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Former Appvion employee charged

A former employee of Appvion faces charges he stole close to $200,000 in industrial and computer equipment from the Roaring Spring paper mill. Chad G. Morningstar was arraigned Friday on six theft-related felony charges stemming from a Roaring Spring police investigation into the 46-year-old ...

AMED considers Reade service

At the request of the Reade Township supervisors, AMED is considering whether to add all or part of that township to its Emergency Medical Service area. The Cambria County township is in need because the Reade Area Ambulance Association did not obtain a license renewal for 2020 and is ...

Penn State reflects on MLK’s legacy

In an effort to combat inequality and as a way to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Penn State Altoona hosted a reflection luncheon and conversation Monday. Sponsored by the Office of Institutional Equity, Diversity and International Student Services, participants discussed current ...

Judge defends ruling to Superior Court

A Blair County judge has sent an opinion to the Pennsylvania Superior Court defending his refusal late last year to permit an Altoona man to withdraw guilty pleas to drug and gun charges. Judge Timothy M. Sullivan in November sentenced Keith C. Christian to a state prison term of 10.5 to 21 ...

Police arrest man accused of killing woman’s dogs

CLEARFIELD COUNTY — A Clearfield County man accused of shooting and killing two dogs and threatening a woman has been apprehended. Police have been looking since Oct. 23 for James Potts, 18, whose address is listed on various court documents as Coalport, Flinton and Fallentimber. Potts ...

City man accused of hitting neighbor

A city man faces felony charges after police say he attacked a man who said he owed him beer money. Melvin Lee Brown Sr., 49, of 1100 14th Ave., Apt. 9, was arrested Friday on charges that include felony burglary and criminal trespass after Brown allegedly walked into a neighboring apartment ...

Blair seeking pension plan study

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Blair County Retirement Board is interested in a study of pension plan participants that could affect the plan’s solvency and the county’s annual contribution. The board recently advised secretary and county Controller A.C. Stickel to ask CBIZ Retirement Services to ...

Rev. Lynch remembered

The Diocese of Altoona Johnstown is saddened by the passing of a recently retired priest. The Rev. Leo A. Lynch, 67, Hollidaysburg, who retired in November, died Thursday at Garvey Manor Nursing Home, Hollidaysburg. “On behalf of Bishop Bartchak, I extend heartfelt sympathy to the Lynch ...

Bridge closure hinders walkers

DUNCANSVILLE — Eleanor Nash, who has run for exercise for years but now mostly walks, likes to go from her home on Apple Street in Allegheny Township over nearby 13th Street Bridge into the borough, where she can indulge her habit of multi-tasking — stopping at the post office, the drug ...

Young devotes a lifetime to law enforcement

In his nearly 40-year career in law enforcement, Norman “Dusty” Young Jr., who retired Jan. 8, was never one to seek attention, but the impact he’s had on stemming the flow of drugs into the area is almost immeasurable. “If there was a hall of fame of law enforcement in Blair County, ...

Penn State plans King Day events

Penn State Altoona will host activities this week to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. A reflection luncheon and conversation is planned for noon today in the Slep Center, where attendees will hear about the forms of protest King used, then break into small groups to discuss current ...

First responders awarded grants

Fire companies and emergency medical service providers in the 79th Legislative District will receive funding through the Office of the State Fire Commissioner’s Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program, state Rep. Lou Schmitt, R-Blair, and state Sen. Judy Ward, R-30, ...

Groups serve up help with meal debts

Cafeteria debt soared over the past three years, but school districts have received some help from private donors to cover the cost of serving lunch to students without money. At the end of 2019, the Claysburg Education Foundation paid off all students’ outstanding lunch debt, about ...

Judge decreases maximum sentence

Federal authorities were notified this week that Senior Judge Hiram A. Carpenter of Blair County has complied with an order by a U.S. District Judge in Johnstown to resentence a convicted drug dealer. Charles A. Bellon, 40, of Altoona, now is sentenced to 31 to 46 years in state prison. That ...

Hollidaysburg cat cafe showcases purr-sonalities

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Legend has it that cats have nine lives, and, for a few select shelter cats, one of those lives can be spent hanging out at Blair County’s first cat cafe. Nine Lives Lounge, located at 507 Allegheny St. in Hollidaysburg, was opened by co-owners Kayla and Kirk Durbin in late ...

Ex-Commissioner Beam switches parties

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Former Blair County Commissioner Ted Beam Jr. is now a Republican. The longtime Democrat who lost his bid in November for a third term as commissioner said Friday that he changed parties, an action he started considering before the November election. “I received a door ...

CRBC to construct new park

On Thursday, for the second time in two days, it was announced that a church group has donated property on Sixth Avenue at 23rd Street so a secular organization can create a facility to benefit the community. In the first case, the Simpson-Temple United Parish congregation gave its church ...

Bedford historians to meet

The Bedford County Historical Society will hold its quarterly meeting at 2 p.m. Feb. 8. The meeting was rescheduled because of Saturday’s inclement weather. The meeting will be held on the first floor of the society’s barn at 6441 Lincoln Highway in Bedford. Jared Frederick will speak ...

Womens meeting planned

The Blair County Federation of Democratic Women will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Perkins restaurant in Altoona. Plans for the annual spring tea, invitations to candidates and speakers, fundraisers and community events will be discussed. All registered women Democrats are invited to attend. ...