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Large search party looking for missing Bedford woman

BEDFORD — A large-scale search is underway for a Bedford woman who has been missing since Monday morning. According to police, Cathy Raley, 68, was last seen about 8 a.m. Monday walking along the 300 block of Briar Valley Road, Bedford Township. Raley is 5-foot-4 and weighs approximately ...

Restaurant owner doesn’t really want to go it alone

Opening for sit-down service in violation of the state’s orders for counties in the yellow zone has given Bella Italia restaurant a virtual monopoly, but the owner wishes others would join him. “I’m the only one holding the flag,” Antonio Serra­della said in a phone interview ...

Coronavirus cases, deaths declining in Pennsylvania

The state Department of Health on Tuesday reported its smallest number of new coronavirus cases and its smallest number of new deaths since two months ago. The new case number on Tuesday was 451, the lowest since the department reported 560 new cases March 25. The new death number Tuesday ...

U.S. Small Business Administration offers loans to Huntingdon fire victims

WASHINGTON — Businesses and residents affected by a May 12 apartment complex fire in Huntingdon can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, Administrator Jovita Carranza said. SBA made the loans available in response to a letter from Gov. Tom Wolf, ...

Police: Delaware County man attacked homeowner and officers

A Delaware County man is in Blair County Prison after Altoona police say he struggled with a homeowner, and then police, after he was spotted trying to get into vehicles. According to police, Christopher W. Caywood, 29, of Glen Mills, ran off before police arrived after he got away from a ...

Glasgow man jailed after police chase

A Glasgow man is in jail after a police chase on Sunday. According to state police at Hollidaysburg, Ira Lloyd, 48, is accused of leading state police on a high-speed chase on his 1992 Harley-Davidson motorcycle after a trooper tried to pull him over about 2:30 p.m. Sunday on Seventh Avenue ...

RR crossing will be closed

The Norfolk Southern crossing on Johnson Hill Road in Huntingdon County will be closed June 1 to 8 for maintenance. The length of closure will be dependent on track time, equipment or weather issues. During the closure, traffic will be detoured using Route 45 and Huntingdon Furnace and Eden ...

Grier School endures ‘roller coaster’ amid virus

Grier School officials and students ended the academic year Friday, and plans are underway to give the 67 seniors a digital sendoff imbued with its 167-years of tradition and an invitation to return next Memorial Day weekend for an in-person salute. While specifics are being kept as a surprise ...

Five arrested in stolen guns case

Five people face charges in Blair County after an investigation into stolen guns. Michael Trosky, 44, and Paula Cross, 40, both of Gallitzin, along with Altoona residents Michael Burchfield, 45, and Summer L. Heil, 32, and Amanda Steele of Hollidaysburg were arrested Friday night on charges ...

COVID-19 forces school districts to revisit budgets

As school districts across the state work to set this year’s budget, the unexpected expense and drops in revenue due to COVID-19 shutdowns are forcing officials to take another look at the budgets they began preparing months ago. The Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials ...

Brothers meet at Rose Hill for ‘Taps Across America’ event

The promise went something like this: “If you come and play ‘Taps’ at Rose Hill Cemetery at 3 p.m. Monday, I’ll wear my uniform,” Ed Mackey told his brother, William “Bill” Mackey. It didn’t matter that Bill lives in Mount Vernon, Va., or that Ed currently lives in Indiana. ...

Help slated for care, assisted living homes during COVID-19 pandemic

A triangular partnership has developed to help the state’s 1,200 personal care and assisted living homes deal with the coronavirus pandemic, which has decimated populations in Pennsylvania’s long-term living facilities. The Department of Human Services, seven health care systems throughout ...

Judge rejects lawsuit dismissal request from Tyrone nursing home

A U.S. District judge in Johnstown has rejected a request from a Tyrone nursing home to dismiss a lawsuit in which one of its former employees contends she was terminated because of her religious belief that prevents her from working on Sundays. Linda Miller, 64, filed a civil rights lawsuit ...

F.N.B. Corp. donates to COVID-19 relief efforts

HARRISBURG — F.N.B. Corp., parent company of First National Bank, on Friday announced a $50,000 donation in support of COVID-19 relief efforts across central Pennsylvania. The donation is part of FNB’s previously announced $1 million financial commitment to support coronavirus relief ...

BG senior receives diploma from Trump

Doctors once told Jorden McClure that he would never be able to hold his head up. But the Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic graduate overcame that prognosis and has held it high as the Marauders’ team captain in high school football since he was 8 years old. Friday, he got the chance to do it ...

Rhodes credits success with focus on teamwork, trust

The Blair Senior Services Production Kitchen in Altoona pumps out 5,000 nutritionally-balanced meals a week to feed 600 senior citizens in Blair County. Orchestrating the feat is Chelsey Rhodes of Williamsburg, who stepped into the role of Home Delivered Meal Supervisor 2.5 years ago to ...

CBRC will offer limited options

The Central Blair County Recreation and Park Commission is planning a limited slate of summer activities because of the corona­virus, with the possibility of additions, depending on how things play out. “We have an opportunity, if this board is in agreement, to start getting some normalcy ...

Church hosts free barbecue

The Nehemiah Project will host a free drive-thru Memorial Day barbecue from ­11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., today, May 25, at The Wright Place for Kids, 1809 11th St. The meals will include grilled hamburgers and hot dogs along with three sides and dessert. The Nehemiah Project is planning to give ...

Facility will rely on $1.4M reserve to pay salaries, bills

The Blair County Convention Center won’t be accepting the $175,000 Paycheck Protection Program loan it recently secured through First National Bank. Richard Karcher, who chairs the authority that manages the convention center, said Friday that the better option is to forget the loan and ...