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Blair County Women’s March set

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — The third annual Blair County Women’s March will be held today, starting at 11 a.m. at the Blair County Courthouse. The march will end at the American Legion Social Hall at Legion Park. Music and speakers will be featured at the social hall. It is sponsored by the Blair ...

Parents warned of video

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A disturbing video apparently spreading this week across the state has hit schools in Blair County, Hollidaysburg Area Superintendent Bob Gildea said. According to a report Monday from Philadelphia TV station WTFX, school districts in Bucks County warned parents about a video circulating ...

Coming Sunday …

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Some highlights to look for in the Mirror’s upcoming Sunday edition: - In 1963, the U.S. nuclear submarine Thresher sunk, killing the 129 men aboard, including Altoona native John Wiley. Family members and friends of those lost in the disaster have never had a grave to visit. Bill Kibler ...

Candidate announcements sought

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The Altoona Mirror will accept announcements of residents seeking local public offices in the May primary election until March 12, which is also the deadline to file nominating petitions with a county elections office. Candidates submitting information to the Mirror after March 12 might have ...

Digging in

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Hollidaysburg homeowner Dan Peters wraps up replacement of the sewer line to his Hart Street home Thursday afternoon. Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec

AASD teacher at center of probe

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Police on Thursday confirmed an investigation centered around an Altoona Area High School teacher, although officers and school district officials declined to give details into what prompted the probe and what charges the teacher potentially faces. “I can confirm there is an investigation ...

Former prison guards get ARD

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Two former Blair County Prison guards are entering the county’s Accelerated Rehabilitative Dis­position program in response to last year’s criminal charges filed after a prison hazing incident. Blair County Judge Daniel J. Milliron on Thursday directed Joshua B. Luther, ...

City man sentenced in child porn case

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man will spend 10 to 23.5 months in the Blair County Prison on three counts of possession of child pornography. Judge Wade A. Kagarise handed down the sentence Thursday to Jason F. Miller, 45, who said he made a mistake and wanted to take responsibility. “It ...

Officers found not guilty in assault case

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CLEARFIELD — Light applause filled a Clearfield County courtroom as a verdict of not guilty was announced in the case against two corrections officers accused of assaulting an inmate. Brian Eugene Showalter, 32, and William B. McGroarty, 60, of Clearfield, were acquitted of all charges ...

City man pleads to drug charges

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man ended his jury trial Thursday by rendering guilty pleas to all charges filed in connection with four heroin sales in 2017. “I think he was just ready to accept the responsibility for his actions,” defense attorney Doug Keating said of his client, ...

Logan planners OK AMED plan

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The Logan Township Planning Commission this week is recommending the township supervisors approve a land development plan for AMED’s proposed new station and headquarters on Shand Avenue in Lakemont. The plan doesn’t include a proposed exit driveway onto nearby Park Avenue to be used ...

City man wanted in burglary case

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CLEARFIELD — A bench warrant has been issued for an Altoona man accused of breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s home. Joshua Cody Wertz, 26, was charged by state police with burglary, criminal trespass and criminal mischief as a result of his alleged behavior on Oct. 28 at a residence in ...

Area schools receive computer education grants

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Altoona Area and Williamsburg Community school districts are among those receiving $35,000 targeted grants to improve computer education. Gov. Tom Wolf announced $8.7 million in targeted grants to expand computer science classes and teacher training at 765 schools across the commonwealth on ...

Bedford residents urged to clear sidewalks

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Bedford Borough Manager Barbara Diehl reminds owners, tenants and occupants of every property fronting upon or alongside any sidewalk in the borough to remove snow and ice from the sidewalks. There must be a clear path the full width of the sidewalk or at least 36 inches wide, whichever is ...

‘Stella the Star’ celebrated

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DUNCANSVILLE — November was the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, and Wednesday was the 100th anniversary of the birth of a woman whose activities a generation later in World War II help illustrate the difference for the U.S. between those great conflicts. Maj. Gen. Tony Carrelli, ...

Wind chill, wintery mix predicted

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Meteorologists predict blasts of wind chills, low single-digit temperatures and a “wintry mix” of snow, sleet and freezing rain in upcoming days. Both the National Weather Service and AccuWeather estimate there will be 1 to 3 inches of snowfall this afternoon into the evening. Alan ...

Staff to target vaping by teens

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Standing in front of the Hollidaysburg Area School Board Wednesday night in the high school library, High School Principal Maureen Letcher covered her mouth with her hand as if to stifle a yawn. And that, she said, is how easily vaping is concealed by students. In her hand ...

Blair convention center ponders bar, lounge

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The authority managing the Blair County Convention Center is showing interest in creating an interior lounge and bar as an attraction for guests. Space for the remodeling project could be available at the front of the building by moving some offices and adjusting utilities, Scott Bofinger of ...

City man faces assault charges

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A city man had felony assault charges dismissed on Wednesday and was immediately arraigned on sexual assault charges in a separate incident. William R. Gibson, 50, of Altoona, was charged with felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor simple assault after his wife told Altoona police that ...

Trial for 2 Clearfield officers accused of assault continues

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CLEARFIELD — The trial for two corrections officers accused of assaulting an inmate at the Clearfield County Jail began Tuesday. Brian Eugene Showalter, 32, and William B. McGroarty, 60, both of Clearfield, are charged with simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and criminal ...