Local News

Man pleads to burglary

CLEARFIELD — A local man accused of burglarizing and trying to set fire to a home was sentenced to state prison Monday in Clearfield County Court. The incident happened on May 24 in Lawrence Township, Clearfield County, where two men stole an ATV from a residence and then entered the home, ...

Rocky road

It was July, and the weather was beautiful, but Billie Summers didn’t dare to try ascending the hill to her house a hundred yards away, along 25th Avenue, with her pickup truck. A couple of days earlier, she’d blown a tire trying to negotiate that stretch, so she parked on Washington ...

Lanternfly a buzzkill for local winery

Barbara Christ has been vigilant on her property at State College’s Happy Valley Vineyard & Winery. She is looking for a red-and-black spotted warning sign — a non-native insect that has found its way to Pennsylvania, destroying crops as it spreads. “The insect has adapted quite ...

Local volunteer helps immigrants

Squatting on dirt floors of village huts, Sandra Dangler delivered babies among pigs and chickens while working as a registered nurse for the Peace Corps in Guatemala. She instructed her patients’ families to place pots of water on wood fires in order to boil her hemostats, scissors and two ...

Man dead after hitting guard rail

From Mirror staff reports A Marion Center man died Saturday in East Mahoning Township after striking a guard rail while driving his motorcycle. The man, whose identity has not been released by police, was traveling north on State Route 119 and struck the rail for “unknown reasons.” ...

Emotional toll

A few Altoona firefighters agreed to sit down at the Washington Avenue station and talk about how the death and destruction they’ve encountered as first responders has impacted them. “We could talk about it for hours,” said Cameron Sunderland, 30. But it wasn’t that long before ...

A year later, Hyndman on edge

HYNDMAN — As Beverly Shaffer sits at a Hyndman railroad crossing waiting for a train to pass, she’s reminded of a derailment nearly a year ago that uprooted her neighbors and caused havoc in this rural Bedford County community. “We’ve had floods, the train derailments,” the Hyndman ...

Model train weekend ‘brings out the little kid in us’

The soft clickety-clack sounds of tiny wheels spinning over miniature train tracks traveled through the Jaffa Shrine Center on Saturday during the Bedford Model Railroaders 14th N-Scale Weekend. The trains tracked through displays of rural towns constructed of styrofoam, plastic, plaster and ...

Patton residents ‘lucky’ flooding wasn’t worse

PATTON — After a week of cleanup from heavy rain runoff and Little Chest Creek flooding, Patton Borough Councilman David Pompa said residents are “lucky” it wasn’t worse. “We were lucky. We were really lucky,” he said. “Everybody talks about taking the dam out, but they got to ...

Two killed in Bigler crash

A Houtzdale woman and child were killed in a two-vehicle crash in Bigler Township, Clearfield Coun­­­ty, on Friday morning, state police at Clearfield reported. Sara J. Shaw, 29, was traveling north on Main Street at about 11:30 a.m. when she lost control of her Chevrolet Cobalt for ...

ArtsAltoona raising funds

ArtsAltoona will hold its first fundraiser this month for the young organization’s proposed centerpiece project — transformation of the blighted Kress building along 11th Avenue into an arts center. An outdoor party will take place between 5 and 9 p.m. Aug. 19 on the 1400 block of the ...

Toytown man seeks to silence train horns

A Toytown man who complained recently to City Council about the noise of train horns at the nearby Coburn grade crossing plans to switch his complaint to Logan Township. Randy Burket of the 900 block of Race Street was glad after township supervisors passed an ordinance in 2006 prohibiting ...

Roadwork

STATE COLLEGE I-99 overnight paving to start Tonight through Thursday, milling on the northbound lanes of I-99 between the Atherton Street exit and the bridges spanning the Bellefonte Trail near the Waddle Road interchange is scheduled from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Thursday the ...

Raystown Lake meetings set

HESSTON — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is scheduled to host a second round of public meetings about the ongoing, and controversial, topic of revising the Raystown Lake Master Plan. The meetings are scheduled for Aug. 11 and 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Raystown Lake Visitor Center, ...

Trump stumps in Pa. Senate fight

On Thursday, President Donald Trump laid into Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa. — or “Sleepin’ Bob,” as he called him — but it’s far from certain that Trump’s help will be enough to stop Casey’s re-election and a key Democratic win. Trump spoke to a crowd of supporters in Luzerne County, ...

What’s in a name?

Are you satisfied with the names your parents gave you at birth? I’m mostly pleased with mine, although, through the years, there has been occasional confusion among my friends as to what they should call me. This dilemma started in Hollidaysburg on Aug. 24, 1934, when I was born and my ...

Area

Barletta visiting Blair County Congressman Lou Barletta, Republican nominee for U.S. Senate and former Hazleton mayor, will host a meet and greet Aug. 13 at the Bavarian Aid Society. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for the 6 p.m. meet and greet. A buffet dinner will start at 7 p.m. Tickets ...

High water creates headaches

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Metal scraped against concrete as a retired Hollidaysburg resident shoveled muddy residue from his flooded basement Friday afternoon. Stanley T. Neal, 68, of 142 Beaver St., estimated more than 2 feet of water submerged his dimly lit basement that morning, filling his ...

Pipeline foe gets months in jail

HUNTINGDON — A longtime Mariner East 2 pipeline opponent will spend two to six months in jail after a Huntingdon County judge found her in indirect contempt of court for violating a previous order. Ellen Gerhart, 63, of Trough Creek Valley Pike, appeared shackled and in a red jumpsuit ...

State DEP: Conditions ripe for spread of West Nile virus

Pennsylvania officials are warning people to minimize their exposure to mosquitoes as testing is underway to confirm the suspected first case of human West Nile virus infection in the state this year. The Department of Environ­mental Protection said it has found mosquitoes infected with the ...