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Appeal­ in 2012 case ends with agreement

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Blair County man who has been challenging a 2012 jury trial conviction for witness intimidation has agreed to end his ongoing appeal and spend one day a week in jail for 52 weeks, starting Sept. 1. It’s a way of putting the matter to rest so Brian K. Greene can move on ...

Beam setting to slow Logan traffic

PennDOT has announced that beam setting will begin Friday for the Brush Run Bridge Replacement Project along Route 36 in Lakemont. Traffic delays of at least 10 minutes are expected because traffic will be limited to one lane. The structure spans Brush Run in Logan Township. Work is ...

Attorney General committed to stopping spread of ‘poison’

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Stopping at the Blair County Courthouse to announce charges in a major heroin and cocaine investigation, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said his office is committed to fighting the opioid crisis in the region. “I want to be very, very clear. We will do whatever ...

Officers say defendant admitted to owning heroin

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Investigators told a Blair County jury on Monday that William Daniel Brown Jr. admitted to owning the raw heroin found June 7, 2016, in the attic of a residence on the 2600 block of Sixth Avenue. Brown was in the attic where the officers saw what they believed to be heroin ...

Federal court dismisses Ickes’ complaint

A federal appeals court has dismissed a civil rights complaint filed by Don R. Ickes, the 82-year-old Bedford County man who persistently claimed he was the victim of excessive force by police during a 2011 traffic stop in southern Blair County. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Third Circuit ...

Choosing a lucky ducky

A community carnival at Maybrook Hills Rehabilitation & Health Care Center on Sunday was planned to help people move past the facility’s history as the Valley View Home and gain trust for the future, current owners said. The hotdogs, hamburgers and all the sides were free — as well ...

Drug bust in progress

State and local narcotics agents are out in Blair and Cambria counties making arrests this morning in what investigators say is a multi-million dollar cocaine and heroin distribution ring. In all, about 15 people are charged in connection to the alleged organization that police contend soles ...

Brother McGrenra takes Gospel message on the road for charity

LORETTO — The Dorothy Day Outreach Center, established in 1981, is a volunteer-based agency on the Saint Francis University campus. It serves thousands of clients in several counties, said the center’s Assistant Director Mary Adams. The center provides financial assistance to families. ...

‘Dedicated’ bikers ride for animals

Toby is a rescued dog, and he loves riding with his owners on their motorcycle. “He’s part of the biker group,” said Gary Dinant of Philipsburg. Toby, a Shih Tzu-Maltese mix, sat happily wearing his biker goggles Sunday as his owners Gary and Lisa Dinant spoke to the Mirror at the ...

Campus to host open house

CRESSON — Mount Aloysius College will hold an open house beginning at 5 p.m. Wednesday to show the 193-acre campus to prospective students and their families. Campus tours start at 5 p.m. with an admissions presentation to follow in the college’s Wolf Kuhn Art Gallery. Prospective ...

Jewel in the hollow

It’s an ornament within the often-photographed view that includes the necklace of the Horseshoe Curve. But the reservoir complex enfolded by the famous stretch of railroad tracks is far more: The city of Altoona may owe its very existence to those bodies of water and to the engineer who ...

YMCA heading in new direction

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Some major changes will be coming to the Hollidaysburg Area YMCA. Board members are contemplating a major expansion project and are searching for a new executive director to replace Tom Kopriva, who will retire Dec. 31. Board members say another expansion project — the ...

Blair prison looks to add mental health staffer

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Plans are being made to designate a mental health care case manager to work with Blair County Prison inmates. It’s an idea to address what’s long been recognized as a need but until recently, lacked the means to be accomplished, Blair County Commissioners Chairman Bruce ...

Several events set for Tuesday’s Night Out Against Crime

National Night Out Against Crime is Tuesday, and two events in Blair County will give the public a chance to spend the evening getting to know area police and first responders and have some fun along the way. A countywide event, sponsored by Duncansville Police, Blair County Law ...

Blair County farm tour set for Aug. 18

The Blair County Farm Bureau will hold its annual Legislative Farm Tour from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 18 at Maple Kroft Farms, 302 McCutcheon Road, Altoona. Maple Kroft Farm is a multigenerational dairy farm in Sinking Valley. The event is designed to update members on changes that are ...

Eichelberger seeks rewrite

For years, conservative and libertarian groups across the country have dreamed of a “convention of states,” a mass gathering of elected representatives who could rewrite the Constitution in one fell swoop. The effort has always been an uphill climb, but state Sen. John H. Eichelberger ...

SFU to build energy education classroom

LORETTO — Efforts to build a Saint Francis University Tiny Classroom Big Impact project are underway. The project will provide hands-on, renewable energy education for SFU students and community members in central and southwestern Pennsylvania. A year ago, the Institute for Energy had an ...

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Huntingdon Juniata College receives grant The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded Juniata College $50,000 to support the redesign of the college’s general education curriculum. The grant is the second such award provided to Juniata in support of a faculty-driven effort to update the ...

Draining Duncansville

DUNCANSVILLE — PennDOT’s plans to pave the busiest street in the borough in 2018 do not include measures to address poor drainage. Because of the extensive utilities beneath Route 22, measures to improve drainage would likely cost $1 million to $2 million more than the $800,000 project ...

Logan Twp. police seek new K-9

Logan Township Police are looking to select the next K-9 officer as their current police dog, Vilo, is retiring because of medical issues. “Logan Township has a storied tradition with police K-9s, and with Vilo’s pending retirement, we want to maintain that tradition,” Logan Township ...