News

Cresson man faces charges

Local News

A Cresson man faces multiple felony charges for allegedly threatening to kill a woman early this month before firing a shotgun inside a home. James P. Shultz, 65, of the 700 block of Powell Avenue, is accused of threatening to kill the woman in his home shortly before 6:30 p.m. Sept. 8. He ...

Briefcase

Local Business

Blair County Chamber plans Down on the Farm The Blair County Chamber of Commerce Farm-City Committee will hold its annual Down on the Farm from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 5 at Penn England Farm, 10341 Fox Run Road, Williamsburg. Down on the Farm features an all-you-can-eat pig roast, hay wagon ...

Agriculture preservation applications available

Local News

For Mirror staff reports The Blair County Agricultural Land Preservation Board is accepting applications from Blair County landowners for agricultural conservation easement consideration. The deadline to submit applications for 2018 funding will be Oct. 16. By selling their ...

Track project nearly complete

Local News

ROARING SPRING — The new Spring Cove School District track is in its final stages, administrators said, after a series of mishaps delayed the project and added expenses through the summer. Contractors are adding red-colored surfacing material to the track, the final step before lines and ...

Police probe armed robbery

Local News

Altoona police are investigating an armed robbery Sunday night at Nic’s Grab-N-Go along Sixth Avenue. Just before 10 p.m. Sunday, a white man wearing blue jeans, a sweatshirt and a bandana covering his face entered the store and drew a handgun, Altoona Police Lt. Ben Jones said. The man ...

‘It’s nice to see the support’

Local News

FREEDOM TOWNSHIP — A memorial for Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Landon E. Weaver, who was killed in the line of duty last year, was unveiled Sunday to bring healing and comfort to Weaver’s hometown, the close-knit community of Freedom Township. Weaver was shot and killed by suspect ...

Schools: Few kids without vaccines

Local News

Weeks before school started, officials worried that they would have to exclude students from school for not having immunizations on time. But indications are that districts across the region were widely successful in getting students to comply with new state regulations. Altoona Area ...

Hollidaysburg YMCA’s Grassadonia ‘goes above and beyond’

Local News

Hollidaysburg Area YMCA’s director of competitive swimming Tom Grassadonia remembers when he cemented his philosophy of self-improvement. “A swimmer came up to me and said ‘Coach, I won,’ and I said ‘but did you improve? Did your time go up?’ He said ‘I don’t know.’ ...

City man loses appeal

Local News

An Altoona man who is serving a lengthy term in prison on drug offenses has lost his bid to overturn an additional charge of illegally possessing a firearm, which added another four to 10 years to his time behind bars. The Pennsylvania Superior Court refused to overturn the conviction of ...

Issue a taxing one for retailers

Local News

Merchandise lined the shelves of a small 20th Avenue storefront last week just like it had the year before. Store manager Seth Sunseri stood behind a counter just like he had the year before. To the average customer, not much has changed inside Vapor Expressions, a business specializing in ...

UPMC hosts cancer survivors picnic

Local News

TIPTON — On a warm September day, about 1,400 people attended UPMC Altoona’s Cancer Survivors Appreciation Picnic at DelGrosso’s Amuse­ment Park. Ron McConnell, UPMC Altoona’s chief operating officer, welcomed survivors, their families and guests Saturday. “This is a celebration ...

Thank goodness stuff can be left behind

Local News

It’s fall! I have no idea how it got to be fall so early. It seems like we were just talking about spring being short; summer blew by; and it’s fall. In my mind fall means two things: hunting season and putting away “stuff.” In our house, my wife always announces fall. Those gloomy ...

Police: Man took stolen car out of state

Local News

A Duncansville man who was arrested twice in one weekend also faces charges he stole a car and drove to Maryland. Richard A. Edmundson, 28, was arrested Sept. 9 after he allegedly refused to leave the Logan Valley Mall. Logan Township police indicated Edmundson had been at the mall about ...

FirstEnergy asking for nuclear help

Local News

Nuclear power plants are costlier to operate nowadays than gas-fired plants and must sell their energy in the current unregulated market at a loss, so FirstEnergy and the two other firms that generate nuclear power in Pennsylvania are lobbying lawmakers for help to become competitive again, a ...

Home search yields meth, cash, guns

Local News

HUNTINGDON — An investigation in Huntingdon County has led to the arrest of a half-dozen people on drug charges. Huntingdon County District Attorney David Smith said Friday that the arrests were made as part of a buy-bust operation involving crystal methamphetamine and a subsequent ...

Prison to get temporary warden

Local News

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County Judge Daniel Milliron said Friday that he’s working with the state Department of Corrections on plans for appointment of an acting warden to succeed the retiring county prison chief. Milliron, who has chaired the county prison board since January, also said ...

Marriage licenses

Public Records

Editor’s note: The following infor­mation was provided by the prothonotary’s offices at area county courthouses. Blair County Craig R. Tomlinson and Summer J. Siry, both of Altoona. Clark T. Bossert, Ridgecrest, Calif., and Lindsey J. Smith, Falls Church, Va. Robert J. Brickner and ...

Divorces

Public Records

Blair County WOLFINGER — Clara, Altoona; Nicholas, Hollidays-burg. Married June 6, 2012. LUNGLHOFER — Travis A., Altoona; Wendy J., Altoona. Married Feb. 18, 2006. SANKEY — Susan M.; Shawn W., both of Altoona. Married Oct. 15, 2005. MITCHELL — Mark D., Altoona; Jaymie R., ...

Building blocks of success

Local Business

Keller Engineers set for HOF induction Editor’s note: This is the first in a series on businesses that will be inducted into the Blair County Chamber of Commerce Business Hall of Fame on Oct. 16 at the Blair County Convention Center. HOLLIDAYSBURG — Joseph Keller admits he didn’t ...

Devorris

Devorris’ passing leaves ‘cavernous void’

Local News

Altoona and Blair County have lost one their biggest supporters and businessmen. Donald Devorris, 83, chairman and founder of the Blair Companies, died Thursday night at his Altoona home after a seven-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Among the many awards for business excellence and ...