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Bridge project to start March 1

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A bridge replacement project in Bedford Township, Bedford County, will require a temporary detour of Country Ridge Road starting March 1. The bridge to be replaced carries Country Ridge Road traffic over the Pennsylvania Turnpike at milepost 144.85, according to the Pennsylvania Turnpike ...

PennDOT extends expiration dates

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HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has announced that expiration dates for commercial driver licenses and commercial learner’s permits will be extended for state residents in response to statewide COVID-19 mitigation efforts. This will be the final extension for ...

City may take over McCrory’s building

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The city is planning to take a former downtown anchor building and the lot next door by eminent domain, so it can convey the properties for redevelopment, after years of ownership has led only to deterioration, despite prodding by the Department of Codes and Inspections. The former ...

Nursing home admissions explained

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In the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, the state Department of Health issued its controversial order that nursing homes accept people discharged from hospitals with COVID-19 in order to comply with guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Centers for Disease ...

Branch managers

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Two squirrels claim their branches in a tree on the Penn State Altoona campus. Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski

Inmate loses bid to appeal kidnapping conviction

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A Bedford County man, who is serving a sentence of 10 to 20 years for attempting to kidnap a 17-year-old Mennonite girl, has lost his bid to have his conviction overturned. The Pennsylvania Superior Court has rejected claims by Todd Richard Ferry, 62, formerly of New Enterprise, that state ...

Blair COVID-19 hospitalizations decreasing

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — The amount of people hospitalized in Blair County with COVID-19 conditions continues to decrease, Public Safety Director Mark Taylor said Tuesday. A week ago, Taylor told commissioners that 28 people were hospitalized with COVID-19, the fewest cases in weeks, and a reason to ...

County to mark 175th anniversary

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County will mark the 175th anniversary of its founding on Friday. “It was on Feb. 26, 1846, that an act of the state legislature created Blair County out of portions of Huntingdon and Bedford counties, making us the 59th out of the eventual 67 counties in ...

Tyrone secondary schools to return

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One week after the district’s elementary school students returned to school in person on a full-time basis, Tyrone Area middle and high school students will return to a full-time, in-person learning model Monday. In a letter to families of middle and high school students, Superintendent ...

Senate panel OKs bill to aid farmers

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HARRISBURG — The Senate Labor and Industry Committee approved a bill Tuesday that would set common sense safety standards for barns and other agricultural buildings that are repurposed for weddings and other social events. Senate Bill 191, sponsored by state Sen. Judy Ward, R-Blair, would ...

Briefcase

Local Business

HARRISBURG PPP funding discussion set Small business owners are invited to join the Pennsylvania Association of Community Bankers and StreetShares for a special live one-hour discussion, “Forgiveness: It’s Complicated,” on Paycheck Protection Program forgiveness during this latest round ...

Drugmakers in ‘good spot’

COVID-19

WASHINGTON — COVID-19 vaccine makers told Congress on Tuesday to expect a big jump in the delivery of doses over the coming month, and the companies insist they will be able to provide enough for most Americans to get inoculated by summer. By the end of March, Pfizer and Moderna expect to ...

Better weather on the way

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After weeks of substantial on-and-off snowfall, the forecast is calling for warmer temperatures and, at last, more sunshine. According to AccuWeather’s forecast for Altoona this week, Wednesday will bring springtime conditions, with a high of 50 degrees and partly cloudy skies. Though ...

City eyes ‘recovery house’ zoning

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City Council on Monday gave permission for staff to investigate how best to amend the zoning ordinance to regulate drug and alcohol “recovery houses.” The discussion was in response to a recent inquiry from a party who hopes to buy a property in order to establish such a ...

Computer animation could be used in Payne murder trial

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Blair County district attorney’s office is again considering use of a computer-generated animation during an upcoming murder trial. District Attorney Pete Weeks referenced the animation on Monday in court where Judge Timothy M. Sullivan indicated that pretrial motions ...

US virus deaths match toll of 3 wars

COVID-19

The COVID-19 death toll in the U.S. topped 500,000 Monday, a staggering number that all but matches the number of Americans killed in World War II, Korea and Vietnam combined. The U.S. recorded an estimated 405,000 deaths in World War II, 58,000 in the Vietnam War and 36,000 in the Korean ...

Roaring Spring man faces strangulation, assault charges

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A Roaring Spring man allegedly strangled a woman and young boy Saturday when he discovered he was missing an envelope, court documents said. Shawn M. Aman, 43, was arraigned Saturday by Magisterial District Judge Matthew Dunio on charges of strangulation, reckless endangerment of a child and ...

Parolee arraigned on charges

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After allegedly discovering money and drugs in a state parolee’s house, police are charging the Altoona man with several drug-related crimes. Joshua Powell, 36, was arraigned Monday by Magisterial District Judge Daniel DeAntonio, following drug charges against his roommate, Jennifer ...

City woman to stand trial in boy’s death

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CLEARFIELD — An Altoona woman will stand trial for homicide by vehicle in connection with the death of a 5-year-old boy after a traffic accident in August. Police say Jayde Renate Huber, 32, was traveling too fast as she approached a curve on Rolling Stone Road in Covington Township, ...

Blair judge’s ruling upheld

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Efforts by a Blair County judge to address a constitutional violation in a case involving an Altoona man charged with conspiracy and robbery have been upheld by the Pennsylvania Superior Court. Nicholas T. Kruge, 32, was sentenced to a state prison term of 15 to 30 years in 2017 for robbing ...