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Happy Halloween?

“Pandemic Halloween” sounds like the title of an Edgar Allen Poe short story. But it’s coming, and it’s not fiction. To deal with the coronavirus danger this holiday, a common trick-or-treat accessory — masks — could prove useful, coupled with social distancing and sanitizing ...

Solution sought for dangerous road

At first glance, there’s nothing that stands out about the crossroads of Route 36 and Cross Cove Road to indicate it’s a dangerous intersection, apart from the blinking traffic lights. Residents of the area know differently. “It’s sad,” said Jerome Dodson, who lives about a mile ...

Shooting suspect arrested

A man who police say shot a woman during a drug-related robbery gone awry in Greenwood last weekend is facing drug and gun charges in Blair County Court. Justin F. LeFevre, 42, of Altoona was arraigned Friday morning on a list of charges that include felony attempted homicide, robbery, ...

Altoona native to be recognized

An Altoona native is being recognized by the Seattle Seahawks. Dr. Eliot Fagley, an anesthesiologist who leads the Critical Care Unitás COVID-19 response at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, was selected to represent physicians, nurses, patient care techs, therapy experts, ...

Centre outbreak still churning

A week ago, Centre County became the first local county to break 1,000 for COVID-19 cases, and by Friday, it had surged to 1,630 -- averaging 81 cases a day in an ongoing outbreak propelled by student infections at Penn State in University Park, according to the state Department of Health and ...

Man to face trial

A Duncansville man will face trial on charges he had sex with a 13-year-old girl when he was 18. David C. Oschea, 22, of Duncansville allegedly fondled the 13-year-old girl and then had sex with her between Dec. 21, 2017, and Dec. 25, 2017, while home on leave from the U.S. Marine Corps, ...

The real price of free cheese

As my life draws to a close, one of my concerns is that we as a society take so much of life for granted, and many people continually want it to be easier by getting free stuff. When we are born, one of our first memories is of taking a bath. The tub is full of warm water, which to us as a ...

Area firms among best places to work

Five area companies are included in the 2020 list of Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania. The list of the 100 companies represents roughly 25,000 employees of 43 small, 30 medium and 27 large-sized companies. In order to be eligible for this process, companies had to be a for-profit or ...

COVID-19 throws wrench at four area teams

Four Mountain League high school football teams had their games wiped out Friday due to a possible positive COVID-19 test in the Clearfield Area School District. The Tyrone at Clearfield game and a Penns Valley at Philipsburg-Osceola contest were not played. Penns Valley played Clearfield ...

Wolf wants additional money for hazard pay

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday asked the Republican General Assembly to allocate $225 million from the state’s CARES Act reserve to extend his tapped-out hazard pay program for workers on the “front lines” of the COVID-19 pandemic — a request that exasperated state Sen. Judy ...

Missing trial defendant pleads guilty

HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man who missed the first two days of his jury trial on drug delivery, possession, criminal conspiracy and related charges showed up Thursday in Blair County Court and pleaded guilty to all offenses. “He said he went to Pittsburgh and couldn’t get a ride ...

Aw, shucks

Harvest season is underway as workers cut corn to use for silage at Pleasant View Farms in Martinsburg. Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski

Water authority buys property near Horseshoe Curve

The Altoona Water Authority has finally acquired the 2,450-acre former Cooney Bros. Coal Co. property near the Horseshoe Curve — property on which the state is beginning a reclamation project that will eliminate the “Big Murph” bony piles and ponds that have attracted ATV riders for ...

City man can’t withdraw pleas

An Altoona man, who in the middle of his trial last year decided to plead guilty to drug charges, cannot withdraw his guilty pleas, according to a ruling this week by the Pennsylvania Superior Court. Keith Christian, 46, was in the second day of his trial in January 2019 when he informed his ...

Parish employee tests positive for COVID-19

An employee of Saint Benedict Parish in Johnstown has tested positive for COVID-19 and is under quarantine for two weeks, according to the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. Tony DeGol, secretary of communications for the diocese, said Thursday that parishioners have been notified. The Geistown ...

Sheetz, PSU join forces to offer workers tuition cuts

UNIVERSITY PARK — A new partnership between Penn State and the convenience store chain Sheetz will provide education benefits to the company’s employees, an initiative aimed at helping them complete college degrees. Through the agreement, Sheetz employees and their spouses and legal ...

Historical board clarifies question on Zion Church window project

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Historical Architectural Review Board clarified a condition on window replacements for the Zion Lutheran Church in Hollidaysburg on Thursday. Earlier this month, HARB approved a project request by the church to remove and replace all wood-frame windows on the exterior ...

Borough gets back on track with water testing

Frequency of lead and copper testing of Hollidaysburg’s water will move toward a standard amount from a state-mandated increase. Borough Water Department Director Rick Pope said two lead and copper samples taken this year were below the prescribed limit by the state Department of ...

Ward to host funding workshops

State Sen. Judy Ward, R-Blair, will host a virtual workshop at 10 a.m. Sept. 24 to help local nonprofit groups learn about funding opportunities through charitable foundations. The Foundations 101 Virtual Workshop will cover the basics of foundation funding opportunities. All local nonprofit ...

Briefcase

BELLWOOD B-A approves KOZ extension The Bellwood-Antis School Board has approved a seven-year extension to a Keystone Opportunity Expansion Zone, which includes five parcels in the district and Antis Township. The Antis Township supervisors previously approved the extension. The ...