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Business leaders fund young entrepreneurs’ big ideas

Area business leaders selected a Hollidaysburg artist to compete in an upcoming national entrepreneurial competition and funded, at least partially, all 13 student-pitched businesses — distributing more than $10,500 at the third annual Young Entrepreneurs Academy! sponsored by the Blair ...

Sweet success

The Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School student section celebrates the boys basketball team’s win over Our Lady of Sacred Heart on Tuesday at Kiski Area High School, as BG held on to win, 62-61. BG will play for the state championship on Friday in Hershey. See story on Page B1. Mirror ...

Displaced owners won’t fight AMED takeover

The two men whose lots AMED plans to acquire by eminent domain for construction of a substation and headquarters in Lake­mont have accepted that there’s nothing they can do to prevent the taking. “We can’t stop it,” said Tom Bennett, whose property on Shand Avenue is occupied by a ...

O’Rourke stumps at State

STATE COLLEGE — A large group of mostly young faces crowded around a stage Tuesday where Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke spoke at Penn State University’s main campus, calling for unity of the nation as part of his campaign platform. “It’s always been the way in which I ...

B-A bocce players head off to states

BELLWOOD ­­–– Tyler Long has cheered on other Bellwood-Antis High School teams and played in the school’s marching band, but never got the chance to play on a school team. But that’s changed for Long and other special needs students with the school’s new Special Olympics Unified ...

City man denies breaking law in incident with teen

HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man is asking a Blair County jury to conclude that he broke no laws when interacting in Febru­ary 2018 with a young man he believed was 21 years old but was actually 16. Adam J. Woomer, 37, testified for more than an hour Tuesday about meeting the young man ...

PennDOT set to hold session in Everett

From Mirror staff reports HOLLIDAYSBURG — PennDOT District 9 will hold a transportation outreach meeting for Bedford County at 9 a.m. today at the Snake Spring Township Building, 373 Pennknoll Road, Everett. This year’s program will include an overview of PennDOT’s highway and bridge ...

Police: Wife stabbed husband with scissors

A Logan Township wo­man is in jail after police say she stabbed her husband with a pair of scissors after she woke up and found methamphetamine missing from her purse. Candice M. Julian, 40, of 609 Avalon Road is accused of stabbing her husband in the arm with the scissors about 8 a.m. after ...

Pair accused of stealing items from PennDOT shed

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Two men face charges after state police say they were caught stealing from a PennDOT storage shed in Allegheny Township. Thomas Bryga, 47, of Mount Pleasant, Westmore­land County, and David White, 47, of Connellsville, Fayette County, were al­legedly caught stealing from ...

Cambria EMA honored

The Cambria County Emergency Management Agency has been recognized by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency for outstanding achievement in the “30Days/30Ways: Learn How to Prepare for Emer­gencies Program.” Acc­ording to PEMA, the goal of National Prepared­ness Month in ...

Magisterial district judge

Filed before Martinsburg Magisterial District Judge Andrew L. Blattenberger: Andrew J. Beasom, 35, 300 Hite Lane, Duncansville, charged by Freedom Township police with possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and one summary traffic violation at Main Event, ...

Let’s hear it for the girls

The Bellwood-Antis Lady Blue Devils celebrate their victory over Mahanoy Area High School on Monday. The PIAA semifinal game was held at Williamsport Area High School. Bellwood-Antis heads to the state final game to be held at noon Thursday in Hershey. See story on Page B1. (Mirror photo by ...

Blair falls in county health rankings

When the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin first published their county health rankings in 2010, Blair County was 63rd among Pennsylvania’s 67 counties for “health outcomes” — the broadest category, comprising length and quality of life. Since then, Blair ...

Barto victims blast system

EBENSBURG — It was described as bittersweet day by some victims. Dr. Johnnie Barto was sentenced to 79 to 158 years in prison, essentially a life sentence, for sexually abusing 31 children, but the former pediatrician could have been in jail 20 years ago, which would have saved many ...

Voters asked for input on machine choices

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County is moving closer to purchasing paper-verified voting machines with a decision slated to be made on April 2 concerning what type to buy. The county Board of Elections, at the suggestion of board Chairman Terry Tomassetti, agreed Monday to post online videos of ...

West Virginia man jailed after knife incident

An incident with a knife over the weekend at a Park Hills Plaza restaurant has landed a West Virginia man in jail. Logan Township police responded to Denny’s in the Park Hills Plaza about 1 a.m. Sunday after a call about a man with a knife who was yelling in the restaurant. Police took ...

City man contests charges

HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man is contesting criminal charges filed last year after police found him in a Greenwood motel room with an intoxicated, naked 16-year-old male in his bed. The teenager, who testified Monday in Blair County Court, had no recollection of what happened inside the ...

Pa. court vacates judge’s ruling to terminate rights

A parental termination case in which a Bedford County judge ruled against the child’s natural father has been vacated by the Pennsylvania Superior Court because the wishes of his son concerning future contact with him were not clear. The Superior Court, in an opinion released late last ...

Traffic stop leads to drug charges

A traffic stop in Allegheny Township has landed two men in hot water after police allegedly find heroin and methamphetamine. Jeremy R. Ross, 31, of Duncansville was pulled over about 2 a.m. Saturday at Plank Road and Hollidaysburg Plaza after an Allegheny Township police officer ran his ...

Police: GPS led teen driver wrong way

Police say a crash Friday night at 17th Street and Valley View Boulevard was caused by a Hollidaysburg teen who listened to his GPS and turned into oncoming traffic. According to Logan Township police, the 16-year-old Hollidaysburg driver turned left onto Valley View Boulevard and into ...