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Volunteerism at schools facing scrutiny

April 13, 2015 A new law requires clearances for volunteers at schools. And it’s raising many questions. One of the questions is where is the line between a volunteer and a visitor. more »»

Drugged driving growing locally

April 13, 2015 Cruising down the road on a summer weekend night a few decades ago, you might have taken it as a given that many of the drivers you passed had enjoyed a few drinks. more »»

Hockey fan shoots, scores as coach

April 13, 2015 Dave Weaver dreamed of being a professional ice hockey player, but he’s found what he calls his perfect job. “I love ice hockey, and I love to teach the sport. more »»

Pair steal from store

April 13, 2015 Two people stole cigarettes and other tobacco items on Saturday morning from an Altoona convenience store that was the site of an armed robbery two weeks ago. FeFi’s Grocery, 1224 Second Ave. more »»

Brush fire burns 12 acres in Antis Township

April 13, 2015 PINECROFT — About 70 volunteer firefighters from seven companies put out a brush fire on Sunday afternoon above Riggles Gap Road in Antis Township. more »»

Main Street program accredited

April 13, 2015 Hollidaysburg’s Main Street program has received national accreditation after meeting commercial district revitalization standards established by its parent organization. more »»

Bill would give military recruiters info on juniors

April 13, 2015 Military recruiters could be given information on high school juniors, allowing for earlier contact, under a House-passed bill now in the Senate Education Committee. more »»

Police reports

April 13, 2015 Altoona police - Richard Burket, 44, 1005 N. Sixth Ave., was arrested Thursday on the 500 block of North 10th Street and charged with driving under the influence and driving without a licens. more »»

educators: Kids getting smarter

April 12, 2015 For years, we’ve heard that America’s kids aren’t as smart as their counterparts in other industrialized countries, but a Penn State professor said that’s just a myt. more »»

Police round up suspects

April 12, 2015 Four more people are facing drug delivery and possession charges as police continued Friday and Saturday to pursue suspects. more »»

Conceal permits remain secret

April 12, 2015 While the Blair County District Attorney’s Office decides whether an Altoona man whose gun unintentionally fired during a Mass committed a crime, or whether he loses his license to carry a concealed... more »»

Police look for driver of SUV

April 12, 2015 HOLLIDAYSBURG — The driver of a red sport utility vehicle is accused of causing a two-vehicle crash on Friday morning on Interstate 99 in Logan Township, injuring a Wisconsin ma. more »»

City Council, lawmakers discuss additional round-trip trains

April 12, 2015 Representatives from a passenger rail advocacy group asked City Council last week to endorse a proposal to add two daily round-trip trains through Altoona, but seemed to get little initial traction. more »»


April 12, 2015 A bachelor’s degree is preferred, not required for candidates seeking the Logan Township police chief post. more »»

Data: Pa. kids doing better in math, reading

April 12, 2015 Students in Penn­sylvania seem to be making the grade in general, at least in two major subjects in the past decade, according to one national reporting agency. more »»

Online shopping carries risks

April 12, 2015 For many Americans, it’s an activity so commonplace we barely consider the hazards: You type a few lines worth of information, click “confirm purchase” and, a few days later, open the door to find a... more »»

Residents cash in on Patton history by purchasing meters

April 12, 2015 PATTON — About a week ago, Patton resident Bob “Boot” Booterbaugh walked into the borough office and bought two old parking meters for $15 each. more »»

GOP presidential hopefuls facing tight battle for Pa.

April 12, 2015 It’s that time of year: Flowers are in bloom, birds are chirping and presidential candidates are announcing their candidacies for an election that’s 19 months away. more »»

Democratic Women to host meeting

April 12, 2015 The Blair County Federation of Democratic Women will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Perkins Restaurant, Altoona. Final arrangements regarding the membership tea scheduled for May 3 will be discussed. more »»

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