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PCBI president addresses issues of new employees

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The president of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business & Industry says workforce development is the top issue facing businesses. Gene Barr, organization president since 2011, was the featured speaker at Thursday’s meeting of the Blair County Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Club at The ...

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American Rescue Workers sets fundraiser The American Rescue Workers is partnering with Panera Bread in Logan Town Centre for a fundraiser from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. If customers mention the fundraiser, Panera Bread will donate a portion of their purchase to the ARW. LORETTO Saint Francis ...

Kopriva bucks Game Commission

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Blair County judge is directing the state Game Commission to change its policy that led to destruction of a 14-point buck seized from a Warriors Mark hunter in late 2018, who was later acquitted of two summary tag law violations. Senior Judge Jolene G. Kopriva, in court ...

Council swears in Ickes, Carper

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It was a family-oriented City Council meeting Wednesday, as two newcomers elected in November were sworn in by the city solicitor, while standing next to their wives — as other relatives watched from the audience. Republicans Joe Carper and Jesse Ickes thanked those relatives, the voters ...

Longtime Tyrone school board member resigns

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TYRONE — A longtime Tyrone Area School Board member has resigned. On Tuesday, Brian Bressler, school board member for 26 years, submitted his resignation effective Jan. 14, citing personal reasons. The board must fill the position with an interim member within 30 days of the official ...

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Hollidaysburg Area School District custodian Bill Laughlin gathers safety cones as a cold wind blows after dismissal at Charles W. Longer Elementary School on Wednesday afternoon. Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski

Board approves plans to replace Sheetz store

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The Altoona Planning Commission on Tuesday approved land development plans for Sheetz to replace its convenience store and a connected bank building on East 25th Avenue and Juniata Gap Road in Ivyside with a new store. The commission waived several requirements for the project, which will ...

Police: Trio charged for drugs

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Three people face charges after an alleged methamphetamine deal in Altoona. Roy P. Hartman, 52, along with Alexander Lee Saldana, 39, and Kerri Werkheiser, 29, were taken into custody Monday night after an informant working with Altoona police and the Blair County Drug Task Force allegedly ...

Mahaffey man faces child sex count

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CLEARFIELD — A Mahaffey man is facing charges for allegedly having sex with a 12-year-old girl. Bradley Thomas Barton, 22, was charged by state police in October with felony counts of rape of a child, statutory sexual assault, unlawful contact with a minor and corruption of minors, in ...

Hearing waived in theft case

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CLEARFIELD — A former Philipsburg man waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Clearfield County for charges related to his possession of a motorcycle stolen from a State College residence. Cruz Connegher Jozefik, 27, was charged with felony receiving stolen property after ...

City man arrested for assault

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From Mirror staff reports A city man faces charges after police say he body slammed and bit his girlfriend during an argument. Shawn A. Jackson, 39, was arrested at a city bar early Wednesday after Altoona police were called to the couple’s Lloyd Street home when an argument allegedly ...

Kranich’s plaza expansion gets nod from planners

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The Altoona Planning Commission this week approved land development plans for an expansion of Kranich’s Jewelers plaza on the 500 block of Plank Road, near Logan Boulevard. Plaza owner Kranbros LLC intends to build an addition on the north end of the plaza, next to Jersey Mike’s Subs, on ...

Council awards bid for pavilion

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City Council on Wednesday awarded a $274,000 contract to low-bidder Ventura Construction Services to build a pavilion in Heritage Plaza. The contract cost is higher than expected, so the public-private partnership that agreed in October to undertake the project may need to add to the ...

Tyrone to lease radio tower

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TYRONE — The president of JMJ Catholic Radio in Pittston on Monday sought the intercession of Borough Council in negotiating a lease for a radio tower, building and transmitter on borough property atop Ice Mountain. Council responded by bestowing a discount. JMJ was hoping to take over a ...

Magisterial district judges

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Filed before Magisterial District Judge Daniel C. DeAntonio: Charges waived to court Dec. 4. 2018: Darien R. Banks, 39, 495 E. 158th St., Bronx, N.Y., charged by Altoona police with fleeing and five traffic violations, Nov. 22. Filed before Altoona Magisterial District Judge Benjamin F. ...

Wolf approves $500K in agriculture grants

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HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf announced the approval of $500,000 in ag and youth grants to fund 55 projects that will improve access to agriculture education in the commonwealth. The approved projects include direct grant projects of $7,500 for the Williamsburg Community Junior Senior High ...

Area briefs

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DUNCANSVILLE National Guard, vets group to meet The Central PA National Guard & Veterans Association will have a regular meeting at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the National Guard Readiness Center, Duncansville. This is the group’s first meeting of the year. The guest speaker will be Canoe ...

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LORETTO SFU receives funding Saint Francis University has received a $2.5 million commitment toward Phase II of the Sullivan Hall Expansion and Renovation project. The gift comes from an alumnus and spouse, longtime donors to the university, who wish to remain anonymous. Phase II of the ...

Blair County Commissioners: Bid to reopen budget falls flat

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — A proposal by new Commissioner Amy Webster to reopen Blair County’s 2020 budget and eliminate the 3.7 percent real estate tax increase garnered no support Tuesday. Instead, Chairman Bruce Erb suggested to Webster that she outline budget-reduction ideas and bring them to a ...

Winter checks in

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Anthony Little of Altoona shovels snow for a business in downtown Hollidaysburg on Tuesday afternoon. Mirror photo by Russ O'Reilly