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A work in progress

Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec Artist Allen Capriotti works on his latest piece, The Annunciation, on Thursday afternoon in his Lakemont studio. The painting is a companion piece to Jesus Carries His Cross, shown on the left.

Man charged in fatal crash

HOUTZDALE — Homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence charges have been filed against a Madera man in connection with the death of a 70-year-old woman. Gregory Allen Millinder Jr., 32, was also charged by state police Friday with aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI, homicide ...

Project planners: Judicious use of money aids revitalization

Leaders of the Nehemiah Project, a church-based organization that has worked to revitalize Lower Fairview for a decade, introduced local officials Friday to the leaders of a church group from Buffalo whose community-development efforts have become the model for Nehemiah’s plans to supercharge ...

Kopriva praised for drug court leadership

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Several people who helped Blair County Judge Jolene G. Kopriva launch a drug court program 17 years ago attended Friday’s drug court session to praise her leadership. “At this point, it’s time for your graduation,” said Scott Shultz, the first probation officer to be ...

Reade Twp. rejects time clock purchase

BLANDBURG — Reade Township Municipal Authority board members will not purchase a high-tech time clock system. Employees agreed the system was not necessary, but they questioned why some board members do not trust them to be honest about time worked. “It comes down to one word, and one ...

Area

Schools receive grants State Rep. Frank Burns, D-Johnstown, announced Friday that the state Department of Education has awarded $100,000 in grants to two area school districts. The grant funds will be used to cover the cost of training for school resource and police officers. Adams Township ...

Newburg fire company dispute moves into court

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A dispute between two groups associated with the Newburg Volunteer Fire Company has moved into Blair County Court where a judge is being asked to order the release of financial records, meeting minutes and to evaluate the legality of operational changes. “This is a fire ...

Crime

Man faces strangulation charge An East Freedom man is lodged in the Blair County Prison after a domestic dispute Wednesday evening in Freedom Township According to Freedom Township police, officers were called for a physical domestic dispute on the 400 block of Cream Hollow Road about 8:49 ...

Shippensburg man accused of hit-and-run

HOLLIDAYSBURG — An 81-year-old man faces charges after state police said he was involved in a hit-and-run accident while hauling a camper on Interstate 99. Gerald T. Myers, 81, of Shippensburg has been charged by state police in Hollidaysburg over an alleged incident in early October near ...

All hands on deck

Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec Workers for Swank Construction pour and smooth the concrete decking for the new bridge they are constructing on Logan Boulevard in Lakemont on Thursday afternoon.

Nehemiah Project has $10M plan

After working for more than a decade to rejuvenate the Lower Fairview neighborhood centered on 11th Street just above downtown, the church-based Nehemiah Project is redoubling its effort, with plans for a total $10 million development comprised of townhomes and a refocused former elementary ...

Senator opposed to more gambling

State Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr., R-Blair, said Thursday he remains opposed to further expansion of gambling in Pennsylvania. Gov. Tom Wolf recently signed into law a bill that would allow the state’s 12 existing casinos to bid on a license for 10 new, smaller casinos with hundreds of ...

Seminar focuses on ways to combat opioid crisis

People often do better at fighting urges for heroin than the average person does fighting the urge for a doughnut, but the urges come more frequently for heroin, said David Loveland, program director of Community Behavioral Health in Blair County. He spoke Thursday to the area’s first ...

Cambria Township store seeking liquor license

EBENSBURG — Beer may soon be available for purchase at a Cambria Township convenience store following approval from township supervisors. On Wednesday, supervisors voted unanimously to OK a liquor license transfer from Patton Borough to a Martin General Store at 4057 Admiral Peary ...

Rutter’s snags Blair license

The parent company of Rutter’s Farm Store is the highest bidder for a Blair County beer license put up for sale by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. CHR Corp., Rutter’s parent company, bid $115,501 for an Antis Township restaurant license. CHR also was the high bidder for licenses in ...

Cambria County receives upgrade in credit rating

A leading credit rating service has upgraded Cambria County’s long-term debt rating as a result of budget management improvements made in 2016. The revision by Standard & Poor’s Global Ratings moved Cambria County from a negative to a stable triple-B rating, said Cambria County Chief ...

Hollidaysburg Area investigates student’s allegations against adult

Hollidaysburg Area School District commenced an investigation of a student’s allegations made this week at a school board meeting that an adult in the school acted inappropriately toward cheerleaders. “The district administration spoke with the student and her parent immediately after ...

Crime

City man arrested for possession of marijuana A 24-year-old Altoona man is in jail on charges of possession with intent to deliver marijuana after probation officers visited him Wednesday for a home check. As the officers began their search, Johnathan E. Winters reached into his pocket and ...

Cambria takes $3M loan

EBENSBURG — Cambria County commissioners voted Thursday morning to take out a $3 million loan to cover needed improvements to two county-owned buildings. That was an action that concerned-resident John DeBartola asked them not to take. “Please don’t do this,” DeBartola said, ...