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Sauers ‘made a great impact’ with people in the community

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The Central Blair Recreation and Park Commission has been an integral part of the Altoona and Blair County communities for many years and takes pride in providing numerous opportunities, especially involving youth sports. This year, a retiree of the CBRC will be honored with the Respected ...

Thon raises more than $10M

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At 3 a.m., most people are bundled up with blankets in the quiet of their homes asleep. At 3 a.m. in the Bryce Jordan Center this past weekend, sleep was the last thing on anybody’s minds as live concerts, talent shows and water gun fights motivated Thon participants to continue fighting ...

Pinecroft probe spurs leadership change

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The Pinecroft Volunteer Fire Company is under new leadership after an investigation by Antis Town­ship officials indicated that money might be missing — information that officials have turned over to state police, who are investigating. Raising eyebrows was a contrast between cash revenues ...

Residents question borough’s dry status

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ROARING SPRING — A group of Roaring Spring residents and business owners believe it is time for a change. That’s why they plan to circulate petitions to get a referendum on the May 21 primary election ballot to overturn the prohibition of alcohol sales in the borough. Roaring Spring has ...

Dealing with telemarketers a battle

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As I sat down to write this column, my mind flashed back over my recent activities to find something I could focus on that has had an impact on my life. Something that we all share and care deeply about. Something that if we didn’t have, it would leave a gaping hole in our lives and make ...

Land bank agreement causing disagreement

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Altoona Redevelopment Authority officials ex­pressed concern Friday that a paragraph proposed by Blair County for an agreement that would govern operation of the authority’s new land bank would make that operation cumbersome. Authority officials worry that the paragraph in the four-way ...

Bank donates to park project

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Reliance Bank is the latest entity to donate toward proposed improvements for Logan Township’s Green­wood Park, helping reduce the amount of township money needed to match a grant the township has obtained for the approximately $375,000 project. “Very generous,” Super­visors Chairman ...

Society to celebrate Bedford County Day

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From Mirror staff reports BEDFORD — Bedford County Day will be held at 2 p.m. March 9 at the Hall at Kinton’s Knob on the second floor at 6441 Lincoln Highway, Bedford. The yearly celebration, held by the Bedford County Historical Society, will feature a program called “Albert ...

Police: Tyrone man stole comics

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From Mirror staff reports A Tyrone man who police say tried to sell stolen comic books is due in court this week. Joshua A. Wiser, 33, is accused of walking into The Comic Vault, 1130 12th Avenue, on Feb. 7 with eight comic books he was trying to sell, including a collectible “Amazing ...

Events for Cambria veterans planned

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EBENSBURG — Two more town halls for Cambria County veterans will be held this week. From 2 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Cambria County Veteran Services Office will meet with former service members at the Hastings Public Library, 312 Beaver St., Hastings. A similar session will be held ...

Bellwood man faces charges for drugs

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From Mirror staff reports A Bellwood man wanted by Altoona police on meth­amphetamine and cocaine charges was taken into custody on Friday. After Blair County Sheriff’s Office deputies took Robert “Pappy” Mills, 51, into custody, Mills was arraigned on five outstanding drug-related ...

Tommy Talks event planned

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Tommy Talks PA will host a “Someone Will Listen Speaker Series” event from 5 to 8 p.m. March 8 at the Altoona Area High School auditorium, 1415 Sixth Ave. The event is to raise awareness for sexual as­sault victims’ rights and is in celebration of Tommy Williams’ 16th birthday. ...

Magisterial District Judges

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Filed before Altoona Magisterial District Judge Daniel C. DeAntonio: James E. Birtcher Jr., 38, no fixed address, charged by Altoona police with resisting arrest and defiant trespass on the 700 block of Broadway, Sept. 12. Guilty plea entered to charge of defiant trespass; other charge was ...

Traffic stop leads to arrest

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A Tyrone woman faces charges after a traffic stop in Snyder Township. Heather R. Waite, 35, of 521 Villa Marie Drive, was pulled over Friday morning about 7 a.m. just off Route 453 on Morris Street in Ironville by a state police trooper because the license plate on her 2016 Jeep came back as ...

Pole position

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A pair of pigeons found a safe place to rest Friday afternoon atop a utility pole near 21st Street in Altoona. Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski

Judge limits immunity in Siehl case

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A Cambria County man whose murder charges were dismissed in 2016 after he had served 25 years behind bars can continue with his lawsuit against the state police and prosecutors who he contends used false evidence and questionable tactics to convict him, according to a decision by a federal ...

Data drives school culture

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Data drives the culture in schools. As soon as students enter kindergarten, the collection of statistics about them begins. The Pennsylvania Department of Education has a formula for everything and a complicated name to go with it. For example, PVAAS or Value Added ...

Leydig reinstated in Phoenix fire dept.

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Hol­lidays­burg man’s membership in the Phoenix Volunteer Fire Department has been restored based on a recent ruling by a Blair County judge. Kelly Leydig, who accused the department of wrongful discharge in September 2014, is hereby reinstated as a member and returned ...

Summerhill man jailed for allegedly abusing kids

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A Summerhill man is in jail for allegedly assaulting two young children. Justin Nathan Thomas, 33, of 420 Center Place, faces numerous counts of aggravated assault victim less than 6 and defendant 18 or older, aggravated assault, simple assault, strangulation, recklessly endangering another ...

Cambria recorder seeks re-election

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A Patton resident and current county recorder of deeds is trying to retain his seat for another term. Ray Wendekier, of 872 Beaver Valley Road, announced he is seeking the Democratic nomination for a second term as the recorder of deeds for Cambria County. “I am seeking re-election to ...