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Three Tyrone residents to face drug charges

TYRONE — Three Tyrone residents face charges after borough police officers were called Friday to assist Blair County Probation and Parole officers at 511 W. 19th St. While officers searched the residence, it was found that Paul Etters Jr., 57, had attempted to flush a marijuana plant upon ...

Roadwork

Sinking Valley project on display PennDOT will conduct an open house and plans display Tuesday to inform the public of the proposed Sinking Run culverts replacement project on Kettle Road in Tyrone Township. The open house will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Sinking Valley Grange Hall at ...

Juniata man pleads to strangulation

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Juniata man who entered a guilty plea on Friday morning to a felony charge of strangulation will serve 11.5 to 23 months in jail. Michael A. Stine Jr., 34, was scheduled for a jury trial starting Wednesday in Blair County Court. But the trial will be canceled in light of ...

Look who we met at dinner

Periodically on Sunday, my wife and I attend one of the numerous local dinners offered by the various volunteer fire companies in the area. While each fire company does things slightly differently, the dinners revolve mainly around turkey and ham or a combination of the two with an occasional ...

Zelanko sentenced in father’s death

BEDFORD — A Bedford County judge sentenced Christy Ann Zelanko on Friday to at least 18 years in prison for shooting her father as he slept in July 2015. Judge Travis Livengood issued the sentence two months after Zelanko, 50, of Broad Top Township, pleaded guilty to third-degree murder in ...

Man charged in home blaze

An Ebensburg man faces criminal charges, some of them felonies, for starting a fire that damaged a local home. Jeremy W. Hudack, 34, of 401 S. Center St., ignited a blaze at his home, according to Ebensburg Borough Police Chief Terry Wyland. In a criminal complaint filed Thursday, an ...

Coroner’s office seeking deceased man’s family

The Cambria County Coroner’s Office is asking the public’s help in finding the family of an Altoona man who passed away in a Johnstown hospital. Clayton Bretzin, 84, died Oct. 11 at Specialty Select Hospital in Johnstown, ultimately from injuries he received in an Aug. 2 accident in ...

Smith’s time on bench lauded

PITTSBURGH — D. Brooks Smith, a former Blair County judge now serving as chief judge of the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals, was honored Thursday for his nearly 30 years of service on the federal bench that has included landmark decisions involving class action and free speech. Supreme ...

Area

HOLLIDAYSBURG Phoenix fire dept. to host open house Phoenix Volunteer Fire Department officials are scheduled to host an open-house event at the fire hall Sunday, exactly 50 years since the building was first opened. Department President Dave Zeek said the event at the station near the ...

Changes afoot after 87 years

The owner of the sole remaining retail business from downtown’s heyday is walking away. Shirley’s Shoes, founded in 1930 by Sam Scheinberg, will close near the end of November, the founders’ grandson Sam Scheinberg said Friday. The store’s closure will end the exodus of classic ...

Police: Suspect admits to role in robberies

Two people arrested Wednesday night for allegedly robbing a Bellwood tobacco shop are believed to be connected to a string of recent holdups, according to charges filed by state police. Michael P. Rupert II, 28, and Carli A. Aungst, 26, both of 2310 14th Ave., remain in Blair County Prison on ...

Board suggests $4M for Blair County pension

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Blair County Retirement Board agreed Thursday to recommend the county allocate a minimum of $4 million toward its pension fund in 2018. While the county was advised by CBIZ — the county’s actuarial firm —that its 2018 contribution to the underfunded pension fund ...

Trump executes health care order

WASHINGTON — Frustrated over setbacks in Congress, President Donald Trump wielded his rule-making power Thursday to launch an end run that might get him closer to his goal of repealing and replacing “Obamacare.” Whether Trump’s executive order will be the play that breaks through ...

Logan may use funds for sewer

The Logan Township planning director on Thursday recommended that supervisors use most of this year’s Community Development Block Grant money for a sewer line extension in Eldorado. The extension would serve 11 homes on 35th and 36th streets, in an area where there are septic system ...

City seeks funding for downtown traffic study

City Council this week is asking PennDOT to fund a study on downtown traffic circulation, pedestrian access and parking. “It is imperative at this time to address current concerns related to parking and the continued increase in vehicular and pedestrian traffic” given new business starts ...

Cambria approves bond to consolidate SFU debt

EBENSBURG — Cambria County commissioners voted Thursday to approve a bond refinancing of up to $22.5 million for Saint Francis University, which is working to pay off construction and renovation projects. The commissioners’ approval at the morning meeting was necessary because of the ...

Hollidaysburg to use CDBG funds for housing repairs

HOLLIDAYSBURG — With the intention of targeting deteriorating homes, Hollidaysburg Borough Council members voted Thursday to allocate grant funds to low- to moderate-income homeowners who need to make repairs. At an evening meeting, Borough Manager James Gehret presented a housing ...

Police: Man beat his ex-girlfriend

A Johnstown man is behind bars on charges he beat his ex-girlfriend after breaking into her Altoona home. Edward L. Reviere, 32, of Johnstown was arraigned Thursday on charges that include felony burglary and aggravated assault stemming from the Oct. 1 break-in of his ex-girlfriend’s house ...

C-K on track to hire new superintendent

CLAYSBURG — The Claysburg-Kimmel School Board is on track to hire a new superintendent by the end of the month, board President Jeremy Knott said Wednesday. Knott said the board will likely schedule a special meeting later this month to hire a new district leader, with board members hopeful ...