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Seven nabbed for meth

April 12, 2016 Police in Freedom Township arrested five adults and two juveniles last week for allegedly operating a meth lab in a McKee-area house. more »»

Antis fire companies to adopt policy

April 12, 2016 BELLWOOD — Volunteer fire companies in Antis Township will have new rules related to workers’ compensation after supervisors last week approved a new policy. more »»

Norfolk Southern buyout fails

April 12, 2016 Canadian Pacific Railway has dropped its plan to acquire Norfolk Southern Railway — news that cheered local stakeholders Monday. more »»

Woman gets 18-40 years for mom’s death

April 12, 2016 HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona woman will spend 18-40 years in state prison for the shooting death of her 71-year-old mother. Tracy . more »»

Architect: AASD should demolish ‘B’ building

April 12, 2016 Demolishing the older half of Altoona Area Senior High School and building one large enough to add ninth-graders was the recommendation that rose to the top of Altoona Area’s ways to solve its... more »»


April 12, 2016 Cresson Hines Equipment recognized Hines Equipment, a local family-owned five-store dealer of Cub Cadet outdoor power equipment and other farm and commercial machinery, with stores in Cresson,... more »»

3 area men face homicide charges

April 12, 2016 Four men, three from Blair County, face homicide charges related to a 2014 killing in Indiana County where a man was found with stab wounds in his back and a “large sword” stuck in his head. more »»

County to hire chief deputy for controller

April 12, 2016 HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Blair County Salary Board agreed Monday to plans that will lead to hiring a chief deputy in the controller’s office and large pay raises for two staff members taking on new duties. more »»

Wolf’s plan offers less funding to area schools

April 12, 2016 Blair County schools would receive $400,000 less under Gov. Tom Wolf’s school funding formula this year than they would under the Legislature’s revised basic funding formula, House Republicans said. more »»


April 12, 2016 Democratic women to host tea Blair County Federation of Democratic Women will have a wine and cheese membership tea at 2 p.m. Sunday at the AFSCME Building, 161 Patchway Drive, Duncansville. more »»

Senate candidate speaks at Penn State Altoona

April 12, 2016 Addressing a crowd of about 35 at Penn State Altoona on Monday, John Fetterman quickly got the obvious out the way. “Let’s talk about the elephant in the room,” the Braddock mayor and Democratic U.. more »»

Four arrested during DUI checkpoint

April 12, 2016 Two people were arrested for DUI and one for underage drinking in a Blair County DUI Task Force checkpoint and roving patrol on Friday night, Duncansville Police Chief James Ott said. more »»

Former AASD superintendent explains reasons for leaving

April 11, 2016 John Kopicki is the second consecutive Altoona Area superintendent to leave with years remaining on his contract, leaving some to wonder if there is a reason the district can’t seem to keep a leader... more »»

Dispatchers handle the ‘worst’ days

April 11, 2016 Sometimes considered the “first” first responders, 911 dispatchers help connect callers with fire companies, police or an ambulance and will stay with someone on the phone until help arrives. more »»

Mazza’s life synced with technology

April 11, 2016 S. Paul Mazza III and the personal computer were made for each other. One day while he was a student at State College Area Junior High School, his father S. Paul Jr. more »»

Antis seeking state grants to help with park projects

April 11, 2016 BELLWOOD — Seeking more than $250,000, Antis Township supervisors made a pair of votes Thursday to apply for state grants to fund the first projects stemming from a comprehensive parks plan. more »»

Saint Francis students shown results of domestic violence

April 11, 2016 LORETTO — Photos from the Centre County morgue: a woman’s eye compacted deep into the socket from the force of a man’s thumb; another assailant’s shoe imprint marked a victim’s skin; marks wrapped... more »»

Trough Creek campground to close on weekdays

April 11, 2016 JAMES CREEK — The Trough Creen State Park Campground will be closed weekdays starting in mid-August for a road repair projec. more »»

Weekly crime roundup

April 11, 2016 Altoona police March 25 ? Criminal mischief: 1700 block Seventh Ave., 200 block 10th Ave., Broadway ? Burglary: 600 block Sixth Ave. ? Theft: 700 block Eighth Ave., 900 block Sixth Ave. more »»

Local Democrats get a simpler delegate process

April 10, 2016 Last week’s Notebook broke down the complex machinery that will turn Pennsylvania Republicans’ primary votes into presidential delegates at the party convention this July. more »»

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