Local News

Logan supervisor asks for training help

At a meeting this week in which the Logan Township supervisors distributed their annual allocations to the four township fire companies, Chairman Jim Patterson asked the area’s new state representative for help. Would Lou Schmitt consider introducing a bill that called for a tax break that ...

‘Storm Scenes’

While growing up in Philadelphia, Bernice Golson, 71, remembers hearing of the large snows in western Pennsylvania, while little snow fell in Philadelphia. “We didn’t get much snow back then,” Golson said, while sitting with Florence (Davinson) Hammel at the Blair Senior Services ...

President: UPMC deal should have come sooner

During the 10 years of Jerry Murray’s soon-to-end tenure as president of the region’s major hospital, the clear highlight was its acquisition halfway through that tenure by the giant to the west — transforming it from community-managed Altoona Regional Health System to UPMC ...

Newburg fire company spat worries Logan residents

A pair of Logan Township residents last week appealed to township supervisors to alleviate what they see as a threat to fire protection for their homes due to an ongoing dispute between the firefighters and the social hall leaders of the Newburg Volunteer Fire Department. The supervisors were ...

School districts facing hefty budget increases

It’s only December, but school districts are beginning to sweat like it’s the June budget deadline because they are already getting an idea of their financial situations. Pennsylvania’s Public School Employees’ Retire­ment System has announced it has set the employer contribution ...

Blair prison report requested

The attorney for an Altoona woman whose granddaughter committed suicide in the Blair County Prison has asked a federal judge to release two un­redacted reports that can shed light on the prison’s operations and medical care. So far, the county and its medical provider, PrimeCare Medical ...

Baker Mansion display features historic coverlet

In time for holiday tours at the Baker Mansion, Anna Baker’s bed displays a mid-18th century, jacquard coverlet woven by an immigrant who came to Newry. A benefactor donated the woolen bed coverlet created by Ambrose Miller to The Blair County Historical Society. The coverlet features ...

City man held for encounters with students

From Mirror staff reports A city man is in jail after police say he accosted three teenagers in separate incidents near the Altoona Area High School. David Gonzales Jr., 28, of 613 18th St., was arraigned Friday on three felony charges and seven misdemeanors stemming from incidents in ...

Blair Street residents make rezoning request

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair Street was a different place 72 years ago when Robert Schaefer was born. “We used to play kickball and ride our bikes on Blair Street,” he said. Now he opens the front door of his 606 Blair St. homestead to the sights, sounds and smells of thousands of cars and ...

Portage honors past businesses

EBENSBURG — About 10 students at Admiral Peary Vocational Technical School along Ben Franklin Highway have been working to engrave bricks as part of a project to honor former Portage-area businesses. Shane Rudnik, who teaches engineering technology at Admiral Peary, said students are ...

Police reports

Info sought in cemetery vandalism Logan Township police remain interested in receiving information about headstones that were damaged Oct. 30 in Calvary Cemetery, 2417 Pleasant Valley Blvd. Police said that four headstones were overturned and a fire was set in the cemetery’s trash ...

Camp burglaries lead to charges

CLEARFIELD – A 19-year-old Coalport man will stand trial for burglarizing camps in Guelich Township, Clear­field County. Joel Riley McClellan, 19, was charged with felony burglary and criminal trespass, as well as misdemeanor theft by unlawful taking and a summary charge of criminal ...

Pa. benefits from farm bill

Shepherded through the House by a local representative but opposed by Pennsylvania’s GOP senator, an $867 billion farm bill passed last week with a raft of new rules and spending — including potential research into chronic wasting disease. The bill, which sets funding levels for ...

Deck the halls and all the nooks and crannies

It’s the ninth night before Christmas and my wife is constantly scurrying throughout the house. There is not a mouse in sight as they know all too well that they will either get stomped in the clatter or sprayed with artificial snow and sprinkled with glitter. My wife is very creative and ...

Roadwork

BELLEFONTE Tree cutting set for Route 26 PennDOT has advised motorists that tree cutting work is scheduled for this week on a section of Route 26 in Centre County. Crews will be working about 1.5 miles south of the Borough of Howard in Marion Township. The work is necessary for utility ...

Cambria Child Advocacy Center awarded grant

From Mirror staff reports The Cambria County Child Advocacy Center will be awarded a $46,968 state grant to enhance services for abused children. State Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, announced Thurs­day that the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency grant will help victims of ...

Sentencings

The following sentencings were filed in Blair County Court. Although some cases may be more than a year old, the Mirror publishes them in the interest of complete reporting. The following defendants were placed in the Intermediate Punishment Program for a period of 60 days to 60 months. Each ...

Leaders hope to build on Altoona’s momentum

Ten or 15 years ago it would have been hard to imagine there would ever be sufficient demand to justify an online calendar to track art-related events in Altoona, according to a local economic development official, speaking at a recent forum on the state of downtown business. But in the past ...

Cat-filled feed mill will be destroyed

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Demo­lition permits are set to be finalized in January for the dilapidated mill alleged to be the base of a feral cat colony, according to the owner of the building. The structure sits at the corner of Montgomery and South Juniata streets, on the property of Hines Feed ...

State Superior Court vacates case, stresses need for counsel for kids

Orders by a Blair County Judge terminating the parental rights of a mother of three boys has been vacated by the Pennsylvania Superior Court because it was unclear if the children had been provided legal representation. The Superior Court has been emphasizing this year that children involved ...