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Police rounding up drug suspects

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Altoona police, state drug agents and members of the Blair County were out this morning looking to about three dozen suspected drug dealers. Heroin is again topped the list of drugs in the latest drug sweep, along with prescription pills. For more details, see Saturday’s Mirror.

Trump takes oath, becomes 45th president

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States Friday, taking the helm of a deeply divided nation and putting Republicans in control of the White House for the first time in eight years. The billionaire businessman and former reality ...

Locals prepare for new president

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From central Pennsylvania cities and towns and from downtown Washington offices, local Republicans and supporters of President-elect Donald Trump poured into the capital this week to watch the presidency change hands. Knots of Trump backers have made their way to Washington as Trump prepares ...

Duncansville Snap Fitness closed

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One local Snap Fitness center is closed, and the other reportedly will be closing soon. The Snap Fitness at 176 Glimcher Drive, Duncansville, closed within the past week. A sign on the door says, “closed, report to the Altoona location.” The 228 E. Chestnut Ave., Altoona, location, ...

Police: Blast victims burned

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Two employees injured in an explosion Wednesday at a Duncansville trucking company were later flown to a Pittsburgh hospital to be treated for injuries, including burns, investigators said. On Thursday, Blair Township police Chief Roger White shared additional details about the ...

Project focuses on those in need

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  Participants held lights in darkened theaters across the nation Thursday, a demonstration of commitment to being a light for the future ahead of today’s Inauguration Day festivities. Like the traditional ghostlight left on in an empty theater to ensure the safety of ...

Accurate reassessment group hires attorney

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — The local citizens group that initiated a legal challenge to Blair County’s reassessment project has hired an attorney. Robert Donaldson of Hollidaysburg, who accompanied officers of the Blair County Citizens for Accurate Reassessment to a court hearing last week, is ...

Briefcase

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Pittsburgh F.N.B. reports earnings F.N.B. Corp. reported earnings for the fourth quarter of 2016 with net income available to common stockholders of $49.3 million, or 23 cents per share, including one cent per share in merger expense. Comparatively, third quarter of 2016 net income totaled ...

Water authority, city reach deal

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It was a foregone conclusion. On Thursday, the Altoona Water Authority agreed to deed the water and waste-water systems it operates to the city and pay rent so it can continue to operate those systems — and so the city will continue to earn a steady income from the assets. The ...

Man accused of insurance fraud

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A former Altoona insurance agent faces felony insurance fraud charges. Christopher Drenning, 31, of Moon Township, in Allegheny County, was arraigned Thursday on felony counts of insurance fraud and deceptive or fraudulent business practices, along with misdemeanor tampering with records, for ...

Porter out, Clemente Jr. in

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At Thursday’s board meeting of the Central Blair Recreation and Park Commission, when it came time to distribute copies of the commission’s new Winter Activities Guide, Executive Director Mike Hofer advised, “Don’t look at the picture.” The picture on the cover showed Steelers ...

Marchers to protest Trump presidency

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New Jersey resident Sue Condrin was raised in Altoona in the traditional way, in a family where her father was the breadwinner, her mother was the homemaker and Condrin was expected to grow up to become a wife and mother. She did that, but a divorce left her to raise three sons alone, which ...

Area briefs

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Penelec customers to see rate increase Penelec customers will see a rate increase, but it will be less than the company requested under a Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission decision. PUC on Thursday approved joint settlements for lower rate increases than originally requested by ...

Just the ticket

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As President Barack Obama conducts the last press conference of his presidency on the television screen behind them, Tina Boyce (left) and her daughter-in-law Debbie Boyce of Meyersdale stop by Rep. Bill Shuster’s office Wednesday afternoon to pick up their inauguration-day tickets  from ...

Blair to get medical pot dispensary

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Blair and Centre counties are in line to have at least one medical marijuana dispensary under state Department of Health plans revealed Tuesday. The Health Department revealed its criteria for accepting applications for businesses to grow and sell medical marijuana on Tuesday. Twelve growing ...

Two hurt in trucking company accident

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DUNCANSVILLE — Two men were taken by ambulance to an area hospital Wednesday following an explosion at Metzler Bros. LLC trucking company, but details about what caused the accident are scarce. About 1:20 p.m., police, firefighters and emergency medical personnel responded to the Blair ...

McMullen to face gun charges in court

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The man who is accused of supplying the gun used to kill a state trooper on Dec. 30 has waived his case to Huntingdon County Court. Bradley McMullen, 28, waived charges of theft and receiving stolen property at a preliminary hearing Wednesday. Police said McMullen admitting to stealing a ...

Group raises $50,000 for planetarium project

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The Hollidaysburg Area “Save Our Planetarium” group raised $50,000 to put toward the purchase of a new $250,000 digital projector that could provide college coursework to high school students for generations, senior Nathan Stull said Wednesday. The board was taken aback by the group’s ...

Amtran seeks bids

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Amtran has advertised for bids for replacement of the roof panels over the platform at the authority’s 31-year-old downtown Transportation Center, along with other repairs. Bids are due in early February for the project, estimated to cost about $245,000 by consulting engineer Brent ...

Home invasion suspect in custody

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A second suspect in an October home invasion robbery where $10,000 was stolen is now in custody. Michael Levin Bryant Jr., 39, of 606 Second Ave., turned himself in to Altoona police on Wednesday to face charges that include felony criminal conspiracy, robbery and aggravated assault ...