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Fishing friends

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ick Young (left), 19, of Blue Knob and Jonathan Hight, 18, of Duncansville fish for trout in the Little Juniata River in Hollidaysburg. (Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski) N

Magisterial District Judges

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Filed before California Avenue Altoona Magisterial District Judge Steven D. Jackson: Charges waived to court Nov. 7: Erik S. McKinney, 39, 911 Sixth Ave., Apt. 1, Altoona, charged by Allegheny Township police with driving while operating privilege is suspended or revoked and three traffic ...

Penelec rate increases

Local Business

Customers who use Penelec as their power generation supplier are paying more for their electricity. Effective Monday, the residential rate for electricity increased from 5.4 cents per kilowatt hour to 5.53 cents per kwh, said spokesman Todd Meyers of FirstEnergy Corp., Penelec’s parent ...

Thousands opt for mail-in ballots

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County voters have already submitted 8,100 absentee and mail-in ballots for today’s presidential primary, a record amount in light of COVID-19 and the state’s expansion of the rules permitting the option. How that affects this year’s overall turnout should be ...

Briefcase

Local Business

GiftHopper opens locally GiftHopper, a small, family-and-friends-owned business in Altoona, has implemented several programs to aid the community during the coronavirus pandemic. Because of business closures, more individuals are turning to nonprofit organizations for help with food, ...

Levine explains facility efforts

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On the day the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced plans to ramp up infection-control enforcement on nursing homes, Pennsylvania’s health secretary outlined efforts to prevent and contain outbreaks of the coronavirus in long-term care facilities. Long-term care ...

Cambria County fair, Ag Progress Days canceled

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From Mirror staff reports Two farming-related summer traditions have fallen victim to the coronavirus. The American Legion County Fair in Cambria County and Penn State’s Ag Progress Days won’t be held this year, organizers said. “Due to the ongoing concerns linked to the COVID-19 ...

Blair business leader was ‘always out there working’

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Blair County recently lost one of its longtime business leaders. Warren A. Gingrich, 96, Hollidaysburg, died May 23 at his home. Gingrich founded his family business, the Warren A. Gingrich Agency, in 1954. Longtime friend Larry Field, former Blair County sheriff, called Gingrich a self-made ...

Martinsburg pool prepared to open

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MARTINSBURG — Area residents can take a dip into a summer tradition on Thursday. Morrisons Cove Memorial Park in Martinsburg began a slow opening on Monday with its Hershberger Memorial Pool opening Thursday. If, as expected, Blair County enters the green stage Friday, park executive ...

Police: Search turns up cocaine

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Two people are in jail after a search of an Allegheny Township motel early Saturday allegedly turned up cocaine. Donald L. Feathers Jr., 42, and Courtney A. Haddock, 29, both of Altoona, were taken into custody Saturday morning after Allegheny Township police served a search warrant at the ...

High court denies CYF’s appeal

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A decision by a Blair County judge refusing to terminate a mother’s parental rights has been upheld by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. The state’s highest court on Friday denied a request by Blair County Children, Youth & Families that appealed a Sept. 5, 2019, ruling by Judge Wade ...

COVID-19 kills 26,000 in nursing homes

COVID-19

WASHINGTON — Nearly 26,000 nursing home residents have died from COVID-19, the government reported Monday, as federal officials demanded states carry out more inspections and vowed higher fines for facilities with poor infection control. The partial numbers released by the Centers for ...

Governor urges calm amid protests

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Gov. Tom Wolf on Sunday urged those protesting the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week to refrain from violence, while endorsing the protesters’ demand for an end to racism and injustice. “Democracy is a continual work in progress” and at its best, provides the ...

Program to help business ‘Thrive’

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The Blair County Chamber of Commerce will kickoff a new program today designed to encourage Blair County residents to help local businesses survive the coronavirus pandemic and its daunting economic consequences. “Buy Here. Thrive Here.” is the next phase of the chamber’s “Buy Here. ...

Cream of the crop

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WILLIAMSBURG — Leslie Lower likes to make people happy. “I have the two best jobs in the world. I sell vacations and I sell ice cream,” said Lower, who owns Leslie Ann Travel LLC. “What else could you want?” She and her husband, Reggie, bought the ice cream stand along the ...

Vigil event postponed; protestors still gather

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Protestors gathered nationwide in the wake of George Floyd’s death, and Blair County was no exception. Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, was killed by white Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on Memorial Day. Chauvin, who kneeled on Floyd’s neck for more than eight ...

High court hears custody case

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Correction: Attorney Richard L. Ducote of Covington, La., has clarified that a lawsuit he filed on behalf of an Altoona grandmother in the U.S. District Court in Johnstown asking $1.5 million in damages on behalf of a Blair County teenager, allegedly sexually abused by his father in Virginia, ...

Ministerium provides baccalaureate online

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The Southern Cove/Yellow Creek Ministerium is providing a virtual baccalaureate service for the seniors at Northern Bedford High School. The online service includes messages from five pastors of local churches. Since an in-person gathering of graduates cannot be held at the usual time of ...

Magisterial district judge

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Filed before California Avenue Altoona Magisterial District Judge Steven D. Jackson: Brad A. Campbell, 37, 315¢Beaver St., Hollidaysburg, charged by Allegheny Township police with two counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and a traffic violation on ...