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The rocking dead

By the 1920s, the Altoona railroad works employed 15,000 people, and by 1945, the Pennsylvania Railroad’s facilities in Altoona had become the world’s largest rail shop complex. Allegedly, a few workers from the railroad’s storied past haunt the Railroaders Memor­ial Mu­seum along ...

Judge rules convicted drug dealer’s jail time excessive

An Altoona man who was among the leaders of a Baltimore-based cocaine ring that operated in Blair County a decade ago will be resentenced by Blair County Judge Daniel J. Milliron after he concluded the defendant’s 46.5-year minimum sentence was excessive. The judge, in an opinion made ...

Man faces drug, weapons charges

From Mirror staff reports An Altoona man found passed out in his vehicle along East Pleasant Valley Boulevard Thursday reportedly had drugs, numerous drug paraphernalia items, prohibited weapons and a large amount of cash. Trevor Michael Keller, 22, of 1006 Third Ave., faces charges of ...

Claysburg library honored

The Claysburg Area Public Library received gold recognition from a state association for its programs and resources. The Pennsylvania Li­brary Association recognized the Claysburg Area Public Library for participating and integrating literacy in its activities. Through its PA Forward Star ...

Schools get $99K in grants

From Mirror staff reports Two school districts in the 80th Legislative District have received $99,303 in Safe Schools Targeted grants. Spring Cove School Dis­trict received $25,000 for school safety equipment and $40,000 for a school police officer. Claysburg-Kimmel School District ...

Bedford quilt show begins

The Bedford County Historical Society’s 28th annual Quilt Show and Sale opens today and runs through Oct. 14. The show’s hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 14. Admission is $3. The show will be held in the second story of the ...

Magisterial district judge

Filed before Hollidaysburg Magisterial District Judge Paula M. Aigner: Charges waived to court April 10 – May 1: Christopher W. Allanson, 54, 617 N. 10th St., Bellwood, charged by Hollidaysburg police with making a materially false written statement and unsworn falsification to ...

PSU cleans dorm mold

One after another, Penn State Altoona students hurried Wednesday through the doors of the Wingate Hotel, which is their housing for the next 10 days while mold is removed from their on-campus residence hall. One beleaguered student walking into the hotel in a rush declined an interview. ...

Blair group reboots hazmat planning

Leaders of the Blair County organization responsible for planning how to handle hazardous-material emergencies are hoping to reinvigorate the organization by revitalizing its subcommittees. Local Emergency Planning Committee leaders resolved to do that Thursday after a plea by member and ...

Ex-bus driver accused of inappropriate conduct

A former Mount Union Area School District bus driver faces charges of indecent assault, harassment and other related charges after seven students came forward about alleged abuses. David Kim Gardner, 65, of Croghan Pike, Shirleysburg, is accused of inappropriately touching the female students ...

Construction worker killed on job site

A man was killed Thursday on a Jackson Township construction site, when a piece of equipment struck him in the torso, killing him instantly, multiple media outlets reported. Cambria County Coroner Jeff Lees did not return a number of messages left by the Mirror on Thursday afternoon, but he ...

Bedford proposes raises

BEDFORD — Four more Bedford County departments are looking to raise staff salaries among other budget items for 2019. Both the auditor and planning commission expect to spend less money next year than this year. The proposed budget amounts of two other departments — prothonotary and ...

Mayor recruiting for Youth Council

Today is the deadline for students of Altoona Area, Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic and Great Commission high schools to apply for city Mayor Matt Pacifico’s second annual Youth Council. The council will give participants an opportunity to advise the mayor on “key priorities,” to function as ...

Correction

The patio dedication at Hollidaysburg Area Public Library has been changed to 2 p.m. Saturday. An article about the project was published on Page D2 Thursday.

Date changed in porn case

In anticipation of a long hearing with media attendance, the preliminary hearing for Kara S. Tornatore, accused of child pornography and sex crimes, was removed from Wednesday’s long list of hearings conducted at central court and rescheduled for 9 a.m. Oct. 19 at Magisterial District Judge ...

New student parking rules appear to work

New arrangements this semester for student parking downtown have helped to relieve a customer parking squeeze, according to officials at the college and the Altoona Parking Authority. Last school year, the authority designated 42 spaces for Penn State Altoona students in the skinny lot next to ...

Dillen remembered for leadership

Chick Dillen and Bill Ward had been friends for about 75 years. “I had two relationships with him: as an employee at Ward Trucking and as a friend. He was an outstanding employee at Ward Trucking. Anything I asked him to do, he did it willingly and did it well. He was a real asset to the ...

Inmates sentenced on new charges

CLEARFIELD — Two inmates of the State Correctional Institution at Houtzdale were sentenced on new charges in Clearfield County Court on Tuesday. Curtis Anthony Young, 24, pleaded guilty but mentally ill to felony aggravated assault before President Judge Fredric J. Ammerman. Ammerman gave ...