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Blair County mom loses challenge to court order

A Blair County mother has lost her challenge to a court order that established adoption as a placement goal for her two teenage daughters. The decision last Thursday by the Penn­sylvania Superior Court ends a seven-plus year confrontation between the mother and Blair County Children, Youth ...

Candidates to speak at meeting

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County Citizens for Accurate Re-assessment, the citizens’ group that challenged the county re-assessment in 2016, will hold a special general meeting 7 p.m. today at 703 Allegheny St. The group will hear presentations from candidates for county commissioner, pose ...

Correction

Nick Boutiller did not work the Wednesday bingo games at Pinecroft Volunteer Fire Company, as stated in a story on Page A1 in the Feb. 17 Mirror.

AASD student expelled

An Altoona Area student was expelled Monday for a year for fighting in school. Neither the student’s age nor grade level were included in the documentation provided by the district’s disciplinary hearing officer Terry W. Despoy. The student is permitted to apply for readmission provided ...

Guo faces more charges; bail at $1M

A 22-year-old man arrested last month on charges he had sex with two 13-year-old girls now faces additional charges in connection to two more underage girls as well as alleged prostitution and drug dealing. Jeffrey Guo, who has a Philadelphia address but charges indicate had been a Penn State ...

City eyes trades rules

City Council may consider liberalizing its regulations for licensing plumbers and electricians to encourage more competition in those trades, in hopes of reducing costs for builders and homeowners. A couple of council members are also open to discussing whether to allow owner-occupants to do ...

Ebensburg’s Tusing ‘living my bucket list’

EBENSBURG — The phrase “busy as a bee” indicates one is hardworking and industrious, and Gina Tusing of Ebensburg personifies that definition, displaying visible passion in a wide array of interests. In addition to her day job as DUI manager for Cambria County’s District Attorney, ...

Nicktown resident runs for Cambria controller

From Mirror staff reports A Nicktown resident is running as a Republican candidate for Cambria County controller, noting he thinks he can bring a new vision for accountability and efficiencies because of his experience as a small business owner. Steve Dillon, 66, of Water Falls Road, ...

Military museum marks state’s birthday

From Mirror staff reports BOALSBURG –– The Pennsylvania Military Museum in Boalsburg, Centre County, will celebrate the founding of “Penn’s Woods” in 1681 by offering free admission the weekend of March 9-10. “The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission traditionally ...

Daily grind

Ed Turner, an employee with Romulus, Michigan-based Rotunda Marble and Stone, uses a grinding machine on Saturday to resurface the concrete floor of the future O’Reilly Auto Parts location along East Pleasant Valley Boulevard. Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec

Guo faces additional charges; bail set at $1 million

A 22-year-old arrested last month on charges he sexually assaulted two 13-year-old girls now faces more charges after an Altoona police allegedly investigation found two additional teenage victims as well as evidence of prostitution and drug trafficking. Jeffery Guo, 22, of Philadelphia, ...

Paying for police

A plan to charge Pennsylvania municipalities that rely on the state police as their primary law enforcement is once again on the table in Harrisburg, and although this time it includes a sliding scale based on population, the proposal still isn’t gaining much traction among area lawmakers and ...

Educators support pre-K proposal

Advocates of early education programs are urging legislators to support Gov. Tom Wolf’s $50 million increase to provide publicly funded pre-K programs to an additional 5,500 children in 2019-20. Since Wolf included that proposal in his February budget address, the statewide nonprofit ...

Education a big part of home, garden show

The Blair County Home and Garden Show is a great place to meet different kinds of building contractors and landscapers. However, there are many other types of vendors among the more than 130 who are participating in the 49th show at the Jaffa Shrine Center sponsored by the Blair County ...

Area Methodist pastors decline to comment on LGBT decision

Local leaders of the Uni­ted Methodist Church are letting the denomination’s global decision sink in. At the United Methodist Church’s 2019 Special Session of General Confer­ence on Tuesday in St. Louis, a majority of the church’s worldwide representatives approved the Traditional ...

Planners pull $30M project from agenda

The agency that plans transportation projects for Blair County has voted to remove a $30 million proposal from its long-term agenda at the request of the municipality where it would have been located. The Metropolitan Plann­ing Organization, which consists of PennDOT, county and municipal ...

Logan OKs agreement with housing group

The Logan Township supervisors have approved an agreement with the owner of Walton Heights Townhomes and Apart­ments that settles an issue with the property owner having improperly rented to college students. Altoona Apartments LP of State College didn’t realize that renting to those ...

Marijuana tour stop canceled

From Mirror staff reports HARRISBURG — The Blair County Listening Stop Tour scheduled for today has been canceled because of impending inclement weather. The Clinton County event also has been canceled. Lt. Gov. John Fetter­man had been scheduled to speak about le­galizing ...

DelGrosso Foods buys Cenveo building

From Mirror staff reports TIPTON — DelGrosso Foods Inc. has purchased the former Cenveo commercial envelope factory building near Pinecroft which will provide the company much needed space for expanded warehousing and possible future food manufacturing capabilities. Cenveo ceased ...

Glass Slipper Project sets boutique days

From Mirror staff reports The United Way of Blair County and Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Blair Center is offering the Glass Slipper Project again, a prom gown distribution program for local middle, junior and high school students. Students are invited to “shop” for gowns, ...