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VA walk to benefit homeless veterans

The Van Zandt VA Medical Center will hold a 2-kilometer walk beginning at the hospital at 11 a.m. Wednesday, coupled with a drive to collect non-bleach cleaning products, toilet paper and paper towels for local homeless veterans. There is no entry fee for the VA2K event, and the donations ...

Judge won’t dismiss civil suit in prison suicide

By Phil Ray pray@altoonamirror.com A federal district judge in Johnstown has rejected a request to dismiss civil negligence claims against the company that provides health care at Blair County Prison, filed this year by the family of a female inmate who committed suicide. Samantha Rea ...

Rail trail leaders request funding from Portage

By Sean Sauro ssauro@altoonamirror.com PORTAGE — Leaders with the Allegheny Ridge Corp. have a vision — a network of trails connecting Somerset County to Cambria and Cambria to Blair. It’s a project that’s been ongoing for more than 20 years, and Randy Stager, a member of ...

Tyrone mulls program for business inspections

By William Kibler bkibler@altoonamirror.com TYRONE — Borough Council on Monday gave its code enforcement officer permission to devise a program of routine safety inspections for all business buildings. Marvin Frazell proposed the program after being called to inspect a business recently ...

US House seats draw 84 hopefuls

HARRISBURG (AP) — Pennsylvania is hosting 21 contested primary elections on today’s ballots for the state’s 18 U.S. House seats. All told, there are 84 candidates on primary ballots, the most since 1984, and there are seven open seats, the most since 1976, when Pennsylvania had 25 seats ...

AMBUCS mobilizing children

A local organization that helps provide mobility to people with disabilities now is seeking to mobilize more area residents to join in the effort. Since 1995, the Altoona Chapter of AMBUCS has donated 215 AmTrykes. The local club presented two last week through a grant from the Nason ...

As election draws near, candidates optimistic

Local political candidates eyeing congressional, senatorial and legislative seats are expressing confidence in their chances of winning and in their campaign efforts as the May primary arrives Tuesday. Despite the competition and field of eight Republican candidates, those seeking the 13th ...

Ebensburg twins relish prized possession: Plymouth GTX

EBENSBURG — Darcy and David Regala, twin brothers who grew up in Gallitzin, spent their youth racing a rare 1970 Plymouth GTX 440-6. After years of embarrassing the competition on the backroads of Gallitzin, the brothers pushed the car into an old garage, where it didn’t move for ...

VA Medical Center to hold Armed Forces Day service

Armed Forces Day will be celebrated Saturday at The Wall That Heals at the Van Zandt VA Medical Center on Pleasant Valley Boulevard. The program will honor Korean War veterans, and each veteran from that era will receive a pin. Displays by local service organizations and military equipment ...

Police reports

Altoona police Holly A. Fuller, 46, 1337 Wintbrook St., was charged Sunday with driving under the influence on the 3300 block of Beale Avenue. Huntingdon state police Jacob L. Barnish, 26, Hunting­don, was charged Tuesday with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct on Shavers Creek Road, ...

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. ...