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Storm drains PSU’s hopes

EAST LANSING, Mich. — One of the strangest games in Penn State football history unfolded Saturday when the contest at Michigan State was delayed by weather for more than three hours in the second quarter. “I like to say we have a plan for whatever may come,” PSU coach James Franklin ...

Tyrone leads the pack in high school academic success

When it comes to the state’s measures of academic success, Tyrone Area High School leads the pack of area high schools. Taxpayers and parents can log on to the updated Pennsylvania Department of Education’s school performance profiles to see how their schools are performing. The ...

Tax shifts could have soft impact

A Republican plan for one of the country’s biggest tax overhauls in decades could have far-reaching effects locally, but some of the immediate impacts may be weaker here than in other parts of the country. The House GOP bill — likely the first of several in Congress as lawmakers bat ideas ...

Hunting brings up old gun memories

It is deer hunting season, which dredges up some memories of my relationship to guns and hunting. When I was a high school senior in Morrisons Cove, way back in the 1950s, the first day of deer season was an unofficial day off from school for all the boys who were hunters, which most in my ...

AASD B building plagued by odor

There’s a big stink over whether to demolish or renovate Altoona Area’s 90-year-old high school B building. But there is also an actual odor of urine that wafts through the hallways of some areas of it. “It’s true. Sometimes it’s stronger than other times. It’s not unbearable, ...

Suspected drug dealers nabbed

Altoona police were out Thursday night and Friday with warrants for about a half-dozen suspected drug dealers. Tyrone E. Mills, 54, of 2225 Beale Ave. was taken into custody and is accused of selling painkillers to a police informant in May. According to police, Mills sold the 30 mg oxycodone ...

Gaming event raises money for local children’s hospitals

Dozens of people of all ages participated in a 24-hour gaming marathon to raise money for local children’s hospitals. Lee DePiro is a 32-year-old paramedic in Altoona and one of the organizers of the gaming marathon at Catalyst Space on 12th Avenue. “Through my job and seeing the kids, we ...

Ward to host Veterans Day social

Rep. Judy Ward, R-Hollidaysburg, will host a dessert social for veterans at 7 p.m. Wednesday with American Legion Post 516 at the American Legion Park social hall in Hollidaysburg. All area veterans, family members and friends of veterans are invited to attend. The keynote speaker for this ...

Veterans Day information accepted

Community groups and nonprofit organizations planning public Veterans Day events and parades are asked to submit that information to the Mirror as soon as possible. The Mirror will be compiling a list of events for publication later this week. Please submit the information to news ...

Students help with rain garden plantings

He came to the principal’s office in his socks, with dirt stains on the knees of his dungarees and soil under his fingernails. Anthony Kowalski, who was summoned to the office for an interview, was one of 30 fourth-graders from Holy Trinity Elementary School’s Altoona site who helped a ...

Teenager charged in city burglary

A city teen is in jail on charges he took part in a burglary that netted close to $9,000 in electronics. Isaiah A. Shumac, 18, was arrested by Altoona police Thursday night after an investigation into an Oct. 27 burglary of an apartment on the 1200 block of 20th Street led investigators to a ...

Altoona Fire Department union criticizes council member

The president of the city firefighters union on Friday blasted incumbent City Council candidate Dave Butterbaugh for allegedly, in 2012, accusing union members of “torching” vacant buildings — actions that the firefighters claim Butterbaugh allegedly felt were linked with the union’s ...

Ex-business owners plead guilty, agree to pay back taxes to state

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The owners of a former Blair County business have agreed to pay $18,738 in restitution to the state Department of Revenue to answer charges filed in connection with failure to pay state taxes. Brian McCord, 78, Hollidaysburg, and Charles McCord, 71, Duncansville, who used to ...

University of Pittsburgh to honor local pharmacist

A local pharmacist will be honored today by the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. William D. Thompson III (also known as Bill Jr.), president and CEO of Thompson Pharmacy, will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest award the School of Pharmacy gives out. ...

Sears plans to close stores in Indiana, State College

Sears stores in State College and Indiana are slated to close in January as Sears Holdings continues to shed locations and tries to regain its financial footing. Sears Holdings Corp. said it will close 63 Sears and Kmart stores early next year. Seven of the stores — four Kmarts and three ...

Police: City woman sold Suboxone

From Mirror staff reports An Altoona woman is in jail on multiple drug charges stemming from the alleged sale of Suboxone. Misty D. McDowell, 2423 Broad Ave., Apt. 4, is accused of selling Suboxone, which is used to treat opioid addiction, to a police informant on four occasions between ...

Pot seekers inundate doctor’s office

After a Mirror article Thursday noted that Dr. Liang Bartkowiak would be the first Altoona doctor eligible to certify medical marijuana users, her office was inundated with calls from excited would-be patients. The callers — many of them men — asked how they could get marijuana ...

Soccer Mom

Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec Shellie Hood of Everett reacts to a play on the field as the Everett Warrior soccer team takes on West Shamokin for the District 6 2A championship title Thursday evening at Mansion Park. Hood’s son, Spencer, plays on the team. The game went into overtime, ...

Child rapist receives 90 years

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A 69-year-old Altoona man will be in jail for the rest of his life based on a sentence of 90 to 180 years handed down Thursday in Blair County Court. Judge Timothy M. Sullivan, who presided over Gary Paul Miller’s three-day jury trial in May, imposed several consecutive ...

Martinsburg man sentenced on gun charges

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Martinsburg man convicted in August on four counts of illegal possession of a firearm will spend four to eight years in jail. Harry Emerson Miller, 41, who was forbidden to have firearms because of a 13-year-old felony, asked Blair County Judge Elizabeth Doyle on Thursday ...