Local News

Blair considers adding 29 employees

HOLLIDAYSBURG — In the next three years, Blair County’s department heads would like to add 24 full-time and five part-time positions to their staffs. They also would like to make capital improvements during that same time frame, costing about $7.4 million. That figure includes money for ...

City, vets agree on monument license

City Council has approved a licensing agreement giving the Blair County War Veterans Council responsibility for maintaining a veterans monument in Garden Heights — while authorizing the group to make improvements to the monument and the small triangular median on which it stands. The ...

Duncansville preps for Community Days events

DUNCANSVILLE — Marcie Erickson lived here until junior high school, then moved with her family to another part of Blair County, but after college, she moved back to the borough. “That says a lot,” Erickson stated Tuesday, sitting with her husband, Mike Harris, and Duncansville Mayor ...

Reserve funds approved

On the recommendation of Interim City Manager Peter Marshall, City Council has established a vehicle replacement fund, in hopes of handling vehicle replacements at lower cost and with less disruption of the budget. It also set up a “contingency reserve” and a “grant reserve fund.” ...

Superior Court tosses sentence

For the second time in the last two weeks, the Pennsylvania Superior Court has tossed out a sentence in an area criminal case because restitution was not ordered when the sentence was imposed. The latest instance occurred Friday when a three-judge panel upheld the conviction but vacated the ...

Woman pleads guilty to theft

By Julie Rae Rickard For the Mirror CLEARFIELD — A Philips­burg woman pleaded guilty in Clearfield County Court on Monday to charges stemming from her attempt to steal a vehicle while it was parked at a convenience store. Prior to sentencing for 30-year-old Abby Ann Ripka, it was noted ...

Teenager charged with theft of ATVs

The theft of an ATV has landed a city teenager in jail on felony charges. Three stolen ATVs were found Saturday by Altoona police officers investigating the theft of a yellow 2007 Suzuki LTZ-90, including two reported stolen in Logan Town­ship, according to charges filed over the ...

Student housing loophole targeted

City Council plans to close a “loophole” in its restrictions on student housing — one that allows for the purchase of a home in a student’s name and subsequent rentals to other students. Officials spoke of those plans after an Ivyside resident complained about a neighboring house that ...

Newry council shrinks board to 3 members

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Keeping five members on Newry Borough Council has become difficult, so council secured approval Monday to reduce its governing body to three members. Because council has been operating with two vacant seats, the change is effectively immediately, solicitor Michael Emerick ...

Making a splash

Emmeline Musselman, 11 months, (right) of New Paris giggles as her cousin, Calli Corle, 2 1/2, of Pavia splashes water on her while the girls play in a fountain on Monday at The Cow ice cream shop in Pleasantville as Emmeline’s mother, Jessica Musselman, looks on. Mirror photo by Holly Claycomb

Logan supervisors reject bid for park renovations

The Logan Township supervisors recently rejected the single bid they received for improvements at Greenwood Park, as it was $208,000 higher than an estimate for the work. The supervisors plan to rebid the project in Jan­uary, so the work can be done in the spring. The $693,000 bid was from ...

Superior court rejects appeal in drug case

A former Ebensburg wo­man with a history of drug and alcohol issues has lost her appeal to the Pennsyl­vania Superior Court and will be required to serve a six- to 12-month prison sentence imposed by a Cambria County judge. In an opinion issued late last week, the Superior Court dismissed ...

Bail lowered for Osceola Mills man

CLEARFIELD — The bail for an Osceola Mills man who allegedly ran from police after they found him in possession of a variety of drugs was slightly lowered after a hearing Monday in Clearfield County Court. Chase Craig Conway, 28, is facing felony counts of possession with intent to ...

Bedford man jailed for alleged assault

A Bedford County man is behind bars after police say he beat his wife in Holli­daysburg. Terry Lee Lesh, 46, New Paris, is accused of hitting his wife in the head with his fists before he “kicked” her out of his vehicle on the 100 block of Jones Street in Hol­li­daysburg just be­fore ...

Area briefs

BackPack program seeks donations The Mountain Lion Back­­Pack Program’s Christ­­mas in July Food Drive continues through July 31. Items can be dropped off on the second floor of Bos­cov’s in Logan Town Centre near the courtesy desk. Most-needed food items include granola bars, ...

Crews fight barn fire

Fire crews in Blair County were called out at just after 4 p.m. Monday for a barn fire at 1301 Silver Barn Road in Sinking Valley. According to initial 911 radio communications, fire­­fighters coordinated apparatus and tanker truck traffic in and out of the farm’s narrow dirt ...

City man held in assault

An Altoona man was arrested Friday for allegedly assaulting his ex-girlfriend earlier this month. Cesar Suarez, 39, of 130 Sixth Ave., is accused of punching the woman several times while she was holding her 8-month-old child during an argument on July 2, according to charges filed by Altoona ...

HASD sale to benefit planetarium

From Mirror staff reports The Hollidaysburg Area School District is holding a space and astronomy memorabilia sale to benefit the planetarium at the senior high school. The sale coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20. Some of the items that will be ...

Summer job

Altoona Area High School teacher Ken Balough paints a restroom building at the Herb Faris Tennis Courts at Mansion Park on Monday as part of the district’s summer maintenance. Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski