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SCSD enhancing school safety

ROARING SPRING — Two grants awarded to the Spring Cove School District will enhance school safety by allowing the district to pay for additional security equipment and a school police officer. The $25,000 Safe Schools Equipment Grant will help pay for four defender visitor identification ...

Bail modified in fatal drug delivery case

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Tyrone man facing drug delivery resulting in death and related charges has been placed on house arrest with permission to go to work and to keep medical-related appointments. Elizabeth Doyle, president judge, approved new bail conditions Tuesday for Kyler Evan Johnson, 25, ...

Tyrone to hold digester meeting

TYRONE — Borough Council will hold a special public meeting starting an hour before its regular meeting on Nov. 13 so residents and business owners can digest the pros and cons of a proposed sewer improvement project — a digester now estimated to cost about $13 million. Council began ...

District seeking lawsuit dismissal

An attorney representing the Altoona Area School District has been granted one more chance to convince a federal judge to dismiss an anti-bullying lawsuit filed by the father of a junior high school student who took his own life nearly 17 months ago. Marc Lansberry, the father of Wyatt ...

Airport hangar plan moves forward

MARTINSBURG — Plans for constructing rental aircraft hangars at the Altoona-Blair County Airport are moving forward. With Blair County pledging to be the authority’s guarantor on loan arrangements, the authority voted Monday night to direct Delta Airport Consultants to advertise for ...

AASD OKs change orders

The Altoona Area School Board voted 5-4 Monday night to approve 12 more change orders to its high school construction project totaling $115,000. The new change orders cover issues including soil conditions and grade beams. Board member Sharon Bream reminded Superintendent Charles Prijatelj ...

Area

BEDFORD Habitat for Humanity schedules open house, ribbon-cutting ceremony The Bedford County Habitat for Humanity and the Chamber of Commerce are hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house Thursday at 120 W. Pitt St. The dedication will be held at 12:30 p.m., followed by an open ...

Senate urged to pass statute modifications

With time in the legislative session running out, state Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, urged the Senate on Monday to pass the two-year retroactive window for childhood sexual abuse victims to file civil action against their abusers. Rozzi was joined for a news conference Monday at the Bucks County ...

Cresson police asks borough for help with staffing issues

CRESSON — With a shortage of manpower meaning Cresson Borough is sometimes without a local police presence, the local chief appeared before council members hoping for a fix. “The budget meeting is coming up,” Police Chief Brad Klock said at Monday’s Borough Council meeting. “I’d ...

City proposes changes to CDBG projects

The city’s administration has proposed adjustments to this year’s slate of Community Development Block Grant projects to provide a simpler way to be flexible with two law enforcement programs. The current CDBG slate includes $210,000 for the neighborhood bike police and $66,000 for one of ...

Video game team to form at Juniata

If all goes according to plan, video games soon will be much more than button mashing at Juniata College, where administrators have an­nounced the formation of a competitive team. “It’s one of our largest student involvements outside of the classroom,” said Matthew Damschroder, dean of ...

Retiring parole/probation officer hailed as mentor to all

HOLLIDAYSBURG — After working 25 years as a Blair County parole and probation officer, William “Bill” Decker has retired with the kind of accolades that should make him feel like he made a difference. “He’s the reason I’m here today,” said colleague Jennifer Walters, now a ...

Pumpkin Fest seeks volunteers

HOLLIDAYSBURG — People with a passion for pumpkins soon will have a chance to gander at gourds, as Hollidaysburg Borough officials prepare for its annual Pumpkin Fest. And though the event is in its 13th year, organizers are hoping for luck, wishing for sunny skies in a year that has been ...

Inmate harassment trial set

A U.S. District Judge has rejected a request by three Federal Correctional Insti­tu­tion at Loretto officers to dismiss a civil complaint that charges they harassed an inmate in the practice of his Islamic faith, denying him freedom to pray and eventually having him fired from his prison ...

Impressive work

Joey Hite (left) and Zachary Smithmyer of Boy Scout Troop 2221 in Ashville work the cider press on Sunday at the Apple Cider Festival at Prince Gallitzin State Park. The event was sponsored by Friends of Prince Gallitzin State Park. Mirror photo by Walt Frank

Magisterial district judge

Filed before California Avenue Magisterial District Judge Steven D. Jackson: Davon M. Schwarze, 2510 Washington Ave., Altoona, charged by Courtesy Motor Sales Inc., 3100 Pleasant Valley Blvd., Altoona, with writing a bad check Nov. 1, 2017. Charge was withdrawn May 31. Tamari D. Robinson ...

Learning divide

EBENSBURG — A yellow shovel stood up straight, lodged into the ground at an Ebensburg area wetland Thursday, as a group of four students took turns reaching into a nearby hole. From the hole, they would pull clumps of mud, which were then studied against a color chart. The students, led by ...

GAEDC sees need to boost coffers

The Greater Altoona Economic Development Corp.’s success in helping fund the rebirth of downtown is hindering its ability to continue. Over the years, and especially within the last 12 months, GAEDC has committed more than $1.2 million in “facade loans,” along with $72,000 in ...

Blair sheriff warns of telephone scam

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County Sheriff James Ott is warning county residents about a telephone scam from an imposter who claims to have an arrest warrant for missed jury duty. A male caller, identifying himself as “Officer Davenport,” has been calling local residents with instructions on ...