News

Bedford County commissioner grateful for community

Local News

BEDFORD — A Bedford County commissioner who is retiring at the end of this year — his second retirement after a series of different jobs — expressed gratitude for the community he has helped govern and for what he has learned over the years. Paul Crooks, 77, announced in January his ...

Geis running for city mayor

Local News

From Mirror staff reports Former City Councilman Mark Geis plans to run for the city mayoral nomination in the Democratic primary. When Geis, 64, retired from the United Iron­workers union three years ago, he heard from friends that he should run for mayor — but that wasn’t the right ...

Kreuz plans district judge bid

Local News

From Mirror staff reports Ed Kreuz Jr. has announced he will run for magisterial district judge in the primary on both the Republican and Democratic ballots. Kreuz cited his role as a member of the Altoona Area School Board in his candidacy to serve Magisterial District 24-3-02, which ...

‘Bus kids’ remember Jackson for caring nature

Local News

Almost six years ago, Gerald “Jerry’’ Jackson had a massive heart attack, but thanks to two young people who gave him CPR, he lived. Last week, Jackson, 74, of Hollidaysburg, died of cancer that doctors had discovered the week before he died. Those two people visited in his last days, ...

Police: City man attempted stabbing

Local News

From Mirror staff reports A city man is facing charges that include attempted homicide after police were called Sunday morning for a reported stabbing. Police indicated Sunday that 48-year-old Larry Walls showed up at the home of a woman and after he attempted to stab her with a large ...

Magisterial district judge

Local News

Filed before Altoona Magisterial District Judge Daniel C. DeAntonio: Charges waived to court Aug. 22 – Sept. 5: Tracy N. Bey, 21, 1911 Fifth St., Apt. 5, charged by Altoona police with strangulation, simple assault and harassment on the 1900 block of Fifth Street Aug. 15. William S. ...

Brotherly love

Local News

Jackson Jones, 8, of Port Matilda gives his older brother, Jaden, a Bald Eagle Area basketball player, some last-minute instruction before Jaden started his basketball game with Huntingdon Area High School on Friday at Huntingdon. Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec

Pittsburgh exhibit, events to bring WWII to area

Local News

After Altoona native and Army Air Force bombardier Joe Conlon was shot down over Hungary during World War II and captured, a German interrogator who had failed to get more than Conlon’s name, rank and serial number plunked down a folder containing a copy of one of Conlon’s report cards from ...

Can’t buy me love?

Local Business

Americans are expected to spend a record amount on Valentine’s Day this year, despite a years-long decrease in the percentage of people celebrating the holiday, according to the annual survey by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. “Those who are ...

Hunters demand answers on CWD

Local News

What’s more mysterious: the spread of chronic wasting disease or the spread of rumors about how the Game Commission is handling it? The Pennsylvania Game Commission is trying to slow down both. On Thursday, area hunters met at the Plum Creek VFW and galvanized support for a lawsuit to ...

City to dole out HUD funds

Local News

Not long ago, the Center for Independent Living of South Central Pennsylvania received a call from a car crash victim who now uses a wheelchair, asking for help to make home modifications so the victim could continue to live independently. The organization sifted its options and ultimately ...

Trio jailed in drug bust

Local News

Three people are in jail after the search of a Duncansville home allegedly turns up a large stash of methamphetamine and heroin. Nicholas Martin, 24, and Karma Woolridge, 21, were taken into custody Friday evening after Altoona and Allegheny Township police, the Blair County Drug Task Force ...

Equipment heats up fire training

Local News

HOLLIDAYSBURG — It was not like fighting a real fire, or even like an immersive virtual reality experience. But the BullEx fire extinguisher training simulator parked at the end of a hallway last week at Garvey Manor was what the nursing home wanted — so much so that Garvey’s emergency ...

STREAM encourages teamwork

Local News

Cristopher Diaz, a seventh-grader at Holy Trinity Catholic Middle School, thought he’d learn more about science and math when he heard he’d be taking a STREAM class, but the first year’s biggest takeaway turned out to be something he didn’t expect. Diaz thought the STREAM course, which ...

Grants help attract Blair tourists

Local News

The success of the Fort Roberdeau Association in attracting visitors is a good example of how the Blair County Tourism Marketing Grant Program works. Over the last three years, Fort Roberdeau has attracted visitors from more than 40 states and from 17, 18 and 23 different countries over those ...

Police: City man assaulted friend

Local News

A city man is in jail after police say he attacked a friend after a night of drinking. Michael J. Burkey, 36, of Altoona was arrested early Thursday after he allegedly pushed his way in through a friend’s door after drinking alcohol. According to Altoona police, officers responded to the ...

Philly appeals court rejects inmate request

Local News

The appeals court for the 3rd Circuit in Philadelphia has rejected a request by an inmate in the Federal Correctional Institution at Loretto to speed up a hearing he is seeking in an attempt to correct his sentence, which he claims has become illegal due to a recent U.S. Supreme Court ...

Deeds

Local Business

Blair County Mountain City Risk Management LLC to Cody C. Keith, Maple Hollow Road, Duncansville, $23,500. Joseph D. and Catherine O. Richards to Susan M. Weimer, 1315 Walnut St., Hollidaysburg, $143,500. M&D Partnership to 4 Seas LLC, 419-412 Puzzeltown Road/419-421 Green Drive, ...

Green programs stir dissent in Pa. and DC

Local News

From Harrisburg to Washington, Republican lawmakers have spent the past few days lashing out at sweeping Democratic proposals to regulate fossil fuels and fund state programs. But beyond the catchy names — “Green New Deal” and “Restore Pennsylvania” — the plans reveal the limits ...

Brosch pleads guilty in child porn ring

Local News

HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona woman involved in child pornography, sex trafficking and drug trafficking in mid-2018 will spend eight to 20 years in prison. Amy M. Brosch, 35, who has been incarcerated since June when arrested by Altoona and state police, rendered guilty pleas Friday in Blair ...