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Terrorist attack in Spain kills 13

BARCELONA, Spain — A van veered onto a promenade Thursday and barreled down the busy walkway in central Barcelona, swerving back and forth as it mowed pedestrians down and turned a picturesque tourist destination into a bloody killing zone. Thirteen people were killed and 100 were ...

Cambria approves X-ray scanner

PATTON — A full-body X-ray scanner could be installed at the Cambria County Prison within two months, following Cambria County commissioners’ vote on Thursday to purchase the machine. Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the $77,000 purchase at their morning meeting at the Patton ...

WWII planes to be on display at airport

Children and adults can explore and even fly in World War II aircraft today through Sunday at the Altoona-Blair County Airport at Martinsburg. In honor of World War II veterans, the Collings Foundation is scheduled to fly rare bomber and fighter aircraft to the airport at 2 p.m. today, where ...

Prison board to review inmate phone charges

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Some members of the Blair County Prison Board are interested in learning more about the difference in inmate phone call charges linked to the introduction of a new phone system. Deputy Warden Abbie Tate, who said the new system is more reliable and doesn’t disconnect in ...

Logan Township man accused of choking girlfriend in fight

A Logan Township man is behind bars after police say he choked his girlfriend during a fight. Timothy S. King Jr., 27, was arrested at his home at 1109 S. Carl St. on Wednesday afternoon after his girlfriend reported she was strangled by King after the two got into a fight about text messages ...

Conemaugh Health gets outpatient center approval

EBENSBURG — Conemaugh Health Systems may break ground on a $20 million outpatient care center as early as this fall after Cambria Township supervisors approved final plans. Plans for the 40,000-square-foot building were presented at a Wednesday meeting, when township engineer Jack Schaffer ...

Area briefs

HOLLIDAYSBURG Committee to seek prison proposals A committee has been appointed to solicit proposals from entities interested in providing medical care and staffing at the Blair County Prison and then to report back to the county prison board. PrimeCare Medical Inc. of Harrisburg holds the ...

United Way kicks off campaign

DUNCANSVILLE — United Way of Blair County continues to play a critical role in the community, but officials say the agency could do even more. “We are raising nearly a half million dollars, but there are hundreds of thousands of dollars out there that could be invested in our programs,” ...

Pollution control plan calls for big reductions

A pollution control plan drawn up by a consultant for the Intergovernmental Stormwater Committee calls for cutting sediment in local streams and rivers by 1.4 million pounds a year, a committee member reported Thursday. That amount represents 10 percent of the 15.2 million pounds of sediment ...

Locals reflect on race issues

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The presence of hate groups isn’t just a problem for Charlottesville, Va., where a woman died Saturday while counterprotesting a white supremacist rally, a Hollidaysburg woman told a gathering Wednesday. There are 40 hate groups in Pennsylvania that are tracked by the ...

Suspect charged in gunfire incident

EBENSBURG — Multiple felony charges have been filed against an Ebensburg man accused of firing a gun in late July while on the Ghost Town Trail. Cambria Township police were called July 23 to a home along Penn Avenue after a man reported that Patrick A. Barnhart, 46, of the 600 block of ...

Ag event showcases historic tractors

ROCK SPRINGS — Ag Progress Days provides a look at modern high-tech farm machinery. However, at the corner of Main and East Fifth streets, visitors to Pennsylvania’s largest outdoor agricultural exposition can go back in time and enjoy an antique tractor display, which is in its 13th ...

Cambria Twp. seeks plan for firefighter tax credits

EBENSBURG — Cambria Township volunteer firefighters are a step closer to receiving tax credits, as supervisors asked their solicitor Wednesday evening to draft an ordinance. But that decision wasn’t made without some concern that firefighters from one of two township fire departments ...

Appeals court denies man’s bid for new trial in rape case

A former Williamsburg-area man who is serving a lengthy state prison term for the rape of a child, an offense that occurred 19 years ago, has lost his argument for a new trial before the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals. Howard Scott Allison, now 52, was charged with the sexual offenses ...

Amtran to seek funds for more CNG buses

Amtran plans to apply for about $3.1 million in federal and state grants for six new compressed natural gas buses — in addition to three it has ordered for delivery next year. Success in obtaining the grants would give the authority 12 CNG buses among its 26-vehicle fleet to run on fuel ...

Altoona to form Blight Task Force

The City of Altoona is calling for applicants for a Blight Task Force to develop new strategies for solving the city’s chronic problem of building and neighborhood deterioration. “(The task force) will be comprised of individuals from local organizations, community associations, the ...

Mixing it up

ROCK SPRINGS — Pennsylvania’s largest outdoor agricultural exposition has an international touch. Four Canadian provinces are represented among the 500-plus exhibitors at Ag Progress Days being held through Thursday at Penn State’s Research Center at Rock Springs. Several of the ...

Guard charged in prison assault

A corrections officer has been charged for allegedly helping a half-dozen inmates carry out an assault at the Blair County Prison. Dalton R. Zeiders, 23, of 14048 S. Eagle Valley Road, Tyrone, is charged with felony counts of criminal conspiracy and assault of a prisoner along with ...

Disaster declared in train accident

BEDFORD — The Bedford County commissioners formally declared a disaster emergency Tuesday around the town of Hyndman, freeing officials in the area to respond more readily two weeks after a train derailment. The commissioners voted to allow Hyndman Borough, Londonderry Township and the ...

Second expert to check tower

Click here to see a PowerPoint show on the clocktower's condition HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County is calling in a second expert to examine the courthouse clocktower for structural issues that may need to be addressed while making plans to repair conditions identified by the first ...