 15, 2015 Josephine (Madey) George, 94, Lilly, passed away Wednesday at UPMC Altoona. She was born in Amsbury, daughter of the late Louis and Anna (Zachesky) Madey. more »»

Julie Renee Grabill

April 18, 2015 Feb. 17, 1977 – April 8, 2015 Julie Renee Grabill, 38, died April 8, 2015, at her home in Butler. She was born in Altoona, daughter of John N. Grabill and Ann M. (Popovich) Rosenberg. more »»

Area Life

College course studies ‘Thrones’

April 18, 2015 DEKALB, Ill. — Northern Illinois University is offering a course this semester on the HBO series “Game of Thrones. more »»

Expo looks at women’s health issues

April 18, 2015 Area women looking to learn a little more about their health will have a chance to meet expert doctors and local vendors at the Women’s Healthy Living Expo. more »»

Spring cleaning: Time to dust off the winter blues... and dirt and clutter

April 18, 2015 The red robins are hopping across the now-green grass as the yellow of the daffodils bursts onto the scene. more »»

Garden Notes: Ramps popular, despite their inherent, smelly issues

April 18, 2015 There’s a reason Valentine’s Day comes two months before ramp season. The “King of Stink” outranks garlic in its assault on the olfactory sense. more »»

"It's really a family": Altoona's Jewish community takes pride in tradition

April 16, 2015 For leaders in the local Jewish community, it’s all about family. more »»

Local Business

Apartment rents projected to rise

April 15, 2015 Living in an apartment? Expect your rent to go up again. Renting has gotten increasingly expensive over the last five years. The average U.S. more »»

CSX boosts profits by 11 percent

April 15, 2015 OMAHA, Neb. — CSX Corp.’s first-quarter profit grew 11 percent as it benefited from lower fuel costs, and the railroad announced plans Tuesday to repurchase $2 billion of stock. more »»

Business briefs, April 15

April 15, 2015 everett UPMC Bedford recognized for respiratory program UPMC Bedford Memorial has earned Quality Respiratory Care Recognition under a national program by the American Association for Respiratory Care. more »»

Corporate deal appetite hits 5-year high amid dollar rise

April 14, 2015 LONDON — The current wave of corporate takeovers and mergers is set to grow as the appetite for deals among global executives hits a five-year high in the wake of the strong dollar and low oil... more »»

Norfolk Southern slumps on weak forecast

April 14, 2015 NEW YORK (AP) — Railroad operator Norfolk Southern is forecasting disappointing first-quarter results as demand for coal continued to fall. Its shares sank $4.91, or 4.7 percent, to $99. more »»

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