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Fox Run Road meeting set

From Mirror staff reports HOLLIDAYSBURG — PennDOT will conduct an open house and plans display session today to inform the public of the proposed Route 2017 — Fox Run Road — re­placement project in Cath­arine Township. The meeting will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the Catharine ...

Strike up the band

Jose Armando of Rey Azteca, a Mexican Mariachi band, plays trumpet for more than 200 attendants of the Altoona-Blair County Airport’s third annual customer appreciation celebration on Tuesday. “(Altoona) is one of our premiere cities for number growth,” said Stan Little, CEO of Southern ...

Hampton founds area’s first pure direct primary care

Editor’s note: This is the third in a three-part series. By William Kibler bkibler@altoonamirror.com ou can watch the old “Marcus Welby, MD” shows now on Amazon Prime. The pairing of that 1970s TV drama with the modern monthly subscription service helps illustrate how a local primary ...

Expert to review fatal accident

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Wil­liams­burg man is contesting homicide by vehicle and related traffic charges filed against him in a 2016 fatal crash that killed a Hollidaysburg man. A Blair County judge signed an order Monday allocating $500 for the hiring of an expert to review an accident ...

City, AWA, Logan team up to tackle sewer problems

The city, the Altoona Water Authority and Logan Township are working together to solve problems with sanitary sewage and storm runoff along 39th Street in Eldorado, which runs downhill past Walnut, Oak and Maple avenues. The efforts came to light last week after residents complained at a City ...

Teaming up

Brothers Santino (left), 6, and Luca Mariani, 8, play a little doubles tennis with their grandfather, Felix Mariani of Duncansville, at Tiger Tennis Center at Charles W. Longer Elementary School in Hollidaysburg on Monday afternoon. (Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski)

Contrasting Empower3, DPC

Dr. Sean Hampton, who recently started what he said is the first “pure” Direct Patient Care practice between Harrisburg and Pittsburgh, called Empower3, a well-established practice in Altoona and elsewhere in the region, a “hybrid” DPC practice, because it retained some patients who pay ...

Tyrone couple face charges

A Tyrone couple were arrested Sunday after a domestic dispute allegedly revealed their 9-year-old child was living among uncapped syringes and deplorable conditions inside a bed bug- and lice-infested apartment. David A. Chathams II and Alexis L. Gianopolous, both 30, were arrested Sunday ...

Carla Pennington

Years ago, people who drove sports cars would rave about their tight, responsive rack-and-pinion steering, compared to the loose, sloppy handling common on standard passenger cars. For Carla Pennington of Altoona, that contrast is analogous to the one between the responsive new-model primary ...

Council debates decals

In response to the recent proposal by a local veterinarian to affix “In God We Trust” decals on all city vehicles, a national organization called The Original Motto Project has proposed instead displaying “E Pluribus Unum” — From Many, One — saying it better aligns with what the ...

Man sought by police

City police are searching for a man they said fled a traffic stop about 3 p.m. Saturday, leading police on a chase. Craig Hauke-Miller is wanted by the Altoona Police Department on felony charges. An Altoona patrol officer observed Hauke-Miller operating a silver Chevrolet Silverado with a ...

City man charged with endangerment

An Altoona man faces charges after police say he overdosed while alone with a 5-year-old child. Jared C. Irvin, 35, 5917 Evergreen Court, was found on the bathroom floor of 314 Walton Ave. with a hypodermic needle stuck in his arm after a family member stopped by to see the child about 1 ...

Recruiting report: Local doctor, UPMC differ on hospital priorities

Editor’s note: This is the second in a three-part series. By William Kibler bkibler@altoonamirror.com rimary care can pull a lot of weight in the health care system, but big health care organizations, including UPMC, tend to regard it lightly, according to Dr. John Reinhardt, principal of ...

Airport liquor not yet available

MARTINSBURG — It’s been almost a month since the May 21 primary and you still can’t buy a drink at the Altoona-Blair County Airport. “When can I get a margarita?” has become a common question, airport Manager Tracy Plessinger said. But the answer depends on the time needed to ...

Hollidaysburg’s Straesser an ‘all-around great person’

HOLLIDAYSBURG — For the past 30 years, one of the first people that potential teachers at the Hollidaysburg Area School District meet is Human Resources Director Dwight Straesser. Straesser began his career in Hollidaysburg in 1989 and is retiring June 28. He’s been part of the hiring ...

Capturing the moment

Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski Shaylynn Becker of Virginia Beach, Va., paints a scenic picture at Canoe Creek State Park on Friday afternoon. A native of Duncansville, Becker was visiting her parents for the Father’s Day weekend.

Court: Authority not liable for injury

The Pennsylvania Common­­­wealth Court has ruled in favor of the Huntingdon County Housing Authority in a lawsuit by a resident of the Chestnut Terrace housing complex who tripped and broke her ankle while on the property. The resident, Sharon Wise, reported that on May 9, 2013, she was ...

Mansion Park restroom renovations planned

The Altoona Area School Board will move forward to renovations to Mansion Park restrooms. The board unanimously approved survey, design development, construction documents, bidding and construction administration to convert an existing concession building into accessible male and female ...

Roadwork

HOLLIDAYSBURG North Woodbury Twp. work to start Blair County Main­tenance Forces will begin work today on the Route 2005 Bridge Replacement Project in North Woodbury Township, Blair County. Work will include the removal of the existing structure, excavation, installation of a new precast ...

Core boring work to start

From Mirror staff reports HOLLIDAYSBURG— PennDOT has announced that Navarro and Wright will perform geotechnical core boring work on Route 26 in Miller Township, Huntingdon County, beginning today. The contractor will implement single lane daylight closures with flagging to permit the ...