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Board grants variance

The Altoona Zoning Hearing Board recently gave the Competitive Sports Academy permission to post a sign along Sixth Avenue at the edge of the academy property to alert motorists to the presence of the academy building 250 feet away and downslope from the avenue — despite a city official’s ...

Winter weather forecast for area

Now is the time to be prepared for winter weather to bluster in and push fall out, National Weather Services meteorologist Charles Ross said. “Have winter tires ready from here on out,” Ross said. PennDOT issued a press release to warn drivers traveling today of potentially dangerous ...

Getting their bearings

Altoona Public Works employees Jeff Aungst Jr. (left) and Chris Keagy replace a bearing on a salt spreader on Tuesday afternoon at the city highway yard in anticipation of more winter weather headed to the area. Please see story on Page A7. Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec

Bedford approves salary hike

BEDFORD — Commis­sioners approved a 5.5 percent salary increase for the coroner, the lowest paid of all county elected officials, and a 2 percent increase for all other elected officials from 2020 to 2023 at Tues­day’s meeting. The coroner’s salary is $20,850 now but will in­crease ...

Alleged assault results in charges

From Mirror staff reports A Bedford woman faces simple assault and harassment charges for an alleged physical assault. Ashlee Elizabeth Fetter, 31, of 149 Sundance Road, is accused of hitting a male victim repeatedly on the head with her cellphone Nov. 12, causing him to bleed, a police ...

Hopewell man faces threat charge

From Mirror staff reports A Hopewell man is facing charges of terroristic threats, simple assault and harassment. Coty Allen Hale, 28, of 4492 Raystown Road, reportedly threatened a male victim during an argument Nov. 22. Hale tried to take a family member for the holiday season to spend ...

AASD honors groups

Three local organizations, the Altoona Area Public Library, Central Blair Recreation Commis­sion and the Jaffa Shriners recently were awarded Altoona Area School District’s 2018 Service to Education Award. The district has used American Education Week each year since 1984 to recognize ...

Claysburg to honor vets

From Mirror staff reports CLAYSBURG — Clays­burg PAST will present a program focusing on local veterans’ stories, photos, videos and patriotic music Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Claysburg-Kimmel High School Auditorium. Admission will be free to all veterans and to students 18 and under ...

Crash on I-99 leaves 2 dead

Two women were killed late Monday afternoon on I-99 when their southbound mini-van crossed the grassy median and its cable guardrail and crashed head-on into two northbound vehicles just south of the Plank Road exit, according to state police at the scene. A third woman in the mini-van was ...

Woman charged with assaulting two officers

An Altoona woman is in jail on charges she assaulted two Altoona police officers. Courtney M. Colpetzer, 25, is accused of pushing an officer to the floor in the upstairs of her 811 23rd St. home early Friday after Colpetzer got into an argument with her boyfriend and then tried to say he left ...

Professor to give public lecture

Mount Aloysius College Professor Julie Smith, who has a doctorate in social history, is slated to present a public lecture today at the college examining the impact of World War I. The 100th anniversary of the war’s end was marked Nov. 11. Smith emphasizes the way War World I ended — ...

City zoning board approves Stuckey’s 80-foot flagpole

In a split vote, the Altoona Zoning Hearing Board recently granted the new owner of an auto dealership on Logan Boulevard a variance to install an 80-foot high American flag — 30 feet higher than permitted in that highway business zone. Stuckey Buick GMC will install a big flag on a high ...

Police arrest man for alleged stabbing

A Tyrone man is behind bars after police say he pulled out a pocket knife and stabbed a man in the arm during a weekend domestic dispute. Thomas J. Hawes, 26, was arrested Saturday afternoon after Tyrone police were called to 400 W. 16th St. after a report of a domestic dispute. According ...

Hyndman man accused of firing gun

A Hyndman man faces charges of recklessly endangering another person, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct for reportedly shooting a gun multiple times in a Londonderry Township neighborhood. James Paul Hosselrode, 53, of 453 Cooks Mill Road, is accused of shooting numerous rounds from a ...

Car knocks down powerline pole

A car struck a powerline pole along the 2600 block of Broad Avenue on Monday morning, causing four residences to lose power, according to a Penelec employee. No one was injured. Penelec worked to re­store power by rearranging the affected power lines, according to an employee who asked not ...

Man allegedly stabs neighbor during fight

An Altoona man was stabbed over the weekend after police say he punched in his neighbor’s window to get inside the apartment. Joseph W. Hillard, 27, of 2918 Pine Ave., second floor, called police just before 2 a.m. Saturday to report he had been stabbed by his neighbor. When Altoona police ...

AMED unsure of law’s effects

Ambulance services in Pennsyl­vania recently won a legislative battle, but they remain unsure of the ultimate outcome. The victory was in passage of a law requiring insurance companies — though not the federal government — to reimburse ambulance companies for treatment provided during ...

Twins welcome babies on same day

Fraternal twins from Altoona had children on the same day last month. Twins Melissa (Settle) Wertz and Jacob Settle, 31, were always close. As children, they did everything together. They graduated from Altoona Area High School and went to the same college for a couple of years. ...

Sense of humor helps with 109-year-old’s longevity

It’s been a modest life but a long one. And apparently Helen Meredith of Epworth Manor in Tyrone, who recently celebrated her 109th birthday with family members, doesn’t take that life — or its longevity — so seriously that she can’t poke a little fun. At her party, Meredith ...