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Altoona schools to get new security technology

April 9, 2014 About 15,000 visitors enter Altoona Area School District secondary education buildings per year, said Jack Reilly, director of the district’s police services. more »»

Water authority to buy Russo site

April 9, 2014 HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County is selling the site of the former Russo building to the Altoona Water Authority. more »»

City man sentenced to state prison

April 9, 2014 HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man charged last fall with brutally beating his girlfriend has been sentenced to a state prison term by Blair County President Judge Jolene G. Kopriva. Douglas W. more »»

Man with butcher knife shot by Altoona police

April 9, 2014 A suicide attempt ended with an Altoona police officer shooting a man, according to state police. A 48-year-old man was threatening suicide when Altoona police arrived at 1615 16th St. at 11:20 p.. more »»

Fire’s circumstances ‘suspicious’

April 9, 2014 CLAYSBURG — A Monday night fire that destroyed a Greenfield Township barn appears to have been suspicious, police said Tuesday. more »»

College president sure of growth

April 9, 2014 JOHNSTOWN — The president of Pennsylvania Highlands Community Col­lege is optimistic about the future of the college’s Blair County Campus, which opened in the fall in the Logan Valley Mall. more »»

Bethlehem police say man shot himself at NRA event

April 9, 2014 BETHLEHEM — Police say a New Jersey man participating in an eastern Pennsylvania gun club event ended up in the hospital after accidentally shooting himself. more »»

Cross-country relay coming to area

April 8, 2014 The physics involved in the explosion of two bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon last year played out instantaneously — but the psychological reverberations linger. more »»

Penelec lockout coming to an end

April 8, 2014 Penelec officials said Monday they will end the lockout of Utility Workers Union of America Local 180 on Monday. The action will end a 20-week lockout that began on Nov. 25. more »»

AASD board to vote on union contract

April 8, 2014 The Altoona Area school board is set to vote on a recommended contract settlement with the district’s teachers union. The board’s vote is scheduled for a public meeting on Wednesday. more »»

Commission reverses salary debate decision

April 8, 2014 At a recent city Government Study Commission meeting, the commissioners voted 4-3 to specify the full-time mayor and part-time City Council members’ initial salaries in the charter they’re drawing up. more »»

Man sentenced in sex assault case

April 8, 2014 HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Duncansville man accused of sexually assaulting a teenager who was baby-sitting at the home where he lived was sentenced Monday to 13-26 months behind bars. more »»

Teen enters guilty pleas for theft

April 8, 2014 HOLLIDAYSBURG — A teenager formerly from Bellwood told a Blair County judge Monday that he “wasn’t thinking straight” and was “acting stupid” when he and another young man broke into cars in Bellwoo... more »»

Portage Council debates changes to sewer ordinance

April 8, 2014 PORTAGE — Portage Borough Council debated possible amendments to, and parameters of, its month-old sewer ordinance for nearly 90 minutes Monday. more »»

Candidate for 81st District seat has name removed from ballot

April 8, 2014 HUNTINGDON — A state judge struck Huntingdon County Treasurer Richard Irvin’s name from the 81st District Republican primary ballot Monday, leaving state Re. more »»

Police: Man sexually assaulted girl

April 8, 2014 NORTHERN CAMBRIA — An Altoona man is in jail on charges he sexually assaulted a minor in his vehicle over the weeken. more »»

Advocates: Poor at ‘breaking point’

April 8, 2014 HARRISBURG — Advocates for the poor and uninsured gathered Tuesday in the Penn– sylvania Capitol to throw back Go. more »»

Finding residence in hope

April 7, 2014 The Altoona Rescue Mission, which provides help to the homeless and to men down on their luck, has been a staple in Altoona since 1927, but a devastating fire a decade ago and an ensuing struggle... more »»

Altoona Housing Authority drops general ban on smoking

April 7, 2014 The Altoona Housing Authority has decided for now not to ban smoking throughout its public housing properties, despite the urgings of the Department of Housing and Urban Development and despite a... more »»

Supervisor retires from team

April 7, 2014 When Drew Appleman was a youngster in Williamsburg, he would invariably get picked last — or not at all — when his playmates chose sides for baseball. more »»

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