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Making repairs

Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec Dan Kyle reaches for a socket while helping to replace the oil pump on Kyle Neff’s Jeep on Monday near 26th Street and Union Avenue. Lacking a garage, the duo used a tarp to stay dry while working on the vehicle.

AMED to build substation in Lakemont

AMED has purchased a lot in Lakemont, where it plans to build a $500,000 substation to replace the space it leases from Lakemont Volunteer Fire Company, after failing to reach an agreement with the fire company on a proposed addition that would have allowed AMED to remain. Acquired this ...

Bats return to local cavern

For the first time since a deadly fungus decimated the local bat population, a number of flying mammals have been observed hibernating in Lincoln Caverns. About four or five bats have been observed consistently slumbering in the Huntingdon County caverns, said Jennifer Brumbaugh, a Lincoln ...

Judge’s ruling keeps city in ex-cop’s lawsuit

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A former Altoona police officer is asking Blair County Court to order an arbitration hearing that he contends should have been held before he was fired in 2015 when he was accused of fixing a speeding ticket for a friend. Daniel A. Noel, in a civil lawsuit pending before the ...

Student choir members ‘singing for a stronger purpose’

STATE COLLEGE — While many people had Monday off, Penn State School of Music student choir members were busy putting their voices to work in commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. As part of an annual tradition, the Essence of Joy student choral ensemble sang a variety of sacred and ...

AMED to cover nighttime transports

AMED is coming to the rescue of J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital in Huntingdon, which recently lost its nighttime coverage for patients needing transport to other hospitals for higher-level care. “They were in a bind,” AMED Executive Director Gary Watters told his board Monday, explaining ...

Schmitt to announce candidacy

Altoona native Lou Schmitt will formally announce his candidacy for state representative of the 79th District at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Rail­roaders Memorial Museum. “Things can be better. You and I know that. We the people can do it. And I’m prepared to fight hard,” Schmitt said in ...

Task Force addresses blight

The city’s Blight Task Force is ready to go public. Having met three times, beginning in September, the group will hold its final — and first fully open — meeting on March 7, at which time it will publish its Comprehensive Blight Strategy Plan. At its penultimate meeting last week, the ...

Country star booked for Jaffa

Rising country music star Easton Corbin will be in Altoona this spring for an April 20 concert at the Jaffa Shrine Center. Corbin, who has a Country Airplay Top 10 single this week (“A Girl Like You”) and has had two No. 1 singles and six top 10 singles early in his career, is the second ...

NAACP volunteer works for progress for all races

For LaShalamar Hogans of Altoona volunteering with the Blair County NAACP is a way she can help make the community better — for everyone. “I feel my ancestors have fought hard to get us where we are at,” the 57-year-old Hogans said. “I don’t want to regress, I want to progress. I ...

Man jailed after hitting police

An Altoona man is in jail after allegedly punching a Blair County sheriff’s deputy and an Altoona police officer during an ambulance call Thursday night. David E. McConnell, 18, was arrested late Thursday after he allegedly fought with deputies and officers who responded to assist AMED at ...

City man sentenced after pleading guilty in drug case

HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man involved in a heroin-selling business that operated in 2014 and 2015 entered guilty pleas Friday to multiple charges in Blair County Court. Anthony R. Makarikas, 40, who was accused of helping Norman “P” Gomez bring heroin to Altoona from New York, ...

Temperatures to rise by the weekend

The Blair County area got a short break from the cold this past week. However, as the last of the snow melted, more cold weather proved to be on the way. Friday night began with heavy rain. David Martin of the National Weather Service office in State College confirmed that the area ...

Pennsylvania Farm Show

Centre County horse wins two awards A horse exhibited by Gerald Allebach of Windermere Farm, Spring Mills, captured two awards in the Percheron competition of the draft horse show at the 102nd Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg. Windmere’s Fire was named champion mare and best of breed in ...

Three men charged in underage party

TYRONE — An underage drinking party in Snyder Township over the weekend has lead to charges against three Tyrone men, including an 18-year-old who state police allege engaged in sex acts with a 13-year-old girl. According to state police in Hollidaysburg, Joseph B. Williams, 18, of Tyrone ...

Region experiencing economic renaissance

By Walt Frank wfrank@altoonamirror.com Local economic development officials said 2017 was a good year, and they are optimistic about the year ahead. Cambria County reported more domestic and international companies visiting the region. Clearfield County found 98 percent of 155 ...

Project delay could be costly

A successful motion by Altoona Area School Board member Dave Francis has paused an $88 million building project for two months, but construction proponents say the delay could potentially be a year and the cost could be much greater. At $88 million, the plan is to build a new B building ...

Eichelberger announces plan to run for 9th District seat

EAST FREEDOM — State Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr. pointed to his past on Saturday while laying out his hopes for a future in the U.S. Congress. “My record is clear,” Eichelberger told the crowd of about 100 people who gathered at the Freedom Township Volunteer Fire Department on ...

Area

Hollidaysburg Try the Y for free The Hollidaysburg Area YMCA is offering area residents to try the Y for free this week between Monday and Saturday. Guests will have an opportunity to sample dozens of classes for all fitness levels, as well as aquatic exercise classes including aqua zumba, ...

District to study reopening school

In the two months that the Altoona Area School Board is putting its high school project on hold, district administrators are studying what it would take to reopen the Washington-Jefferson Elementary School. Both the delay of the high school project and the study of the Washington-Jefferson ...