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Housing funds slated for Blair, Bedford

HARRISBURG — Blair and Bedford counties are among 10 counties in the state to receive money for affordable housing projects. The money will be funded through the HOME program. More than $4.7 million will be disbursed to expand the supply of safe, accessible, decent and affordable housing ...

Safety first

State Trooper Ryan Speece of the Hollidaysburg barracks conducts a car seat safety check for Sierra Kemper (center), 17, and her 6-month-old son, Parker Kemper, both of Altoona at Target in Logan Township on Thursday afternoon. Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski

Coleridge Avenue bridge work to start

HOLLIDAYSBURG — PennDOT has announced that work on a bridge rehabilitation project on Coleridge Avenue over Mill Run will begin Tuesday. The bridge is located between Browning and Milton avenues Altoona. On Tuesday, the contractor, Clearwater Construction of Mercer, will implement a ...

Trail to receive $247K

Washington Township has received $247,350 for improvements to the War Memorial Park/Paul A. Cooney Sports and Recreation Complex in Lilly. Township supervisors said the money will be used to enhance the safety of an existing trail by adding light fixtures to each road crossing, extending the ...

Area briefs

HOLLIDAYSBURG PennDOT to discuss Tyrone project The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will conduct an open house and plans display to inform the public of the proposed bridge replacement project on Route 4027 (Pleasant Valley Boulevard) over Hutchinson Run in Snyder Township and ...

On this date

50 YEARS AGO -- Sept. 20, 1969 The Altoona Community Theater, Joe Servello directing, was presenting the children’s play “Aladdin” at the Mishler Theater with adults admitted only when accompanies by a child. Mr. Servello was also acting in the play. 25 YEARS AGO -- Sept. 20, ...

Pushing the speed limit

In response to persistent complaints from residents about traffic safety problems on Ruskin Drive, the city has painted the speed limit — 25 mph — in large figures directly on the travel lanes. Officials hope the exclamatory nature of the postings — there are 10 in all at various ...

Man loses appeal in child abuse case

A Cambria County man who punished the 4-year-old daughter of a former girlfriend by tying her hands and securing her in a garbage bag for soiling herself, has lost an appeal of his lengthy prison sentence, which he claimed was “unduly harsh.” Kristopher Newman, 38, of Johnstown complained ...

Police: Two vehicles not returned after renting

Two people in Altoona face charges after police say they failed to return rental cars. Anna M. Boyle, 28, of 2026 Fifth Ave., was arraigned Wednesday morning on felony charges of theft and receiving stolen property stemming from a gray 2018 Hyundai Accent that Enterprise Rent-A-Car contends ...

Child seat safety check planned

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A car seat safety check will be held today in Altoona as part of National Child Passenger Safety Week. The free safety seat check will run from 2 until 7 p.m. in the parking lot of Target, 153 Sierra Drive. Parents are encouraged to bring their child along with them so that ...

Amtran asked to plan for buses

In 2018, Amtran received money from PennDOT and the Federal Transit Administration to buy 16 new Compressed Natural Gas buses, as part of a PennDOT initiative to promote the state’s natural gas industry. That same year, the FTA authorized an additional grant — contingent on funding from ...

Storm sewer project authorized

City Council recently authorized the preparation of final plans and estimates for a storm detention pond at 39th Street near Maple Avenue, where flooding has troubled residents for years, leading to repeated complaints. “I’m glad to see it was finally presented,” said area resident ...

PennDOT praises roundabouts

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has announced that according to department data, fatalities, injuries and crashes decreased overall at 19 roundabouts at 16 locations after they were built. “We are glad to promote the use of roundabouts throughout the ...

Plans for convention center drain repairs move forward

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Plans are moving forward to repair a broken drainage pipe allowing stormwater to collect at the intersection of Convention Center Drive and Convention Center Boulevard. The Blair County Convention Center and Sports Facilities Authority acknowledged Wednesday that it will ...

Cambria County receives state grants

HARRISBURG — A total of $877,766 in state funds to provide needed infrastructure repairs and provide enhanced recreational opportunities for Cambria County were awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, according to state Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria. Four projects will receive the ...

Mountain Lion Backpack fundraisers set

Two events will be held this week to benefit the Mountain Lion BackPack Program. A fundraiser will be held today at Texas Roadhouse in Altoona, and on Friday, people have been asked to donate cans of soup during the Soup Drive that will be held during Elementary Night at the Altoona Area High ...

PennDOT seeking feedback

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is accepting construction and maintenance services feedback through an online survey. The public can take the survey through Oct. 22 at www.surveymonkey.com/r/penndotroadwork. “We and our private-sector partners work ...

Father, son charged in altercation

A father and son face charges after a fight in Duncansville. Hervey J. Lake, 40, and Anthony J. Lake, 18, both of 1031 Fifth Ave., Duncansville, were arrested Saturday after a fight about 7 p.m. that started on the porch of the home and continued around the side of the house. According to ...

Cambria leads vet benefit claims

EBENSBURG — The Cambria County Veteran Services Office said it filed more veteran benefits claims through the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veteran Affairs from July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019, than any other county office in the state. This is the third year in a row that ...

Paving the way

A milling crew from Midland Asphalt, Tonawanda, N.Y., moves machinery near the end of the work day on the Route 764 paving project in Duncansville on Monday afternoon. (Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski)