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Blair students find ag more than animals

MARTINSBURG — Blair County seventh-grade students are spending part of their day down on the farm. About 1,400 students — some visited Tuesday and more will visit today — are visiting the Kulp Family Dairy during Altoona-Blair County Develop­ment Corp.’s fourth annual Agriculture ...

Couple plead to drug charges

CLEARFIELD — Two people accused of growing marijuana plants at their Clearfield County home pleaded guilty to felony drug charges Tuesday. The charges were filed after a report that Jollene Marie Boyer-Rabenstein, 39, and Austin Michael Mullan, 26, were growing marijuana at their rented home ...

Ag head to speak

From Mirror staff reports HARRISBURG — Rep. Jim Gregory, R-Hol­lidaysburg, will host Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding at a farmers breakfast May 16. The free breakfast, held at The Bistro at The Village Green, is open to area farmers and those with ...

Inmate indicted

JOHNSTOWN — An in­mate at the Federal Cor­rectional Institution at Loretto has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Johnstown on a charge of possession of a prohibited object in prison, U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady said. The indictment named Bryan Wade Smith, 29. According to the ...

Sheetz debuts own beer

From Mirror staff reports Sheetz, in partnership with Rusty Rail Brewing Co., is preparing to unveil its first craft beer, Project Coffee Hopz, a limited-edition coffee bean IPA. Available for a select time in 55 Sheetz stores across Pennsylvania, the beer will first be available to the ...

Briefcase

Urban Air set to open The Urban Air Adventure Park in the Park Hills Plaza will open to the public at 11 a.m. Saturday. Urban Air Adventure Park offers year-round indoor amusements featuring climbing walls, a ropes course, trampolines, tubes-indoor playground, warrior course and ...

Steady as he goes

Brittany Kruse and her 7-month-old son, Kayden, enjoy the Spring weather outside their home along Second Avenue in Altoona on Tuesday. Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec

Home intruders kill man

WYOMISSING (AP) — Authorities said a man was shot to death in the bedroom of his eastern Pennsylvania home by two intruders as his two young sons were in another room. Wyomissing police said the 37-year-old victim called 911 early Tuesday and reported that he had been shot. Police chief ...

Feeling blue

Oliver Walters, 3, of Mapleton Depot, watches the Curve game with his grandfather, Jeff Knepper, on Monday at Peoples Natural Gas Field. The Curve lost to Bowie, 10-5. See story Page B1. (Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec)

AASB bickers over deficit

There’s no tax increase, but a large projected deficit in the Altoona Area School District’s proposed 2019-20 budget led to a lot of finger-pointing among school board members and rehashing of the past before it was approved Monday night. The district administration recommended the board ...

AMED approves building contracts

AMED on Monday awarded contracts to the low bidders for its proposed new headquarters and substation in Lakemont, after a month’s delay because those bids were $200,000 to $300,000 higher than predicted. When it received the bids, which totaled $3.4 million, members worried the organization ...

Blair could see the end of vehicle emissions tests

HARRISBURG — The Senate Transportation Committee will hold a public hearing Friday in Latrobe on exempting Blair, Cambria and five other counties from annual emissions testing. The hearing will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon at SpringHill Suites (Latrobe Club Room), 115 Arnold Palmer Drive ...

Weakland faces threat charges

An Altoona man on trial last week now faces fresh charges he threatened a witness. Joe Weakland Jr., 40, was acquitted of the most serious counts of burglary and recklessly endangerment a week ago in Blair County Court, while a jury did convict him of criminal trespass — a felony — and ...

Recycling regular

Jim Moore takes a break Monday along Sixth Avenue while collecting aluminum cans to recycle. Moore is a familiar figure on the streets of Altoona as he visits dozens of locations daily, collecting cans to sell at a local scrap yard. Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec

Police: Marijuana plants found during welfare check

A 26-year-old Altoona man is behind bars after a call to police about a domestic dispute allegedly turned up two dozen marijuana plants. Adam J. Culter, 26, is accused of assaulting his girlfriend at the couple’s home, 2404¢ 18th St., early Friday, and after officers responded to check on ...

Parental rights decision upheld

A Pennsylvania appeals court has upheld a decision by Blair County Judge Timothy M. Sullivan terminating the parental rights of a father after finding that he has had no contact with his children for almost two years. The father of the children, ages 5 and 3, has repeatedly been in trouble ...

Man charged with punching woman

A city man is in jail after police say he punched his girlfriend during an argument last weekend. Dylan T. Wagner, 25, of Milroy, was arrested a few blocks from his girlfriend’s apartment on the 300 block of 60th Street Saturday morning after the alleged assault, one that police indicated ...

City man fights criminal charges

HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man is fighting criminal conspiracy and related drug-trafficking charges by pointing to his codefendant as the only one who set up and completed an alleged heroin sale in 2016 near Sixth and Union avenues. Brandon Lawrence May­bush, 32, whose two-day jury trial ...

Area

BELLWOOD Burn ban lifted The burn ban in Antis Township has been lifted. Supervisors voted Thursday to lift the burn ban imposed April 4 because of the rain in the forecast, higher humidity and emergence of vegetation. Supervisor Kennther Hostler pointed out rain was in the foreseeable ...

Hollidaysburg artist: ‘Never stop using the gifts God gave you’

Barbara Karcher has been painting for a long time. “I started to draw as soon as I could pick up a pencil,” said Karcher, 90, of Hollidaysburg. “Her elementary school teachers saved her art work and recognized her talent,” said Anne Allen, her daughter. Karcher (her maiden name ...