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Vacation souvenirs

A green bouncy ball is carried toward Byan Melgar, 13, left, and Ryan Melgar, 7, both of Manteo, North Carolina Tuesday afternoon at Tilt Studio. The vacationing brothers each left with a prize from the machine. (Photo for the Mirror by Isaac Ritchey)

Household hazardous waste collected

The Intermunicipal Rela­tions Committee will hold a household hazardous waste collection at Peoples Natural Gas Field today from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The IRC will charge $15 per car trunkload of materials and 50 cents per pound for paint.

Moody’s upgrades Logan’s rating

Moody’s Investors Services has upgraded Logan Township’s credit rating — its “General Obligation Unlimited Tax level — from Aa3 to Aa2, according to a news release from the service. The upgrade will help lower the cost of borrowing for Logan, according to Township Manager Tim ...

Police: Former patient made threats

A former patient at UPMC Altoona faces charges after he allegedly pushed his way into a secured nurses station and threatened to kill staff. Stewart Mbae, 22, no known address, was arrested Wednesday after he was discharged from UPMC Altoona Behavioral Health unit where on Tuesday, he ...

Red Cross facing blood shortage

The American Red Cross faces a blood shortage and has issued an emergency call for eligible individuals of all blood types to donate at the 31st annual Jaffa Shrine Blair Media Blood Blitz from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. The Jaffa Shrine is at 2200 Broad Ave. There is less than a three-day ...

Morrisdale man convicted on charges

CLEARFIELD — It took a Clearfield County jury only 25 minutes to find a Morrisdale man guilty of possessing a large quantity of methamphetamine. Brandon J. Kifer, 38, was found guilty of felony manufacture/delivery/possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and misdemeanor ...

Investments shore up pension fund

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Strong investment returns are helping shore up Blair County’s underfunded pension plan, county retirement board members said Thursday. But that’s not a reason, they agreed, to scale back efforts aimed at strengthening the plan. “We’re still continuing to pay out more ...

Lockett to face charges in court

CLEARFIELD — A Clearfield County man accused of threatening to blow up the county’s Children and Youth Services office waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday during centralized court. State police say James Casey Lockett, 35, Olanta, was at a residence in Houtzdale Borough ...

County names acting chief in parole office

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Amanda Moore, deputy chief of the Blair County adult parole and probation office, will serve as acting chief while the position remains vacant. The county salary board agreed Thursday to a 5 percent increase in Moore’s salary, currently $50,901 annually, while she is acting ...

Students honored at SkillsUSA Championships

Five area students were honored at the 2019 SkillsUSA Championships, held in Louisville, Ky., on June 26-27. A team consisting of Eliza Albright, Devyn Amigh and Marissa Hoover from the Greater Altoona Career and Technical Center was awarded the High School Gold medal and Skill Point ...

On this date

50 YEARS AGO: July 12, 1969 Claudia Schram and Lynne Shellenberger, members of the Carmelettes, a group of teenage girls who volunteered at Garvey Manor Nursing Home in Hollidaysburg, were given special Carmelette uniforms as tokens of 50 hours of volunteer work. 25 YEARS AGO: July 12, ...

Motto to go on city vehicles

In a split vote, against the advice of the interim city manager and despite objections from two residents, City Council on Wed­nesday approved local veterinarian Matt Stachmus’ request to affix “In God We Trust” decals to city vehicles. Stachmus proposed the decals several months ago, ...

Philly Fed CEO tours city

The CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia met with community and business leaders and toured downtown Altoona on Wednesday to gather information to help the Federal Reserve revise rules governing banks’ responsibilities to lend and invest in communities where they operate — ...

Altoona man allegedly pushes wife from moving car

An Altoona man faces felony charges after Logan Township police said he pushed his wife from a car and dragged her through an intersection Kevin S. Prough, 54, of 232 Parshall Lane, Apt. 6, was taken into custody at UPMC Altoona on Wednesday morning after he drove his wife to the emergency ...

Mount Union man sentenced for killing puppy

From Mirror staff reports A Mount Union man who was convicted of killing a beagle puppy will spend eight to 30 months in prison. James Tippett, 25, was sentenced last week by Huntingdon County Judge George Zanic after he was convicted of third-degree felony cruelty to animals causing ...

Corrections officer smuggled drugs

Updated to correct number of counts in subhead. - CLEARFIELD — A former employee of the state prison at Houtzdale pleaded guilty to smuggling drugs to inmates in Clearfield Court Tuesday. Rick Allen Davis Jr., 37, pleaded to felony counts of possession of controlled substance/contraband to ...

Clearfield break-in results in prison time

CLEARFIELD — An Altoona man will be spending time in state prison for breaking into a Clearfield County residence. According to Sandy Town­ship police, Ronald Argro, 40, broke the glass door of a home on Reynolds Avenue on Jan. 26, frightening the resident, who called for help. On ...

Coalport woman guilty of gun charge

CLEARFIELD — A Coal­port woman accused of possessing a stolen gun pleaded guilty Tuesday during colloquy court in Clearfield County. Kristen Erin Corson, 36, was sentenced by Presi­dent Judge Fredric J. Ammerman to six months to one year in jail and one year’s consecutive probation ...

Schools place in tech contest

From Mirror staff reports Three area schools recently placed at the Technology Student Association Na­tional Conference in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., for high school and middle school students. Pennsylvania had 11 national champions, including Northern Cambria Middle School students. The ...

Fort Roberdeau offers astronomy show

The Mountain Lion Observatory at Fort Roberdeau will mark its first year of operation with one small step for astronomy programming and one giant challenge for sky watch nights from 7 p.m. to midnight Friday. The one-year celebration will include the movie “Apollo 13” shown on an outdoor ...