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Blair extends insurance for furloughed workers

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County will keep health, vision and dental insurance intact through May 31 for employees furloughed due to the corona­virus pandemic. Commissioners approved the extension, from April 30 to May 31, during a teleconference meeting held Tuesday where they added 10 ...

Fingers crossed — Amusement parks scrambling, hopeful

Although they won’t open as originally planned, local amusement park officials remain optimistic they will open soon. ‘The ownership and management team of DelGrosso’s have been continuously monitoring and following regional and national health mandates related to COVID-19,” General ...

States partner to reopen economies

Pennsylvania will work with five other northeastern states to coordinate the reopening of their interconnected economies in a way they hope won’t aggravate the corona­virus pandemic. The reintroduction of economic life won’t work regionally if there are inconsistencies like reopening ...

Labor and Industry struggles with jobless claims

The state Department of Labor and Industry continues to struggle with unemployment compensation claims — 1.3 million of which have been filed in the past four weeks, after the state closed non-essential businesses in mid-March. The blitz of claims represents 32 times the number filed in the ...

Residents urged to honor workers

Today at 8 p.m., and every Tuesday for the immediate future, the local community will be conducting “Illumination Ovation for Central PA,” according to UPMC spokeswoman Danielle Sampsell. It’s modeled on a recurring event in Pittsburgh, and it’s much like a daily event in New York, ...

Wolf lauds citizens for virus response

Gov. Tom Wolf praised Pennsylvanians Monday evening for their efforts to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Overall, residents have been complying with his stay at home order, closing their businesses and schools to suppress the spread of the coronavirus, thus “flattening” the curve of ...

Three face felony drug charges

Three people face felony drug charges after a search of an apartment in Altoona. Craig Hatfield, 52, and 38-year-old Shahina Miller, 38, were arrested Friday after Altoona police executed a search warrant at 1204 14th Ave., Apt. 4. According to the charges, both Hatfield and Miller fled the ...

Coroners, DoH clash on reporting

The Pennsylvania Coroners Association has been disputing with the state Department of Health over which has the authority to register coronavirus deaths. State law gives responsibility to coroners to deal with deaths caused by contagious diseases that create a community health hazard, ...

City man accused of assaulting woman

A city man is in jail after police say he held a knife to his girlfriend’s throat. Ralph H. Arnsperger Jr., 51, was arrested Monday morning after police were dispatched to an apartment on the 200 block of Fourth Avenue about 10 a.m. According to the charges, the woman got out of the ...

Local dealers want ban on auto sales lifted

A leader in the local automobile sales industry is leading a charge to try and convince Gov. Tom Wolf that auto dealers are an essential business. And he’s seeing support from some Republican state lawmakers. Local dealers have not been allowed to sell vehicles since March 19 when Wolf ...

Open for business

The Sheetz store in Carrolltown reopened Monday after a thorough cleaning by SERVPRO of Ebensburg. Sheetz announced Sunday that an employee at the store tested positive for COVID-19 and the location was closed so that it could be cleaned and disinfected. The fuel pumps were also disinfected. ...

Area

Clearfield Planned jury selection canceled The Clearfield County Jury Selection that was originally scheduled for April 2 and continued to April 16 has been canceled, Clearfield County Court Administrator, F. Cortez “Chip” Bell said. All Jurors who were summoned to appear are released ...

COVID-19 Outbreak: Sheetz worker tests positive

Sheetz on Sunday closed its Carrolltown store temporarily for cleaning and disinfection — including the gas pumps — after an employee tested positive for the coronavirus. The store was closed about 1 p.m., immediately after the company was notified of the employee’s condition, according ...

Allegheny police chief makes impact on community

Allegheny Township Police Chief Leo J. Berg III is Emalee Stitt’s “favorite person in the whole world,” said her mother, Mysti Stitt, of Duncansville. They met under the most difficult of circumstances — a brutally cold January day three years ago when Emalee, then 14, suffered a ...

Outbreak takes emotional toll

The fear, stress and anxiety caused by work disruptions, layoffs and stay-at-home orders may be taking a toll on personal relationships, but national and local experts offer insights and suggestions. “A significant challenge, as we spend more and more time around the same folks, in the same ...

Police charge city man with stealing debit card

An Altoona man is facing charges after police said he stole a debit card and used it to make unauthorized purchases. According to the charges filed by Altoona police, Donnie L. Hall, 56, used a family member’s debit card to make $602 in purchases at various businesses throughout the city on ...

Co-op pays out $34M

MARTINSBURG — AgChoice Farm Credit has announced that it paid out $34 million in cash to eligible customer-owners in April, the largest distribution in the cooperative’s history. The Martinsburg AgChoice branch team serves the local area. “In these challenging times, we hope patronage ...

Coping with uncertainty — Despite virus fears, residents find positives

From board games and sidewalk art to yard work, making music, Skyping and actually calling family and friends on the telephone, area residents have found myriad ways to keep busy, keep upbeat and keep healthy as the COVID-19 pandemic has shut down schools and all non-life sustaining ...

Bedford County reports virus death

A second person from the region has died from the coronavirus, according to the state Department of Health’s COVID-19 report on Saturday. He is a 60-year-old man from Everett, Bedford County, who died Thursday at UPMC Altoona, according to information provided by Blair County coroner Patty ...

Blair reduces inmate numbers

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The inmate population at the Blair County Prison fell to 255 last week — down by 122 from 377 reported three weeks ago — because inmates were released to reduce the threat of a COVID-19 outbreak in the facility. In some cases, released inmates were transferred to ...