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Jury: Man guilty of killing beagle pup

HUNTINGDON — A Mount Union man was convicted Monday of killing a beagle puppy last May, a third-degree felony under Pennsylvania’s new animal cruelty law. James Tippett, 25, took the witness stand in his own defense and tried to convince the jury that the puppy’s death was an ...

Tyrone eyes levee risk assessment

TYRONE — At the request of a local couple, Borough Council will look into what must be done to apply for a risk assessment of the levee along the Little Juniata River on the southeast side of town, in the Park Avenue neighborhood. Erosion has deteriorated the levee over the years such that ...

Judge adjusts man’s prison time

A Claysburg-area man sentenced to a state correctional institution for a minimum of six years for using a prison law library computer to issue bomb threats and threats against the Hollidaysburg water system will receive credit for an additional 37 days he served prior to his sentencing. Blair ...

Crime

BEDFORD Couple allegedly drop boy off alone A Hyndman couple is facing charges of endangering the welfare of a child after allegedly leaving a 6-year-old alone along a road as punishment, state police at Bedford saId. Michael Logsdon, 36, and Shauna Burkett, 29, allegedly decided to ...

Food drive nets 27 tons

“Everybody pitched in” to make Saturday’s Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive a success, said Bob Kutz, president of the Blair-Bedford Central Labor Council. The council joined with the National Association of Letter Carriers and the U.S. Postal Service in the annual event to collect food for ...

Club keeping sport alive

HOUSTON, Pa. — The game of horseshoes might not be as popular as it once was in Washington County, but since the late 1940s, a horseshoe club in Chartiers Township has kept the sport alive. Four days a week, all year round, the nearly 40 members of the Washington County Horseshoe Club pitch ...

Schools strained by cyber options

Facing deep budget deficits owed in large part to state mandates including cyber charter school tuition, the Altoona Area and Hollidaysburg Area school boards last week both dreamt about the potential impact of legislation that would drastically reduce their costs of cyber charter school ...

Local pastor helps community members with sex addictions

When some neighborhood kids handed him — a young boy of eight or nine years old at the time — a pile of porn magazines, it catapulted a local pastor through a lifelong struggle of addiction, eventually leading him to help others who also have sex-related addictions. Steve Olivieri, a ...

Winning numbers

Those claiming big jackpots aren’t the only winners when it comes to the Pennsylvania Lottery. So are senior citizens who might not even buy a ticket. Lottery revenue plays an important role for senior citizens and senior centers across the state. The lottery has contri­buted more than $29 ...

Tax rate changes may weigh on voters

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Ask Blair County property owners about reassessment and their answers will likely reflect personal experiences. If their real estate taxes went down, then reassessment was long overdue. If their real estate taxes went up, then reassessment and county commissioners are ...

Pa. House OKs expansion of EITC program

HARRISBURG — On a day when supporters of the program were celebrating the birthday of the state’s Educational Im­prove­ment Tax Credit, those supporters had a bit more to celebrate as state lawmakers advanced legislation to significantly increase funding for the tax credit ...

Hall will join Logan board

The Logan Township supervisors didn’t advertise for someone to replace board member Ryan Rimbeck, who resigned recently because he was moving out of the area. But they got a former advertising executive: Dick Hall, who will serve only until the end of the year, when Rimbeck’s term ...

City webpage set to route concerns

The city has set up a protocol for its webpage that when open to the public will direct residents’ complaints to departments that can best handle them, allowing residents to track the progress of corrective action while enabling staff to avoid duplication of effort caused when residents make ...

Mental health event focuses on trauma

From Mirror staff reports A vendor fair focusing on mental health resources will be held Thursday at the Jaffa Shrine Center with speakers, raffles and door prizes. The free event, open to the public, begins at 3 p.m. when 50-plus vendors will staff tables to distribute materials and ...

Ruskin safety concerns expressed

City staff will evaluate the curve on Ruskin Drive near Elm Spring Drive for possible safety improvements af­ter a discussion at a City Coun­cil meeting this week was triggered by a recent crash. An inbound car occupied by teens overturned there and struck a tree, causing minor ...

Whistleblower files complaint

A Van Zandt VA Medical Center employee who has fought hospital management for years has filed more complaints in connection with his whistleblower status, alleging that the old revelations, along with some new ones, have led to losing out on a promotion and to additional mistreatment. Jay ...

Cambria plans Hero Hike

From Mirror staff reports EBENSBURG — Cambria County will host its third annual Hero Hike on Sat­ur­day, Armed Forces Day. The Hero Hike begins at 9 a.m. at 1097 First St. in Nanty Glo and ends at 424 Prave St. in Ebensburg, where a ceremony will be held at noon. The yearly hike is ...

Household chemical collection planned

JOHNSTOWN — A one-day collection event at Concurrent Technologies Corp. in Johnstown will offer residents an opportunity to safely and cost effectively dispose of common household chemicals. The collection will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in CTC’s Environmental Technology Facility ...

Abortion war heating up

As anti-abortion activists launch new efforts and celebrate victories in red states, Pennsylvania appears to be on the cusp of a fresh abortion battle. The anti-abortion movement, spearheaded by Republican lawmakers, has seen a wave of legislative wins after years with little success. In ...

Area briefs

Preparedness drill planned An emergency preparedness drill will be held from 8 am. to 4 p.m. May 15 at Trans4mation Church, 1001 First St., Altoona. The public is to be advised that if they hear sirens or see fire trucks and police vehicles at the church to not be alarmed, said Maria ...