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Hands-on approach: Trainees urged to ‘see the person’

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Barb Zaplotney’s life changed “in a blink of an eye” 12 years ago. The 33-year-old Windber resident became paralyzed in a car crash returning to Scranton after Christmas break. The impact severed her spinal cord at T-10 and shattered her T-11 and T-12 vertebrae. Zaplotney, who uses a ...

Prison looking at mail options

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Blair County Prison Board is asking commissioners to consider contracting with a mail management company to examine mail for contraband and to introduce a fee-based email service for inmates. Options are available through a company called TextBehind, headquartered in ...

City owes pension funds $5.7M

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The city will owe a total of $5.69 million to its three pension funds by the end of next year. The 2020 minimum municipal obligation comprises $2.67 million for the firefighters’ pension plan, $2.42 million for the police pension plan and $594,000 for the non-uniformed workers’ pension ...

Water authority plans soil cleanup from tank

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The Altoona Water Authority will rent a large excavator to remove now-dried soil from a tank at the Westerly Sewer Treatment Plant that held “mud puddle water” brought in by pipeline companies after boring operations under rivers and roads during the last two years. The rental will cost ...

Hollidaysburg man faces child sex abuse charges

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A Hollidaysburg man faces charges he sexually abused a boy. According to charges filed by Blair Township police, 20-year-old Brandyn C. Koll allegedly molested the boy, now 13, over the course of several years and threatened to punch him if he told anyone. The allegations came to light in ...

Police: Beccaria man allegedly threatened to burn house down

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CLEARFIELD –– A Beccaria man will stand trial for threatening to burn down a home and assault a woman. James Charles Selvage, 33, was charged by state police with misdemeanor terroristic threats and a summary harassment after an incident at a residence in Gulich Township, Clearfield ...

Flooding befouls spray park

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The new gym floor at the Adler Athletic Complex at Penn State Altoona wasn’t the only recreational facility flooded by Spring Run during a storm on the afternoon of Aug. 2. Less than a mile downstream, the creek came over its banks at a curve where the bottom is elevated with a large gravel ...

Blair gets $250K lead paint grant

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County has received a $250,000 grant to devote to the proper removal of lead-based paint from residences. Commissioners Chairman Bruce Erb said Tuesday that the county has been notified of the award by the state Department of Community and Economic Development. A few ...

Housing funds slated for Blair, Bedford

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HARRISBURG — Blair and Bedford counties are among 10 counties in the state to receive money for affordable housing projects. The money will be funded through the HOME program. More than $4.7 million will be disbursed to expand the supply of safe, accessible, decent and affordable housing ...

Safety first

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State Trooper Ryan Speece of the Hollidaysburg barracks conducts a car seat safety check for Sierra Kemper (center), 17, and her 6-month-old son, Parker Kemper, both of Altoona at Target in Logan Township on Thursday afternoon. Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski

Coleridge Avenue bridge work to start

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — PennDOT has announced that work on a bridge rehabilitation project on Coleridge Avenue over Mill Run will begin Tuesday. The bridge is located between Browning and Milton avenues Altoona. On Tuesday, the contractor, Clearwater Construction of Mercer, will implement a ...

Trail to receive $247K

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Washington Township has received $247,350 for improvements to the War Memorial Park/Paul A. Cooney Sports and Recreation Complex in Lilly. Township supervisors said the money will be used to enhance the safety of an existing trail by adding light fixtures to each road crossing, extending the ...

Area briefs

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HOLLIDAYSBURG PennDOT to discuss Tyrone project The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will conduct an open house and plans display to inform the public of the proposed bridge replacement project on Route 4027 (Pleasant Valley Boulevard) over Hutchinson Run in Snyder Township and ...

On this date

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50 YEARS AGO -- Sept. 20, 1969 The Altoona Community Theater, Joe Servello directing, was presenting the children’s play “Aladdin” at the Mishler Theater with adults admitted only when accompanies by a child. Mr. Servello was also acting in the play. 25 YEARS AGO -- Sept. 20, ...

Briefcase

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JOHNSTOWN Arena unveils partnership Managers of 1st Summit Arena @ Cambria County War Memorial have announced a partnership with Coney Island. Beginning Sept. 27, Coney Island will begin operating a concession stand at the arena during major ticketed events. Guests will be able to enjoy ...

Pushing the speed limit

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In response to persistent complaints from residents about traffic safety problems on Ruskin Drive, the city has painted the speed limit — 25 mph — in large figures directly on the travel lanes. Officials hope the exclamatory nature of the postings — there are 10 in all at various ...

Man loses appeal in child abuse case

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A Cambria County man who punished the 4-year-old daughter of a former girlfriend by tying her hands and securing her in a garbage bag for soiling herself, has lost an appeal of his lengthy prison sentence, which he claimed was “unduly harsh.” Kristopher Newman, 38, of Johnstown complained ...

Police: Two vehicles not returned after renting

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Two people in Altoona face charges after police say they failed to return rental cars. Anna M. Boyle, 28, of 2026 Fifth Ave., was arraigned Wednesday morning on felony charges of theft and receiving stolen property stemming from a gray 2018 Hyundai Accent that Enterprise Rent-A-Car contends ...

Child seat safety check planned

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — A car seat safety check will be held today in Altoona as part of National Child Passenger Safety Week. The free safety seat check will run from 2 until 7 p.m. in the parking lot of Target, 153 Sierra Drive. Parents are encouraged to bring their child along with them so that ...

Amtran asked to plan for buses

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In 2018, Amtran received money from PennDOT and the Federal Transit Administration to buy 16 new Compressed Natural Gas buses, as part of a PennDOT initiative to promote the state’s natural gas industry. That same year, the FTA authorized an additional grant — contingent on funding from ...