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Diocese’s director of education retires

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Sister Donna Marie Leiden, Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill, will retire as the Altoona-Johnstown Catholic Diocese’s director of education effective June 30. Leiden served as director of education since 2007 and as principal of Bishop McCort Catholic High School in Johnstown from 1997 to ...

Births

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Dec. 31, 2017 Roman Asher McMullen, a son born to Christina L. (Cummings) and Robert V. McMullen III, Altoona, at Conemaugh Nason Medical Center, Roaring Spring, at 10:57 a.m. Jan. 1, 2018 Joshua Michael Musselman, a son born to Mikhaela P. Musselman, Claysburg, at Conemaugh Nason Medical ...

Briefcase

Local Business

INDIANA First Commonwealth to enter Cincinnati market First Commonwealth Financial Corporation and Garfield Acquisition Corp., the parent company of Cincinnati-based Foundation Bank, have agreed that First Commonwealth will acquire Garfield and Foundation Bank in a cash and stock ...

Task Force addresses blight

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The city’s Blight Task Force is ready to go public. Having met three times, beginning in September, the group will hold its final — and first fully open — meeting on March 7, at which time it will publish its Comprehensive Blight Strategy Plan. At its penultimate meeting last week, the ...

Magisterial District Judges

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Filed before Altoona Magisterial District Judge Jeffrey P. Auker: Gregory M. Robertson II, 31, 3202 Broad Ave., charged by Altoona police with simple assault and harassment on the 100 block of East Bell Avenue July 14. Guilty plea entered to charge of simple assault; other charge was ...

Country star booked for Jaffa

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Rising country music star Easton Corbin will be in Altoona this spring for an April 20 concert at the Jaffa Shrine Center. Corbin, who has a Country Airplay Top 10 single this week (“A Girl Like You”) and has had two No. 1 singles and six top 10 singles early in his career, is the second ...

NAACP volunteer works for progress for all races

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For LaShalamar Hogans of Altoona volunteering with the Blair County NAACP is a way she can help make the community better — for everyone. “I feel my ancestors have fought hard to get us where we are at,” the 57-year-old Hogans said. “I don’t want to regress, I want to progress. I ...

Man jailed after hitting police

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An Altoona man is in jail after allegedly punching a Blair County sheriff’s deputy and an Altoona police officer during an ambulance call Thursday night. David E. McConnell, 18, was arrested late Thursday after he allegedly fought with deputies and officers who responded to assist AMED at ...

City man sentenced after pleading guilty in drug case

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man involved in a heroin-selling business that operated in 2014 and 2015 entered guilty pleas Friday to multiple charges in Blair County Court. Anthony R. Makarikas, 40, who was accused of helping Norman “P” Gomez bring heroin to Altoona from New York, ...

Temperatures to rise by the weekend

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The Blair County area got a short break from the cold this past week. However, as the last of the snow melted, more cold weather proved to be on the way. Friday night began with heavy rain. David Martin of the National Weather Service office in State College confirmed that the area ...

Pennsylvania Farm Show

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Centre County horse wins two awards A horse exhibited by Gerald Allebach of Windermere Farm, Spring Mills, captured two awards in the Percheron competition of the draft horse show at the 102nd Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg. Windmere’s Fire was named champion mare and best of breed in ...

Three men charged in underage party

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TYRONE — An underage drinking party in Snyder Township over the weekend has lead to charges against three Tyrone men, including an 18-year-old who state police allege engaged in sex acts with a 13-year-old girl. According to state police in Hollidaysburg, Joseph B. Williams, 18, of Tyrone ...

Region experiencing economic renaissance

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By Walt Frank wfrank@altoonamirror.com Local economic development officials said 2017 was a good year, and they are optimistic about the year ahead. Cambria County reported more domestic and international companies visiting the region. Clearfield County found 98 percent of 155 ...

Project delay could be costly

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A successful motion by Altoona Area School Board member Dave Francis has paused an $88 million building project for two months, but construction proponents say the delay could potentially be a year and the cost could be much greater. At $88 million, the plan is to build a new B building ...

Eichelberger announces plan to run for 9th District seat

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EAST FREEDOM — State Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr. pointed to his past on Saturday while laying out his hopes for a future in the U.S. Congress. “My record is clear,” Eichelberger told the crowd of about 100 people who gathered at the Freedom Township Volunteer Fire Department on ...

Area

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Hollidaysburg Try the Y for free The Hollidaysburg Area YMCA is offering area residents to try the Y for free this week between Monday and Saturday. Guests will have an opportunity to sample dozens of classes for all fitness levels, as well as aquatic exercise classes including aqua zumba, ...

Diamond Lane Farm ideal for all occasions

Local Business

BAKERS SUMMIT — Terry Woodring admits he put the cart before the horse. “I am from Hollidaysburg, I am a town boy, I didn’t grow up on a farm. I bought a sleigh in 1985, and bought a horse to hook onto it in 1987 and that became Diamond Lane Carriage Services,” said Woodring, ...

Behind the Desk

Local Business

Kerrie Kinzle Company name: FINDS Furniture & Homegoods Consignment Shop Address: 301 Allegheny St., Hollidaysburg Telephone number: 317-5124 Website: findsconsigns.com Position: Owner/operator Years with company: Six Family: Mother, Dorothy Stapelfeld; children: Tessa Rossi ...

District to study reopening school

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In the two months that the Altoona Area School Board is putting its high school project on hold, district administrators are studying what it would take to reopen the Washington-Jefferson Elementary School. Both the delay of the high school project and the study of the Washington-Jefferson ...

Ardmore man seeks release to address addiction problem

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An Ardmore man awaiting trial on four drug-related charges is seeking release from prison so he can address his addiction problem. David B. Barr Jr., 36, has filed a petition with the U.S. District Court in Johnstown contending his Eighth Amendment right against the imposition of excessive ...