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Duncansville moves voting location

DUNCANSVILLE — The Blair County Board of Elections has announced a change to the voting location in Duncansville Borough. The voting poll has been moved from the Duncansville Community Center to the Duncansville Borough Building. The change of location is due to a sewer backup over the ...

Spring Cove plans tax hike

ROARING SPRING — For the third year in a row, property owners in the Spring Cove School District will see a tax increase. The increase translates to $34.26 per $100,000 of assessed value for property owners, business office director Kathy Hazenstab said. Board members expressed ...

Mom gets probation in shaken baby case

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A 22-year-old Tyrone mother accused of failing to immediately seek medical care for her lethargic infant daughter in 2017 will be on probation for three years. Instead of selecting a jury Monday in Blair County Court, Briana M. McClellan rendered guilty pleas to misdemeanor ...

AASD eyes continuing deficit, tax increase

After a review of a proposed $114 million 2019-20 budget, some Altoona Area School Board members want to reconsider adding a tax increase to it. What was particularly alarming to all board members and administrators Monday night was a general fund projection for the three years from 2020 to ...

Tyrone man gets lengthy prison term

CLEARFIELD — A Tyrone man was given a lengthy state prison sentence Monday for firing a gun and hitting a woman with a hammer during a domestic disturbance in Clearfield County. The incident occurred about 8:40 a.m. Nov. 11 at a residence in Lawrence Township when Matthew Ray Strayer, 30, ...

Mosey appeals to higher court

A Bellwood-area man serving a state prison sentence for homicide while DUI has filed an appeal with the Pennsylvania Superior Court listing nine reasons why his guilty plea and sentence should be vacated. The inmate, Tarence M. Mosey, 25, is incarcerated at the State Correctional Institution ...

Houtzdale man sentenced for burning down his home

CLEARFIELD — A Houtz­dale man accused of burning down his home will spend time in state prison. Cody Lynn Swanson, 27, pleaded guilty during special sentencing court Monday to three counts of felony arson, criminal mischief, false statements and recklessly endangering another person before ...

Rec commission filling open slots

Central Blair Recreation & Park Commission Executive Director Mike Hofer exaggerated — but not all that much — at a recent meeting when asked who had left commission employment, after officials referred to staffing difficulties. “Everybody,” Hofer said. Not quite, but gone in ...

Socks for Soldiers launched

BELLWOOD — Military Families Ministry has launched its 2019 summer Socks for Soldiers project. The nonprofit group is collecting black crew socks and black ankle socks through the end of August to send to troops serving in the Middle East; the group also is requesting monetary donations to ...

Officials weigh fees on runoff

A representative from one of the municipalities comprising the council of governments responsible for compliance with tightening stormwater regulations favors imposing a special assessment to pay for his municipality’s stormwater costs. “I’d like to see a stormwater fee effective for ...

Arts community fixture embraces new challenges

Some people resist change, but Karen Volpe embraces new situations, new people and will be newly retired June 1. As the program specialist at the Blair County Arts Foundation for the past 23 years, Volpe, 67, of Altoona, retires May 31, 12 days after the conclusion of the Blair County Arts ...

Military Museum to mark D-Day

From Mirror staff reports BOALSBURG — Opera­tion Overlord, the invasion of Normandy, took place 75 years ago this June 6 and the Pennsylvania Military Mu­seum in Boalsburg, Centre County, will remember that event with its annual World War II Revisited encampment on May 25 and 26. Axis ...

Magisterial district judge

Filed before Northern Blair Magisterial District Judge Fred B. Miller: Charges waived to court Sept. 18 – Nov. 27: Richard A. Barner, 45, 306 Sixth St., Tyrone, charged by Altoona police with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, criminal use of a communication ...

Nursing ‘An ever-evolving role’

Fourteen years ago, registered nurse Amy Cornell of Cresson graduated from the Greater Johnstown Career and Technology Center as a licensed practical nurse. Her educational journey will end with a master’s degree in 2021. As an intensive care unit nurse, Cornell cares for critically ill ...

Veterans director seeks apology

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The director of Blair County’s Veterans Affairs Department is asking county leaders for a letter of apology and admission of faulty actions in responding to an illegal recording of a telephone conversation he had with a fake IRS agent. Veterans director Patrick Young, a ...

Rise in Blair prison population linked to female inmates

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The inmate population at the Blair County Prison has been climbing for a year now and is showing no sign of declining. May’s population, so far, is averaging around 332 inmates, slightly higher than April’s 327 average and slightly lower than March’s 342 average. But ...

City man faces assault charges

An Altoona man faces charges after police say he assaulted wife. Caleb M. Thompson, 38 of 1115 16th Ave., was taken into custody by Altoona police on domestic violence charges after police said they were called to UPMC Altoona for an incident that occurred at the couple’s residence at 1 ...

Nurses crucial in patient care

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Residents at Garvey Manor and Our Lady of the Alleghenies receive care from an educationally diverse mix of nurses, said registered nurse Becky Wilson, director of nursing. The facility employs 90 certified nursing assistants, 35 licensed practical nurses and 20 registered ...

The Twilight Zone is alive

The following story is true and nothing was changed, altered or added to protect the innocent. Often when talking to people who are fans of my writing, the question, “How do you come up with the ideas for your columns,” always comes up. While I have addressed this subject in my column ...

Tyrone woman faces drug charges

A Tyrone woman is in jail on drug charges after an unexpected visit was made to her home by probation officers, police say. Heather Kay Taylor, 31, 815 Tipton Road of Tyrone was arrested at her residence after probation officers conducted a home visit. While officers attempted contact, there ...