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Cambria coroner’s office achieves top standards

JOHNSTOWN — The Cambria County Coroner’s office became one of five in the state to achieve top standards of operation, Coroner Jeff Lees announced Monday. “Our office has gotten extremely busy over the last two years, and to be able to achieve this accomplishment … speaks volumes,” ...

Large-scale meth ring busted

Altoona police, state Attorney General narcotics investigators and the Blair County District Attorney's Office announced today the break-up of a large-scale methamphetamine trafficking operation that spans several counties. Trevor Winters, 26, of Altoona, and Dave Barr, 35, of Ardmore, each ...

APD officer facing charges of DUI

An Altoona Police Department officer faces charges of driving under the influence after his arrest Sunday for erratic driving. Erik Stirk, 40, who was off-duty, was stopped at 11:19 a.m. on the 700 block of Sixth Avenue, according to the department’s arrest docket and Police Chief Janice ...

Landscaper grows passion

By Russ O’Reilly roreilly@altoonamirror.com Penn State Altoona head grounds­keeper Mike Baronner spends his vacations in Central American countries where he applies his skills to improve the opportunities of children. Baronner, 56, of Hollidaysburg, has worked at Penn State Altoona for ...

Friends, colleagues remember pioneer

When he was confirmed, and was asked to name his Jewish hero, the grandson of Phil Sky, who died Friday, didn’t say Sandy Koufax or Albert Einstein or any of the other names emblazoned for posterity in the Jewish firmament. Instead, Sam Sky named his grandfather Phil, Rabbi Josh Wohl of the ...

Resident opposes rezoning proposal

As predicted by Keystone Custom Homes President Drew Swope recently, opposition has surfaced to his request to rezone one-third of a split-zoned parcel bisected by Penn Circle at Beckman Drive. The opposition surfaced at the most recent City Council meeting, when neighbor Cindy Osewalt of ...

Ebensburg gears up for Wheels & Wings

EBENSBURG — Ebensburg officials and community members are gearing up for the 13th annual Wheels & Wings event to be held Thursday. The car, truck and motorcycle show will once again be combined with a wing-off between local restaurants and vendors. The event, held in conjunction with ...

Bedford County couple have taken in 75 foster children over 26 years

OSTERBERG — One local man is likely to get many more Father’s Day wishes than most men. John Shaulis and his wife, Rosemarie, have welcomed 75 children into their home during the past 26 years as foster parents. “They’ve kept us young. There’s no time to sit and grow old,” ...

Power facilities planned for Blair

By creating two pairs of connected reservoirs, a Doylestown company plans to construct power generators in Blair County capable of creating nearly a million megawatt hours per year. However, the projects, which would require the clearing of hundreds of acres along the Allegheny Front, could ...

Colleagues: Sissler known for maintaining loyalty

When Tim Sissler was an up-and-coming prospect at Mid-State Bank, a mentor, John Beyer, retired, leaving his nameplate behind. Sissler kept it, then 30 years later, in 2015, when Beyer died, delivered it to Beyer’s son, also named John. Preserving the nameplate, then giving it up, ...

Locomotive quietly moves along

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Who needs the K-4? While the iconic No. 1361 steam locomotive remains inoperative 20 years after the Railroaders Memorial Museum launched an effort to get it running again, another organization has been operating a steam locomotive seven miles to the south for a little more ...

Reps. pull back after baseball practice shooting

On the phone with Jim Gregory of News Talk 1240 WRTA as a gun attack on his colleagues unfolded Wednesday in Virginia, Rep. Bill Shuster, R-9th District, said he’s worried about one contributing factor since the year he took office. “It’s terrible that it’s happened, but it’s not a ...

Sports have helped me keep my memory sharp

I always laugh when I hear about people forgetting their wedding anniversary. Hasn’t happened with me. Can’t happen, and will not happen with me — ever. Why? I have a terrific memory, and I just associate so many things in life with sports that it helps me remember things most people ...

Bedford meetings set for development plan

Bedford County officials have planned three public meetings this month to gauge residents’ attitudes as they prepare a multiyear development plan for much of west-central Pennsyl­vania. Six counties are working together on a long-term plan, gathering population and economic trends to ...

PA Hero Walk across state to stop in Bedford County

The PA Hero Walk, a 320-mile journey crossing Pennsylvania to raise funds for wounded and needy Pennsylvania veterans, will stop in Bedford County on Tuesday. The adult choir of St. John’s Evangelical & Reformed United Church of Christ, 144. W. John St., Bedford, will host a program for ...

City releases video of officer’s crash

The City of Altoona has released the dashcam video from the 2014 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor driven by Altoona police Patrolman Julie Kelleher during a response to a motorcycle accident on June 10 that injured two people, as well as the officer. Altoona Police Chief Janice Freehling said ...

Garage-side chat

Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec Friends Clair Mock (left) and Ray Yingling get together four or five days a week to talk, sing old gospel songs and watch traffic go by from Yingling’s garage near 12th Street and Second Avenue.

Tyrone man jailed after standoff

A Tyrone man is in custody after he allegedly pointed a handgun at his daughter and two state troopers. It started about 3 p.m. Thursday when state police were dispatched to the home of Don. E. Stewart, 68, at 221 Bald Eagle Sportsman Road, Snyder Township, after receiving a call from UPMC ...

Judge revokes bail for driver in fatal accident

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The driver who struck and killed a pregnant Juniata woman was taken to Blair County Prison on Friday after Judge Elizabeth Doyle revoked his unsecured bail. Tarence M. Mosey, 23, who violated bail conditions by consuming alcohol in April, showed no reaction in court Friday ...