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Awards and honors Angela Seidel, business administration department chair and associate professor of accounting at Saint Francis University, was recently awarded the IMA Accounting Faculty of the Year Award from the International Accreditation Council for Business Education. Seidel was ...

Celebration through prayer

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Blair County Veterans Honor Guard Commander Lloyd Peck presents the flag for the National Anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance as nearly 30 people on foot and occupants of about 30 vehicles took part in the 70th annual National Day of Prayer at Legion Memorial Park in Hollidaysburg on ...

OSHA cites hauler in death

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Burgmeier’s Hauling and a related firm in connection with the death of an employee in October in a logging accident. It’s an open case, and a conference is scheduled for informal discussions about it between Burgmeier’s and ...

AASB approves nonunion pay hikes

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The Altoona Area School Board voted 7-2 to approve compensation plans for nonunion employees at a special meeting Thursday. Employees affected are those in bill management, central office administration, support staff and noninstructional administrators. The plan includes adjustments to ...

Altoona man sentenced

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man arrested last year after police found him in possession of stolen guns, drugs and cash was sentenced Thursday to 2.5 years to 10 years in prison. Shayne Phillip McDade, 25, who has been in Blair County Prison since his arrest in mid-February 2020, rendered ...

Eatery employee charged

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An Altoona man is facing charges after allegedly using his phone to record people while they were using the restroom in a local business, court documents stated. In April, Hollidaysburg police were notified a phone was discovered recording in a bathroom vent at D’Ottavio’s Italian House, ...

Superior Court dismisses appeal

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A former inmate of the State Correctional Institution at Smithfield in Huntingdon County has failed to convince the Pennsylvania Superior Court that he found newly-discovered, exculpatory evidence in his case, which involved the aggravated assault of corrections officers during a 2013 melee at ...

HASD lifts restrictions

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Hollidaysburg Area Senior High graduates and their families will not be limited on how many guests they can bring to commencement in June. Superintendent Robert Gildea told the Hollidaysburg Area School Board during a special meeting Wednesday that Gov. Tom Wolf’s decision to lift most ...

Police seize drugs, gun

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While executing multiple search warrants throughout Tyrone Borough, law enforcement agencies located nearly $7,000 worth of illicit drugs, a loaded handgun and about $2,650 in cash, Tyrone Borough police reported. Tyrone resident Richard A. Ewing, 42, was taken into custody as a result of ...

Judge grants review time

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Blair County judge is granting more time to review evidence associated with an alleged embezzlement of more than $125,000 from an Altoona preschool. Judge Daniel J. Milliron was scheduled Thursday to hear motions associated with theft, receiving stolen property and related ...

Pa. residents encouraged to apply for utility help

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HARRISBURG — The Acting Secretary of the Department of Human Services, Meg Snead, has reminded Pennsylvanians that the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program season has ended, but assistance with utility bills remains available through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program to individuals ...

Para-Coat grows with acquisition of Dragomir

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From Mirror staff reports JOHNSTOWN — Para-Coat Technologies Inc. of Johnstown, a specialty engineered coatings provider who works with the military, medical, aerospace and automotive industries, has acquired the assets of the R.D. Dragomir Co. in Santa Ana, Calif. Para-Coat Technologies ...

InspectionGo wins governor’s award

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From Mirror staff reports CAMP HILL — InspectionGo of Tyrone, a digital home inspection service with a national footprint, has been named the Governor’s Achievement Employer Award winner by the state Department of Labor and Industry’s office of Vocational Rehabilitation. Since ...

Easing vaccine patents faces hurdles

COVID-19

GENEVA — Several world leaders Thursday praised the U.S. call to remove patent protections on COVID-19 vaccines to help poor countries obtain shots. But the proposal faces a multitude of hurdles, including resistance from the pharmaceutical industry. Nor is it clear what effect such a step ...

Moving out

COVID-19

Cece Linder was living in a 770-square-foot apartment outside Washington, D.C., last spring when the area went into lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic. In May 2020, after a few months of both living and working in the small space, Linder decided to leave the capital area and ...

Perpetual care

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Alice Hoover, 18, of Patton mows St. Mary & St. George Cemetery south of Patton on Tuesday afternoon. Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski

Bill would restore work-search rules

COVID-19

HARRISBURG — Republicans in Pennsylvania’s GOP-controlled Legislature are advancing legislation to reinstate work-search requirements for people claiming unemployment benefits, with one survey showing that workers aren’t taking open jobs at a record rate. The bill cleared the House ...

Thief targets Patton vehicles

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PATTON — A series of vehicle thefts shook residents Wednesday morning. While police said they have identified a potential suspect, the person remains at large. “This really took everyone by storm,” Patton Police Officer Bryan Diehl said. “We are aware and actively investigating this ...

Downtown church set to be razed

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The former Christ Reformed Church at 12th Avenue and 15th Street will be demolished soon to create a parking lot for Curry Realty, city Director of Codes and Inspections Rebecca Brown told the Altoona Planning Commission this week. Curry is renovating the former Vipond building nearby to ...

College students encouraged to get COVID-19 vaccine

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Amid fresh signs of sagging statewide demand for the COVID-19 vaccine, Pennsylvania officials on Wednesday encouraged hundreds of thousands of college students to get their shots before they go home for summer. Gov. Tom Wolf appeared in State College with the president and head football ...