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Police probe fatal Huntingdon fire

April 20, 2015 HUNTINGDON — State police said theyáre investigating a fatal Sunday fire in Broad Top Borough. Police said Franklin E. Heaton, 53, died in the fire. more »»

Court program aids job services

April 19, 2015 HOLLIDAYSBURG — Kimberly A. Myers is an “enforcement specialist” with the Blair County Domestic Relations Office, but her job title belies what she actually doe. more »»

Mourners remember ‘the little deacon’

April 19, 2015 Dozens of people held back tears as they filtered into Mother Gethsemane Church of God in Christ on Saturday afternoon to remember 3-year-old murder victim Ty’mil Andrew Solomon. more »»

Oklahoma City memories live on after bombing

April 19, 2015 OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma City bombing thrust Diane Koch into the life of a crime victim’s advocate for 13 years, until she realized she had to leave the state to start a new chapter of life. more »»

Ramifications of Shuster’s relationship yet to be seen

April 19, 2015 Since news broke Thursday that U.S. Rep. more »»

Consultant: Money neutralizes blight

April 19, 2015 Altoona has its share of blight, but it doesn’t have whole blocks that have been — or need to be — razed because of severe deterioration. more »»

On the lookout for a recipe for Blue Bird stew

April 19, 2015 It’s that time of the year when my wife goes on full bird alert. It normally starts in late February and early March with casual glances out the window and murmurs of, “They will be coming soon. more »»

Blair GOP women to host candidate

April 19, 2015 The Blair County Republican Women will host Altoona mayoral candidate Pete Starr at their monthly dinner meeting 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Hoss’s Steak & Sea House Restaurant in Altoona. more »»

Neighborhood watch set

April 19, 2015 The next countywide neighborhood watch meeting will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Penn State Altoona Devorris Downtown Center. more »»

Debris, rapid drying make spring prime wildfire season

April 18, 2015 While spring rains may be perceived to result in damp conditions, experts said spring is one of the driest seasons — a factor that may contribute to destructive fires if burning is not supervised an... more »»

Authority aiming to address properties

April 18, 2015 Last September, Interim City Manager Peter Marshall successfully introduced a measure to City Council designed to eliminate a frequent target of municipal hypocrisy: the failure of the Altoona... more »»

Man sentenced to drug court despite objection by attorney

April 18, 2015 HOLLIDAYSBURG — Kirk Matthew Durbin of Cresson was sentenced Friday to participate in the Blair County Drug Court so he could receive treatment for a heroin addiction, but an attorney for the victim... more »»

Couple in police chase waive hearings, face trial

April 18, 2015 A Windber couple facing drug charges after a March police chase that ended in a crash in Antis Township will face trial. Jesse M. more »»

Man accused of forcing runaway girl into sex act

April 18, 2015 A city man faces charges after police say he sexually assaulted a teenage runaway. Khalied T. Gerard, 24, of 620 Second Ave. more »»

Canoe Creek to undergo controlled burns

April 18, 2015 Canoe Creek State Park, in conjunction with the Bureau of Forestry, will conduct a one-day burn of two fields in the park sometime next week. more »»

Area briefs

April 18, 2015 NWS issues fire weather watch The National Weather Service reports that rapid wildfire spread is possible this afternoon and has issued a fire weather watch for the area. more »»

Beating leads to murder charge

April 17, 2015 Maurice Pearson, a New Jersey man arrested last Friday for allegedly severely beating a 3-year-old Altoona boy and his mother, was charged Thursday with first degree murder in the boy’s death, it wa... more »»

Role in meth lab leads to jail time

April 17, 2015 HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Osterburg woman was sentenced Thursday to a minimum of 4 1/2 years in a state correctional facility for her part in the operation of a methamphetamine lab in 2011. more »»

State rewards Griep for work

April 17, 2015 On Thursday, the Blair County District Attorney’s office announced Sue Griep, the county’s victim witness coordinator with the Victim Witness Program, was selected to receive the 2015 Governor’s... more »»

Petitioners rally behind cafeteria staff

April 17, 2015 By Thursday, an online petition requesting that Tyrone Area School District officials to forego a discussed cafeteria worker outsourcing that could eliminate about 30 workers, amassed more than 750... more »»

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