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Veterans Day ceremonies planned

ALTOONA — The Blair County War Veterans Council will hold a ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the armistice ending World War I at 11 a.m. Monday with a parade and ceremonies in downtown Altoona. More than 10 units have signed up so far. After the parade, Command Sgt. Maj. Harry ...

Local businesses to honor veterans

In observance of Veterans Day, a number of area businesses are offering special discounts to veterans and members of the active duty military. A military ID or proof of service is required. - For the 11th year, Applebee’s restaurants nationwide on Sunday will offer all veterans and ...

Caught in the middle

Mike Kline cleans the leaves and other debris from the gutters of his Second Avenue home in the Highland Park area Thursday afternoon. (Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec)

Suspect pleads not guilty in killing

HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man could go to trial next year on first-degree murder and related criminal charges linked to the fatal shooting in July of 58-year-old David Alan Hoover of Altoona. John Patrick Stiver II, 34, who has been in Blair County Prison since his July 27 arrest, ...

City parking solution disputed

The Altoona Parking Authority doesn’t plan to change its rules for 12th Avenue, despite a recent letter that tweaks the authority — and Penn State Altoona — for “self-congratulatory” statements about having solved the perennial downtown parking problem. Those statements, alleged to ...

Veterans Day events

ALTOONA — The Blair County War Veterans Council will hold a ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the armistice ending World War I at 11 a.m. Monday with a parade and ceremonies in downtown Altoona. More than 10 units have signed up so far. After the parade, Command Sgt. Maj. Harry ...

Local diocese already has fund

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown is not part of a victim compensation fund being established by seven other Pennsylvania dioceses because it began its own Victim Assistance Program for survivors and victims of sexual abuse nearly two decades ago. Since 1999, assistance in ...

UPMC Altoona’s marks take a leap

UPMC Altoona used a prop Thursday reminiscent of those employed by magicians to dramatize the hospital’s receiving a top safety grade recently from medical ratings organization The Leapfrog Group. A large wooden, lidded box was in the hospital’s main lobby, like the one magicians use for ...

Acting AG raises local concern over Russia probe

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general has caused some concern among locals about the future of the investigation into Russian collusion in the 2016 presidential election. Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned Wed­nesday at President Donald ...

Businesses face challenges under new gov’t lineup

Businesses will face challenges under the new Congress. That was the message Thursday from Kevin Courtois, congressional and public affairs manager of the Great Lakes Region of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, who addressed the Blair County Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Club. Democrats taking ...

Judge backs pay raise for county law clerks

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Law clerks who work with county court judges have traditionally started at lower salaries than beginning attorneys in the district attorney’s and public defender’s offices But based on an argument President Judge Elizabeth Doyle offered Thursday to the county salary ...

Grand jury indicts Loretto inmates

A federal grand jury has indicted three inmates at the Federal Correctional In­stitution in Loretto for possession of prohibited items in separate cases, U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady said Wednesday. Mark Viboll, 30; David Smeltzer, 37; and Samuel Vargas, 32, were each indicted by a grand ...

Friday Playoff Football Scoreboard

DISTRICT 6-10 SUBREGIONAL CLASS 6A CHAMPIONSHIP at Saint Francis University State College 55, McDowell 20 (FINAL) CLASS 5A CHAMPIONSHIP at FRANKLIN H.S. Hollidaysburg 33, Oil City 22 (FINAL) DISTRICT 6-9 PLAYOFFS CLASS 4A CHAMPIONSHIP at DUBOIS AREA H.S. Clearfield 49, Bellefonte 21 ...

‘Served our country well’

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Blair County Sheriff’s Office remembered its first canine officer Wednesday afternoon during a memorial service with bagpipe music, a three-volley salute and the presentation of an American flag to her handler, Sgt. R.J. Peo. “We owe a ceremony like this to her,” ...

Bedford sees large demand for ballots

Although paper ballots are largely obsolete, they were in demand throughout Bedford County, where an unexpected surge in voters burned through the printed supply Tuesday afternoon during the midterm election. Polling places in Bedford County ran out of paper ballots Tuesday, and county ...

Poor weather closes Penn State parking areas

UNIVERSITY PARK — Fans who park in the grass parking lots should find another option for Saturday’s game between Penn State and Wisconsin. Penn State announced this week that historic wet conditions on the University Park campus have resulted in significant damage to drive aisles and grass ...

Cambria judge asked to clarify man’s sentence

Pennsylvania’s Superior Court has asked a Cambria County judge to clarify a prison sentence he imposed on a Salix man charged with stealing tools from a Lowe’s store in Richland Township. Adam Tyler Horner, 29, faced two sets of charges from his activities in the store on Jan. 5, ...

Agriculture

BELLEFONTE Borough given compost facility grant The Borough of Bellefonte has received a grant of $388,000 from the Pennsylvania Department of Environ­mental Protection to make needed upgrades to its compost facility site. The grant application was based on work done by Penn State ...

Area deer test positive for disease

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture on Wednesday announced that 36 captive deer from a quarantined breeding farm and hunting preserve in Fulton County have tested positive for chronic wasting disease. Two additional deer from a quarantined Bedford County hunting ...

Eighth-grade students stage walkout

Despite initial information that walkouts were planned Election Day in the Altoona Area and Hollidaysburg Area school districts over issues including gun violence, no one walked out at either district, school officials said. However, about a dozen 13-year-olds at Penn Cambria Middle School ...