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McKeesport man faces charges

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Stuck on the side of the road, a McKeesport man called the Pennsylvania State Police for help, despite the fact he was driving a stolen car, court documents stated. Daniel M. Rizza, 20, of McKeesport, was arrested Friday and charged with receiving stolen property after he ran out of gas on ...

Briefcase

Local Business

Blair Chamber office closed The Blair County Chamber Office is closed to the public until further notice to comply with Gov. Tom Wolf’s new mitigation efforts for COVID-19. “Our staff is working remotely and members will have access to our staff to assist with any issues or ...

BG senior starts rifle club

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Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School has a new rifle club. “The club is a unique opportunity for BG in the area,” said Abby Novak, a senior at the high school who led a two-year effort to start it. Novak, a Gallitzin native, grew up shooting with her uncles, starting with BB guns, ...

Hobby takes flight for Hollidaysburg model airplane builder

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To say Guy Forshey is talented with his hands is like saying Les Paul played guitar. It tells half a story as it overlooks Paul’s innovative contributions to the music recording industry. So it is with Forshey. Upon entering the Hollidaysburg home he shares with his wife of 41 years, Nancy, ...

Justices uphold predator status

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A Bedford man convicted several years ago of sexual offenses against a child has lost his appeal to a judge’s decision classifying him as a sexually violent predator, which means he must register with police for the rest of his life. Duane Joseph Hann Sr., 42, was sentenced in 2011 to a ...

Pandemic takes toll on Salvation Army’s bell ringing

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Officials with The Altoona Salvation Army Worship and Service Center said the impact of COVID-19 has increased the number of residents needing assistance, decreased the availability of volunteers and lowered donations since the mid-November start of the Red Kettle Campaign. “We want to ...

State’s COVID-19 positives top 8K

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Pennsylvania set a record Thursday for new COVID-19 cases, then broke it Friday, topping 8,000 for the first time, quadrupling the state’s high point for the spring. The statistics are alarming, but hardly evoke the reality of the illness, according to Harold Chambers, 83, of Altoona, a ...

The calm before the stores

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Altoona experienced a calmer Black Friday than normal, according to local shoppers. Deborah Liegey, 53, of Morrisdale and Amber Liegey, 23, of Altoona were about to enter the Logan Valley Mall for their holiday shopping. The mother-daughter duo said their experience this year has been ...

Nights of Lights opens

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The Bedford County Chamber of Commerce has opened its second annual Holiday Nights of Lights at the Bedford County Fairgrounds. The seasonal display opened Friday. The community-based, drive-thru light display features more than 100 businesses, organizations, churches, school groups and ...

Election effort faces final curtain

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A weekslong campaign to reverse or override Pennsylvania’s presidential election result appeared to falter in the last few days, even as President Donald Trump’s allies threw a Hail Mary pass to secure the state’s electoral votes. Efforts by the White House to claim the state’s vote ...

Williamsburg Pharmacy set to open

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WILLIAMSBURG — Williamsburg Pharmacy will open its doors Monday. The town has been without a pharmacy since Dick’s Pharmacy closed. Tyler Ruby, who owns Orby Pharmacy in Orbisonia and Ruby’s Pharmacy in Saxton is opening Williamsburg Pharmacy at 318 E. First St. Ruby, an Everett ...

Firefighters extinguish fire in home’s basement

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Firefighters from the Greenwood, Lakemont and Logan Township United fire departments doused a blaze Wednesday in a matter of minutes, Greenwood Volunteer Fire Department Fire Chief Mark Rispoli said. “The guys did a good, quick knockdown of the fire,” Rispoli said. “They probably had ...

‘Illumination Ovation’ set

COVID-19

Area officials, along with first responders, are encouraging area people to participate in “Illumination Ovation” by turning on exterior lights on homes and businesses at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays to salute essential workers, according to a news release from the city.

Marriage licenses

Public Records

Editor’s note: the following information was provided by the prothonotary’s offices at area county courthouses. Blair County Jeffery M. Jensen and Brandi M. Seyler, both of Martinsburg. Aaron T. Broman and Aliah R. Perretta, both of Altoona. Matthew J. Osborn and Jin Qu, both of ...

Divorces

Public Records

Editor’s note: The following information was provided by the prothonotary’s offices at area county courthouses. Blair County BOUFFARD -– Kelli, Martinsburg; Shawn, Clasyburg. Married Oct. 23, 2010. BEARD -– Aaron E. Sr., Houtzdale; Ashley S., Altoona. Married Oct. 14, ...

Deeds

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Blair County Carolyn Caporuscio, Anne E. Skerl, Harry L. Jr. and Elizabeth Caporuscio, Joanne L. and Thomas J. Lipple, Anton O. Skerl and Philip and Helen L. Caporuscio, 1416-1422 and 1424-1430 Pleasant Valley Blvd., Altoona, $200,000. J. Richard and Donna J. Fruth to Matthew A. Delozier ...

Retailers optimistic as shopping spree kicks off

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As shoppers converge on area stores today, they are finding a different Black Friday than they have experienced in years past. The COVID-19 pandemic has taken its toll. “We know this holiday season will be unlike any other, and retailers have planned ahead by investing billions of dollars ...

Gun sales ablazing for deer season

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By Walt Frank wfrank@altoonamirror.com Business has been booming for area stores as Pennsylvania’s firearms deer season gets underway Saturday. “It is crazy. Supply is down and sales are way up for guns and ammo,” said Ken Westover, owner of Allegheny Trade Co. in Duncansville. ...

Bike skills park closes for season

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HESSTON — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has closed Raystown Lake’s Mountain Bike Skills Park for the winter. The skills park is scheduled to reopen in April, according to Allen Gwinn, supervisory park ranger. The closure helps maintain the park’s tread for future accessible and safe ...

Magisterial District judges

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Filed before California Avenue Altoona Magisterial District Judge Matthew S. Dunio: Charges withdrawn June 4: Kristie L. Chau, 33, 8280 S. Eagle Valley Road, Port Matilda, charged by Valley Tire Co. with writing a bad check on Aug. 23, 2019. Charges held for court June 4-11: Jaime ...