Local News

Voters set to choose in new district races

From Mirror staff reports Local residents will be watch­ing the outcome of rac­es for two open seats as election results come in tonight. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. today for registered voters to cast their ballots. Voters in Tyrone’s 6th Ward are being directed to a ...

Police: robbery suspect in custody

A suspect in a Logan Township robbery is in custody. Cody L. Cunningham, 24, of Duncansville, was ar­rested Sunday by Logan Town­ship police for his alleged role in the Thurs­day robbery of a man on the 300 block of Penny Lane. According to police, Cunningham and William M. Franz Jr., ...

Central Cambria OKs teacher contract

EBENSBURG — Central Cambria School Board members ratified a five-year contract with teachers Monday night. In September, school board members and the Central Cambria Education Association agreed to a tentative contract that expires June 30, 2023. Superintendent Jason Moore said the ...

Child sex abuse survivor speaks out to help others

BEDFORD — A self-identified survivor of alleged child sexual abuse shared his story Monday to a packed room, describing his outspokenness as a way to help others. Tommy Williams, 15, told the crowd at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort that the sexual assault, which reportedly spanned two ...

Clarification

David Kessling, who attended a recent commissioners budget meeting where he asked several questions, was representing himself at that meeting. Kessling works as a deputy in the sheriff’s department, but his questions were not presented on behalf of the department. A story on Page A1 of ...

Woman killed in crash on I-99

BEDFORD — A Delaware County woman is dead after a crash on I-99. Lael M. Marshall, 39, of Clif­ton Heights was pronounced dead at the scene Sun­day morning after she lost control of the 2010 Lexus ES350 she was driving and crashed on I-99 in Bedford County, state police at Bedford ...

Kelley: Reserve should be focus

In a couple of work sessions this year, City Council discussed how to spend its overlarge re­serve, accumulated be­cause of the city’s five-year stay in the state’s Act 47 distressed municipalities program, coupled with the county’s property tax reassessment and continued annual ...

County expects no tax increase

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Next week, Blair County leaders expect to introduce a $55.2 million budget proposal allowing real estate taxes to remain at current levels. In the last budget workshop meeting convened Monday at the courthouse, commissioners reviewed numbers showing expenses projected at ...

Area

Walmart bomb sweep comes up empty A bomb threat at Walmart remains under investigation. Allegheny Township Police Chief Leo Berg said Mon­day that a search of the Plank Road Commons Walmart on Sunday night turned up no explosive devices but had kept the store closed until 3 a.m. The ...

Architect hired for Kress building

Students in creative fields can afford to let their imaginations rule their designs. Professionals in creative fields must discipline their imaginations so their designs will function affordably. The pairing of student imagination with professional discipline will govern the design of ...

Wallen strives to ‘make a difference,’ improve lives

Bill Wallen knew early on that he wanted to make life better for others. An innovator who focuses on improving lives, Wallen has championed the causes of many in Blair County and has played an active role in groundbreaking programs during the 1970s that continue to thrive today. His more ...

Police respond to bomb threat

From Mirror staff reports Police and firefighters responded to a report of a bomb threat at Walmart, 2600 Plank Road, Alle­gheny Township, about 7:30 p.m. Sunday. An employee reported that someone called Wal­mart and said there was a bomb inside the store. A woman who had been shopping ...

Blair budget, salaries criticized

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County’s 2019 draft budget does not have a tax increase, but that’s not keeping the spending plan from generating questions, debate and criticism. “There’s a perception of two standards here,” Deputy Sheriff David Kessling told commissioners during the last ...

Election features contested races

The clock is ticking as the days until Tuesday’s general election dwindle to single digits. This year, there are a number of contested races at both local and state levels. “It’s healthy to have competition. It’s healthy to have choices, whether it’s in free enterprise or in ...

Hundreds show up to clean East End Ball Field

A week after a few vandals wreaked havoc on the East End Ball Field, more than 200 people from Altoona and around Blair County worked Saturday to clean up and get the field ready for next year. “It’s about giving back to the neighborhood,” said Michael Barnes, 50, who lives five blocks ...

Boating survey to be issued

Boaters, marina users and other Raystown guests will receive boating surveys in the coming weeks as part of a boating density study to revise the lake’s master plan. The U.S. Army Corps and CDM-Smith are distributing the surveys to get boaters’ perceptions of crowdedness and safety and to ...

Cow Economics, updated for 2018

There has been some discussion about the role that socialism might play, if any, in American political and economic life. Bernie Sanders is a staunch advocate for making Medicare-for-all the national health system. That means that all doctors’ bills would be paid, in some form and ...

Startup Alleghenies helps area veterans in business

Many veterans are among the entrepreneurs benefiting from Startup Alleghenies. An initiative of the South­ern Alleghenies Planning & Development Commission, Startup Alleghenies is a free program that connects existing and potential entrepreneurs with the nonprofit’s experienced coaches ...

Veterans Day events sought by Mirror

Organizations planning free public observances for Veterans Day are encouraged to submit event details to news@altoonamirror.com or by mail to Altoona Mirror News, 301 Cayuga Ave., Altoona, PA 166002 by Tuesday for a listing to be published later that week. Please include a description of ...