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Blair retirement board considers investments

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Blair County Retirement Board is considering another investment option to help the county’s underfunded pension plan gain and preserve assets. The county’s $35.1 million fund is currently invested in U.S. and non-U.S. equity funds, U.S. fixed income funds and since ...

Crime

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City man arrested during theft probe A 24-year-old Altoona man was arrested Friday after state police found a truck loaded with stolen batteries on the 1400 block of First Avenue in the city. State police in Hollidaysburg said they were investigating the theft of tens of thousands of ...

Homeward bound

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Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec After completing her work shift at the Pleasant Valley Boulevard Dunkin’ Donuts, Ashley Gallo uses her phone while waiting for the bus to take her home Thursday evening.

Briefcase

Local Business

JOHNSTOWN JARI sets Lunch & Learn JARI will hold its next Lunch & Learn from noon to 1:15 p.m. Feb. 20 at JARI Center, 160 Jari Drive, Johnstown. Randy Frye, dean of the Shields School of Business at Saint Francis University, will present “Creating Customer Delight and Enhancing ...

DEP hands Sunoco ‘historic’ fine

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Work on the controversial Mariner East 2 pipeline can resume, according to a decision by the state Department of Environmental Protection. But developers also must pay a “historic” $12.6 million civil penalty for violating terms of DEP construction permits while building the 300-plus-mile ...

Prison guard faces charges

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An Altoona man faces charges that he conspired to smuggle cellphones to inmates while working as a state prison guard in Huntingdon County. Zachary Hockenberry, 31, of 615 Second Ave., is due in district court in Huntingdon on Wednesday for his preliminary hearing on a felony charge of ...

Blair job openings attracting applicants

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County government has job openings and in some cases, a lot of applicants. An administrative assistant position at the county conservation office, vacated due to a retirement, drew 215 applications in two days, county Human Resources Director Katherine Swigart said ...

Officers recognized

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — After reviving a woman who overdosed on opioid drugs, two Hollidaysburg Borough police officers were honored at a Thursday evening public meeting by the local mayor and acting police chief. Mark Lingafelt and Richard Oldham responded to a call shortly after 8 p.m. Jan. 5, ...

Logan considers sewer extension

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It’s probably unsurprising that members of the Logan Township Planning Commission were surprised this week to learn that a neighborhood with hardly a whiff of the countryside is dependent on septic systems for sewage disposal. It’s especially unsurprising when one considers that a ...

Supervisor recalls effort to find phone

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Joe Metzgar remembers telling himself, as he put his phone on the roof of his car and picked up his dog to put her inside, “Don’t leave it there.” The Logan Township supervisor, however, left it there, and when he arrived at Penn State Altoona from his house in Homer’s Gap to walk his ...

Lawmakers back limited constitutional convention

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A Lebanon County lawmaker is optimistic a proposed limited constitutional convention in Pennsylvania will become a reality. “We need to change the structure of how Pennsylvania does its operations. If not, we will not be able to tackle our major problems, such as the unfunded pension ...

Eichelberger to host presentation on bill

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State Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr., R-Blair, will host a presentation Monday on his bill that would initiate a limited constitutional convention in Pennsylvania. “Many people have never heard of a limited constitutional convention,” Eichelberger said. “Pennsylvania hasn’t held one ...

Area

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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

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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

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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 ...

Magisterial district judges

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Filed before Northern Blair Magisterial District Judge Fred B. Miller: Charges waived to court July 26 – Sept. 5: Tyler M. Biddle, 22, 202 W. 10th St., Apt. 3, Tyrone, charged by Tyrone police with aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of children, simple assault, recklessly ...

Briefcase

Local Business

Smith Furniture will close DUNCANSVILLE — After 67 years in business, Smith Furniture House of Fashion is closing its doors, according to a letter to customers on the business’ website. The business is closing as owners Gary and Mary Clare have decided to retire. Smith Furniture is ...

Judge allows argument for fatal ATV crash trial

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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 ...

Sentencings

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The following defendants pleaded guilty to charges listed and were sentenced as shown: Tessa M. Schroy, 25, 344 Main St., Bellwood, sentenced June 5, 2017, to $100 fine and 18 months’ probation for resisting arrest and other charges filed by Tyrone police Jan. 27, 2017. Jason Lynn Andrew, ...