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Third man charged in thefts

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A third man has been charged in connection with a string a thefts from vehicles in Juniata. Khiry N. Cannady, 28, of 207 E. Maple Ave., faces seven misdemeanor counts of theft from a motor vehicle along with a misdemeanor conspiracy charge and two counts of receiving stolen property stemming ...

Judge recommends dismissing petition from Loretto inmate

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A U.S. Magistrate Judge in Johnstown has recommended dismissing an inmate’s petition challenging loss of good conduct time because he allegedly was part of a conspiracy to bring synthetic marijuana into the Federal Correct­ional Institution at Loretto. The crux of the inmate’s argument ...

Development plan ‘consistent’ with efforts

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Blair County Planning Commission members said the Roundhouse Harley-Davidson development plan is generally consistent with countywide planning efforts. The plan calls for renovation of the existing Smith Furniture building on Route 764 in Allegheny Township as well as the construction of a ...

Valentines dinner and dance scheduled

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The Unter Uns, 1401 Van Buren Ave, will hold a Valentines Dinner/Dance on Feb. 16. The event is open to the public. The dinner begins at 6 p.m. and includes choice of beef or chicken. Tickets are $20 per person and are available for purchase in advance only at the Unter Uns. The deadline ...

Getting up to steam

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Altoona’s century-old K4 locomotive 1361 evokes images of fire, steam and plunging drive shafts, but it’s been 30 years since those kinetics have been a reality. The great machine remains in pieces at the Railroaders Memorial Museum, 22 years after the launch of a restoration effort that ...

PSU rolls out parking changes

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UNIVERSITY PARK — Never mind roster turnover as the result of graduations and transfers, the biggest initial concern for many Penn State football fans next season might be how they’ll get to Beaver Stadium and where they’ll tailgate. Penn State Athletics concluded a second set of public ...

Game without Steelers not so super for local businesses

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A Super Bowl without the Pittsburgh Steelers isn’t the same for both local fans and businesses. “It makes a big time difference. When the Steelers are in the Super Bowl more people have more parties, the bars are packed,” said Mark Bates, owner of Fat Daddy’s BBQ Shak at 200 Pleasant ...

Hundreds take the plunge

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Operating room registered nurses Amanda Young of Roaring Spring and Tony Kittle of Tipton jumped into frigid lake water to benefit Pennsylvania Special Olympians on Saturday during the organization’s eighth annual Polar Plunge at the Canoe Creek State Park beach area. The ...

Penn State athletes potentially involved in fight at fraternity

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UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State student-athletes, in addition to Greek- life members, were potentially involved in a fight that took place outside of a fraternity house, according to a State College Police Department press release issued Thursday. The original incident occurred shortly before 2 ...

Energy program focus of home builders meeting

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From Mirror staff reports The Pennsylvania Energy Efficient New Homes Program, offered by First­Energy’s Pennsylvania utilities (Met-Ed, Penelec, Penn Power and West Penn Power), will be presented to the area home builder associations on Monday and Tuesday. Municipalities across are ...

Politics

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Author to address GOP women The Central Pennsyl­vania Council of Republi­can Women will host Christopher W. Smithmyer at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 11 in the Ballroom at the Altoona Grand Hotel, 1 Sheraton Drive. This event is free and open to the public. Along with signing his book, “A Criminal ...

Ward takes up price-gouging push

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State Sen. Judy Ward, R-Blair, has taken up a legislative effort — vetoed last year by Gov. Tom Wolf — to loosen the state’s law on price gouging during emergencies. Ward is the new chief sponsor of the amendment, which had been pushed by Sen. Rich Alloway, R-Franklin, before Alloway ...

Of smartphones and duffers

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When I owned only one electronic device — a laptop computer — I had few problems mastering the instrument and using the word processing program. But I recently invested in a smartphone and found myself in a whole new world. This smartphone required dexterity that challenged me. To type ...

Competition drives donations

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By taking a different approach, local firms hope to make an even bigger impact during the 10th annual Engineers Fight to CAN Hunger. The event kicked off Jan. 23 and runs through Feb. 22. Five teams — Stiffler McGraw, Keller Engineers, Gwin, Dobson & Foreman, The EADS group and ...

Birthday falls on Groundhog Day

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ALUM BANK — A Bedford County native is celebrating her 90th birthday today by checking off a long-standing item on her bucket list — attending Groundhog Day festivities in hopes of sneaking a peek at Punxsutawney Phil. Mildred B. Heming, born Feb. 2, 1929, in Alum Bank, joked Friday ...

Alleged armed robber jailed

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A man who police say robbed a woman at gunpoint last weekend at the Logan Valley Mall is behind bars. Justin W. Harf, 30, of 207 Park Place, was taken into custody Friday by Logan Township police on robbery and related charges stemming from the holdup of a woman Sunday outside of the ...

Blair courthouse restoration efforts unveiled

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County commissioners have been doing “this historical preservation thing” — as local conservator John Rita called it — for a couple of years, but on a snowy and frigid Friday morning, officials opened the project for the first time to members of the ...

Planning Commission names new solicitor

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Blair County Planning Commission members Thursday entered into a contract with David A. Pertile of Hippo, Fleming & Pertile Law Office to serve as commission solicitor. Pertile will be paid $125 an hour for work on commission business. He succeeds Michael Routch, who had served as ...

Relic creates connection to God

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More than 2,000 people visited the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament on Thursday to be in the presence of the heart of a saint, said Altoona-Johnstown Roman Catholic Diocese spokesman Tony DeGol. It was the heart of St. Jean Vianney, whose life was shaped by the turmoil of the French ...

Briefcase

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Advanced Vein Care accredited Advanced Vein Care of Altoona has been granted a three-year reaccreditation from the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission for vascular testing in the specialty of peripheral venous testing. Granted only to facilities found to be providing high-quality patient ...