Local News

Amtran approves original plan for Battery Barn ceiling

In November, Amtran approved a proposal to install a suspended ceiling and to make other changes in the Battery Barn near the organization’s headquarters on Fifth Avenue in preparation for a still-unidentified new tenant. Not long afterward, after a couple of board members took a look at ...

Police: Man used stolen card to withdraw $300

A Hollidaysburg man is behind bars on theft charges after police say he stole $300. Paul W. Carnell, 36, of 417 Kate Lane, allegedly stole a bank card from a home on Ella Street on Nov. 29 and withdrew $300 from an ATM in McKee. According to Hollidays­burg Borough police, the victim had ...

Anderson sweeps wool breed sheep show

HARRISBURG — It was a clean sweep of top honors in the wool breed sheep show at the 102nd Pennsylvania Farm Show for Mikara Anderson of Three Springs with her natural colored breed sheep. Anderson’s fall ram, Good Humor 132, claimed the supreme champion ram title, and her late spring ewe, ...

Burke seeks 80th District seat

HOLLIDAYSBURG — For the first time in more than 40 years, a Democrat could once again sit as a state representative for the state 80th Legislative District, a position currently filled by Judy Ward. Attorney Laura Burke officially announced she is running as a Democratic candidate at the ...

City warns residents to clear sidewalks

City residents must clear snow and ice from sidewalks to create paths at least 18 inches wide within 24 hours after the end of winter storms, based on the city’s sidewalk snow/ice removal ordinance, according to a news release published by the city Wednesday. The ordinance applies to ...

Ward to announce 30th District bid

State Rep. Judy Ward, R-Hollidaysburg, will formally announce her candidacy for the Republican nomination for the 30th state Senatorial district at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Williams­burg Community Center on Recreation Drive in Williamsburg. The 30th District Senate seat is currently held by ...

Man faces trial in fatal crash case

CLEARFIELD – A Madera man will stand trial for the death of a 70-year-old woman as a result of a traffic accident in Clearfield County. Gregory Allen Millinder Jr., 32, is charged with homicide by vehicle while DUI, aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI, homicide by vehicle, DUI, ...

Police: Ice caused Logan Twp. crash

A crash in Logan Township on Tuesday was caused by ice, according to police. Terry Kovac, 59, was taken to UPMC Altoona with a head and possible neck injury after Kovac lost control of his pickup truck on East Pleasant Valley Boulevard near Hawthorne Drive on Tuesday morning. Just before 8 ...

Clearing the way

Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec Altoona highway crews were out in full force Tuesday afternoon plowing and salting city streets as snow created sloppy road conditions.

Ward to run for state Senate

State Rep. Judy Ward, R-Hollidaysburg, will formally announce her campaign for the 30th state Senate seat at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Williamsburg Community Center. In a release issued Wednesday, Ward announced her intention to seek the Senate seat currently held by John H. Eichelberger Jr., ...

AASD board may look at other designs

The Altoona Area School Board will hold a special public meeting at 6.p.m. today in the William P. Kimmel Board Room to discuss the high school project. On Tuesday, Board President Dutch Brennan confirmed that the purpose of the meeting tonight will be to vote on setting a date for a meeting ...

Utility improvements slated for courthouse

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County has approved two contracts for renovations to the lawyer’s lobby on the second floor of the courthouse, a project that will be partially paid for with a state grant. Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to award a $56,468 contract to Boyer Refrigeration, ...

Cresson man faces rape, sexual assault charges

A Cresson man faces rape and related charges for allegedly forcing a 17-year-old girl to have sex with him in late September. Frederick E. Brooks III, 38, of the 100 block of Easy Street, allegedly raped the girl after she spent the night at his home. According to a criminal complaint filed ...

Halvorson again sets sights on Shuster’s congressional seat

BEDFORD — Art Halvorson, a Republican taking another shot at U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster’s seat, is creating a campaign platform centered on giving the public a voice and power back to the people. At a forum hosted Tuesday evening at the American Legion Post in Bedford, the retired Coast ...

Couple face child assault, endangerment charges

An Altoona couple face charges for allegedly subjecting a 1-year-old boy to repeated punishments that included trying to force the child to do military-style push-ups and sit-ups. Police said a doctor found bruises on the boy’s head, sides, back, hips, buttocks, thighs and both arms. Morgan ...

Area

Burke to announce candidacy Attorney Laura Burke will announce her candidacy for state representative for the 80th Legislative District at 1:30 p.m. today at the Hollidaysburg Area Public Library. Burke will outline her reasons for running and her plans for the citizens if she is elected as ...

Owner: Plans to remove mobile homes progressing

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Plans for removing seven mobile homes from an East Freedom mobile home park are progressing, the homes’ owner recently advised a Blair County judge who was asked earlier this month to find the owner in contempt of court. To address a longtime landlord-tenant dispute at ...

Bedford revises county budget

BEDFORD — The Bedford County commissioners on Tuesday approved a revision to the 2018 county budget to accurately reflect anticipated taxes for the year, bumping the amount expected up $200,000. The total revenue and expenditures for the county will increase from the originally listed ...

Making repairs

Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec Dan Kyle reaches for a socket while helping to replace the oil pump on Kyle Neff’s Jeep on Monday near 26th Street and Union Avenue. Lacking a garage, the duo used a tarp to stay dry while working on the vehicle.

AMED to build substation in Lakemont

AMED has purchased a lot in Lakemont, where it plans to build a $500,000 substation to replace the space it leases from Lakemont Volunteer Fire Company, after failing to reach an agreement with the fire company on a proposed addition that would have allowed AMED to remain. Acquired this ...