Local News

Painting the town green

TYRONE — Parade participants released thousands of green and orange balloons into the cloudy sky in honor of St. Patrick’s Day during the annual Tyrone Irish Heritage Festival on Saturday. Crowds of people lined up along Pennsylvania Avenue to watch the afternoon “Luck of the Irish ...

Route 764 tree trimming to start

Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc. of State College will begin work Monday on the Route 22/Route 764 roadway preservation project in Duncansville and Allegheny Township, PennDOT said. On Monday, the contractor will begin tree trimming and removal operations along the 2.2-mile section between the Veeder ...

Morrisdale man facing attempted murder charges

MORRISDALE — A Morrisdale man is facing attempted murder charges after he allegedly shot at his stepson. Leslie Wayne Conklin, 61, was arraigned last week on charges of attempted criminal homicide, two counts of aggravated assault, strangulation, simple assault and recklessly endangering ...

City Council holds up repository bid

At its most recent meeting, City Council tabled a bid from a Wyoming company on a property listed in the Blair County repository, citing concerns about the firm’s intentions, given its distance from Altoona. A contact number listed for Hillsboro Inlet LLC of Casper seemed ...

DEP suspends pipeline drilling over spill

The Department of Environmental Protection has suspended horizonal drilling on the Mariner East 2 Pipeline in Blair County following a spill of drilling fluid into a Frankstown Township wetlands. In a letter to Sunoco Pipeline LP, DEP said the company reported on Thursday that about 200 ...

Interpreting words

When I was young, the one thing I always liked about being dumb was that there was so much to learn. But as I got older, I am not sure if I got smarter or I finally learned how dumb some other people are — or in some cases, how dumb they think we are. I recently was reading an ...

Man injured in crash

A motorcycle accident in Snyder Township left a driver with a suspected serious injury. Trenton Stehley, 20, was traveling north on Route 4041 “at a great rate of speed” Saturday, according to a state police report. Stehley reportedly drove into a median and lost control of his ...

Penn Highlands sets spring open house

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College will host an open house Thursday. The open house will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at each of its five locations: Blair, Ebensburg, Huntingdon, Richland and Somerset. Attendees will learn about Penn Highlands and its opportunities, including degree ...

Lamb-style wins face fight

The razor-thin win by Democrat Conor Lamb over Republican Rick Saccone in a conservative southwestern Pennsylvania has rattled both parties, demonstrating that Democrats are now competitive even in “Trump Country.” But does it mean national Democrats plan to fight just as hard in central ...

Setting the framework

A crane lifts a section of metal canopy up to the pedestrian walkway at DelGrosso’s Park on Friday, guided by workers with Tyrone-based G&R Demolition. The canopy on the walkway spanning East Pleasant Valley Boulevard in Tipton is being replaced in time for the park’s May 5 opening. ...

Friars seek to bar Baker evidence

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Attorneys representing two Franciscan friars facing child endangerment and criminal conspiracy charges have asked Blair County Court to bar evidence at their forthcoming jury trial about settlements with individuals who reported being molested by a fellow friar. If a jury ...

Gallitzin Borough: Blight, unpaid bills top concerns

GALLITZIN — Gallitzin Borough vowed Wednesday to take steps to address unpaid water and sewer bills while enforcing rules about dilapidated properties. Ongoing problems were discussed at a meeting where a community member spoke, claiming “there’s so much junk in the town and you can’t ...

Heroin dealer loses bid for a new trial

A major heroin dealer from Huntingdon County, serving an 18-36 year sentence in the State Correctional Institution at Pine Grove, has lost his bid for a new trial, according to a Superior Court opinion released Thursday afternoon. In an opinion written by Judge Alice B. Dubow, a three-judge ...

Alleged dealers contest charges

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Two York men accused of major roles in an alleged heroin pipeline between New York, York and Altoona are pointing toward each other in their defense of drug-trafficking charges filed in Blair County Court. Lawrence M. Francis, 40, and Wayne A. Davis, 37, identified almost a ...

Patrols beefed up during St. Patrick’s Day revelry

With Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations planned for the weekend across the area, police want to remind drivers to stay sober. “Our patrols are certainly aware of the holiday this weekend that involves a lot of drinking and they will be aggressively enforcing people driving under the ...

Brush Run bridge work continues

PennDOT has announced that work will resume Monday on the Brush Run Bridge Replacement Project in Logan Township. On Monday, contractor Swank Construction Co. LLC of New Kensington will begin by closing one northbound and one southbound lane on Logan Boulevard — Route 36 — adjacent to the ...

Expressway crossover gets roof

The Altoona Redevelop­ment Authority has replaced the roof on the 10th Avenue Expressway crossover that connects the downtown Transportation Center with the Amtrak loading platform. The $30,000 project by J.C. Orr did not include work on the frames of the crossover windows, which are rusted ...

Carnicella seeks 72nd District seat

Retired businessman Gerald “Jerry” Carnicella is seeking the nomination from both the Democratic and Republican parties for state representative of the 72nd House District, the seat currently occupied by incumbent Frank Burns. Although a registered Republican, Carnicella said he plans to ...

Bellwood-Antis moves to improve security

BELLWOOD — The Bellwood-Antis School District plans to take another step to improve security. School board members are expected to hire a school security officer at the April 10 meeting, Superintendent Thomas McInroy said Wednesday. “We have been talking to an individual about being a ...

City man to face trial on gun, assault charges

A city man accused of running from police while handcuffed will face trial. Nyshaun D. Kemp-Perrin, 23, of 1313 Rosehill Drive, appeared at Central Court on Wednesday wearing an orange prison jumpsuit for his preliminary hearing for a list of charges that include felony illegal gun possession ...