Local News

Judge to review Jordan’s petitions

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Blair County judge is being asked to review the documents Altoona City Councilwoman Christie Jordan submitted to seek the Republican nomination for may­or in the spring primary. President Judge Elizabeth Doyle said Thursday that she will review Jordan’s candidacy ...

Mount to focus on assault prevention

From Mirror staff reports EBENSBURG — Mount Aloysius College intends to collaborate with various organizations to develop a comprehensive prevention education and response program on sexual assault, dating violence, stalking and domestic violence for its students. The college, in ...

Redistricting reform back on

When state government last year failed to approve redistricting reform, it was thought the opportunity was lost for a decade, given that part of the package required a Constitutional amendment to be in place for redistricting based on the 2020 census — and there wouldn’t be time, given that ...

Blair Rec adds basketball leagues

Mike Iuzzolino, one of four former NBA players from this area and a three-point marksman, could shoot successfully “in a hurricane,” according to Skip Dry, who has run the Mansion Park outdoor summer league for 40 years. Despite Iuzzolino’s mastery, shooting in the weather is a ...

Claysburg man accused of sex abuse, child porn

From Mirror staff reports A Claysburg man is behind bars on allegations that he sexually abused a 16-year-old minor and ob­tained nude pictures of the underaged victim, among other related charges. Joseph Michael Douglas, 33, of 107 E. Valley Point Lane, faces charges of corruption of ...

Greenfield Township man arrested on drug charges

A Greenfield Township man is behind bars after text messages from another woman led to a call to police about suspected drug dealing. Michael D. DiGiacobbe, 29, of 328 Polecat Hollow Road, Claysburg, was taken into custody Wednesday evening after Greenfield Township police executed search ...

City women face felony counts

From Mirror staff reports Two Altoona women are in jail after police say they sold Suboxone to an informant in Altoona. Nicole R. Kizina, 37, and Beth E. Nichols, 38, were arrested downtown Wednesday evening after the pair allegedly met a police informant on the 100 block of Green Avenue ...

PennDOT funds improvements

From Mirror staff reports Municipalities in counties across the region have received about $23 mil­lion from the Pennsylvania De­partment of Transporta­tion’s liquid fuels payments to help their municipalities maintain roads and bridges. “Pennsylvania has the fifth-largest ...

Williamsburg students make attendance count

WILLIAMSBURG –– Williamsburg school students have a better attendance record than their counterparts across Penn­syl­vania, according to a new state measuring tool. Based on results from the Future Ready Index introduced by the state Department of Education last fall, students in the ...

Sankey sets veterans events

From Mirror staff reports CLEARFIELD ­­­­–– Veter­ans who live in the 73rd Legislative District are encouraged to take advantage of a service being of­fered by State Rep. Tommy Sankey, R-Clearfield/Cam­bria, in cooperation with the Pennsylvania American Legion, has announced the ...

GOP women to host speakers

From Mirror staff reports The Blair County Repub­lican Women have confirmed two speakers for its April 29 Trump 2020 Keep America Great dinner at the Freedom Township Firehall. Judge Christylee Peck, candidate for Superior Court of Pennsylvania, and retired Superior Court Judge Cheryl ...

Huntingdon to dedicate monument

From Mirror staff reports HUNTINGDON — A ceremony will take place at noon Saturday at the Huntingdon County Court House dedicating a monument honoring Huntingdon County’s five medal of honor recipients. The medal of honor recipients include Capt. Horace Porter, Pvt. William Reed, Pvt. ...

Joyce discusses struggles with jobs

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Between work sessions in Washington, D.C., freshman U.S. Congressman John Joyce, R-13th District, said he has been meeting farmers, business owners and educators in counties including Blair. As a member of the House Committee on Small Business, Joyce is spending the week in ...

Jury split on felony charges for city man

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Blair County jury on Wednesday acquitted an Altoona man on a felony charge of interfering with the custody of a child, while convicting him on misdemeanor counts of corruption of minors and furnishing alcohol to minors. Because Adam J. Woomer has been in the Blair County ...

Mishler to transmit to hearing impaired

The Mishler Theatre has a looping system that magnetically transmits sound to hearing aids and cochlear implants, turning hearing aids into wireless loudspeakers that cut out extraneous noise. Dr. Karen Lemme of Lemme Audiology As­so­ci­ates, Altoona, donated a looping system, equipment ...

Man pleads in sex assault case

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A 47-year-old Altoona man will be incarcerated for 15 to 30 years after rendering guilty pleas to sexually assaulting a girl for nine years, starting when she was 5 years old. Kenneth R. Haverstine said little in Blair County Court on Wednesday as he stood before Judge Wade ...

Local fire, medical units receive grants

HARRISBURG – Fire departments and ambulance associations in Blair County have been awarded more than $270,000 to tackle capital projects, train personnel and reduce debt, Reps. Lou Schmitt, R-Altoona, and Jim Gregory, R-Hollidaysburg, have announced. The grant funding from slot-machine ...

Former judge running for Logan supervisor

Retired Magisterial District Judge Patrick Jones is running for Logan Township supervisor. Jones, 74, is one of three candidates on the Repub­lican ballot, with voters selecting two. A lifelong Homers Gap resident with “vast knowledge and experience” — including 39 years as an ...