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Friar travel conditions to be revised

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Travel conditions are to be revised for the pair of Franciscan friars sentenced in May 2018 to five years’ probation on a child endangerment misdemeanor count in connection with a fellow friar and suspected child predator. Senior Judge Jolene G. Kopriva said Monday that she ...

Two jailed for fatal overdose

Two people are in jail on felony charges after a fatal overdose in Altoona. Robert D. Patterson, 43, and Nicole L. Keller, 39, were both arraigned Monday morning on felony counts that include drug delivery resulting in death and delivery of heroin in the Sunday morning overdose death of ...

Assistant will succeed retiring Blair official

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County leaders indicated Monday that retiring County Administrator/Chief Clerk Helen Schmitt will be succeeded by her assistant, Nicole Hemminger. The pending action surfaced Monday during a reconvened meeting of the county salary board which voted to set Hemminger’s ...

Van Zandt introduces new MRI

Van Zandt VA Medical Center has a new Magnetic Resonance Imaging system, the only one in North America that is almost helium-free and that has a large bore and a full package of audio-visual imaging, both of which help prevent claustrophobia in patients. The $1.5-million machine, which can ...

Superior Court refuses to overturn custody

The Pennsylvania Superior Court has refused to overturn a decision by a Blair County judge who issued a temporary order awarding custody of a child — whose mother died — to an aunt rather than the father. The father appealed the order, contending Blair County Judge Jackie Bernard ...

Man sentenced for home break-in

CLEARFIELD — A Philipsburg man will be spend up to three years in state prison for breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s Clearfield County home. Police say Cruz Connagher Jozefik, 27, entered the Brisbin Borough residence on June 16 and stole a dog before fleeing in an unknown direction. He ...

Conemaugh to open outpatient center soon

EBENSBURG — Conemaugh Health System of Duke LifePoint Healthcare will open an outpatient center off Route 22 here at the end of the month, replacing the hospital’s three primary care locations in the borough, while adding additional services. The newly constructed, $24-million, ...

No injuries reported in Logan flue fire

A flue fire at 1326 Mill Run Road was quickly extinguished Monday, and no one was injured. Engines from Logan Township Volunteer Fire Department arrived Monday afternoon to the home owned by John McGarvey. McGarvey said the fire damage does not affect any other part of the home except for ...

A selfless serviceman

Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve. Lawyer. Community servant. Mentor. Father. Scott Brenneman, 45, of Hollidaysburg, has many facets but takes a laser-focused approach to each day’s challenges as he incorporates “selfless service” to his family, community and country. Brenneman was ...

Proposed legislation concerns Catholics

Two state House representatives, one from Hollidaysburg, the other from across the state, are hopeful that sexual abuse reform legislation they’ve proposed will pass today in the state Senate and eventually become law. But the measures have plenty of critics, chief among them the Roman ...

Former city mayor loses appeal

The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a decision by a federal judge in Johnstown denying former Altoona Mayor Charles Wayne Hippo Jr. coverage by an insurance company in his ongoing legal dispute with a local businessman. Hippo is a partner in the law offices of Hippo, Fleming and ...

Blair projects get tax-credit funding

The state Department of Community and Economic Development has granted a total of $917,000 in Neighborhood Assistance Program funding, based on tax credits, to benefit four Blair County projects. The funding will help restore deteriorating features at Fairview Cemetery, make improvements at ...

Two arrested in fatal overdose

Two people are in jail on felony charges after a fatal overdose in Altoona. Robert D. Patterson, 43, and Nicole L. Keller, 39, were both arraigned Monday morning on felony counts that include drug delivery resulting in death and delivery of heroin in the Sunday morning overdose death of ...

Programs loan professional attire for job interviews

First impressions matter — especially when searching for your next employment opportunity, according to local career counselors. “Clothes convey messages,” said Nicole McCloskey, administrative support assistant at Penn State Altoona, whose responsibilities include the Career Services ...

Food bank scraps venison donations

The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank will not accept venison donations this year because of concerns over chronic wasting disease. The donations came from Hunters Sharing the Harvest and amounted to 20,000 pounds of meat last year. The program “coordinates the processing and distribution of ...

Pa. reps push abuse bills

State Reps. Jim Gregory and Mark Rozzi say they share a bond no one would envy, but it’s a connection that’s brought them together for a fight that, if successful, they think could help others with similar histories. Both have said they were abused as children, in separate incidents, and ...

Teen runaway sought

The Blair Township Police Department is requesting assistance in locating a missing runaway juvenile, Destiny McCully. McCully is a 14 year-old white female, approximately 5’4” tall, 135 lbs., with brown hair, and green eyes. She was last seen in the area of Sixth Avenue and 17th Street in ...

Logan Township wants AWA representation

In 2011, when there was an opening on the Altoona Water Authority board, Logan Township supervisors asked City Council for permission to appoint a township representative, reiterating a request from a few years earlier. If that had happened, it would have meant that for the first time, a ...

Southern considers closing BWI gate

MARTINSBURG — The federal government’s decision to stop subsidizing Southern Airways Express flights at the Hagerstown, Md., airport could have a trickle-down effect upon flights at the Altoona-Blair County Airport. Because of the lack of Hagerstown’s subsidy and a rent increase for its ...

Impeachment splits voters

As the impeachment process against President Donald Trump moves into public hearings, a recent poll shows Pennsylvanian voters are as sharply divided as those across the country. A Morning Call/Muhlenberg College poll released last week shows 51 percent of Pennsylvanians in support of ...