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THON raises $10.6M

UNIVERSITY PARK — The 2021 Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, or THON, wrapped up its virtual event Sunday, raising a total of $10,638,078.62 for Four Diamonds for pediatric cancer research. The theme for THON 2021 was “Rise and Unify” and was modified to safeguard the safety of ...

Wintry watchdog

Jasper, a 1-year-old Alaskan Husky owned by Kirk and Heather Saleme, keeps an eye on the family’s back yard of their Allegheny Street home in Hollidaysburg on Friday afternoon.

Concern in the Cove: Roaring Spring copes with Appvion’s closure

ROARING SPRING — Roaring Spring may never be the same following an announcement by Appvion Inc. on Monday that it would close the Spring Mill in late March or early April leaving about 300 workers without jobs. “To us, the paper industry is why Roaring Spring is here,” said Daniel ...

The right voice

Rush Limbaugh’s frank words inspired local radio listeners and workers with his conservative views. “Like him or not, Rush was the reason many of us, including myself, fell in love with talk radio,” Chris Forshey of Forever Media in State College said. Limbaugh “is and always will be ...

Concern in the Cove: Generations of workers feel impact

ROARING SPRING — Thirty-three years ago, when Ruby Albright’s son-in-law, who was working a minimum wage job, learned he’d been hired by the paper mill here, there was jubilation. “It was like he had hit the jackpot,” Albright, a customer in a hair salon along Route 36 in the ...

Blair DA: Teen planned robbery that led to killing

HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona teenager facing second-degree murder and other charges in the 2020 shooting death of a teenager was described in Blair County Court on Friday as the one who planned what started as an attempted robbery for marijuana and cash. In describing a Snapchat conversation ...

Police chase leads to charges

Police charged an Altoona man Wednesday for fleeing and drug possession, following a high-speed chase Feb. 12, which ended when the man crashed his vehicle into a dry cleaners, court documents stated. Benjamen A. Otto, 45, was arraigned Thursday by Magisterial District Judge Matthew Dunio on ...

COVID-19 cases continue to fall

The COVID-19 situation in the region continues to improve, and for the first time in months, more than one of the 12 key regional metrics in the state’s early-warning dashboard — two per county — are below the thresholds of concern. Those include Blair’s test positivity, which, at ...

Penn State’s Barron plans to retire in June

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State President Eric J. Barron confirmed his plans to retire as the university’s 18th president at a meeting of the Board of Trustees on Friday. He will leave the position at the conclusion of his current contract in June 2022. Barron said he is allowing time for ...

Gregory closes office indefinitely

HOLLIDAYSBURG — State Rep. Jim Gregory, R-Hollidaysburg, has closed his Hollidaysburg office to walk-in visitors indefinitely because of acts of vandalism and criminal mischief that have occurred in recent weeks. “For the past three days, and for the foreseeable future, my Hollidaysburg ...

Toomey incites local GOP outrage

Local Republicans have joined the wave of county parties rebuking Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., after he voted to convict former President Donald Trump at his impeachment trial this month. Toomey drew outrage from his own party after the Feb. 13 vote, in which he joined 50 Democrats and six fellow ...

PSU’s THON goes virtual this weekend

UNIVERSITY PARK — The 2021 Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon known as THON is being held virtually until 4 p.m. Sunday. The event began at 6 p.m. Friday. Billed as the world’s largest student-run philanthropy, THON raises millions of dollars for Four Diamonds to fund pediatric ...

Free virus tests planned for Huntingdon

A free COVID-19 testing site will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Thursday at the former Gordman’s/Peebles Department Store in Huntingdon Plaza in Smithfield Township. Lower nasal passage swab tests will be performed. The Pennsylvania Department of Health will operate the ...

All ears when it comes to mask wearing

To say this past year has been difficult would be an understatement. People keep asking, “When will we get back to normal?” I am not sure this is not the new normal. In many ways, this pandemic is like getting a big wad of chewing gum stuck on the bottom of your shoe. No matter how ...

Reward raised for missing woman

A reward for information about a Claysburg woman who went missing in 2012 has been raised to $10,000. Fawn Marie Mountain, 33, was last seen at her residence in Claysburg in 2012, according to a news release posted by the Altoona Police Department. She was 25 when she disappeared and was ...

Church saved in parish fire

Firefighters are credited with saving the church at Holy Family Parish in Hooversville from being destroyed by fire, according to the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. Flames broke out at the parish complex early Friday. The church, rectory and social hall are connected on the property, and the ...

City men facing charges after alleged squabble over lover

A love triangle that turned sour in January resulted in police filing charges Wednesday against two men who used their vehicles to “flee, follow and strike” each other, Blair County court documents state. Court summons were issued Thursday for Billie Strunk, 42, and Robert L. Sprankle, ...

Nominations invited for ‘20 Under 40’

The Mirror is accepting nominations for its 14th edition of 20 Under 40, which will recognize 20 deserving community members younger than 40 years old in the June edition of Blair Living. Criteria for nomination include business success, entrepreneurial spirit and community service of those ...

Weather disrupts vaccine delivery

Deliveries to most vaccine providers in the state were delayed by the bad weather this week, but the state still hopes to work out its recently discovered snafu with second doses of the Moderna vaccine within the three weeks initially planned for that effort, Department of Health senior adviser ...

Doyle pushes salary policy

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Blair County Salary Board should come up with a compensation policy that recognizes the worth of the employees and lifts them out of poverty, President Judge Elizabeth Doyle told the board Thursday. Despite initial disappointment with the salary board’s decision to ...