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Tomassetti seeks new county setup

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County Commissioner Terry Tomassetti is proposing a new set-up for county government that would replace the three-member board of commissioners and elected row officers. It could operate with a legislative branch and an executive branch, much like those branches of the ...

Former inmate loses appeal

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A former Blair County Prison inmate whose computer skills allowed him five years ago to disrupt the Hollidaysburg area with bomb threats and tales of toxins in the water supply has lost his quest for a new trial and a lesser prison term, at least temporarily. The inmate, Adam Christopher ...

Best, Ward debate in Blair

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Candidates vying to represent the 30th District in the state Senate stood Tuesday to answer questions as two of Blair County’s often opposing political groups came together to host a candidate’s forum in Altoona. Republican candidate and current state Rep. Judy Ward and Democrat Emily Best ...

Ebensburg residents oppose new Dollar General

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EBENSBURG — Those living in northeastern Ebensburg Borough do not want a proposed Dollar General store in the neighborhood. At least that’s what a number of the community members expressed on Monday Borough Council meeting. Borough officials discussed the proposed rezoning and development ...

Land bank OK’d after 5 years

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After more than five years of talking, the city has a land bank. “It’s good to see it get across the finish line,” said Mayor Matt Pacifico, the primary advocate for creation of the agency, after City Council adopted an ordinance at a recent meeting designating the Redevelopment ...

Briefcase

Local Business

BUFFALO, N.Y. M&T among loan leaders M&T Bank announced it ranked seventh in the nation for total loans during the Small Business Administration’s fiscal year. M&T Bank extended 1,403 SBA 7(a) loans to small business owners for a total of $172.6 million over the course of ...

Births

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Oct. 13, 2018 A son born to Ashley Aurandt, Altoona, at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown. Oct. 16, 2018 Braxton Bruce James Wahl, a son born to Desiree A. Deyarmin and Anthony M. Wahl, Altoona, at UPMC Altoona at 3:43 p.m. To obtain a form to announce a birth, please ...

AASD may borrow full cost

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The time seems ripe for the Altoona Area School Board to take out a loan for the whole amount of its high school building project, the board’s bond counsel said Monday. And while the board originally planned to pay $25 million in cash and borrow $63 million through bonds for the $88 million ...

Briefcase

Local Business

F.N.B. declares dividends PITTSBURGH — The board of directors of F.N.B. Corp. declared a quarterly dividend of $18.13 per share on F.N.B. Corp.’s Non-Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock, Series E. The dividend is payable on Nov. 15 to shareholders of record as of the close of ...

Ebensburg sees cluster of vehicle thefts

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EBENSBURG — Three vehicles were stolen in a short time period from different parts of Ebensburg Borough, the police chief said Monday, prompting a call for residents to lock their autos and take their keys. Two of the vehicles were found in Philadelphia. At a Monday Borough Council ...

Court upholds drug dealer’s sentence for selling heroin

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A Pennsylvania Superior Court judge, while concurring with an opinion upholding a six- to 12-year sentence for a Blair County drug dealer, said he nevertheless is bothered by the “unfettered” power of county judges to impose consecutive sentences. Judge Gene Strassburger agreed with ...

Vigil set in honor of Copley

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A vigil to remember homicide victim Catherine Copley is slated for tonight. The vigil is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the grass field in front of Altoona Bible Institute, 711 Third St. The family is asking anyone who wants to attend the event to remember Copley to bring a candle and a balloon ...

Heading home

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John Geist walks home from work Monday afternoon in front of a frightfully festive house along Broad Avenue. Blair County municipalities will observe trick or treat night from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. The forecast for Thursday calls for partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the 40s. Mirror ...

Rose Hill Cemetery group thanks volunteers

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The Friends of Rose Hill Cemetery, a fundraising group, held a picnic at the cemetery Saturday to thank people who have written checks or volunteered to help revive the big graveyard from its near-moribund state of maintenance a couple of years ago. The revival effort has included creation of ...

Road-rage incident, crash lead to charges

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A road-rage incident that allegedly ended with an intentional crash has led to criminal charges in Cambria County. Brian T. Dodson II, 30, of 812 Level Road, Lilly, faces a felony aggravated assault charge for a Sept. 15 incident along Route 22 in Cres­son Township. Officers were called to ...

SBA aids Smithmyer’s sale

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LORETTO — When Jim Gregg wanted to make the transition from working for the world’s largest retailer to owning a town store, he relied on help provided through the U.S. Small Business Administration. Jim and his wife, Jessica, purchased Smithmyer’s Superette in Loretto on Aug. 1. The ...

Man found wandering I-99 faces charges

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From Mirror staff reports A Tyrone man faces charges after police say he was found naked, confused and wandering along the road. Randy R. Eamigh Jr., 32, of 180 Bald Eagle Sportsman Road, faces charges after state police allegedly found Eamigh walking naked on the on-ramp of I-99 at the ...

Husband accused of knife assault

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Mirror staff reports A Juniata man is in jail after police say he held a knife to his wife’s throat and threatened to kill her over the weekend. Aaron R. Bowman, 35, of 312 N. Sixth Ave., faces felony aggravated assault and related charges stemming from the alleged incident that started ...

Buffalo Mills man accused of child rape

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From Mirror staff reports A Buffalo Mills man faces numerous criminal charges for allegedly sexually abusing a child from when she was 8 years old until she was 11 years old. Robert Vernon Sheetz, 38, of 1343 Milligans Cove Road, is being charged with three rape of child counts, three ...

Leaf colors fall flat

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At the Bedford Fall Foliage Festival this year, festival committee President Ron Ebert heard the jokes — and made some himself: “Didn’t you paint the leaves?” people asked. “Ran out of paint. We’ll try to do better next year,” he’d reply. The festival took place on the first ...