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Final Penn State football season tickets mailed out

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Penn State football season ticket holders antsy for their tickets can rest easy, university officials said this week, as many of the remaining delayed packages are en route to fans’ addresses. With the season opener against Akron just over a week away, many fans have remarked on the ...

Tyrone council seat not filled yet

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TYRONE — A meeting-date change this month may have postponed the filling of Tyrone Borough’s empty council seat. In July, Borough Council put out a call for candidates interested in filling the seat, vacated when Councilman Bill Latchford became mayor, filling the seat vacated in February ...

Bedford County man dies in farm accident

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HOPEWELL — A Bedford County farmer died Tuesday when a piece of equipment he was working on crushed him, county Coroner Rusty Styer said. Styer said Charles W. Clapper, 59, of New Enterprise was pronounced dead at 2:04 p.m. Tuesday along Halls Hill Road, Hopewell Township. Clapper had ...

Motorcyclist killed in crash

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A motorcyclist was killed in a violent crash along Plank Road on Wednesday evening. Blair County Coroner Patty Ross said the 18-year-old man died from severe blunt-force trauma. He was pronounced dead at the scene. He was wearing a helmet. The name of the deceased isn’t being released until ...

Deceased motorcyclist identified as Bishop Guilfoyle student

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Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School is mourning the loss of senior student Cole Rinker. Rinker, 18, was identified as the motorcyclist killed in the wreck Wednesday evening along Plank Road near Sierra North Plaza in Altoona. "This is a sad day for the members of Cole's family, for ...

Births

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Aug. 15, 2017 Quintyn Terry Barger, a son born to Angela L. Bittner and Timothy William Barger, Altoona, at UPMC Altoona at 11:45 p.m. Brynlee Gracelyn Barr, a daughter born to Alicia M. Cristi and Benjamin T. Barr, Altoona, at UPMC Altoona at 10:16 a.m. A daughter born to Brittany ...

DA blasts defense blog in Ross case

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Blair County district attorney has asked that a gag order be imposed on lawyers in the Paul Aaron Ross homicide case because of a blog posted on the website of the Innocence Project of New York. The blog was critical of Judge Jolene G. Kopriva’s recent ruling allowing ...

Raising the roof

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Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski Carpenters from Garman Brothers Construction, Williamsburg, fasten trusses together on a major roofing project at the First Presbyterian Church of Hollidaysburg on Monday afternoon.

Blair moving forward with clocktower repairs

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County commissioners voted 2-1 Tuesday to move forward with temporary repairs to the clock in the courthouse tower and to restore eight tower louvers to their original finish. Albert Michaels Conservation Inc. of Altoona will be contracted to handle those tasks while ...

Probe of Van Zandt project sought

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The president of the union that represents all non-management employees at Van Zandt VA Medical Center has called for temporary stoppage of an $8 million construction project, alleging that a chemical spill sickened several medical workers and that the ongoing addition of a second floor to the ...

Fire departments receive grants, loans for vehicles

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Three Cambria County volunteer fire departments will receive grants and low-interest loans, allowing them to purchase new vehicles to better serve their coverage areas, local politicians confirmed. State Rep. Frank Burns, D-Johnstown, recently announced that Cresson Volunteer Fire Department ...

Woman faces charge over texts

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TYRONE — The mother of a woman arrested earlier this month in connection to the alleged violent shaking of a baby has been charged with harassment. Briana McClellan, 20, and Tyler Biddle, 22, were arrested on Aug. 8, and according to Tyrone police, Briana McClellan’s mother allegedly ...

Sunday hunting topic at tour

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PATTON — A high-reaching grain complex, like something out of a science-fiction movie, loomed overhead, as Cambria County farmer James Hite led a group of more than two dozen visitors Tuesday on a tour of his Clearfield Township property. Among the visitors were state and local politicians, ...

Courthouse elevator prompts debate

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — An effort to replace Blair County’s older courthouse elevator prompted a debate among commissioners Tuesday on whether to retain marble trim around the elevator entrance doors or replace the marble trim with a bronze-finished product. While no decision was made, ...

UPMC unveils new, high-tech cancer center

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Cancer patient Frank Stahl has just one complaint about UPMC Altoona’s new cancer clinic on the first floor of the hospital’s Outpatient Surgery Center. The TVs in the rooms where patients receive chemotherapy only get 10 channels, he said. Stahl likes the History Channel and PBS — ...

Births

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Aug. 11, 2017 Colson Anders Keagy, a son born to Cassandra (Dodson) and Jeremiah Keagy, Altoona, at Cone-maugh Nason Medical Cen-ter, Roaring Spring, at 8:10 a.m. Anberlin Renae Varner, a daughter born to Jessica R. Garber and Ian J. Varner, Bellwood, at Conemaugh Nason Medical Center, ...

Solar eclipse ‘amazing’ experience for local viewers

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Hundreds of people in Blair County this weekend scrambled to find cardboard framed glasses with lenses of filtered plastic that block virtually all light. Ineffectual as they may seem, those glasses were needed to safely view the solar eclipse in Altoona and across most of North America on ...

AASD board questions day care

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The Altoona Area School District needs the day care service that the nonprofit Kids First provides, but some on the board question the setup. The board approved a lease agreement for Kids First to provide its services in the district’s elementary schools on Monday. However, board ...

Braking systems behind derailment

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Problems with braking systems appear to have contributed to the Aug. 2 train derailment that destroyed a couple of Hyndman homes and forced the town’s evacuation, according to a preliminary federal report. A Monday report from the National Transportation Safety Board said the CSX train ...

Locally-made products behind Blair County Proud focus

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What do signs and candy, mining equipment and bacon, and industrial trucks and copier paper have in common? All of them are products made in Blair County. Manufacturing has changed over the decades, but Blair County retains a diverse family of business making items for the local residents ...