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Magisterial district judges

Public Records

Filed before Magisterial District Judge Benjamin F. Jones: The following cases were waived to court Dec. 9-18: Ryan S. Himes, 32, 2503 W. Chestnut Ave., Apt. 2, charged by Altoona police with possession of drug paraphernalia, Nov. 23. Brian E. Mowry, 45, 191 Stepping Stone Road, Somerset, ...

Behind the Desk: Kaitlin Webb

Local Business

Address: 601 Valley View Blvd. Telephone number: 944-4636 Position: Financial advisor Years with company: Three Family: Husband, Anthony, a corrections officer at SCI Smithfield; and daughters: Paislee, 5, and Everlee, 1 What products or services does your company provide? Retirement ...

Casino employees request mandated temperature checks

COVID-19

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Five Atlantic City casinos are not physically checking the temperatures of guests entering the property, workers said as they pushed New Jersey’s governor to require the casinos to do so to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. In an online press conference ...

Businesses hoping for more coronavirus aid

COVID-19

NEW YORK — Small businesses are in limbo again as the coronavirus outbreak rages and the government’s $659 billion relief program draws to a close. Companies still struggling with sharply reduced revenue are wondering if Congress will give them a second chance at the Paycheck Protection ...

Last-ditch aid talks collapse

COVID-19

WASHINGTON — A last-ditch effort by Democrats to revive Capitol Hill talks on vital COVID-19 rescue money collapsed in disappointment Friday, making it increasingly likely that Washington gridlock will mean more hardship for millions of people who are losing enhanced jobless benefits and ...

COVID-19 pandemic: Economic damage may be lasting

COVID-19

WASHINGTON — U.S. hiring slowed in July as the coronavirus outbreak worsened, and the government’s jobs report offered signs Friday that the economic damage from the pandemic could last far longer than many observers originally envisioned. The United States added 1.8 million jobs in July, ...

Russia’s race for virus vaccine worrying West

COVID-19

MOSCOW — Russia boasts that it’s about to become the first country to approve a COVID-19 vaccine, with mass vaccinations planned as early as October using shots that are yet to complete clinical trials — and scientists worldwide are sounding the alarm that the headlong rush could ...

Postal service loses $2.2 billion in 3 months

COVID-19

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service says it lost $2.2 billion in the three months that ended in June as the beleaguered agency — hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic — piles up financial losses that officials warn could top $20 billion over two years. But the new postmaster ...

Penn State to play to empty stands

Local News

If the 2020 college football season gets underway Sept. 5, there will be no fans allowed at Penn State’s Beaver Stadium. As of today, the current large group gatherings guidance from the governor’s office limits capacity to 250 people for outdoor events and 25 people for indoor events, ...

Fans not surprised by decision

Local News

Penn State season ticket holders said they are not surprised by Thursday’s announcement that no fans will be allowed to attend Nittany Lion football games until further notice. “I am not surprised by this decision, and I agree with it,” said Tim Cooper of Hollidaysburg. “Considering ...

Family cat recovers from gun shot

Local News

CLAYSBURG — On July 24, Derek Himes of Queen opened the door of his home to let his two cats out, something he said he does every day. Himes said the cats like to roam outside, but always come home at the end of the day. When evening came, only one of his cats returned. For three days, ...

Altoona seeking to fill solicitor position

Local News

The city is looking for a new solicitor. Dan Stants of Goldstein, Heslop, Steele, Clapper, Oswalt & Smith has served in the post since the retirement of Larry Clapper in January 2018, but is seeking other opportunities within the firm, according to Stants and a city news release. The ...

Early Learning Center closed for cleaning

Local News

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Blair Regional YMCA’s Early Learning Center on Reservoir Road is closed until Monday for cleaning after being told an individual was exposed to COVID-19. YMCA officials learned of the coronavirus exposure Wednesday afternoon and sent a letter out to parents and staff, ...

Fatal OD trial may end today

Local News

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Michael Lee Forshey tried to implicate someone else when asked if he supplied the drugs leading to the fatal overdose of a 46-year-old East Freedom man in 2018, a police officer testified Thursday in Blair County Court. Forshey named a Duncansville area man as the person who ...

Briefcase

Local Business

CARLISLE Duncansville store reaches zero waste As part of its ongoing sustainability efforts and commitment to healing the planet, The Giant Co. on Thursday announced four additional stores in Pennsylvania — including the Martin’s Food Market in Duncansville — have reached zero ...

Giant Eagle recalling onions, prepared foods

Local News

PITTSBURGH –– After receiving notification from an onion supplier — Onion 52 — that the vendor had sourced onions affected by the recent salmonella-related Thomson International Inc., onion recall for Giant Eagle, the company pulled all impacted products on Saturday, Aug. 1. Giant ...

Area briefs

Local News

HOLLIDAYSBURG Bridge plans go virtual PennDOT will conduct a virtual plans display to inform the public about a proposed West Loop Road Bridge project in Frankstown Township, Blair County. The project will include the replacement of the existing two-span structure with a single-span ...

PSU’s faculty blasts restart

Local News

The Penn State faculty group that recently wrote an open letter expressing concerns about the university’s fall restart held a Zoom rally Wednesday, excoriating Penn State’s testing plan as inadequate, compared to those of universities like Harvard, while also criticizing the university’s ...

Transportation plans stump districts

Local News

HARRISBURG — School districts nationwide puzzling over how to safely educate children during a pandemic have a more immediate challenge — getting 26 million bus-riding students there in the first place. Few challenges are proving to be more daunting than figuring out how to maintain social ...

Skills’ move to new site will consolidate programs

Local News

As Skills of Central Pennsylvania marks its 60th anniversary, it will soon move to a new 34,000-square-foot location in Altoona. The move is expected to be complete by Oct. 1. Skills will move its offices and programs from 4601 Cortland Ave., and its regional administrative office at 805 ...