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Train engine gifted to Penn State Altoona

Local News

The constant clamor on Altoona’s train tracks has gone, yet the city holds the railroad close. Now, some people tied to the industry believe in a local renaissance, driven forward by a donation. Bryan Schlake is an assistant professor in the Rail Transportation Engineering program at Penn ...

As school begins, parents see few options

COVID-19

WOODSTOCK, Ga. — John Barrett plans to keep his daughter home from elementary school this year in suburban Atlanta, but he wishes she were going. Molly Ball is sending her teenage sons to school in the same district on Monday, but not without feelings of regret. As the academic year begins ...

Magisterial district judges

Public Records

Filed before Magisterial District Judge Benjamin F. Jones: Charges held for court Dec. 4: Sanya M. Spears, 30, 2012 Pine Ave., charged by Altoona police with making a false report to law enforcement at her residence on Oct. 12. Charges waived to court Dec. 4: Brian A. Lassiter 34, 215 ...

COVID-19 vaccine debate begins

COVID-19

Who gets to be first in line for a COVID-19 vaccine? U.S. health authorities hope by late next month to have some draft guidance on how to ration initial doses, but it’s a vexing decision. “Not everybody’s going to like the answer,” Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National ...

Progress in coronavirus relief talks

COVID-19

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers reported progress on a huge coronavirus relief bill Saturday, as political pressure mounts to restore an expired $600-per-week supplemental unemployment benefit and send funding to help schools reopen. “This was the longest meeting we’ve had and it was more ...

‘Building bridges’ — Rally supports first responders

Local News

To show support for area law enforcement and first responders, people from around the area came together Friday evening to march to Legion Park in Hollidaysburg. “With everything that is going on in this country, we needed a little positivity,” said Rod Barr, who, along with Anthony ...

Case against diocese draws attention

Local News

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court in the past week has received several friend-of-the-court briefs both supporting and challenging a landmark decision made by the court last year in which it allowed an Altoona woman to proceed with a sexual abuse case against a priest, even though the alleged ...

Stiver gets life for fatal shooting

Local News

HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole for the fatal shooting death of 58-year-old David Alan Hoover during a 2018 confrontation in the parking lot of Bethany Lutheran Church in Altoona. John Patrick Stiver II, 35, showed no emotion in court ...

James W. Lower

Local News

James W. Lower, 86, Williamsburg, died Thursday morning at his home. He was born in Royer, son of the late James F. and Levada K. (Kifer) Lower. Surviving are his beloved wife, Donna (O’Neil); two sons: James E. and Dwayne A.; two grandchildren: Jessica T. Lower and Joshua J. Lower; two ...

Local residents report long delays for COVID-19 test results

Local News

Delays in getting results for COVID-19 tests are causing onerous uncertainty nationwide, statewide and locally — with delays as long as three weeks reported for this area. An adult son of Valerie Metzler of Altoona waited three weeks and two days, then was called in to a local specimen ...

Local tracer qualifications outlined

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The Blair County Emergency Management Department is hoping to entice people with interpersonal skills, computer ability and the discretion to maintain confidentiality for its proposed new coronavirus contact tracing team, to be comprised of volunteers, according to department Director Mark ...

Blighted property irks Hollidaysburg man

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — When Robert Buchanan bought a house along Beaver Street in Hollidaysburg 11 years ago, he said he thought he had found his dream home. But what he had hoped would be a peaceful life for him and his two children has turned into a daily battle with rodents, and the constant ...

House fire ruled arson

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A house fire last week on the 800 block of Sixth Avenue was intentionally set, according to the Altoona Fire Department. “We did make a ruling that it is incendiary in nature,” Altoona Fire Department Deputy Chief Michael Tofano said Friday. Firefighters were called out at 11:40 p.m. July ...

Police: Man high when he crashed

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An Altoona man faces charges after police say he was high on methamphetamine when he crashed a Ford Expedition through the wall of a garage after hitting a parked vehicle. According to charges filed by Altoona police, 38-year-old Robert W. Stetter was behind the wheel of a Ford Expedition when ...

Criminal trials to resume

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County will resume criminal court jury trials Monday for the first time since March. “We were successful in seating six juries this week,” Blair County President Judge Elizabeth Doyle said Friday about the revised selection process during the ongoing coronavirus ...

What’s in a name

Local News

Some national news organizations seem confused as to whether Penn State University is located in University Park or State College. Stories coming out of PSU very often specify State College as the locale. Good. As someone steeped in nostalgia, I prefer the older nomenclature of State ...

City man jailed on drug charges

Local News

An Altoona man was jailed Thursday night after Logan Township police allegedly found methamphetamine on him at a motel. Matthew E. Rhoades, 37, was arrested Thursday night after officers found him in a room at the Cedar Grove Motel, 1671 Bellemade Drive, with methamphetamine in his pocket, ...

SAPD to receive $4.3 in CARES funds

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The Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission will receive $4.3 million in CARES Act funds, according to U.S. Sen Bob Casey, D-Pa. Economic development assistance programs in Pennsylvania will receive $35.5 million in new funding from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s ...

Behind the Desk: Paul Vincent

Local Business

Address: 188 N. Hawthorne Drive, Altoona Telephone number: 207-1038 Position: Owner Years with company: Three Family: Wife, Kathy; and sons, JD and Nick What products or services does your company provide? We do group tours for nonprofits, group cruises for nonprofits, honeymoons and ...