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Spring cleaning

PATTON — With the Patton Park and Pool ready to open back up in May, borough employees received a hefty boost toward getting the park cleaned and ready to go. More than 50 students from the Cambria Heights High School gave back to their community Tuesday. “We’re giving back to the ...

Witness: Tracks not from pickup

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Vehicle tracks observed in a grassy area of Canoe Creek State Park, close to where Tina S. Miller’s body was found in 2004, were likely created by a riding mower, witnesses told a jury Tuesday in Blair County Court. In challenging a defensive theory offered on behalf of ...

Spring Cove: Family decries children’s bus issues

MARTINSBURG — Following years of turmoil regarding a transportation issue, a parent approached the Spring Cove School Board Monday night in hopes of settling an ongoing dispute. Michelle Love said her children are being “discriminated against” and are being forced to walk 1.5 miles to ...

Local residents applaud verdict

Last spring, retired Pastor Paul Johnson of Altoona turned on the news and saw the image of a white police officer with his knee on the neck of a Black man, who was lying in the street, and thought it was a still picture. It took a while for Johnson to realize it was a video, and as the ...

Blair to join 911 upgrade

The Blair County commissioners said Tuesday they are poised to join a statewide effort to upgrade the 911 emergency call system, which locally has been in use for 25 years. Blair County Public Safety Director Mark Taylor told Commissioners Bruce R. Erb, Laura Burke and Amy Webster that the ...

Area briefs

AAHS releases commencement details Altoona Area High School has announced details for its 2021 commencement. The graduation ceremony is scheduled for 6 p.m. June 11, with a rain makeup date of 10 a.m. June 12. Seniors will be allotted eight tickets each and can request additional ...

Virus spurs Myers Elementary closure

BELLWOOD — Myers Elementary School will be closed today and Thursday because of COVID-19. The cases were discovered Tuesday morning. “We have four cases of COVID, two students and two employees,” said Bellwood-Antis School District Superintendent Thomas McInroy. “We have been in ...

Family Services to host consent panel discussion

Consent means recognizing a person is the boss of his or her own body, and asking for consent is the first step toward preventing sexual assault, a Family Services Inc. spokesperson said. “Silence is not consent, a shrug is not consent,” said Ashley Gay Vocco, Family Services victim ...

State Farm Show food fest set

HARRISBURG — Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding has announced that Pennsylvanians will be able to get their Pennsylvania Farm Show food fix at an outdoor Spring Food Fest in May. After a successful Fall Food Fest in November, the Spring Food Fest will take place in the North Lot of the ...

Police seeking alleged shooter

Altoona police are searching for a 17-year-old in connection with a shooting that occurred near Altoona Area High School on April 7. Police an­nounced on Tuesday they are seeking in­for­­­­mation regarding the whereabouts of Louis A. Colon, who is wanted on felony attempted homicide ...

A weed away

Carol Rodgers pulls weeds as she prepares the flower bed in front of her Lynndale Road home in Altoona on Monday afternoon. Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski

Autopsy shows Miller suffered

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A 26-year-old Hollidaysburg woman found dead in 2004 at Canoe Creek State Park would have gone through an extreme amount of pain, fear and anxiety in the events leading up to her death, based on testimony of two forensic pathologists offered Monday in Blair County Court. The ...

Police: Suspect says he set fire

COALPORT — A borough man under arrest in a fatal fire allegedly was overheard in a bar talking about setting the blaze, according to police. Jonathan Mark Gallaher, 36, was charged by state police Monday with two counts of criminal attempt/criminal homicide, two counts of arson-danger of ...

AMED completes driveway permitting

AMED has the permits it needs to construct an emergency exit driveway at its new headquarters and main station in Lakemont. “We just got the highway occupancy permit,” Executive Director Gary Watters told the board Monday. “They’re all in place now.” The ambulance authority ...

Blair judge denies claim of ineffective attorney

A Blair County judge ruled last week that an Altoona man cannot withdraw his guilty pleas to multiple charges that were filed after a high-speed car chase through the city. After police took Ricky Lee Jones, 38, into custody on Nov. 27, 2018, they charged him with possession of firearms ...

Police: Illinois man admits to having sex with minor

Police arrested a 20-year-old Illinois man Saturday after he allegedly admitted to having sex with a 13-year-old in an Altoona hotel, court documents stated. Tabari Brown was arraigned Saturday by Magisterial District Judge Paula Aigner on felony charges, including statutory sexual assault, ...

Altoona board votes to resume ’19 prom rules

The Altoona Area School Board voted 6-3 to revert to 2019 guest rules for this year’s prom at its regular meeting Monday. The decision means students attending prom will be allowed to bring adult, non-student guests 21 and younger with proper clearances. All guests will be vetted by ...

Penn Highlands expands agreement

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College and Southern New Hampshire University have expanded their agreement, which now includes eight transfer pathways, according to a press release. Penn Highlands graduates now will receive a 10% tuition discount for Southern New Hampshire University ...

Drug collection day set

JOHNSTOWN — A national household drug collection day will allow area residents to safely dispose of unused or expired medicines. Through the National Drug Take Back Day, set for Saturday, collection sites are being held in Blair and Cambria counties to take back prescription and ...

PennDOT plans virtual outreach

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Transportation Outreach meetings for 2021 will be held April 27. The first meeting, for Huntingdon County, will begin at 12:30 p.m. The second session, for Blair County, will begin at 3 p.m. Sessions are expected to last about 90 minutes. The meetings will include ...