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Teen arrested for threatening school, friends

BELLEFONTE — An 18-year-old Centre County high school student has been jailed after talking in recent weeks about “shooting up the school” and getting away with it, state police at Rockview reported. Derek Landon Henry of Julian, a student at Bald Eagle Area High School, was arrested ...

Hee Haw’s country-style humor

CLAYSBURG — “Hee Haw” may be long gone from the list of current TV shows, but the Claysburg Rotary Club has wrapped up another year of generating laughter with country-style humor. “I come because it’s hilarious,” said Wanda Leonard of Duncansville, walking into the 17th annual ...

Changing with the times

Editor’s note: This is the fourth and final story in a series about the futureof education. As education evolves, changes to school day schedules could follow. Some school districts are moving the start time of high school students back because of research that says kids perform better ...

New DA working to restore trust

BEDFORD — Despite the hectic transition to the position of Bedford County district attorney, Lesley Childers-Potts said she is becoming more secure and confident in her new role as she continues to settle in. Childers-Potts was sworn in as district attorney by Judge Thomas Ling on April 4, ...

Altoona First Frontier Festival to debut this summer

Blair County will get its very own music festival this summer when the Altoona First Frontier Festival debuts a one-day, four-band lineup at the Railroaders Memorial Museum on July 28. Altoona First Savings Bank is the title sponsor of the event, which is presented by Altitude Entertainment ...

Firefighters hurt in brush fire

Two firefighters suffered fall injuries and two more firefighters were treated for dehydration and heat exhaustion while fighting a brush fire Saturday afternoon that burned an estimated 8 to 10 acres in Logan Township. About 50 to 60 volunteer firefighters responded to the fire, which ignited ...

Tourism director says Blair thriving

The tourism industry in Blair County continues to prosper. Blair County reached an all-time high of $335 million in travel spending according to the 2016 Annual Economic Impact Report released last week by the Manager of Tourism Research and Statistics with the state Department of Community ...

Gift to aid construction of Pollinators’ Garden

UNIVERSITY PARK — A commitment from local leaders will help The Arboretum at Penn State to move forward with its plans for a world-class pollinators’ garden. State College real estate developer Galen Dreibelbis, and his wife, Nancy, have committed $1 million to support construction of the ...

Customer service, may you rest in peace

The sayings, “Things are not like they used to be” or “It is not like the good old days,” are often attributed to senior citizens who just don’t understand today’s modern world. Well, I am a senior citizen, and I am here to testify that things are definitely not like they used to ...

Hopes for new map dashed

Two local legislators supported a move Wednesday to quash a proposed citizens’ commission that would draw electoral maps, and instead backed a constitutional change to hand the process over to their colleagues. The House State Government Committee vote approved a total change to a ...

Children meet officers, enjoy ice cream treats

HOLLIDAYSBURG — After climbing into a Greenfield Township police cruiser on Saturday afternoon, 3-year-old Kelan Carter of Altoona figured out how to activate the vehicle’s siren. Then he activated it again. Patrolman Jason Loose laughed in response as the young boy flashed a big ...

Mount Aloysius nursing students win Challenge

Five nursing students from the Mount Aloysius College School of Nursing took first place in the 11th annual Western Pennsyl­vania Student Nurse Asso­c­i­ation of Pennsylvania Student Nurse Challenge. The competition at Penn State Kensington on March 23 consisted of several rounds of ...

Road work

East Graceville bridge work to start HOLLIDAYSBURG — Construction for the East Graceville Road Bridge, spanning Tub Mill Run in East Providence Township, Bedford County, is scheduled to begin this week as part of PennDOT’s Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. Drivers will be detoured using ...

Mulch to do

Brothers Maximo (in truck) and Cam Barrera, workers with Adler’s Landscape Nursery Inc., unload a truck of mulch for a homeowner Friday afternoon along Union Avenue. Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec

Gallitzin roads draw criticism

GALLITZIN — Damaged roads has led to rocky relationships between some Gallitzin Borough residents and an Indiana County energy company. “You can’t even drive,” said resident Stephanie Link, who spoke at a meeting this week, describing the conditions of local roads. Her comments ...

Pearson pleads in child’s death

Maurice Pearson, a New Jersey native and former Altoona resident, entered guilty pleas Thursday to aggravated manslaughter in the death of young Ty’Mil Solomon and the simple assault of Ty’Mil’s mother that occurred in a Montville, N.J., motel room three years ago. Morris County Judge ...

Bedford wants former inmate’s lawsuit tossed

Bedford County has filed a petition to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a former inmate who contends that he was badly beaten in January 2016 by an alleged mentally unstable cellmate. The cellmate, it is alleged, was in the prison almost five months after a Bedford judge ordered his commitment to ...

City man takes plea deal

HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man will spend 12 to 25 years in prison for breaking into an Altoona house in early 2017 and terrorizing a 25-year-old woman. Timothy A. Rossman, 31, entered guilty pleas Thursday in Blair County Court to charges of burglary, unlawful restraint and robbery in ...

Man acquitted on charges

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Blair County jury recently acquitted an Altoona man on three drug-related charges at the end of a two-day trial. Michael Cortez Eades, who represented himself, was found not guilty of possession with intent to deliver, criminal use of a communication facility and ...

SAP&DC funding applications sought

From Mirror staff reports The Southern Alleghenies Planning & Development Commission, with support from the Pennsylvania De­partment of Conservation and Natural Resources, is launching its fourth round of grant funding to area communities. This funding, provided through the Southern ...