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Bridge closure hinders walkers

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DUNCANSVILLE — Eleanor Nash, who has run for exercise for years but now mostly walks, likes to go from her home on Apple Street in Allegheny Township over nearby 13th Street Bridge into the borough, where she can indulge her habit of multi-tasking — stopping at the post office, the drug ...

Young devotes a lifetime to law enforcement

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In his nearly 40-year career in law enforcement, Norman “Dusty” Young Jr., who retired Jan. 8, was never one to seek attention, but the impact he’s had on stemming the flow of drugs into the area is almost immeasurable. “If there was a hall of fame of law enforcement in Blair County, ...

Penn State plans King Day events

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Penn State Altoona will host activities this week to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. A reflection luncheon and conversation is planned for noon today in the Slep Center, where attendees will hear about the forms of protest King used, then break into small groups to discuss current ...

First responders awarded grants

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Fire companies and emergency medical service providers in the 79th Legislative District will receive funding through the Office of the State Fire Commissioner’s Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program, state Rep. Lou Schmitt, R-Blair, and state Sen. Judy Ward, R-30, ...

Groups serve up help with meal debts

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Cafeteria debt soared over the past three years, but school districts have received some help from private donors to cover the cost of serving lunch to students without money. At the end of 2019, the Claysburg Education Foundation paid off all students’ outstanding lunch debt, about ...

Magisterial district judge

Public Records

Filed before Altoona Magisterial District Judge Daniel C. DeAntonio: Charges waived to court June 12: Christina M. Parnell, 2615 W. Chestnut Ave., Apt. 1, charged by UPMC Altoona police with aggravated assault, two counts of simple assault, stalking, recklessly endangering another person and ...

Judge decreases maximum sentence

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Federal authorities were notified this week that Senior Judge Hiram A. Carpenter of Blair County has complied with an order by a U.S. District Judge in Johnstown to resentence a convicted drug dealer. Charles A. Bellon, 40, of Altoona, now is sentenced to 31 to 46 years in state prison. That ...

Sentencings

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The following sentencings were filed in Blair County Court. Although some cases may be more than a year old, the Mirror publishes them in the interest of complete reporting. The following defendants were placed in the Intermediate Punishment Program for a period of 60 days to 60 months. Each ...

Hollidaysburg cat cafe showcases purr-sonalities

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Legend has it that cats have nine lives, and, for a few select shelter cats, one of those lives can be spent hanging out at Blair County’s first cat cafe. Nine Lives Lounge, located at 507 Allegheny St. in Hollidaysburg, was opened by co-owners Kayla and Kirk Durbin in late ...

Deeds

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Blair County Jane Ellen Everett to Joseph S. and Brenda L. Veckov, property in Allegheny Township, $168,000. Cecile C.S. Peters to Rebecca A. Kelly, 1203 Allegheny St., Hollidaysburg, $130,000. Jeremy Charles and Melissa May Hetrick to Justin Charles and Krista Elsie Hetrick, property in ...

Behind the desk: Beth Wagner

Local Business

What products or services does your company provide? Full-service pet grooming for all dog breeds with deep conditioning treatments, deshedding treatments and teeth brushing maintenance, just to name a few. Who are your customers? So many are clients that have been with me for 20 years. My ...

Ex-Commissioner Beam switches parties

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Former Blair County Commissioner Ted Beam Jr. is now a Republican. The longtime Democrat who lost his bid in November for a third term as commissioner said Friday that he changed parties, an action he started considering before the November election. “I received a door ...

CRBC to construct new park

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On Thursday, for the second time in two days, it was announced that a church group has donated property on Sixth Avenue at 23rd Street so a secular organization can create a facility to benefit the community. In the first case, the Simpson-Temple United Parish congregation gave its church ...

Bedford historians to meet

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The Bedford County Historical Society will hold its quarterly meeting at 2 p.m. Feb. 8. The meeting was rescheduled because of Saturday’s inclement weather. The meeting will be held on the first floor of the society’s barn at 6441 Lincoln Highway in Bedford. Jared Frederick will speak ...

Womens meeting planned

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The Blair County Federation of Democratic Women will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Perkins restaurant in Altoona. Plans for the annual spring tea, invitations to candidates and speakers, fundraisers and community events will be discussed. All registered women Democrats are invited to attend. ...

Marriage licenses

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Editor’s note: The following information was provided by the prothonotary’s offices at area county courthouses. Bedford County Danny Alan Slack, Schellsburg, and Lori Lynn Copley, Bedford. Drew Michael Handwork and Renae Nicole Guenther, both of New Paris. Devin Scott Whitfield and ...

Divorces

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Editor’s note: The following information was provided by the prothonotary’s offices at area county courthouses. Bedford County RAGER — Jo Ann; Raymond S., both of New Paris. SCHREIBER — Chantel P., Clearville; Lucas D., Hopewell. HARKLEROAD — Amber; Kevin, both of ...

Convicted murderer could get parole

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Altoona man convicted of first-degree murder in the brutal 1988 stabbing death of Pasquale J. Lascoli of Altoona no longer faces life in prison without the chance of parole. Based on a new sentence of 40 years to life handed down Friday morning by Senior Judge Daniel ...

Fence spat proves divisive

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DUNCANSVILLE — In the poem “Mending Wall,” Robert Frost’s narrator quotes the farmer next door, “Good fences make good neighbors.” A proposal for a fence between a church and a business here has turned the relationship of those two neighbors bad. The proposal by Hicks United ...

Off the rails

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Norfolk Southern personnel and contractors work to clean up a five-car derailment Friday afternoon near Cresson that occurred shortly before 6 a.m. Friday. Three of the five loaded grain cars turned on their sides near Second Street. The derailment was visible from the overpass of eastbound ...