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ACT names new executive director

The Altoona Community Theatre Board of Directors confirmed Tuesday the hiring of Cindy Stanbro of Spencer, Iowa, as its new executive director. Stanbro is expected to start in a few weeks, according to Eric Wolf, ACT’s board president. Her theater management experience includes the Vital ...

Shooting investigated

Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec State police in Hollidaysburg were investigating a reported shooting in the agency’s parking lot at 1510 N. Juniata St. on Tuesday night. The report of a gunshot victim went out at 8:09 p.m. Police said that the incident was not criminal and that they were ...

Altoona native ‘stolen’ on ‘The Voice’

Altoona native Jimmy Mowery is now a part of John Legend’s team after competing in the battle rounds on “The Voice” Monday night, moving one step closer to fulfilling his late father’s dream of becoming a professional singer. Adam Levine paired Mowery with fellow contestant Kalvin ...

Blair making progress reconciling bank records

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County is almost ready to present reconciled bank records to its auditors for the annual auditing work that has been on hold since February. Treasurer Jim Carothers told commissioners Tues­day that his office has made progress with reconciling the county’s 2018 ...

Curbside chat

Madeline Shea (left) stops to chat with her friend, Paula Heaps, who was working outside of her Hart Street, Hollidaysburg, home late Monday afternoon. The recent mild weather has enabled area homeowners to get outside to do some general spring cleanup. (Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec)

Deer hunting opening day moving to Saturday from Monday

HARRISBURG — Deer hunting season in Pennsylvania will be starting on a Saturday rather than a Monday beginning next season. The Pennsylvania Game Commission voted 5-3 Tuesday to move opening day of deer rifle season to the first Saturday after thanksgiving. Rifle season for hunting deer in ...

AASD, Tyrone tackle dropout rate

In the back of the classrooms, empty chairs sit through lessons that students should be hearing, but the students aren’t there. “You can’t teach an empty chair,” Altoona Area Superintendent Charles Prijatelj said. There were 72 dropouts in Altoona Area School District in the ...

Woman takes plea in puppy, child cases

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The first of three people involved in an Altoona child welfare endangerment case, where police said a man stepped on a puppy’s head, has rendered guilty pleas in exchange for a minimum prison sentence of six months. Stacy Friday, 28, pleaded guilty Monday in Blair County ...

Three charged after child found wandering

Three people face charges in Roaring Spring after police say a 3-year-old boy was found wandering alone over the weekend. It was just after 6 p.m. Saturday when Roaring Spring police received a call from a man who said he had encountered a 3-year-old boy wandering alone near the cemetery on ...

Unknown driver hits, injures pedestrian

Altoona police are looking for the driver who hit a pedestrian Saturday night and kept driving. It happened at 8:40 p.m. at East Walton Avenue and South Kettle Street, and left the pedestrian, who was drunk, with multiple leg fractures according to Altoona police. Police said a red sedan ...

Humane Society to take on Tyrone cat problem

TYRONE — Borough Council on Monday transferred its authorization for trapping, neutering and releasing feral cats from the informally organized Tyrone Cat Advocates to the Central Pennsylvania Humane Society, because the advocates had grown too “emotional” about their role, according to ...

Playing games

Margaret McCoy (left) and Birdie Nardella were spotted playing a game of rummy cube at the Presbyterian Home, Hollidaysburg, on Monday. The two said they often set aside part of their afternoons to play. (Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec)

Police: Woman assaulted mom

A Juniata woman faces charges after police say she assaulted her mother during an argument Sunday. Stephanie J. Kearns, 31, of 1530 N. Fifth Ave., is accused of biting her mother several times and flailing her arms at the woman during an argument. The argument turned physical when Kearns’ ...

Osceola Mills man pleads to charges

CLEARFIELD — An Osceola Mills man pleaded guilty for his involvement with drugs during a special sentencing court in Clearfield County on Monday. The vehicle in which Brandon Charles Lefort, 22, was traveling was stopped by state police in Osceola Mills on Aug. 15 after a trooper noticed a ...

City man gets state prison term

CLEARFIELD — An Altoona man was sentenced to state prison Monday in Clearfield County Court. Robert E. Kearney, 44, an inmate of the Blair County Prison, pleaded guilty to felony access device fraud, misdemeanor access device fraud and misdemeanor theft by unlawful taking before President ...

Homeless man hiding in hotel faces charges

A homeless man faces charges after police say he was found hiding inside the former Belmar Hotel. Joshua W. Roland, 28, was arrested Sunday about 7:30 a.m. after he was spotted walking into an open door at the former Belmar Hotel, 1501 Fourth Ave., and Altoona police were called. According ...

Court: Inmate can’t sue officers

A former inmate at the Pennsylvania State Cor­rectional Institution Houtz­dale cannot sue several correctional officers who, it was contended, failed to protect him from attack by another inmate because he never filed a timely grievance against the officers. The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals ...

City man faces assault charges

An Altoona man faces charges after police say he bit his girlfriend during a domestic dispute at an Allegheny Township hotel. Eugene I. Ehredt, 27, of 478 Clover Lane, was taken into custody by Allegheny Township police early Sunday at the Altoona Grand Hotel after officers were dispatched at ...

Inmate: I have mental injuries

A Philadelphia man who has been in the Blair County Prison since his arrest for heroin sales in August 2017, stated in a federal petition that he wants help for his mental health problems and he is not getting it. Keith Charles Christian, 45, filed a federal petition on Monday against the ...

Altoona native returns to trick ride in circus

Altoona native Ashley Pletcher, 26, grew up attending the Jaffa Shrine Circus each year and starting today, she’ll be a star performer as a trick rider for The Alanian Riders when the show “Billy Martin Presents” comes to Altoona. “It’s my first time doing a circus in my hometown,” ...