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Commissioners divide duties

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County commissioners have divided representation and supervision responsibilities associated with county offices and departments. Incumbent commissioner Bruce Erb retained most of his prior assignments while newly seated commissioners Amy Webster and Laura Burke take on ...

Tyrone to boost security at municipal building

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TYRONE — In recent times, visitors to the borough building have been coming in, wandering the halls and entering offices without checking with officials near the entrance, triggering concerns over the safety of borough employees. On Monday, Borough Council authorized Borough Manager Ardean ...

Area briefs

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HOLLIDAYSBURG Gun permits unavailable today The Blair County sheriff’s office will be unable today to process concealed carry gun permits for guns because of a computer system upgrade. “We plan to be back in service and operational on Thursday,” Sheriff James Ott said in a statement ...

Vehicle search ruled valid; sentence stands

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A motorist who was stopped 27 months ago in Bedford County by a state trooper because the windows of his vehicle displayed “extremely dark window tint” will now have to serve a six- to 23-month prison sentence for the items the trooper found when he searched the vehicle. The Pennsylvania ...

Tyrone restoring meters along Logan Avenue

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TYRONE — A few months ago, at the suggestion of Councilman Dave Snyder, Borough Council ordered the removal of five parking meters on Logan Avenue, next to the municipal parking lot just south of the borough building. Snyder made the suggestion on behalf of the owners of businesses across ...

United Way sets grant sessions

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The United Way of Blair County has scheduled two training sessions for nonprofits interested in applying for impact grants. United Way awards its impact grants to organizations with programs addressing one of four locally determined focus areas: economic mobility, education, access to health ...

First on third

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Conemaugh Nason Medical Center welcomed its first baby of the year on Friday, Jan. 3, when Miles Berton Radford was born at 6:07 p.m. to parents Samantha (seated) and Troy Radford (right) of Duncansville. Miles and his family, which includes sisters Charlotte, 6, Ella, 4, and brother Jameson, ...

Erb retains position as chairman

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County’s incumbent Republican Commissioner Bruce Erb has retained chairmanship of the board, after receiving a supportive vote from newly elected Democratic commissioner Laura Burke. And Burke, despite being minority party commissioner, will be vice chairman based on ...

AASD keeps tax options open

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The Altoona Area School Board is considering a range of tax increase options for next school year. Having just ended a year with a $13 million reduction in the district’s reserve fund, board members including Frank Meloy believe all options to balance next year’s budget have to be on the ...

Man gets up to 44 months for possessing child porn

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A 52-year-old Altoona man was sentenced Monday to state prison for 22 to 44 months on charges of possessing and disseminating child pornography. The defendant, Kensil Wayne Bowman Jr. of the 3100 block of Oak Avenue, will spend 10 years on probation following the completion of his prison ...

Restored courthouse lobby dedicated

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — The restored lobby on the second floor of the Blair County Courthouse was dedicated Monday in honor of Senior Judge Jolene G. Kopriva. With county leaders, court staff, friends and family lining the four walls of the lobby in the 1906 section of the courthouse, the judge who ...

Briefcase

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EBENSBURG Rebekah Manor sold Cambridge Retirement Living has acquired Rebekah Manor Wellness Community, a senior care facility in Ebensburg. Rebekah Manor is the latest property to join the Cambridge Retirement Living and will be known as Cambridge Ebensburg. Cambridge Retirement ...

City man’s prison sentence vacated by Superior Court

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A three- to six-year prison sentence for an Altoona man found in possession of child pornography has been vacated by the Pennsylvania Superior Court because sentencing enhancements for the offense were misapplied by the judge. Joseph Michael Christman, 34, was arrested in 2015 and charged ...

Crash involving police car probed

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The Altoona Police Department is investigating a two-vehicle crash Sunday morning. One of the cars was a marked car of the Logan Township Police Department. Logan Township Officer Barry Fry sustained minor injuries from the crash, Logan Township Police Chief David Reese said Monday. Reese ...

Inmate receives new hearing

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The Pennsylvania Superior Court has ordered a new hearing for an inmate serving a 10-year minimum sentence for striking a corrections officer at the former State Correctional Institution at Cresson. The inmate, Robert Fennell, now 49, was convicted of several serious offenses for punching a ...

The Pennsylvania Farm Show

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Harrisburg Olde Bedford Brewing places in competition Olde Bedford Brewing Co. placed in two categories in the second annual Pennsylvania Farm Show Beer Competition. Olde Bedford’s Hazy Grey & Underway captured second place honors in the IPA category and its 1794 Red Rye captured third ...

Births

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Dec. 18, 2019 Kinslee Rose Shay, a daughter born to Kendra L. (Hale) and Cody M. Shay of Claysburg, , at Conemaugh Nason Medical Center, Roaring Spring, at 5:19 p.m. Dec. 19, 2019 Mackinzee Joy Strittmatter, a daughter born to Joy L. (Barnhart) and Robert J. Strittmatter of Williamsburg, at ...

Magisterial district judge

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Filed before Altoona Magisterial District Judge Daniel C. DeAntonio: Charges waived to court June 5: Mark A. Shannon, 48, 1006 N. Third St., charged by Altoona police with DUI, three counts of resisting arrest, possession of a controlled substance and three summary traffic violations on the ...

Career with Sheetz fuels city transplant’s creativity

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When Daillard Paris Jr. first moved to Altoona from New York about seven years ago, he admitted he had been comparing Altoona unfairly to the Big Apple. “You can’t compare them,” he said. “There are things each has that the other doesn’t. When my family comes to visit me here, we ...

‘The fear is real’

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Statistics compiled by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court show that in the nine years ending in 2018, Blair County had more protection-from-abuse cases filed per capita than the state overall or any of the surrounding counties, and that in the five years ending in 2018, Blair’s filings exceeded ...