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Bellwood students host day of thanks

BELLWOOD — Bellwood-Antis High School students will hold a Giving Thanks Day from 8 to 11:11 a.m. Wednesday in which students will be participating in community service projects around the Bellwood area. The students in Renaissance Club made a list of ideas that would help others and will ...

HASD: Police withdraw threat charges

State police have withdrawn all charges against a former Hollidaysburg Area School District intern in connection with terroristic threats made on Wednesday against district schools, according to police. On Saturday night, Hollidaysburg Area Superintendent Bob Gildea sent an email to district ...

Court to settle ambulance dispute

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A dispute between Allegheny Township and the Hollidaysburg American Legion Ambulance Service has landed in Blair County Court, where an injunction is being requested to restore the status quo. In its injunction request, the ambulance service is asking the court to halt the ...

Retailers ready to ring up holiday

The holiday shopping season is about to kick into full gear. The National Retail Federation expects holiday retail sales during November and December to increase between 3.8 percent and 4.2 percent over 2018 to a total of between $727.9 billion and $730.7 billion. The numbers, which exclude ...

A real drag

Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins (right) drags Penn State linebacker Ellis Brooks into the end zone for a score during the first half of the game on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio. The Nittany Lions fell to the undefeated Buckeyes, 28-17. The Associated Press

Alleged abuser seeks outside jury

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A retired music teacher is asking Blair County Court for an out-of-county jury to hear sexual molestation charges filed against him, which he says have been wrongly linked to allegations against a Catholic priest. But a decision on the request will stay on hold, Senior Judge ...

Author Albom comes to Altoona campus

The author of the best seller “Tuesdays with Morrie” will speak Dec. 3 at Penn State Altoona. Mitch Albom will speak 7 p.m. Dec. 3 in the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts as part of the Penn State Altoona Distinguished Speaker Series. Free tickets are available in the Center ...

Vets Home plans open house

DUNCANSVILLE — Hollidaysburg Veterans’ Home will hold an open house 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday. “Attending the open house is the perfect way to see firsthand how residents spend their day and how inviting the Hollidaysburg Veterans’ Home is for veterans and their spouses,” said ...

Holiday travel may near high

A near-record number of travelers will be hitting the highways for the Thanksgiving holiday, according to AAA. More than 55 million travelers are making plans to kick off the holiday season with a trip of 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving. This will be the second-highest ...

WWII exhibit opens

From Mirror staff reports BEDFORD — An exhibit highlighting western Pennsylvania’s impact on the home, industrial and battle fronts during World War II opens Tuesday at the Bedford County Historical Society, 6441 Lincoln Highway. The “We Can Do It! WWII” traveling exhibit will be in ...

AWA’s rubber dams at Curve need replacing

A seemingly good deal for the Altoona Water Authority on a pair of replacement rubber bladders designed to maintain increased capacity in two reservoirs near the Horseshoe Curve has had deflating consequences. Last year, the authority spent $344,000 to buy and install the inflatables atop the ...

Dog owners warned of fake website

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement is warning dog owners of a fraudulent website selling dog licenses online. “The Department of Agriculture works with Pennsylvania’s county treasurers for the sale of dog licenses,” said ...

Down abortion ban vetoed

Gov. Tom Wolf’s veto of a proposed abortion ban for fetuses with Down syndrome sets back a yearslong GOP campaign — an effort backed heavily by local lawmakers. “I’ve done this before, and that is veto bills that interfere with the rights of women to make their own health care ...

PennDOT sets open house

HOLLIDAYSBURG — PennDOT will conduct an open house and plans display on the proposed Tuscarora Creek Road bridge over Tuscarora Creek replacement project in Tell Township, Huntingdon County. The meeting will be 6 to 7 p.m. Monday at Blairs Mills Sportsman’s Club, 19948 Tuscarora Creek ...

Bellon defense seeking appeal

Although a federal district judge has ordered the resentencing of convicted drug dealer Charles Bellon of Altoona, the defense is still seeking to appeal the judge’s decision upholding Bellon’s 2006 conviction on multiple counts of cocaine distribution and operation of a corrupt ...

Industrial park road open

HASTINGS — The access road improvements to the Hastings Industrial Park have been completed. The newly constructed “paper” street, Brubaker Street, and Legacy Drive, which is an extension of Sunnybrook Drive that leads into a cul-de-sac, was dedicated Thursday. Hastings Area ...

Magisterial district judges

Filed before Altoona Magisterial District Judge Benjamin F. Jones: Charges waived to court April 17 – May 1: John M. McConnell Jr., 29, 203 E. Walnut Ave., charged by Premier Rental with theft of leased property and theft by unlawful taking on Dec. 14. Chance B. Herren, 18, 2925 S. 10th ...

Soap, humidity, rest help keep seasonal illnesses at bay

The holiday entertainment season officially kicks off with Thanksgiving and continues through early January. It’s a season of sharing handshakes and hugs, food and festivities — and sharing illnesses. Too often people share more than just good cheer — coughs, colds and stomach bugs ...

Sandusky resentenced up to 60 years

BELLEFONTE — The trauma and raw emotions associated with the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse case were as intense as ever Friday afternoon when the former Penn State assistant football coach for a second time was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison. Sandusky — facing resentencing on 45 ...

Sunset silhouette

Two people are silhouetted as they walk over the 12th Street pedestrian bridge late Friday afternoon. (Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski)