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Garvey reports virus cases

A resident and an employee of Garvey Manor have tested positive for COVID-19, according to administrator Sister Joachim Ferenchak. The home discovered that the resident was infected during its mandated universal testing, according to Ferenchak. The resident was asymptomatic, she said. ...

Feet first

Rocco Dzurko, 14, of Cresson cools off on the water slide at the Cresson Lions swimming pool Monday afternoon. Temperatures are to remain in the high 80s to low 90s all week. (Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski)

Williamsburg — Police: Man fires gun over fireworks

A Williamsburg man was upset over fireworks when he threatened neighbors and fired off a round from his shotgun, according to state police. Daniel Blazer Jr., 51, of 1170 Wertz Road, in North Woodbury Township, told state police he was upset that his neighbors were setting off fireworks close ...

City woman in trafficking case drops appeal

HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona woman said Monday that she will withdraw an appeal to the legal proceedings that landed her in prison for eight to 20 years. Amy M. Brosch, 36, who initiated an appeal in Blair County Court, where she rendered guilty pleas to offenses involving child pornography, ...

Police probe shooting

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A car outside a home on Poplar Run Road was shot up early Sunday, according to state police. About 11 rounds from a 9 mm gun were fired into the car, a Chevrolet Cruze, with several rounds also passing through the home while people were inside, state police noted. No one ...

Police: Mom overdosed while alone with infant

An Altoona mother faces a felony charge after police say she overdosed while alone with a 1-month-old baby. Hailey N. McDonald, 19, allegedly overdosed at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday while the baby was in a crib next to her bed in an apartment on the 400 block of East Walnut Avenue, according to ...

East Freedom man accused of fleeing

An East Freedom man is facing charges after leading police on a short chase through Freedom Township on June 16. According to the charges filed by Freedom Township police, a passing officer saw Jonathan R. Musselman, 37, shirtless while operating an ATV on Cream Hollow Road and Johnstown ...

Mount Aloysius to bring students back to campus

CRESSON — As summer break heads into its last two months, area colleges are formulating plans to bring students back to campus for the first time since March. Mount Aloysius College in Cresson plans to resume in-person classes on Aug. 24, which is one week earlier than the usual start date, ...

PPP proposals to be accepted

HARRISBURG — The PennDOT Office of Public-Private Partnerships — P3 — is accepting unsolicited proposals for transportation projects from the private sector through July 31. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation usually holds an unsolicited proposal period in April and October ...

Fire damages Tyrone duplex

TYRONE — A fire Sunday damaged a duplex on Washington Avenue where 11 people and dozens of cats lived. Neptune Fire Company Chief Alan Walls said firefighters discovered fire in the second story going into the attic at 762 Washington Ave. at 5:12 p.m. Sunday. Walls said the fire was put ...

Blair arts, symphony receiving federal funds

The Blair County Arts Foundation and the Altoona Symphony Orchestra were among 309 nonprofit arts organizations statewide receiving grants totaling $2.3 million to help with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The federal funds can be used for support staff salaries, fees for artists or ...

Pinchot Road detour to run through August

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A culvert replacement project on Pinchot Road (Route 1019) over Ravers Run will necessitate a detour beginning Monday in Liberty Township, Bedford County. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said the contractor, New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co. Inc. of New ...

Back on track

The “to-do” list at the East Broad Top Railroad in Rock Hill Furnace remains long, but volunteers like Lance Myers of Altoona and Jason Lamb of Tyrone are enthusiastic about the narrow-gauge railroad’s progress and future. After eight years of closure, a new nonprofit foundation ...

Blair jury selection undergoes changes

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County will introduce a new method for selecting juries later this month by summoning smaller groups of potential jurors to report on one of five days. The plan has been initiated with an eye on resuming criminal court jury trials in August. The court’s last jury ...

Bugler proud to offer vets final salute

Les W. Hart is nearing a somber milestone in his volunteerism with the Blair County Honor Guard — he’s played taps on his trumpet for nearly 500 veterans’ funerals. Hart, 80, started playing trumpet in fourth grade and has no plans to stop. He’s played in a variety of military-related ...

Authority close to digester deal

The Altoona Water Authority hasn’t yet formally agreed to commit to a now-$35-million biosolids digester project at the Westerly Sewer Treatment Plant, but with its recent application for money from Pennvest, the commitment is close. It will likely come if and when Pennvest lends the money, ...

Gun permit applications go online

Blair County residents can now apply online for a license to carry a firearm. “We are always trying to provide a better service to the community,” said Blair County Sheriff James Ott, who pointed out that the Blair County Sheriff’s Office is the first in Pennsylvania to give residents ...

Clean sweep

Craig Stanford of Shaw Sports Turf sweeps the rubber pellets on the newly laid turf at the Cambria Heights High School football field. Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski

Magisterial district judge

Filed before California Avenue Altoona Magisterial District Judge Steven D. Jackson: Andrew J. Lattieri, 31, 1906 Eighth Ave., charged by Logan Township police with possession of a small amount of marijuana and of drug paraphernalia and two traffic violations, Sept. 30. Guilty plea entered to ...

A comforting symbol

No colors are as significant to Americans as “red, white and blue.” The flag that bears these colors forges a vital part of its identity through the experiences of veterans and those who serve. Matthew Gibbons of Bellwood received a Purple Heart for his service in the Iraq War. His ...