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Honoring athletes

Student athletes Alli Campbell (left) of Bellwood-Antis High School and Jess Stevens (center) of Altoona Area High School talk with Stevens’ mother, Lori Stevens, after the 13th annual Altoona Mirror Athlete of the Year banquet at The Casino at Lakemont Park on Monday. See story on Page B1. / ...

Judge: Altoona man must return to prison

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Blair County judge has directed an Altoona businessman to report to Blair County Prison on Friday to finish a jail term on drug offenses. Brian Stroh served 15.5 months of his minimum sentence of 30 months be­fore Judge Timothy Sulli­van, on Nov. 9, 2016, signed an order ...

County inmate charged in prison sexual assault

A Blair County Prison inmate faces charges that he sexually assaulted another prisoner. According to charges filed by Hollidaysburg Borough police, 24-year-old Marcell A. Ellis allegedly groped another prisoner over his prison pants before reaching inside the back of the man’s pants and ...

Ebensburg man faces charges in strangulation

EBENSBURG — An Ebensburg man faces felony charges after allegedly as­saulting and then choking a woman Thursday even­ing. Timothy W. Mock II, 31, of 616 Rowena Drive, is accused of assaulting the woman at his home. According to a criminal complaint filed by Ebens­burg Borough police, ...

AMED to move headquarters

AMED on Monday committed to constructing a second story on the station it plans to build in Lake­mont, which means the Lake­mont station will become the organization’s new headquarters when it’s finished around the end of the year. Building a second story to accommodate the ...

Narrow escape

The concrete porch pad weighed a ton and a half, and after Nate Diehl finished with the jackhammer, it split down the middle, opening like a trap door. Diehl and the jackhammer plunged toward the ground 8 feet below, while the side edges gave way, flipping the half-slabs like playing ...

ISC: Next step costly

It will cost the municipalities of the Intergovernmental Stormwater Committee $6.2 million over five years to comply with state stormwater requirements for the urbanized areas in Blair County, according to estimates recently compiled by the ISC’s Technical Subcommittee. The money would go ...

AASD’s Poole looking forward to reinventing himself

Altoona Area High School Spanish teacher David Poole or Senor Poole, as his students call him, is retiring at the end of the year, capping 42 years’ teaching in the district. “It was definitely a difficult decision to retire,” Poole said. “I wasn’t ready last year even though the ...

Volunteers clean up Rose Hill Cemetery

For a graveyard — especially one whose maintenance effort seemed to be dying as recently as a year ago — Rose Hill Cemetery was full of life on Saturday. Not only was it a designated “cleanup day” for Rose Hill, as declared by the cemetery’s new leadership, it was also the day for ...

Hot belt sets off smoke detectors

Prime Sirloin Buffet restaurant at the Meadows intersection was evacuated for a little more than an hour Sunday morning when a fan belt on the HVAC unit overheated and set off smoke detectors, according to owner Don Delozier. The alarms went off a little before 10 a.m., and the restaurant ...

One injured in crash

Kianna G. Martinelli, 22, Hollidaysburg, was injured on the morning of May 13 in a rollover crash on Old Route 22 in Juniata Township, according to state police at Hollidaysburg. Martinelli was heading downhill in the rain when her tires lost traction and her vehicle rolled onto its roof, ...

Armed Forces Day recognition

When Bill and Sandy Miller of East Freedom were getting ready to go to the Armed Forces Day ceremony at Van Zandt VA Medical Center on Saturday, Sandy said, “We should wear our Desert Storm hats.” “Get out!,” Bill said — not because he disagreed, but because he’d had the same ...

Schools prepare for active shooters

Friday marked another school shooting tragedy. The shooter’s profile was what Rick Capozzi is used to hearing: male, 17 years old. As more details come out about the case, he will use it to add to his training. Capozzi of Hollidaysburg is founder and president of the Capozzi Group & ...

Festival allows attendees to get acquainted with spirit of art

At the Blair County Arts Festival on Saturday, David Wirick and his husband Yoseph Widirahmaya sat at a table in the Steven A. Adler Athletic Complex, monitoring the student art exhibits. The most frequently asked question of the volunteer couple was “Where’s the restroom?” Wirick ...

McGinnis: GOP missed its big chance in 2014

Lou Schmitt, the presumptive next representative for the state House 79th District, may be starting his duties earlier than he realizes, according to incumbent John McGinnis. McGinnis’ time in office will end Nov. 30, and the next day, his successor takes office. Schmitt won the Republican ...

Claysburg cookie maker receives Notopoulos award

Shirley’s Cookie Co. of Claysburg won the 2017 Alexander A. Notopoulos Award on Friday at the Altoona-Blair County Development Corp.’s annual meeting. The award, a tribute to the late attorney who served for many years as solicitor for Altoona Enterprises, ABCD’s predecessor, is given ...

Sky to be named honorary PSU alum

Rosalind E. “Roz” Sky, of Altoona, will receive the Penn State Alumni Association’s Honorary Alumni Award at University Park on June 1 for her lifelong commitment as volunteer and philanthropist. Among the organizations she has supported include Big Brothers Big Sisters of Blair County, ...

Money and mulch: One and the same

Over the past several centuries, man has used many different forms of bartering for goods. At one time we traded goods directly, such as three small chickens equaled one large rabbit and 10 large rabbits equaled one small pig. Things got more complicated as trading advanced and someone ...

Altoona, Logan Twp. to host public meeting

Officials from Altoona and Logan Township will hold a public meeting at 2 p.m. Thursday at the site of a recently finished tree planting and riparian buffer project along Spring Run near the Juniata Ballfield at Broadway and North Sixth Avenue. The joint municipal project was partly funded ...

Area briefs

Meeting to focus on SB 1006 John Kasun, a founding member and past president of the Blair County Tea Party, will address the group about a state Senate bill that could have wide-ranging implications for homeowners. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Bavarian Hall, 112 S. 13th ...