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Couple faces charges of tax fraud

CLEARFIELD — A Hollidaysburg couple is facing charges for not paying up to $60,000 in sales tax for their restaurants. Sabrina L. Saldana, 36, and Armando Mendoza Saldana, 47, were charged in late October with seven felony counts of theft by failure to make required disposition of funds by ...

Colleges extend winter breaks amid outbreak

Area colleges and universities have extended their winter breaks to mitigate student travel during the holidays. Penn State Altoona, Saint Francis University, Mount Aloysius College and Juniata College adjusted their fall schedules earlier this year in preparation for an expected surge in ...

Borough plans sewer study

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Hollidaysburg Sewer Authority is planning studies in 2021 to replace old sewer systems that dump waste into local streams when overloaded. Throughout the borough are 100-year-old sewer lines that combine rainwater and wastewater, according to Borough Sewer Authority ...

Trump campaign: Mail-in voters treated differently

President Donald J. Trump’s campaign lawyers alleged Wednesday that state Secretary Kathy Boockvar and others treated mail-in voters differently depending on where they live in Pennsylvania and whom voters supported. Additionally, the campaign alleges the state counted ballots that ...

Appeals court rules judge imposed improper sentence

The Pennsylvania Superior Court on Tuesday ordered the resentencing of a Huntingdon woman because a judge imposed an improper sentence, and not because of her claims that his sentence was “manifestly excessive.” In March, Huntingdon County President Judge George N. Zanic sent 31-year-old ...

Williamsburg to deliver school meals to students

WILLIAMSBURG — The Williamsburg Community School District is delivering meals to high school and junior high students in hard-to-reach areas while schools are temporarily closed due to COVID-19. District Business Manager Kalie Zabrosky said school administrators are offering the service to ...

Eldorado Kiwanis to hold tree sale

The Eldorado Kiwanis Club will hold a Christmas Tree sale starting Nov. 27 to benefit the Miracle League of Blair County, the Teener League at Seitz Field and other local programs. The sale will run from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday until ...

Preparing for winter

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission is encouraging Pennsylvanians to prepare for the upcoming winter heating season. The PUC recently launched its annual “Prepare Now” winter heating campaign, underscoring the importance of consumers, businesses and utilities working together ...

Trump campaign takes legal battle to federal court in Pa.

The eyes of the nation were glued to Williamsport on Tuesday as President Donald J. Trump’s campaign took his legal fight to federal court to try to block the certification of the state vote count. The state remains in play despite the unofficial vote count going to Democrat Joe Biden. ...

State: Wear masks at home, too

The Wolf administration on Tuesday tightened its guidance in response to the state’s swelling coronavirus numbers — fortifying an order on masking, adding an order on traveling, setting “expectations” for hospitals and making recommendations for colleges. The changes came as ...

Blair eyes reserve funds

HOLLIDAYSBURG — If Blair County commissioners want to adopt a no-tax-hike budget for 2021, they may have to rely on reserve funds to cover a projected $2.52 million deficit. Commissioners, who are slated to convene Friday to introduce a 2021 budget, met Tuesday afternoon to review the ...

Court: City man’s status to be evaluated

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled that a Blair County judge must hold a hearing to determine if an Altoona man meets the criteria as a “sexually violent predator” under the state’s sexual offender laws. In October 2019, Blair County Judge Daniel J. Milliron rejected a request by ...

Tyrone gives virtual learning a trial run

The Tyrone Area School District will put K-12 on a virtual learning trial run on Nov. 19. Last week, Tyrone Area Superintendent Leslie Estep sent a letter to district families saying that due to the growing positive COVID-19 cases, the district would roll out a “practice session” for K-12 ...

Giant Eagle wins first court fight

Giant Eagle Inc., which operates many grocery stores in Western Pennsylvania, including ones in Altoona and Roaring Spring, as well as other nearby communities, has won the first round in a challenge to its requirement that all customers must wear face coverings while in its stores. A U.S. ...

Kids removed from dirty home

Police responded to a report of children living in “deplorable conditions” Saturday and arrested the mother for child endangerment after inspecting the residence, court documents stated. Jasmine M. Snyder, 28, was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Ben Jones on Sunday on multiple ...

Armed man arrested for attempted trespass

An Altoona man was arrested Friday with numerous bladed weapons in his possession after his ex-girlfriend told police he tried to force his way into her home, court documents stated. Daniel O. Weyandt, 28, was charged Saturday with criminal attempt to trespass, simple assault and possession of ...

Surveying the damage

Fred Musselman looks over the damage to the back porch of his Spruce Avenue home in Altoona caused by his neighbor’s fallen tree. The tree fell about 4:15 p.m. Sunday, when high winds swept through the area and just after the start of the Steelers’ game, he said. / Mirror photo by Patrick ...

L&I extends backdated jobless claims

The state Department of Labor & Industry has temporarily extended its backdating of unemployment compensation claims from six weeks to as many as 52, so claimants can get benefits that remained out of reach in the spring, after a crush of applications due to the COVID-19 shutdowns made it ...

Schools report limited resources

Pandemic changes teaching techniques, hits districts’ budgets Editor’s note: This is the second of two stories about school superintendents and administrators being pulled from their regular duties because of the health risks from the COVID-19 pandemic. The rise in coronavirus cases ...

New airline announces flight schedule

MARTINSBURG — The airline taking over passenger flights as of Jan. 1 at the Altoona-Blair County Airport started Monday to post its schedule, a move allowing patrons to start booking flights. Boutique Air, the San Francisco company chosen by the U.S. Department of Transportation to serve ...