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Big 13th field fuels unpredictability

In the final days of an unprecedented eight-way Republican primary battle, candidates for a newly drawn congressional district have launched their toughest attacks yet. The large pack — which includes businessmen, military veterans and sitting politicians — has taken a clearer shape in ...

‘It’s hard; it’s fun’

There’s nothing like a mother’s love. “I know it sounds corny, but I love to love my kids,” said Tracy Verilla, who, with her husband, Nathan, have four children between the ages of 2 and 7. In the kitchen of the couple’s Tyrone home, Verilla seems to be doing three things at once ...

Letter carriers stamp out hunger

The Altoona area’s NALC Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on Saturday was another success. The local drive, conducted by the National Association of Letter Carriers in conjunction with the U.S. Post Office and the Central Labor Council of Blair County, gathered 26 tons of food, said Robert Kutz, ...

Thompson, 2 Democrats face off in 15th District

(Editor's note: This story was updated at 8:30 a.m. Sunday) Democratic voters in parts of Cambria County will have a choice between two candidates vying to appear on the general election ballot against incumbent U.S. Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson in Pennsyl­vania’s 15th Con­gressional ...

Roadwork

Traffic change set in McAlevy’s Fort HUNTINGDON — Cottles Asphalt Maintenance Inc. of Everett will switch the traffic pattern on Monday on the safety improvements project in the village of McAlevy’s Fort, Huntingdon County, PennDOT said. On Monday, the northbound lane will close, and ...

Disability Rights Pa. forum planned

Disability Rights Pennsyl­vania is hosting a public forum Thursday in Altoona to review its three-year strategic work plan. The free public event will held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Element Church, 3415 Pleasant Valley Blvd. American Sign Language and Communication Access Real-Time ...

Area

Bedford County Historical Society sponsors Pioneer Quilt Challenge BEDFORD — The Bedford County Historical Society is sponsoring a Pioneer Quality Challenge for the annual quilt show and sale in October. The theme of the show is “In Flanders Fields the Poppies Grow.” Those who wish ...

Senior LIFE Altoona partners with Empower3

Updated to correct ownership of Senior LIFE. - Senior LIFE Altoona, the Blair County manifestation of a program that provides comprehensive help so older people can keep living at home, has partnered with a local primary care organization that takes a similar comprehensive approach. The ...

False shooter alarm triggers brief scare

For a minute or two Friday afternoon, employees and patients throughout Station Medical Center thought there was a shooter running amok, after hearing a security code intercom announcement about an armed intruder, accompanied by an alert to police and an order to shelter in the nearest suite or ...

Rolling on a new set of wheels

Some children entered with leg braces and forearm crutches, and a lot of them couldn’t fully articulate how they felt. Kiersten Barton, 10, sat on her new bicycle and tears welled in her eyes. On Friday afternoon she could ride with her siblings and not depend on her father to push her. ...

Reade seeks missing tools

An estimated $16,000 in heavy equipment is reportedly missing from Reade Township’s inventory. And township supervisors’ Chairman John McElheny is blaming previous municipal leaders for not tracking the equipment’s use. It’s a misstep that likely led to it going missing, he ...

Hollidaysburg church unveils planing mill demolition plan

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The demolition of a century-old building along Walnut Street likely will begin by July 1, a church official announced at Hollidaysburg Borough Council’s meeting on Thursday. Tim Boland, representing the First United Methodist Church of Hollidaysburg, addressed council ...

Man pleads guilty to porn charges

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Hollidaysburg man who offered guilty pleas to child pornography charges will be released from Blair County Prison after spending 17 months there. Judge Elizabeth Doyle on Friday imposed a one- to two-year sentence on Seth A. Renninger, 28, who offered remorse and support ...

Railroad City Brewing plans Hollidaysburg site

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Altoona-based brewers could soon be slinging suds from a Hollidaysburg storefront. A Railroad City Brewing Co. retail space is planned for the site of a former Allegheny Street catering company, brewery owner Matt Winrick said. Winrick’s confirmation came a day after ...

Canal Inn owner pushes for music

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Hollidaysburg bar and restaurant owner appeared before Borough Council members for the third time in as many years to request that he be allowed to host live, outdoor music. This time, he was accompanied by an attorney. Lance Laratonda, owner of the Old Canal Inn, sat in ...

Cambria Heights student chosen to attend Intel fair

PATTON — A local middle school student will be one of only 25 students in the world to partake in an upcoming science fair in Pittsburgh. Addison Balzano, an eighth-grade student at Cambria Heights Middle School, will attend the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh ...

Planned tax hike sparks tensions in Portage

By Calem Illig For the Mirror PORTAGE — Tensions rose at the Portage Area School Board meeting on Wednesday night as administrators and board members argued over a potential tax increase and spending on extra­curricular activities. The preliminary budget was set with income of ...

Nation’s oldest person dies

HUNTINGDON (AP) — A 114-year-old Pennsylvania woman who was the oldest person in the United States has died, according to a funeral home. The Robert D Heath Funeral Home in Mount Union said that Delphine Gibson died Wednesday. Lessie Brown, 113, of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, is now believed ...

Gallitzin resident frustrated by blight

By Sean Sauro ssauro@altoonamirror.com GALLITZIN — Blight, a common topic at Gallitzin Borough Council meetings, again drove public comment Wednesday night. Borough resident Michael McIn­tosh addressed council members to criticize the condition of a neighboring property to his 901 N. ...

Curve stage active shooter drill

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com Altoona Curve front office staff took part in an active shooter training session Thursday afternoon at Peoples Natural Gas Field, creating awareness of what to do just in case a real threat emerges during a game. “If you do nothing else but run, ...