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JOHNSTOWN Pitt-Johnstown receives grant State Rep. Bryan Barbin, D-Cambria/Somerset, announced a $500,000 grant to build a trail and sidewalks project to allow access for students to bike and walk from UPJ, Penn Highlands Community College and the Richland School District to the Richland ...

Projects receive low-interest loans

Two projects in Blair and Huntingdon counties have been awarded $750,000 in low-interest loans through the Altoona Blair County Development Corp. Gov. Tom Wolf announced the loans by the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority program on Wednesday. The loans will support 20 small ...

Mount Airy wins mini-casino

HARRISBURG — The family that owns northeastern Pennsylvania’s Mount Airy Casino Resort won the rights Thursday to build a mini-casino on the opposite side of the state along the Ohio border, an area that has tried for years to land a casino project. Mount Airy, owned by the family of ...

Judge allows argument for fatal ATV crash trial

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Prose­cutors will be allowed to tell a jury that an ATV driver, who faces homicide by vehicle and related charges, either knew or should have known about the potential for deer to jump into his path, a Blair County judge has ruled. That’s a speculative and prejudicial ...

Spanier trying to vacate verdict

HARRISBURG — A lawyer for Graham Spanier argued to a Pennsylvania appeals court Wednesday that too much time had passed for the former Penn State president to be charged with endangering the welfare of children over his handling of a complaint about Jerry Sandusky. A three-judge Superior ...

Lawmakers work on congressional map

HARRISBURG — Pennsyl­vania lawmakers headed home Wednesday with two days left to comply with a court order to redraw boundaries of the state’s widely criticized congressional districts as top Republican lawmakers hunkered down to figure out a plan. Voting sessions were canceled amid a ...

Police: Man lied about his car being stolen

An Altoona man faces charges after police say he falsely accused another man of stealing his car. Jeffrey M. Boston Sr., 52, of Altoona, was charged this week by Altoona police after video surveillance footage from a city bar allegedly showed Boston handing over the keys to his car to a man ...

Reasy left his mark on Penn State Altoona

Locals are mourning the recent loss of a long-standing Altoona resident and Penn State University community member. Joseph W. Reasy Jr., 71, died Feb. 1 at UPMC Montefiore Hospital in Pittsburgh after experiencing a stroke. “Everyone loved Joe,” said JP Richardella, a former employee ...

Two tractor-trailers crash, catch on fire on turnpike

Two tractor-trailers crashed and caught on fire along the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Bedford County, trapping one of the drivers involved, Wednesday morning, according to WTAJ. The accident occurred about 9:30 a.m., blocking the westbound lanes between the Breezewood and Bedford intersections. ...

Area briefs

EBENSBURG Tree and Plant Sale catalog now available The Cambria County Conservation District’s 46th annual Tree and Plant Sale catalog is now available. Since 1972, the conservation district has been offering seedlings and nursery stock to help residents create small orchards, wildlife ...

New flu cases still rising in area

A flu-season graph on the state Department of Health website depicting week-to-week numbers of new cases in Pennsylvania rises like a cliff. A graph representing new cases for each week of every season back to 2009-10 shows this season’s line rising far higher already than the high points ...

Possible juror bias forces mistrial

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A jury trial focused on two assaults inside the Blair County Prison ended Tuesday when a mistrial was declared based on a breach of juror etiquette. Judge Wade Kagarise said Tuesday that the juror told him she thought she was developing a bias during Monday’s trial ...

Reade Township action may have violated state law

BLANDBURG — Before Bill Phillips was appointed to a seat on Reade Township’s board of supervisors, he was already sitting in it. On Monday, Phillips appeared at the front of a meeting room beside Supervisors John McElheny and Jim Igou, but he was not yet a supervisor. However, ...

Wolf seeking gas tax, wage hike in budget

HARRISBURG— Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s election-year budget plan unveiled Tuesday will renew battles with the Republican-controlled Legislature over imposing a tax on Marcellus Shale natural gas and increasing the minimum wage. Wolf’s budget plan, his fourth and final first-term ...

Health insurance plans would save county money

Blair County commissioners have a choice between two health insurance models for the county’s 458 employees, both of which are projected to save the county significantly on costs from last year. At best, the county could save about $1 million from last year, according to JJAN Financial ...

Police: Suspect beat man for talking with another woman

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A phone call to the electric company led to a violent altercation and charges against a Hollidaysburg woman. Rosanne M. Morningstar, 35, of 210 Walnut St., was arrested Monday afternoon at her home after she allegedly punched and kicked a man at her home after she saw his ...

Commissioner proposes improved budget process

Blair County Commissioner Terry Tomassetti proposed measures to improve the county’s budgeting process going into next year and to provide the public with more meaningful budgetary information. “Despite its best efforts, the county did not provide the public with meaningful details until ...

Superior Court upholds guns ruling

The Pennsylvania Superior Court has upheld a Huntingdon County judge’s decision not to return several firearms to a defendant who was sentenced in 2016 for setting his neighbor’s cabin on fire. Huntingdon County President Judge George N. Zanic sentenced Todd Eric Messner, now 47, to 18 ...