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PennDOT to display culvert plans PennDOT will conduct an open house and plans display on the proposed Route 305 (Greenwood Road) Herod Run Culvert Replacement Project in Jackson Township, Huntingdon County. The meeting will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Stone Creek Volunteer Fire ...

Female professionals speak on STEM

Altoona Area School District brought dozens of female professionals to speak solely with young girls Friday as a way of changing their minds about traditional male and female career paths. Although more women are beginning to enter occupations including engineering and other jobs in the ...

Feds nab Mount student in city

Facebook posts sparked the investigation into a Mount Aloysius College student arrested in Altoona this week on charges he lied about his ties to a militant group in Yemen. Gafaar Mohammed Ebrahim Al-Wazer, 25, faces three counts in federal court of false statements in regard to forms he ...

Saturday Playoff Football Live Scoreboard

DISTRICT 6 PLAYOFFS CLASS 3A CHAMPIONSHIP at Altoona's Mansion Park Bald Eagle Area 41, Westmont Hilltop 13, FINAL CLASS 2A SEMIFINALS Ligonier Valley 21, Bellwood-Antis 20, FINAL CLASS 1A QUARTERFINALS Saltsburg 39, Claysburg-Kimmel 14, FINAL Juniata Valley 41, Homer-Center 6, FINAL

Vietnam veterans receive ‘overdue’ praise

More than 400 Vietnam veterans received recognition for their military service Friday at the Jaffa Shrine Center — long overdue recognition, according to some attendees. Sandy Neal of Tipton, wife of Army Lt. Barry Neal, said, “It’s something that’s been a long time in coming for many ...

Police: Duncansville woman’s home was uninhabitable

An Allegheny Township woman faces charges of animal cruelty after a dog and three cats were removed from what police called uninhabitable conditions. Jane A. Beerbower, 58, of 1000 Hilltop Drive, Duncansville, is charged with four counts each of neglect of an animal and cruelty to an animal ...

Red kettle campaign to begin

The Salvation Army’s annual red kettle fundraising campaign will begin next week. The red kettles, staffed by bell ringers, will be stationed at ten different locations throughout Altoona from Tuesday through Dec. 24. This year, the vast majority of those bell ringers will be people with ...

WWII interest group meeting pushed back

The World War II Interest Group meeting at the Bellwood-Antis Public Library that was originally scheduled for Monday has been moved 7 p.m. Nov. 19. This meeting is for a group of local military history enthusiasts making discuss plans to create a group that would meet at the library regularly ...

Blair property owners to see tax hike

After six weeks of angst-filled meetings, the Blair County commissioners agreed Thursday that a small real estate tax increase of 0.149 mill — 3.7 percent — was needed to close a 2020 budget deficit. The tax increase — as explained by Commissioners Bruce Erb, Terry Tomassetti and Ted ...

Friday Live Playoff Football Scoreboard

PLAYOFFS FRIDAY DISTRICT 6-8-10 PLAYOFFS CLASS 6A CHAMPIONSHIP at Veterans Stadium, Erie State College 42, McDowell 21, FINAL CLASS 5A CHAMPIONSHIP at Saint Francis University, Loretto Oil City 9, Hollidaysburg 7, FINAL DISTRICT 6-9 PLAYOFFS CLASS 4A CHAMPIONSHIP at Bald Eagle Area ...

Armed robbery suspects nabbed — One hurt when gun discharges

An armed robbery suspect in Altoona is recovering from two bullet wounds police said were self-inflicted and caused by just one bullet. Police said 20-year-old Draven Bush shot himself in hip with a 9 mm handgun as he ran from the alley on the 800 block of Second Avenue after he robbed a ...

City eyes 12th Ave. traffic pattern

City officials hope more traffic on 12th Avenue will bring more restaurants, businesses and even residential apartments along that corridor in the heart of downtown Altoona. Mayor Matt Pacifico said he’d like to see a two-way 12th Avenue with increased traffic flow achieved by narrowing ...

Food banks see rise in working families seeking help

Even as the economy was improving the Great Recession, area food banks saw more working families seeking help. “The number of families on a tight budget, even though they are working, has gone up steadily,” Joe Arthur, executive director of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, said. ...

Hometown Favorites

Photo for the Mirror by J.D. Cavrich Paul Hershberger, Courtney Michrina and Danelle Watson, from the Greenbean Coffee House, chat during the cocktail hour before the start of the 18th annual Hometown Favorites awards presentation. The event, held at The Casino at Lakemont Park, was attended ...

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PORTAGE Veterans Day celebration set The Portage Area Junior Senior High School will hold its 71st Veterans Day Celebration at 10 a.m. today in the school auditorium. All local military personnel are welcome to participate and will be recognized for their service. A lunch will be provided ...

Pig lands on social media

A pig ran loose at the Spring Cove Middle School on Wednesday. “It brought people together for a good laugh,” Spring Cove Superintendent Betsy Baker said. Baker said she heard something odd through the staff’s communication radios that are used at dismissal time, about 2:30 p.m. ...

Parole check finds drugs, guns

A man and woman are in jail after a check by state parole agents allegedly turned up guns and drugs. According to Altoona police, Joshua M. Wansley, 40, was taken into custody Wednesday at the Juniata apartment he shares with his girlfriend, 28-year-old Brittany D. Walk, after two guns, 75 ...

Tyrone Area upgrading tech

TYRONE — School board members approved more than $350,000 to purchase interactive television panels to improve learning in the Tyrone Area middle and high schools. The 87 new panels replace projectors and whiteboards, once the standard for classroom display technology, which were added to ...

Sandusky’s defense gets time to prepare

BELLEFONTE (AP) — Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky’s resentencing on a 45-count child sexual abuse conviction is being delayed another two weeks. Judge Maureen Skerda on Thursday pushed the hearing back to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, at the county courthouse in ...

Police: Woman threw two cats

An Altoona woman faces charg­es after police said she threw two cats out a second-story window. According to charges filed by Allegheny Township police, a video security camera recorded Krystal N. Austin, 33, tossing the two cats from a second-floor apartment window at Evergreen Man­ors ...