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Carving it up

Skiers travel down the Upper Mambo Alley slope at Blue Knob All Seasons Resort on Monday afternoon after a fresh layer of snow fell on the area. (Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski)

State expands vaccine eligibility

The state Department of Health on Tuesday added everyone 65 and older and everyone 16 to 64 with health issues that make them vulnerable to COVID-19 now eligible for the vaccinations. The department also launched online tools that instruct users step-by-step on how to get vaccinated — ...

Judge to decide teen’s trial court

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Whether an Altoona teenager will be tried in the fatal shooting of a classmate in the adult or the juvenile court now rests with Blair County President Judge Elizabeth A. Doyle. Doyle completed a second day of hearings on where Damien Green, 16, will face charges of ...

Biden taps Levine for post

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden has tapped Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine to be his assistant secretary of health, leaving her poised to become the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. A pediatrician and former Pennsylvania ...

Probe uncovers smuggling ring inside Blair County Prison

An investigation at the Blair County Prison revealed drugs, cellphones and tobacco were smuggled into the jail in October with the help of an inmate’s wife, court documents stated. After monitoring inmate James McCleary’s phone calls, Warden Abby Tate informed Hollidaysburg police of a ...

Vinosky to respond to petitions

Former Hollidaysburg Area School District intern Scott M. Vinosky has until next week to answer petitions by area police departments, a prosecutor and school officials, seeking dismissal of a lawsuit that charges he was falsely arrested for leaving threatening voicemail messages in 2019 at ...

HASD students return to classrooms

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Ten percent of junior and senior high school students and 7% of elementary students were absent Tuesday as Hollidaysburg Area schools resumed in-person classes. The school board voted 5-4 last week to resume in-classroom learning for all students. Hollidaysburg Area ...

AASD to discuss learning plan

The Altoona Area School Board on Tuesday scheduled a special meeting for 6 p.m. Jan. 26 to revisit a return to school plan. That meeting will be a working session where a new motion is anticipated regarding whether to send students back. On Thursday, the board voted 5-4 to remain on a ...

Remembering MLK’s message

ATLANTA — Speakers at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. holiday celebration in Atlanta called Monday for a renewed dedication to nonviolence following a turbulent year in which a deadly pandemic, protests over systemic racism and a divisive election capped by an attack on the U.S. Capitol ...

Community slams HASB decision

The Hollidaysburg Area School Board’s 5-4 decision Wednesday to move to full in-person learning today — despite state recommendations based on the county’s high COVID-19 transmission rate — has triggered a barrage of opposition. “Where this came from when the numbers are what they ...

Blair airport offering new rides

MARTINSBURG — Altoona-Blair County Airport leaders are hoping to entice flyers this year by introducing a new passenger aircraft and the option of renting a vehicle. “People now have the opportunity to fly in a much nicer aircraft, with a smooter, quieter and faster ride,” airport ...

Residents want vaccination

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A week ago after federal leaders recommended adding those 65 and older to the top priority group for COVID-19 vaccinations, Blair County Director of Public Safety Mark Taylor’s said his office phones started ringing. “We’ve been fielding calls ever since, particularly ...

Data bank removes negative mark on former VA doctor

A federal repository for adverse reports about medical practitioners has retracted a 2018 report filed against a former anesthesiologist by the Van Zandt VA Medical Center for issues that led to findings against the anesthesiologist by the VA Office of Inspector General. The National ...

Allegheny police issue notice on wanted man

As part of a new initiative, the Allegheny Township Police Department posted a wanted poster Monday on its Facebook page, asking residents to be on the lookout for Daniel Omar Campbell, a 6-foot-tall man with dark hair and weighing about 180 pounds. Police reported Campbell was wanted in ...

Applications available for mini-grant projects

The Southern Alleghenies Planning & Development Commission and the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has launched a new round of mini-grants for greenway and bicycle and pedestrian projects. The 2007 Southern Alleghenies Greenways and Open Space Network Plan, which ...

Semi rollover closes I-99

A truck driver was treated for minor injuries Saturday after his semi-truck crashed near Allegheny Township, closing I-99 for several hours, state police reported. The truck was traveling south on I-99 about 7:30 a.m. when the vehicle left the roadway, traveling onto the west berm, police ...

Chestnut trees highlighted

HARRISBURG — The efforts to create a new legacy for a vanished giant of the Appalachian forests were highlighted last week during the Pennsylvania Farm Show. The NJ/PA Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation held a series of virtual forums telling the story of this once-common tree — ...

Biden, Harris take break to honor MLK Jr.

PHILADELPHIA — Two days from the inauguration, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris pitched in on Martin Luther King Jr. Day service projects as a militarized and jittery Washington prepared for a swearing-in that will play out under extraordinary security. Biden ...

Former Y heads to sheriff’s sale

A major building near downtown is headed for sheriff’s sale. The old YMCA on the 900 block of Lexington Avenue, which more recently housed the KNY Family Fitness Center that was the subject of a foreclosure complaint by M&T Bank in 2017, ceased operations in early 2019 and is scheduled ...

Recalled to duty

On a typical week, the VFW Blair County Veterans Honor Guard conducts five military funeral services, honoring the fallen with the playing of taps as well as the traditional folding and presentation of the American flag to the next of kin, and the firing of arms salute. When the COVID-19 ...