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County wants out of lawsuit

Local News

An attorney for Blair County has filed a petition asking a U.S. district judge in Johnstown to dismiss a federal civil rights complaint in which a former student intern with the Hollidaysburg Area School District says he was falsely arrested last year for allegedly leaving threatening ...

Senate targets teacher shortfall

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State senators have introduced a bill to help reverse a decadelong decline in certified teachers. Senators Wayne Langerholc Jr., R-Cambria, and Camera Bartolotta, R-Washington, introduced Senate Bill 1325 earlier this week that would “help address Pennsylvania’s teacher shortage by ...

Not-so-trivial pursuit

Local News

For more than 35 years, Elaine Conrad of Hollidaysburg has had a passion for local history. Innocently ignited when she dis­­­­covered a hotel once occupied her residential backyard on Wopsononock Mountain, Conrad, 76, said she has “read, researched, photographed and shared topics A-Z ...

Big tent draws more than attention to venue

Local News

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Blair County Convention Center has found a way to bring in some revenue during the coronavirus pandemic that has restricted the size of indoor gatherings. Since renting a large outdoor tent in August — set up in front of the main entrance — the convention center has ...

Prison hopes to restore volunteer programs

Local News

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Efforts are being made to restore some volunteer programs inside the Blair County Prison, possibly starting in October, Warden Abbie Tate told the prison board Thursday. “We talk it about daily,” Tate said when Commissioner Amy Webster, a prison board member, asked ...

Rec Commission may need to trim banquet

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The Central Blair Recreation & Park Commission is planning for its 2021 Community Classic dinner with the expectation that COVID-19 will prohibit the usual 500 attendees from packing into the Bavarian Hall to raise money so kids can participate in programs like basketball, T-ball, soccer ...

State to fund tech updates through local libraries

Local News

A new $15 million Wolf administration relief fund will allow state libraries to expand internet access to their local communities. The administration estimates $1.4 million of the plan will go to public libraries to improve internet connectivity in geographic areas of the county deemed ...

Magisterial district judges

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Filed before Magisterial District Judge Benjamin F. Jones: Charges waived to court Jan. 27 - 29: Aaron R. Waddell, 36, homeless, charged by Altoona police with flight to avoid apprehension, escape, possession of drug paraphernalia and three traffic violations on Jan. 26. Benjamin H. ...

Happy Halloween?

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“Pandemic Halloween” sounds like the title of an Edgar Allen Poe short story. But it’s coming, and it’s not fiction. To deal with the coronavirus danger this holiday, a common trick-or-treat accessory — masks — could prove useful, coupled with social distancing and sanitizing ...

Solution sought for dangerous road

Local News

At first glance, there’s nothing that stands out about the crossroads of Route 36 and Cross Cove Road to indicate it’s a dangerous intersection, apart from the blinking traffic lights. Residents of the area know differently. “It’s sad,” said Jerome Dodson, who lives about a mile ...

Shooting suspect arrested

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A man who police say shot a woman during a drug-related robbery gone awry in Greenwood last weekend is facing drug and gun charges in Blair County Court. Justin F. LeFevre, 42, of Altoona was arraigned Friday morning on a list of charges that include felony attempted homicide, robbery, ...

Altoona native to be recognized

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An Altoona native is being recognized by the Seattle Seahawks. Dr. Eliot Fagley, an anesthesiologist who leads the Critical Care Unitás COVID-19 response at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, was selected to represent physicians, nurses, patient care techs, therapy experts, ...

Centre outbreak still churning

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A week ago, Centre County became the first local county to break 1,000 for COVID-19 cases, and by Friday, it had surged to 1,630 -- averaging 81 cases a day in an ongoing outbreak propelled by student infections at Penn State in University Park, according to the state Department of Health and ...

Man to face trial

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A Duncansville man will face trial on charges he had sex with a 13-year-old girl when he was 18. David C. Oschea, 22, of Duncansville allegedly fondled the 13-year-old girl and then had sex with her between Dec. 21, 2017, and Dec. 25, 2017, while home on leave from the U.S. Marine Corps, ...

Behind the Desk: Mark and Kara Glova

Local Business

Address: 1145 Plank Road, Duncansville Telephone number: 695-6609 Position: Owners Years with company: Four Family: Daughter, Mila, 4; and  son, Maddox, 2 What products or services does your company provide? At our store location, we provide chemicals, parts, accessories, professional ...

Dessert reinvents wine and dine

Local Business

ASHVILLE — Woody Lodge Winery continues to grow. The winery, owned by Margie Keller and her son, John Gailey Jr., on Route 36 just south of Ashville, is now selling wine ice cream. Woody Lodge is believed to be the first company in Pennsylvania to distribute wine ice cream, said Jennifer ...

The real price of free cheese

Local News

As my life draws to a close, one of my concerns is that we as a society take so much of life for granted, and many people continually want it to be easier by getting free stuff. When we are born, one of our first memories is of taking a bath. The tub is full of warm water, which to us as a ...

Area firms among best places to work

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Five area companies are included in the 2020 list of Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania. The list of the 100 companies represents roughly 25,000 employees of 43 small, 30 medium and 27 large-sized companies. In order to be eligible for this process, companies had to be a for-profit or ...

Marriage licenses

Public Records

Editor’s note: the following information was provided by the prothonotary’s offices at area county courthouses. Blair County Shad H. Brumbaugh, Cassville, and Kayla J. Kline, Dudley. David E. Gano and Taylore S.E. Brantner, both of Altoona. Thomas C. Moyer, Duncansville, and Carlee ...

Births

Public Records

Sept. 10, 2020 Baby Pompa, a daughter born to Bree Monborne and Joseph Pompa, Patton, at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown. Due to privacy concerns, UPMC Altoona no longer provides birth announcements to the Mirror. To obtain a form to announce a birth, please call Brenda ...