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February 5, 2016 Police:?Inmates beat man for brownie Two Blair County inmates face charges after police say they beat a fellow prisoner unconscious over a brownie. Bradley S. Fochler, 32, and Robert E. Winrick Jr. more »»

Overdose deaths on the rise

February 4, 2016 HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County had a sharp rise in drug overdose deaths in 2015, reports filed this week in the Blair County Courthouse show. more »»

Firefighter remembered

February 4, 2016 As a firefighter with five decades of experience and dedication, William “Bill” O’Brien has left an indelible mark on his hometown of Tyrone and his fellow firefighters. more »»

Martin Gap Road covered with debris

February 4, 2016 HOLLIDAYSBURG — Martin Gap Road was closed Wednesday afternoon in Huntingdon County from the intersection of Standing Stone Road to the intersection of Toner Camp Road because of flooding. more »»

Police seize heroin

February 4, 2016 Police in Altoona have seized 100 packets of heroin in stamp bags bearing the same names as heroin linked to a rash of overdoses in Cambria County. more »»

School registrations accepted

February 4, 2016 Registration has begun for the Altoona-Johnstown Catholic Diocese’s new regionalized school next year. But the Irish are fighting. Billboards are appearing in the area that promote St. more »»

Northern Cambria man arrested in standoff pleads guilty

February 4, 2016 EBENSBURG — A Northern Cambria man who instigated an hourslong standoff with police last summer pleaded guilty Tuesday to making terroristic threats and reckless endangerment. more »»

PennDOT displays options

February 4, 2016 HOLLIDAYSBURG — Dozens of community members had a chance to view multiple plans for an upcoming intersection improvement project Wednesday evening when Pennsylvania Department of Transportation... more »»

Mother of boy killed in crash had drugs in her system

February 4, 2016 A search warrant filed by Altoona police shows a mother who crashed while driving her young son to school, killing him, had drugs in her system. Christen E. more »»

Defense: Crucial evidence withheld in Maurizio trial

February 3, 2016 JOHNSTOWN — Tuesday was supposed to be the day that Father Joseph D. Maurizio Jr. more »»

Frankstown Township supervisors commit $48,100 to Lower Trail underpass

February 3, 2016 Frankstown Township supervisors made a commitment of $48,100 Tuesday for the Rails to Trails underpass project planned to provide a safe trail connecting the Lower Trail to Canoe Creek State Park. more »»

Astronaut speaks at Penn State Altoona

February 3, 2016 Despite a series of mishaps that may have kept some people grounded, astronaut Leland Melvin traveled to space two times. “It changes you cognitively,” he said of the trips. more »»

Blair County allocates remainder of 2015 natural gas funds

February 3, 2016 The Blair County commissioners approved a $22,000 allocation Tuesday from its 2015 Marcellus Shale funds, depleting a pot of money that might not return as full in 2016. more »»

Teacher to run for 81st seat

February 3, 2016 A Huntingdon County teacher has announced her candidacy for the state House 81st District as the seat’s first Republican challenger this election season. more »»

Sheetz hosts job shadowing day

February 3, 2016 John Morris got an up close and personal look at Sheetz Inc. Tuesday during Groundhog Day/National Job Shadowing Day, designed to promote hiring individuals with disabilities. more »»

Commission to try prepared checks for refs

February 2, 2016 A recent call by a Central Blair Recreation & Park Commission member will be under further review. more »»

Judge defends sentence

February 2, 2016 HOLLIDAYSBURG — Hugo Baez, a 22-year-old New York man, is asking the Pennsylvania Superior Court to grant him a new trial in the shooting death of Willie Solomon of Altoona, which occurred at a city... more »»

Shick sentencing delayed

February 2, 2016 EBENSBURG — Sentencing was delayed Monday for a Clearfield County man arrested well over two years ago for a Dean Township bar shootin. more »»

SCSD looking into new stadium

February 2, 2016 ROARING SPRING — The Spring Cove School Board opened early talks Monday on a possible new athletic stadium, with the district’s spread-out and aging facilities in increasing need of repair. more »»

Brooklyn man facing charges

February 2, 2016 A New York man is behind bars after allegedly scamming a local restaurant and motel. David Vincent, 24, Brooklyn, N.Y. more »»

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