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Primanti Bros. to honor dads on Sunday Dads are invited to celebrate Father’s Day on Sunday at their neighborhood Primanti Bros. Restaurant and Bar and enjoy a free sandwich. The “Already Famous” Dads Eat Free promotion is available at the Altoona and State College ...

Lakeside retreat

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Emma Burger of Altoona enjoyed a day of fishing at Canoe Creek State Park on Tuesday. She said she likes visiting the park because it’s calm and gets her away from the city. (Mirror photo by Isaac Ritchey)

AASD property taxes on the rise

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The Altoona Area School District is raising taxes next year. The school board chose Tuesday between a $114 million budget plan with a tax increase and one without, and it chose to raise taxes. Facing a $9 million deficit at the end of next year and fearing a state takeover in future years, ...

Time questioned in Duncansville man’s trial

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BRIDGETON, N.J. —- Details surrounding the murder of Ivan “Scotty” Strayer II of Gallitzin in a Vineland, New Jersey, hotel room almost three years ago have been scarce and kept under a tight seal. Two hours of closing statements on Tuesday shed light on critical aspects of the case ...

Lawsuit against diocese revived

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A state Superior Court panel Tuesday reinstated a lawsuit against the Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown filed by a woman who claims a pedophile priest consistently molested her in the 1970s and ’80s. That decision, outlined in an opinion by Judge Deborah A. Kunselman, overturns a Blair ...

AASD vows new grad plans

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While age-old school policy allows only district-issued garments to be worn by Altoona Area High School graduates during the ceremony, the Altoona Area School Board made an exception after an administrator on Monday night denied a student from wearing a U.S. Army sash with his graduation ...

Diocesan headquarters moving to new location

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown will move its headquarters from Hollidaysburg to the former Our Lady of Lourdes School in Altoona next week. Tony DeGol, secretary for communications for the diocese, said the new location will be called the Mary Mother of the Church Pastoral ...

Fire destroys Lincoln Highway barn

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EVERETT — Fire companies were called to a rekindled barn fire at 6:48 p.m. Tuesday on Lincoln Highway in Snake Spring Township. First responders spent much of Tuesday morning battling a blaze at the barn. Everett Fire Chief Charles Scott told a WJAC news crew that firefighters were called ...

City woman accused of DUI

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Altoona police allege a woman who drove her car into a ditch last weekend with her four young children aboard was drunk. Ashley Grace Caldwell, 27, of Altoona faces four felony counts of endangering the welfare of a child along with a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence after her ...

Court: Cambria County judge over-sentenced man

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The Pennsylvania Sup­erior Court has ruled that a Cambria County judge over-sentenced an area man for a probation violation on a retail theft charge and has ordered him to be resentenced. John Charles Illingworth, 39, of Indiana was initially placed on probation for 84 months after entering ...

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BEDFORD Rock the Block event planned Downtown Bedford will kick off its summer Rock the Block program from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday with music by Fueled by Ignorance. The event features music, food and beer, according to Lindsay Buchanan, assistant Main Street manager. Rock the Block is hosted ...

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HUNTINGDON FSA sets reporting dates U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency Executive Director Melissa Webreck in Huntingdon County said that producers who file accurate and timely reports for all crops and land uses, including failed acreage, can prevent the potential loss of FSA ...

Accused arsonist called troubled

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An Altoona man who police say set fire to his West Chestnut Avenue home over the weekend is troubled, according to family and friends who gathered outside the gutted and charred house on Monday. Jerret T. Aungst, 37, allegedly set fire to 3816 W. Chestnut Ave. about 3:45 a.m. Sunday and was ...

AASB to decide on tax increase

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The Altoona Area School Board will choose between two budget options tonight, one with a tax increase and one without. In addition, early costs for planned Mansion Park upgrades will be on the agenda. Board members may be reluctant to spend for engineering studies, especially with the ...

City man faces sex assault charges

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A 57-year-old Altoona man faces charges he sexually assaulted a 7-year-old boy. David E. Christy, of 1453 Riggles Gap Road, was arrested Monday by Altoona police detectives after an investigation into allegations Christy fondled a 7-year-old boy in Juniata last August. According to the ...

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JOHNSTOWN Conemaugh gets ‘A’ rating Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center has earned its third consecutive ‘A’ rating for its efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the United States. The recognition is from The Leapfrog Group, a Washington, ...

AAHS graduation faces complications

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Altoona Area High School officials acknowledged it wasn’t ideal, but because of the threat of thunderstorms, the 2019 graduation ceremony was moved from Mansion Park’s abundant seating to the Fieldhouse, which meant limited capacity. The city was to experience thunder and lightening ...

Police probe infant’s death

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — The death of a 1-month-old baby is under investigation, state police in Hollidays­burg said Monday. The infant, identified by his obituary as Robert Vincent Zeth, was unresponsive upon arrival at Conemaugh Nason Medical Center in Roaring Spring on Saturday and was ...

Man requests public transit

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TYRONE — A borough resident on Monday suggested to Borough Council that there is a need for a public transportation system for Tyrone, and members were receptive. Eric DiMemmo volunteered to look into the feasibility of persuading a business or agency to set up a service to help Tyrone ...