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Police: Windber woman sold meth

BEDFORD — A Windber woman faces criminal charges for allegedly selling methamphetamine in two controlled drug deals. Billi Jo Ciucci, 40, of 818 Verla Drive, is being charged with two felony counts of drug possession, two felony counts of criminal use of communication facility, a felony ...

Agriculture

Tyrone Students place in AgriScience event Five Tyrone Area High School agricultural students captured first-place honors in the Pennsylvania State FFA AgriScience Competition at the Pennsylvania Farm Show. Garin Hoy captured first places for grades 9-10 in the food products and processing ...

Area

Ebensburg Plant sale catalog available The Cambria County Conservation District’s 47th annual Tree and Plant sale catalog is now available. Since 1972, the conservation district has been offering seedlings and nursery stock to help customers create small orchards, wildlife habitat, small ...

All washed up

Altoona firefighter Justin Smithmyer cleans fire hoses that were used when Station 4 responded to a fire Tuesday morning. Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec

Protest over deer culling canceled

A hunters’ protest of the Pennsylvania Game Commission has been canceled because the commission promised to halt its targeted shooting of deer for a year. Matt Johnson of Roaring Spring had scheduled a protest at the steps of the Blair County Courthouse and expected about 200 people to ...

Former Altoona sergeant defends overtime

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A former Altoona Police Department sergeant accused of theft, deceptive business practices, tampering with public records and other charges said Tuesday that his actions were based on common job-related practices and directives from other city employees. Matthew S. Starr, ...

Millinder pleads in fatal crash

CLEARFIELD — A Madera man pleaded guilty to homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence during sentencing in Clearfield County Court on Tuesday. In July 2017, the vehicle Gregory Allen Millinder Jr., 33, was driving on state Route 53 in Woodward Township crossed the center line and ...

Memorial idea approved

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Two local Eagle Scout candidates can begin planning a memorial for the front of the Blair County Court­house to honor fallen firefighters and emergency medical personnel. Commissioners agreed Tuesday at their weekly meeting that Timothy Green and Ian Smilnak can move ...

Joyce named ranking member of subcommittee

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman John Joyce, R-13th District, has been named Ranking Member of the House Small Business Subcommittee on Rural Develop­ment, Agriculture, Trade and Entrepreneurship. The subcommittee will address polices that enhance rural economic growth, increase America’s ...

Dairying for tomorrow

MARTINSBURG — A local farm recently received a significant award for its high quality of animal care. Dry Creek Farm of Martinsburg recently received an American Dairy Association North East’s Dairying for Tomorrow Award. The award recognizes local dairy farmers and showcases on-farm ...

Chestnut Ridge STEM to represent area

With an invention to close trails during a flood emergency, Chestnut Ridge High School students will ad­vance to the Penn­syl­va­nia Governor’s STEM Chal­lenge competition in Harris­burg. On Monday, Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8 in Altoona hosted a competition between Chestnut Ridge ...

Rainfall takes toll on soil

The record rainfall of 2018 combined with ever-heavier harvest and manure application equipment made for excessive compaction on many farms across the state. In addition, the wet weather meant that fewer acres than normal were planted with a cover crop last fall. Unfortunately, correcting ...

FFA spotlight

Hunter Metzker Age: 18 School: Central High School Family: Parents, Wes and Sherry Metzker; brother, Keller Metzker FFA Chapter: Central Cove Years involved with FFA: 4 Amount of time spent on FFA: Two periods of agriculture per day, plus time spent at jobs and caring for ...

Area

Planners OK environmental review Blair County Planning Commission members Thursday gave their approval to an environmental review for improvements to Greenwood Park in Logan Township. The project involves the removal of architectural barriers by installing walkways, ramps and handicap ...

Agriculture briefs

Hershey Teen named Fair Queen Huntingdon County Fair Queen Mikara Anderson of Three Springs was crowned the 2019 Pennsylvania Fair Queen at the annual joint convention of the Pennsylvania State Association of County Fairs and Pennsylvania State Showmen’s Association. Anderson, 18, is ...

AASD approves two major purchases

Two major purchases were approved by the Altoona Area School Board on Monday involving the high school building construction project, but where the money was coming from was not the building project budget. It appeared to be a round-about way of funneling money from the cost of the high ...

Deer culling to be delayed

After meeting with the state Game Commission on Monday on behalf of his constituents, state Rep. Jim Gregory, R-Blair, announced Monday that the commission has agreed to delay its plan for culling deer in a large portion of Blair and Bedford counties. “Speaking for my constituents, hunters, ...

Jury trial for former Altoona sergeant begins

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A former Altoona Police Department sergeant is on trial this week in Blair County Court, challenging criminal charges accusing him of creating false time records to receive about $9,000 in pay. Matthew S. Starr, 41, Altoona, is also accused of claiming donations intended for ...

Pa. court upholds man’s sentence for bar outburst

The Pennsylvania Sup­erior Court has upheld a state prison sentence for a man who created a ruckus in a Huntingdon bar because, the defense stated, he was having a bad day due to a falling out with his girlfriend. Huntingdon County Judge George N. Zanic last year imposed a 20- to 84-months ...