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Court: Sheetz not liable for attack

A Pennsylvania appeals court earlier this week absolved Sheetz Inc., an Altoona convenience store chain, of civil liability for injuries suffered by an Ashville man who was beaten and robbed in the parking lot of one of its stores. The injured man, Robert Sherry, a driver for CLI Transport, a ...

NJ woman charged in local drug death

A New Jersey woman accused of supplying drugs to a Hollidaysburg woman who died in 2019 was arraigned Wednesday, court documents state. Taquila Thompson, 42, of Newark, New Jersey, was charged with drug delivery resulting in death as well as several other drug-related crimes after ...

Murder suspect’s hearing delayed

The preliminary hearing for a man accused of murder was postponed into late December, Blair County court documents stated. Vasilios Pentsas Jr., 34, of Altoona, is accused of killing Andrew Ozio, 29, of Hollidaysburg, who died Nov. 9. Police found Ozio in an alley on the 100 block of East ...

Ew, that smell

There are probably quite a few things that could cause a person to do a double-take in a grocery-store parking lot, but folding laundry should not be one of them. Especially when it’s in the back of one’s van. My van! Because of the pandemic going on in the world, certain adjustments ...

Dickens of a Christmas set

EBENSBURG — Dickens of a Christmas weekend will be held with modifications Dec. 4-5, according to the Ebensburg Main Street Partnership. Planning is underway for Light-Up Night on Friday evening and a Roving Christmas Parade on Saturday morning, but many of the annual events will not take ...

Deeds

Blair County Robert L. LaMorte and Doris Melle to Stephen J. DeOliveira and Sarah S. Sloane, property in Altoona, $182,000. Justin D. Bigler to Frederick A. Sr., Catherine L. and Jacob L. Disher, property in Catharine Township, $153,500. Carolyn Lunghofer to Jeanette R. Acrie, 707-709 ...

Lawyers: Prove Pa. ballots are legal

The election case playing out in U.S. Middle District Court added another chapter Friday in the legal battle between President Donald J. Trump’s lawyers and those for state Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar. Trump and his counsel, led by Rudolph Giuliani, the president’s lawyer, and Marc ...

AMED faces another delay

The initial target for completing AMED’s new headquarters building and substation in Lakemont was the first week in April. Several issues have delayed the project. Yet another problem arose this week, helping ensure that the latest deadline — the end of this month — won’t be met ...

Blair to buy supply of PPE

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County commissioners have OK’d the purchase of a 60-day stockpile of personal protective equipment that the county’s Emergency Management Agency will manage. Commissioners approved the purchase during a business meeting convened Wednesday through video and ...

Weinberg was a friend to everyone

Henry Weinberg was a friend to everyone, and continues to bring joy to so many who knew him. In simply hearing Weinberg’s name, former state Lt. Gov. Bob Jubelirer said, “You just put a smile on my face.” Weinberg was an Altoona native, small-business owner and active member in his ...

Prison preps gym for COVID-19 cases

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Blair County Prison has taken steps to prepare its gymnasium to house inmates with COVID-19 infections. While no county inmate has tested positive for COVID-19 as of Thursday’s prison board meeting, some inmates are displaying symptoms, Warden Abbie Tate told the ...

Lakemont fish are gone

As someone who hasn’t eaten meat for more than 40 years, John Frederick is sensitive to the inhumane treatment of animals. But the alternate member of the Intergovernmental Stormwater Committee isn’t casting blame for what has happened to the fish at Lakemont Park — recently removed ...

Defense: Trump team has no case

WILLIAMSPORT — More than two weeks after Election Day, the case of President Donald J. Trump against the state Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar remains a lawsuit in search of a legal theory. That’s what attorneys Thursday with the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, the ...

Vaccines won’t mean no masks

Pennsylvania is preparing to receive and distribute promising COVID-19 vaccines that are expected to be approved by the federal government within the next couple of months, but that won’t mean it’s OK to relax, according to state Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine, speaking in a virtual ...

Nehemiah Project to distribute meals

The Nehemiah Project will distribute free Thanksgiving meals the day before the holiday. The nonprofit organization will serve up to 600 hot meals of turkey and the trimmings from 3 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 25, at The Wright Place for Kids, 1809 11th St. Volunteers will give the meals ...

Gallitzin woman faces murder charges in double homicide

Police added murder to a list of charges against a Gallitzin woman allegedly involved in a double homicide in May, a commonwealth criminal complaint stated. After reviewing digital messages on cellphones and social media accounts, the Altoona Police Department charged Onya Lewis, 31, with ...

UPMC nurses hold vigil for fallen

Nurses from UPMC Altoona held a vigil in front of the hospital Wednesday evening to commemorate the lives of the 43 Blair County people who have died from COVID-19 and to encourage everyone to wear masks. Gathering along Howard Avenue, the nurses set out small battery-operated candles on the ...

HASD will go virtual until January

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Hollidaysburg Area School Board voted unanimously Wednesday to shift all students to virtual learning until Jan. 3. The vote will effectively move the district’s three elementary schools — Charles W. Longer, Foot of Ten and Frankstown — from hybrid to virtual on ...

DoH must prioritize contact tracing

The intensity of the state’s COVID-19 outbreak has forced the Department of Health to prioritize contact tracing to protect the most vulnerable and to help control the virus in areas where the eruption is most severe, the department’s director of testing and contact tracing said on a ...

Hollidaysburg mulls water bills

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Hollidaysburg Water Authority will consider sending bills exclusively to landlords. Currently, landlords in the borough decide whether the authority will send a bill directly to them or to their tenants. If the authority sends the bill to a tenant, the landlord still ...