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Blair retirement board eyes real estate funds in pension plan

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The board managing Blair County’s pensions wants to reduce its investment in real estate funds, a pursuit initiated in 2017 that is no longer generating desired returns. Real estate funds, producing a 6% to 7% return for the county’s plan before the coronavirus pandemic, ...

ISC awards Lakemont dredging contract

The Intergovernmental Stormwater Committee on Thursday awarded a $1.22 million contract for dredging of the pond at Lakemont Park to low bidder Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc. of State College. The cost is about $500,000 less than a pre-bid estimate. There were three other bids, spanning from ...

Blair joins steps effort

HOLLIDAYSBURG —Blair County leaders are joining an effort encouraging county residents to register 100 million steps by Nov. 7. The effort is sponsored by the Let’s Move Blair County Committee and the Blair County Chamber of Commerce Workplace Wellness Committee, both associated with the ...

‘Dangerous structure’ concerning

Hollidaysburg Borough Council voted Thursday to investigate a “dangerous structure” downtown. Council also approved conditional use for a parking lot for the Presbyterian Village at Hollidaysburg, and accepted the resignation of a staff member. Gerald Harbison, director of Planning and ...

Transportation Center project costs increase

The city is applying for a $1.7-million multi-modal transportation grant to renovate the Altoona Transportation Center, an amount reflecting a recent increase of about $800,000 in the estimated cost of needed work, based on an engineering evaluation. “(The) price tag took my breath away,” ...

Area projects receive funding

HARRISBURG — Two projects in Huntingdon and Centre countries are among those funded by the Wolf administration’s $7.5 million to state municipalities, counties, institutions of higher education and community organizations to reduce or prevent community violence. A news release from the ...

Flags ordered at half-staff

HARRISBURG — In remembrance of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and in honor of Patriot Day, Gov. Tom Wolf has ordered all American and Commonwealth flags on the Capitol Complex and commonwealth facilities throughout the state lowered to half-staff at sunrise on Friday. “On ...

Curb appeal

Wayne Dwier of the Altoona Housing Authority maintenance department paints the new curbs along First Street at Fairview Hills Apartments on Tuesday afternoon. (Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski)

Walk the line

Phil Zungali, Cambria Heights School District maintenance worker and groundskeeper, paints lines on a football practice field at the high school outside Patton on Wednesday afternoon. (Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski)

Scholastic spectator bill passes Senate

House Bill 2787, which would leave the decision on whether to both play scholastic fall sports and allow spectators in the hands of each local school district, passed the Senate on a 39-11 vote Wednesday. The bill is now headed to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk, where he will have 10 days to sign it, ...

Seven nabbed in drug sweep

Seven people face charges after police and state drug agents round up suspected methamphetamine and heroin dealers in Tyrone. Tyrone police, narcotics agents with the state Attorney General’s Office and officers with the Blair County Drug Task Force fanned out in Northern Blair County and ...

Eateries welcome easing of rules

Despite state COVID-19 regulations that have allowed limited indoor dining in restaurants since June, Finelli’s Italian Villa has remained closed to indoor service from the pandemic’s beginnings in March, but the state’s latest rules revision has inspired owner Frank Finelli to ...

City cuts top planning job to trim budget

By William Kibler bkibler@altoonamirror.com City Manager Ken Decker has abolished the job of community development director in an ongoing effort to find $1 million in savings so the city can pass a 2021 budget without a tax increase, in accord with instructions from City Council. The ...

Woman killed in crash

One person was killed and two were injured Tuesday after a crash in Taylor Township. It happened at just before 8 p.m. on Route 36 and Cross Cove Road when a 2009 Ford Fusion collided with a 2008 Ford Taurus that had pulled into the intersection from Cross Cove Road, according to state police ...

Inmate’s death ruled homicide

HOUTZDALE — A man convicted of multiple child rape charges who was found dead in his cell at SCI Houtzdale was homicide, according to a county coroner. Clearfield County Coroner Kim Shaffer Snyder said Wednesday that the cause of Garrick Bloom’s death was ligature strangulation and the ...

Langerholc bill seeks expanded broadband access

The state Senate has unanimously approved legislation sponsored by Sen. Wayne Langerholc Jr., R-Cambria, that would establish a grant program to extend deployment of broadband services in underserved areas of the state. Langerholc said that access to broadband has become even more crucial ...

B-A delays vote on hybrid plan

BELLWOOD — Bellwood-Antis School Board members will decide on Sept. 29 whether to move forward with a hybrid plan to educate the district’s students. As part of the revised school reopening health and safety plan, board members in August approved using a hybrid model, effective Oct. ...

Flight 93 to offer September 11 ceremony livestream

SHANKSVILLE — The Flight 93 National Memorial has partnered with EarthCam to livestream the Sept. 11 ceremony on Friday in honor of the 40 passengers and crew members of Flight 93. The ceremony will be attended by President Donald J. Trump, Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt and ...

HASD OKs plan for sports spectators

The Hollidaysburg Area School Board approved an athletic health and safety plan in preparation of the passing of a state bill which allows school districts to determine spectator limits for sports and recreational events. On Wednesday evening, eight board members (Emanuel Nichols was not ...

Ward bill to aid nonprofits advances

HARRISBURG — The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved a bill to support Pennsylvania’s network of community-based nonprofit organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic, the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Judy Ward, R-Blair, said. Senate Bill 1314 would create the Nonprofit Economic ...