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Property tax discount sticking to deadline

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County property owners interested in a 2 percent discount on real estate taxes owed to the county should plan on paying by the April 30 deadline. Commissioners do not have the power to extend the discount deadline, Com­missioner Amy Webster said this week. In ...

Prisons cope with COVID-19

Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in Pennsylvania, the state has aimed to keep people apart — to achieve social distancing needed to prevent or slow “community spread.” The challenge of trying to do that when the “community” consists of 44,000 inmates locked in close ...

Seeking health care workers

The Mirror invites local health care workers to share their experiences during the corona­virus pandemic. Interested parties can email Bill Kibler at bkibler@altoonamirror.com.

Schools turn to online classes

It’s been nearly a month since students have been in class and with the governor’s recent order to extend the closure indefinitely, the likelihood of school resuming this year is shrinking. With a longer than expected absence, the Altoona and Hollidaysburg school districts have ...

Virus-related furloughs may spur health insurance crisis

An unprecedented wave of layoffs and furloughs amid the coronavirus pandemic could rapidly create a dangerous ripple effect: millions of workers unable to pay for health insurance. A patchwork health insurance system –– ill-equipped to handle such a surge –– has left laid-off workers ...

Remote town hall will discuss vets’ services

Dr. Paul Lawrence, Under Secretary for Benefits at the Department of Veterans Affairs, is hosting a toll-free telephone town hall on Tuesday with Pennsylvania veterans to discuss the VA’s continued service during the current coronavirus outbreak. He also will inform veterans of new and ...

College to offer virtual information sessions

CUMBERLAND, Md. — Allegany College of Maryland’s recruitment staff will hold virtual question and answer sessions through Zoom from April 13-26 for prospective students and their families. The virtual information sessions will be held from 11 a.m. to noon Monday through Saturday, 3 to 4 ...

Motorcyclist injured in crash

A two-vehicle collision on Frankstown Road on Friday has left a motorcyclist with severe injuries, Logan Township police said. Officers responded about 8:10 p.m. Friday to the scene of an accident in which the operator of a four-door sedan turned left onto Frankstown Toad off of Chapel Drive. ...

Breezewood owns unique distinction

Memories came flowing back when I read Holly Claycomb’s feature “America’s Superhighway Turns 80” in the Mirror’s People & Progress edition on March 24. Claycomb’s piece traced the history of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and included information about its impact on Bedford County ...

Bridge work to resume

HOPEWELL — PennDOT has announced that work will resume on the bridge replacement project in Hope­well Borough, Bedford County, on Monday. Temporary signals have reduced traffic to a single lane on Route 26 from 100 feet south of the new bridge to Steele’s Tavern, and on Route 915 in ...

Magisterial district judge

Filed before California Avenue Magisterial District Judge Steven D. Jackson: Charges waived to court Sept. 12: Brent M. Meyers, 34, 727 E. Caroline Ave., Altoona, charged by Logan Township police with DUI and a traffic violation, July 28. Shane K. Lanzendorfer, 40, 250 Helen St., ...

Mirror launches digital subscription

Effective April 3, the Mirror launched a new digital subscription service on altoonamirror.com. All daily (seven-day home delivery) subscribers of the Mirror’s print edition will continue to receive altoonamirror.com free of charge. For those who are not subscribers to the print edition, ...

Wolf to residents: Mask up in public

Until a few days ago, the state Department of Health, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, didn’t recommend that apparently healthy people wear masks in public as a protection against the coronavirus. Then came rumblings from the CDC that guidance for wearing masks in ...

Hopewell woman accused of theft

A former 20-year employee of a Hollidaysburg business faces charges after being accused of stealing thousands of dollars over several years. Julie S. Ott, 48, of Hopewell was arraigned Tuesday on felony theft, receiving stolen property and forgery charges after a Hollidaysburg Borough police ...

One-two punch — Virus outbreak testing landscapers after mild winter

A mild winter was a mixed bag for area landscapers. And now the COVID-19 outbreak is presenting a new wrinkle. Altoona’s winter weather — with only about 8.4 inches of snow — created both positives and negatives for area landscapers, according to Thomas G. Ford, Penn State extension ...

United Way of Blair County offers grocery store vouchers

United Way of Blair County distributed grocery store vouchers to 47 eligible individuals Friday to help them buy necessities due to job losses during the COVID-19 pandemic. When applying, applicants are asked to choose a store in Blair County. Assistance is provided in voucher form to ...

Giant Eagle adds special hours just for first responders

PITTSBURGH — Giant Eagle has announced it will provide special hours at its stores for first responders. The chain will launch a dedicated shopping hour for first responders in all of its supermarkets at 6 a.m. on Thursdays and Fridays. On these two days each week, the company will open ...

Foundation distributes grants

The Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, which serves Bedford, Cambria, Indiana and Somerset counties, distributed $85,825 in COVID-19 Rapid Relief Fund grants to 16 organizations the week of March 30. Among the recipients were United Way of Bedford County, which received $6,000, and ...

Blaze leaves two families homeless

The Salvation Army is helping two Northern Cambria families left homeless by a fire Thursday evening. The blaze destroyed three buildings on the 1000 block of Philadelphia Avenue, according to Hope Fire Company Chief Dave Hassen. No one was at home in two upstairs apartments when the fire ...

City man charged with stalking teen

An Altoona man serving a state prison sentence for arson is now charged with stalking. Erick J. Karlson, 45, is charged with misdemeanor stalking and harassment after Altoona police contend he repeatedly mailed the family of his former landlord letters, drawings and two paintings, with many ...