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L&I firm confirms identities for PUA

A consulting firm hired by the state Department of Labor & Industry has begun contacting applicants for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance to verify their identities — it is an effort undertaken to separate legitimate claims from the many fraudulent ones made to PUA, according to L&I ...

Donald Trump Jr. visits Hollidaysburg

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Donald Trump Jr. roused a couple hundred people at a rally Tuesday in Hollidaysburg, supporting his father’s re-election campaign. Hosted by the McLanahan Corp. facility, the fanfare was opened by U.S. Rep. John Joyce, R-13th District, who focused his speech on criticizing ...

Blair begins public budget meetings

HOLLIDAYSBURG -- Blair County commissioners have set up five public meetings to review and consider allocations for a proposed 2021 budget. Meetings, available to the public via telephone in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, start at 2 p.m. today. To join the meeting, call ...

Tyrone man sentenced to drug court

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Tyrone man who provided the fentanyl-laced heroin leading to his friend’s fatal overdose in 2017 is being directed into Blair County Drug Court as part of a sentence imposing eight years of probation. Judge Timothy M. Sullivan, who presides over Drug Court, told Kyler M. ...

Briefcase

CLEARFIELD CNB nets $7.8M in 3Q CNB Financial Corp. on Tuesday reported third-quarter net income of $7.8 million. The Clearfield-based bank had earnings of 47 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for costs related to mergers and acquisitions, came to 70 cents per share. The bank holding ...

City man charged with strangling girlfriend

An Altoona man was arrested on charges of strangulation and false imprisonment after he allegedly became violent during an altercation with his girlfriend, court documents state. Michael E. Mitchell, 25, was arraigned Saturday by Magisterial District Judge Matthew Dunio after police ...

Explosion levels Huntingdon home

Family members look through the rubble of a home at 2312 Highland Ave. in Huntingdon after it collapsed on its owner when it exploded about 8:30 a.m. Monday. According to WJAC, homeowner Michele Shovlin was reportedly inside the home when the explosion happened. When first responders arrived on ...

PSU’s Journey Brown may miss season

With Penn State's opener five days away, the Nittany Lions are dealing with a significant development that leaves a major void on offense. Running back Journey Brown, who emerged as the top tailback in the program last year and rushed for 202 yards in the Cotton Bowl, could miss the entire ...

Virus cases put Blair at ‘substantial’

Leaves are falling and COVID-19 cases are rising, so Harrisburg administration officials Monday urged vigilance to minimize the harm. “We all knew there would be an (autumn) upsurge,” said Gov. Tom Wolf in a webcast news conference. “Now is really the time to double down on our ...

AASD ready for new building

The Altoona Area School District is to receive its occupancy permit today, allowing teachers and students to enter the new high school. Gary Marshall of Reynolds Construction — construction manager for the high school project —told district officials at Monday’s school board meeting the ...

Police: Claysburg woman said she used heroin before crash

Greenfield Township Police arrested a Claysburg woman after she said she used drugs before rolling her vehicle Friday with a child inside, police documents said. Holly N. Feathers, 33, was arraigned Saturday by Magisterial District Judge Matthew Dunio on nearly 30 charges, including ...

City man to refile civil rights complaint

An Altoona man who has filed a civil rights lawsuit contending he is being held illegally in the Clearfield County Prison has been ordered by a U.S. magistrate judge to refile his complaint before his case can proceed. Magistrate Judge Cynthia Reed Eddy on Friday informed Michael Jeorme Irby ...

Child hurt in crash

Police charged an Altoona woman with several felonies after she allegedly wrecked her car while driving impaired with children in the vehicle, a commonwealth criminal complaint said. Jennifer L. Lansberry, 36, was taken into custody and housed at Blair County Prison on Sunday, after an ...

Farm bill sent to Wolf

HARRISBURG — A measure to help Pennsylvania’s farmers by updating state law regarding multipurpose agriculture vehicles is headed to the governor’s desk after approval Monday by the House of Representatives. Senate Bill 995, introduced by Sen. Dan Laughlin, R-Erie, was approved by the ...

AMED could be model for others

AMED could become a model for helping solve a knotty funding problem for ambulance and volunteer fire companies statewide, according to AMED Executive Director Gary Watters. AMED is a rarity among ambulance services in being a municipal authority — an organizational structure that a group ...

DCNR to offer grant workshops

HARRISBURG — The state Department of Conservation and Resources will begin offering a series of free, online workshops next month for potential 2021 DCNR grant applicants. “Once again the intent of these workshops is to answer questions applicants have when they consider seeking ...

Mount to host conference

CRESSON — Mount Aloysius College will host its biennial Conference on College Teaching virtually on Friday in order to accommodate attendees during the pandemic. The conference aims to bring high school and higher education faculty together to foster discourse on student learning, ...

Altoona native, decorated war veteran retires

At 17 years of age, Dennis Eger was looking for adventure, and the U.S. Army seemed as likely a source as any. “I was born in Altoona and grew up in Cresson,” Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Eger, 49, recalled. “So, I was ready to see what the world had to offer.” Enlisting in 1988, Eger ...

New rail/bus station eyed

Altoona officials are considering building a new train and bus station next to the mainline tracks, if the city is unsuccessful in obtaining a $1.7 million grant to renovate the Transportation Center, which is across the 10th Avenue expressway from the tracks. The station would be smaller ...