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­­­Blair County Antis Salvage Inc. to Antis Township, property in Antis Township, $170,000. First Commonwealth Bank to TCH Solutions LLC, 717 Hartzell Ave., Altoona, $60,000. Paul E. and Deborah A. Hetrick to Andrea M. Eyer, property in Frankstown Township, $189,900. Robert J. and ...

Bankruptcies

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The following people have made filings in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Pittsburgh. Chapter 7 involves selling assets to pay debts. Chapter 13 is a plan to pay debts using income. Chapter 11 involves reorganization to pay off debt. The information is from the Pittsburgh Legal Journal. Filings by ...

Farms look for answers to virus problems

COVID-19

HANOVER — In farming, there are many unknowns. The economy, weather and customer demand can affect crops and ultimately a farmer’s bottom line. This year the agricultural industry was thrown a curve ball with COVID-19. Now as harvest season approaches, farmers are facing new questions ...

UPMC ‘concerned’ about AASD change

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Pittsburgh-based UPMC is expressing concern about the recent health care coverage voted on by the Altoona Area School Board for district employees. According to a press release provided by UPMC, all hospital services, including surgery, scans and blood work done at UPMC hospitals, will be ...

Staying afloat

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A fisherman and kayakers enjoy the lake waters at Canoe Creek State Park. The holiday weekend kicks off today with continued sunny skies and warm temperatures. Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski

Nursing homes earn praise

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County leaders praised local nursing homes Thursday for ongoing efforts that have kept their facilities nearly free of COVID-19 cases. Because of the homes’ preventive efforts and their success, Blair County’s COVID-19 cases have remained low, to everyone’s ...

Fourth of July celebrations

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* Friday — 10 p.m., Morrisons Cove Memorial Park, Martinsburg. * Saturday — 9:30 p.m., Peoples Natural Gas Field, Altoona Curve fireworks (250 advance tickets were sold to view from the VIP parking lot. Tickets to the parking garage, priced at $4, are still available at the Curve ticket ...

Altoona officially cancels prom

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When the COVID-19 pandemic altered school calendars and forced districts to make alternative plans for end-of year traditions, the Altoona Area School District remained hopeful that it could provide graduation ceremonies, a prom and afterglow this summer for seniors. In May, the school board ...

Solar remediation project eyed

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The Altoona Water Authority has received proposals from five companies to install solar panels on old filter beds that have been a longtime environmental liability at the Westerly Sewer Treatment Plant. Such a project could result in remediation of the filter beds at little or no cost, ...

By the numbers

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By the numbers New/total county COVID-19 cases: Blair 2/74 (1 death); Bedford 1/88 (4 deaths); Cambria 2/85 (3 deaths); Centre 6/211 (7 deaths); Clearfield 3/75; Huntingdon 0/252 (4 deaths, although SCI-Huntingdon has reported 5); Area/total cases: 14/785 New/total cases statewide: 832 ...

Rec board cancels meeting

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The Central Blair Recreation & Park Commission’s July 16 board meeting has been canceled. The commission’s next meeting will be at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Logan Township municipal building.

Detwiler remembered as ‘a friend to everybody’

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NEW ENTERPRISE — Bob Detwiler is being remembered for his many contributions to the community. Robert “Bob” W. Detwiler, 84, of New Enterprise died Saturday at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown, where he had been a patient due to complications from COVID-19. Detwiler ...

Parking dispute leads to assault

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An Altoona man is in jail after police say he beat a man who asked him to move his vehicle from an alley. According to Altoona police, Donald P. Moyer, 29, of 214 E. First Ave., was arrested at his home after police said he punched and kicked a man in the alley on the 1500 block of 15th ...

City man arrested on drug charges

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A city man police said tried to hide a stash of methamphetamine and marijuana behind a tree is now in jail. Gage Leonard, 23, was arrested about 11 a.m. Wednesday after Altoona police were dispatched for a report of a suspicious person, according to police. Police were told the man, who had ...

Claysburg man scammed

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BEDFORD — A Claysburg man has been scammed out of $3,000. According to state police in Bedford, a 77-year-old Kimmel Township, Bedford County, resident was scammed after he was contacted by someone pretending to be an employee of the Social Security Administration on Monday. State police ...

Briefcase

Local Business

NEW ENTERPRISE NES&L announces pricing senior notes New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co. Inc. announced the pricing of its previously announced offering of $200 million aggregate principal amount of its 9.750% senior notes due 2028. The sale of the notes is expected to close on July 15, ...

US issues guidelines for travel

COVID-19

Federal officials said Thursday that airlines should consider limiting capacity on planes to promote social distancing, but they are not considering making the airlines do it. The officials also recommended — but did not move to require — that travelers wear face coverings in airports and ...

Spike in virus cases prompts shutdown

COVID-19

HARRISBURG — With a spike in coronavirus cases expected to continue growing, Allegheny County, home to Pittsburgh and 1.2 million residents, imposed a one-week shutdown of bars and restaurants and all gatherings of more than 25 people starting Friday. The order was to take effect after ...

Majority of states see virus cases rise

COVID-19

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Four U.S. states — Arizona, California, Florida and Texas — reported a combined 25,000 new confirmed coronavirus cases Thursday as the infection curve rose in 40 of the 50 states heading into the July Fourth holiday weekend. With the number of daily confirmed ...