Local News

Corps rejects resort proposal at Raystown Lake

A proposal to build a resort and marina along the northeastern edge of Raystown Lake took a blow Friday when the Army Corps of Engineers rejected developers’ plans. In a news release, corps officials said the proposal by Austin, Texas-based Lancer Resources LP to build along the lake does ...

First trial by judge held for reassessment property value dispute

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Property value disputes generated by Blair County’s reassessment project moved to a new level on Friday with the first trial by judge. Since last year when the project generated thousands of contested property values, many have been resolved through the appeal process and ...

Rail-trail extension opens

NANTY GLO — Occasional rain drops and a dark sky couldn’t dampen the mood Friday morning at a new trailhead in Nanty Glo, where local leaders repeatedly expressed excitement about an extension to the Ghost Town Trail. “This is a great day for Cambria County and our region,” Cambria ...

Acclaimed alum gives $30M gift to Penn State

UNIVERSITY PARK — Donald P. Bellisario, a 1961 Penn State graduate and the creator of programs that changed the landscape of American television, has made one of the largest gifts in the history of the university. The acclaimed writer, producer, and director of shows such as “Magnum ...

Heroin suspect now faces cocaine charges

A city man jailed earlier this month after a search of his home allegedly turned up heroin faces more charges that he sold cocaine to a police informant. Richard D. Gilbert III, 24, of 403 Walnut Ave., Apt. B, was arrested Friday by Altoona police and booked on felony charges of cocaine ...

Hearing for friars delayed until June

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Blair County Court hearing has been delayed until June for three Franciscan friars accused of failing to properly supervise Brother Stephen Baker, a suspected sexual predator whose assignments put him in a position to molest children. Judge Jolene G. Kopriva signed an ...

Adams running for school board

Kelly Irwin Adams is announcing her candidacy for the Altoona Area School District. Adams, 39, graduated as salutatorian of Altoona Area High School in 1995. She went on to graduate from Penn State in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary and kindergarten education. Her work history ...

Police arrest chase suspect

A high-speed chase on I-99 ended with spike strips and the arrest of a Blair County woman wanted on drug charges. Stephanie Duffield, 56, of Duncansville was taken into custody Wednesday night after leading state police on a chase down I-99, according to Trooper Jeff Petucci of Troop G in ...

Pa. House expands addiction measures

HARRISBURG — As the opioid and heroin crisis continues across the commonwealth, House Health Committee members on Wednesday unanimously passed a package of opioid measures they hope will expand constituents’ treatment options. “I think we need to have as many options as possible to ...

Judge: Meth maker can finish sentence in county prison

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Roaring Spring-area man who has been in Blair County Prison for two years on charges linked to making methamphetamine at his residence has a chance to finish his incarceration at the county prison. Judge Jolene G. Kopriva on Thursday imposed a state sentence of 2 1/2 to ...

Amtran ridership goes down in recent months

Amtran ridership has shrunk during sporadic recent months, compared to the same months in recent fiscal years, and General Manager Eric Wolf doesn’t know why. Fixed-route ridership has run along nearly the same track from month-to-month during those recent years, but dipped noticeably in ...

Police: Cresson woman threatened man with knife

A Cresson woman is accused of holding a knife to a man’s throat Wednesday afternoon, when he came home to find the woman and her mother inside his apartment. Lacinda L. Brooks, 48, of 801 Front St., Apt. A, faces multiple felony and misdemeanor charges for the alleged incident at the same ...

Amtran to perform overhauls on 3 buses

Amtran on Wednesday tentatively awarded a $605,000 contract to CoachCrafters of Lake County, Fla., to perform mid-life overhauls on three buses. PennDOT is funding the overhauls as part of a program designed to extend the life of buses, according to Amtran General Manager Eric ...

Cambria Twp. property dispute reaches end

EBENSBURG — A lengthy legal back-and-forth between Cambria Township officials and the out-of-town owner of a dilapidated apartment building has come to an end, township supervisors announced at a Wednesday meeting. That end came last week in the form of a court order from Cambria County ...

Drug suspects to face trial

When two people are caught in a hospital room with heroin, is one supplying the other with the drug or are they both selling it together? That question dominated the preliminary hearing on Wednesday for a Cresson man who UPMC Altoona police allege had heroin, a syringe and close to $800 in ...

State police, American Legion to host teen camp

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania State Police and Pennsylvania Amer­ican Legion are seeking applicants for “State Police Youth Week,” a summer leadership camp designed for teenagers interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement or the military. “The goal of State Police Youth Week ...

Business to move into new location

FRANKSTOWN — Fine Line Cabinets will move into its new building at 753 Locke Mountain Road on May 1. Fine Line has been in operation in Blair County for more than 30 years. After experiencing a devastating fire April 25, 2016, that destroyed its original facility, the business continued to ...

Vigil recognizes recent deaths of youths

Even as wind gusts blew a few lights out, the crowd gathered Wednesday outside Altoona Area High School shared their flames and relit each other’s candles as they prepared to sing “Amazing Grace.” The crowd, between 200 and 300 strong, gathered two days after 17-year-old Altoona ...

Friars seeking dismissal of charges

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Attorneys for three Franciscan friars are asking Blair County Court for dismissal of criminal charges filed last year, accusing them of allowing a suspected sexual predator — Brother Stephen Baker — to hold or retain jobs that put him in a position to molest ...