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A selfless serviceman

Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve. Lawyer. Community servant. Mentor. Father. Scott Brenneman, 45, of Hollidaysburg, has many facets but takes a laser-focused approach to each day’s challenges as he incorporates “selfless service” to his family, community and country. Brenneman was ...

Proposed legislation concerns Catholics

Two state House representatives, one from Hollidaysburg, the other from across the state, are hopeful that sexual abuse reform legislation they’ve proposed will pass today in the state Senate and eventually become law. But the measures have plenty of critics, chief among them the Roman ...

Former city mayor loses appeal

The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a decision by a federal judge in Johnstown denying former Altoona Mayor Charles Wayne Hippo Jr. coverage by an insurance company in his ongoing legal dispute with a local businessman. Hippo is a partner in the law offices of Hippo, Fleming and ...

Blair projects get tax-credit funding

The state Department of Community and Economic Development has granted a total of $917,000 in Neighborhood Assistance Program funding, based on tax credits, to benefit four Blair County projects. The funding will help restore deteriorating features at Fairview Cemetery, make improvements at ...

Two arrested in fatal overdose

Two people are in jail on felony charges after a fatal overdose in Altoona. Robert D. Patterson, 43, and Nicole L. Keller, 39, were both arraigned Monday morning on felony counts that include drug delivery resulting in death and delivery of heroin in the Sunday morning overdose death of ...

Programs loan professional attire for job interviews

First impressions matter — especially when searching for your next employment opportunity, according to local career counselors. “Clothes convey messages,” said Nicole McCloskey, administrative support assistant at Penn State Altoona, whose responsibilities include the Career Services ...

Food bank scraps venison donations

The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank will not accept venison donations this year because of concerns over chronic wasting disease. The donations came from Hunters Sharing the Harvest and amounted to 20,000 pounds of meat last year. The program “coordinates the processing and distribution of ...

Pa. reps push abuse bills

State Reps. Jim Gregory and Mark Rozzi say they share a bond no one would envy, but it’s a connection that’s brought them together for a fight that, if successful, they think could help others with similar histories. Both have said they were abused as children, in separate incidents, and ...

Teen runaway sought

The Blair Township Police Department is requesting assistance in locating a missing runaway juvenile, Destiny McCully. McCully is a 14 year-old white female, approximately 5’4” tall, 135 lbs., with brown hair, and green eyes. She was last seen in the area of Sixth Avenue and 17th Street in ...

Logan Township wants AWA representation

In 2011, when there was an opening on the Altoona Water Authority board, Logan Township supervisors asked City Council for permission to appoint a township representative, reiterating a request from a few years earlier. If that had happened, it would have meant that for the first time, a ...

Southern considers closing BWI gate

MARTINSBURG — The federal government’s decision to stop subsidizing Southern Airways Express flights at the Hagerstown, Md., airport could have a trickle-down effect upon flights at the Altoona-Blair County Airport. Because of the lack of Hagerstown’s subsidy and a rent increase for its ...

Impeachment splits voters

As the impeachment process against President Donald Trump moves into public hearings, a recent poll shows Pennsylvanian voters are as sharply divided as those across the country. A Morning Call/Muhlenberg College poll released last week shows 51 percent of Pennsylvanians in support of ...

Tests and more tests

In many ways life is a multiple-act play. You keep waiting to see what’s next, and sure enough, there is always a twist or something coming up that you didn’t count on. For me, my latest act is what I call the medical phase of life. It is where you focus on the obituary page first each ...

Discovery to air show on city native’s murder

ID Investigation Discovery network will air a documentary on the murder of Altoona native Amanda Schmitt Grazioli at 9 tonight as part of its “American Monster” series. In April, John P. Grazioli was sentenced by an Erie County judge to life in prison without parole for the first-degree ...

Friars ask court to halt probation

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The pair of Franciscan friars who rendered no contest pleas in May 2018 to charges in connection with a fellow friar and suspected child predator have asked Blair County Court for early termination of their five-year probationary sentences. Attorneys representing Robert ...

Brown-bagging it

Carol Young bags raked leaves in front of her Ivyside Drive home in Altoona on Friday afternoon. (Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski)

Suspicious packages shutter airport

MARTINSBURG — State police continue to investigate why three packages that forced the shutdown of the Altoona-Blair County Airport on Friday morning were left in the terminal. “There’s no explanation at this time,” state police spokesman Trooper Joe Dunsmore said late Friday morning ...

State eyes wage increase

HARRISBURG — Discussions on raising Pennsylvania’s minimum wage for the first time since 2009 are heating up, in part to get Gov. Tom Wolf to abandon an effort to extend overtime pay eligibility to tens of thousands of additional workers. Negotiators are up against a Thursday deadline, ...

DEP reviewing city water authority’s practices

It’s uncertain what — if any — penalty the Department of Environmental Protection might impose on the Altoona Water Authority for its recently discovered practice of drying lightly contaminated debris from Combined Sewer Overflow trash racks and other material in pits at the Westerly ...

Write-in candidate to join B-A board

BELLWOOD — A former board member and a newcomer have won four-year seats on the Bellwood-Antis School Board, updated unofficial results show. Jeffrey Plummer, who served on the board from 1999 to 2014, was the top vote getter in the Nov. 5 election, garnering 1,141 votes, according to ...