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Woman rescued from porch roof of home

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Teamwork between a Geeseytown Community Volunteer firefighter and a Pennsylvania state trooper enabled the rescue of a woman from the second-floor porch roof of her burning duplex home along the 600 block of Berwind Road in Frankstown Township on Thursday morning. When ...

NAC lawsuit over pension continues

While North American Communications Inc. suddenly ceased operations Monday, putting nearly 200 employees out of work, a lawsuit involving a dispute over the pension to be paid to the company’s founder is continuing in the U.S. District Court in Johnstown. Michael Herman claims the company is ...

Norfolk Southern lays off 50 workers

Norfolk Southern Railway laid off about 50 workers at the Juniata Locomotive Shop on Wednesday, citing a focus “on ensuring that we have the optimal number of people and assets at every location across our system in order to operate efficiently.” The furloughed workers will be offered ...

Fatal truck crash closes road

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A crash Wednesday afternoon killed the 40-year-old driver of a truck and closed down Locke Mountain Road in Frankstown Township for hours. State police are investigating and the Blair County coroner was called to the scene, although no additional information about the ...

Couple convicted of child abuse challenge sentence

CLEARFIELD – A Houtzdale couple sent to state prison for beating and abusing their six adopted children have asked a Clearfield County judge to reconsider their sentence. In April, Timothy Dean Krause, 52, and Barbara Jean Krause, 51, were sentenced by Judge Paul Cherry to a total of seven ...

Man facing lengthy prison sentence for child porn

CLEARFIELD — A Clearfield County man will be serving a lengthy state prison sentence for possessing child pornography. Robert Lee Lannen Jr., 52, Morrisdale, pleaded guilty during plea and sentencing court Tuesday to nine felony counts of disseminate photo/film of child sex acts, 40 felony ...

Power outage prompts AAHS early dismissal

A power outage caused by work at the construction site of the new school necessitated early dismissal from the Altoona Area High School on Wednesday morning. Altoona Area Community Relations Director Paula Foreman said the outage occurred about 6:20 a.m. as students were en route to school. ...

Ross wins Republican bid for coroner post

Blair County Coroner Patricia Ross won the Republican bid for her post Tuesday, all but assuring her re-election in the fall as there were no Democratic challengers on the ballot. According to unofficial counts, she defeated GOP challenger Erin Kathleen Myers with 76.24 percent of the vote or ...

Police nab impaired man in car

A Dunscansville man is behind bars after police say he was caught driving while high in a stolen car. Adam K. Beard, 22, was arrested just after 11 p.m. Tuesday after an Allegheny Township police officer noticed Beard was having trouble keeping the car he was driving on Plank Road between the ...

41.5 million expected to travel on Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, and Americans will kick off the season by traveling in near-record numbers. According to AAA, more than 41.5 million Americans will travel this Memorial Day weekend, nearly 5 percent more than last year and the most in more than a dozen ...

Matychak’s ‘love for children impeccable’

The Altoona community has lost a beloved educator. Georgette Matychak, 67, of Altoona, died Sunday in her sleep. Matychak opened Harbor House Preschool and Kinder­garten with her husband, Gary, 40 years ago in August 1978. The school’s co-director, Chastity Beers, worked with Matychak ...

Webster tops commissioners race

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The group inside Amy Webster’s living room started cheering Tuesday night when election results showed her as the Republican candidate with the most votes for a seat on the Blair County commissioners board. Reassessment, which had been the main focus of Webster’s ...

NAC shutters Duncansville facility

DUNCANSVILLE — North American Communications Inc., a direct mail print production company headquartered in Duncans­ville, suddenly closed its doors on Monday. “Today, we made the difficult decision to shut down North American Communications Inc. and to close our doors,” President Rob ...

Voters send message over building project

Voters of the Altoona Area School Board primary election seemed to send a clear message Tuesday, said Frank Meloy, who won the Democratic nomination and came in second on the Republican ballot. School board candidates may cross-file for primary elections, and Meloy is one of four candidates ...

Kaneshiki tops field in Hollidaysburg race

Lois Kaneshiki has seen her share of controversy over the past two years as a member of the Hollidaysburg Area School Board, but on Tuesday, she finished first on the Republican ballot that included 11 candidates. She is among five Republicans who will square off against an equal number ...

Metzgar, Jones top GOP primary in Logan

Joe Metzgar didn’t want any echoes of Thomas Dewey, the candidate prematurely declared a victor in the 1948 presidential election won by Harry Truman. Metzgar, the only incumbent in the Republican primary race for Logan Township supervisor — featuring three candidates for two seats — ...

Voters oust C-K board VP

The vice president of the Claysburg-Kimmel School Board was defeated in Tuesday night’s primary election. Shelda Repko lost to newcomer Amy Claar-Gill, who carried both the Republican and Democratic tickets in Kimmel Township. Board member Mandi Daugherty finished second in both parties ...

Geis, Pacifico to vie for mayor

It was after 10 p.m. Tuesday when Demo­cratic city mayoral nominee Mark Geis called the Mirror to comment on his 55- to 44-percent victory over Bridgette Jackson. Geis said he was out collecting all his polling place campaign signs, many of which were on the grounds of churches and other ...

Dunio secures district judge post

Matt Dunio secured his place on both the Democratic and Republican ballots this fall to effectively ensure he will succeed Magisterial District Judge Steven Jackson. According to Tuesday night’s unofficial results in the race for District Judge of Magisterial District 24-3-02, encompassing ...

Liquor referendums get positive votes

Liquor sales will be coming to a pair of Cove area boroughs and to the Altoona-Blair County Airport, unofficial tallies from Tuesday’s referendums show. Voters in Roaring Spring and Williamsburg voted to allow the sale of liquor in their municipalities, while in North Woodbury Township, ...