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Trainers provide motivation

Helping people get in shape is also a healthy occupation as the demand for personal trainers is getting stronger. “A lot of people are intimidated by going to a gym. You have no idea what you are doing and see people doing different things. With a personal trainer, you have someone who pays ...

Buyer may redeem church

A derelict church building that the city has been seeking to demolish may have found salvation. The former Christ Reformed Church at 12th Avenue and 15th Street, which the city Planning Commission declared blighted in November, is under a pending sale agreement with a buyer who plans to ...

Analyst: Man’s DNA found on girl’s underwear

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A state police DNA analyst testified Wednesday in Blair County Court that she linked bodily fluids on a girl’s underpants to the Altoona man being tried this week on sexual assault charges. Forensic scientist Veronica Miller told the jury that she examined fluids found on ...

Agriculture

HARRISBURG Ag accepting grant concept proposals The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is accepting concept proposals for projects that increase the visibility and competitiveness of the state’s fruit and vegetable, nursery, horticultural and nut products. The proposals, part of a ...

Woman accused of stealing

An Everett woman faces a theft by unlawful taking charge for reportedly stealing thousands of dollars from a Bedford County business. Angela Paulette Conner, 48, of 1758 W. Graceville Road, is accused of taking $32,783 from SAC Inc., according to a police complaint. The victim who reported ...

Police: Couple plotted to assault underage girl

A couple in Altoona face charges over allegations a 25-year-old man repeatedly tried to get a 17-year-old girl to have sex with him. Corey A. Hartman, 25, was arraigned Wednesday morning along with his fiancee, Tiffany P. Yohn, on charges of criminal conspiracy and multiple counts of unlawful ...

County may enlist inmates’ assistance

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County may turn to the state Department of Corrections to help renovate the larger courtroom in the older portion of the courthouse. But to complete a long list of refinishing and repair tasks, the county may have to turn to its fund balance for $102,000. “We have ...

Amtrak elevator up and running

News from Altoona recently gave a Gallitzin native, who lives in Philadelphia, a holiday season lift: The Amtrak elevator connecting the 10th Avenue pedestrian bridge with the passenger loading platform has been fixed. The elevator had been inoperable since July when it failed a pressure ...

Central Cambria mulls athletic updates

EBENSBURG — Central Cambria School Board members agreed Monday to meet with a district resident and other stakeholders in January to move forward with a vision. At Monday’s school board meeting, Ebensburg Borough resident Randy Seymour said it’s not difficult to recognize that the ...

Tyrone police allegedly spy tub of pot through window

A Tyrone man faces charges after police allegedly saw a tub of marijuana though a window of his apartment. John D. Campbell, 56, was arrested Sunday night at his home at 718 Washington Ave., after a Tyrone police officer, who had stopped by to speak with Campbell at the request of a police ...

Festive La Fiesta

La Fiesta owner Brenda Casillas and Jesus Herrera decorate for the holidays outside the restaurant along Plank Road on Tuesday afternoon. Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec

Bedford OKs fire station funds

The Bedford Borough council approved financing for a proposed new fire station for the county’s volunteer fire department Monday that would address structural concerns and the lack of space for fire station equipment and other municipal departments. A six-bay fire station will replace the ...

City man on trial for alleged assault of minors

HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man is on trial this week in Blair County Court where two young women have accused him of sexually assaulting them when they were between 14 and 17 years old. Richard W. Beach, 42, has been challenging the allegations since his July 16, 2017, arrest after an ...

Dual business boosts downtown

A pair of veteran entre­preneurs has started a dual business downtown that they hope can catch a quality they believe has begun again to radiate in Altoona’s old business district. “Altoona hasn’t been called cool for a long time,” said LaVonne Falbo, the owner, along with Deb Love, ...

Distinguished dairy

WATERSIDE — Ryan Carbaugh is living his dream. “Ever since I was little, all I wanted to do was farm and drive a school bus,” said Carbaugh, 27, who runs Waterside Farm with his father, Gregg, the owner of Carbaugh Bus Co. Waterside Farm was one of 10 Pennsylvania farms recently ...

Proper storage protects crops

Hopefully many in the region are nearing the finish line for harvest and are ready to look toward 2019. Before thinking too far ahead, it’s time to ensure that this year’s crop is properly stored. Storage problems often occur in grain bins due to inadequate cooling, resulting in ...

FFA Spotlight

Alexi McMonagle Age and school: 17, Williamsburg High School Family: Parents, Dan and Tracy McMonagle; siblings: Austin, Aden and Andrew FFA Chapter: Williamsburg Years involved with FFA: 4 Amount of time spent on FFA: I work with my project animals every day. FFA projects: Market ...

Area briefs

Schmitt keeping office at Gable’s Rep.-elect Lou Schmitt, R-Altoona, is keeping the same office location in downtown Altoona as was previously operated by former Rep. John McGinnis. The 79th District Office is located at 1331 12th Ave., Suite 104, in the former Gable’s building. The ...

Local police honored

From Mirror staff reports Local police departments were honored Monday by AAA East Central for their efforts to increase highway safety for area drivers. Platinum awards were presented to the Pennsyl­vania State Police Troop G, Hollidaysburg Borough and Duncansville police. Another five ...

City man pleads to sex charges

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A 40-year-old Altoona man rendered guilty pleas to sexual assault charges in Blair County Court on Monday and thanked his victim for her forgiveness. Shane A. Amendolea, who was scheduled for trial, minced no words when Senior Judge Jolene G. Kopriva asked why he was ...