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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 ...

Gun, drug charges lead to jail time

HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man whose jury trial came to a halt in January when he decided to render guilty pleas was sentenced Wednesday to 10.5 to 21 years in prison for gun possession and drug delivery offenses in 2017. Before the sentence was imposed, Keith C. Christian, 45, tried to ...

Fall ball

Tyler Bolton, 20, (right) looks to intercept a pass in front of Jack Mazejky, 20, both Penn State Altoona sophomores from Williamsport, along North 12th Avenue in Juniata on Wednesday afternoon. Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski

Vets’ social today

Local veterans are invited to attend a special Veterans Appreciation Dessert Social at 7 p.m. today at the American Legion Social Hall, 104 Dell Delight Legion Park in Hollidaysburg. The event will be hosted by state Sen. Judy Ward, R-Blair, in conjunction with American Legion Post 516. ...

City man faces trespass charge

A city man who was free on bail in two previous trespassing cases is now behind bars after police said he entered an apartment and stole a cellphone. Willie J. Gates, 49, was arrested Tuesday by Altoona police after officers responded to the 1100 block of 14th Avenue for a report that Gates ...

Clarification

The Blair County Taxpayers Alliance, formed in 2016 as the Blair County Citizens for Accurate Reassessment, is the citizens group that sued Blair County over its reassessment appeals process, according to secretary Richard Latker of Hollidaysburg. The alliance, according to Latker, subsequently ...

Assault suspect taken into custody

A city man wanted by police for the alleged assault and strangulation of his girlfriend in late October was taken into custody Tuesday. Andrew P. Sault, 25, was arrested Tuesday and arraigned on charges that include felony strangulation stemming from an alleged incident Oct. 30 on the 200 ...

Nonprofit visits vets’ businesses

Startup Alleghenies plans to support veterans on Veterans Day. Since launching in June 2017, the nonprofit has registered more than 450 entrepreneurs from Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fulton, Huntingdon and Somerset counties. Startup Alleghenies will be acknowledging veteran-owned business by ...

Police reports

Pamela A. Barbin, no age listed, 2101 15th Ave., was arrested early Sunday on the 400 block of Seventh Avenue and charged with DUI. Joseph S. Lamertina, 69, 512 Ashwood Drive, was arrested Sunday afternoon on the 5800 block of Sixth Avenue and charged with violating a protection-from-abuse ...

Undecorating

Dave Wilson puts away the inflatable Halloween decorations in front of his North Sixth Avenue home in Juniata on Wednesday afternoon. Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski

Webster leads votes; Beam ousted

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County will have two new commissioners in January. Republican incumbent Bruce Erb of Hollidaysburg will return to the board, voters decided Tuesday, along with two first-time winners and Hollidaysburg residents: Republican Amy Webster and Democrat Laura ...

Second NS layoff ‘not a good trend’

The layoff of 95 more workers at the Juniata Locomotive Shop has a local labor leader wondering what’s next. “I am wondering when the hemorrhaging is going to stop. They told us there were definitely only going to be 50 more, but they went to 95,” said Robert Kutz, president of the Blair ...

Pacifico secures mayoral re-election

Altoona Mayor Matt Pacifico’s face often betrays his emotions, and on Tuesday evening, with lots of evidence that he was comfortably ahead of Democrat Mark Geis in a bid for re-election, Pacifico looked worried — and confessed that indeed he was. Even after Blair County Republican ...

Four new members elected to Hollidaysburg SB

Hollidaysburg area voters on Tuesday elected four new members to their school board and re-elected a present board member but did not retain Lois Kaneshiki, who led the Republican ticket in the primary election. The largest vote-getter for the school board, which will hold its reorganization ...

New Norfolk Southern layoffs worry workers

At the close of the first shift at Norfolk Southern’s Juniata Locomotive Shop Tuesday, an electrician who didn’t want to give his name was talking about how bad he felt for the young family men among the 95 shop employees laid off that day. The conversation was nearly over when one of ...

Cambria re-elects two incumbents

The two Democratic incumbent Cambria County Commissioners, Thomas C. Chernisky and William “BJ” Smith, will be joined by Republican Scott Hunt in January. Chernisky received 31.1% (18,749) of the vote, Scott 25.2% (15,173), Smith 24.7% (14,588) and Jerry Carnicella 19% (11,417), according ...