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Reade water customers to see base rate increase

BLANDBURG — Customers who purchase water from Reade Township Municipal Authority will see a $2 base rate increase beginning next month, after a vote Thursday by authority board members. Under the rate hike, which was approved by a 6-1 vote with authority member Don Johnston dissenting, the ...

Man ordered to pay restitution

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Westmoreland County man who went on a crime spree in early 2016 between Indiana and Blair counties has been ordered to pay almost $16,000 in restitution. Eric J. Hageder of New Florence, serving nine to 24 years in prison after pleading guilty in July to multiple counts of ...

Clearer picture emerges of candidates’ backers

Voters now have their first clear indication of candidates’ fundraising — and the identities of their backers — in the nine-way race for the new 13th U.S. House District. Of the eight Republicans and one Democrat running to replace Rep. Bill Shuster, R-9th District, seven had posted ...

Inmate sentenced for fight

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A 19-year-old Altoona man who got into a fight last year inside the Blair County Prison was sentenced Friday to an additional 10 to 24 months incarceration for simple assault and disorderly conduct convictions. Matthew R. Sanderlin, who is serving a three- to six-year jail ...

Humor for health

I sometimes wonder where I got my sense of humor, and I would like to think a little bit of it comes from both my mom, Jean, and my dad, John. Friends of my mother used to ask her if she ever got upset with me over my monthly columns in which I poke fun at her, my siblings and my family. She ...

Court won’t overturn sentence

By Phil Ray pray@altoonamirror.com A Baltimore man serving a minimum prison term of 19 years for robbing three drug dealers in Bedford County has lost his bid to overturn his lengthy sentence after contending before a state appeals court that his attorney advised him to go to trial rather ...

Area

Democrat women to host tea, forum The Blair County Federation of Democratic Women will host its annual membership tea and candidate forum at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 29 at the AFSCME Building, 160 Patchway Drive, Duncansville. All Democrats are welcome to hear from the organization’s ...

Drug sweep targets 17

Sitting in a courtroom at Central Court on Fourth Street on Friday morning, 40-year-old Autumn Koch squirmed in her seat, occasionally reaching up through the neck hole of an orange hooded sweatshirt over her arms, to scratch her face with cuffed hands. She sat crosslegged, her foot bouncing ...

Gables building could get facelift

In pictures of old downtown Altoona, one can see the Gables building — ornate, with window after window, awnings on the ground floor, cornice at the top, horizontal lines, vertical lines, curving lines, big shapes and small ones, masonry, glass, divisions between all the stories — exquisite ...

Catholics mourn Stein’s passing

The Rev. Monsignor Timothy P. Stein was remembered Friday as a man of two vocations. From the altar at St. Mary Immaculate Concep­tion, the Altoona pastor led his congregation in prayer, and as editor of the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese’s newspaper, The Catholic Register, he kept the faithful ...

Plane crash victims identified

The second man killed in a Thursday morning plane crash in the Williamsburg area was identified by friends on Friday. James Durkin of Lancaster and Stephen Grady of Camp Hill died when a Cirrus SR22 plane that they were flying in crashed in a residential neighborhood along Larke Road in ...

Broadcaster Banks dies

HUNTINGDON — Greg Banks is being remembered as a very caring man. Banks, 63, Huntingdon, died Thursday at his home after a bout with cancer. Banks was well known in the local broadcast industry, spending more than 50 years in the field. He worked as a radio announcer — he used the air ...

Sesquicentennial schedule released

By William Kibler bkibler@altoonamirror.com A news conference at Heritage Plaza Friday was billed as an announcement of the event schedule for this year’s celebration of Altoona’s sesquicentennial as a chartered city. The news conference fulfilled that expectation: Blair County ...

Officials discuss changes to teacher contract law

BEDFORD — Senate Educa­tion Committee Chair­man John H. Eichelberger Jr., R-Blair, met with local school officials and solicitors to discuss potential changes to the state’s 26-year-old law governing teacher contract negotiations and strikes. Eichelberger said Fri­day’s meeting held ...

Plane crashes in Woodbury Twp.

Federal aviation officials continue to investigate what caused a small plane to crash in Woodbury Township, killing two men on board. The single-engine plane crashed behind a home about 8:45 a.m. Thursday on Larke Road, south of Williamsburg, about 1.5 miles from the intersection of Clover ...

Longtime priest, Catholic Register editor, Timothy Stein, found dead

Area Catholics are mourning the death of a longtime priest and editor of The Catholic Register. The Rev. Monsignor Timothy P. Stein, 60, was found dead in his home Friday. He has been ill for some time. Since 2004, Stein served at St. Mary Immaculate Conception,after serving in other ...

Troopers: Suspect pulls rifle on officer

TYRONE — A Snyder Township man is behind bars on charges he pointed a loaded rifle at a Tyrone police officer. Benjamin R. Stehley, 25, 240 Beastons Road, Tyrone, faces three felony counts of aggravated assault along with misdemeanor gun and assault charges stemming from an incident Sunday ...

Sheetz celebrates new Operations Support Center

CLAYSBURG — Sheetz Inc. officials Thursday celebrated by unveiling their recently completed Sheetz Operations Support Center in the Martin J. Marasco Business Park. “This building is phenomenal; we are so happy to add it to what we can now call a campus. I think we officially now have ...

Former city businessman claims innocence in case

A preliminary hearing for a former downtown Altoona businessman suspected of dealing cocaine turned contentious Wednesday afternoon when police attempted to confiscate a cellphone on which he had recorded a conversation with a possible witness against him. The suspect, Troy Adams, 35, who ...

Juniata College hosts TEDx event

HUNTINGDON — Juniata College will host its first independently organized TEDx event, designed for spreading ideas, on April 29. The event will run from 2 to 6 p.m. in the Suzanne von Liebig Theatre, Halbritter Center for the Performing Arts, and is open to 30 community members at $25 per ...