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Man gets probation for threats

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Hollidaysburg area man accused more than a year ago of threatening to kill family members with a shotgun has rendered guilty pleas to criminal charges in exchange for four years’ probation. Stephen S. McMaster, 58, offered the pleas Friday in Blair County Court to two ...

Roaring Spring man allegedly sold heroin

A Roaring Spring man faces drug possession charges after allegedly selling heroin to a confidential informant, court documents stated. John Henry Giselman, 32, was arraigned Friday by Magisterial District Judge Daniel C. DeAntonio on felony counts of drug possession with intent to deliver and ...

Altoona board member resigns

On a night of public comments on the district’s COVID-19 policies, the Altoona Area School Board voted to offer Stephanie McGinnis an open seat on the board. Mike Baker submitted his resignation from the board Monday night after receiving an offer for a position within the high school. This ...

Spring Cove opts out of testing initiative

ROARING SPRING — Spring Cove School District will not be signing up for the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s initiative to provide free COVID-19 testing in K-12 schools. Announced on Monday by the Wolf administration, the initiative is designed to “mitigate the spread of COVID-19 ...

Briefcase

LaJo’s Italian Sausage under new ownership LaJo’s Italian Sausage, 1101 Eighth Ave., is under new ownership. The business, founded in 1960, has been purchased by Christopher and Jennifer Cook. The Cooks have expanded the product line to include Italian gelato and specialty grocery ...

Afghan capital falls to Taliban

Taliban fighters take control of Afghan presidential palace after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country, in Kabul, Afghanistan. The group of fighters raised their flag at the Ghazni provincial governor’s house Sunday. The Associated Press