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AASD ready for new building

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The Altoona Area School District is to receive its occupancy permit today, allowing teachers and students to enter the new high school. Gary Marshall of Reynolds Construction — construction manager for the high school project —told district officials at Monday’s school board meeting the ...

Police: Claysburg woman said she used heroin before crash

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Greenfield Township Police arrested a Claysburg woman after she said she used drugs before rolling her vehicle Friday with a child inside, police documents said. Holly N. Feathers, 33, was arraigned Saturday by Magisterial District Judge Matthew Dunio on nearly 30 charges, including ...

City man to refile civil rights complaint

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An Altoona man who has filed a civil rights lawsuit contending he is being held illegally in the Clearfield County Prison has been ordered by a U.S. magistrate judge to refile his complaint before his case can proceed. Magistrate Judge Cynthia Reed Eddy on Friday informed Michael Jeorme Irby ...

Child hurt in crash

Local News

Police charged an Altoona woman with several felonies after she allegedly wrecked her car while driving impaired with children in the vehicle, a commonwealth criminal complaint said. Jennifer L. Lansberry, 36, was taken into custody and housed at Blair County Prison on Sunday, after an ...

Farm bill sent to Wolf

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HARRISBURG — A measure to help Pennsylvania’s farmers by updating state law regarding multipurpose agriculture vehicles is headed to the governor’s desk after approval Monday by the House of Representatives. Senate Bill 995, introduced by Sen. Dan Laughlin, R-Erie, was approved by the ...

AMED could be model for others

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AMED could become a model for helping solve a knotty funding problem for ambulance and volunteer fire companies statewide, according to AMED Executive Director Gary Watters. AMED is a rarity among ambulance services in being a municipal authority — an organizational structure that a group ...

DCNR to offer grant workshops

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HARRISBURG — The state Department of Conservation and Resources will begin offering a series of free, online workshops next month for potential 2021 DCNR grant applicants. “Once again the intent of these workshops is to answer questions applicants have when they consider seeking ...

Desks collected for remote students

COVID-19

As remote schooling surged during the pandemic, parents across the country realized that many kids didn’t have desks at home. So they got busy building, collecting and donating them, giving hundreds or thousands of students workspaces to call their own and helping them get through long days ...

Mount to host conference

Local News

CRESSON — Mount Aloysius College will host its biennial Conference on College Teaching virtually on Friday in order to accommodate attendees during the pandemic. The conference aims to bring high school and higher education faculty together to foster discourse on student learning, ...

Buy Safe adds members

Local Business

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Buy Safe America Coalition, a diverse group of retailers, consumer groups and manufacturers who support efforts to combat organized retail crime and protect consumers and communities from the sale of counterfeit and stolen goods, announced new members, including some of ...

Altoona native, decorated war veteran retires

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At 17 years of age, Dennis Eger was looking for adventure, and the U.S. Army seemed as likely a source as any. “I was born in Altoona and grew up in Cresson,” Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Eger, 49, recalled. “So, I was ready to see what the world had to offer.” Enlisting in 1988, Eger ...

New rail/bus station eyed

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Altoona officials are considering building a new train and bus station next to the mainline tracks, if the city is unsuccessful in obtaining a $1.7 million grant to renovate the Transportation Center, which is across the 10th Avenue expressway from the tracks. The station would be smaller ...

Dam gates opened as Lakemont dredging project begins

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Work has begun on the Lakemont dredging project. County employees this week opened the gates of the dam there, lowering the water level by 3 or 4 feet, according to officials at a meeting of the Intergovernmental Stormwater Committee on Thursday. The committee is working to fulfill a ...

Trump Jr. to stop in Hollidaysburg

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Donald Trump Jr. will be in Hollidaysburg on Tuesday for a “Make America Great Again” campaign event in support of President Donald Trump. The event will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 20 at McLanahan Corp., 200 Wall St., Hollidaysburg. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Ticket information is available at ...

JARI fund gets $1.2M

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JOHNSTOWN — The JARI Growth Fund has been awarded $1,281,900 by the Appalachian Regional Commission to further enhance entrepreneurship in the region. The JARI Growth Fund in partnership with Johnstown Area Regional Industries, Southern Alleghenies Planning & Development Commission, the ...

PennDOT seeks to fill posts

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HARRISBURG — With the winter season approaching, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is highlighting winter-service preparations and how the public should also get ready for the season. “We’ve been preparing for this winter since the last one ended, and we need the public’s ...

Pa. reports 2nd-highest case total of pandemic

COVID-19

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania is reporting 1,857 new COVID-19 cases, the second-highest daily total since the beginning of pandemic, days after officials said the commonwealth was seeing a “fall resurgence” of the coronavirus. The numbers announced Saturday by the state health department ...

Going to school

Local News

LOYSBURG — The auditorium of Northern Bedford County High School was nearly empty for its Tuesday school board meeting, yet more than 100 people listened in virtually. After an hour of discussion by parents, teachers and a student, the NBC School Board approved a return to full-time, ...

Child rapist gets 40 years

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — A convicted sex offender will spend 40 years to life in prison after pleading guilty Friday to the 2019 kidnapping and rape of a 15-month-old Altoona toddler. Ferdy A. Crutcher, 46, scheduled for trial starting Oct. 26, told Blair County Judge Wade A. Kagarise that he was ...

Workplace

Local Business

New hires and promotions Patti Bickley of Altoona has joined the staff of The Lung Disease Center of Central Pennsylvania and the Altoona Lung Specialists. Bickley is a certified registered nurse practitioner with years of experience in critical care nursing and cardiology. She previously ...