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Signs of spring

Young Penn State football fan Natalia Woskob, 6, of State College hands a ball to offensive lineman Des Holmes to autograph prior to the Blue-White game at Beaver Stadium on Saturday. Please see story on Page B1. Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski

Hunter pleads guilty in shooting

CLEARFIELD — An Altoona man accused of shooting a hunter during a bear hunt in Clearfield County in November pleaded guilty Tuesday. Frank M. Ferguson, 47, was originally charged with a misdemeanor count of shooting at or causing injury to a human being while hunting and a summary count of ...

Bail revocation leads to assault charges

From Mirror staff reports A Duncansville man is facing felony assault charges after he allegedly rushed probation officers and his bail bondsman when he learned his bail was revoked. Jeremy R. Ross, 37, showed up at the Blair County Adult Probation & Parole office at the courthouse in ...

Trump threats draw rebuke

When President Donald Trump issued a sudden threat Friday to release detained immigrants to “sanctuary cities,” the effect was quickly felt in Pennsylvania — home to one of the largest such cities in the U.S. Trump tweeted Friday that he is considering emptying border detention centers ...

City exploring options for septic system woes

City officials are looking into the possibility of allocating money to extend a sewer line up 39th Street from West Chestnut Avenue into an Eldorado neighborhood where at least seven septic systems are malfunctioning. City Council members discussed options at a recent meeting after area ...

Most of accused in Bedford drug bust now in custody

BEDFORD — All but seven of the 22 people involved in a sweeping drug bust in Bedford County in late March are in custody. Many of those accused of drug-related offenses waived their preliminary hearings in court this week or last. Zachary Alexander Novac, 24, of New Paris, who was ...

Panel passes Ward bill on wedding venues

From Mirror staff reports HARRISBURG –– The Senate Labor and Industry Committee approved a bill last week that would set safety standards for barns and other agricultural buildings that are repurposed for weddings and other social events. Senate Bill 453, sponsored by Sen. Judy Ward, ...

Controlled burn set at Prince Gallitzin

Prince Gallitzin State Park will conduct a one-day prescribed burn in a field management area within the park, officials have announced. The prescribed burn fields, totaling 28 acres, is located along Long Road between Headache Hill and the Killbuck Launch Area. The purpose of the burn is ...

Blair Democratic women to meet

From Mirror staff reports The Blair County Federa­tion of Democratic Women will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Perkins Restaurant in Altoona. Final arrangements will be made for the annual spring tea to be held at 2 p.m. April 28 at the AFSCFE Building on Patch­way Drive, Duncansville. Local ...

Penn State campaign tops $1 billion mark

From Mirror staff reports Penn State has raised more than $1 billion to support its fundraising campaign, “A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence.” The milestone means Penn State is nearly two-thirds of the way to reaching its $1.6 billion goal by June 30, 2021, just over ...

Vendors sought for fest

From Mirror staff reports The LocherFest, a craft and vendor show, will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 27 at Morrisons Cove Memorial Park. Vendors, crafters and artisans throughout the state are invited to set up shop at the show. A portion of the proceeds from the vendor fees go to ...

Magisterial district judge

Filed before Altoona Magisterial District Judge Benjamin F. Jones: Fatimah E. Guthrie, 25, homeless, charged by Altoona police with conspiracy, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, criminal use of a communication facility and possession of a controlled substance on the ...

Rained out

Penn Cambria softball team’s Julia Petrosky and the rest of her teammates scramble to cover the infield with a plastic tarp held down with tires when their game with Bishop Carroll Catholic High School was rained out in the second inning of play Friday. (Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec)

Hollidaysburg manager pact dropped

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The borough’s most recent three main street managers haven’t lasted a year. They are pulled too much between tasks assigned from both the Hollidaysburg Community Partnership and the borough, which shared the employee, borough council members said. “Our main street ...

Marriott sale may boost bookings

The company buying the Courtyard by Marriott next to the Blair County Convention Center is promising to make more lodging available for convention center guests, a commitment that should put the center in a position to attract more business. Convention center leaders have repeatedly spoken ...

Circus Fans come together at Jaffa event

When the iconic Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus ended its long run two years ago, many people, including local history buff Larry McKee, thought many people would stop going to the circus. McKee isn’t just a circus fan, he’s a Circus Fan, as in a member of a group called the ...

Council asked to match spay/neuter donation

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Borough Council was approached to match a $4,000 private donation that would fund a Trap Neuter Release program to help control the borough’s feral cat overpopulation problem. Central Pennsylvania Humane Society manager Theresa Shirley informed the board that a donation of ...

Youth urged to voice concerns

Amid upcoming elections, a local high school senior served as a reminder of the voices young citizens have when he interviewed a U.S. senator earlier this week about issues surrounding education. Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School student Rami Alkhafaji sat down with U.S. Sen. Bob Casey ...

Scheffer was ‘one of the good guys’

Maybe he didn’t wear a white hat, but community advocate John Scheffer was described by a longtime friend as “one of the good guys.’’ Scheffer passed away April 5 at the age of 84. A memorial service for him will be held at 1 p.m. today at Zion Lutheran Church in ...

HASD lauded for music education

For the eighth consecutive year, Hollidaysburg Area School District has been designated as one of the Best Communities for Music Education. Pennsylvania Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera announced 92 of Pennsy­l­vania’s 500 school districts were recognized by the National Association of ...