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Stars on ice

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Snow and ice cover Christmas decorations in a front yard along Church Street in Gallitzin earlier this week. Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski

Magisterial district judge

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Filed before Hollidaysburg Magisterial District Judge Paula M. Aigner: Charges waived to court April 2 – May 7: Tara J. Sprankle, 37, 310 Seventh St., Apt. 2, Altoona, charged by Altoona police with two counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of a small amount of ...

Students receive new coats

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With a wide smile and a few frolicky bounces, the first of hundreds of children entered the school gymnasium where an array of brightly colored new coats were laid out. Volunteers paid individual attention to each child Wednesday and had them try on a few different coats to make sure they ...

Longtime area educator named executive director

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HUNTINGDON — A long-time educator has been named as executive director of Huntingdon County Business and Industry. Darwin Kysor succeeds Robert Reitman, executive director since 2016, who submitted his resignation effective Sept. 20. Kysor spent the majority of his career in higher ...

Witness: Devine ‘passing drugs’

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Johnstown woman said Wednesday that she and her former boyfriend, Damon “Fat Cat” Devine, sold heroin and cocaine in the months leading up to their arrest outside an Altoona motel on Feb. 13, 2017. Jasmine N. McGowan, now 29, said that neither she nor Devine were ...

Neugebauer, Cagle bid farewell to council

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As a retired elementary school teacher, Bill Neugebauer would have grown accustomed to looking back reflectively when it was time to say goodbye to a group with whom he’d shared a year’s experience. So it was predictable that Neugebauer, who, like fellow Councilman Erik Cagle, didn’t ...

Former pharmacist accused of taking drugs

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A former pharmacist who worked at a half-dozen grocery store pharmacies in central Pennsylvania is facing drug charges in Altoona. Colt J. Edwards, 28, of Altoona, appeared before Magisterial District Judge Daniel DeAntonio on Wednesday for arraignment on a felony count of acquiring a ...

Briefcase

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Chamber sets breakfast club The Blair County Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Club will meet at 7:45 a.m. Dec. 12 at The Casino at Lakemont Park. Cindy Stanbro, executive director of Altoona Community Theatre, will talk about the many programs that the theatre will offer during 2020. The cost ...

Clearfield duo headed to court

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CLEARFIELD — Two Clearfield residents who are facing sexual assault and numerous child porn charges are one step closer to a trial. Investigators say Jackson Curtis Martin III, 44, and Amanda Nichelle Downs, 28, sexually assaulted a toddler, filmed it and then shared the videos with each ...

City won’t raise taxes

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City Council on Wednesday adopted a $33.7 million budget that calls for no property or earned income tax increases. City property tax will remain at 5.129 mills, so the owner of a property assessed at $100,000 would continue to pay $513. City property owners also pay 6.0013 mills to the ...

Woman accused of endangering child

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An argument between an Altoona woman and her boyfriend allegedly led to a baby getting struck by shards of wood. Nadia R. Leslie, 36, was charged Monday by Altoona police with a felony count of endangering the welfare of a child after officers responded to her home about 9 p.m. and found a ...

Parade is tonight

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Altoona’s Spirit of Christmas parade will be held downtown this evening. The parade will begin at 6 p.m. at Ninth Street and Green Avenue and will proceed down Green Avenue to 12th Street and then take 11th Avenue until it disbands at 16th Street. Parts of 10th Avenue between Ninth and ...

Blair County man wins $1M prize

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“I always knew I married a million-dollar man,” said Deborah Biddle after her husband, Ron, was presented a commemorative check marking his big lottery win. Ron Biddle was the first of five $1 million winners in the Merry & Bright scratch-off game by the Pennsylvania Lottery. The ...

Donations sought for vets, elderly

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The Laurel Highlands Historical Village will be collecting food and paper products for area veterans and elderly who are shut-in and need help. Food collection locations include Stagers in Portage; Rizzo Chiropractic at 400 N. Center St., Ebensburg; Rocky’s Tavern in Johnstown; AT ...

Penelec rate set to increase

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Customers who use Penelec as their power generation supplier are paying more for their electricity. Effective Sunday, the residential rate for electricity increased from 5.2 cents per kilowatt hour to 6.44 cents per kwh, said spokesman Todd Meyers of FirstEnergy Corp., Penelec’s parent ...

B-A to keep taxes below threshold

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BELLWOOD — Bellwood-Antis School Board members Tuesday approved a resolution to certify that the district will not increase any school district tax for the 2020-21 school year at a rate that exceeds the index of 3.7 percent as calculated by the state Department of Education. “It is too ...

Magisterial district judge

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Filed before Hollidaysburg Magisterial District Judge Paula M. Aigner: Charges waived to court April 2 – May 7: Ashley D. Futrell, 18, 2706 W. Chestnut Ave., first floor, Altoona, charged by Blair Township police with possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug ...

Police: City man stalked, tracked ex

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An Altoona man is behind bars on charges he stalked and harassed his ex-girlfriend and monitored her movements for eight months with a GPS tracking device that police said he had attached to her vehicle. Matthew J. McDonald, 45, of 2421 Fifth Ave., was arrested Tuesday by Altoona police on a ...

Hunting shooting victim identified

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TYRONE — State police Tuesday identified the victim of a fatal hunting-related shooting as 42-year-old Mahlon C. Osterhout Jr. of Tyrone. State police spokesman Christopher Fox said an autopsy was performed Tuesday and said no further details were available pending the completion of the ...