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Outdoor recreation connects to economic development

WILLIAMSBURG -- Area cyclists have been enjoying the Lower Trail since it opened in the early 1990s. Efforts are heating up to turn the trail into a catalyst for economic development. David Cadle, executive director of The Crossroad, a local youth ministry, is spearheading efforts to help ...

Former professor treasures academic freedom

Academic freedom might be a largely academic concept for most of us, but a former adjunct professor at Mount Aloysius took advantage of the academic freedom he enjoyed there to provide a kind of education to his students that would have been impossible otherwise, he said. Now-retired Richard ...

Watershed cleanup set for Centre County

In celebration of Earth Day Weekend, the public can participate in the 23rd annual Watershed Cleanup Day from 8 a.m. to noon April 20. Volunteers will visit sites throughout Centre County’s watersheds to clean up trash and litter and can then celebrate at a picnic at Circleville Park in ...

County nears decision on voting equipment

hen Blair County replaces current voting machines, the new versions won’t have rotary dials like old-fashioned telephones. But the new voting machines will have paper verification of votes cast, allowing voters to know if the machines recorded their selections correctly, and if questions ...

Adamec regarded critically

Retired Altoona-Johnstown Bishop Joseph Adamec, who died Wednesday of natural causes at 83, and who was blamed in a 2016 grand jury report for covering up sex abuse by priests here — felt he had done no wrong, according to George Foster, a local Catholic who has worked for years to expose ...

Monument honors veterans

HUNTINGDON — A slight breeze whipped American flags staked next to a new granite monument commemorating five Medal of Honor recipients with ties to Huntingdon County during a dedication ceremony along Penn Street on Saturday afternoon. Relatives of those whose names are etched on the ...

State representatives lead dairy industry efforts

A federal ban on calling non-dairy drinks “milk.” The return of whole milk to school cafeterias, overruling federal dietary guidelines. Expanded visas for foreign migrant laborers. Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation is at the vanguard of a push by America’s dairy farmers to get ...

HUD shortens inspection notice time

Housing authorities and the owners of private subsidized housing throughout the nation have received up to 120 days’ notice before Department of Housing and Urban Development inspections. Starting today, those owners of subsidized housing will get a mere 14 days’ lead time before HUD’s ...

‘King of the castle’ keeps losing ground at home

For a little over 10 years, I have been commenting on my wife, Ann Marie Franco, and our four children — as well as my mom, dad and siblings — in the pages of your Altoona Mirror. It seems they did a lot of goofy things that compelled me to reiterate to you and how it drove me crazy. But ...

Central mock trial team advances in competition

Central High School will be one of 14 high schools competing in the 36th annual Pennsylvania Bar Association Statewide High School Mock Trial competition March 29-30, at the Dauphin County Courthouse in Harrisburg. Students on Central’s team are Neeley Ayers, Michaela Brown, Dane Cross, ...

Walmart night hours changing

The Walmart in Everett will no longer be open 24 hours a day, beginning next month, a store representative confirmed Friday. The store at 72 Bedford Square Plaza will be closed from 1 to 6 a.m. starting April 26. The Walmart stores in Altoona, Duncansville and Huntingdon are not affected by ...

Silver lining

Bishop Guilfoyle’s Konner Keisewetter consoles teammate Jessiah Witherspoon after the team’s loss, 54-52, to Math, Civics & Sciences in the PIAA Class 2A state championship game Friday at the Giant Center in Hershey. See story on Page B1. (Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec)

Ex-PSU student to face Blair court

A former Penn State Altoona student charged with sex crimes in connection to four underage girls, as well as running a prostitution and drug business,­ has waived his right to a preliminary hearing. Jeffrey Guo, 22, of Philadelphia appeared before Magisterial District Judge Daniel DeAntonio ...

City woman jailed on trespass, drug charges

An Altoona woman is in jail after she was caught trespassing and in possession of drugs and paraphernalia that police reportedly found during a pat down. Audry Rebecca Behe, 30, of 2318 Third Ave. faces charges of criminal trespass, three counts of drug possession and delivery, three counts ...

Coming Sunday

Coming Sunday ... Some highlights to look for in the Mirror’s upcoming Sunday edition: - Blair County has been looking at the pros and cons of two paper-verified voting systems that are now posted on the county’s website. Kay Stephens reports. - Huntingdon dedicates a monument to ...

PennDOT plans projects in Southcentral region

From Mirror staff reports HOLLIDAYSBURG — More than 87 road improvement projects will take place across the six-county District 9 region during the 2019 construction season, according to the Pennsyl­vania Depart­ment of Transportation. “I am pleased to announce the many improvements ...

Area

EBENSBURG Burns announces Pennvest session State Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, has urged municipal officials, engineers and others interested in finding out more about funding opportunities for water and infrastructure projects to attend a free upcoming informational session. The ...

Two face assault charges

Two men face charges after police say they got into a fight that spilled onto an Altoona street. Quinten S. Patterson, 23, of 1648 St. Francis Lane, and Johnny C. Benton 31, of 1067 Logan Ave., Tyrone, were arrested Friday morning after Altoona police were called to the 200 block of Second ...

DuBois-area doctor pleads to fraud

JOHNSTOWN — David James Girardi, 41, of DuBois pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of health care fraud before U.S. District Judge Kim R. Gibson. Girardi, formerly a physician at Brookville Hospital, admitted to committing health care fraud by submitting fraudulent claims to Highmark for ...

Adamec, Bishop Emeritus, dies at 83

From Mirror staff reports HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Most Rev. Joseph V. Adamec, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, died unexpectedly Wednesday. He was 83 years old. Adamec was born in Bannister, Mich., on Aug. 13, 1935, the son of the late Michael and Alzbeta (Ochran) ...