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Work to start on slide area

HOLLIDAYSBURG — On Monday, work will begin on Route 26 to stabilize the Jacksons Corner slide area in Miller Township, Huntingdon County, according to PennDOT. The contractor will start with drainage work and excavation of the existing material and replacing it with rock. This work will take ...

Briefcase

Loretto SFU sets business webinar The Saint Francis University Small Business Development Center and Somerset Trust Co. have scheduled a pre-business planning webinar at 5 p.m. May 26. The free webinar is for people who are interested in opening and operating their own business. ...

‘It’s been too long’

https://youtu.be/ih_L_3uYGwQ Bill and Kassy Olewiler of Altoona just visited the Grand Canyon for the first time over the past few days, and their trip was everything they had hoped it would be. But they still couldn’t wait to get back home for another very important and long-awaited ...

Businesses ready for relief

The Wolf administration’s announcement Tuesday that coronavirus “mitigations” — except for masking — will end Memorial Day prompted satisfaction and optimism, as well as surprise and a bit of caution from local stakeholders. “It’s a step in the right direction,” said Mike ...

Residents urged to get vaccine

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County’s director of public safety is continuing to encourage people to get their COVID-19 vaccinations to counter health threats presented by the potentially deadly virus. As of Tuesday, 42,539 Blair County residents were fully or partially vaccinated against ...

AAHS grad on ‘Price is Right’

Altoona native T.J. Jefferson appeared as a contestant on “The Price is Right,” that aired Tuesday. Jefferson, who currently resides in Los Angeles where he works as a commentator on the Rich Eisen show, advanced to the program’s Showcase Showdown before he overestimated his guess on a ...

Land plan OK’d for new Greenbean

The Altoona Planning Commission on Tuesday approved a land development plan for a new Greenbean Coffee House on the 700 block of Sixth Avenue — across the avenue from the leased and currently operating facility it will replace. Owners Katy and Travis McCabe — Kavi Partnerships LLC — ...

Former city man accused of theft

After allegedly making multiple purchase attempts with stolen credit cards in April, a former Altoona resident is facing two identity theft-related felonies, court documents stated. Daniel I. Sabo, 41, was arraigned Friday by Magisterial District Judge Daniel DeAntonio, who set Sabo’s cash ...

Kephart appeals rejected

Pennsylvania’s Superior Court and Commonwealth Court in the past three weeks have rejected appeals in which a former trucking company executive from Clearfield County challenged his convictions for withholding contributions to his employees’ retirement funds and medical insurance ...

City woman faces assault charges

An Altoona woman was charged Saturday for allegedly strangling and assaulting another woman, police reported. Crystal D. Patterson, 36, was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Andrew L. Blattenberger, and Patterson faces charges of strangulation, making terroristic threats, simple assault ...

Young farmers urged to get involved

Pennsylvania Young Ag Professionals is working to get more people involved in agriculture. YAP, part of Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, has regional chapters throughout the state and is open to Farm Bureau members ages 18-35. They’re involved in networking, getting younger farmers engaged in ...

City man accused of assaulting women

After two alleged incidents at UPMC Altoona on April 28, an Altoona man is facing multiple indecent assault charges. Charges were filed in two separate incidents on Friday and Monday against Frank L. Mills, 41; though both incidents allegedly occurred April 28, according to court documents. ...

Success starts with proper planting

While there were a few hot days last month, we seem to be falling into a rather typical spring, and last week was one where many started planting corn. The sins of poor planting can haunt you throughout the year, so as you start to put the seed into the ground, be sure that you’re setting ...

FFA spotlight — A monthly feature on an area student

Colin Jackson Age and school: 17, Tyrone Area High School Family: Father, Mike Jackson, mother, Kristie Watson FFA Chapter: Tyrone Area Years involved with FFA: 4 Amount of time spent on FFA: A minimum of around 60 hours a year, including events, projects and community service FFA ...

Nehemiah Project plans two-day open house

The Nehemiah Project’s goal of converting a former elementary school into an activity-driven facility to serve children and families continues. The organization’s newest additions to The Wright Place for Kids will be part of an open house celebration to begin with a barbecue from 5 to 8 ...

Under cover

Coaches and athletes protect themselves from Monday afternoon’s rain as they check race times at the Bellwood-Antis Invitational Track and Field Meet. See coverage on B1. (Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski)

Wolf lifting restrictions on Memorial Day

HARRISBURG (AP) — Pennsylvania will lift all COVID-19 restrictions — except an order to wear a mask while in public — on Memorial Day, the Wolf administration announced this afternoon. Capacity restrictions on bars, restaurants and indoor and outdoor gatherings will go away on May 31, ...

Blair begins mailing ballots

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County started mailing ballots Monday to 5,558 county residents who sought to vote by mail in the May 18 primary. The option, embraced last year by about 16,000 county voters interested in avoiding COVID-19 risks and in casting ballots in the hotly contested ...

Coalport — Council tables talks on fire dept.

COALPORT — Tensions arose Monday night as firefighters from the Glendale Volunteer Fire Department pleaded with Borough Council members to renew its annual contract. After a heated exchange, the two sides agreed to table discussions until December. The fire department continues to operate, ...

UPMC Altoona gets ‘A’ from Leapfrog

UPMC Altoona has received an A, the highest mark, this spring from The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit watchdog organization that rates hospitals on their ability to protect patients from preventable errors, accidents, injuries and infections. It’s the sixth consecutive A for the hospital from ...