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Somerset inmate’s sentence extended

A judge has increased the sentence of a state prison inmate serving time for operating a meth lab for escaping from the halfway house where he resided at as part of a drug rehabilitation program. Steven Cameron Brode, 44, of 1607 Wall St., Saxton was charged with charges of operating a ...

Duncansville OKs raffle fundraiser

DUNCANSVILLE — Borough Council this week gave permission for Mayor Lloyd Forshey to hold a raffle-style fundraiser so the borough can buy dashcams for its two police cruisers. The dashcams currently on the cruisers are several years old and don’t work anymore, Forshey said at a meeting ...

Mold causes student relocation at PSU

Penn State Altoona officials said they are temporarily relocating students living in sections of the campus’ Cedar Hall, citing mold growth from abnormally high rainfall and high humidity conditions. September rain has led to excessive moisture build-up in areas of the first and second ...

Huntingdon physicians to join UPMC obstetrics

Because Broad Top Area Medical Center and J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital will discontinue pre- and post-natal office services and childbirth deliveries in Huntingdon County starting Nov. 7, childbirth deliveries by doctors Ralph Aldinger and Diane Adams will relocate to UPMC Altoona. The ...

Bedford’s Fall Foliage Festival kicks off Saturday

The two weekends of Bedford’s Fall Foliage Festi­val will kick off Saturday morning. The festival will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 6 and 7 and Oct. 13 and 14, rain or shine. Now in its 54th year, the event offers local arts, crafts, an antique car parade, kids’ activities and ...

Friday Live Football Scoreboard

AREA Altoona 49, Carlisle 42 (FINAL-2OT) Bishop Guilfoyle 24, Penn Cambria 0 (FINAL) Somerset 11, Bedford 7 (FINAL) Clearfield 49, Bellefonte 21 (FINAL) Forest Hills 30, Cambria Heights 6 (FINAL) Chestnut Ridge 33, Central Cambria 0 (FINAL) State College 39, Central Dauphin East 15 ...

Blair to add prison guards

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County’s 2019 draft budget includes $544,000 to add 13 full-time corrections officers at the county prison to improve security and staffing issues. The additional cost, plus other increases in the prison’s operation, is projected to push that department’s budget ...

Police: Four children, woman lived in squalor

An Altoona woman faces felony child endangerment charges after Altoona police said four children were found living in squalor on the 1900 block of Second Avenue. Rebecca L. Greenawalt, 36, was arrested Wednesday by Altoona police after a Blair County Children, Youth & Families caseworker ...

Blair County commissioners vote to keep annual raises

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Most of Blair County’s elected leaders will continue receiving 2 percent annual raises through the 2025, based on a Thursday night vote night by county commissioners. The unanimous decision means that a commissioner’s annual pay, currently at $69,932, will increase to ...

Logan denies sewer hookup waiver

By William Kibler bkibler@altoonamirror.com Logan Township supervisors on Thursday declined to waive a requirement for a public sewer hookup on a South Dartmouth Lane lot, despite a recommendation from the township planning commission, after the owner of the subdivision who sold the lot ...

Cambria coroner’s office partners with state

CRESSON — The Cambria County Coroner’s Office can now partner with the state Department of Health in an attempt to track fentanyl-related overdose deaths after Thursday’s approval by the county commissioners. And later that day, Chief Deputy Coroner Joe Hribar revealed that there have ...

Logan approves plan for Park Hills Plaza

A redevelopment plan for the Park Hills Plaza received approval from Logan Township supervisors and a favorable review Thursday by the Blair County Planning Commission. The proposal calls for the demolition of the vacant theater and construction of a 10,024-square-foot retail/cafe ...

Houtzdale inmate files multiple lawsuits

Tarence Mosey, a Bellwood-area man serving three to six years at the State Correctional Institution at Houtzdale for homicide by vehicle while under the influence and related offenses, has filed federal and state lawsuits stemming from his time in the Blair County Prison and his court ...

Blair DAV closes for week of training

The Blair County De­part­ment of Veterans Affairs office, 423 Allegheny St., Suite 112, Hollidays­burg, will be closed from today until Oct. 8. The staff will be attending training for recertification as veteran service officers. VSOs represent veterans and their family members before the ...

Department of State mandate requires new voting machines

BEDFORD — A state mandate requiring counties to update their voting machines has Bedford County commissioners concerned about the county’s budget and the future of residents’ votes. A half million dollars was requested to replace the county’s existing voting systems at a budget ...

Annual Schellsburg Tractorfest starts today

The eighth annual Schellsburg Tractorfest kicks off today and runs through Sunday at the Shawnee Valley Fire De­part­ment Pavilion along Route 96, Schellsburg. A slow tractor race starts off the event at 6 p.m. today. The highlight of the festival will be the tractor pulls starting at 2 ...

Steve Sheetz fuels bizX debut

Joe Hurd found the right man. The president and CEO of the Blair County Chamber of Commerce said Wednesday to make bizX a success, it was necessary to find the right speaker for the inaugural event co-sponsored with the Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County. “We insisted that ...

Blair budget initially $5M short

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The first draft of the 2019 Blair County budget shows expenses exceeding revenue by $5.43 million, an amount that will change as commissioners decide what to cut and what to add. A year ago, the first draft of the 2018 budget showed expenditures exceeding revenue by almost ...

Elevator repair duty changes hands

Despite the prior belief of both parties, the Altoona Redevelopment Authority — not Amtrak — is responsible for repairing the broken elevator that runs between Amtrak’s mainline platform and the pedestrian bridge over 10th Avenue to the Altoona Transportation Center. That discovery — ...