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‘This is absolutely incredible’

Fredina Ingold, a Penn State Altoona student in the 1970s and later athletic director, recalled when the Steven A. Adler Athletic Complex contained only a gymnasium and closet space used as offices. On Friday, Ingold helped cut a ribbon dedicating a two-story $24.5 million addition and ...

Blair DA salary requests rejected

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Even though the Blair County District Attorney’s Office did its own salary survey to back up a request for higher salaries in 2018, commissioners said Friday that the request won’t be honored. With the county’s 2018 draft budget showing a more than $9 million deficit ...

Bedford judge takes over city man’s resentencing

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Bedford County senior judge has been assigned the task of resentencing an Altoona man serving a life without parole sentence for a 1988 murder. Taking over the case from Blair County Judge Jolene G. Kopriva, Judge Daniel Howsare held his first hearing Friday at the Blair ...

Johnstown man faces trial in assault case

A Johnstown man accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend after breaking into her Altoona home will face trial. Magisterial District Judge Jeffrey Auker found police had enough evidence against 32-year-old Edward Lee Reviere to send the case to Blair County Court after a preliminary hearing ...

Man faces charges for allegedly striking boy

An Altoona man faces assault charges after police say he struck a 5-year-old boy. Glenn Andrew Staehli III, 37, of 228 Fifth Ave., is charged with misdemeanor counts of simple assault of a child under 12 years old and child endangerment over an alleged incident in May in which he is accused ...

Brewery project moving forward

NANTY GLO — A developer looking to convert a former prison into a brewery assured Cambria County commissioners on Thursday that the project is moving forward. His comments came a few weeks after County Controller Ed Cernic spoke openly about his disappointment with the developer’s ...

Former Williamsburg teacher waives hearing

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The former Williamsburg Community High School teacher accused of sexually assaulting a male student waived her appearance Friday for an arraignment in Blair County Court. Nikki Varney, 44, 1971 Scotch Valley Road, Hollidaysburg, remains free on bail posted after she was ...

Two killed in Clearfield crash

CLEARFIELD — Two people are dead after a head-on collision in Clearfield County. Billi Joann Johns, 46, and James Spencer, 48, both of Beccaria, died Friday when the pickup truck they were in collided with another pickup at about 9:40 a.m. on Walton Street in Decatur Township, according to ...

Gambling poised for major expansion

HARRISBURG — Lawmakers in Pennsylvania, which is second only to Nevada in commercial casino revenues, voted Thursday to approve the biggest expansion of gambling in the state since casinos were legalized more than a decade ago. Desperate to find ways to help plug a giant budget hole, the ...

Claysburg-Kimmel picks new superintendent

A Duncansville resident who is serving as a Clearfield County superintendent will be the new leader of the Claysburg-Kimmel School District. The Claysburg-Kimmel School Board has chosen Darren J. McLaurin as the district’s next superintendent after former head Royce Boyd announced her ...

Blair rejects sheriff requests

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The first draft of Blair County’s 2018 budget with a $9.38 million deficit prompted commissioners on Thursday to turn down a pending request from the sheriff’s department for higher starting salaries and raises. In their first budget planning session, commissioners Bruce ...

Cambria approves marijuana policy

NANTY GLO — Despite a new state law approved last year allowing the use of medical marijuana to treat certain illnesses, Cambria County commissioners agreed Thursday to prohibit some employees from using the drug. A new medical marijuana policy was presented at a morning meeting by county ...

Judge approves charges in endangerment case

MARTINSBURG — A district judge allowed charges to move forward Thursday against Harry Miller, the Martinsburg man accused of endangering two people with Facebook posts accusing them of working as police informants. All those involved acknowledged the case is a novel one: State police Cpl. ...

Suspects in 8 robberies now accused of burglary

A couple accused of robbing eight stores now face felony charges in connection to an Altoona burglary and gift cards bought with a stolen credit card. Michael Rupert II, 28, and Carli Aungst, 26, were arraigned Thursday on felony conspiracy, burglary and theft-related charges stemming from ...

Cambria to launch opioid lawsuit

NANTY GLO — A lawsuit will be filed against 26 manufacturers and distributors of opioid-related drugs after a Thursday vote by Cambria County commissioners, approving legal action meant to recoup costs related to dealing with an addiction “epidemic.” “The county has spent a lot of ...

Tyrone directs CDBG money

TYRONE — Borough Council will use all of its available Community Development Block Grant money for the current fiscal year for Phase 2 of an ongoing three-phase Logan Avenue streetscape project. The borough is getting $93,900, but will use $16,000 of the money for grant administration — ...

Commission recommends eight projects for improvement program

Blair County Planning Commission members on Thursday recommended eight projects to the Metropolitan Planning Organization be included in the 2019 Transportation Improvement Pro­gram/12-Year Program. Commission members recommended the inclusion of five bridge and three highway-related ...

Area briefs

Commission favors Rutter’s plan Rutter’s Farm Stores’ plan for a second location in Blair County got a favorable review from the Blair County Planning Commission on Thursday. York-based Rutter’s opened its first Blair County location June 30 at 935 Plank Road, Duncansville. The ...

Commission not satisfied with storage unit plans

Blair County Planning Commission members Thursday were not satisfied with plans submitted for a pair of storage unit buildings proposed along Mill Run Road. V&J Storage Units plans to construct two storage unit buildings totaling 1,120- square feet (70 units) and 1,248-square feet (78 ...