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Flight 93 families honor heroes

HARRISBURG — Serene, stark and seemingly in the middle of nowhere in Pennsylvania, the National Park Service memorial to the people who died on United Airlines Flight 93 is hard to find on a map — as the Sept, 11, 2001, terrorist attack itself slips deeper into the nation’s ...

Possible vehicle ban draws attention

By Calem Illig cillig@altoonamirror.com ROARING SPRING — More than 50 concerned residents flooded the Friendship Fire Station on Monday to question the Roaring Spring Borough Council’s deliberation over disallowing vehicles on Plum Creek Mountain. But after an hourlong discussion with ...

Teen faces felony charges

A juvenile is in custody on attempted murder charges after an investigation revealed he allegedly fired three shots at a rival near Altoona Area High School last month, court documents state. Altoona resident Louis Antonio Colon, 17, was arraigned Monday by Magisterial District Judge Daniel ...

City parts with Decker

City Council approved a separation agreement with former Manager Ken Decker on Monday, then appointed acting Manager Omar Strohm as Decker’s permanent replacement. Decker will receive six months’ severance pay on his $132,000-a-year salary, health coverage and retirement contributions for ...

Two BASD school buildings closed

The Bellwood-Antis School District closed its middle and high schools at 3 p.m. Monday as the schools reached their COVID-19 case thresholds. Students will learn virtually Tuesday and Wednesday and are scheduled to return to full time, in-person instruction Thursday. Superintendent Thomas ...

Foose known as an educator

Tom Foose is being remembered for his role as an educator and member of the Jaffa Shrine. Thomas Maxwell Foose Jr., 83, of Altoona, died Friday at his home. Foose had a long-time career in the Altoona Area School District serving as a teacher at Roosevelt Junior High School and later as ...

October trial set in teen’s killing

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A jury trial for three of the four teenagers charged in the Feb. 25, 2020, fatal shooting death of a 15-year-old Altoona youth is scheduled for October in Blair County Court. President Judge Elizabeth Doyle signed a recent order setting Oct. 18 as the starting date for ...

Charges filed in Bedford shooting

Two men are facing felony charges in connection to a Bedford County shooting, which occurred as a group of activists traveled through Bedford in August, court documents stated. Bedford County District Attorney Lesley Childers-Potts announced Friday her office filed criminal charges against ...

Three charged in True Value burglary

Three Altoona residents were jailed Saturday after allegedly stealing items valued at up to $20,000 Friday morning from Fiore True Value on Sixth Avenue, court documents state. Jonathan M. Maldonado-Gonzalez, 31, Justin-Ashley W. Maldonado, 38, and Daniel M. Rizza, 21, were arraigned ...

Latest numbers on virus mixed

The COVID-19 outbreaks in Blair and Bedford counties modestly worsened during the past week, while conditions in Cambria, Centre and Clearfield counties improved — with Huntingdon County’s numbers remaining static, according to the state Department of Health’s recent update of its early ...

AASB to hold public budget presentation

The Altoona Area School Board will present information on the current budget status and future tax implications during a public event at 7p.m. Wednesday in the high school auditorium. The presentation will also be livestreamed on the AltoonaSD YouTube channel. Seating is limited, and ...

AAHS to host student vaccination clinic

In partnership with Thompson Pharmacy Altoona Area High School will hold a vaccination clinic at the school for AAHS pre-registered students, 16 years and older, from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday Approximately 100 AAHS students registered to receive their first vaccine at the in-school clinic, ...

SFU program taking applications

The Saint Francis University Upward Bound Program is accepting applications from college-bound students in eighth, ninth and 10th grades in Cambria County public schools. The program is designed to help students with college readiness after high school graduation. More than 2,500 students ...

Briefcase

STATE COLLEGE CBICC searching for leader The Board of Directors of the Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County has begun the search for CBICC’s next president and chief executive officer, retaining Waverly Partners as its executive search firm. Board member Ted McDowell ...

Robots creating big buzz in school

Robotic bugs are creating a buzz in teaching young children STEM skills. Bee-Bots, small robots that teach children coding and computational thinking, are helping younger students practice addition and subtraction and other critical skills. Students have to plan out moves — forward, ...

Retiring superintendent proud to be part of Cambria Heights

PATTON — Michael Strasser has faced numerous challenges throughout his 37-year teaching career. But of all the obstacles he has faced, arguably none have been more difficult than COVID-19. Entering the final weeks of his career in public education, Strasser reflected on the stressful yet ...

Staying safe — An old fear returns: mass shootings

PORTLAND, Ore. — Brianne Smith was overjoyed to get an email telling her to schedule a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Hours later, her relief was replaced by dread: a phone alert — another mass public shooting. Before the pandemic, she would scan for the nearest exit in public places ...

Hero Hike returns to Ghost Town Trail

EBENSBURG — After an abbreviated ceremony was held last year, the fifth-annual Cambria County Hero Hike returns at Ghost Town Trail next weekend. The hike, which will take place as part of Armed Forces Day ceremonies on May 15, will honor active military personnel. “Armed Forces Day is ...

Penn State research may aid dairy farmers

UNIVERSITY PARK — For corn, using dairy manure and legume cover crops in crop rotations can reduce the need for inorganic nitrogen fertilizer and protect water quality, but these practices also can contribute to emissions of nitrous oxide — a potent greenhouse gas. That is the conclusion ...

Living his dream

Little 2-year-old Preston Shoemaker of Hollidaysburg would look up at the video board at Blair County Ballpark back in 2002 and recognize all of the Altoona Curve players. “He’d see the players come up on the scoreboard, and it was, ‘Daddy, Tony Alvarez. Daddy, Carlos Rivera. Daddy, ...