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Chamber sets Wild West trip The Blair County Chamber of Commerce and Heritage Travel have set a trip to the American Wild West. Highlights of the trip, scheduled for Aug. 23 to Sept. 1, include a sightseeing tour of Denver, Colo., and stops at Rocky Mountain National Park, Mount Rushmore, ...

AASD approves two major purchases

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Two major purchases were approved by the Altoona Area School Board on Monday involving the high school building construction project, but where the money was coming from was not the building project budget. It appeared to be a round-about way of funneling money from the cost of the high ...

Deer culling to be delayed

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After meeting with the state Game Commission on Monday on behalf of his constituents, state Rep. Jim Gregory, R-Blair, announced Monday that the commission has agreed to delay its plan for culling deer in a large portion of Blair and Bedford counties. “Speaking for my constituents, hunters, ...

Jury trial for former Altoona sergeant begins

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — A former Altoona Police Department sergeant is on trial this week in Blair County Court, challenging criminal charges accusing him of creating false time records to receive about $9,000 in pay. Matthew S. Starr, 41, Altoona, is also accused of claiming donations intended for ...

Pa. court upholds man’s sentence for bar outburst

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The Pennsylvania Sup­erior Court has upheld a state prison sentence for a man who created a ruckus in a Huntingdon bar because, the defense stated, he was having a bad day due to a falling out with his girlfriend. Huntingdon County Judge George N. Zanic last year imposed a 20- to 84-months ...

City man accused of break-in

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DuBois — An Altoona man is facing charges for breaking into a Sandy Township, Clearfield County residence. Ronald Argro, 40, was charged by Sandy Township police with felony counts of criminal attempt, burglary, criminal trespass, misdemeanor loitering and prowling at nighttime as well as ...

Porn allegedly leads to man pushing wife

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A city man faces charges after police say he pushed his wife after she yelled at him for watching porn. Kevin Lee Brooks, 51, of 911 Green Ave., No. 608, allegedly told Altoona police “I shoved her so hard, I can’t believe I did that,” when officers arrived at the apartment he shares ...

Stever hailed as ‘stellar man’

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TYRONE — George Stever was very active and dedicated to Tyrone, said those who knew him. “He was a stellar man,” said Lori Eckert, who worked for Stever at what is now M&T Bank. “He was just a good person. He worked hard to make sure things got done for the community. He was a ...

Former mortuary adviser running for coroner

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A Johnstown business owner and former senior mortuary affairs adviser for the U.S. Army is running for Cambria County coroner. Gregory M. Jones, 48, of 300 Golde St., owner of Carrie’s Kitchen in downtown Johnstown, is seeking the Republican nomination for the position. “I want to be ...

Deputy eyeing sheriff position

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A chief deputy sheriff is seeking the Republican nomination for sheriff, with intentions to further enhance the services the office currently provides to Bedford County residents. Diane Nelson, 42, of Everett, said she has proven her abilities through her different positions in law ...

City native running for mayor

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From Mirror staff reports Altoona native and Demo­crat Bridgette Jackson is vying for city mayor, noting her roots to the area and her roles as a working wife and mother that distinguish her from past mayors. Jackson, of 313 Grant Ave., said she was born and raised in Altoona and purchased ...

Topper named to 5 committees in House

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From Mirror staff reports HARRISBURG –– Rep. Jesse Topper, R-Bedford, has been named to serve on five committees in the commonwealth. Topper will serve on the Appropriations, Education, Judiciary, Liquor Control and Rules committees. As a member of the Ju­diciary Committee, Topper ...

Frisbee fun

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Rick Winrick and his dog, Bailey, enjoy some time outdoors playing frisbee on Monday afternoon. Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec

Sheetz marks opening of 100th NC location

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From Mirror staff reports Sheetz recently celebrated the opening of its 100th store in North Carolina on Thurs­day in High Point, N.C. The company operates 588 stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio and West Virginia, and plans to open about 30 more stores in ...

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Summer STEM program set The opportunity is now open to apply to the 2019 Appalachian Regional Commission and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Summer STEM Programs. The two-week program for high school students and teachers will run from July 6-19, and the one-week program for middle ...

Lynam’s passion remembered

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Frank Sinatra, Arnold Palmer, Presidents Truman and Eisenhower — all came under the sharp focus of newspaper photographer Thomas C. Lynam, who discovered his lifelong passion in childhood when an aunt took a family photo and shared the prints. “Cameras were a rarity back then,” said ...

Judge upholds report’s secrecy

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A federal judge has ruled that Blair County is not required to release the names of people who contributed to a recent Pennsylvania Department of Corrections report about the operations of the county prison. U.S. District Judge Kim R. Gibson in Johnstown found that releasing the names could ...

Tyrone resident stresses the importance of technical education

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Tyrone native and resident MaryAnn Volders was recognized in October by SkillsUSA, the nationwide career and technical student organization, for her work as an administrator at the Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology in Pleasant Gap, where she serves as vice president of ...

The Dream reopens after evacuation

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The Dream restaurant, 1500 Allegheny St., Hollidaysburg, re-opened Sunday after high carbon monoxide levels forced patrons to evacuate Saturday afternoon. A cook contacted co-owners Calvin and Kathy Russell when a carbon monoxide detector alarmed and showed high carbon monoxide levels in the ...