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Authority close to digester deal

The Altoona Water Authority hasn’t yet formally agreed to commit to a now-$35-million biosolids digester project at the Westerly Sewer Treatment Plant, but with its recent application for money from Pennvest, the commitment is close. It will likely come if and when Pennvest lends the money, ...

Gun permit applications go online

Blair County residents can now apply online for a license to carry a firearm. “We are always trying to provide a better service to the community,” said Blair County Sheriff James Ott, who pointed out that the Blair County Sheriff’s Office is the first in Pennsylvania to give residents ...

Clean sweep

Craig Stanford of Shaw Sports Turf sweeps the rubber pellets on the newly laid turf at the Cambria Heights High School football field. Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski

Magisterial district judge

Filed before California Avenue Altoona Magisterial District Judge Steven D. Jackson: Andrew J. Lattieri, 31, 1906 Eighth Ave., charged by Logan Township police with possession of a small amount of marijuana and of drug paraphernalia and two traffic violations, Sept. 30. Guilty plea entered to ...

A comforting symbol

No colors are as significant to Americans as “red, white and blue.” The flag that bears these colors forges a vital part of its identity through the experiences of veterans and those who serve. Matthew Gibbons of Bellwood received a Purple Heart for his service in the Iraq War. His ...

Wolf stresses wearing masks

Since the Wolf administration expanded its order on Wednesday for masks to be worn whenever anyone encounters people who are not of their household outdoors and for all indoor locations open to the public, it has sent four follow-up emails reinforcing the message. “Masks are mandatory when ...

Blair GOP retains Foreman despite Kaneshiki challenge

Incumbent Blair County Republican Committee Chairman Jim Foreman on Thursday retained his seat against a challenge by former Chairwoman Lois Kaneshiki. Foreman won 71 to 48, according to Kaneshiki. Foreman ran on being “reasonable and responsible” — a collaborator who seeks to unify, ...

How Blair County residents voted June 2

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County has posted official results of the June 2 primary on its website at www.blairco.org. The following totals reflect ballots cast at the polling places and through mail and absentee ballots, as counted in Blair County. For statewide vote totals, go to ...

Convicted murderer’s appeal tossed

The Pennsylvania Superior Court has rejected an appeal filed by a former resident of Reynoldsville who was convicted in Clearfield County of first-degree murder nearly 36 years ago. Charles S. Renchenski was 21 years old when he was arrested in 1982 for the strangulation death of Rosemarie ...

PSU student dies of COVID-19

A 21-year-old Penn State student living in State College died Tuesday because of respiratory failure and COVID-19, the Lock Haven Express reported. Juan Garcia, a College of Earth and Mineral Sciences student from Allentown, is the first known Penn State student to have died because of the ...

Mount Union man lost anthem claim

“God Bless America” is one of the most beloved compositions in America’s songbook. It is a crowd favorite on occasions like the Fourth of July. And it has a local story. Marion Samuel Cree is buried near Mount Union, and his grave is covered with a granite slab inscribed with the ...

Blair man seeks to withdraw pleas

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A 39-year-old Altoona man is asking Blair County court for permission to withdraw the no-contest pleas he rendered a year ago to criminal charges accusing him of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl and photographing her in the nude. Corey G. Fowler was scheduled Thursday ...

Fireworks use requires caution

Every year on July 4 since Tim Hileman took his job in 2012, there has been at least one fire in the city caused by fireworks — along with injuries that have sent fireworks victims to the emergency room, according to the Altoona fire chief. Hileman on Tuesday recommended common sense, ...

DCNR warns of crowding at Pa. parks

HARRISBURG — The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn reminds potential state park visitors that the combination of expected fair weather and a holiday weekend could bring crowded conditions to many parks throughout Pennsylvania. Dunn said ...

Search turns up meth

The arrest of an Altoona man on outstanding arrest warrants has led to the seizure of methamphetamine at a city hotel. Trey W. Taylor, 27, was taken into custody Thursday night by Altoona police on two outstanding felony drug warrants and a theft-related warrant as he left the Microtel Inn ...

Roving DUI patrols planned this weekend

Police will be out this holiday weekend to ensure impaired drivers are not on the roads and highways of Blair County. “DUIs are 100 percent preventable,” said Hollidaysburg Borough Police Officer Richard Oldham, coordinator of the Blair County DUI Task Force. DUI Task Force members will ...

Roadwork

RIDDLESBURG PennDOT to lift detour The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will place temporary signals and lift a detour in a slide area on Route 26, just north of the Riddlesburg Bridge in Liberty Township, Bedford County, beginning July 10. Temporary signals will be in place until ...

UPMC ‘concerned’ about AASD change

Pittsburgh-based UPMC is expressing concern about the recent health care coverage voted on by the Altoona Area School Board for district employees. According to a press release provided by UPMC, all hospital services, including surgery, scans and blood work done at UPMC hospitals, will be ...

Staying afloat

A fisherman and kayakers enjoy the lake waters at Canoe Creek State Park. The holiday weekend kicks off today with continued sunny skies and warm temperatures. Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski

Blair weighs Reservoir Road sewer project

DUNCANSVILLE — An engineer for Blair Township Water and Sewer Authority will come up with a proposal outlining engineering plans for the authority to consider in evaluating a potential sewer expansion project along Reservoir Road. Engineer Daniel Carbaugh of Keller Engineers Inc. recommended ...