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‘Nothing quite like the Isaacs’

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In its 12th year of recognizing excellence in high school musical theater, the Altoona Community Theatre had to spread its Isaac Awards program over two nights, bringing in more than 1,500 students, teachers, family members and supporters to the Mishler Theatre this weekend. “There’s ...

Suicide has AASD reviewing policies

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The Altoona Area School Board is moving forward to scrutinize its policies for student services as the community mourns the loss of a seventh-grade student to suicide. Pittsburgh attorney Jocelyn P. Kramer, a partner at Weiss Burkardt Kramer LLC, was approved Thursday to supervise that ...

City man, ‘a true warrior,’ battles Huntingdon’s Disease

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Altoona occupational therapist Mike Pacifico recalled his boss once telling him about attending a neurological conference when the subject of Huntingdon’s Disease came up. The presenting physician, according to Pacifico, said, “You might as well shut your laptops ... (because) chances are ...

Brisbin woman killed in crash

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From Mirror staff reports HOUTZDALE — A Clearfield County woman was killed and an 11-year-old passenger seriously injured Friday in a car crash, state police said. Police said Cindy Gausman, 34, of Brisbin died when she failed to negotiate a curve on Green Acre Road, Bigler Township. Her ...

City man loses appeal

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An Altoona man convicted as the leader of a drug organization more than 11 years ago has failed to convince a Superior Court panel to grant him a new trial, despite his allegations that an investigator in the case was having a romantic affair with one of the prosecution witnesses. Akil ...

Interest in Vietnam War growing

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Altoona’s Vietnam War memorial wall was quiet Sunday afternoon, a veteran or family member strolling by occasionally or stopping to leave a silent message under a loved one’s name for Memorial Day. That quiet belies a growing interest in the war and an increasingly public willingness to ...

Veterans, families honor fallen soldiers

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Standing before a field of miniature flags and veterans’ markers Sunday, retired Coast Guard Admiral James M. Loy listed locations any veteran would recognize: Anzio, Incheon and the Bulge, among many others. Those locations — the sites of some of America’s most storied battles — ...

Area Memorial Day services planned for today

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ALTOONA The Blair County War Veterans Council will have its downtown Altoona parade and memorial service today. Parade units will line up at 9:15 a.m. on Eighth Avenue and move out at 10 a.m. The parade will travel to 17th Street to 12th Avenue to 12th Street to 11th Avenue to the Robert E. ...

Chase ends with gunfire, crash

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BEDFORD — A state police trooper and a suspect were injured early Saturday in a Bedford car chase that included gunfire and ended with a violent crash. Police said the suspect — a 35-year-old Schellsburg man whose name has not yet been released — fled police after an encounter on Route ...

Judge rejects appeal of woman serving life for murdering 4-year-old

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U.S. District Judge Kim R. Gibson of Johnstown has affirmed a magistrate’s recommendation dismissing an appeal by an Altoona woman who is serving life for the murder of a 4-year-old child. Rowlanda-Lea Kenney asked the federal court to hear her pleas for a new trial because she claimed her ...

Judge tosses charges against woman who kept rental car

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A magisterial district court judge has tossed theft charges against a Williamsburg woman who kept a rental car for three months. Allegheny Township police filed felony charges of theft of leased property, receiving stolen property and theft by unlawful taking, along with a misdemeanor count ...

Pennsylvania Democrats challenge Trump health threat

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President Donald Trump delayed deciding on whether to fund subsidies for Americans relying on the Affordable Care Act, throwing further uncertainty into the system days after Pennsylvania’s attorney general sued over the issue. Trump’s administration filed last week to further delay a ...

Marriage licenses

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Editor’s note: The following infor­mation was provided by the prothonotary’s offices at area county courthouses. Blair County Joseph T. Knott and Ashley A. Ryan, both of Altoona. Matthew S. Wyandt, Hollidaysburg, and Shelby L. Vaughn, Altoona. Robert E. Gohn Jr. and Todd J. Hiquet, ...

Divorces

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Editor’s note: The following infor­mation was provided by the prothonotary’s offices at area county courthouses. Blair County CROWNOVER — Kelly A., Bellwood; Robert M., Hollidaysburg. Married Oct. 29, 2011. POLHEBER — Patricia E.; John P., Altoona. Married Oct. 7, 1996. PRATT ...

Service honors Civil War veterans

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A restoration group plans to recognize the milestone of a local monument and the Civil War veterans that it honors during special services this weekend. The Soldiers & Sailors Restoration group has scheduled its Commemorative Memorial Day Ceremony for 2:30 p.m. Monday to observe the 150th ...

Beatles tribute

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Will Jones (left) and Neil Port of P&J Productions sing a duet of The Beatles song “With a Little Help from My Friends” during the “It was Fifty Years Ago Today” tribute at the Mishler Theatre on Friday evening. Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski

B-A teachers reject contract

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BELLWOOD — Members of the Bellwood-Antis Education Association Friday voted down a new contract. School board members were to vote on the contract that would run from July 1 through June 30, 2020, at a special meeting Tuesday. Superintendent Thomas McInroy said he was surprised to learn ...

Polito files election complaint

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man who ran for magisterial district judge has filed a complaint with the Blair County elections office, challenging actions taken by county precinct staff members during the May 16 primary. At two Altoona voting polls, campaign signs for candidate Curt Polito ...

Alleged assault costs city man chance in drug court program

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man is expected to finish a minimum 2.5-year sentence inside the Blair County Prison after losing his chance for release and admission into the county’s drug court program. Maurice D. Wakefield II, 24, will be fighting the charges filed against him in connection ...