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Sinking Valley hosts farm show, Tractor Trot

SINKING VALLEY — Seven aged tractors, including one pulling a hay wagon, lumbered along Sinking Valley roads on Saturday’s cloudy but rainless morning. Along the route, a few onlookers waved to the tractor drivers who joined in this year’s Sinking Valley Tractor Trot, a parade that ...

Florence scuttles ocean venue, but not wedding

LORETTO — Their wedding was to have been held Saturday in Myrtle Beach, S.C. But the likelihood of Hurricane Florence deluging that coastal town forced Lizzy Rezk of Carrolltown and Jordan Zungali of Patton to consider postponing the wedding or finding another location. “Who needs the ...

Pa. lawmakers pushing for more open primaries

A group of state lawmakers is moving to open Pennsylvania’s primary elections to unaffiliated voters, adding hundreds of thousands of potential voters to Democratic and Republican races each spring. Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, R-Jefferson, introduced a bill Thursday to expand ...

12th Street pedestrian bridge to be closed for rehabilitation

The 12th Street pedestrian bridge that connects the area near the Post Office with the area near the Railroaders Memorial Museum will be closed starting Monday through December for rehabilitation, according to a city news release. The work will include rehabilitation of the steel stair ...

Roadwork

Overnight paving on I-99 in Centre County continues STATE COLLEGE — PennDOT has announced that paving work will continue in the southbound passing lane and the southbound off and on ramps at the Waddle Road interchange and the southbound off ramp at the Valley Vista interchange from 8 p.m. ...

Hollidaysburg passes new ‘disorderly house’ measure

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Owners of homes that repeatedly require visits from police now may face stiffer penalties after a new ordinance was approved by Borough Council. The “disorderly house” ordinance received unanimous approval at a meeting Thursday. The ordinance was discussed at length at ...

Floods take toll on environment

Sewage, debris and dirt are all environmental issues that arise when floods force rivers over their banks. So far this year, Altoona’s rainfall totals more than 43.68 inches, exceeding the average for the entire year — 42.43 inches, according to National Weather Service ...

Cambria man dies in crash

From Mirror staff reports HOLLIDAYSBURG — A 71-year-old Cambria County man died Friday night when he crashed his motorcycle on Interstate 99, south of Altoona’s 17th Street exit. Barry Ray Smith of Vintondale was pronounced dead at the crash site, according to a statement released ...

Flooding swamps plumbers, home improvement stores

While floodwaters might have slowed down some businesses, hardware stores and plumbing companies are keeping busy. The recent flooding and heavy rains have caused a couple of hardware stores to restock on supplies, while plumbers have had a lot of “residual business.” David Mallow of ...

Homeless man faces charges

From Mirror staff reports A homeless man in Altoona faces charges after police said he was found sleeping in a Juniata ballpark. James E. Birtcher Jr., 38, was found sleeping in the Ju­niata Civic Asso­ciation’s ballpark in Juniata, located at 705 Broadway, about 2 p.m. Wednes­day, ...

Sentencing delayed in drug death case

From Mirror staff reports BEDFORD — The sched­uled sentencing on Fri­day of a man who allegedly sold drugs re­sulting in death of a preg­nant woman and her child has been continued to Oct. 26. Shykwon Knight, 21, of Somerset is accused of col­laborating with Charles Roberson to ...

Music in the air

Aerial flyers perform at the Altoona Symphony Orchestra’s Cirque de la Symphonie at the Jaffa Shrine Center on Saturday to help kick off the orchestra’s 90th anniversary celebration. Photo for the Mirror by Chuck Meyers

Friday fishing

Chip Chapaloney of Utahville fishes at the Prince Gallitzin State Park marina on Friday afternoon. Although the day was cloudy, it turned out to be pretty dry, giving local residents the chance to get outside. Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski

Judge unswayed by repeat offender

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Troy Steven Stehley was arrested in 2013 for aggravated assault and placed in the Blair County Prison in lieu of bail, but eventually that bail was lowered by a Blair County judge after Stehley said he wanted to care for his mother and address personal medical issues. Judge ...

County hiring deputy warden

The Blair County Salary Board this week began taking a look at the long term staffing needs at the county prison, and in the process, created a position for a third deputy warden to oversee the facility’s daily operations. Judge Daniel J. Milliron, the chairman of the prison board, ...

Local volunteers head out to help storm victims

Local people have left their homes to go into the path of the hurricane laying siege to the Carolinas. Retired from the U.S. Air Force, Jim Singer of Huntingdon is a local American Red Cross volunteer deploying today to Wilmington, N.C., where he will join thousands of other volunteers. His ...

Bridge dedication to honor fallen area state trooper

EBENSBURG — A Johnstown-area state trooper who died while fighting illegal drugs as an undercover officer will be honored next week. State Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, will host a dedication ceremony for the Trooper Gary Fisher Memorial Bridge at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at St. John Vianney ...

City man accused of beating man unconscious

An Altoona man is in jail after police say he beat a man unconscious outside a city club. Altoona police allege Corey L. Lopez, 27, of 1417 First St., ran up behind a man outside Club Coconuts on the 2300 block of Union Avenue about 2:15 a.m. Friday and punched him in the head, knocking him ...

Hollidaysburg eyes housing rehab

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Hollidaysburg residents who meet income guidelines may soon be awarded funding for housing rehabilitation after a Thursday vote by Borough Council members. At an evening meeting, council members in attendance decided unanimously to use 2018 Community Development Block Grant ...

Restaurant worker faces indecent assault charge

A Popeyes chicken restaurant worker faces charges after police allege he sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl that he was supposed to be training at the Altoona location. Anthony R. Ford, 25, of Lancaster was arrested by Altoona police Friday and taken before Magisterial District Judge ...