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Softball game ‘like a dream’

July 16, 2014 Josh Wege belted a softball about 320 feet to the warning track and booked it around the bases for an inside-the-park home run. more »»

Commons receives $2M grant

July 16, 2014 The state has awarded a $2 million grant to the Altoona-Blair County Development Corp. to support the proposed Convention Center Commons development in Allegheny Townshi. more »»

Former superintendent can’t withdraw guilty plea

July 16, 2014 JOHNSTOWN — A former area school superintendent has lost his bid to withdraw a guilty plea he entered in 2011 for misappropriating federal funds that were to be used to extend Internet services to... more »»

Bedford hoping Spectra ‘opens up’

July 16, 2014 With information trickling out on a proposed 427-mile gas pipeline that could begin near Bedford, county officials are pushing for a public meeting between corporate representatives and affected... more »»

Blair County to take over role formerly held by hospital

July 16, 2014 HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County’s adult parole and probation office is making plans to take over responsibilities for management of community service assignments and related efforts previously... more »»

Police: Man stole woman’s cellphone

July 16, 2014 An Altoona man faces a felony robbery charge after police say he stole a cellphone from a woman walking along the street. Shaquan A. Barber, 28, 1211 S. 27th St., Apt. more »»

Police: Mom high; crashed car

July 16, 2014 An Altoona mother is behind bars after police say she was high when she wrecked her car while driving with her two young children. Danielle N. Rightenour, 30, of 1910 11th St. more »»

Judge to allow recorded talks between woman, alleged dealers

July 16, 2014 HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County Judge Timothy M. Sullivan will not bar recorded conversations between an Altoona woman and alleged drug dealers during her upcoming trial. Lisa . more »»

Businessman receives probation over bath salts

July 16, 2014 HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona businessman who was involved in the sale of bath salts before they were outlawed has been placed on two years’ probation after police found a stash of the drug in a storag... more »»

Explosion leaves 2 dead

July 16, 2014 DARLINGTON (AP) — A husband and wife were killed Tuesday in an early-morning house explosion in western Pennsylvania. The couple were inside the ranch-style home when the blast occurred about 4 a.m. more »»

Budget legislation scrutinized

July 16, 2014 HARRISBURG (AP) — Budget legislation signed by Gov. Tom Corbett for state government’s 2-week-old fiscal year is the subject of intense legal scrutin. more »»

Art graduate’s body found in duffel bag

July 16, 2014 PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia police say a woman found dead inside a duffel bag was a recent art school graduate looking for a place to live. Homicide Capt. more »»

Police say woman tried to steal purse

July 16, 2014 An Altoona woman faces robbery and assault charges after police say she tried to snatch a purse along Fourth Avenue. At 1:30 a.m. Sunday Carrie Ann Miller, 30, of 2111 W. Chestnut Ave., Apt. more »»

Police say Windber man punched chief

July 16, 2014 WINDBER (AP) — A western Pennsylvania man has been arrested for allegedly punching the local police chief. more »»

Ketner’s attorney: Decision flawed, ‘big mistake’

July 15, 2014 An attorney representing Hollidaysburg Borough Police Chief Jeffrey Ketner, who was inexplicably placed on paid leave late last week, said Monday the Hollidaysburg Borough Council made “a big... more »»

Bishop’s residence placed on market

July 15, 2014 The house of Bishop Mark L. Bartchak is now officially for sale. more »»

Police: Dispute leads to attempted homicide

July 15, 2014 EVERETT — Police said an Everett man shot another man in the hand during an argument Monday afternoon, marking the second Everett-area shooting in 10 days. more »»

Assistant superintendent set to retire from AASD

July 15, 2014 After more than 40 years in various capacities with the Altoona Area School District, Assistant Superintendent Mary Louise Ray is retiring. Ray will retire Dec. 1. more »»

GOP tabs Stickel

July 15, 2014 Blair County Republicans elected Chairman A.C. Stickel to another term in a 69-58 vote Wednesday, putting an end to his second consecutive challenge from GOP activist Lois Kaneshiki. more »»

Former chief: Borough violated pact

July 15, 2014 EBENSBURG — A former Cresson Borough police chief testified Monday that he declined to sign a settlement agreement with the borough because he believes council had already violated its terms. more »»

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