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Conservation and recreational grant applications being accepted

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The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is accepting grants for community conservation and recreational projects until April 10, according to a press release. Sen. Wayne Langerholc Jr., R-Cambria, said the DCNR will host a webinar Feb. 27 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. for ...

Huntingdon man loses appeal claiming innocence

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A Huntingdon County man who is serving a state prison sentence after pleading no-contest to four DUI charges has lost his appeal in which he contended he was “actually innocent,” according to Pennsylvania Superior Court decision issued last week. Huntingdon County President Judge George ...

Accused thief waives hearing

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A Tyrone woman accused of stealing hundreds of dollars from her mother has waived her right to a preliminary hearing. Autumn J. Leeper, 30, of Tyrone appeared in Tyrone District Court on Tuesday to waive charges of felony access device fraud and misdemeanor theft on to Blair County ...

Sears closing in 2 weeks

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The store that was the first to announce plans to become what would be the Logan Valley Mall will close in less than two weeks. The last day of business for that Sears store will be March 3, said Dan May, mall general manager. Rumblings of a mall coming to Altoona began in December 1964 ...

Briefcase

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Chamber sets event The Blair County Chamber of Commerce WE-LEaD committee will host a networking event geared toward women in the business community from 5 to 7 p.m. March 11 at Altoona Grand Hotel. The event, sponsored by Leonard S. Fiore Inc., will feature an opportunity to learn tips ...

AASD weighs Mansion revamp

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The Altoona Area School Board has begun looking at renovating Mansion Park’s locker rooms, bathrooms and grandstands because they do not meet compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. When the school board discussed the problems Tuesday evening, there was mention of a ...

Blair up against grant deadline

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County commissioners face a March 1 deadline to ask the Penn­sylvania Museum and Historical Commission for an annual grant to help cover courthouse restoration projects. But without an agreement on how much to request — and a pro­mise to equally match any grant ...

Maryland men face charges in tire theft scheme

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From Mirror staff reports Two Maryland men face charges after the theft of thousands of dollars worth of tires from an Allegheny Township business. Rayant E. Aldridge, 31, of Baltimore, Md., and Benjamin C. Hoover, 54, of Finksburg, Md., were arrested Monday at Good Tire Service on the 2300 ...

Here it comes again

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Kris Hoover, head mechanic at Blair Auto Service & Power Equipment in Duncansville, works on a snow blower Tuesday. Hoover says his busiest work times are the day before and the day after a large snowfall, when homeowners often damage their machines. Tyrone Borough has declared a snow ...

Tyrone declares snow emergency

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From Mirror staff reports In preparation for today’s expected winter weather, Tyrone Borough declared a snow emergency and state transportation agencies an­nounced restrictions on certain roads, including I-99. On Tuesday, Tyrone Borough declared a snow emergency from 9 a.m. today until ...

Court seeks to clarify civil rights suit ruling

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The 3rd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has asked a federal district judge in Johnstown to explain in greater detail why he dismissed a civil rights lawsuit brought by a state prison inmate who is serving life for murdering his cellmate. Lawrence Edward Peter­son Jr., 49, is incarcerated in ...

Cambria resident eyes prothonotary

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From Mirror staff reports A Jackson Township resident has put in her election bid for prothonotary, noting deep family connections to Cambria County. Lisa Crynock, of Gillen Lane, Mineral Point, an­nounced she is seeking the Republican nomination for Cambria County prothonotary. “I ...

Spring Cove School District receives more grant funds

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From Mirror staff reports ROARING SPRING — The Spring Cove School District has increased its total grant awards nearly ninefold this year compared with last year, according to Super­intendent Betsy Baker. At Tuesday’s school board meeting, Baker said the district now has a total of ...

Petition period opens

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The Cambria County Re­publican Committee re­minds the public that candidates for public office in the May primary election can begin collecting signatures today. Candidates can collect signatures until March 12. Electors must be registered in the same political party as the candidate and ...

Tea Party sets events

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The Blair County Tea Party is hosting a couple events in the next upcoming weeks. At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Blair County Commissioner Terry Tomasetti will discuss a proposal to adopt a home rule charter for the county at an event at the Bavarian Hall at 112 S. 13th St. The next event will be at 7 ...

Briefcase

Local Business

LORETTO SFU offers business seminars The Saint Francis University Small Business Development Center has scheduled two pre-business planning seminars for March. The free seminars are for people who are interested in opening and operating their own business. Topics to be discussed are ...

AMED condemns two properties

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AMED on Monday voted to condemn a pair of occupied residential properties on Shand Avenue, between Reimer and Brumbaugh streets, so the authority can fully realize its ambitions for a proposed new headquarters complex on that block. The respective properties are owned by a pair of brothers, ...

Pa. court denies appeal hearing

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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has denied further hearing on an appeal filed by an Altoona man who contended his prison sentence of 10 to 20 years — stemming from a 2015 shooting death — was excessive. Jorge Luis Gomez III, 38, was convicted by a Blair County jury in September 2016 and ...

AASD director strongly opposes insurance deal

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An Altoona Area School Board member said she wants to bring insurance costs down drastically for the school district. Board member Sharon Bream drew on her 40 years’ experience of securing insurance policies for a farming company and vehemently opposed the administration’s request to ...