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Municipalities interested in AWA digester project

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The Altoona Water Authority may increase the size of the sludge drying machinery on its plans for a proposed digester construction project at the Westerly Sewer Treatment Plant to reflect a growing interest among regional municipalities in sending the sludge they produce to the ...

Bedford rejects push for 2nd Amendment sanctuary

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BEDFORD — Based on legal advice, Bedford County commissioners will not be adopting an ordinance declaring it a Second Amendment Sanctuary county. “Our legal counsel has advised the commissioners that the Board of County Commissioners does not have the standing or legal authority to enact ...

Court reverses conviction on fleeing charge

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The conviction of a Huntingdon County man for fleeing apprehension was reversed this week by the Pennsylvania Superior Court, which determined state police troopers attempted to arrest the suspect before charges had been filed against him. The alleged flight by suspect Jacob Lee Barnish, 26, ...

Joyce draws cash in first re-election bid

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Republicans seeking to hold their local House seats are dominating Democratic challengers in fundraising — fueled by hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations from Pennsylvania business figures and national industries. Political action committees from across the country are throwing ...

Mount offers tax help

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CRESSON — Students of Mount Aloysius College’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program are helping area residents needing assistance with their tax returns. This free service lets tax filers “walk in” and meet with a preparer to drop off their tax return information before being ...

Area briefs

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HOLLIDAYSBURG PennDOT plans open house PennDOT will conduct an open house and plans display pertaining to a study of the Route 36 corridor between I-99 and Roaring Spring. The purpose of this study is to determine the potential safety and traffic congestion areas and to develop conceptual ...

Magisterial district judges

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Filed before California Avenue Magisterial District Judge Steven D. Jackson: Charges held for court Aug. 15-22: Renee L. Updike, 27, 903 Second Ave., Altoona, charged by Allegheny Township police with retail theft and receiving stolen property, March 21; and with using toxic-releasing ...

Sentencings

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The following sentencings were filed in Blair County Court. Although some cases may be more than a year old, the Mirror publishes them in the interest of complete reporting. The following defendants pleaded guilty to charges listed and were sentenced as shown: Tobias J. Cisney, 22, 202 High ...

Marriage licenses

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Editor’s note: the following information was provided by the prothonotary’s offices at area county courthouses. Blair County Christopher C. Gruner and Vanessa Rodriguez, both of Altoona. Kierra L. Hoffman, Hollidaysburg, and Devin J. Leaper, Altoona. Erica L. Huntzinger, Pottsville, ...

Divorces

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Editor’s note: The following information was provided by the prothonotary’s offices at area county courthouses. Blair County BARTO – Tony; Elizabeth, both of Altoona. Married Jan. 7, 2008. WILT — Destinee D., Bellwood; Damon A., Altoona. Married Oct. 30, 2016. Bedford ...

Smoothing the way

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Ron Shawley (left) and 323 Masonry owner Logan Lightner of Altoona smooth out a freshly poured sidewalk along 18th Street on Friday afternoon. (Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski)

PSU, Paterno family settle ‘issues’

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HARRISBURG — Penn State and the family of the late head football coach Joe Paterno announced Friday they have resolved their differences eight years after he was fired following Jerry Sandusky’s child molestation arrest, although the statue of the revered coach will not return to its place ...

Altoona graduation rain dates questioned

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If Altoona Area School District School Board member Dave Francis gets his way, future graduations will no longer include a rain date. At this week’s board meeting, Francis asked why this year’s graduation, scheduled for June 5, has two rain dates, which could potentially delay graduation ...

City woman charged with defiant trespass

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MARTINSBURG — An Altoona woman, who is prohibited from entering Walmart because of past incidents of retail theft, is behind bars after police said she violated the no-trespass order Walmart had filed against her and attempted to steal items from the East Freedom store. Anna M. Boyle, 28, ...

Police: Woman failed to turn in found wallet

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An Altoona woman seen on an Amtran bus surveillance video picking up a wallet another passenger left on a seat and failing to turn it in has been identified. Amani R. Williams, 23, was arraigned Friday by Magisterial District Judge Ben Jones on charges of theft of lost property and receiving ...

Dancing the night away

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Photo for the Mirror by Delicia Daniels More than 700 dancers participate in the first line dance during the 48th annual THON on Friday at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College. A five-minute line dance, a stretching routine, is played every hour to encourage the dancers to move and ...

Coming Sunday …

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Some highlights to look for in the Mirror’s upcoming Sunday edition: - Changes might be coming to Blair County recycling. Bill Kibler reports. - McMullen Furniture marks 75 years in business. Walt Frank reports. - Check out all the March happenings in our Life calendar. - Several ...

City man faces additional charges

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A city man arrested earlier this month after a grand jury investigation into crystal methamphetamine trafficking now faces drug charges stemming from a simultaneous state police investigation. The state police investigation into alleged methamphetamine dealing by 29-year-old Shawn Jackson ...

Turnpike plans tunnel repairs

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HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission advises motorists traveling in both directions on Interstate 76 to be prepared for an ongoing closure of the eastbound tube of the Tuscarora Tunnel starting at 9 p.m. Sunday. The weekly tunnel closure will begin every Sunday night and ...

Exploring the expo

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Wayne Kirsch (left) of Carrolltown and Kay and John Chliek of Johnstown talk about their favorite campgrounds while touring a camper at the Pennsylvania Adventure RV Expo at the Blair County Convention Center on Friday afternoon. The three-day event concludes Sunday. (Mirror photo by Patrick ...