News

Friends remember Raia for leadership, loyalty

Local News

Victor Raia was a leader in the American Legion. “With Victor it was what you see is what you get. He lived and breathed the legion, ”said Kit Watson, adjutant of the Pennsylvania American Legion. “He was very faithful to the American Legion. He was a good guy — he was for the ...

Man convicted on drug offenses

Local News

HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man was convicted Wednesday of three drug-trafficking offenses in connection with a 2017 sale of heroin with fentanyl. Trevor Alexander Fortson, 31, who has been free on $20,000 cash bail, can remain free through his June 17 sentencing, as long as he regularly ...

Judge refuses to dismiss assault case

Local News

BEDFORD — A judge refused to dismiss a case Wednesday of a Claysburg man accused of sexually abusing a 16-year-old. Joseph Michael Douglas, 33, of 107 E. Valley Point Lane, faces charges of corruption of minors, sexual abuse of children, unlawful contact with minor and indecent assault. ...

City man accused of assaulting woman

Local News

An Altoona man faces multiple criminal charges for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend. Altoona police arrested Nasir Debonaire Garner, 20, of 705 N. Fourth Ave., on charges of strangulation, recklessly endangering another person, simple assault, false imprisonment, resisting arrest and ...

Travel spending reaches all-time high in Blair

Local News

From Mirror staff reports Blair County’s business community benefited from $358 million in travel spending during 2017, according to the state Department of Community and Economic Development’s 2017 Annual Economic Impact Report recently released. This record-high amount represents a 7 ...

Briefcase

Local News

Blair Chamber plans Speed Networking event The Blair County Chamber of Commerce Small Business Partners will host a Speed Networking event from 3 to 4:30 p.m. April 4 at the Devorris Center for Business Development, 3900 Industrial Park Drive. The cost to attend is $10 for chamber ...

Area

Local News

Christian choral concert tonight The Chi-Rho Singers will present an evening of music at 7 p.m. tonight, Thursday, March 28, at the Second Avenue United Methodist Church, 130 Second Ave., Altoona. This choir of the Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church includes approximately ...

Kids weather

Local News

Elementary school teachers are invited to submit student drawings for the Mirror’s Kids Weather feature. The Mirror will send a copy of the form to teachers who email news@altoonamirror.com or call 946-7450, or you can create your own form by drawing a 6-inch square box on a letter-sized ...

Say cheese!

Local News

Mason Gummo, 4, smiles as Denise Wagner, progress monitor, takes his photograph while Mason’s parents, Barry and Jennifer Gummo, registered him for school at Logan Elementary on Monday. The Altoona Area School District is in the process of registering children who will be in kindergarten next ...

Recycling director leaving for new job

Local News

The three-municipality council of governments that operates recycling programs in central Blair County is losing the only executive director it’s ever had. John Frederick, 62, submitted his resignation recently to the board of the Intermunicipal Relations Committee, after accepting a job at ...

Bedford inmate denies killing man

Local News

BEDFORD — A Bedford County Jail inmate imprisoned for allegations that he killed a Cumberland, Md., man in 2017, with the help of two other people, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to homicide. Devonta Desean Gaines, 24, of Baltimore, Md., was accused of killing Gary Shriver Jr. during an Aug. 4 ...

Domestic relations director, deputy fired

Local News

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County has fired the director and deputy director of its domestic relations office based on what is being referred to as an internal evaluation. President Judge Elizabeth Doyle on Tuesday acknowledged the termination of Domestic Relations Director Joseph A. Scoran and ...

Tomassetti continues push for home rule

Local News

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County’s latest and ongoing audit issues could be better addressed if county government was set up differently and operated under a home rule charter, Commissioner Terry Tomassetti said Tuesday. Treasurer James Carothers said Tuesday that his office has made headway ...

Houtzdale man pleads to theft

Local News

CLEARFIELD — A Houtzdale man charged with stealing scrap metal and then taking it to the scrap yard where the owner works to sell it pleaded guilty Tuesday in Clearfield County Court. Nicholas Allen Rowles, 24, pleaded guilty to a felony count of theft by unlawful taking and a misdemeanor ...

Keystone league plans to move

Local News

The Central Blair Recreation and Park Commission has instructed its solicitor to draw up an agreement by which the Keystone Girls Softball League can use Garfield Park for its primary game site, beginning in 2020. Keystone is losing its lease at the end of this year for a field on Old Mill ...

Bedford drug bust nets 22

Local News

BEDFORD — Law enforcement agencies served arrest warrants Monday for 22 people accused of felony possession with intent to deliver controlled substances and related offenses, Bedford County District Attorney Lesley Childers-Potts said in a release. The arrests took several months of ...

Driving Skills for Life advocates safety

Local News

HOLLIDAYSBURG — With prom season rolling in, this time of year may make parents nervous. Matt Stuckey, president of Stuckey Ford, is no exception. “We want kids to drive safe, especially this time of year. It’s important because we all have kids,” he said. Stuckey and the ...

Peoples requests rate reduction

Local Business

Peoples Natural Gas has filed a request with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission to decrease natural gas rates, as of Oct. 1. The company has requested an overall combined rate decrease of $39 million per year. If the company’s entire request is approved, the total bill for a ...

Briefcase

Local Business

Sheetz hiring event today Sheetz has announced plans to hire 2,500 employees company-wide. Sheetz will hold open interviews for full- and part-time positions from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at all of its 589 locations. The hiring initiative aims to increase Sheetz’s total employee count ...

Rik ready to roll

Local News

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Off-duty Blair County Sheriff Department K-9 Rik played fetch with people, including his handler, Cpl. Justin Bennett, at Chimney Rocks Park on Monday morning. Rik hasn’t been working since late September because the designated vehicle for the K-9 operation had become ...