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Man acquitted on charges

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Blair County jury recently acquitted an Altoona man on three drug-related charges at the end of a two-day trial. Michael Cortez Eades, who represented himself, was found not guilty of possession with intent to deliver, criminal use of a communication facility and ...

SAP&DC funding applications sought

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From Mirror staff reports The Southern Alleghenies Planning & Development Commission, with support from the Pennsylvania De­partment of Conservation and Natural Resources, is launching its fourth round of grant funding to area communities. This funding, provided through the Southern ...

Work at routes 22, 36 to begin Monday

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From Mirror staff reports PennDOT has an­nounced that work on the Route 22/36 intersection in Hollidays­burg will begin Monday. Cottles Asphalt Maint­enance Inc. of Everett will begin work off the roadway in preparation to replace an underground cross-pipe on Route 36, also known as ...

Logan, Hollidaysburg hire police chiefs

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The Logan Township supervisors on Thursday hired Blair County Chief Deputy Sheriff David Reese as police chief. Reese replaces Tim Mercer, who retired recently because of a health issue after two years. “I think he’s going to serve us well,” said Supervisor Ed Frontino. “Move us in ...

Learning the ropes

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Keith Cron lays out a fire hose on Thursday at Altoona Fire Department, Station No. 2, in Juniata. Cron is one of a group of six probationary members who are participating in a 10-week firefighter course taught by Altoona Assistant Chief Mat Detrich. Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec

Estep chosen to take on new role

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — A sergeant became chief Thursday in Hollidaysburg Borough, where local government officials appointed Rodney Estep Jr. to the top-cop role. “I want to do this work,” Estep said shortly after his hiring. “And I have a lot of good help here in front of me. I promise you ...

Cambria balks at pay for post

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EBENSBURG — Citing budgetary constraints, Cambria County Salary Board members chose to delay the creation of a behavioral health position despite the new role being a requirement of the state. “I’m not against the position,” County Controller Ed Cernic said. “I’m against the ...

Cambria updates pact with Adelphoi Village

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EBENSBURG — With a pair of votes by Cambria County commissioners, an agreement with an agency that plans to house “at risk” youth in the former county juvenile detention center was updated. On Thursday, commissioners unanimously chose to approve an addendum to their standing agreement ...

Portage considers security upgrades

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PORTAGE — In an effort to beef up security amid recent school shootings, the Portage Area School District is investigating options to staff a full-time resource officer in the district. The district now has security guards surrounding the building during arrival and dismissal of school ...

Man faces assault charges

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A Duncansville man is facing felony and misdemeanor assault charges after police say he punched a nurse in the back of his head at UPMC Altoona. Michael Long, 45, of Duncansville, was arrested by UPMC Altoona police on Thursday and taken before Magisterial District Judge Daniel DeAntonio for ...

Ferris’ generosity, drive remembered

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The late George Carnegie Ferris was a well-known businessman as the longtime owner of Carnegie Equipment Inc. Ferris, 71, who retired as CEO in 2016 after 54 years with the business, died March 31 at his Hollidaysburg home. However, Ferris, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in ...

Man killed when machine hits power line

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JOHNSTOWN (AP) — One worker was killed and two others were injured when a piece of machinery being used to repair a sewer hit an overhead power line. Cambria County Coroner Jeffrey Lees said a 30-year-old man died Thursday after being electrocuted at a work site in Johnstown. The current ...

On this date

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50 YEARS AGO: April 13, 1968 The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Henry Mazer conducting, was to present two concerts at the Jaffa Mosque in Altoona on April 29 for the 7,000 area school children in grades 9 through 12, sponsored by the Region H Cultural and Education Center, William Telek ...

Briefcase

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Legislative breakfast set The Blair County Chamber of Commerce Committee of Non-Profit Businesses will host a legislative breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. April 27 at the Altoona Grand Hotel. The event will provide an opportunity to meet candidates vying for seats in May’s primary. The ...

AASD’s work set to start in June

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Foundation work for the new Altoona Area High School B building will begin in June when school is out for summer, according to Joseph H. Orr III, president of J.C. Orr & Son Inc. On Monday, the Altoona Area School Board accepted Orr’s bid of $46.5 million for the renovation of the high ...

US Army Corps sets planning meetings for Raystown Lake

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Pending revisions to a master plan governing development along Huntingdon County’s Raystown Lake are to be discussed later this month at a pair of public meetings, officials at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced today. The meetings have the potential to become contentious, as the ...

Garden Center will reopen

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TYRONE — A Huntingdon County business devastated by fire expects to be open this weekend. Daniel Martin said the family’s business, Martin’s Garden Center, 3278 Birmingham Pike, lost between $50,0000 and $100,000 worth of its inventory Tuesday night when a blaze ripped through its main ...

Higgins to be arraigned

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Former Bedford County District Attorney William Higgins is scheduled to be arraigned in Bedford County Common Pleas Court on May 30, online court records show. Higgins, 43, was charged last week on 31 misdemeanors that include 11 counts of obstruction of law enforcement, nine counts of ...

Jack Hanna visits Penn State

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Spotlights gleamed down on the spotted fur coat of a cheetah, the curled claws of an upside down hanging sloth and the wide eyes of a bush baby among other animals in a gymnasium packed with audience members. Community members at Penn State Altoona’s event Wednesday evening had the ...

Police nab suspect with DNA

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An Altoona man is behind bars on charges that he robbed a city convenience store in 2016. According to charges filed by Altoona police, DNA evidence found on a pair of blue gloves left at the scene of a Dec. 15 armed robbery of a FeFi’s Grocery led police to 25-year-old Dayshon A. McQueen ...