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Reservoir system designated landmark

Several times Monday, when officials spoke at a ceremony at the Horseshoe Curve, a train would interrupt — mixing the wail of its horn and the squeal of its wheels with the talk about a newly conferred designation for the three reservoirs enfolded by the Curve: North American Water ...

Donations for hurricane relief

Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec Volunteers Joe Gates (from left) and Butch Barr and his son, Caleb, of Altoona help unload items donated for hurricane relief efforts in Florida on Monday in the Altoona Walmart parking lot. Smith Transport donated the use of a 53-foot-long truck. Donations ...

Group files pipeline lawsuit

A mother and daughter from Huntingdon County and two others filed a federal lawsuit Monday, accusing a large-scale pipeline developer and local law enforcement officers of violating their constitutional rights. In a 36-page complaint filed with the U.S. District Court in the Middle District ...

County refines list of projects for bond issue

By Kay Stephens kstephens@altoonamirror.com HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County commissioners settled Monday on a proposed list of projects adding up to $7.3 million for a 2017 bond issue to be paid off with debt millage, probably in the next 15 years. The list of projects, previously ...

Dispute leads to arrest

A family dispute allegedly ends in violence and felony charges against a city man. Evan M. Barner, 24, of 907 South St., was arrested Sunday night after he allegedly assaulted his disabled father-in-law at 1925 12th Ave. just before 11 p.m. According to Altoona police, Barner arrived at ...

Blair recreation panel seeks dog park funding

The Central Blair Recreation Commission has unleashed Executive Director Mike Hofer to begin raising money for a dog park at Garfield Park. The commission would create the dog park on a 1.5-acre area beyond the softball field. It would cost about $30,000 to build, with most of the money ...

Harvestfest marks end of season

TIPTON — With sunny skies and summer-like temperatures, thousands of people flocked to Tipton as DelGrosso’s Amusement Park ushered out the season with its annual Harvestfest. “It’s just a great family atmosphere,” said Carl Crider Jr., the park’s general manager, who said the ...

CBRC notes football decline

The fear of a degenerative brain disease caused by concussions may be creeping into this area. At a meeting of the Central Blair Recreation Commission, Executive Director Mike Hofer revealed that the commission will not be able to support its flag football program for grades 5 and 6 this fall ...

Committee seeks inmate medical care proposals

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A committee formed to solicit proposals for inmate medical care at the Blair County Prison is hoping to attract responses from at least three companies. The county’s contract with Prime Care Inc., its current provider of inmate medical care, is expiring at the end of the ...

Black ends longtime career as attorney

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A familiar face is missing from the Allegheny Street office of Evey Black Attorneys LLC. Clyde O. Black II, who had been with the firm since 1965, officially retired from the practice of law Aug. 31. Black, 77, had retired as a partner in 2010. Black grew up in Roaring ...

Water authority working on combined sewer plan

The Altoona Water Authority is working on a plan outlining a test protocol to demonstrate the effectiveness of two facilities that are designed to prevent contamination of streams from the city’s “combined” sewer system after heavy rains. The plan is a requirement for the authority to ...

Woman expected to face drug program

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Cambria County woman is expected to be assigned to Blair County’s drug court program to address charges filed against her after she was accused of providing heroin to a patient at UPMC Altoona. Justine M. Crook, 27, Portage, submitted a guilty plea in June to criminal ...

RTMA to get billing software training

BLANDBURG — Reade Township Municipal Authority employees and officials soon will receive the necessary training they need to properly manage billing software that was implemented nine months ago. Leigh Bowser, a senior customer service analyst with Muni-Link, attended a recent meeting to ...

IGSC selects first full-time leader

The region’s newest governmental body has its first full-time leader. On Thursday, the Intergovernmental Storm­water Committee held its first meeting with coordinator Chelsey Ergler, who is new to the working world herself — having recently graduated from Mount Aloysius with a ...

Street sweeper issue continues

EBENSBURG — A street sweeper shared by two Cambria County municipalities continued to fuel messy relations at a recent meeting. The sweeper is jointly owned by Ebensburg Borough and Cambria Township through an intergovernmental cooperation contract, township supervisors Chairman Tim Bracken ...

Authority authorizes nutrient credit sales

The Altoona Water Authority has given its general manager permission to sell nutrient credits, available because the authority’s sewer treatment plants remove more nitrogen and phosphorous than required by the state. The authority projects that it will generate credits for 73,000 pounds ...

Donations sought to aid Irma victims

Donations are being taken at the Walmart parking lot in Plank Road Commons for victims of Hurricane Irma. The relief effort, organized by the Allegheny Highland Association of Realtors along with other area businesses, hopes to fill a truck with donations such as cleaning supplies, paper ...

Debate rages over facilities for intellectually disabled

When Patrick Cooney was 7, his parents sent him to the Cresson State Center for people with intellectual disabilities on the advice of experts. When Patrick was 12, in 1982, the Cresson center closed, and the family felt it had no option except to put Patrick in a group home, because handling ...

State’s disaster funding unclear

If ever there was a time to consider dipping into a rainy day fund, it would be after the rainiest day in recorded U.S. history. When Hurricane Harvey struck Texas last month — dropping record-setting rain around Houston and killing dozens of people — government agencies rushed to collect ...