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Something to cheer about

Central Cambria High School varsity cheerleader Emma Crimmins (left) performs before the start of the football game against visiting Forest Hills on Friday evening. The Red Devils topped the Rangers in the opening night of high school football. High school football coverage begins on Page B1. ...

Flight 93 a ‘collective act of courage’

SHANKSVILLE — President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden marked the 19th anniversary of 9/11 by visiting the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Somerset County. The field, now hallowed ground, is the site where 40 passengers and crew members lost their ...

Centre County center of local outbreak

For the first time Friday, an area county passed the 1,000 mark for COVID-19 cases to date: Centre, with 1,062. None of the other five are even close: Cambria is next, with 515; followed by Blair, with 511; then Huntingdon, 392; Clearfield, 270; and Bedford, 199. That seems largely to ...

HASD, Spring Cove foundations see donations drop

School foundations in Hollidaysburg and the Cove continue to work through fundraising and donation challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic. Jodie Albarano, executive director of the Hollidaysburg Area School District Foundation, said the group brought in just over $68,000 from 2019-20, ...

Masking issues: Scarcity of raw material squeezing N95 mask makers

FRESNO, Calif. — White House officials say U.S. hospitals have all the medical supplies needed to battle the deadly virus, but frontline workers, hospital officials and even the Food and Drug Administration say that’s not the case. Shortfalls of medical N95 respirators — commonly ...

Budget deficit hits record $3 trillion

WASHINGTON — The U.S. budget deficit hit an all-time high of $3 trillion for the first 11 months of this budget year, the Treasury Department said Friday. The ocean of red ink is a product of the government’s massive spending to try to cushion the impact of a coronavirus-fueled recession ...

Survey: Race a predictor of in-person instruction

Missi Magness wanted her children back in school. The parent of a first grader and a sixth grader who attend schools on Indianapolis’ southeast side struggled trying to oversee her children’s schooling while working from home this spring. “They need the structure, they need the ...

More arrests made in sweep

For a second day, Tyrone police, along with state narcotics agents and members of the Blair County Drug Task Force turned their focus on arresting the targets of multiple investigations into methamphetamine and heroin. “We are very fortunate the Attorney General’s Office coordinates the ...

Senate Dems block virus bill

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats scuttled a scaled-back GOP coronavirus rescue package on Thursday as the parties argued to a standstill over the size and scope of the aid, likely ending hopes for coronavirus relief before the November election. The mostly party-line vote capped weeks of ...

Scholastic spectator bill passes Senate

House Bill 2787, which would leave the decision on whether to both play scholastic fall sports and allow spectators in the hands of each local school district, passed the Senate on a 39-11 vote Wednesday. The bill is now headed to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk, where he will have 10 days to sign it, ...

Eateries welcome easing of rules

Despite state COVID-19 regulations that have allowed limited indoor dining in restaurants since June, Finelli’s Italian Villa has remained closed to indoor service from the pandemic’s beginnings in March, but the state’s latest rules revision has inspired owner Frank Finelli to ...

City cuts top planning job to trim budget

By William Kibler bkibler@altoonamirror.com City Manager Ken Decker has abolished the job of community development director in an ongoing effort to find $1 million in savings so the city can pass a 2021 budget without a tax increase, in accord with instructions from City Council. The ...

Langerholc bill seeks expanded broadband access

The state Senate has unanimously approved legislation sponsored by Sen. Wayne Langerholc Jr., R-Cambria, that would establish a grant program to extend deployment of broadband services in underserved areas of the state. Langerholc said that access to broadband has become even more crucial ...

B-A delays vote on hybrid plan

BELLWOOD — Bellwood-Antis School Board members will decide on Sept. 29 whether to move forward with a hybrid plan to educate the district’s students. As part of the revised school reopening health and safety plan, board members in August approved using a hybrid model, effective Oct. ...

HASD OKs plan for sports spectators

The Hollidaysburg Area School Board approved an athletic health and safety plan in preparation of the passing of a state bill which allows school districts to determine spectator limits for sports and recreational events. On Wednesday evening, eight board members (Emanuel Nichols was not ...

Ward bill to aid nonprofits advances

HARRISBURG — The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved a bill to support Pennsylvania’s network of community-based nonprofit organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic, the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Judy Ward, R-Blair, said. Senate Bill 1314 would create the Nonprofit Economic ...

City looks to cut $1M from budget

City management is working to find about $1 million in savings to balance its 2021 budget without a tax increase, in keeping with instructions from City Council. The budget needs to be “revenue neutral,” Councilman Jesse Ickes said at a recent council meeting. The savings would offset a ...

Wolf eases dining rules

Pennsylvania restaurants will be allowed to seat more patrons inside after Gov. Tom Wolf announced Tuesday he is relaxing restrictions on indoor dining, providing some relief to an industry that’s been hit hard by the coronavirus crisis. Restaurants may increase indoor occupancy from 25% to ...

Blair County prison to get full body scanner

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County is preparing to buy a full body scanner at $169,000 to use at the county prison. The scanner, similar to a walk-through version used at larger airports, can be paid for with the county’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act money, Warden Abbie ...

B-A to allow spectators at events

BELLWOOD — Bellwood-Antis School Board members on Tuesday approved a resolution that will allow 250 spectators at home outdoor events. “Under current guidelines, we can only allow senior parents of football players, cheerleaders and band members at home varsity football events. And we ...