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School districts taking on vaping, e-cigarettes

September 27, 2015 Vapor pens and electronic cigarettes are increasingly falling under tobacco prohibitions in Blair County schools’ codes of conduct. “Some students do it to help quit smoking. more »»

Suspect’s driving ban irks attorney

September 27, 2015 A magisterial district judge’s decision last week to prohibit an Altoona man charged with driving under the influence from operating a vehicle didn’t sit well with his attorney, and imposing bail... more »»

Pope speaks of liberty in Philly

September 27, 2015 PHILADELPHIA — He spoke at Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were signed. more »»

Boehner leaves, showing national, local divisions

September 27, 2015 In 2014, GOP congressional candidate Art Halvorson listed his first three legislative acts should he have won that year’s election against Rep. Bill Shuster, R-9th District. more »»

Real stupidity is never learning a valuable lesson

September 27, 2015 I find myself much more reflective now that I’ve been 50 for these — what — past 3 1/2 months, which can be quite a dangerous thing when you have my mind and a monthly column. more »»

Road work briefs

September 27, 2015 CENTRE HALL Rt. 322 under night restrictions PennDOT advises motorists that drivers will encounter night-time lane restrictions on Route 322 near Potters Mills starting toda. more »»

Spuds dominate annual festival in Ebensburg

September 27, 2015 EBENSBURG — If you want a taste of one of the most popular potato-packed delicacies served up at Ebenburg’s PotatoFest, you better get there early. more »»

Cambria briefs

September 27, 2015 JOHNSTOWN Funds sought With thousands of dollars in grant funding already in place, the Cambria County commissioners are looking for an additional $40,000 to help pay the costs of a new child... more »»

Vo-tech students to build pavilion

September 27, 2015 An agreement between Cambria County and Admiral Peary Vo-Tech has given more than two dozen students the chance to work on their largest project ever, officials said. more »»

Catholics expect trip to see Francis to be life-changing

September 26, 2015 Catholics from the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese don’t expect to come back from seeing Pope Francis in Philadelphia without being different. more »»

Johnstown, arena prepare for NHL hockey

September 26, 2015 Little more than 40 miles west of Altoona, the Cambria County city often referred to as the Flood City now has a new moniker. more »»

Local reps say they admire Boehner

September 26, 2015 News of Speaker of the House John Boehner’s surprise resignation rippled across Pennsyl­vania’s congressional delegation Friday, prompting a swift response from representatives in his own party. more »»

Bedford Heritage Trail officially opens

September 26, 2015 BEDFORD — Closing an oversized pair of scissors Friday morning on the Bedford Heritage Trail, Brian Sell severed a red ribbon officially opening the pathway after working for six years to bring it t... more »»

Judge to review child abuse evidence in case

September 26, 2015 HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County Judge Elizabeth Doyle said Friday she will review evidence of child physical abuse that the prosecution intends to use against an Altoona man prior to its presentation... more »»

Police: Woman stole funds from business

September 26, 2015 Editor’s note: The Mirror incorrectly identified the relationship between Janine Whiteford and Bernard Whiteford in a story that appeared on Friday’s A5. Janine Whiteford was Bernard’s wife. more »»

Intimidation suspect likely to get probation

September 26, 2015 A city woman charged with felony ethnic intimidation for allegedly screaming racial epithets at her neighbor is expected to serve probation. Erin S. Luciano, 46, of 2108 Eighth Ave. more »»

Police: Man, 58, sucked on 15-year-old girl’s toes

September 26, 2015 An Altoona man accused of sucking the toes of a 15-year-old girl has waived his case to court. Randy L. Geist, 58, of 1708 Fourth St. more »»

Parking Authority transitions to LED

September 26, 2015 The Altoona Parking Authority on Friday authorized a $63,000 contract with an energy company to replace the standard illumination for its surface lots and garage to LEDs. more »»

City man finishes series of trials

September 25, 2015 HOLLIDAYSBURG — This year, Davon Lamar Smith, 29, of Altoona has been convicted of drug, gun and assault charges. more »»

PSU fixing stadium entrance problem

September 25, 2015 Looking for open field but seeing only backs of jerseys in front of them, many excited Penn State fans at Beaver Stadium for last Saturday night’s game against Rutgers might have felt like a running... more »»

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