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Family Dynamics

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When Jaden Hood graduates from Mount Aloysius College this weekend, the experience will be particularly special: Her mother, Shana Mark-Hood, will graduate alongside her. “Not many people can say they’re graduating with their mom, so it definitely is a special experience,” Jaden said. ...

Mask rule ‘kind of an honor system’

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Thursday’s COVID-19 guidance that will permit fully vaccinated people to go maskless almost everywhere is welcome, but the change will make it hard to tell who’s following the rules, according to local observers. “It’s a good sign,” said Mike Luciano, owner of Mike’s Court in ...

Nonprofit launches bid for broadband expansion

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A nonprofit organization affiliated with the six-county Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission wants to partner with municipalities, counties and school districts in the region to upgrade internet service in areas where it’s not up to par — taking advantage of the massive ...

GOP puts pandemic powers to ballot test

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HARRISBURG — Republican lawmakers across the country have tried to roll back the emergency powers that governors wielded during the COVID-19 pandemic, as they ordered businesses shut, mask-wearing in public and students home for distance learning. Pennsylvania’s Legislature is now taking ...

Judge hands down lengthy sentence in drug case

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Blair County judge sentenced a Hollidaysburg man on Thursday to 17.5 years to 35 years in prison for four drug-related offenses, after recognizing the man’s lengthy criminal history with eight prior drug delivery convictions. Judge Jackie Bernard told 39-year-old Michael ...

Historic night

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The Altoona Area High School Music Department celebrated its Grand Opening Concert in the new AAHS auditorium on Thursday evening. The production featured the ninth grade orchestra, symphonic orchestra, concert choir (above) and the wind ensemble. Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski

Chamber discusses effect of pandemic on students

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Students in Blair County have been stretched to never-before-seen limits by the challenges of COVID-19, and have experienced hybrid learning, virtual leaving and in-person learning during the pandemic, a local educator said. “The pandemic has had an impact on our lives and jobs — both ...

Mobile home blaze injures 2 in Cambria

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WHITE TOWNSHIP — Two people were injured and a mobile home was destroyed in an early morning fire in Cambria County. First responders were dispatched at 5:15 a.m. Wednesday for a fire on the 2600 block of St. Augustine Road. Upon arriving on scene, Ashville Fire Chief Joe Racz said the ...

City woman faces drug counts

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An Altoona woman is facing drug charges after police discovered a large amount of drugs and cash in her bedroom while investigating a lead into her relative’s whereabouts, court documents stated. Rosaurora C. Cooper, 38, was arraigned Monday by Magisterial District Judge Ben Jones on a ...

Briefcase

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Applebee’s sets hiring event Applebee’s will host a National Hiring Day event Monday nationwide to make it easy for interested candidates to start their career at Applebee’s. Every candidate 18 years old or older who gets an interview will receive a voucher for a free appetizer as part ...

Students give vaccine a shot

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Pharmacist Jessa Saive of Thompson’s Pharmacy gives a COVID-19 vaccine to senior Jenahvi Nedimyer, 18, during a clinic at Altoona Area High School on Wednesday afternoon. The shot was available to students over the age of 16. Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski

Report details state of McCrory’s

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An engineer hired by the city has found that the masonry and steel structural members in the former McCrory’s building on 11th Avenue are in decent shape, but that the wood members — including structural elements — are not, due to damage from a leaky roof. The foundation stone and ...

Teenager charged as adult in stabbing

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UPMC Altoona is treating a man for a potentially punctured spleen after he was stabbed three times by a teenager, court documents state. Joshua T. Riggleman, 17, was charged as an adult and arraigned Wednesday by Magisterial District Judge Paula Aigner on charges including felony counts of ...

AASD discusses possible tax hike

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The Altoona Area School District says taxes could increase nearly $19 in the next fiscal year for a property valued at $69,500, the median property value. While not specifying a projected millage rate, the increase would be based on the increase allowed by the state’s Act 1 index. Online ...

Fewer renters applying for pandemic relief funds

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Fewer renters than expected are applying for pandemic assistance in Pennsylvania, alarming state officials who urged tenants who are behind on rent to submit their applications now in light of a judge’s recent decision striking down a national eviction moratorium. The ruling has been put on ...

Area airports get state funds

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HARRISBURG — Three central Pennsylvania airports will receive grants from the state Department of Transportation, Gov. Tom Wolf announced Wednesday. The Bedford County Airport’s grant of $187,500 is the largest of the three grants. It will be used to replace the floor in its first unit ...

Police seeking missing woman

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From Mirror staff reports A woman last seen in the Greenwood area is missing, and police are requesting the public’s help in locating her, Logan Township police announced. Anastascia Barney was wearing a black jacket and black leggings when she was last seen at the end of April, police ...

Fire department resumes medical response service

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The Altoona Fire Department has resumed its “quick response” service on high-priority medical calls, after suspending it for more than a year because of COVID-19. The department stopped the practice in March 2020 to ensure that firefighter infections wouldn’t compromise the ...

Borough acts fast to repair Ebensburg water main break

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EBENSBURG — Swift action from borough employees helped repair a water main break Tuesday night. While a boil water advisory was in effect for at least 24 hours, Ebensburg Borough Manager Kelly Cook said residents were without water for “only a few hours.” “Our borough workers did an ...

Williamsburg school projects moving forward

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WILLIAMSBURG — Two new construction projects totaling more than $100,000 were announced by the Williamsburg Community School District on Tuesday night. The district plans to construct a modular art room and a high school lunch serving line, and through the Elementary and Secondary School ...