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Debris, rapid drying make spring prime wildfire season

April 18, 2015 While spring rains may be perceived to result in damp conditions, experts said spring is one of the driest seasons — a factor that may contribute to destructive fires if burning is not supervised an... more »»

Authority aiming to address properties

April 18, 2015 Last September, Interim City Manager Peter Marshall successfully introduced a measure to City Council designed to eliminate a frequent target of municipal hypocrisy: the failure of the Altoona... more »»

Man sentenced to drug court despite objection by attorney

April 18, 2015 HOLLIDAYSBURG — Kirk Matthew Durbin of Cresson was sentenced Friday to participate in the Blair County Drug Court so he could receive treatment for a heroin addiction, but an attorney for the victim... more »»

Couple in police chase waive hearings, face trial

April 18, 2015 A Windber couple facing drug charges after a March police chase that ended in a crash in Antis Township will face trial. Jesse M. more »»

Man accused of forcing runaway girl into sex act

April 18, 2015 A city man faces charges after police say he sexually assaulted a teenage runaway. Khalied T. Gerard, 24, of 620 Second Ave. more »»

Canoe Creek to undergo controlled burns

April 18, 2015 Canoe Creek State Park, in conjunction with the Bureau of Forestry, will conduct a one-day burn of two fields in the park sometime next week. more »»

Area briefs

April 18, 2015 NWS issues fire weather watch The National Weather Service reports that rapid wildfire spread is possible this afternoon and has issued a fire weather watch for the area. more »»

Beating leads to murder charge

April 17, 2015 Maurice Pearson, a New Jersey man arrested last Friday for allegedly severely beating a 3-year-old Altoona boy and his mother, was charged Thursday with first degree murder in the boy’s death, it wa... more »»

Role in meth lab leads to jail time

April 17, 2015 HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Osterburg woman was sentenced Thursday to a minimum of 4 1/2 years in a state correctional facility for her part in the operation of a methamphetamine lab in 2011. more »»

State rewards Griep for work

April 17, 2015 On Thursday, the Blair County District Attorney’s office announced Sue Griep, the county’s victim witness coordinator with the Victim Witness Program, was selected to receive the 2015 Governor’s... more »»

Petitioners rally behind cafeteria staff

April 17, 2015 By Thursday, an online petition requesting that Tyrone Area School District officials to forego a discussed cafeteria worker outsourcing that could eliminate about 30 workers, amassed more than 750... more »»

No tax hike in Central Cambria budget

April 17, 2015 EBENSBURG — Central Cambria School District plans to keep taxes at current levels for the 2015-16 school year. The proposed $22. more »»

Eichelberger draws captive audience

April 17, 2015 DUNCANSVILLE — When it comes to engaging America’s youth in politics, state Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr., R-Blair, could have used some simple advice: Just ask about school lunches. more »»

City man facing heroin charges

April 17, 2015 A city man accused of selling heroin now faces more charges. Thomas “TL” Lang, 37, of 2313 12th Ave. more »»

PSU Altoona students bring hope to discussion of depression

April 17, 2015 The depression hits like a wall, Penn State Altoona student Karly Bish said as she spoke to more than 100 people packed in the Pond View Lounge of the Slep Student Center. more »»

Fowkes running for re-election in Allegheny Township

April 17, 2015 Donald W. Fowkes, 71, is running for re-election to the Allegheny Township Board of Supervisors. more »»

Mother tearfully recalls last moments with son

April 16, 2015 The mother of 3-year-old Ty’mil Andrew Solomon said Wednesday her son’s death allegedly at the hands of her boyfriend has meant life to at least three other children in need of organ transplants. more »»

Budget shows $1M deficit

April 16, 2015 HOLLIDAYSBURG — Early budget figures show a $1 million deficit as Hollidaysburg Area plans for 2015-1. more »»

Award a ‘beautiful gift’

April 16, 2015 Though recent health issues kept Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Carol Stevens from attending, her presence was certainly felt at Wednesday night’s WISE Women of Blair County Tribute Dinner. more »»

Amtran may spend $100K to raze the roof

April 16, 2015 Amtran may spend up to about $100,000 to renovate its downtown loading platform along 10th Avenue Expressway, with most of the money likely going toward replacing the galvanized steel roof panels. more »»

 
 
 

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