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HERSHEY Clearfield County farmer recognized — Pennsylvania Farm Bureau selected Leon Kriner of Clearfield County as the recipient of the 2019 Distinguished Local Affairs Leader Award during the farm organization’s annual meeting. The award recognizes an outstanding individual, whose ...

Dad’s little helper

Ty Thomas, 6, helps his dad, Joe Thomas, decorate the bushes outside their 24th Street home in Altoona for Christmas on Friday afternoon. (Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski)

Martinsburg goes blue to honor hero

MARTINSBURG — A pair of lights installed near the main intersection in Martinsburg now shine blue to honor a local hero. Local officials dedicated those lights — and the parking lot where they are located — to State Trooper Landon Weaver during a public ceremony on Friday. Weaver, a ...

Williamsburg remembers dedicated school board member

WILLIAMSBURG — A longtime member of the Williamsburg Community School Board is being remembered as a caring and giving person. Ruth H. Morelli, 86, a resident of William Penn Care Center in Jeannette, formerly of Williamsburg, died Wednesday at the center. Morelli was very active in the ...

Franklin gets new 6-year contract

James Franklin, the self-proclaimed “Pennsylvania boy with a Penn State heart,” received a new contract Friday that will keep him as the Nittany Lions’ head football coach through at least 2025. Franklin already was under contract through 2022, but his new deal extends him by three more ...

Coming Sunday …

Some highlights to look for in the Mirror’s upcoming Sunday edition: - The Christmas tree business is brisk, but you may pay more this year. Walt Frank reports. - Russ O’Reilly interviews hunters about eating deer that may be infected with chronic wasting disease. - It’s opening ...

East Freedom woman gets prison term

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Blair County judge has imposed a three-month county prison sentence on an East Freedom woman whose child was a victim of physical abuse requiring two brain surgeries. On behalf of 35-year-old Mandie Lee Paulsen, Assistant Public Defender Ted Krol tried to convince Judge ...

Magisterial district judge

Filed before Hollidaysburg Magisterial District Judge Paula M. Aigner: Charges waived to court April 2 – May 7: Aleeta N. Queen-Dively, 30, 4028 Fourth Ave., Altoona, charged by state police with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia at Microtel Inn and ...

School alumni party planned

The Lakemont School’s alumni Christmas Dinner Party will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9. at Lakemont United Methodist Church. For more information and reservations, call 695-1644.

Welcoming the season

Courtesy photo UPMC Altoona hosted its 23rd annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Friday in the hospital lobby area. Elementary students from Holy Trinity Catholic School were on hand to sing Christmas carols for all who attended. UPMC Altoona and UPMC Bedford President Jan Fisher (right) was ...

Getting in the spirit

Four years ago, a Facebook notice about the Altoona Community Band proved to be a siren song to Marsha Hunter of Duncansville, who, having not played a clarinet for 47 years, nevertheless bought one and joined. As a member, Hunter struck up an acquaintance with fellow clarinetist Cathy ...

Schools urge cyber reform

With a blitz of press conferences, the League of Pennsylvania Urban Schools, including Altoona Area School District, on Thursday pushed the state Legislature to pass a cyber charter reform bill. The league wants a reform package that keeps school district money from going to cyber charter ...

Testimony wraps up in Devine drug-trafficking trial

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County jurors heard a recorded conversation Thursday in which Damon “Fat Cat” Devine chastised an Altoona heroin seller for racking up a $7,000 debt, thereby leaving his customers without access to “Dragon” heroin. “You’ve got to get the ‘Dragon’ back ...

UPMC Altoona nurses rally for ‘safe staffing’

HOLLIDAYSBURG — About 30 registered nurses from UPMC Altoona rallied in front of state Sen. Judy Ward’s office Thursday to highlight their demand for more robust staffing and to encourage Ward to support a law that would set such staffing ratios for all Pennsylvania hospitals. “Safe ...

Logan budget won’t raise taxes

The Logan Township supervisors recently approved a tentative budget for next year that calls for no property tax or sewer rate increases — but that nevertheless calls for spending nearly the whole of the township’s $1 million reserve. The proposed depletion of the reserve, however, is ...

Schmitt plans constituent open house

State Rep. Lou Schmitt, R-Altoona, invites residents of the 79th Legislative District to an open house during which he will update attendees on the happenings in Harrisburg and more. The festive open house, which is free to attend, will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday at his office, 1331 12th ...

SCSD board stays course

ROARING SPRING — The Spring Cove School Board unanimously re-elected Brian Gahagan as president Tuesday. Gahagan, who has served as school board president since 2014, was the only nominee for the position. The board also unanimously appointed Amy Acker-Knisely to continue in her current ...

Suspect tells judge he spent night in playground

TYRONE — A 19-year-old who was wanted by state police after he allegedly choked and hit his girlfriend told a judge he spent all night hiding out on a playground. Simon A. Ingram-Ton of Tyrone told Magisterial District Judge Fred Miller on Tuesday that he was told by friends that he was ...

Stars on ice

Snow and ice cover Christmas decorations in a front yard along Church Street in Gallitzin earlier this week. Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski

Magisterial district judge

Filed before Hollidaysburg Magisterial District Judge Paula M. Aigner: Charges waived to court April 2 – May 7: Tara J. Sprankle, 37, 310 Seventh St., Apt. 2, Altoona, charged by Altoona police with two counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of a small amount of ...