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Council may tweak professional licensing policies

Local News

City Council may make modest changes –– at most –– to ordinances and policies that govern the licensing of electricians and plumbers, after trades representatives met with council members recently and argued generally for the status quo — and against relaxing licensing ...

City man guilty in kidnapping

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man has pleaded guilty to kidnapping and related charges in connection with holding a man hostage and assaulting him because of a $700 drug debt. Justin Keller, 36, currently incarcerated in the Blair County Prison, rendered the pleas Friday in Blair County ...

Defendant pleads to rape, sex crimes

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — A 20-year-old Altoona man is facing 10 to 20 years in prison after rendering guilty pleas Friday in Blair County Court to rape and related sex crimes involving three girls in 2019. Dylan Patrick Weatherwalk was expected to go on trial in August but advised President Judge ...

Roadwork

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HOLLIDAYSBURG Route 56 detours scheduled New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co. Inc. of New Enterprise will place detours over two weekends to replace two precast box culverts in the area of Fishertown Country Store, (near the Chestnut Ridge schools) on Quaker Valley Road between Cortland ...

White House pushes narrow aid plan

COVID-19

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday assailed Republican “disarray” over a new pandemic relief package as the White House suggested a narrower effort might be necessary, at least for now. The California Democrat panned the Trump administration’s desire to trim an expiring ...

Poll: US course at record low, Trump sinks

COVID-19

WASHINGTON — With the November election 100 days away, more Americans say the country is heading in the wrong direction than at any previous point in Donald Trump’s presidency, putting the incumbent in a perilous position as his reelection bid against Democrat Joe Biden enters a pivotal ...

Medal of Valor recipients — Blair officers lauded for actions

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Two Blair County police officers received the Medal of Valor on Friday during a presentation organized by the district attorney’s office. The medals, considered the highest honor in public safety, went to Sgt. Justin L. Davis with the Martinsburg Police Department and Cpl. ...

Teachers ready to return to school

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Schools across the area are gearing up to welcome students back into the classroom for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic put a sudden halt to in-person learning in March. Reopening plans address student and staff safety, and teachers will be adjusting to new protocols. Joe Logan ...

COVID-19 — New state cases top 1K

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The state Department of Health on Friday reported 1,213 new cases of COVID-19, the highest daily number since April 30. It’s only the fourth time since May 10 that the new-case count has exceeded 1,000, based on figures as initially reported by the DoH. The high point for new cases from ...

SharpTones founder was ‘gentle giant,’ ‘fearless leader’

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An Altoona musician described as an outgoing and generous “gentle giant” by family, friends and fans is being mourned after dying in a head-on vehicle crash Wednesday in Logan Township. Dennis Ivory, 61, of Altoona, was the founder of The SharpTones, a popular oldies trio that has ...

Dysart man dies from crash injuries

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A Dysart man who was flown to a Pittsburgh hospital after a deadly crash Wednesday has died. According to Logan Township police, Lawrence R. Resig, 49, escaped the Ford pickup he was driving when it caught on fire in a head-on collision, but he suffered serious injuries and was flown to a ...

Teen faces charges after shooting

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A 19-year-old faces charges stemming from the accidental shooting of another teenager in March. According to charges filed by state police, Damien Bumberger, 19, was driving on Moser Lane in Antis Township on March 15, when a 17-year-old he had given an AK-47 to hold, took the rifle out of ...

Dirty laundry aired

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There is some great concern for me up here in the Mirror newsroom, and it has nothing to do with the global pandemic. You see, some of my friends and co-workers have noticed something about me and I cannot ignore it anymore — I have been dressing up for work. But there’s a reason. ...

AWA digester funding delayed

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The Altoona Water Authority didn’t get Pennvest funding this week for its proposed $35.5-million digester-dryer project at the Westerly Sewer Treatment Plant, but it remains hopeful of starting construction in August, to keep the project on a schedule that would maximize its value. The ...

Lawmakers brace for relief battle

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Members of Congress are drawing hard lines over future monetary aid to Americans, whose beefed-up unemployment payments are set to expire, and officials seeking to stave off a wave of evictions. Senate Republicans have detailed some of their plans for a relief bill, set for release in the ...

In hot water: Restaurant losses creating pain

COVID-19

WASHINGTON — Restaurants helped revive the U.S. economy after the Great Recession of 2007-2009. This time? Don’t count on it. As the nation struggles to rebound from a now-resurgent coronavirus, restaurants seem much less likely to deliver an economic boost. They’ve suffered a heavy ...

Kosher plants facing hardship

COVID-19

PHILADELPHIA — Every few minutes, the endless chain of poultry moving through Empire Kosher in Juniata County comes to a halt so a rabbi can inspect the knife he uses to cut clean through chicken necks. The ritual blade, known as a chalef, must be kept impossibly sharp, so the rabbi runs a ...

Marriage licenses

Public Records

Editor’s note: the following information was provided by the prothonotary’s offices at area county courthouses. Bedford County Clayton Anthony Griffith, and April Theresa Miller, both of Everett. Cambria County Corey L. Christopher and Rosa Gore, both of Johnstown. Johnathan G. ...

Births

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July 7, 2020 Hadley Parker Coffman, a daughter born to Sarah A. Detwiler and Ronald G. Coffman Jr., Williamsburg, at Conemaugh Nason Medical Center, Roaring Spring, at 8:54 p.m. July 8, 2020 Summer Gail Suter, a daughter born to Lindsay R. (Zimmerman) and Shane S. Suter, Woodbury, at ...