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Amtran dinged in report

Amtran has high operating costs compared to other transit systems with similar profiles in Pennsylvania and elsewhere, and the problem seems to be worsening, according to a recently released performance report from PennDOT for the five-year period ending 2015. The high costs per passenger and ...

Police investigating North Woodbury Township deaths

State police in Hollidaysburg are investigating the deaths of two people at 2794 Cove Mountain Road, North Woodbury Township. Cassandra Lynn Appleman, 30, and Sheldon Howard Appleman, 49, were found dead at 11:30 a.m. Monday, a police report indicates. Both were from Martinsburg. ...

Lawsuit against PennDOT dismissed

A federal judge has dismissed a second lawsuit brought by a former Williamsburg man challenging the taking of his land for the ongoing, $9.6 million Canoe Creek Intersection Project in Franks­town Township. PennDOT last year began the project, which will provide better access to Beaver Dam ...

PSU Altoona kicks off MLK week

A keynote speaker at a Penn State Altoona event celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. urged audience members to consider ways to make the civil rights movement leader’s dream of justice for all a reality. “What will you do in the ‘fierce urgency of now?’” Shavonne Shorter asked ...

Counting of US homeless scheduled for Wednesday

On Saturday, after the snowstorm stopped, the cold came down, turning slush into ice and faces crimson, making one feel grateful for a warm house. On Wednesday, a local agency will try to count the people in Blair County who don’t have a warm house to which they can retreat. It’s the ...

Baughman sets her sights on Bedford County seat

A former Democratic nominee for the 78th Legislative District is now tossing her name in for another public office, with her sights set on a Bedford County commissioner seat. Deb Baughman, 64, a Saxton resident and retired public school teacher, informally announced her candidacy last week, ...

Verdict upheld in murder case

A lengthy prison sentence imposed on Keith Reed, 37, who had a role in the 2014 shooting death of a 33-year-old man in the parking lot of a Johnstown bar, has been upheld by the Pennsylvania Superior Court. Reed, a Johnstown resident, contended he was denied a speedy trial after his arrest in ...

Found wallet leads to theft charges

A found wallet leads to charges against a woman in Altoona. Heather Lee Guerin, 41, no fixed address, was arrested Thursday by Altoona police and charged with misdemeanor counts that include theft and access device fraud stemming from a lost wallet that police say Guerin picked up at the ...

Ross seeks sixth coroner term

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County Coroner Patricia Ross will be seeking the Republican nomination in the spring primary. Ross, who is finishing 20 years in public office, is seeking her sixth four-year term that would begin in January 2020. “It is an honor and a privilege to serve the ...

Bedford commissioner Dallara seeks to retain seat

Bedford County Com­missioner Barry Dallara is seeking re-election. “I am sincerely grateful for the opportunity to serve,” Dallara said. “I truly understand the monumental responsibility that comes with the office. My commitment to you as a commissioner is to make decisions that keep ...

Police: Man assaulted girlfriend

A city man was jailed Sunday night after he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend. Andrew T. Stabile Jr., 37, was arraigned Sunday night on misdemeanor simple assault and related charges stemming from the incident at Stabileás home at 711 Fourth St. According to Altoona police, Stabile and his ...

Beam to seek third term

Blair County Commi­ssioner Ted Beam Jr. of Altoona has announced his plans to seek a third four-year term on the board. Beam, who took office in 2012 as successor to longtime Democratic commissioner Donna Gority, is finishing his eighth year as commissioner. “I have been involved in some ...

City post office offers passport fair

The Altoona post office, 1201 11 Ave., will hold a passport fair from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Passport Fairs are an opportunity to get a passport without having to schedule an appointment. At the fair, people can go with all required documentation and apply for a passport. Appointments are ...

Arctic cold sweeps into region

The snow has stopped accumulating, but negative wind chill values are expected to keep it around. Winds moving in at 15 to 20 miles per hour from the Northwest will make temperatures in the low 30s today feel like 20 degrees below zero, National Weather Service Meteorologist Bill Gartner ...

ISC looks to clean up stream

The Intergovernmental Storm­water Committee has received permission from PennDOT to access a PennDOT property along I-99, between the VIP parking lot of People’s Natural Gas Field and Frankstown Road, for a wetlands mitigation project. The project would prevent about 20,000 pounds of ...

Penn State extension educator: ‘As long as I am able, I will work’

MARTINSBURG — The number 16 figures prominently in the life and career of Elaine Smith. “I worked for 16 years, then went to grad school, and worked 16 years in Virginia. My plan is to be here for 16 years. It just happened that away,” said Smith, who became a Penn State extension ...

Blaze destroys Breezewood hotel

A fire broke out about midnight Friday in the Econo Lodge near the interchange of Route 30 and the turnpike in Breezewood, and a rekindle Saturday night destroyed the building. Firefighters were dispatched Friday as midnight approached, Breezewood Volunteer Fire Department Chief Toby Colledge ...

Man injured in crash

A 22-year-old man who fell asleep behind the wheel of his car was ejected through the windshield after crashing into an embankment about 5 a.m., Saturday according to state police in Hollidaysburg. Benjamin Kepner of Altoona was transported by ambulance Saturday to UPMC Altoona where he was ...

Chernisky to swear in fire officers

NANTY GLO — Cambria County President Commissioner Thomas C. Chernisky will swear in the 2019 officers of the Nanty Glo Fire Department at 7:30 p.m. today at the Nanty Glo Fire Department, 902 Chestnut St.

Sea of sorrow

On April 10, 1963, a pipe joint on the U.S. nuclear submarine Thresher failed during deep dive tests, sending the 129 men aboard, including Altoona native John Wiley, to the floor of the Atlantic, where their bodies remain. Family members and friends of the those lost in the disaster — the ...