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50 YEARS AGO: July 5, 1969 Byron S. “Jack” Daugherty of Altoona, the first employee hired by the Butterick plant when it opened here in 1947, was honored at a retirement dinner at the Holiday Inn. Firm president Harry Howard Jr. of New York City sent congradulations. 25 YEARS AGO: July ...

Food safety hinges on proper handling

Summertime — and especially holidays like today — often mean families and friends gathered around picnic tables heavily laden with delicious summer foods, but experts remind hosts of a hidden danger — bacteria multiplying in foods — an uninvited guest that will make unpleasant, painful ...

Dairy veto irks Ward, Gregory

From Mirror staff reports A pair of area legislators are criticizing Gov. Tom Wolf for vetoing a bill that would have exempted milk haulers from travel bans under disaster emergencies. That means dairies will have to dump milk and lose revenue when roads are closed, according to Sen. Judy ...

Light up the night: Region set for fireworks

Ever since that first July 4th celebration, which was actually July 4, 1777, in Philadelphia, Ameri­cans have celebrated their independence with the bang, boom and bluster of fireworks. It’s fitting that the tradition started in Pennsylvania, because according to travel experts, the ...

Blair judge stands behind decision to grant bail

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County Judge Daniel J. Milliron said he may have been in error granting bail to an inmate being housed in a state correctional institution, but the judge also thinks he was right in doing so. Shawn E. Gibson, 48, was convicted in 2011 of drug offenses and sentenced in ...

Police to enforce fireworks law

From Mirror staff reports Area police want to remind everyone to stay safe when setting off fireworks and to abide by their municipality’s ordinances. “We want everyone to really be careful and use good judgment,” Logan Township Police Chief Dave Reese said. With the change in ...

Woman admits giving pot to inmate

CLEARFIELD –– A Darby woman was sentenced Mon­day in Clearfield County Court for passing marijuana to a state prison inmate. Madir Destiny Coney, 24, pleaded guilty to a felony count of possession of a controlled substance-contraband/inmate before Judge Paul E. Cherry, who sentenced her ...

Tyrone mom accused of abuse

TYRONE — A Tyrone woman faces charges over the alleged abuse of her 18-month-old son. Alexis E. Wolf, 20, of 10 E. 15th St., turned herself in to Tyrone police on Wednes­day for arraignment at Tyrone District Court to face felony and misdemeanor charges stemming from injuries to the child ...

Suspect identified

A suspect believed to have printed illegal photos of minors at the Altoona Area Public Library has been identfied, the Altoona Police Department said on its Face­book page. Altoona Area School Dis­trict Police will be handling the charges. The suspect’s name will not be released until ...

Dodging the raindrops

A conversation between Leslie Parker (right) of Burlington, Vt., and her mother, Phyllis Burket of Ore Hill, was cut short due to an unexpected rainstorm on Wednesday evening at Spring Dam Park in Roaring Spring. Photo for the Mirror by Isaac Ritchey

Doctors stressing heat safety

Outside temperatures are getting warmer — even blistering. The balmy, sunny summer weather brings with it a rise in the number of people who go outdoors. There are a lot of activities to participate in — picnics, amusement parks, swimming, gardening, sports and more. While these pastimes ...

Police: City man stole from skill game

An Altoona man accused of stealing money from a Pennsyl­vania skill game is now behind bars. Joshua W. Roland, 28, was ar­rested by state police on an Altoona police warrant Tuesday and taken before Magisterial District Judge Ben Jones for arraignment on theft-related charg­es stemming ...

A community tradition: Parade salutes agriculture

The smell of tractor fuel and sidewalks crowded with lawn chairs means one thing –– it is time for the Morrisons Cove Agricultural Parade. The parade has been dubbed the “largest small-town parade in America.” According to the Morrisons Cove Parade Committee’s Facebook page, the ...

AMED breaks ground on new headquarters

As late as 1967, towing companies and funeral homes provided ambulance service in the Altoona area, and there were fistfights in the street between tow operators competing for patients. That changed by 1969 — 50 years ago — with the founding of AMED, the Altoona Mobile Emergency ...

Judge orders presentence investigation in porn case

A Blair County judge ordered a presentence investigation before sentencing a Logan Township man who entered guilty pleas Tuesday to 10 counts of possession of child pornography. The defendant, Sean Robert Staley, 24, of Homers Gap Road will also be evaluated to determine if he is a sexually ...

City man held in assault with milk

From Mirror staff reports A city man is behind bars after he allegedly choked his girlfriend and hit her in the face with a gallon of milk. Braden D. Galant, 26, is ac­cused of choking his girlfriend after they got into an argument while moving into their apartment at 1117 21st Ave., rear, ...

Rain slows sweet corn crop

Once again, sweet corn lovers may have to wait until the popular summer treat is ready. The sweet corn business is important. It makes up a significant part of Pennsylvania’s $6.8 billion in cash receipts for fresh produce. According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, the value ...

Early fungicides may not pay off

With nearly all the planting and the majority of second cutting alfalfa completed, many are turning their attention to crop protection practices. With rainfall again above long-term averages, questions arise regarding early season fungicide applications on corn. This seems like an attractive ...

Cambria County Dairy sets twilight tour

The Penn State Extension Dairy Team will be hosting a twilight tour for dairy producers and their families. This twilight tour will be held at Keystone Dairy, 631 Gates Hill Road in Summerhill, from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. The event is free and open to the public. Displays, presented by Penn ...

FFA Spotlight

Jack Hileman Age and school: 17, Williamsburg High School Family: Parents, Adam and Amy Hileman; siblings, Drew and Ayla FFA chapter: Williamsburg Years involved with FFA: 4 FFA projects: Working on family dairy farm and raising market swine and dairy beef Favorite FFA memory: ...