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Viral crisis has echoes of 1930s

WASHINGTON — The imagery floats in sepia-colored photographs, faintly recalled images of bedraggled people lined up for bread or soup. Shacks in Appalachian hollows. Ruined investors taking their lives in the face of stock market crashes. Desperation etched on the faces of a generation that ...

Parents unhappy with judge’s order

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Non-custodial parents are unhappy with a recent Blair County judicial order temporarily restricting them to telephone, video and text communications with their children instead of ongoing custody exchanges. Gov. Tom Wolf’s order on April 1, directing all Pennsylvania ...

Local virus cases stagnate

Stagnation generally has unfavorable connotations, but not for coronavirus positive cases. For Blair and its contiguous counties, those COVID-19 positives seem to have stagnated recently, as the county — so far — hasn’t become a pandemic hot spot. Additionally, statewide, the number of ...

Man allegedly stole medication

An Altoona man is facing charges for allegedly breaking into the home of an elderly woman and stealing her medication and cash. According to charges filed by Altoona police, the elderly resident went to the police station in August to report that William J. Bryley, 37, entered her home ...

Conemaugh offering drive-thru virus tests

JOHNSTOWN — Conemaugh Health System is testing patients for COVID-19 in a drive-thru test center at Conemaugh East Hills in Richland. Currently, the test center will operate from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, with hours subject to change based on testing needs. Patients need a ...

Chester man accused of assault

A Chester man is behind bars, accused of assaulting officers from the Altoona Police Department and UPMC Altoona on Saturday. According to charges file by Altoona police, Darius S. Kenion, 27, went to UPMC Altoona to speak with the crisis center. After speaking with Kenion, crisis officials ...

Unemployment claims grow

The number of unemployment claims filed in Pennsylvania in the three weeks since mid-March has swelled to 1.13 million — 28 times as many as in the three weeks before the coronavirus pandemic led to the state’s closure of non-essential businesses, according to state Labor Secretary Jerry ...

AAHS project facing uncertainty

When work will resume on the new Altoona Area High School is still up in the air. Work came to a halt two weeks ago after Gov. Tom Wolf ordered the closing of all nonessential businesses and put a ban on gatherings of 10 or more people as COVID-19 continued to spread across the state. At ...

Eight-county broadband study planned

Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission has contracted with Design Nine Inc. of Blacksburg, Va., to assist with an eight-county, broadband study. In 2019, Southern Alleghenies was awarded a grant to coordinate a feasibility study in order to inventory existing broadband ...

Nominations for ‘20 Under 40’ due Friday

The Mirror is accepting nominations for its 13th edition of 20 Under 40, which will recognize 20 deserving community members younger than 40 years old in the June edition of Blair Living. Criteria for nomination include business success, entrepreneurial spirit and community service of those ...

Clarification

A story titled “Hunting for business” on Page A1 on Monday talked about how COVID-19 is affecting local businesses. Although most flower shops are closed due to the governor’s order, some greenhouses, such as Rozick’s Greenhouse in Tyrone, are selling Easter flowers.

Mirror launches digital subscription

Effective April 3, the Mirror launched a new digital subscription service on altoonamirror.com. All daily (seven-day home delivery) subscribers of the Mirror’s print edition will continue to receive altoonamirror.com free of charge. For those who are not subscribers to the print edition, ...

Easter brings mixed blessings for businesses

Easter usually means a lot of extra business for area restaurants, candy stores and flower shops. The National Retail Federation estimates that customers spent about $5.74 billion on dining out for Easter in 2018 and 2019. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, diners won’t be able to ...

Mirror launches digital subscription

Effective April 3, the Mirror launched a new digital subscription service on altoonamirror.com. All daily (seven-day home delivery) subscribers of the Mirror’s print edition will continue to receive altoonamirror.com free of charge. For those who are not subscribers to the print edition, ...

Virus causes election struggles

At least we’re not Wisconsin. Election authorities in Pennsylvania and the other states where this year’s primaries haven’t happened yet are contending with coronavirus challenges — but they have some time to prepare. In Wisconsin, by contrast, an election still set for Tuesday was ...

McKeegan ‘thrilled’ to come back to Pa., lead the Mount

Dr. John McKeegan was named Mount Aloysius College’s 15th president. Dr. McKeegan spoke to the Mirror by phone from his home in Oregon. Q: What attracted you to Mount Aloysius? A: The more I learned about the Mount, its students and faculty, and the care and compassion that the faculty ...

AssureTech developing app for food allergies

HUNTINGDON — Assure­Tech LLC, a software startup from Huntingdon and Kdan Mobile Software Ltd. — a global software service as a provider — have announced a partnership to develop EpiCenter App for people affected by food allergies. The software is scheduled for release in the ...

Digital subscription launched

Effective April 3, the Mirror launched a new digital subscription service on altoonamirror.com. All daily (seven-day home delivery) subscribers of the Mirror’s print edition will continue to receive altoonamirror.com free of charge. For those who are not subscribers to the print edition, ...

‘I’m scared for my son’

The parents of 16-year-old Owen Southerland — who is charged as an adult for allegedly shooting 15-year-old Devon Pfirsching in the head in late February — say they only want their son to get a fair shake. His arrest Feb. 26, along with 16-year-old Logan Persing and 15-year-old Damien ...

Health Dept. facing 2 fights

The COVID-19 takeover of the national consciousness may have shoved the nation’s widespread drug addiction disaster out of mind, but it hasn’t erased that earlier crisis, state Health Secretary Rachel Levine reminded viewers on her daily coronavirus webcast Saturday. “Opioid and ...