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Schools turn to online classes

Local News

It’s been nearly a month since students have been in class and with the governor’s recent order to extend the closure indefinitely, the likelihood of school resuming this year is shrinking. With a longer than expected absence, the Altoona and Hollidaysburg school districts have ...

Virus-related furloughs may spur health insurance crisis

Local News

An unprecedented wave of layoffs and furloughs amid the coronavirus pandemic could rapidly create a dangerous ripple effect: millions of workers unable to pay for health insurance. A patchwork health insurance system –– ill-equipped to handle such a surge –– has left laid-off workers ...

Remote town hall will discuss vets’ services

Local News

Dr. Paul Lawrence, Under Secretary for Benefits at the Department of Veterans Affairs, is hosting a toll-free telephone town hall on Tuesday with Pennsylvania veterans to discuss the VA’s continued service during the current coronavirus outbreak. He also will inform veterans of new and ...

College to offer virtual information sessions

Local News

CUMBERLAND, Md. — Allegany College of Maryland’s recruitment staff will hold virtual question and answer sessions through Zoom from April 13-26 for prospective students and their families. The virtual information sessions will be held from 11 a.m. to noon Monday through Saturday, 3 to 4 ...

Motorcyclist injured in crash

Local News

A two-vehicle collision on Frankstown Road on Friday has left a motorcyclist with severe injuries, Logan Township police said. Officers responded about 8:10 p.m. Friday to the scene of an accident in which the operator of a four-door sedan turned left onto Frankstown Toad off of Chapel Drive. ...

Breezewood owns unique distinction

Local News

Memories came flowing back when I read Holly Claycomb’s feature “America’s Superhighway Turns 80” in the Mirror’s People & Progress edition on March 24. Claycomb’s piece traced the history of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and included information about its impact on Bedford County ...

Bridge work to resume

Local News

HOPEWELL — PennDOT has announced that work will resume on the bridge replacement project in Hope­well Borough, Bedford County, on Monday. Temporary signals have reduced traffic to a single lane on Route 26 from 100 feet south of the new bridge to Steele’s Tavern, and on Route 915 in ...

Magisterial district judge

Local News

Filed before California Avenue Magisterial District Judge Steven D. Jackson: Charges waived to court Sept. 12: Brent M. Meyers, 34, 727 E. Caroline Ave., Altoona, charged by Logan Township police with DUI and a traffic violation, July 28. Shane K. Lanzendorfer, 40, 250 Helen St., ...

Area car dealers try to ride out virus

Local Business

According to mandates issued by Gov. Tom Wolf, automobile dealers are not considered an essential business during the coronavirus pandemic and have been forced to close their showrooms. However, some local dealers believe they are essential. “We find ourselves in unprecedented times. As the ...

Behind the Desk: Christopher Cook

Local Business

Address: 713 N. Fourth Ave. Telephone number: 515-2796 Position: President Years with company: One year Family: Wife, Jennifer; daughter, Parker, 15; son, Ohwen, 9; and son, Gabriel, 2. What products or services does your company provide? C&J Cabinet Co. offers a wide variety of ...

Engineer fixes ventilator issues

COVID-19

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — It was late when engineer Joe Tavi’s boss called with an odd question: Could their company, which makes fuel cells, learn how to fix a ventilator? California had a bunch of broken ones, and the governor had asked if San Jose-based Bloom Energy could repair them so ...

Deeds

Public Records

Blair County Eugene Kenneth and Joyce Faye Otto to Leon W. Jr. and Adam Diehl, 1119 20th Ave., Altoona, $44,000. Harwood R. and Marylee H. Hair to William Decourcy, property in Greenfield Township, $14,000. Audrey T. and Audrey P. Querry to Ricky C. and Barbara J. Knepper, property in ...

Marriage licenses

Public Records

Editor’s note: the following information was provided by the prothonotary’s offices at area county courthouses. Blair County Nathan J. Hall, Hollidaysburg, and Casey M. Price, Duncansville. Matthew J. Morse and Stacy L. Zeth, both of Flinton. Justin M. Reed, Tyrone, and Brittany J. ...

Divorces

Public Records

Blair County CUNNINGHAM — Thad; Brittany, both of Duncansville. Married Oct. 1, 2015. DELBAGGIO — Rebecca L., Altoona; John, Hollidaysburg. Married May 31, 1997. INGRAM — Ashley; Jeffrey, both of Altoona. Married June 21, 2014. Bedford County KLEINERTZ — Anthony E.; Megan A., ...

Fostering animals taking off

COVID-19

OMAHA, Neb. — The Simeon family was heading home to Omaha from a Smoky Mountains vacation when Kim Simeon spotted a social media post from the Nebraska Humane Society, pleading with people to consider fostering a pet amid concerns about how the coronavirus would affect operations. A day ...

Market desperate for supplies

COVID-19

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Shady middlemen, phantom shipments, prices soaring by the hour, goods flown in on a private plane. What sounds like an organized-crime thriller is now the new reality for governors desperately trying to find the medical equipment their states need in the throes of a ...

Asian citizens vocalize concerns

COVID-19

Kyle Navarro was kneeling down to unlock his bicycle when he noticed an older white man staring at him. Navarro, who is Filipino, tried to ignore him, but that soon became impossible. The man walked by, looked back and called Navarro a racial slur. He “spat in my direction, and kept ...

Mirror launches digital subscription

Local News

Effective April 3, the Mirror launched a new digital subscription service on altoonamirror.com. All daily (seven-day home delivery) subscribers of the Mirror’s print edition will continue to receive altoonamirror.com free of charge. For those who are not subscribers to the print edition, ...

Jobs report likely points to deeper losses

COVID-19

WASHINGTON — A grim snapshot of the U.S. job market’s sudden collapse emerged Friday with a report that employers shed hundreds of thousands of jobs last month because of the viral outbreak that’s brought the economy to a near-standstill. The loss of 701,000 jobs, reported by the Labor ...

Wolf to residents: Mask up in public

Local News

Until a few days ago, the state Department of Health, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, didn’t recommend that apparently healthy people wear masks in public as a protection against the coronavirus. Then came rumblings from the CDC that guidance for wearing masks in ...