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Officials, voters praise new system

Many Blair County voters saw Tuesday’s election day as a visit to the past as they filled out paper ballots. The change was part of the county’s transition to a paper trail voting system to meet state and federal requirements and to replace the e-Slate voting machines used since 2008. In ...

Woodland man sentenced to prison

CLEARFIELD — A Woodland man will spend up to nine years in state prison for possessing drugs and homemade explosives. In June, when a vehicle driven by Gene William Robbins, 39, was stopped by police, an officer noticed two homemade explosive devices on the front passenger seat. Further ...

High-flying fun

Tripp Powers, 7, tees off on the third hole of the Hollidaysburg Area High School disc golf course as his mom, Allyson Powers, and Travis Mangiacarne, all of Hollidaysburg, watch his throw. Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski

Stops yield 39 DUI arrests

HOLLIDAYSBURG — State police reported 39 DUI arrests after stopping 564 vehicles during a two-day operation in Blair County on Friday and Saturday, according to a news release. Dubbed “Operation Night­hawk,” the two-day enforcement effort, where troopers were assisted by more than 40 ...

Magisterial district judge

Filed before California Avenue Magisterial District Judge Steven D. Jackson: Charges waived to court April 18 – May 9: David W. Blankenship, 31, 2017 10th St., Altoona, charged by Logan Township police with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a ...

Mocks to receive ACE award

Peggy Mock grew up on a farm outside of Williamsburg. Her husband, Jack, grew up in Roaring Spring. “I was a city slicker,” he said jokingly. The Mocks, longtime volunteers with the Blair County 4-H program, will receive the Blair County Chamber of Commerce’s Agricultural Community ...

Consider baleage for 2020

If you have any experience making hay, you’re aware of the challenges of doing so. For dry hay producers, stringing together a few good days to bale is difficult, and those ensiling haylage are faced with high equipment costs and labor shortages. Fortunately, baleage can be an ...

Pollinator project to complement solar power initiative

UNIVERSITY PARK — A unique undertaking in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences will shine a light on how solar farms can contribute to healthy ecosystems and boost pollinator populations. “We have been given a remarkable opportunity to show how renewable energy production can ...

FFA Spotlight

Cooper Keen Age and school: 15, Bellwood-Antis Family: Parents, Brian and Jen Keen; brother, Kirk Keen FFA Chapter: Bellwood-Antis Years involved with FFA: Two Amount of time spent on FFA: We spend a lot of time in class preparing for events. FFA projects: Currently developing a business ...

Briefcase

CVS offers video visits WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health announced that MinuteClinic, the company’s retail medical clinic, has rolled out its video visit offering in Pennsylvania. People in Pennsylvania with minor illnesses, minor injuries and skin conditions can now seek care through ...

New system includes paper trail

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County voters will notice something familiar about the voting stands set up at their polling locations. In the spring primary, those stands had a dial-spinning device allowing voters to identify the candidates they wanted to support. In today’s election, voters will ...

Leaders: Blair budget cuts too much

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County’s elected leaders and department heads said Monday that they cannot make the deep budget cuts commissioners asked for last week to balance the 2020 draft budget. While some departments are preparing to forward a few additional budget cuts — at levels far ...

Court orders record expunged

A Blair County man who was involuntarily committed for mental health treatment 13 months ago after making a statement that he intended to kill a co-worker will have his record expunged, according to a ruling Friday by the Pennsylvania Superior Court. A three-judge panel of the Superior Court ...

Couple gifts $1M to establish PSU Altoona fund

Richard A. and Dr. Jeane Violon Singer have made a gift commitment of $1 million to create the Penn State Altoona Engineering Excellence Fund. Richard, now retired, was an instructor in electrical engineering, computer science, entrepreneurship, and security and risk analysis at Penn State ...

Events planned for Berlin Wall anniversary

A panel discussion today will be one of the activities at Penn State Altoona to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Today’s panel, “Looking In, Looking Out,” includes local people who lived in or served in the military on each side of the Berlin Wall; former ...

Teen arrested on rape charges

An East Freedom teenager was arrested Monday on charges accusing him of raping two teenage girls in late 2018. State police allege Brandon S. Holsinger, 19, of East Freedom, sexually assaulted the two girls, ages 15 and 17, two days apart in December after driving them to secluded areas. ...

AAA awards area police departments

AAA on Monday awarded more than 60 western Pennsylvania police departments with AAA’s Platinum Community Traffic Safety Award for their safety efforts. Nearly 50 departments received gold, silver or bronze awards. Area departments receiving awards included Altoona, Duncansville, ...

Mobile meals

The trend of third-party technology companies acting as intermediaries between consumer and eateries has expanded to Altoona. Restaurant owner Paul Randazzo hasn’t said sales are better. He is only sure of one thing: It’s the future. Uber Eats is an online food ordering and delivery ...

‘Sister cities’ marking 20 years

Twenty years ago this fall, after repeated efforts at contact that got little response, followed by a decision to give up, a final try, then success, Altoona established a sister-city relationship with St. Polten, Austria. In the decades that followed, there have been periodic visits by ...

Book delves into story of century-old labor fight

“Fannie Sellins was holding her post on the picket line. Flanked by miners of the Allegheny Coal and Coke Co., the widow and grandmother faced down county sheriff’s deputies who, according to union men, had promised to ‘make it rough for the miners.’’’ — From “Pittsburgh and ...