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McGinnis reflects on tenure

After a town hall meeting in Altoona on Thursday that felt like a swan song for a lame duck, state Rep. John McGinnis was asked to reflect on his six-year tenure, which ends Nov. 30. Some people may think he failed, some will grant him a measure of success, said McGinnis, who considers ...

United commencement postponed

Friday’s commencement exercises at United High School in Armagh were canceled after a group of suspected high school seniors was seen sneaking into the building Friday afternoon. According to a news release from state police at Indiana, about 10 high school seniors sneaked into an area of ...

Roadwork

Shade Gap Road resurfacing to start Grannas Bros. Stone & Asphalt Inc. of Hollidays-burg will begin work Monday on the Sawmill Road resurfacing project in Dublin Township, Huntingdon County. About 3 miles of Sawmill Road will be milled and resurfaced and other upgrades will be ...

Central Labor Council celebrates 100 years

The Blair Bedford Central Labor Council plans to celebrate its 100th anniversary in a big way. Gov. Tom Wolf and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka will be featured during the council’s 38th annual Person of the Year dinner Sept. 13 at the Bavarian Hall. Wolf will be honored as Person of ...

A life well lived

Two months ago, I wrote about my mother Jeanie’s battle with kidney cancer, and many of you expressed your heartfelt wishes. Since our obituary page is highly read, you may be aware that Jean Franco passed away last month — May 19 to be exact. She was 84. I’d like to use today’s ...

Congress gears up for key rulings on trains, trucks

Bigger, heavier trucks on the roads, new railroad rules and longer hours for drivers — Congress members are set to make key rulings on all of these issues this summer, as House transportation leader Rep. Bill Shuster, R-9th District, prepares to leave office. Congress is set to pass new ...

Workplace

Awards and honors Joel C. Seelye of Hollidaysburg recently received the Michael K. Smith Excellence in Service Award from the the Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. The award is named in memory of a young Philadelphia lawyer who was committed to providing legal services ...

Behind the desk

Company name: Altoona Dental Restorations Inc. Address: 1153 Knee Lane, Duncansville Telephone number: 693-2915 Website: altoonadentallab.com Position: Owner/president Years with company: 30 Family: Wife, Jodie; two sons: Jerry and Ian; and three grandsons: Eli, Rocco and Jax What ...

Starting up

HUNTINGDON — It’s not easy being a student entrepreneur. “Most student startups fail or never get off the ground,” said Terry Anderson, assistant professor of entrepreneurship and director of the Juniata Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership at Juniata College. “Any entrepreneur ...

Mirror staffers recognized at PNPA, PWPA

Nine individual members of the Altoona Mirror, along with the sports staff, have been recognized in this year’s journalism contest by the Pennsylvania Newspaper Press Association and the Western Pennsylvania Press Club. First-place PNPA recognition went to the Mirror sports staff for ...

Couple faces several felonies after alleged abuse

HOUTZDALE — A Clearfield County couple are facing assault charges after allegedly beating and abusing their six adopted children. The charges against Timothy Dean Krause, 52, and Barbara Jean Krause, 50, both of Houtzdale, were filed by state police Thursday at District Judge James ...

MDL Manufacturing in Bedford may auction its building this month

BEDFORD — MDL Manufac­turing will downsize and restructure its operations in the Bedford County Business Park. The company is not closing, but MDL will have a two-day auction of equipment and potentially its building in mid-June. “Significant capital investments from 2013 through ...

Altoona man receives up to 20-year jail sentence after running meth lab

HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man will spend seven to 20 years in jail on several drug offenses, including ones linked to running a methamphetamine lab last year in the attic of his residence on the 100 block of East Fifth Avenue. James C. Rodgers, 38, rendered multiple guilty pleas Friday in ...

All smiles

Teiha Weaver waves to family members while joining classmates taking part in Altoona Area High School’s commencement on Friday at Mansion Park. The school graduated 547 students as part of the 142nd graduating class. Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec

Sentencing rescheduled after ‘nothing’ progresses

The sentencing hearing for a New Jersey native who pleaded guilty in April to aggravated manslaughter in the death of an Altoona toddler was continued Friday. Maurice Pearson, 31, who lived in Altoona for a several years, was scheduled to be sentenced Friday for the death of his former ...

Martinsburg man faces felony for fleeing police

Police say a Martinsburg man was drunk when he fled Blair Township police on a motorcycle. Daniel L. Brunner, 42, of 175 Cross Lane Road, faces a felony fleeing police charge along with misdemeanor DUI and drug paraphernalia counts stemming from his alleged encounter with Blair Township ...

Cocaine found in Altoona man’s toilet

An Altoona man is in jail after a police raid Wednesday night uncovered cocaine, cash and about a pound of marijuana. Norman M. Hardy, 50, was arrested about 8:30 p.m. when Altoona police descended on his home at 1009 S. 10th St. with a search warrant and found cocaine in the toilet, a ...

Magisterial District Judge

Filed before Martinsburg Magisterial District Judge Craig E. Ormsby: Scott A. Croft, 52, 226 Dumb Hundred Road, Roaring Spring, charged by state police with simple assault and disorderly conduct on the 300 block of Poplar Street June 11. Charge of disorderly conduct was moved to nontraffic ...

Man due in court after allegedly using cigarette to burn his girlfriend

A Tipton man accused of assaulting his girlfriend and burning her with a lit cigarette is due in court. Patrick W. Leeper Jr., 30, of Tipton, was arrested May 22 after state police responded to his mother’s home on the 200 block of Spruce Street to find his girlfriend with a black eye and a ...