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Route 53 bridge reopens

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CLEARFIELD — A Route 53 bridge in Morris Township, Clearfield Coun­ty, has been replaced and reopened, PennDOT said. The bridge spans Emigh Run, near the village of Morrisdale. Replacement work was performed by Clearwater Construction Inc. of Mercer.

Lower rent price discussed

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EBENSBURG — Be­cause a tenant’s funding was reduced, Ebensburg Borough officials on Mon­day debated lowering the rent for space in the basement of the Young Peoples Community Center. The basement of the borough-owned community center at 300 Prave St. has been leased to the Cambria County ...

Inmate, visitor under investigation

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HOUTZDALE — An inmate of the State Correctional Institution at Houtzdale and his female visitor are being investigated in a possible effort to smuggle drugs into the facility. At 12:20 p.m. Sunday, SCI Houtzdale security staff observed an inmate place an item in his mouth that he received ...

Sweating the cost

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Classroom temperatures can reach 85 degrees or higher the beginning of the school year. But some area school officials sweat the cost of putting in air conditioning because of the costs involved or the age of school buildings. Officials at the Bellwood-Antis School District are researching ...

Magisterial district judges

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Filed before Altoona Magisterial District Judge Daniel C. DeAntonio: Charges waived to court March 28: Michael W. Brecht, 42, 1401 Conemaugh Ave., Apt. 5, Portage, charged by Blair County Sheriff’s Department with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia ...

Logan to rezone college woods

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The Logan Township supervisors on Thursday agreed to rezone the 39-acre Penn State Seminar Forest off Juniata Gap Road, across from the Ivyside campus, from residential to institutional, to help the college obtain grants so it can use the ground to its full potential. Funding agencies, ...

Mills enjoys providing leadership to Mount Aloysius

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John Mills assumed the interim presidency of Mount Aloysius College in May, and he did it with the understanding that he would provide a transition. Having come out of retirement in 2017 after having served 10 years as president of Paul Smith’s College in New York, Mills finds Mount ...

Tyrone police investigate burglary

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Tyrone Borough police are investigating a burglary that happened Saturday afternoon at a residence at West 22nd Street and Madison Avenue. A police report states one suspect lured the homeowner away from his property, saying they were surveying property lines and needed help finding the ...

Motorcycle crash injures 59-year-old

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A motorcyclist was hospitalized for potentially serious injuries after striking a wooden fence post 8 p.m. Saturday on Allegheny Road, Bedford. Kenneth J. Davidson, 59, was thrown from the motorcycle after striking a wooden fence connected to a high tensile electrical wire, a police report ...

Annual festival serves up food, bonding

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Authentic Greek food and music, community, good weather, a bounce house — what more can you want at a church festival? The 13th annual Greek Festival at was held Saturday at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1433 13th Ave., but it was a special festival, said Gus Nichols as he manned the ...

Drug bust underway in Blair County

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Police and state narcotics agents fanned out across Altoona and northern Blair County this morning looking for about 70 people suspected of selling drugs. Read more in Tuesday's Altoona Mirror.

Failure to yield

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For a lot residents, getting around Altoona means putting one foot in front of the other — and taking their lives into their own hands. “A lot of people don’t stop,” said James Gillespie, who pointed out that drivers don’t always yield to pedestrians when they should. Gillespie and ...

Boy, 9, lauded for actions that saved younger brother

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Rebekah Clough was downstairs doing laundry when she heard her 9-year-old son, Matthew English, yelling. “He said, ‘Mom, hurry up, Gabriel’s turning blue,’” Clough said. Gabriel Clough is Matthew’s little brother. He wasn’t yet 2 years old at the ...

City woman takes plea deal

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona woman will serve four to 10 years in prison for her role in what police described last year as a heroin deal gone bad. Tonia Lynn McConnell, 49, who has been incarcerated since August 2016, entered guilty pleas Tuesday in Blair County Court to felony charges of ...

Police: Woman fled Blair County constables

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An Altoona woman faces charges after police say she fled constables. Bobbie Jo Green, 44, of 222 Third Ave., was charged this week with misdemeanor charges of escape and disorderly conduct after she allegedly fled Blair County constables trying to arrest her on a bench warrant. About 1 p.m. ...

Beach trip successful, thanks to little prayer

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Even though I am the last person to provide a religious viewpoint, I can tell you this: The power of prayer is alive and well in my household. And by just having me write this, I know faith works because yours truly is still alive. Earlier this year, my family was invited to vacation at a ...

Blair Habitat for Humanity finishes newest home in Altoona

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After a year and a half of construction, work is complete on Blair Habitat for Humanity’s latest home at 1814 Third Ave. The house was built by volunteers, including the owner, Carl Shaffer, and his father. “It was overwhelming. Me and my dad built this house together. It’s words you ...

Soccer club looks to add more fields

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The Logan Township supervisors on Thursday gave their blessing for the Altoona Soccer Club to seek funding for a feasibility study that could result in the addition of soccer fields to Greenwood Park or Strawberry Hills — or both. The club has nearly full access to a field at Greenwood Park ...

Adler’s Market turns 90

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PHILIPSBURG — As Adler’s Market celebrates 90 years in business, the company, which has its roots in Altoona, continues to thrive. Adler’s Market was recently recognized during the Philipsburg Heritage Days celebration in July. “The Adlers moved here in the 1950s when they bought ...

Blair County Nonprofit of the Month

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Name: Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries (ALSM) Years in existence: 70 years Employees: 520 employees Type of non-profit: Faith-based 501(c)(3) Populations served: We touch the lives of more than 3,000 people each year in eight West Central Pennsylvania counties: Bedford, Blair, Cambria, ...